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10 of the Best Boats, Barges and Houseboats in the UK

Published: 1st July 2020

Sit back, relax and watch your troubles disappear downstream at these 10 beautiful boats, barges and houseboats. You'll find these gorgeous watery holiday properties gently floating all around the UK, from vintage houseboats on the Suffolk Broads, to stylish urban canal boats, to Cornish river cabins. Just perfect for a unique romantic getaway, or a fun family holiday you'll always remember.
The Floathouse

The Floathouse

Penryn - Cornwall

Gorgeous and eco-friendly floating cabin with wood burning stove and sun deck just thirty minutes walk from Falmouth.

Sleeps 6

From 125/night

Oyster

Oyster

Salcombe - South Devon

Comfy and cosy boat that offers a unique and idyllic couples retreat near one of Devons most popular towns.

Sleeps 2

From 129/night

The Lady of the Twizzle

The Lady of the Twizzle

Walton-on-the-Naze - Essex

A salvaged, wartime barge in an exclusive Essex marina, complete with a bubbling outdoor hot tub and luxury interiors

Sleeps 14

From 490/night

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

Paddington - London

Boutique one-room hotel on a barge - escape the hustle and bustle of Central London, while still located in the heart of the city.

Sleeps 4

From 275/night

The Good Hotel

The Good Hotel

Royal Victoria Dock - London

The floating Good Hotel is sleek and stylish and is located on the River Thames in London's historical Royal Victoria Docks.

Sleeps 2

From 59/night

The Harpy Houseboat

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge - London

An historic London floating home with the postcard view of Tower Bridge - The Harpy is like no houseboat youve ever seen!

Sleeps 10 adults and 2 small children

From 550/night

Swallows Houseboat

Swallows Houseboat

Beccles - Suffolk

Bring the river to life at Swallows Houseboat in Hippersons Boatyard.

Sleeps 4

From 105/night

The Liverpool Boat

The Liverpool Boat

Liverpool - Merseyside

Cosy and modern wide beam canal boat moored in the heart of Liverpools vibrant and historic waterfront, perfect for a family city break.

Sleeps 6

From 129/night

Houseboat Till

Houseboat Till

York - North Yorkshire

Luxurious houseboat moored in the heart of the beautiful and historic city of York, perfect for small groups or family adventures.

Sleeps 6

From 225/night

Four Sisters Boatel

Four Sisters Boatel

Edinburgh - Scotland

A unique luxury boatel in the heart of the wonderful city of Edinburgh.

Sleeps 6

From 220/night

Author:
Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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