“My husband, daughter and I had the most wonderful experience staying in Anke's beautiful home and in the delightful little town of Zwolle! Where can I start - with Anke's very clean, neat, well-equipped, utterly comfortable and pretty house and garden or Anke's amazing hospitality, kindness and thoughtfulness. She went out of her way for us in a way no host has on Air Bnb or any home exchange. Our train arrived very late and she welcomed up with lots of lovely eats for dinner and made sure the kitchen and pantry were stocked with all the necessities until we were able to go to the supermarket. The house was equipped with everything we needed. The next day she drove us around and gave us a great tour of Zwolle and another town and dropped us off at the town square. She even offered to pick us up in a faraway town where our train broke down on the way to Zwolle. I also greatly appreciated her gesture of accommodating us even though her place was not quite available, by staying with her mother and leaving her home for us. The beds were divinely comfortable and we felt so well rested after a 22 hour plane and train journey from America. The garden outside was very pretty to relax and have a meal. The location is just perfect! The supermarket is a short walk away. The taxi to the town center and train station is also a short , inexpensive ride. The neighborhood is idyllic and serene and I walked around for hours in the woods and the picture postcard village with beautiful little canals studded with pretty, well-manicured houses and gardens. I went on to Amsterdam, feeling that Zwolle was prettier and Anke the best host that you would be lucky to have! Needless to say, I highly recommend this fantastic home exchange!”
Anke's reviewsAs a host (16)
“This was our first home exchange and we loved it. Zwolle is somewhere we had not heard of before but it is a really beautiful city with picturesque surroundings and I can recommend it as an area well worth a visit. You are still not far from Amsterdam and also the German border for a day visit but there is already a lot to see in the area close by. Anke's communication was fantastic, the exchanges were easy and informative and her home book information pack was a great reference point. We loved the house, we live in an old countryside farmhouse so the contrast of a modern townhouse where you can cycle to the city made a great holiday. The house is clean, practical, modern and homely. Anke already has lots of great reviews but they are well-deserved and she will look after someone else's house with great care and attention Thank you again for the swap and Holland has a much bigger place in our hearts than it did before Su Peter George and Lily ”
“Easter 2017 we had a long weekendexchange with Anke and her children. Our oldest boy loved everything in the house, the boysroom has a firefighterbed and we almost couldn\'t get him out of it!!! The home was lovely and well taken care of, the city Zwolle is really beautifull and by train Amsterdam and other must sees in the Netherlands are easy accesable as well! We had a great time at the "Leemkoele" a great place in a forrest for children to play and we found the best place to eat icecream!!! :D Thanks for the exchange, thanks for taking good care of our home and cat and perhaps we\'ll meet again someday!”
“We have just spent 2 fantastic weeks in very nice Zwolle and visited different beautiful places through the Netherlands : Urk, Ameland island, Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Giethoorn, Alkmaar. We appreciated that everywhere kids were welcome and received a special attention! We enjoyed discovering the city and surroundings by bike. We were happy to make our first home swap with Anke who is a very helpful, trustful and so kind person. We could easily keep in touch before and during our stay. The house was lovely and practical. Everything ran perfectly. We found our house very clean and ordered, the beds were made up and the fridge was fulled! We recommend everyone to exchange with this nice family in this pleasant city and country.”
“Hello Anke, We have enjoyed our week in your lovely and cosy house. The house has all the necessary equipment for a family with two young children. We have visited children's playground, farm, pancake boat (typically Dutch) and the city of Zwolle. The environment is nice and quiet and the shopping malls are really close by the house. We really enjoyed our stay in your house. Thank you, Nilou and family ”
“We spent two lovely weeks in Zwolle in August 2017. We would highly recommend Anke\'s house if you want to discover the North of Holland. The house is surrounded by incredible landscape that can be discover by bike. Lakes, channels, rivers... invite you to do long and peaceful rides. Amsterdam is easily accessible by car as well as other Hanseatic cities like Kampen, Deventer, Hattem or the incredible village of Giethoorn. Anke\'s house is comfortable and has all you need in the neighborhood. The city of Zwolle offers you culture, restaurants and cinemas. Also, in 30 minutes you can reach Walibi recreation park, ideal for teenagers. Anke is the kind of person that you can rely on. Communication with her was very nice and easy from the beginning and she always helped us. In our return home, our house had been well taken care of and our neighbors said that her kids were very educated and quiet. We did not have the chance to meet Anke and the kids in person at the airport but met Pedro who so kindly helped us in our arrival and departure.”
“Nous avons passé 15 jours cet été en Hollande et nous avons tout simplement adoré la découverte de ce pays que nous ne connaissions pas. La maison de Anke et Pedro est très joli et très typique avec un grand jardin où nous pouvions profité pleinement de l'extérieur. Nous avons sans cesse bouger et nous avons pu découvrir plein de belles choses même aux alentours proches. Le centre ville de Zwolle est très joli et nous avons pu testé les ballades à vélo jusqu'au centre. Les pistes cyclables sont vraiment bien faites. Nous sommes restés en contact avec Anke et Pedro pendant notre échange et c'était vraiment bien de pouvoir échanger en direct toutes nos impressions. Ils ont pu encore nous donner des conseils sur mesure même si notre arrivée avait déjà était bien préparé grâce à un book home. Bravo pour vos préparatifs et merci encore pour ces merveilleux moments. Nous recommencerons, nous n'avons pas pu tout faire. Christelle, Joseph, Hugo et Andrea.”
“Anke,Pedro, Marloes and Stephan gave us the opportunity to stay at their beautiful home. Their house is very comfortable and has a splendid garden. We could use their bikes, what we really appreciated and also exchanged cars. We loved exploring Zwolle and its surrounding area, but, thanks to the excellent transport facilities, could visit other cities as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The whole exchange process was very easy thanks to Pedro and Anke kindness and quick response. When we met for a minute in the airport we felt like good old friends. They left the house very clean and took good care of it. Definitely, do not hesitate to contact Anke and Pedro if you are considering an exchange with a Dutch family.”
“We just returned from five days relaxation in beautiful Zwolle. The house is classical Dutch, in three levels and fitted for efficient family life. The garden is well equipped for both children and adults – I can imagine it being a true oasis in summertime. Zwolle is very charming and the house is located in biking distance from the town center. Zwolle town and the area around it offer a lot of different activities, even more than we had the time to test during our short stay. We can easily recommend you an exchange with Anke, Pedro and their children, especially since they took good care of our house, and left it almost more clean and tidy than received.”
“We have had a very nice exchange at Anke’s home. Zwolle is a really beautiful city which has everything you need, shops (lots of them), entertainment and facilities to spend your leisure time. It also allows you to explore the country, being at less than two hours (in many cases much less) from all the major cities in the Netherlands. Anke’s home was very clean and tidy when we arrived and it is really spacious, working just fine for a 4 member family. The backyard was particularly cosy and we loved having some tea in the sun whenever the weather was nice. As for our own home, when we came back, it was really neat and tidy as well. We would like to thank Anke and her family for treating our home with so much respect and for letting us enjoy theirs. We would certainly recommend this property for an exchange. ”
“Nous avons passé une dizaine de jours chez Anke en août 2018. Nous cherchions des vacances reposantes et des activités adaptées pour nos 3 enfants. La maison d’Anke ainsi que les environs de Zwolle ont parfaitement répondu à nos attentes. La maison est chaleureuse et bien entretenue. Les enfants étaient ravis de pouvoir jouer aux playmobil et au babyfoot. Zwolle est une ville agréable. Nous avons fait du vélo en toute sérénité avec les enfants. Nous n’avons d’ailleurs quasiment pas utilisé la voiture. Nous avons profité du centre-ville et de ses nombreux magasins et restaurants, du lac de Zwolle, de la traversée en ferry à Hattem, des glaces et d’une balade en bateau dans les impressionnantes tourbières de Weerribben-Wieden. A notre retour, tout était parfait dans notre maison. Un grand merci à Anke et à sa famille pour cet échange ainsi que pour la simplicité et la rapidité de nos discussions.”
“We had a good time in Zwolle. Is was very, very cold (-8) but that was everywhere. The house was nice, our children played with all the playmobil. We visited Dinoland, the Wythemerplas en because it was cold we also went ice-skating on a lake nearby. That was beautiful. Zwolle and the surrounding is very nice if you like to go on a bike or walking. When we arrived back home, Anke left the house clean and she even made our beds! We recommend a swap with Anke and her children. Contact was very easygoing and it was nice we even met each other for a short time.”
“We had a lovely holiday in Zwolle. The family had made a comprehensive house information pack,which made settling in easy. The house has a nice long garden which you can look out to from the lounge. The neighbours on both sides were very friendly and helpful and our kids enjoyed playing with the boys next door. Also great to have all the toys to play with - very much appreciated both by our children and us! There is a really nice lake and beach about a 15 minute cycle away. In conclusion, a very nice swap and we have some great memories to take away with us. The family left our house very tidy with all the beds made up - much appreciated!”
“This 5 days exchange was another excellent swap experience. The house in Zwolle was very comfortable for us. My boys loved to play with the soccer table and toys. There are a lot of nice things to do and see in the neighbourhood. We enjoyed strokes in the forest (beautiful during the fall!), visiting Zwolle, Dinoland and the Bakkerijmuseum in Hattem. The communication with Anke was always very nice and helpful. She left our house in perfect condition. We are even talking about exchanging again with this nice family :-) There is so much more to see and do in Overijssel! A swap with this family is heartily recommended!”
“Hi Anke and family! Thank you for the great swap which we did during summer 2015. We enjoyed staying in your cosy home. We explored both neighbourhood and city center on bike. Zwolle is beautiful with the small houses and flower beds everywhere you look. We also made trips to Amsterdam and the former royal palace Het Loo as well as the fun park Slagharen. On sunny days, we went swimming in the local lake. This was our first swap, and Anke was very helpful with answering practical questions. We also kept contact via Whatsapp during the stay, which was very helpful. Our house and pets were perfectly taken care of. Best regards, Lotte”
“We passed a very good stay in your house. The town of Zwolle is very pleasant. We could go for walks with bicycles on by marked out courses. The north of the Netherlands is easily accessible as well as the Wadden Islands. We found our house as had left we. Thank you for your reception and we wish you full with beautiful exchanges!!!”
Where is it?
Our neighborhood consists especially houses with greenery. We have different playgrounds around within walking distance. There is a supermarket 1 km away and an entire shopping center at 1 km away. With public transport you can access from Zwolle throughout the Netherlands very well. By car, you are in 5 minutes on the highway. The center of Zwolle is very authentic and at 15 minutes by bicycle. The beauty of the area's diversity: one moment you cycle through the woods, the next moment on a dike along the river IJssel. Zwolle is located in the middle of Netherlands, with the car you drive in just over one hour to Amsterdam and the other larger cities. Nice authentic cities nearby are Kampen, Hattem, Deventer, Meppel. In the north of the Netherlands are the "wadden"Islands, for a daytrip or to spend a few days.
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