“Though we returned from our home exchange in Zeewolde almost three months ago, our enthusiasm for the experience hasn't lessened at all. Leny and Gerrit were terrific hosts, exchange partners and guests - I expect they'll become lasting friends. Before our exchange we shared many emails full of suggestions for activities for each other, usually accompanied by photos and anecdotes. We were picked up at the airport and hosted/oriented to their beautiful home and garden. We drove them to the airport 2 days later but our contact didn't abate at all. Almost daily emails back and forth allowed us to enjoy each others' exchange experience almost as much as being there. We met back in Vancouver for another 2 days together. After all our cycling in the Netherlands, it was great fun to cycle around Stanley Park together in Vancouver. So what did we love about our exchange besides meeting these lovely people, you ask. Their home in a quiet Zeewolde neighborhood is located within easy cycling distance of the town centre. Our day usually began with coffee and Dutch breakfast followed by a bike ride and picnic lunch. Back to Zeewolde to sit on the patio, enjoy watching the birds and fish feeding, chat about the day and plan for the next day's ride. Then we made dinner in Leny's lovely kitchen or BBQ'd outside. So would I recommend #36660 - I certainly would!!”
Leny's reviewsAs a host (5)
“Leny and Gerrit's place is an altogether luxurious, spotlessly clean house with many inspiering oil paintings! Lots of light, lots of space and a kitchen reflecting Leny's passion for fine foods and good cooking. Zeewolde is a nice newly sprung town on the polder Flevoland. There are many shops and supermarkets very near by, so you don't need to rush to Utrecht or Amsterdam for each errand. Zeewolde also has a beach, but Flevoland's great charms lies in wonderfully tamed nature, where you can cycle along the canals, pass thick forests on asphalted bike trails and enjoy the Dutch weather, by the grace of which the grass in the Netherlands is greener than anywhere else. Our enthusiasm also goes to the people, to the Dutch. Everybody is so kind, polite, open-minded, helping and they all speak perfect English. If you have only some slight idea, how to steer a boat, plan a day on the canals in a sloop! You can't imagine the romantics of driving past the green lawns, admire the flower beds and peeking into the windows of many boat houses. It's the land of fairies and only the locks (some even antique and still operated by hand) will interfere with swans and ducks and your lazy sloop sliding past. Yes, do go to the museums, see the big cities, but don't forget to live on the water, this most important element of the Netherlands and deep love of the Dutch. ”
“Leny and Gerrit were excellent hosts. We stayed at their home for approximately four weeks, and had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with them beforehand. Their home is modern and in a relatively "new" area of the Netherlands, with not too much traffic and easy driving to shops and other areas of interest. We drove to the Park and Ride and took the Metro into Amsterdam several times - so easy and inexpensive. The house is comfortable, clean, and had everything we needed. Thank you Leny and Gerrit for making us so welcome - we really enjoyed our stay, and would not hesitate to recommend an exchange with you to other home exchangers.”
“A modern home in a peaceful region 45 minutes from Amsterdam. We loved exploring many places which were easy to access whilst avoiding the traffic of Amsterdam. We also loved the waterfront township and being able to bicycle several kilometers in many directions. A lovely couple who we have maintained contact with since our exchange. We definitely recommend this home.”
“Nous avons passé un séjour agréable en Hollande dans une maison très confortable,soignée et bien agencée. Nous avons effectué de nombreuses visites dans ce beau Pays et mon épouse a découvert le plaisir de faire des randonnées à vélo. Nous avons fait la connaissances des Maires des lieux se sont des personnes charmantes, aimables et très proches des autres. Nous ne pouvons que recommander cette adresse.”
Where is it?
Bikes avaiable: Plenty Excellent biking facilities.
Within 100 km you will find 80% of the Netherlands beauty, including 7 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGES. We live in a young, spacious village Zeewolde, it is the centre of Holland, which did not exist 30 years ago, 2.8m. below sea level, but don't worry, the house is warm & dry and the area is safe. The village has 23.000 inhabitants, 5 supermarkets, and all kind of shops, sailing & sport facilities (2 golfcourses in Zeewolde, nearest 2,9 km ), 6 in the region.
What is a polder? in English: http://www.flevoland.nl/english/ History: http://www.flevolanderfgoed.nl/home/erfgoed/oostelijk-flevoland-2/vliegtuigwrakken-2.html
Within 50km you will have the most beautiful nature and cities & villages of the Netherlands.
Perfect biking facilities in the country and in Zeewolde: You can take the bike and ferryboat from centre Zeewolde and cycle to Harderwijk/Ermelo/Veluwe, very popular biking area, further away Giethoorn ( very nice with a canaltour, weekdays less crowded), Utrecht: take a coffee down to the storages along the canal, so unique. Amsterdam with lots of history & museums: Rijksmuseum, van Gogh museum, Anne Frank House and the "spiderweb formation" of the canals for a boattour or just a stroll, with our Eng. guidebook with walks. Highlights near Rotterdam (with its large harbour f.i .Harbourtour on the Maasvlakte2): the Kinderdijk: http://www.kinderdijk.com/ which is the nr. 1 for tourists. Amazing Delta works against the see: http://www.neeltjejans.nl/index.php/en/deltaworks. Other lovely old cities: Leiden for a boattour and afterwards a coffee on a boat instead on a court. Delft , van Goghs hometown, and city hall. Kroller-Muller Museum has a large collection of van Goghs, take enough time for that as it is only accessable via the National Park: http://kmm.nl/ Large (what is large in Holland?) natural reservations within close distance: at 200!!meters from our doorstep: the forest Horsterwold, then Oostvaardersplassen in a 20 km distance, favorite for deer- & bird watching and the Veluwe with the Royal Palace 't Loo at Apeldoorn, (palace itself is closed now, renovation) with a Versailles-like garden, summermonths opened, and the CODA museum. The Veluwe is for biking most popular.The province of Drenthe as well. Zeewolde has two attraction parks, 1 for swimming and lots of sensation in case of a rainy day: the Eemhof: 18 kms from our house, still in Zeewolde: http://www.dagjecenterparcs.nl/eemhof/ . And Walibi at Biddinghuizen.
Museums, the Hague: the Mauritshuis. One of my favourite museums and renovated, (Den Haag) as well as the Gemeentemuseum and the Panorama of Mesdagh (unique and one of the few left on earth). http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?,
Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, (the girl with the pearl earring!)Leny's favourite museum.
In Amsterdam: A lot of paintings to be seen in the beautifully renovated Rijksmuseum: Rembrandt, Van Goghmuseum, and of course, nowadays The Hermitage of Amsterdam, read our guide from Amsterdam, we have it in Eng. and Dutch. Take a Museumcard if you want to visit more than 3-4 museums. (less waiting , and a lot cheaper) Be aware of rows of people waiting for the Anne Frank house, make a slot reservation on internet. Museums CLOSED on Monday! Except some larger museums in Amsterdam or the Hague, check on the internet.
Laren; Singer museum, (which is the nearest from our house, we like it)
Otterloo: Kröller-Müller museum.
Several harbours with sailing facilities in Zeewolde. Sail the IJsselmeer and visit lovely old towns: Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Stavoren http://wolderwijd.nl.See the recommendation and for pictures of our kind Sloveninan HFE-ers navigating the Dutch waters! Sailing is very popular on the Friese Meren (Frysian Lakes) and the Loosdrechtse Plassen (lakes of Loosdrecht) or at Vinkeveense Plassen, you can hire there a sloep:/dinghy.
Car is recommended as the nearest railstations are in Harderwijk, Nijkerk and Almere. Busses from several places in Zeewolde to these cities as well. Free carparking at the railstations mentioned above. We have 1 lady bike and 1 mens bike (no electric) in the garage, when the weather is fine you can bike here on good paved paths (and see the tulips in the area, for the spring visitors).
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