Town home, surrounded by water,

Town home, surrounded by water,


Jan 2012

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 9
2 Bathrooms

About our home


Our house is old at the outside, originally built in 1885 as a farm. The interior is modern and colourful, and very comfortable with good furniture and central (partly floor-)heating.

Groundfloor (appr. 6 x 14 m2): entrance hall; livingroom (radio, TV, dvd, cd); open kitchen (oven, dishwasher, fridge, snall freezer) and diningroom (radio, tv, piano); study (internetconnection); toilet; laundry-area (washingmachine).
1st floor: small library; 3 bedrooms; bathroom (bath, shower, toilet)

Groundfloor (appr. 5 x 4 m2): gardenroom/library; bathroom (shower, toilet); toolshed
First floor: bedroom/study (with splendid view!)

Over-garden (app.6 x 4 m2): terrace at the side of the canal; tiny lawn

Back-garden (appr. 6 x 45 m2): several terraces (in the sun and in the shade, one at the side of the canal in the back); small lawn; lots of flowers (in season); huge wallnut tree; wooden gardenhouse with 2 bicycles; boathouse .


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  1. Personal notes:

    Ron de Paauw is a retired sociologist and consultant.
    Janke J. de Paauw - Westra is a freelance drama and theatre teacher and director.
    She is a member of Soroptimist International; see:
    Together they have 4 grown up children and 7 grandchildren (8, 6, 5, 4, 2, 2 and 1 years). They live in Amsterdam, Heiloo, Hilversum and Purmerend.

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Where is it?


Location Eegracht 70, 8651 EH IJlst, The Netherlands

IJlst is one of the Eleven Cities in the province of Fryslân. The city-rights originate from the 13th century, but IJlst is really more like a town, with its 3500 inhabitants.
The 19th century house, originally a city farm, is situated in the old centre of IJlst.
Extra wide front- and side-doors remember the time when the cows had to go through them to get to the meadows surrounding IJlst by boat!
The guesthouse in the garden is built at the place where the haystack used to be.

In front of the house is a so called over-garden, next to the Eegracht. In former times housewives used this little plot to bleach their laundry.
At the sides a small alley separates the house from the neighbours.

At the back a narrow (6 m) but long (45 m) garden ends with a spectacular view at the horizon over the Ruterpolder. This polder is an area below sea-level which used to be a lake, now surrounded by dikes and pumped dry. Frisian red-and-white cattle - a very old race - horses and sheep graze in the meadows. Water- and field-birds can be seen directly from the garden.

IJlst lies in the centre of the Frisian Lake District. Several open waterways connect IJlst with other interesting cities, towns, villages, lakes, small woods and rural areas. The little motorboat in the boathouse in the backyard can bring you there.

The flat surroundings give good opportunities for cycling. Interesting cycling paths are everywhere. There are 2 bicycles for you to use.

Sneek (34.00 inhabitants) – 5 km from the quiet IJlst – is the city where everything happens:
theatre, concerts, cinema, exhibitions, galleries, museums, shopping, restaurants, cafés, disco’s, swimmingpools, sport events, sailing competitions.....

Amsterdam, our capital, is only an 90 minutes drive (125 km) by car via the Afsluitdijk. This dike is 32 km long and divides the waters of Waddenzee and IJsselmeer.

The distance from our house to the railway station of IJlst is 1 km. The elaborate Dutch railwaynet gives many opportunities to discover more of the province of Fryslân and the rest of the Netherlands.

Buzzy restaurants
Het Wapen van IJlst (IJlst); Lewinski (Sneek); De Walrus (Sneek); Markt 23 (Sneek)
Cool bars
Sneek, Leeuwarden
Cozy cafés
Het Wapen van IJlst (IJlst); De Walrus (Sneek)
Retail therapy
The center of Sneek; the center of Leeuwarden
Bit of culture
Windmill "De Rat" (IJLst); Wood museum (IJlst); the fountain in IJlst; The Eleven Cities with their fountains; Afsluitdijk; the Frisian Lakes District
Walks in the park
Through the Ruterpolder (behind out house): a 4 km walk; along the river Geeuw to Sneek
Day tripping
The Eleven Cities; Afsluitdijk; Waddenzee; IJsselmeer; Wadden eilanden (Vlieland, Terschelling; Ameland; Schiermonnikoog)

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