You want an unforgettable holiday in a lovely medieval town with beautiful surroundings? Centrally located, so you can discover Holland and even Germany if you like? Don't look any further! Our house is a nice and comfortable, semi detached home, that has been recently renovated. The house has everything to enjoy a comfortable stay where you have all the benefits of living in a pretty historic town, as well as the possibility to explore the nearby beautiful green surroundings ('de Achterhoek'), sights and cities as Amsterdam. Our kitchen-island has all you need like a dishwasher, oven, espresso machine and all other necessary equipment, the bathroom has a walk-in-shower and bath, there are 2 toilets. The doors of the kitchen open to our sunny, private garden (with swings and a little play house for kids). From the house it is a 100 meters to the river dike from where you have a beautiful view over the meadows and the river with boats passing by. From here you can enjoy a nice walk or bike ride alongside the river to the centre of town. We are sure you will like this as much as we do!
We live in a charming medieval town called Zutphen, which is only 75 minutes East of Amsterdam. It lies alongside the river IJssel, by many voted as the most beautiful river in Holland. Zutphen has a 'Charles Dickens feel' to it, it is a lovely small town with bendy streets and all kinds of nice shops, specialty stores, (organic) markets, museums, a cinema, theater, cosy bars and restaurants etc.
The area that Zuphen is part of is called 'De Achterhoek' and is famous for it's beauty. There are many nice villages and cities around and from here you can easily enjoy the beautiful scenery with small rivers, forests, old farms, castles and windmills (you can use our bikes to explore!). If you drive about 25-30 minutes, you enter the largest National Parc, de "Hoge Veluwe" with the Kroller Moller museum where you find many famous paintings of Van Gogh. If you have children there is also lots to do: have a stroll with a donky (fun!), visit one of the playgrounds a stones throw away, they can play with the children in the neighbourhood, you can visit one of the theme parcs or the monkey parc (within 30 minutes drive)....and much, much more.
Since we live in the heart of The Netherlands, it is easy to explore a big part of the country from here (by car or train), e.g. Amsterdam (75 minutes), Utrecht (1 hour) and The Hague (2 hours). If you like, you can even visit and explore Germany (the border is 35 minutes drive, Dusseldorf and Cologne 1,5 hour). We love it here, and we are sure you will love it too!
We are Hugo (36) and Bianca (38) and we have 2 sweet daughters called Isa (4,5) and Nora (3). We love to travel to far places as well as destinations in Europe, the Carribean, the USA,the Far East and elsewhere. We can exchange for a long weekend or up to +- 4 weeks, but we are open to long term exchanges as well. So we are quite flexible and keen to get to know you and your country!
WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A SUMMER EXCHANGE IN JULY/BEGINNING OF AUGUST 2011 + AN EXCHANGE WITH A SUNNY DESTINATION IN DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012. SO IF YOU WANT A WHITE CHRISTMAS...CONTACT US!
Echanging homes is not new for us, since we exchanged 6 or 7 times succesfully. We are looking forward to hear from you and in case we will swap, you don't have to worry: We will take care of your house as if it is ours!