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

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

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

Penryn - Cornwall

Sleeps 6

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


Salcombe - South Devon

Sleeps 2

Comfy and cosy boat that offers a unique and idyllic couple’s retreat near one of Devon’s most popular towns.

The Lady of the Twizzle

Walton-on-the-Naze - Essex

Sleeps 14

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

The Boathouse

Paddington - London

Sleeps 4

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

The Good Hotel

Royal Victoria Dock - London

Sleeps 2

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

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge - London

Sleeps 10 adults and 2 small children

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

Swallows Houseboat

Beccles - Suffolk

Sleeps 4

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

The Liverpool Boat

Liverpool - Merseyside

Sleeps 6

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

Houseboat Till

York - North Yorkshire

Sleeps 6

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

Four Sisters Boatel

Edinburgh - Scotland

Sleeps 6

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

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