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Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

'Have you ever slept in a Kaakberg? It is a typical building in this area, in the past used for hay. Country & Lake is an ideal place for your vacation in The Netherlands! Our house is beautiful located in the countryside at the IJsselmeerdijk very near Edam, an old 'cheese' town. We rent this property with lots of windows with open views into the countryside. Read the guestbook to learn from previous guests!

The house has a lot of space with three floors (living/diningroom and kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom with bathtub) and a view over the lake. Oak floors, beautiful designed, fine linens and most important: location, location, location!

You will have the use of the relaxing space with a sauna, and fitness equipment (Bowflex Power Pro ). Outside on the terrace is a (Sundance) Spa. You can also use one of the other terraces upstairs too to eat and relax. There's a place to park your car, the area is very safe. There's a laundryroom with washingmachine, dryer and possibilities to iron. In the same space there's a computer for the guests to use to pick up or write emails. Or you can work WiFi in your room. You will have your own free entrance.

It's a very beautiful place for writing, reading a good book (books available too in different languages!) and there are lots of opportunities to explore the countryside by foot, bicycle or boat. Besides Edam & A'dam there are a lot of interesting places nearby. You can also make daytrips to the Northsea & the bulbfields (April).

There is a little beach, over the dike where you can swim in the summer in the lake. The nearest public transportation is 3 miles (Edam), but we provide bikes for the guests.

See and read more on our website! And read the independent GUESTBOOK with experiences from travelers.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Mostly you will be in contact with me (Saskia), since my husband doesn't like computers at all. I live with my husband Onny in this house already more than 25 years. My husband is director and I am a playwright. The vacation rental is something we do beside this. We love to be in contact with people from all over the world and help them to explore the Netherlands. We love to travel ourselves too, as this picture shows, taken in 2009 in Sedona.

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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Danke, danke, danke! Ein traumhaftes Ambiente in wunderschöner Landschaft!

Vielen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft!

Wir kommen bestimmt wieder!

Jul 2011
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46 Reviews

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Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer

Exceeding expectations....

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing two weeks in the Country and Lake apartment - and we don't say that lightly since we travel with two small children (twin boys of 2 years old).... The actualy apartment, amentities and surroundings surpassed any expectations we had based on the descriptions on the Internet. The apartment is beautiful, clean, tastfully decorated (including beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers), and the view (typical Dutch) is magnificent. Many of the days we were there, we just stayed "home", with the kids playing in the big garden (including sandbox), and us, adults, enjoying the quiet and the view. Or we hopped over the dyke to play on the beach. Or we rode our bikes along the dyke to the quaint little town Edam. One of the days we went to Amsterdam to visit the zoo (Artis) and this was only a 40-minutes drive.

Saskia and Onny were wonderful hosts and they helped us make the apartment child-friendly (they had two cribs for us available, put up a gate on top of the stairs, and even lent us some toys for the boys!).

We were/are so pleased with our stay at the Country and Lake that we are considering coming back there for next year's vacation!
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer

Great location, clean and all the conveniences!

  • 5 of 5
For the past 12 years, we have travelled every year and have rented a house in some part of Europe. Country & Lake is by far the BEST rental we have stayed in. There is no doubt that we will be back next year.My husband and I spent the first week in April in the 3-level barn-house. The views are stunning. The view from the living room area (2nd floor) overlooks the wetlands (green-green fields), which we found to be incredibly peaceful and relaxing to watch. We loved to see the ducks, geese and other interesting birds flying around, feeding (and nesting, apparently) in the field. The farmer next door has horses, a pony and sheep, which hang-out in right in front of the huge picturesque windows. There were lambs this time of the year and it was really entertaining to watch them run around (they reminded us of puppies; following one another, tearing back-and-forth). The view from the master bedroom on the 3rd floor overlooked the Lake, which offered a whole different perspective and reminded us of how inventive the Dutch have been, managing the sea! The lower level offers a sauna and a really wonderful spa-type room, which I really enjoyed sitting in late afternoon, when the sun streamed in. In addition to the gorgeous views, we enjoyed watching the children bicycling to school every morning and the enthusiastic cyclists who used the country road, also visible from the 2nd floor living room area.
The house has ALL the conveniences and was spectacularly clean and comfortable. Onny and Saskia are warm hosts (and Fred, their cat), always ready to help.
The area is charming and there is a lot to explore; the local stores, supermarkets, bakeries and general feel is very rural. Oh, and the very narrow bridges can prove quite challenging by car (it helps to have mirrors that retract), although there were other routes to avoid the village bridges.
While the property is secluded (which we look for in a property), it was easy to be in the throng of community and navigate the small towns. It was very easy to get into Amsterdam by car (although I understand that transportation by bus is also very easy to manage). After our week at Country & Lake, we boarded a 10 day Viking River Cruise with stops in The Netherlands and Belgium. The cruise was truly wonderful, but my husband and I both agree: if we were to do it over, we would have preferred to spend our 2 and 1/2 week vacation staying-put, in Warden at THIS property. Thanks, Saskia and Onny!
  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenni and Neil,
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you both as our guests. We were amazed by the energy and enthousiasm you have as travellers, taking advantage of all the possibilties there are to explore and enjoy the places you visit.
We hope there will be much more beautiful trips ahead and you are more than welcome to come to Country & Lake again.
With warm greetings from Holland, Onny and Saskia
Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer

Wonderful vacation :)

  • 4 of 5
Dear Saskia and Onnie,

Once again a big thank you for the wonderful time we had at your place.
We stayed with our dog in the small apartment which was large enough for the 3 of us, it is so romantically furnished.
The place is wonderful, Edam is a wonderful small city, we often went by foot or by bike. Also the location is perfect, very close to the wonderful Dijke :)
Onnie and Saskia also helped us with every single wish or question. Perfect vacation and location to be with a dog or to have a romantic stay. The garden and it's view is wonderful.

Thank you and hope to see you again

Fabienne, Jean-Paul and Tequila
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Fabienne, Jean Paul and Tequila,

Thank you for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest and Tequila was a very nice and well behaving dog. Even Fred (our cat) was relaxed with him!

Onny and Saskia
Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer
Palo Alto, California, United States

Peaceful country place accessible to Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5
There's always something to watch from the large apartment's living room. The big Holland sky with the ever-changing weather. A large green vista of fields and canals, relaxing to the eyes. Horses pastured nearby, frolicking, gamboling, or just feeding. The industrious farmer who lives next door at his many tasks. Staring out the window at the canals and fields and farm animals feels like being in Holland of 150 years ago.
The apartment is modern and clean. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen. The TV has an excellent sound system. Upstairs, the bedroom is a peaceful airy room with beautiful views of the lake nearby. It has a high ceiling and a wonderful bathtub. Downstairs, a sauna, hot tub, and outdoor patio where we ate when the weather cooperated. Also a computer/laundry room. The owners are super-nice. They gave us rides from the bus station.They also provided us with working bicycles and locks so we could do our errands in nearby Edam, or take the bus to Amsterdam. Most important, they gave us privacy.
If you want to spend a week in the Amsterdam area, consider this little slice of heaven, and take the bus when you feel the need to be in the city. Otherwise, enjoy Dutch country life or the charming small town of Edam.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer

The location and quality of your apartment are among the best we have ever rented.

  • 5 of 5
We are writing to thank you for your wonderful hospitality during our recent one-week stay at Country & Lake. The location and quality of your apartment are among the best we have ever rented. In the immediate area we so enjoyed walking on the lakeshore, the fields with the sheep and horses, and the quiet. But the location is also within easy reach of Amsterdam, Keukenhof, and other towns.

The apartment is so spacious, with its wonderful views of the lake and the canal. We spent many restful hours simply enjoying those views. And the apartment is so light and airy, with comfortable furniture in the lounge, and the huge dining table in the superbly equipped kitchen. The bedroom, with its ensuite bathroom and balcony overlooking the lake, is truly luxurious.

The fresh flowers in the bedroom and the on the kitchen table when we arrived set the tone for wonderful holiday. Using your bicycles to ride along the dike to Edam for the market and to enjoy local shops and restaurants in such a quaint village was very relaxing and great fun. The use of the computer room, laundry and sauna made for a very comfortable stay. Onny, a special thank you for advice on how to eat smoked eel. The meal we made with that and also with smoked mackerel and fresh vegetables from the local market were delicious.

We anticipate visiting you again in the years to come.
  • Submitted: May 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Country & Lake The Kaakberg 15 miles from Amsterdam
-+31 299372190
Zeevang Markermeer

Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5
My friend from Hawai and I sprend 5 lovely days in this fantastic property this spring.
We simply enjoyed everything. Communication with Saskia is always prompt and friendly.
The daughter picked us up from the bus station in Edam, because we had no car and the house is just a dream.
I travel professionally and be on the road for about 35 weeks a year and this is one of the nicest properties I have ever been.
Thanks so much.
We will absolutely contact you again one day.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

We rent a part of our house since 1998, because our daughter flew out to live on her own and our theatre got a beautiful new house in Edam, so we could move the office and atelier. Our private house was suddenly large for the two of us, so we decided to do something more with it to be able to maintain this beautiful place where we live and to share it with other people.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Schiphol at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Edam at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Purmerend at 9 Miles Nearest Train : Amsterdam at 16 Miles Nearest Motorway : Amsterdam at 16 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Edam at 3 Miles Car: recommended

Edam, 3 miles from here and all the small towns and villages along the lake.

Hiking, biking and swimming.

Amsterdam, 15 miles away, easy to access by bus from Edam.

The countryside!


From $273 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Mar 29 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 23 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 24 2015 - Jan 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Low season
Jan 2 2016 - Jun 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • End cleaning $75.00
  • Pet Fee $25.00

Taxes are included.
This rate is for 4 persons, if you want to come with less contact the owner. If you want to sleep with more, the additional guestsare sleeping in 2 sofabeds in the living, 20$ per person per night. Pet fee is for 1 dog, if you want to bring more, please contact the owner.

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Updated: May 23, 2015


From the Owner

Our house is situated in a beautiful, still quiet area in the Netherlands. Near Amsterdam and next to the lake. If you like to be in the countryside, but you don't want to miss Amsterdam with its interesting musea, canals and architecture, come and stay here. If you want to find out that the Netherlands is a beautiful country and has a lot more interesting things to offer than marihuana and the red light district, please come to our place and we can tell you all about it.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Water View


  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom upstairs - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, Wide wash tub 2 persons
  • Bathroom downstairs - toilet, shower, outdoor shower, Shower in sauna room: toilet in hall, washtub in room
  • soap, shampoo, body lotion, conditioner. Hair dryer, towels


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single, downstairs 2 x 90 x 210 Hästens
  • Upstairs bedroom - 1 king, Upstairs bed in European size 180 x 200 cm
  • Sofa beds in living - 2 sleep sofa /futon, 2 sofa beds in the living room 111 x 194 cm, 70 x 190 cm
  • in any room - 1 child bed, 1 baby crib, Children Beds till about 4 years old and Camping bed baby
  • The bedroom upstairs has view over the lake.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Everything you need is there in the house with lots of extra's at no costs. We have a private sauna room with a resting space, an outdoor spa. You can use the computer or use your own laptop with wireless. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer.Parking is available ( a car is recommended).

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