We are deeply inspired by this Holland Zicht-designed houseboat in the Zaan region, which looks and glides as gracefully as the bird it was named for, Zwarte Zwaan, or Dutch for “Black Swan.”
Located on a tranquil arm of a dike in the Zaan, come float on the canal while surrounded by riparian flora and pristine pastures dotted with cows. From every window in this vacation rental in Holland is a view of nature, and we love the homages to river life present in the interiors: from the artful river fish tiles to the wide plank floors and ceilings, and nautical-inspired bulkhead lamps.
Drifting across the water, parallel with the ducklings with their babies, relish the moment when a variety of other creatures come to greet you. If your heart is willing, match your cadence to the river’s flow, while the amenities of the Zaan region (and Amsterdam – a twenty-minute car ride away) lie within reach.
This river villa is a triumph of design from Holland Zicht, filled with curiosities that can delight you for many easygoing days.