Like an oasis hidden within an urban world, but within reach of the best of the city, this cabin rental in Rotterdam is a bucolic escape that places you within a sublime private world of nature and cutting edge design.
One of several in a series of prefab homes from design agency Qoncepts, the cabin encompasses and incorporates many stylish and sustainable living concepts, with innovative design and construction techniques in harmony with nature.
Reachable only by boat, the cabin inhabits its own little island within one of the city’s many waterways. Transported to the site in pieces and installed at the location, the cabin puts the focus on both inside comforts and the natural landscape that surrounds it.
The lofty lounge area includes a warm, wood burning fireplace and windows looking out over the water, with a large outdoor lounge area and terrace. The galley kitchen is sleek and fully equipped with an eat-in dining area and there are two double bedrooms and one bath with room for four (and your dog!).
Furnished with cozy textiles and custom-built furniture, draped in greenery and bathed in sunlight, you become an island all to yourself.
Wifi throughout, kitchen and bath amenities, firewood. An electric boat is available to rent during your stay for €60 a day.
Hillegersberg, the neighbourhood where the cabin is located is a charming small village from where Tram 4 takes you right into the city center with stops at Meent (for the street market on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Markthal or Industriegebouw), witte de Withstraat (for excellent coffee) or Wilhelminapier.
From there you can walk the Erasmusbridge towards Katendrecht above the river Maas and the old Hotel New York, and the original Chinatown and sailors quarters, where the SS Rotterdam steamship (now a hotel) is moored. Here you can take a watertaxi (a treat!) into the town center with stops at the old harbor town of Havenkwartier or het Park bij de Euromast.
From Havenkwartier you can walk towards het Park where you can find Parkiet (great for breakfast or lunch) and the beutiful Dudok in het Park. Here you also find Euromast (quite nice on a rainy day) and Amazing Oriental, a Chinese ship and supermarket. From the Park or Havenkwartier you can reach Museumpark and Kunsthal exposition park as well as Museum Boymans van Beuningen.
Then onwards to Witte de Withstraat, a historic street full of small restaurants and shops. It’s a big trek but cut it into pieces is worth it to see the best of the city.
Although largely wiped out in the war, Rotterdam rose from the ashes with a strength of purpose and innovative spirit, launching an exciting renaissance in urban design and modern innovation and architectural investment.
Defined as much by it’s modern identity as its location close to the North sea and the home of Europe’s largest port, the city lies at the confluence of both legs of the Maas Rivers, with water delineating the layout, the culture, and the way the city hums along. From canals and river banks, to the bridges and lakes, Rotterdam is a contemporary capital that swims with the times while holding onto its seafaring past.
Rotterdam, Netherlands. Nearest Airport: Rotterdam International
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall
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