“We had a great exchange with Monique, Hette and Nina. All correspondence was flawless and all questions answered. We really enjoyed our time staying at their home in Alkmaar. They have a fantastic wooden house with its own unique style. It is set in a small cluster on the canals and is ideally positioned and just a short walk to the station and the centre of town a little further but we used the bicycles and found them very handy to go into the centre every day. Alkmaar is a small picturesque city with a laidback feel. We really enjoyed strolling on its pedestrianised streets and having coffee in its cafes and bars along the canals. We also cycled to Bergen aan Zee which was a great day out and perfect to see the countryside on the green route. Alkmaar is also ideal for trips to Amsterdam and Haarlem which we did. We will certainly make a return visit. Thanks guys. ”
“Monique's house is wonderful, you can experience a real duch life waking up on the canal and living the quiet life of the marvellous neighborhood. The house is confortable, clean and well equipped and the fine architecture and the canal make unique your experience!! Monique and Hette are very nice and they treat our house better than us. Coming back we founded everything perfect!! It was a great pleasure met them, it made our swap completely successful!! We recomend to go in Holland to Monique's house, It's a great and relaxing experience!! Thank you Monique, Hette and Nina ”
“Notre échange avec la maison de Monique Olsder à Alkmaar s\'est déroulé dans d\'excellentes conditions. Construite en bois dans un environnement architectural au cachet moderne et chaleureux, cette maison a un réel charme. Elle est bien proportionnée pour 2-3 personnes et peut sans doute recevoir un groupe un peu plus grand. La cuisine est moderne et dispose de tout ce qu\'on souhaite. Le canal qui borde la maison au sud est charmant. Nous n\'avons hélas pas pu utiliser le petit bateau à disposition, vu le temps gris et froid qui a régné durant notre séjour. Nous n\'avons pas non plus utilisé les vélos, car configurés pour des tailles plus grandes que les nôtres. En revanche, le soleil était dans les coeurs. Nous avons profité du centre commercial tout proche et des transports publics, qui sont de qualité. La visite de la vieille ville d\'Alkmaar vaut à coup sûr le déplacement, que ce soit de jour ou le soir. Nous avons aussi eu l\'occasion de nous rendre à Keukenhof pour y admirer un exceptionnel parterre de tulipes, ainsi qu\'à Amsterdam, ville incontournable. Merci à Monique, sa fille et son compagnon.”
“Monique, Hette and Nina have a special wooden house on the waterfront. The house is cosy and comfortable and there are a great many shops and supermarkets just around the corner, very convenient. They left us little presents and we felt at home at once. Nina's guinea pigs are nice animals and easy to take care of. We used the family's bicycles to go to the city center (wonderful green bike path), to go to the seaside and see the famous tulip fields. We could even use their little boat to make a tour on the canal, very relaxing. We also went to Amsterdam for the day, it is an easy train trip. But in fact we liked Alkmaar bette! There was an easy contact by mail before and during the exchange. Our house was very clean when we got back, all in all a perfect exchange! We thank Monique, Hette and Nina for their good care and their kind words. We highly recommend this exchange.”
“Nous avons adoré la belle maison en bois au bord du canal et son environnement très dépaysant. Beaucoup de couleurs et d'originalité dans une maison très confortable. Que de surprises dans cette belle région! Les maisons, les moulins, les canaux; et les nombreuses pistes cyclables!!! Superbes et nombreuses balades à vélos. Merci à Monique, Hette et Nina pour leurs précieux conseils et leur extrême gentillesse. Un bel échange fait en toute confiance et parfaitement réussi.”
Where is it?
Our house is one of 75 timber frame houses, built by the Dutch architect Abe Bonnema, which form a little village in the north of Alkmaar. The neighbourhood is child friendly with little traffic.
A shopping centre and a parc are a five minutes walk away. The railway station Alkmaar Noord is nearby (15 minutes walk, 3 minutes by car). Here you can take the train, which will take you to Amsterdam in 40 minutes. The beautiful old city of Alkmaar has impressive monuments and looks like 'Little Amsterdam' with its canals. For years the city has been entitled to call itself one of the best shopping cities in the Netherlands. A cheese market is organised here every Friday in summer. In and around Alkmaar you can see a lot of old windmills.
Alkmaar is just fifteen minutes from the beach of the North Sea. The nearby villages Bergen and Schoorl offer tranquility, natural beauty, beaches and the highest and widest stretch of dunes in the country ideal for cycling and walking.
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