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 stayed on Meg's boat between Boxing Day and New Year's, and it was wonderful. She was very welcoming from the start, and provided us with all the information we needed to run the boat during our stay. She even offered to leave a hair dryer when I told her I had forgotten mine! During the week, which was fairly cold, she also generously stopped by a few times to add more coal to the fire. Meg was a wonderful host, and I highly recommend staying on her boat if you are in London.
We had a great time whilst staying on Megs boat. It's very comfortable and well-equipped. The location is great, peaceful and calm but just a short walk to the madness that is central London. Meg explained the simple routines of life onboard very well and was polite and helpful. Thanks Meg.
The boat was AWESOME!!! Definitely a highlight to our honeymoon... Thank you Meg!
Amazing amazing stay... Great boat, beautiful, cosy and very comfortable... Meg was a great host and even very kindly lit the fire for me when I was at work one day. Would recommend it to everyone...
We had a great time on the narrow boat the location was ideal for us. It would have been less stressful to have been connected to mains power tho and was too small for 4 adults but Meg set the place up very nicely with food and drinks etc. We would certainly recommend it to others.
Staying on a boat right in the middle of London war a great experience. From Paddingtion station you can get to "Jessie" within 12-15 min walking. The neighbourhood is very elegant and amazingly calm, esp. at night. Just on weekends you have some walkers passing by. Warwick Av. station (Bakerloo line) is 5 min. away. The boat itself is perfectly equipped. It is quite narrow (apprx. 1,8m wide) but for two persons this is not a problem. Meg is very helpful and exactly explains what is really important staying on a boat, eg. water consumption, battery loading by starting the boat engine time by time, using the small fuel stove, which really warms up the whole boat. All in all we really enjoyed the stay. The next time in London we will book "Jessie" again.
Meg was very welcoming, we arrived and were given short and informative information about how to run the boat and make our stay comfortable. Despite the cold november season the coal fire kept us toasty in the cabin; such a homely stay. Would definitely recommend this quirky stay. The canals of London are such an intriguing and understated aspect of city life, we enjoyed walking up to Camden Lock, the wildlife along the waters and the urban retreat from the bustling city.
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.