Charming Historic House in the Center of the Netherlands


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Amersfoort is a quaint and charming city located in the heart of the Netherlands (e.g. 30 minutes from Amsterdam city center by public transport, 45 minutes from Schiphol Airport by public transport; less then 1,5 hours travel to face Rembrandt's Nightwatch in the Rijksmuseum. Our vacation home 'Johan' is situated in the historical city center of Amersfoort. The old building originates from approximately 1750. The name 'Johan' is derived from Johan van Oldenbarneveld. He was an influential statesman who was born near our B&B in September 1547. Our vacation home features all of today's modern conveniences and design. Maintaining and blending its original 1750 architectural details with contemporary Dutch design created a comfortable, homey setting to relax in style. It features two bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom, and an open-design living and dining space with comfortable furnishings and seating for six. It's kitchen is fully equipped for all of your needs. Our home accommodates sleeping for six. Too boost your experience choose amongst our many upgrades for a nominal fee: crib rental, child's bed rental, breakfast served, room tidying, afternoon tea and biscuits, fresh squeezed juices with cut fruit, etc.). Each destination worth visiting (within the Netherlands) is max 1.5 hours' drive away. The house is also very convenient for overseas professionals working in or near Amersfoort for a longer period of time up to three months. We are fully trained in English and can accommodate all of your language needs. We also speak German and French. Keywords: House

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  1. Opa
    As a Dutch born "Opa" I wanted to introduce my two grandsons--age 10 and 12--to life in Holland. I couldn't have picked a better place to start than the Johan B&B. From the moment the two boys climbed the steep stairs to their own 3rd floor hideaway they were hooked. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of floor space for their Lego blocks. Down a flight they liked the big shower head and on the ground floor they were intrigued by the typical Dutch "water closet." The house's location, two blocks from the Langestraat, Amersfoort's main shopping street, was ideal. In two days they found their own way to "Pataten van Van Gogh" and vowed they would eat them every day. For two boys with rather parochial American tastes, the presence of both McDonald's and KFC within easy walking distance was also a plus. The adults were especially appreciative of the warm reception--it included complimentary "drop," "stroopwaafels" and "ontbijtkoek"--the modern kitchen, the abundance of bath towels and a host of other small but important touches. The city map waiting for us with key locations such as the nearest "Albert Heijn" clearly marked was another indication of the extent to which Ingrid is attentive to the needs of her guests. This charming home is the perfect answer for visitors who want to experience the real Holland as opposed to a touristy hotel in Amsterdam. Try it and I'm sure you will agree. 11 August 2010 - 21:26:16
  2. Craig
    This house lived up to all the descriptions on this website, and was all around fantastic. Ingrid was able to provide useful suggestions both by email in advance and in person after we arrived, and went out of her way to make sure that everyone in our party was comfortable. The house couldn't be in a better location. It's both central and quiet, a combination that's always hard to find. Amersfoort is well connected by rail, making it a great hub for exploring Amsterdam or other neighboring cities. The city is also very charming in in own right, and we spent many hours just wandering the local canals and relaxing. We would certainly recommend this property to everyone we know, and we wouldn't hesitate to rent it again in the future. Thanks Ingrid! 15 August 2010 - 21:41:58
  3. Steven
    We stayed at Johan for two weeks and had a wonderful time. The house is in great position, right in the centre of the old city, and is very comfortable. It combines the historic charm of old Amersfoort with modern convenience and comfort. Our hosts were very helpful and generous with their time. 28 September 2010 - 18:17:18
  4. Steve
    My wife and two daughters stayed in "De Johan" for the month of December 2010. We absolutely loved our time in "De Johan" and in Amersfoort. "De Johan" is absolutely beautiful, far exceeding our already high expectations. And we loved the location - within the binnenstad and only a few steps from wonderful cafes, restaurants, and shopping. I have been in the Netherlands since August and the binnenstad - the medieval center of Amersfoort - is perhaps the most beautiful in the entire country. The location of Amersfoort was ideal as well. Since the north-south and east-west train lines meet here, it made our daily excursions to various parts of the country easy and efficient. And Ingrid and Henk certainly made us feel at home. For example, Ingrid put out wooden shoes and treats for my daughters so that on our arrival we could celebrate Sinterklaas and then, a few days later invited us to go ice skating in the center of the binnenstad and paid for our skate rentals and chocomel! Furthermore, Henk invited us out to the beautiful countryside to pick out a Christmas tree and then purchased it for us and, on top of that, gave us lights and ornaments to decorate it! They also lent us a sled so that we could pull our girls around town. We certainly hope to return to the Netherlands as a family and if we do, we know where we will be staying! Vriendlijk bedankt Ingrid en Henk! We will never forget you or our time at "De Johan" in Amersfooort. We miss it already. 05 January 2011 - 23:06:07
  5. Erika S.
    We just came back from a trip to Holland & stayed at this lovely home for 3 nights with our two sons, aged 9 and 2. It was such a wonderful change from hotels and so comfortable and delightful. We lived in Amersfoort many years ago, but had never seen the charming cobbled streets and old homes - we felt priveleged to have this exclusive address for a few days. The hosts are wonderful, warm and generous - they provided a wonderful lunch when we arrived and our sons adored the Easter eggs they left for us. The next time we go back, we will certainly consider staying here again. Only precautionary note - the parking situation is difficult - and there are many one way streets - best off parking in a garage and carrying your bags to the door. 05 April 2011 - 19:05:47
  6. We spend a week in amersfort at the end of april with our 2 sons and we really enjoy the house, it is beautifull, big, with all the amenities includedon the description Ingrid is an amazing person providing us tips on what to do and were to go. We reallly love our time there and will return as soon as posible. 02 May 2011 - 11:45:35
  7. The S Family
    The pictures on the web site accurately portray the house. It's nicely furnished, has great kitchen supplies, and is clean and comfortable. The beds were comfortable as well and there was plenty of bath towels and supplies. The owner was very kind and always willing to help us. We took an excursion with the owner, Ingrid, who owns a catering business, We went to the The National Park De Hoge Veluwe in her red VW bus. We were dropped off at the park entrance, given little snack bags and rode bikes to the museum entrance, toured both inside and outside, hopped back on bikes and rode to the other side of the park where we were met by Ingrid. We then were driven to the countryside and set up for an outdoor picnic. This was a five course mid-day meal with various traditional dutch dishes. It was delicious and we were made to feel very special. This was a wonderful way to see some of the countryside. We would recommend this house and the tiny town of Amersfoort. There was always something to see and do in this town. The architecture and shopping was awesome! All the restaurants we ate at were quite good, but the one that stands out the most was the Pompey. Excellent food and service. 30 June 2011 - 01:46:46
  8. HAC189867
    We are no strangers to Holland; my husband was born here, and we make short visits every few years. However, establishing a home-base for weeks adds to the experience - especially by choosing central, convenient, interesting Amersfoort and Johan B&B and coming when we did on the eve of the Queen's birthday and during Holland's WWII Memorial week. This is a late posting on our terrific three-week stay (May, 2011) at Ingrid's and Hank's charming rental. Usually when we rent, we seldom see our hosts and receive little in the way of services. In Ingrid's case, we were overwhelmed with kindness and attention. We were welcomed with treats, she cleaned, even did our laundry and brought flowers weekly. She forbid us to vacuum on our own!!! Plus she provided invaluable tips that added to our pleasurable stay. The house is perfect: excellent kitchen with every convenience, great shower and beds, wireless (once we got it going....), private breakfast patio, walking distance to everything you could possibly need. Look no further... 10 August 2011 - 13:18:57
  9. Canadian Crew
    This was our first visit to Holland, and staying at Johan B&B added to the richness of the experience. Ingrid and Henk were wonderful hosts who were most helpful in providing information on the markets, laundry facilities, and even local sites to see. For not knowing anything about the country, we ended up renting in a place which is very central in Holland. We enjoyed coming back to the house and resting after a full day of exploring and visiting with relatives. The house is situated in the older part of Amersfort and is best to be accessed by foot from one of the parking facilities on ring road (if you have a car). The house is located within walking distance (less than 5 minutes) of major shopping. My daughter and I really enjoyed all the shops and even made a day of it. I think the best part of the house was we were able to experience the local flavor of the area as it is not a really a tourist area. Another plus to the house and area is it is only a 10 minute walk to the train station which can get you to Amsterdam in about 35 minutes. We loved the comfort and the home atmosphere of this rental and would definitely stay here again if the opportunity presented itself. 25 August 2011 - 21:00:51
  10. The Johan house was a delightful place to stay! We stayed for 11 days and rented bikes so we could enjoy the quaint town, the surrounding parks and musuems. We rented a car for 1 week and found that the location of Johan house is within easy driving distance to most of the Netherlands. We visited Nord Holland, Zuid Holland, Flevioland, Gelderland and Drenthe. We took the train to Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The house was very functional and clean. We enjoyed Ingrid's hospitality and she gave us very useful information on where to travel and which sights to see. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Ingrid on our last evening. The dinner was very tasty and full of dutch cuisine surprises. I would recommend this property to friends and relatives. The overall charm of the house and its local in Amersfoort made our vacation in the Netherlands very enjoyable. 01 September 2011 - 16:55:37
  11. Yolanda R.
    We had an amazing time in Holland and our stay at the Johan house made it so. This was our kids first trip to Europe. When we arrived at the house, they couldn't believe the quaintness or "coolness" of the house and its location near an old city center. Ingrid was an amazing host. The house and its location was perfect. A 20 minute walk and you are at the train station where you can go anywhere in Holland. Ingrid provided a cell phone (where you purchase minutes and upload them) and she even purchased groceries for us so that we would have food upon our arrival on Sunday (no stores are open on Sunday). We also had WiFi. Highly recommended for everyone. If and when we go back to Holland, I would stay here. 19 May 2012 - 14:13:41
  12. Karen S.
    This was our second time staying at this awesome house! Ingrid is so helpful and friendly. We can only say that she goes above and beyond the call of duty!!! What a great welcome after travelling a long distance. All the comforts of home!! We stayed here with our son, daughter in law and 2 small children, while our other young adult children stayed close by, thus making it possible to come and eat supper and visit with us daily. We can't say thank you enough for allowing us to stay at your home!! Everything is so close, which makes it wonderful to walk into town for groceries, shopping or dinner. The location is to be highly recommended! You can walk to the train station quite easily. We will definitely stay here again if we go to Holland. Thank you so much for everything, Ingrid!! We really do appreciate all that you are and all that you do. It was a pleasure seeing you....again!!! 10 June 2013 - 18:52:37
  13. Hans
    We stayed here in November for the second time. The first time was in April. The hosts are wonderful people. The house is magnificent, roomy, clean and located in a great spot in the wonderful old city of Amersfoort. This is definitely a spot we will keep going back to time and again when visiting Holland (which we do once or twice a year). 29 December 2013 - 17:53:12
  14. Gaily
    We stayed at Johan huis for 10 days while visiting family in Holland. Ingrid, the owner, was very helpful and we really appreciated her attention to all the details. The house was spotlessly clean, comfortable, and the location is perfect -- close to all the great shops and restaurants in Amersfoort! We highly recommend staying at this lovely home to anyone visiting The Netherlands! :) 28 February 2014 - 19:46:56
  15. Rachelle R.
    We had a wonderful time during our stay in Amersfoort. Not only did we visit the town we were able to easily tour other parts of the country ... Amsterdam, Utrecht, Deventer, De Hogue Veluwe and Leiden. Johan house couldn't have been a better base for our travels. A great location and a wonderful place to come home to each day. In addition Ingrid was a warm and attentive host. Highly recommended. 22 April 2014 - 22:20:15
  16. M & N
    My family and I had the privilege to stay in this delightful home and it exceeded all our expectations. Perfectly located and walking distance to the train station. The house was very clean and the sunny courtyard was the perfect place to sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing. Ingrid is delightful and very helpful with information about shopping and places to see in Amersfoort. I would absolutely recommend this charming home and without a doubt will return in the future. 05 June 2014 - 17:03:30
  17. Max C.
    My family came from Amersfoort long ago (1625) and I had done some research and decided to visit as a family so that the children would gain appreciation for their heritage. The Johan house was absolutely idea for this in every way. It is directly situated on a charming quiet street but yet directly in the center of town. The children greatly enjoyed riding bikes everywhere to explore the town and coming back to the house as an easy to find home base. I travel a lot for work and Amersfoort is one of the most beautiful old European towns that I have visited: safe, clean, friendly, quiet, huge old town market square, great places to dine by a canal and a lively night life. Back to the house: it is stunning well designed in the restoration that Ingrid and her husband recently completed so while the house has the old world charm it is completely updated. You will find it very clean, well equipped and great internet wifi. Typical of the Dutch, well kept and homey but not sterile. The bedrooms are great and so are the bathrooms. Ingrid was also so kind to do some grocery shopping for us before we arrived as we would be coming in as a full family jet-lagged from a long journey. That small gesture was a huge help for us. 27 August 2015 - 14:38:25
  18. ludovic f.
    La maison est trs confortable et admirablement meuble. Amersfoort est une ville qui vaut le dtour et elle nest qu une quarantaine de minutes du centre historique dAmsterdam. La propritaire est charmante et parle trs bien franais. 06 November 2017 - 17:06:00
  19. Myra W.
    Our family (two adults and two children) spent about three weeks at this lovely house located within the old part of the town of Amersfoort. The house is located among narrow cobblestoned streets and we nearly had a heart attack when we arrived and thought about how and where we would park our car. There were no problems though because we had free access to an underground car-park a short walk from the house. The house is located a few minutes walk from lots of great shops and restaurants. It is also a central place for visits around The Netherlands including De Hoge Veluwe national park where you can ride the free push bikes. The house is very well furnished with modern touches and includes a nice kitchen with all the facilities you could hope for. The host, Ingrid, was super helpful e.g. loaning our kids a soccer ball so they could play in the nearby park and did everything she could to ensure our visit was as pleasant as possible. We would definitely recommend this place - Ian, Mira and kids ... 27 March 2016 - 04:41:21
  20. Stephen K.
    The house is in a perfect location for exploring the charming city of Amersfoort and its good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. The house is very comfortable and well equipped. Ingrid is a very friendly and helpful host. Highly recommended. 20 December 2017 - 10:18:00

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