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.
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!
Extremely warm welcome from Meg ! In the run-up to our visit she was always available by telephone. On our Arrival, she had equipped the fridge with milk etc. and also left us flowers, easter eggs etc.
Jessie was very tidy and well equipped !
We made this booking with the notion that a canal boat might be a fun alternative to taking a flat, but staying aboard "Jessie" actually turned out to be a highlight of our visit to London. While just a stone's throw from Paddington Station, her Browning's Pool mooring in Little Venice felt entirely removed from the cacophony of the city. After long days roaming all over town with our two year old daughter, it was so wonderful to just climb aboard, close the hatch, and settle in for the evening. All fixtures and equipment for cooking and bathing were in excellent working order, and an efficient little wood stove kept the boat warm round the clock. The sleeping accommodations were very comfortable and the bedding was luxurious by pleasure craft standards. We loved waking every morning to the calls of Pochards, Coots, Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, and Canada Geese - punctuated occasionally by the distinctive tick-tick-ticking from the engine of another narrowboat passing by. We were also surprised and very appreciative of the groceries Meg stocked ahead of our arrival. Subsequently, anything else needed for preparing meals could be found at the Tesco and other excellent shops on Clifton Road, a mere six minute walk away. Baker & Spice café, with its impressive selection of pastries, deserves special mention. In summary, we would (and will) recommend "Jessie" to anyone planning a visit to London, and hope to have another opportunity to stay again ourselves.
Meg was a very accommodating host and made us very welcome. The boat was very well appointed and in an excellent location for visiting London.
The weather was still cold during our trip but the coal fire meant it was always warm on board Jessie.
Would definitely stay here again.
A wonderful experience! Meg was truly welcoming, and the Jessie is a great boat, both lovely and quite comfortable. The location is perfect for a family visit to London!
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.