Rustic floating hotel suite graces London's Grand Union Canal
GracingLondon's very first floatingpark,located in PaddingtonBasin on the Grand Union Canal, The Boathouse London offers uniquefloatingaccommodation for up to fourguests.Located amid the 730-sq m (7,858-sq ft) FloatingPocket Park and surrounded by open green public spaces, the houseboat features Scandinavian decor and makes liberal use of reclaimed wood for a rustic feel.
"It'sincredibly exciting to see the Floating Pocket Park completed and tohave this wonderful new outdoor space at Merchant Square," saysAndrew Scrivener, Developer and Chief Executive at European Land."The floating park is the first of its kind in London, providinggreen space for workers and residents and creating an oasis in theWest End, offering all Londoners a way to actively reconnect with thecanal."
Created by Cara Louise Furby, in partnership with MADE.com, the60-foot-long (18-m) barge has been converted into a floating hotel suite, with reclaimed wood used throughout the vessel for the interiorpaneling, giving the boat its rustic feel. The houseboat is alsofurnished with designer furniture, marble top surfaces, industriallight fixtures and modern tiling throughout the wet zones.
Designedto accommodate a maximum of fourovernightguests, TheBoathouse Londonfeatures a private double bedroom, fully equipped modern kitchen,open living area with large sofa that can covert into anadditionaldouble bed; large bathroom complete with a separate shower andporcelain bath; a large rooftop entertaining area ideal for alfrescodining and star gazing; and a wood fire to keep warm on a cold andrainy day.
Guestscan use the Boathouse bikes to explore the surrounding FloatingPocket Park, hire a captain for the day and enjoythe sights along theGrandUnion Canal, orinvite aprivate chef onboard to take care of all the cooking. The vessel can also be booked for private events and functions,with the ability to host 20 guests for indoor dining, or 15guests for rooftop dining when the boat is moored.
Anight on board the Boathouse London starts from £220(US$282)percouple.