About this listing
Cosy cabin (sleeps 3) with own entrance on beautiful houseboat on unique private mooring in heart of London. Small living with couch, screened cabin with double berth, shared bathroom, fridge, microwave. Surrounded by water, trees, coots & swans yet just a few mins walk to Kings Cross & Islington with their bustling bars, markets, restaurants, shops & theatres. At end of day relax on mooring: cook a BBQ, by arrangement soak in secluded hot tub, or take rowboat to Kings Cross for a sunset drink.
Galatée is a new traditional houseboat located on a quiet wooded private gated mooring in the heart of London. She is bright and warm. The mooring is in a beautiful spot on Regent's Canal, surrounded by trees, with ducks, swans and geese on your doorstep. This is a calm and peaceful place to stay right in the centre of London.
We live in a cabin at the other end of the boat (stern) and are delighted to share Galatée with you. You have a personal entrance onto the bow of the houseboat and to your self-contained, private little cabin comprising a folding table and chairs, TV and sofa-bed, separated by a large cupboard from the small but comfortable double-berth with washbasin. Please be aware that space is confined on a boat. The berth has a foot-well to accommodate a double bed (140 cms wide by 195 cms long). The sofa-bed is 80 cms wide for one adult or child. Complete bed linen and towels are provided and the beds are prepared for you.
The bathroom with small bath, shower and toilet is shared with us. You will have easy use of the bathroom since we generally only use it when our guests are away. There is plentiful hot water, mains electricity, and free wifi.
There are about 25 steps down to the mooring and a large step onto the boat. When possible we will be there personally to welcome you and explain everything about life on board Galatée and how the mooring works. If we are away a friend will meet and greet you. If possible during your stay, we would love to share a drink or coffee. We are pleased to offer complimentary tea, coffee, and cereal. Also a kettle, toaster, plates, cups, glasses and cutlery are provided in your room and you have use of the microwave and fridge.
Living on a houseboat is not like living on dry land. People expect it to be cold and damp, but our home is dry and warm. Galatée is securely moored and does not sway at all in the water unless in the wake of a large boat.
There are some things to remember about boat life:
- The shower/bath does not empty without the flick of a switch for the pump on the side of the bath. There is a chemical toilet.
- The water on the boat is perfectly drinkable and stored in a tank under the flooring. You will hear a noise from the supply pump when taps are turned on.
- Living on board is comfortable and fun but you must be aware that space is confined and interior soundproofing is much less efficient than in a normal house.
In fine weather you can sit outside on the bow of the boat or in our little garden area. The canal is calm and peaceful and there is a beautiful view over the water by day and night; you can see ducks, geese and swans, and from time to time say hi to other friendly house-boaters who go chugging by.
Washing machine/tumble dryer & ironing facilities are available on demand. There is a small supermarket round the corner and an easy walk to Islington Angel shopping center (Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury's) and to Chapel Market for fresh market food.
We know lots of tips for an great stay in what we think is the best city in the world! We can happily recommend many good restaurants, cafes and gastropubs both in the local area and further afield.
It is a pleasant walk along the towpath to King's Cross and Granary Square (10/15 mins). Towards the east is Islington Angel, with its restaurants, theatres, music clubs, and shopping centre, and towards the west it's about a 25 minute walk along the canal to Camden lock and the attractions of Camden market. And there is an abundance of railway, underground and bus connections in the area.
This is a beautiful, calm and central location!
The gatehouse is on Muriel Street (next to number 52). Please call us by phone to gain access when you first arrive.
The gatehouse doors must always be locked.
Please note that there are about 25 steps down to the mooring and a large step onto the boat and into the cabin.
We ask you to kindly confirm with us your expected arrival time within a 2 hour timeframe.
If we are not at home, our housekeeper will come to the boat to meet you and show you around. In this case you must arrive within the chosen timeframe please, or if you are over an hour late please reimburse the housekeeper at the rate of £12/hour.
If your arrival arrival is later than 8pm there is a £20 late hour charge. Thank you for your understanding.
Interaction with guests
You will be staying in our houseboat home. When possible we will be there personally to welcome you and explain everything about life on board Galatée and how the mooring works. If we are home, we love to meet and share a drink or coffee with our guests, and talk about life on the canal if you are interested. You have a private entrance and cabin, and so are able to be just as independent as you wish.
Simon loves cooking and by arrangement when we are home you can join us for supper for (£20 per person for a 3 course meal including wine).
Other things to note
The hosts live and work at the other end of the boat and will normally be around during your stay. On Mondays we kindly ask for quiet on the boat during the afternoon/evening as a psychotherapist uses our end of the boat for consultations.
Access to the mooring site is via a locked gate house at street level. This is shared with the three other boat owners on the mooring. You must always lock both gates behind you whenever you arrive and leave the mooring. There is CCTV monitoring.
Please be aware there are 25 steps down to the mooring and a large step onto the boat.
There is no smoking inside the boat. You may smoke outside.
We ask you to kindly confirm with us your expected arrival time. If we are not at home, our housekeeper will come to the boat to meet you. In this case you must please arrive on time or if you are over an hour late please reimburse the housekeeper at the rate of £12/hour.
Our main objective is to share our houseboat home with mutual enjoyment and respect and to insure that our guests have a great time!
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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