The Lake House has a quite magical atmosphere with its timbered structure internally and views of the lake from every window. The lake was clean and lovely to swim in. Pretty towns are easy to drive or cycle to and we found the tram ride to Amsterdam was a fantastic way to travel to the city. Further afield, Harlem was a great day trip with fewer crowds and good shopping, cafes and galleries. Marijke made us very welcome and rang us to ensure we were settled in and had all the information we needed on arrival.
There were 4 persons in our family roaster. My wife, me, our son teenager and mom of my wife. Skillfully selected team.
The house is situated with easy access from Amsterdam airport. We rented a car and reached the place rather quickly. However you'd better have a car living in Marijke's house. All the shops and markets are to be visited by car. We used a house like a base, crossing all small towns nearby.
Silvia met us in the house, explained all we needed. Everything was clearly.
The house is divided into two parts with a separated entrances. You can meet your neighbors but it is not getting strained. We were succeed to meet Marijke's friend, she lived in first part of the house.
So as we are from Moscow, 15-million people city, it was a real happiness for us to run out in the morning to rush into water from the boards that were situated within 15 meters from the house. And no one person! Only the dawn and you! If you would like to look at the dusk you'd come to another side of a sand-bank and admire of stunning views.
The atmosphere of a house was specific. This is a real family nest. Everywhere you can find some cozy details that make your heart beating often. Every evening my son entertained us and neighbors with piano playing. You can use it in free way.
The house was equipped with all you need, rooms were clean, bikes were ready to be rented).
Thanks a lot! Marijke, you place is wonderful. We had a lot of positive impressions
We are a big family group of seven and stayed at Marijke’s house the last week of June. Everything was great. The accommodation and the house are just amazing. So beautiful and perfect. The wooden house is lovely, with all that is needed and more (books, magazines, piano, games, spots to relax, huge kitchen, table tennis) And outside the house we had two lakes! One at the front where we bathed and had something to eat every day, and one at the back with a rowing boat to tow around the nearby channels.
Kids loved it!!!!! They didn’t want to leave the house.
To move around we hired bikes (4 from the house) and followed Marijke’s advices to go to Amsterdam or visiting all the Waterland (marken specially recommended).
But the best was the host. Marijke took us along the first bike trip to Amsterdam, helped us hire more bikes, gave us a lift with her car when needed, prepared desserts and croissants and bread, played with the children, etc, etc. We felt truly at home in a perfect, beautiful and lovely spot.
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Our stay at the Lake House was too short and full of complications, which had nothing to do with our accommodations or our hosts. I wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed all of the many great things here. Fresh country breakfasts and freshwater swimming were among our favorite things. Will definitely need to return someday.