Boats, Barges & Houseboats

Boats, Barges & Houseboats

15th June 2023

Push the boat out with a stay at one of these floating beauties. From cool canal boats, to converted WW2 barges, to restored lifeboats, here are 14 of the best nautical stays around the UK and Europe.

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge - London

Sleeps 8 adults + 2

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

Lightship Amsterdam

Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Sleeps 2 per room

This 70-year-old British lightship sits just a short paddle from Amsterdam centre, offering unfettered access and amazing views of the city's industrial hub.

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…


Near Holsworthy - Devon

Sleeps 2

Luxury on the lake in this elegant North Devon houseboat with a waterside bathhouse for indulgent soaks.

The Liverpool Boat

Liverpool - Merseyside

Sleeps 4

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

St Alexander Houseboat

St Katharine Dock - London

Sleeps 5

Stunning, fully-equipped houseboat in St. Katherine Docks - a unique opportunity to stay in a floating sanctuary in the heart of the capital.

Swallows Houseboat

Beccles - Suffolk

Sleeps 4

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

Reddingsboot Harlingen Boat

Harlingen - Netherlands

Sleeps 2

Lift your spirits with a stay aboard this lifeboat, fun galore for boat enthusiasts and anyone who loves the water.

Stylish Wide Beam Boat

Little Venice - London

Sleeps 4

Modern, stylish canal boat with wood burner, fire pit, roof top deck chairs and stunning views in exclusive and elegant Little Venice, London.

SULA Lightship

Gloucester - Gloucestershire

Sleeps 4

Extraordinary two bedroom apartment onboard a historic lightship moored in the Gloucester Docklands.

Four Sisters Boatel

Edinburgh - Scotland

Sleeps 6

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

HT Houseboats

Mielno - Poland

Sleeps 2-8

Ingenious luxury floating homes on north Poland’s beautiful Lake Jamno. Take it sailing or stay put with HT Houseboats in Mielno

The Camillia

Edinburgh - Scotland

Sleeps 8

Floating boatel in Edinburgh, permanently moored in a quiet spot in the city centre, perfect for a city escape with friends or family.

Floatels by Ty Milford Waterfront

Milford Haven - Pembrokeshire

Sleeps 2

Unique and romantic floating cabins in Milford Marina, with stunning aquatic views and high-end furnishings.


River Seine - Paris

Sleeps 8

A delightful houseboat right on the River Seine - the decadent Devolu is a luxurious way to feel the heartbeat of central Paris

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