One of the best ways to enjoy Giethoorn is to stay in rented boathouses. This ancient and enchanting Dutch village is known for its history, tranquility, old thatched-roof homes, wooden bridges, and lovely canals and lakes. There are several Giethoorn boathouses that promise a whole range of unique activities that could only happen while staying on the water. Think about wild swimming or fly fishing, or perhaps sightseeing, museum-hopping, and watching the setting sun.

Water Villa Intermezzo

Water Villa Intermezzo is a recreation boathouse for rent. Located on the Cornelisgracht, this luxurious boathouse provides ample space and comfort for four people, highlighting the beauty of minimalist Dutch Design and offering an amazing view of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park and the tourist centre of Giethoorn.

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Imagine staying inside this 95-sqm water villa with large glass walls and enjoying an interrupted view of the surrounding nature. It is like living amongst birds, deer and other beautiful species. The evening offers complete calm and relaxation as you unwind in the sheltered garden at the quay with several lounge areas and a private small port.

Another attraction when renting Water Villa Intermezzo is the view of passing boats, longboats, canoes, and local boats coming from Giethoorn. This boathouse’s location is just perfect, a good starting point going to Overijssel, Giethoorn and the Weerribben-Wieden National Park.

Those who’ve spent their time in this boathouse tell of their amazing experience. A guest said, “We had enjoyable moments with the family in this lovely boathouse. The house was very clean and perfectly equipped with all necessary items and equipment. The view over the river is fantastic from the house. Highly recommended for relaxing moments.”

Tiny Hanzeboat

On the other hand, when on a budget, try renting Tiny Hanzeboat, a 3-star accommodation that includes a kitchen, living room, and refrigerator. While it may not be as luxurious as Water Villa Intermezzo, Tiny Hanzeboat equally provides an amazing location on the waters of Giethoorn, about 15 minutes from Museum De Fundatie and Sassenpoort. It is also not far from Grote Markt and Rechteren Castle.

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This boathouse has a separate bedroom and living room, with housekeeping, a coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, and a terrace.

A local tourist described her experience: “Everything was tidy and very clean. Everything was thought of. Very spacious modern shower and kitchen, where you lacked nothing. Good bed. Nice location. ”

Meanwhile, a traveller from Germany said, ““The location in the marina, the proximity to the great little village Hattem, the cosiness on the boat; the care of the place in case of problems is great!” 


Another budget Giethoorn boathouse for rent is Bed-on-a-Boat, with a terrace and amazing views of the lake. You can find this water accommodation 41 km from Hoogeveen, 47 km from Zwolle and 33 km from Heerenveen. The nearest airport is Groningen Airport Eelde, which is about 56 km away.

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Aside from the beauty of winding down on Giethoorn water, Bed-on-a-Boat offers you a private parking space, free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, dining area and a flat-screen TV. Renting here means a chance to discover the area better and to go hiking, cycling, canoeing, or fishing.

A foreign renter from Mexico loved his time on Bed-on-a-Boat. He said, “The boat has everything to enjoy your stay, the hosts are really friendly. Nothing to complain about.”

A local tourist agreed and said, “The boat has everything you need and is greatly located close to the canal and city centre of Giethoorn. All facilities are in tip-top shape, and a deck that allows for great tanning during sunny seasons. We had an amazing time!”

For more options, there are several budget boathouses in Giethoorn, and they are often hidden away down the creeks or docksides. You could ask local skippers along the rivers and nearby canals for more information.

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