We had rented a privately owned self contained apartment on Prinsengracht. The main city of Amsterdam lies to the south of the waterway, with the center, or 'centrum' next to the water. Four semi circular canals a couple of hundred meters apart form concentric arcs around the 'centrum'. Prinsengracht is the third canal from the center. These concentric canals are linked by radial canals, also a couple of hundred meters apart.
Our apartment was in a small cottage built at the end of the garden belonging to one of the 17th century terraced houses lining Prinsengracht.
The house was being used as apartments. The garden was pleasant, the cottage had one room on the ground floor and the bed on a mezzanine floor accessed by a ladder. It had very nice big windows. It was quiet, secure and dark at night, we could put our bikes in the basement of the house and had arranged to leave our bike boxes and a suitcase there while we were touring. It was also ideally situated, a few minutes walk from the most interesting areas of Amsterdam.