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.
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.
Staying on Jessie was highlight of our trip. There was everything we needed on the boat. It was an extremely peaceful place to return to after a busy and crowded day sightseeing. No noise! The boat is in a very lovely neighbourhood, 3 mins walk from tube station or 10 mins from Heathrow Express.
The boat is an adventure in itself. Meg explained how it all worked, (water and power). One must be mindful to remember all this, like turning the engine on to charge the batteries etc. We were a family of 4 and it was great for us. I would not recommend it for high energy children who really need to run around as it is a confined space, but mine loved it, because it was special. This is not your average hotel room with super sized bed, shower and aircon and that's part of the adventure. My husband suffered mild seasickness so this needs to be considered by individuals, even though I couldn't feel the movement. The light in the mornings and evenings was special and it was great to sit outside rugged up and have coffee or wine. We loved watching the birds too. One needs to be organised in a smaller space like this, but that is not too hard and it was worth it.
Encore mreci à Meg pour son accueil. La péniche est vraiment pratique et "cosy".
de plus Little Venice est un havre de paix au coeur de Londres : avec nos 2 enfants a pu visiter Buckingham Palace et les musées (Science Museum, National History M.) qui sont à 20 minutes par le "tube".
Super expérience inoubliable pour les enfants.
Super séjour à 4 ( 2 enfants ) dans la péniche de Meg qui nous a offert un accueil des plus chaleureux. Un endroit plein de charme, au calme, très bien situé pour visiter Londres.
Les filles ont particulièrement apprécié de pouvoir nourrir les canards les oies et le cygne.
Un vrai moment de détente, le soir, après des journées de visite bien remplies.
Thank you Meg !
We had 4 amazing days on Jessie.
It was one of the most unforgettable trips we've ever had.Thank you so much,Meg!
We had such a fun time staying on Jessie, and Meg was a fantastic host! She showed us all the little nuances of living on board so that we felt comfortable, and even left us with a full compliment of supplies for quick breakfast, tea, and snacks! Jessie is convenient to several tube stations and Little Venice is a peaceful and unique area to stay. We hope we'll return someday!
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.