Our home is in a small house (65m2) in the center of Gouda in a street where most of the houses are from the 19th century. Even though we are in the center it is actually really quiet and you don't feel like you are in a city at all.
We are a 500 meters from the market with it's gorgeous 15th century town hall. From April to end of August you can visit the famous cheese market. Within a 7 minute walk you are at the central train and bus station which will take you to other cities (Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft) easy and fast. From Rotterdam you have easy access to big cities in other countries as well (Paris, London e.o).
Our home is not big, but has everything you need to be comfortable during your stay here. When entering the house, you almost immediately end up in the long and narrow living room with dining area. These long and narrow houses are very typical for this type of Dutch houses. There is a smart TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube on it, and has a Wii U connected to it. There are lots of board games (even some English ones) for you to use.
After the living room you will find the kitchen with microwave, oven, blender, coffeemaker, water boiler and sandwich iron which are all available for you to use. You will find the fridge and freezer with enough food for you to start, so you don't have to concern yourself with finding somewhere to eat and you can get settled first. There is a small laundry room with a washer. Through the laundry room you can access a small outdoor area. The bathroom with shower is also on the ground floor.
You can access the first floor by stairs. Here you can find two bedrooms. One with a double bed (140×200) and one with a single bed with an extra bed underneath. So two beds of 90x200. The latter room is my sons bedroom so there are a lot of toys here (Lego, soldiers and Playmobil mainly) which your kid can use if he/she wants to. There is a Smart TV with PS3 and PS4 connected to it. From this room you can access a roof deck where the sun is on for most part of the day (until 17.00/18.00).
You have access to the whole house. First floor is accessible by stairs. Since my son is already 10 it doesn't have any safety barriers.
Car exhange is possible.
Important to know: there are pets in the house. One cat, two bunnies and a hamster. It would be great if they can be taken care of while you stay in our home. Bunnies and hamster could be boarded if needed. The cat will stay. She is a senior and boarding her would be too stressful.
If you would like to stay elsewhere overnight (for example when taking a longer trip from Gouda) my neighbor can step in to do the care taking for you. The bunnies can be boarded.
If you have pets, we are happy to take care of them as well. Makes us miss our own less :).
Cupboard / drawers
First aid kit
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Sport and leisure
Good public transport
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
The house is located in a street with mostly shops, but since Gouda is not a big city and shops close at six it is actually really quiet. Everyone in the street is friendly and is always up for a chat or lending a hand. A little further down the street there are mostly families living there so you can find several little playgrounds and parks around for the kids.
Living in the center means that everything you need is at hand. Different stores, bakery on the corner, restaurants (some closed on Sunday). A supermarket is a few minutes walk away. Even the central train and bus station is close by and is a 7 minute walk. Which makes it easy to make trips around the country or even outside the Netherlands.
Gouda is a great historical city with a lot to explore. Such as the town hall and St. Jan church (15th century). There are several city tours available to explore Gouda and get interesting background information. There is a local indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a city beach, museums, indoor playgrounds, cinema, lots of restaurants and shops. For more information: https://welcometogouda.com/.
Gouda is great at organizing events. In summer there is live music and food festivals for example. Every Thursday cheese market and Saturday regular market. In autumn and winter there are several events as well. Like Zotte Zaterdag in October (medieval festival). Or in December and January an ice skating-rink. Last year one was made in a church!
The area in and around Gouda is great for biking, but also for great walks and water sports. Reeuwijk for example is a nearby village which has water to surf or swim. Or just go there for a walk or bike ride. If you want the go to the sea side there are several options nearby as well.
In and around Gouda everything is done by bike easily, but there are a lot of buses also that will take you everywhere you need. If you want to explore outside of Gouda you can use public transport or if agreed upon use my car. There is a great railway and subway network around the bigger cities and Gouda is perfectly located in the center of them.
This means that you can get to bigger cities by train easily. For example Rotterdam 20 minutes (three pictures included), The Hague 25 minutes, Utrecht 25 minutes, Amsterdam 55 minutes, Leiden 45 minutes, Delft 45 minutes. Of course the Netherlands isn't that big so you can go to any city you like and make a day trip.
You can even travel outside the Netherlands and explore other parts of Europe. For example Belgium (Antwerp 1,5 hours or Brussels 2,5 hours) by train if you like. Or what about Paris? From Rotterdam the Thalys will take you there in just 2,5 hours. But also Germany is accessible (Cologne or Dusseldorf 3 hours). And if you want to go a little further. London is 4 hours by direct train from Rotterdam :).
Schiphol Airport is one hour by train away (change trains once in Utrecht). Rotterdam Airport is 45 minutes away (one train and one bus).
So lots to do and easy to get to even without a car. I will make sure I will leave you with all the details you need and pick out some of the highlights that might be of interest to you.
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I am a freelance writer and marketeer so I might do some work while I'm travelling. In my spare time I practice yoga, take bike rides, swim listen to a lot of music (fifties mainly). We love nature, outdoors and animals. Therefore I work as a volunteer at the local wildlife center from the animal rescue.
My ultimate travel goal is to visit every state in the US (I know...very long term goal haha). My son's travel goal is to see as many animals in the wild as he can and has his mind set to South Africa :). Within Europe we are open to anything but prefer locations with easy access or driving distance.