Jenny and Henry’s Belgian Spitz barge was originally used for shipping grain, but they’ve transformed it single-handedly into an utterly unique home. They’ll be on hand to greet you on arrival, along with Moose, their friendly Newfoundland dog.
There’s a wonderful feeling of space, and two rooms at a time are given over to guests unless you’re a group. Settle in the guest sitting room by the wood-burner, hop up a ladder into a little wheelhouse library and look out onto the river from the chaise longue. Sunbathe on the two decks and lap up the to-ing and fro-ing of passing boats, herons and cormorants.
Jenny loves to cook, so breakfast is a treat: good coffee, croissants, eggs Benedict or a full English – it’s a convivial affair at a long table on the upstairs level. You can take the Thames Clipper river bus into central London and there are plenty of restaurants and shops close by.