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Rockanje, Netherlands

The house in spring, on a corner in a quiet neighbourhood near the town centre and a large grassy play field.

The house in spring, on a corner in a quiet neighbourhood near the town centre and a large grassy play field.

Dusty

Dusty

Livingroom

Livingroom

Livingroom

Livingroom

Dining area

Dining area

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master bedroom (1)

Master bedroom (1)

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3, where there is plenty of room for one or two extra matresses on the ground.

Bedroom 3, where there is plenty of room for one or two extra matresses on the ground.

Side garden

Side garden

Backyard

Backyard

backyard

backyard

Relaxing in the backyard

Relaxing in the backyard

The old Mildenburg woods, Oostvoorne

The old Mildenburg woods, Oostvoorne

Brielse Meer, a large lake, popular for almost all watersports.

Brielse Meer, a large lake, popular for almost all watersports.

Our sandy beach, a mile long, the sea being shallow and usually calm: safe for young children. With strong winds on the other...

Our sandy beach, a mile long, the sea being shallow and usually calm: safe for young children. With strong winds on the other...

The old fortified city of  Hellevoetsluis with central marina

The old fortified city of Hellevoetsluis with central marina

The Bernisser grienden, a marshy area crossed by small waterways and footpaths.

The Bernisser grienden, a marshy area crossed by small waterways and footpaths.

The historical centre of Brielle

The historical centre of Brielle

Ruud, Troy, Cisca en Smilla 2016

Ruud, Troy, Cisca en Smilla 2016

The house in spring, on a corner in a quiet neighbourhood near the town centre and a large grassy play field. Dusty Livingroom Livingroom Dining area Kitchen Master bedroom (1) Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 3, where there is plenty of room for one or two extra matresses on the ground. Side garden Backyard backyard Relaxing in the backyard The old Mildenburg woods, Oostvoorne Brielse Meer, a large lake, popular for almost all watersports. Our sandy beach, a mile long, the sea being shallow and usually calm: safe for young children. With strong winds on the other... The old fortified city of  Hellevoetsluis with central marina The Bernisser grienden, a marshy area crossed by small waterways and footpaths. The historical centre of Brielle Ruud, Troy, Cisca en Smilla 2016
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2003

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
October 13, 2019 - October 19, 2019 1 weeks

Bij voorkeur in (west-)Nederland.

December 28, 2019 - January 04, 2020 1 weeks

House in Rockanje by the Sea, Netherlands

Our home is a spacious detached house with a garden on three sides and a terrace at the back (to the south-west). There is parking space on the entranceway and also plenty on the street.
On the groundfloor you'll find a hallway with access to a toilet, a large and bright livingroom with separate areas for lounging, computering and dining, and an open kitchen. On the first floor are the master bedroom, a single bedroom with half highsleeper (about 1.20m high) and the bathroom with bathtub, shower, large sink and toilet. There is a small extra room which we use for storage, but could be put into use as a bedroom. On the topfloor is a large single bedroom, where we can easily put a few extra matrasses on the floor if needed.
We share the ground floor with our sweet cat Dusty. The only care she needs is food; she uses a cat door and has no cat toilet for you to clean. Still a bit of attention now and then would be nice; she likes to be around people and to be talked to.
You can use our bikes (6), hammock, kites and other beachstuff and put up a swing.

We live in Rockanje, a small town (6000 inhabitants) separated from the sea only by typical sanddunes with woods (with protected birding areas) and a large sandy beach that goes on for kilometers. The town has a supermarket, bakeries, drugstore, bookstore with postoffice, restaurants and pubs (also on the beach, for sunset meals!), weekly small fresh market, etc. A few kilometers away are larger towns with all kinds of shops, theaters, swimmingpools, churches, marina's, etc. Brielle and Hellevoetsluis are also very pitoresque and interesting to explore, being old fortress towns. The rest of the region mostly consists of farmland and water, so offers beautiful wide views. It also makes a great area for cycling (like all Dutchmen do), walking/ hiking, horse riding and every kind of watersport (swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving, waterskiing, motorboating, sailing, in/on both sweet and salty water).

Since the famous Delta Works there are roads off the island to all directions. To the east Rotterdam is only 35 km away, a bustling city built on both sides of the river Maas. You'll find musea, theaters, restaurants, shops for everyone's tast there.
It also has the largest harbour of Europe, outside the city to the west, made accessible by car, bike, boat and on foot: really interesting for tourists. Where the river ends into the North Sea is the Maasvlakte (in fact two of them), new land made in the sea; it was a wonder to see this happen. There are good beaches there and the very interesting Futureland infocentre makes this area accessible even over water.
On the road north to Amsterdam (60 km) you'll pass the historical cities of Delft (famous e.g. for it's blue pottery), The Hague (Netherland's seat of governement), Leiden (old university city) and the Keukenhof (famous park of flowering bulbs).
To the south is Belgium, but first you'll get to the province of Zeeland, consisting of large islands connected by the dikes of the Delta Works. There are many good sandy beaches there and it's great to cycle along the green and grab an icecream or a meal of seafood in one of the pitoresque towns.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 41 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • financial analyst
  • & medical doctor

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: By the sea
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Hospitality wanted
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • BBQ
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 5

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Seclusion/Privacy
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Rotterdam The Hague - 35 km

Some pictures of the Island of Voorne-Putten. From top to bottom:
The Mildenburg-forest.
The long and wide sandy beach of Rockanje, along a quiet corner of the North Sea. Swimming is safe here even for small children. The water is clean ("blue flag"-award).
The Brielse Meer, one of the large sweet water lakes, suiteable for all kinds of watersports, including swimming, sailing, canoeing, motorboating, diving, surfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, fishing.
The Bernisser Grienden, ideal to watch wild life in a quiet way from a canoe.
The historical town of Den Briel (Brielle).
Fortress-city Hellevoetsluis with central marina, opening to the Haringvliet. This water is sealed off from the sea by a part of the famous Delta-works. Large rivers drain on it, and through them the rest of the Netherlands can be reached by boat.
Apart from all kinds of watersports many other sports can be enjoyed on Voorne-Putten, e.g. walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, midgetgolf, tennis. 
Drivind to the north off our island you'll get to Rotterdam in less then 30 minutes, a bustling city built on both sides of the river Maas. You'll find musea, theaters, restaurants, shops for everyone's tast there. It is also the largest harbour of Europe. Where the river Maas ends into the sea is the Maasvlakte 2, new land being made in the sea; it's a wonder to see this happen.
Further north the road will get you to Amsterdam (100 km), passing the historical cities of Delft (famous e.g. for it's blue pottery), The Hague (Netherland's seat of governement), Leiden (old university city) and the Keukenhof (famous park of flowering bulbs).
To the south of our place is Zeeland, consisting of large islands connected by the dikes of the famous Delta Works. There are many good sandy beaches there and it's great to cycle along the green and grab an icecream or a meal of seafood in one of the small towns.
 

Occupation

  • financial analyst
  • & medical doctor

Children

  • Boy - Age: 19
  • Girl - Age: 18

Pets

  • cat

About Our Family

The family, that's Ruud, Cisca and (big) kids Troy (student Mechanical Enginering) and Smilla (student International Creative Business), both still living with us. We have a sweet and funny cat, Dusty, who lives mostly outside but also loves to be around people.

Lifestyle

We have been Intervac members since 2003 and did more than 70 exchanges. Of all of them we have good memories. Everytime it is a nice adventure to discover a new area from the starting point of a local family. Also the Intervac-concept appeals to us: trusting unknown people into your highly personal space (house), just because they trust you too. That's the way the world should work! We like to look after of someone else's house, and are happy with the thought that other people are discovering how nice our own place (and our cat!) is.

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