Windmills and plenty of water
Below sea level
Old Holland

Tea Garden Overleek

Family, Homemade, whisper boats and high tea.

whether it’s the fresh pies or the sandwiches, scones or lemonades: just about everything from the kitchen at tea garden overleek is homemade. owner Marianne Deun, are a real star in the kitchen and loves working her magic on whatever grows and flourishes around here. Nothing pleases her and her two friendly daughters more than making her guests happy. And she does it so well, because besides being a food walhalla, tea garden overleek is a relaxing oasis where you usually have to compete for a place. Especially in summer, when tables and chairs are spread across the wonderful lawn and you can gaze out on the old peat landscape from your prime spot. Dogs cats, children and chickens scurry around you. And if you want to explore the area from the water, talk to patron Ton Deun, who rents out whisper boats directly from the terrace. In the summer he will even sail with you, and be your guide if you like, to Broek in waterland, Monnickendam and Zuiderwoude. 


Theetuin Overleek, Overleek 6 1141 PD Monnickendam.


A unique location on the Hemmeland Just outside the beautiful town of Monnickendam is the Hemmeland recreational area, with a marina, walking and cycling paths, playing and sunbathing areas, beaches and Strandvier. That name was not just coined, the beach pavilion is located on the fourth beach. Where you can only get to on foot or by boat. That makes it extra fun! Strandvier is a wonderful place to relax after a walk, a bike ride to Marken or as a stopover during a sailing trip on the Gouwzee and the IJsselmeer. Or make it a day out, bring your swimwear, beach gear and settle in for a few hours in the sand. On one of Fatboy’s beanbags, a beach chair or the veranda. When the weather is not so nice, you can relax by the wood-burning stove inside.

Strand Vier, Hemmeland 20 1141 LA Monnickendam


A unique piece of ‘real’ Holland just north of Amsterdam.

 In many places here you have the feeling that time has stood still. The picturesque image that many foreigners have of the Netherlands really does exist − in Old Holland! Here you will find rustic villages of olden times, surrounded by vast fields or tucked away behind the dykes of the IJsselmeer, with picturesque streets, endless greenery, windmills and plenty of water. We offer bike, e-bikes, electric scooter rental to explore beautiful surroundings of Waterland.

Hike and biketrails

Cycle or walk along the straight lines of the reclaimed land of the Beemster or meander through the peat meadowlands. Enjoy the picturesque fishing villages like Marken, Edam and Volendam and soak up endless vistas with the contours of the narrow church towers and mills etched onto the horizon. Listen to the birds chirp and bees buzz and moo along with the cows. No one will hear you. Catch your breath at one of the many tea gardens. Oh, it is so beautiful here…

You cycle the biketrails in most cases with the help of the so-called junction system. A junction is a uniquely numbered spot where two cycle paths cross each other. The trails are set out on the basis of these numbers. The only thing you have to do is follow the numbers in the sequence in which they are presented. You can recognise the junctions by the green and white signs along the way.


Discover Volendam

Within cycling distance of Guesthouse Inn on the lake, on the edges of Ijsselmeer lake, lies Volendam – highly recommended for all people who want to discover Holland at its most authentic.


Volendam has countless attractions and sights to see, making the village a great place to visit. Have your photograph taken wearing traditional Volendam clothing and try some fish at De Dijk, take the Volendam-Marken express to the village of Marken or learn about the history and folklore of Volendam in one of its museums, such as Volendams Museum or the Cheese Factory Volendam.

71837_fullimage_volendam view from water steve estvanik via shutterstock_1360x430

Edam, more than just cheese

Edam cheese has been a famous Dutch export product since the Golden Age. The small, often red cheese ball has been transported to every corner of the world for centuries.

When you visit Edam, you can explore the 18th-century cheese warehouses and, of course, try this quintessentially Dutch delicacy yourself. The cheese warehouses keep the memory of our colorful, fragrant past alive.

Edam does not only have a rich history in relation to cheese. As early as the 12th-century, farmers and fishermen built shacks on the banks of the IJ river. This simple village evolved into the city of Edam, which continuously grew in prosperity until the late 17th century.

In addition to cheese, shipbuilding and trade also contributed to Edam’s development. It even was one of the most important trading cities in Holland in addition to Amsterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen! Discover the history of Edam at the Edams Museum.

City Monnickendam

The historic town of Monnickendam, situated between Amsterdam and Marken, boasts a town charter that was granted more than 650 years ago, many monumental buildings and the highest number of gable stones (painted stone tablets), which adorn the houses in the old town centre. In additi on to numerous monumental buildings, the town centre also houses a number of small canals and a picturesque inner harbour. The compact town centre is an unique decor for a historic visit and can easily be combined with a visit to the peninsula of Marken or the authentic village of Broek in Waterland. Must see is our favourite spots strand 4 or Waterland Brewery or for more fine dinning michelin restaurant The Posthoorn in the old harbour. Please keep it secret 🙂