Water beds: the UK’s 10 greatest floating inns | Journey
The Floathouse Amelie, Cornwall
This three-cabin houseboat on the Penryn River close to Falmouth goals to be a supremely enjoyable perch for its friends. The highest deck is good for morning yoga whereas indoors there’s a pitched roof, sofas and floor-to-ceiling home windows with panoramic views of the river. Falmouth is a 30-minute stroll away or you will get out on the water with paddleboarding, browsing and crusing in your doorstep.
From £145 an evening (four-night min); canopyandstars.com
Sea Breeze and Samphire, West Sussex
On Prinsted Bay close to Chichester, in a small marina, these two floating arks-for-two are an ideal watery hideaway. There’s a double mattress, kitchenette and bathe room, in addition to a beneficiant balcony and outside seating for watching the wildlife and views throughout the mudflats. There are additionally fairly walks round Thorney Island and Emsworth. Breakfast is delivered to the pontoons every morning.
Doubles from £157 B&B; thornhammarina.com/stay-at-thornham
Blackbird Boathouse, Devon
On a personal lake in north Devon, this transformed narrowboat is the proper stowaway for 2. A moody black exterior offers method to a lightweight, vivid, open-plan inside with a double mattress, kitchen and wood-burning range. There’s a bathe, and a separate bathtub home on shore. You’ll be able to fish on the lake – it’s filled with rainbow trout – and stroll within the woodland shut by.
4 nights from £500; tregullandandco.co.uk/blackbird
Harbour Boathouse, Isle of Wight
This houseboat has fairly views throughout the Solent and used to ferry passengers and items between ships and the shore. Now it’s moored for a supremely comfy stick with 4 bedrooms, two loos and loads of area. The desk seats eight and there’s a variety telescope and outside space, plus an excellent crab shack close by. From £184 an evening (4-night min); theharbourhouseboat.co.uk
Secret Water, Suffolk
Located in a working boatyard on the River Waveney close to Beccles, Secret Water is a wood glamping pod with a curved roof and two bedrooms (one double, the opposite bunks), reached by a floating walkway. The boatyard has a café (friends can get breakfast delivered), and you’ll fish from the deck – which is ideally positioned for wonderful sunsets and sunrises. Off deck, you possibly can lease kayaks and canoes. Secret Water is about to be joined by one other pod, Wild Cat Island, and there are additionally three conventional houseboats out there to rent.
From £360 for 2 nights; hippersons.co.uk/secretwater
The Liverpool Boat
On Liverpool’s historic waterfront, this wide-beam canal boat is smooth and trendy in duck-egg blue. There are two bedrooms – one kingsized, the opposite with bunks, an open-plan kitchen and two outside areas. In case you can tear your self away for some tradition, Tate Liverpool is a 15-minute stroll away or you possibly can take pleasure in entry to the restaurant and bar on the Liverpool Yacht Membership and Marina, the place the boat is moored.
Two nights from £498; liverpoolboat.com
Floatel Cabins, Pembrokeshire
On the waterfront at Milford Haven, these 4 light-filled cabins bob gently within the water. Berthed alongside the mothership, the Ty resort, they’re dog-friendly (so long as your pets don’t wish to launch themselves at passing geese and swans) and friends have entry to the restaurant and different amenities of the resort.
Doubles from £80 (two night time min; ty-hotels.com
Good Resort, London
This resort began life as a floating platform in Amsterdam and ended up, through a visit throughout the North Sea, moored in east London. The rooftop bar serves native beers and there’s a contact of midcentury fashionable concerning the furnishings. It lives as much as its identify: all income go to working a faculty in Guatemala.
Rooms from £131; goodhotel.co/london)
Constructed within the Sixties in Glasgow to ferry very important provides to lighthouse keepers in Scotland, this boat has been remodeled into an opulent floating resort completely berthed in Leith, on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront. It has been completely luxed up, with outsized beds and roll-top baths, rounded off with a spa. The Lighthouse restaurant provides posh afternoon teas, and even smokes its personal salmon.
Doubles from £300 B&B; fingal.co.uk
In-built Finland, this smooth yacht, berthed within the Royal Victoria Dock, provides rooms and suites which might be surprisingly spacious and good worth. The Sundowner bar is full-on glamour with polished brass, outside decking and a variety of cocktails, whereas the onboard Lands Finish restaurant seems out in the direction of Canary Wharf with metropolis views and a pan-European menu.
Doubles from £128; sunbornhotels.com/london