Charming apartment near the centre of Maastricht, a.k.a the balcony of Europe.

Charming apartment near the centre of Maastricht, a.k.a the balcony of Europe.


Oct 2010

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms

About our home

The house is a typical 1930's Maastricht townhouse. Many of these houses are devided in 2 appartments, each with its own entrance. Ours is on the groundfloor with livingroom, diningroom, double bedroom and kitchen + spare double bedroom and a simple shower on the first floor. There is a front- and backgarden. The house is situated in an ideal spot. The famous square 'Vrijthof' in the centre of the city is about 7 minutes on foot. At the back of the house are the remains of the defenseworks of the city dating from the 18th century. It now is a protected natural area ideal for a daily stroll. You can hardly get lost there as you just have to look for the church. It looks old and impressive, but is an early 20 century copy of the Sacré Coeur in Paris, although the architect allowed himself some artistic freedom which did not make it any better.
Although the house is situated at a busy street thanks to double glazing no sound is heard inside, except when the firebrigade comes galopping by. In the backgarden one feels to be in the countryside.
The house is not large, but cosy, comfortable and well equipped. It is a house we love to invite friends for dinner. You will like it.
We are not interested in the USA, Australia or New Zealand


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More about us

  1. We are a married couple in our sixties. My wife Mareike worked most of her life as a psychiatric nurse. I (Nis van der Horst) worked at the creative side of the Audio-Visual business as a scriptwriter, director and producer. In 1996 we switched our occupations and started a nursery of rare garden plants. At the beginning of 2009 we sold the nursery and now enjoy our retirement. We regularly go camping abroad with our 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. We have done already several exanges and we liked them all.Mareike still works sometimes and designs and maintains gardens.
    We like cities and also the countryside, we love to walk, in the middle of nowhere.
    We also like to go to musea, ballet and opera.
    We did a lot of exanges and also housesitting.
    We already went to Bali, Fuerteventura, Irland, Greece, Belgium, France, great Brittain

  2. We have since a while a cat who choosed our house and the house of our nabours as her house.
    She uses our house as a bar and the nextdoorhouse as restaurant, She sleepes during the day mostley at our house.

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Where is it?


Maastricht is the oldest town in the Netherlands. It has a beautifull historic center with Roman remnants and also a very nice citycenter with high grade shops. It is situated in the most southern part of the country. It is nicknamed the first French city on the route from Scandinavia to the Côte d' Azur because of its burgundian atmosphere. Nowhere in the Netherlands is such a high concentration of restaurants with one or two Michelin stars.Also the city from the fameus André Rieu .
Because the Netherlands are situated in a 3-river delta, it is mostly flat land, our region, however, is hilly. It can be compared to Tuscany, only our hills are more steep instead of sloping. It is therefor ideal for extended walks. Our national pride is situated only 20 km. from Maastricht. It is a mountain of 140 mtrs. high. On this 'mountain' also is the spot where the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet. So you can stand in 2 countries at the same time (and spit on the third at your liking). The house is an ideal starting point for hiking and biking, but also for visiting cities abroad, such as Brussels, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, Cologne which can be reached by car in about 1 hour. Liege (Belgium) with its beautiful trainstation, designed by the worldfamous (and notorious for the exorbitant cost of maintenance of his buildings) architect Calatrava, is only 20 min. from Maastricht. There also go trains. Amsterdam by train is 2,5 hours. Central Paris in about 3 hours. But there also is a wonderfull zoo in the vicinity.
For information about the, and tripadvisor.

Buzzy restaurants
Danyel, Novo, Gio’s,Flavours by Servais
Cozy cafés
Paulus, Tribunal De Pieter
Bit of culture
Museum aan het Vrijthof, Bonnefantenmuseum, Marres
Walks in the park
achter ons huis, natuurpark frontenpark
Day tripping
Aken, Keulen, Luik, Brussel,Antwerpen, Eindhoven

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