Homes perfect for those who love messing about in boats
The Water Rat in Wind in the Willows famously stated:
“There is NOTHING – absolute nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.
Here, we share five homes that would suit him perfectly as a base for such activity:
The Boat House, Halton-on-Lune, Lancashire – £750,000
Built as the boathouse to Halton Hall, this compact 2 bedroomed Grade II listed Victorian boathouse next to the River Lune includes a wet dock with a good draught for a rowing boat. For sale through Fine & Country, it comes complete with CCTV and an infra-red camera that allows wildlife such as otters that play there to be viewed from the sitting room.
St Helena House, Richmond, Surrey – £10,000,000
The largest freehold house on Richmond riverside comes with four boathouses (two are leased to local charities until 2049) is for sale with Savills. Grade II listed and enjoying “the most sensational views” of the River Thames, this 8,850 square foot villa includes 5/6 reception rooms and 6 bedrooms. In addition there’s a “delightful” garden, a guest cottage and garaging for 3 vehicles.
Homestone, South Town, Dartmouth, Devon – £2,350,000
Built on the site of a boathouse in 2000 and further developed in 2012, this 5 double bedroom contemporary waterfront property has a lift, a 27-foot garage and extends to 3,179 square foot. With a private tidal dock and decked balconies, it also enjoys views out to sea and of the Rivers Dart and Kingswear and is for sale through Marchand Petit.
The Boat House, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – £3,371,000
Sold furnished and complete with a Hinckley picnic boat, this 7,097 square foot boathouse stands within the walls of the Grand Bahama Yacht Club and comes with a 1,220 square foot guest cottage, a 3 car garage and a 600 square foot studio. The property is for sale through HG Christie and includes a boat slip and lift and a floating dock.
The Boathouse, Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill, Georgia, USA – £805,000
Described by realtor Harry Norman as appearing to “float majestically” on Lake Sterling, this boathouse is part of the 1,800 acre, 400 home estate developed on the site of Henry Ford’s winter retreat. Built of cedar, cyprus and ironwood, the 2,671 square foot 2 bedroomed house includes a boat dock area. Constructed for John Belushi’s widow, Judy, and her second husband television executive and restaurateur Victor Pisano.
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