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Life on the water: 8 houseboats for sale

Dreaming of life on the river? From panoramic views to easy access to the city, houseboat dwellings offer a different way of living.

Words by: Nic Hopkirk

Senior Editor

If you're ready to take the plunge into a life on the water, we’ve found eight stunning houseboats in the UK for a range of budgets that might just fit the bill.

1. Two-bed houseboat for sale in Cambridgeshire, £155,000

Two-bed houseboat, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, £155,000 - exterior

If you're in the market for a brand new floating home, this made-to-order waterlodge will be situated in the beautiful surroundings of Buckden Marina. 

Because it’s brand new, you can choose your own layouts and add your own upgrades.

Two-bed houseboat, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, £155,000 - interior

The boat comes with a roof terrace for enjoying views out across the Marina, and beyond.

One and three bedroom lodges are also available. 

Home to 92 acres of Cambridgeshire Countryside, Buckden Marina plays host to over 140 miles of river connections and is within walking distance of local village pubs, hotels and shops.

Available from: Harvey Robinson

2. Three-bed houseboat for sale in Shepperton, £450,000

Three-bed houseboat, Ryepeck Meadow Moorings, Shepperton, £450,000 - exterior

Arranged across two decks and lovingly refurbished by the current owner Heronby is a lovely  floating home.

With nearly 1,000 sq. ft of superb living space situated in the beautiful Ryepeck Meadow Moorings, this houseboat has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one of which is en suite to the master), a reception space on the top deck and a kitchen/diner. 

Ryepeck Meadow is a picturesque mooring which offers fabulous views, parking for four cars and use of communal gardens. 

Heronby is moored on a rolling 12 month residential licence with mooring charges at approximately £1,019 pcm. Council tax band A.

Available from: RiverHomes - West London Branch

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3. Two-bed houseboat for sale in Chertsey, £430,000

Two-bed houseboat, Bates Wharf, Chertsey, £430,000 - exterior

Offered with a 20-year licence agreement, this leasehold, R500 houseboat is the ultimate floating holiday lodge. 

The large high-spec kitchen/dining and living area has double doors to enjoy all the views from, leading out to a veranda.

Two-bed houseboat, Bates Wharf, Chertsey, £430,000 - interior

The two spacious interior-designed bedrooms come with fitted wardrobes and the bathroom has continuous hot water and heated towel rails.

Bates Wharf is a charming 110 berth marina in a secure gated complex, situated by open meadows on the River Thames, with Chertsey nearby.

Mooring charges are £6,552.00 per annum and boat dwellers have access to a private customer car park.

Available from: River Homes - West London Branch

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4. One-bed houseboat for sale in Hertfordshire, £189,995

One-bed houseboat, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, £189,995 - exterior

This one-of-a-kind, wide beam houseboat has all the feels of a luxury hotel. 

With a spacious bedroom featuring a superking frame with bow door views, this houseboat has engineered oak wood flooring with underfloor heating throughout.

One-bed houseboat, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, £189,995 - interior

The stylish bathroom, with polished cement finishes, has a free-standing bath, double sink and walk-in wet room.

Using a solar power system, this brand new boat has all the eco credentials and would make a luxurious home for a single dweller or couple.

Available from: David Lee Estate Agents

5. Three-bed houseboat for sale in London, £375,000

Three-bed houseboat, Boardwalk Place, London, £375,000 - exterior

Freshly renovated and restored, the living space in this light and airy catamaran is divided over three floors. 

Available fully furnished, the vessel features solar powered LED lighting and ample storage throughout. 

Three-bed houseboat, Boardwalk Place, London, £375,000 - interior

A fun and sociable space, the boat has an awesome top deck for friends and family to enjoy, as well as an enclosed decking space for cooler days.

The catamaran comes with Houdini double glazed marine spec windows and tri-folding doors to show off all the views.

It's a wonderful home away from home for a keen sails enthusiast, a family looking for a unique escape or anything in between.

Available from: Pilkington Estates

6. Two-bed houseboat for sale in London, £400,000

Two-bed houseboat, Imperial Wharf, Fulham, London, £400,000 - exterior

This beautiful 1924 Dutch barge, ‘Anny’ has been recently converted in style. 

With a double bedroom including a dressing room, there’s a further single bedroom/study.

Two-bed houseboat, Imperial Wharf, Fulham, London, £400,000 - interior

For cooler days, there's underfloor heating, diesel-powered central heating and a wood burning stove.

The fully fitted kitchen has a separate laundry cupboard including a washer/dryer, while the attractive bathroom features a roll top bath and shower.

Anny is moored on a pied a terre licence at Imperial Wharf, Fulham, which enjoys full river views.

Imperial Wharf Overground Station is nearby.

Available from: RiverHomes - South West and Central London Branch

7. Two-bed floating home for sale in Worcester, £295,000

Two-bed floating home, Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcester, £295,000 - exterior

Not quite a houseboat but a floating home nonetheless, this 2-bed stunner is nestled alongside the mighty River Severn, just a stone’s throw from the market town of Upton-upon-Severn. 

Two-bed floating home, Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcester, £295,000 - interior

Available fully furnished, the property is move-in ready.

The light and airy open plan living, dining and kitchen space is beautifully designed to make the most of the sunshine.

And the boat comes with two double bedrooms, one en-suite, plus a further bathroom. 

A fabulous decking area surrounds the property for al fresco dining and entertaining with all the views.

Available from: Allan Morris Malvern - Sales & Lettings

8. Five-bed houseboat for sale in Wapping, £2.5 million

Five-bed houseboat, St Katherine’s Docks, Wapping, £2.5 million - exterior

One for bigger budgets, this spectacular 1930s steel barge has been converted into a stylish, contemporary houseboat. 

With 5,000 sq ft of space and a 50ft foredeck, this light and airy luxurious home doesn’t scrimp on size.

A large, bright reception leads through to kitchen and dining areas, offering wonderful dock views with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck. 

Five-bed houseboat, St Katherine’s Docks, Wapping, £2.5 million - interior

Downstairs there’s a further reception area and five large double bedrooms, each with direct or shared en suite facilities. 

The current owner has recently laid new wool carpet, replaced the boiler, repainted the vessel and installed LED lighting. 

Plus there’s a newly built office space at the rear with Tower Bridge views separated from the main living accommodation. 

Matrix Island has its own private access ramp and is moored at St Katharine Docks, London's premier luxury yacht marina close to the heart of the City of London.

Available from: RiverHomes - South West and Central London Branch

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