“Two stylish and cosy houseboats for 2-4, hidden away on peaceful Regent’s Canal”
There are 2 houseboats (Osbert, sleeping 2, and The Palmer, sleeping 2-4), both beautifully conceived to feel cosy without being cluttered. You may be on a boat, but apart from some plumbing quirks (you’ll need to switch on a pump to drain the sink) and the fact that you’re eye to eye with passing ducks, everything feels as it would on terra firma.
As you board, you’re greeted by fresh flowers in your wonderfully well-equipped galley kitchen (there’s even a washing machine for longer stays). Look around and you'll find gorgeous reclaimed wooden furniture, including a dining table and desk, plus a sofa and a wood-burner for the colder months. Whilst both boats are impeccably designed (with credits in interiors magazines to prove it), we particularly loved The Palmer’s antique tiles and muted pastel colours.
Osbert is open-plan, with a kingsize bed at one end and a wet-room bathroom. It's the smaller of the boats but has head room for anyone up to 6ft. The Palmer has a separate bedroom, a shower bathroom and a bigger lounge area, with a sofa that can convert into an extra bed for 1-2 guests. Both boats have 2 little deck areas.
The galley kitchens are well stocked with a refreshing attention to detail. All of the requisite crockery and utensils are here, along with stylish brass cutlery and a selection of cookery books to help you do them justice.
Breakfast hampers - the spoils of local delis - are a joy to wake up to (you can book accommodation only or B&B): sourdough with honey and jam accompanies tasty granola, creamy yoghurt, juices and organic eggs and bacon. There's coffee for the stove-top espresso maker, too.
You can also purchase artisan delights from the hosts’ favourite local suppliers (black truffle crisps, salted Catalan almonds, Gordal olives; London's poshest minibar!). There are shops nearby for other meals, but you’re in a prime location to forego cooking full stop. Restaurant suggestions are marked on a useful hand-drawn map, and there are a number in Shoreditch (10-15 minutes' walk), too.
Children are welcome onboard, providing they are closely supervised whilst on deck and on the pontoons. Best for babes in arms or older children.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Palmer has a kingsize sofabed that can sleep 1-2 children/adults. You'll need to bring a travel cot if bringing a baby; both boats have space for one.
Water, water all around - and no lifeguards!