After years of traveling the English canal connecting Leeds to Liverpool, this 1940s coal barge is enjoying retirement as a charming, two-story floating home thanks to a complete overhaul by its current owners.
Featuring 1,250 square feet of interior space, the houseboat offers three bedrooms; a large, open floor plan; and a seaside deck. Currently docked in Gosport, England, the houseboat shares the waterways with many important vessels docked just across the harbor at the Portsmouth historic dockyard. Other historic sites are also nearby, including King Henry VIII’s South Sea Castle, built in 1544—where he watched his own Tutor Navy’s warship, The Mary Rose, sink while fending off a French invasion a year later.
The home features a handmade front door, crafted from wood reclaimed from Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight. On the main level, the kitchen, dining area, and living room effortlessly flow together, including out onto a spacious top deck with distant views of the third-century Portchester Castle.
Three bedrooms are located on the lower level, as well as a large master bathroom which features a full-size bathtub, separate shower, double sinks, and underfloor heating. Scroll ahead to see more inside this beautifully renovated houseboat, currently listed for £399,950 (about $514,250).
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