There are plenty of ways to get your fill of aquatic life, whether it’s a walk down by the River Wye, a trip to the swimming pool, or something a bit different - like browsing houseboats for sale.
Houseboats can be used as a permanent residence - provided that you have a residential mooring so you can still receive post, tax and voting eligibility - or as a luxurious holiday home.
Once you see these incredible houseboats, you’re sure to fall in love with the idea of life on the water.
Prospero - £49,995
Prospero is an Aquafibre Ruby 33 houseboat originally built in the 1980s, and has been refitted by a professional shipwright, with new wiring and plumbing. The cabin features a built-in double bed with storage below and a television. There is an open plan living area, a galley (kitchen) with a built-in oven, hob, microwave, fridge and sink, and a wet room with a shower, toilet and sink. Outside of the living area is a deck area on the roof, a bowthruster to aid with navigation, and an engine bay with a 1.5 BMC diesel engine.
Grand Hustler - £50,000
Grand Hustler is a former 1950s trawler which has been converted into a houseboat, with recent work carried out to ensure that the hull is in good condition. Inside, there is a double cabin and an additional double berth - meaning that the boat can sleep four people - as well as a saloon area with a projector and screen. The galley includes a built-in fridge and a dishwasher, and the shower room features a double shower unit along with a sea toilet and a sink with hot and cold water. There is also a covered outdoor seating area.
Dragonfly - £99,999
Dragonfly is a Dutch barge that dates back 100 years to the 1920s, and was refitted in 2018. The accommodation is made up of a double bedroom, a fully furnished lounge/diner area, and a bathroom featuring a corner bath as well as a shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. The wheelhouse, from which the boat is navigated, doubles as a kitchen, with an oven, hob, sink, fridge and small freezer. Outside, there is even a garden area at the bow with space for a table and chairs.
Honourable Lady - £46,500
Honourable Lady is a 1980s narrowboat designed in a forward layout. Inside, there is a master cabin with a fixed double bed, a wardrobe, a dressing table and storage space. The saloon, with space for a sofa, has access to the deck and has a stove to one end, while the galley has a hob, oven, sink and fridge. There is also a bathroom with a hip bath, shower, toilet and vanity unit with basin.
Water Tour - £85,000
Water Tour is a cruising barge with a DAF 575 engine perfect for a trip down the river. The main living area contains a lounge with a diesel heater and a galley area with a built-in hob and sink, as well as a removable table that can create a double berth. The cabin has a double berth and storage, and the bathroom contains a toilet and could be used as a wet room. The wheelhouse has panoramic views and can be used as an additional lounge.