About This Listing
Stay on this lovely individual, comfortable boat in the heart of London and experience the capital from a different point of view.
Jessie is a 57 foot canal boat (or narrowboat) completed in 2011. She is 6 foot 10 inches wide. She can sleep 4 people in comfort, for 2 she is luxurious. The boat has a warm inviting interior and space on deck to sit and watch the world go by. The appropriately named Little Venice (a name coined by the poet Robert Browning) is a very pretty corner of London, famous as home to hundreds of beautiful canal boats and convenient base from which to explore the capital. Two underground stations and good bus routes to all parts of the city are a short walk away. There is something very special about returning to the peace and quiet of the canal after a day in the city. There are lots of local pubs, restaurants, cafe and shops in the immediate neighbourhood.
Free Wifi connection.
The sleeping accommodation is made up of a double cabin at the front with doors to a small but comfortable front deck. There are two single bunk beds to the centre of the boat and a very comfortable sofa which flattens out to a double bed in the living area. Which you choose to use is up to you.
The bathroom has a shower, a fully flushing toilet, and a wash basin with shaving point.
The living area is to the centre of the boat with a solid fuel stove for chilly evenings, a wall mounted digital TV (DVD/CD player). There is a large comfy sofa/bed (storage underneath for bedding). A folding dinning table and additional chairs allows for 6 place setting.
The galley has a gas hob and oven with grill, a good size fridge with freezer compartment, a sink and draining board, cupboards and drawers housing all the usual kitchen equipment.
Water is held in a tank onboard and needs topping up every few days (depending on your usage). This will be done by your host. Hot water is generated from the engine.
In the winter months heating is by the solid fuel stove which burns a combination of smokeless coal and logs which are provided. The stove can be controlled and kept going 24 hours but you need to allow for this in your daily routine....ie loading stove before going out and a little attention on your return. It keeps the boat warm and cosy. An eco fan assists circulation.
Living on board is not quite like a conventional house and needs an understanding and patience with the natural limitations. It may therefore not be for everyone. Power is supplied from Jessie's battery via an inverter which supplies numerous 240 volt power points around the boat. The inverter restricts your use to 1500 watts at one time. Running the engine for a period each day takes care of the batteries and heats the water. Instructions will be given by your host who will be on call should you have a problem.
Smoking is not allowed inside the boat.
The boat is not available for cruising unless by prior arrangement with your host and should be regarded as a static houseboat.
You are asked to behave in a considerate manner to other boat users on the canal with regard to noise especially at night.
I had a lovely 3 days on Jessie. Meg met me as I was moving in and showed me around the boat and explained where everything was and how to charge up the power and operate the pump, etc. - all very straightforward. The boat was comfortable and well stocked with all you might need to feel at home. Jessie is in a really lovely spot on the canal from where to explore the beautiful surroundings, and there's lots to do and see. I loved my time in Little Venice and very much hope to return and to stay again on Jessie.
The "Jessie" was as charming and cozy in life as she is in photos. The boat is moored at the loveliest point in the Little Venice area of London. The area is clean, shaded and very quiet at night. Closest train stop is the Warwick Station on the Bakerloo line, just a 7-minute walk from the Jessie. Meg made us feel very welcome and provided a range of breakfast goodies for us, as well as coal for the heating stove. She patiently explained the details for plumbing and electric use on the boat--which are different than for the usual land-based lodgings--and everything worked perfectly. The wifi is better than my service at home! The boat was very clean and well stocked with supplies that travellers expect. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Jessie is a narrowboat and lives up to that description--you will have to climb around each other somewhat to get around inside--but that's boat living and a small price to pay for this charming and cozy accommodation.
We had a great city break in this unique location; so close to good tube connections. The canal boat was comfortable, and well equipped for our needs, plus the kids loved the whole experience. Meg took the time to clearly explain the boat's features and gave a good introduction to the area. Email correspondence was good too. Overall the boat made for a memorable stay in London.
L'accueil de Meg fut très cordial, et ses explications concernant le fonctionnement des équipements du bateau très claires. Nous avons aussi bénéficié de tous les renseignements utiles sur le quartier (pub, magasins, restaurants, métro et bus).
La description de Jessie correspond en tous points. C'est un beau bateau, bien aménagé et confortable. Et Meg avait préparé tous les lits, nous n'avions plus rien à faire, sinon profiter de notre séjour! Le nécessaire pour le petit déjeuner était à bord.
Jessie est amarré dans un quartier presque bucolique et très calme. Nous avons déjeuné dehors, en regardant les canards, oies et autres oiseaux nager alentour.
Les monuments sont à quelques stations de métro ou de bus.
Nous avons pu ainsi alterner visites et repos.
Best London experience ever! Jessie is a beautiful, well equipped boat in a wonderful location. Meg was very nice and explained everything we needed to know. Definitelty recommended and we hope to be back someday! Just great!
We had a wonderful stay in Jessie. The boat was exactly as nice as the pictures show. The location was great. Many thanks to our friendly and helpful host, Meg. We would recommend Jessie and Meg to anyone wishing for a lovely and unusual stay in London.
About the Host, Meg
I've loved boats and water all my life. I spent long periods living on the south coast gazing at the sea and wishing I could get afloat. It was only when I looked inland to the rivers and fantastic canal system of Britain did it become possible. I have swapped a normal house for two narrowboats. I live aboard one and offer the other JESSIE (named after my late mother) for interested people to stay on while visiting London. I've made the boat as comfortable as possible and love to stay on her myself whenever I can. She has a great central position on the canal at Little Venice and I am never too far away on my other boat if needed. I enjoy sharing the fun of boats.
You'll get a warm welcome on JESSIE.