Town house in Haarlem, near Amsterdam

Town house in Haarlem, near Amsterdam


Nov 2011

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Large 225 m2 traditional house in Haarlem, built in 1913. Haarlem is a small historic town on the coast of the North Sea, near Amsterdam (a 15-minute train ride). The 17th century downtown area with its lovely canals is walkable from our home. There is a wide choice of restaurants and shops in town. Museums such as the Frans Hals Museum, Teylers (the oldest museum in the Netherlands, 1776), various churches, and other historical monuments await culture lovers. For children, play areas, swimming pools and the beach are easy to reach. Staying in our quiet garden may be fun too: there is a dinner table and chairs to enjoy the shadow or sun. Many of our neighbours have children.

The bed in the master bedroom is large (220 by 180 cm; 7 by 6 feet). There are four bedrooms, a living with a piano, a study, a bathroom with shower and bath, and a kitchen with a dinner table. A fast internet connection and a few computers are available for guests. Bringing your own laptop is recommended.

Our bicycles are available for your use: a Koga Miyata with derailleur and high 26-inch frame, a Cannondale ATB, a Giant ATB, four all-purpose or city bicycles (three of them regular-sized), and a couple of small ones for children under 12. There is also a 'bakfiets' (cargo bike), popular among the Dutch for the transport of small children. If we travel by car we may take a few bikes with us.

We have an automatic-shift car (a full-size Toyota Previa with six seats) which is available for exchange if we would agree to travel by air or train to the exchange address.


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  1. Joukje is a psychologist working with children, Sybe a retired pension consultant.
    The children (3 boys) are 19, 17 and 12 years old. They study in Amsterdam and go to schools in Haarlem. They like basketball, soccer, playing the piano, chess, cycling, playing and swimming at the beach, computers and computer games, and reading. We use our bicycles a lot. Over the past ten years, we did lots of exchanges with families in Italy, Morocco, the USA, France, Switserland, Andorra, Germany and the Netherlands. Almost every year, we have spent summer holidays in the mountains, trekking between huts, making day trips, walking and climbing.

    In the next few years, we would love to visit cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Lisboa, Firenze, New York, Leipzig, Berlin or Munich during a spring or autumn vacation, and Iceland, Scandinavia, the Alps and other mountain regions, and the eastern part of Germany in the summer time. We love all places that offer hiking possibilities. We speak English, German, French, and Swedish.
    In these times of Corona, The Netherlands are not a bad area: no complete lockdown, pretty low risk, reasonable restrictions, a 1,5 meter way of living without fanaticism. As of June 5th 2021 museums and restaurants are reopening: you can have a great time here, because tourism is still minimal and isn't likely to be at the old level very soon. Amsterdam is very interesting for a visit now. Two years ago it was crowded, now it's an oasis of tranquillity. Going to the beach is also quiet and a good idea right now. The absence of many forms of tourism, in other words, is a clear advantage.

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Where is it?


Haarlem is an excellent place to start biking tours in the dunes or further away. The Netherlands are renowned for offering thousands of miles of separate, safe bicycle lanes. A 10-minute bicycle ride from our home takes you to the National Park Zuid Kennemerland. This is a dune and forest area, with walking and bicycle trails. In the National Parks along the North Sea coast cars are not admitted, but of course there are lots of places where you can go to the beach by car.

The Haarlem train station is a 10-minute walk from our home. From there, trains run to downtown Amsterdam (15 minutes) and Schiphol Airport (30 minutes). Interesting towns like The Hague (30'), Delft (45'), Rotterdam (60') or Alkmaar (30') are easy to reach.

Buzzy restaurants
Puur Zee restaurant by IMKO's, Wijk aan Zee
Cool bars
Cozy cafés
Cleeff coffeebar, Kleverparkweg 13; Kweekcafe, Kleverlaan 9
Retail therapy
downtown Haarlem; best bakery: bakkerij Kuin, Zijlweg 94
Bit of culture
too many for a short catalogue
Walks in the park
Spot of exercise
Day tripping
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, etc, etc

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