Houseboat Tjalk de Dankbaarheid

Lovely houseboat near Amsterdam
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“I sleep on a houseboat near the island of Woude in a Dutch lake called Alkmaardermeer, but I feel like I’ve disappeared from the earth’s trees for a while and don’t have anything to do with anyone out there. Just what I needed: freedom!”

The four-person classic Tjalk is decorated in a beautiful vintage-style and besides a whole boat, you have your own garden with outdoor kitchen and outdoor bath as well! Because you are staying at a tiny island, it feels like you are sleeping in the middle of nowhere while the houseboat is just a 30-minute drive from Amsterdam and the North Sea beach!

Inside you will find made-up beds, a pile of towels and a bathtub under the skylight next to the wood-burning stove. No worries: there is also central heating on board. There is a kitchen with everything you need, a seating area, a couch and a toilet. De Dankbaarheid also has a garden which has an outdoor bathtub, dining table, outdoor kitchen and lounge benches. There are two free bikes and two canoes for usage: perfect! The island itself is lovely. It is small, but offers a lot of unspoiled nature and you can walk around the island in just two to three hours.

I loved the welcoming bottle of rum and all amenities to make an old-fashioned hot chocolate with rum and marshmallows. God, I loved it! Another lovely detail: the old-fashioned typewriter had a paper that welcomed us personally and gives you an opportunity to write a short story or poem. I couldn’t help myself and started typing:

a quiet boat
on a quiet lake
under quiet rain
floats in my mind
and even if
today gets loud
or scary
i know i can find
that quiet boat
in the quiet forest
the quiet forest
of my brain
anytime i wish
i can sail and dream
in a quiet boat
under the quiet rain

Laura
Founder & Boho Wanderer - The Boho Guide
Laura is a storyteller, passionate earthling, travel writer & free spirit. She is founder of The Boho Guide and travel blog What About Her, fascinated by mountains and always on the road for adventure. She loves wildlife, forests, dresses, tattoos, wine and everything bohemian. Find her where the wild things are…
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