Entire home/flat

4 guests

2 bedrooms

3 beds

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JESSIE the narrowboat is moored in the heart of Little Venice on the north bank of Browning's island just a stones throw from Paddington Station. Convenient, pretty and very relaxing.

The space

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 cassette 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.

The boat has a shore supply of electricity which powers the AC system. A DC system powers the fridge and waters pumps. A charger needs to be switched on to recharge the batteries.

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 loading the 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 obvious limitations in space and supply of resources. It may therefore not be for everyone.

Guest access

I will meet you on arrival to show you what you need to know about living on the boat.

Interaction with guests

I will be available at all times should you have a problem. I attend regularly to top up water and change the cassette.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: 15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 20
Security Deposit: 100
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

269 Reviews

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Sarah User Profile
July 2017
Meg was a great host and everything was as expected plus more. The boat was unique but very well equiped including breakfast provisions and fruit. The kids loved the experience and I would highly recommend.

Dr. Kevin User Profile
July 2017
We stayed for 3 nights with our 2 boys (7 & 10). It was such a unique and wonderful experience for all of us and will always be a special memory for us all. Meg was a great host who took wonderful care of us. If this is available during your stay in London jump on it! You'll not regret it.

Leah User Profile
July 2017
A fantastic place to stay right in the heart of Little Venice. The barge was very well equipped and we were given very clear guidance on how to use everything. Meg put many finishing touches in place that added to our experience and enjoyment - fresh flowers, provisions in the fridge and toiletries. Staying on a barge was made our weekend in London special and a lot of fun.

Kathryn User Profile
July 2017
We had a lovely stay aboard Jessie. We had 2 adults and 2 teenagers - and managed well in the space. The lovely touches of the fruit and breakfast supplies were greatly appreciated. It is a fantastic location and we enjoyed the daily visits from the local family of swans with their 3 cygnets. Would certainly recommend.

Sarah User Profile
July 2017
Just had a great weekend staying on 'Jessie', two adults and two teenage boys, plenty of room for all of us. Every thing we could needed and more was supplied by Meg, milk in the fridge, full fresh fruit bowl, croissants for breakfast. Very central location near tubes, local shops and restaurants. Would highly recommend a stay.

Raymond User Profile
June 2017
My family recently stayed on Jessie and had a wonderful time. The location is a 2 minute walk to the Warwick underground stop and only about 5 minutes to Paddington Station. My kids loved waking up in the morning to the ducks floating past the boat and enjoyed sitting on the deck in the evening just taking it easy. The neighborhood is very quiet and very easy to get around. Meg met us on our first day and explained everything about Jessie to my wife. It was a great spot and an experience the we will never forget.

Euan User Profile
June 2017
A beautiful, tranquil place to stay, yet right in the heart of the city. The narrow boat is well equipped and comfortable, and a lovely place to sit and watch other boats go by, or the many ducks and swans that live on the nearby island. Ideally located for public transport ( 5 mins walk from Paddington) Meg was very welcoming, and the check in process was very straightforward. Highly recommended!

London, United KingdomJoined in May 2011
Meg User ProfileMeg is a superhost.

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.

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