Top 10 boat-hotels in Europe

August 3, 2015

As the boutique boatel (boat-hotel) Bert’s Barges opens on London’s Regent’s Canal, it’s time to consider other places to stay on the water. Here we pick 10 around the UK and Europe that’ll float your boat

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Lyris is about as far as you can get from a traditional rose-painted, potted gerainium-strewn houseboat. Matt black on the outside, with a sleek roof terrace and HotBox barbecue, its almost-monochrome interior comes speckled with vintage Scandinavian finds, a walk-in Agape shower, designer Atelier Areti lighting and underfloor heating. But this isn’t any old houseboat. It’s owned by interiors company Bert & May and opened last week as a “boutique barge hotel”, although hotel is a bit of a misnomer given the set-up; with one bedroom (there’s also a pull-out bed in the living area), a kitchen, bathroom and living-dining area, this is more holiday rental than hotel. A welcome hamper comes with craft beer; you can choose between a Brompton and a vintage rowing boat when you want to venture out – and breakfast is delivered to the door. On a mooring along Regent’s Canal in Hackney, there are plans to expand to Little Venice, and to York and Bristol.

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