People living on boats is not a new thing. In fact, it goes back to the late 19th and early 20th Century when families would live aboard cargo-carrying boats and travel extensively up and down the waterways network.
But what’s it like living on the UK’s waterways today? Well, we think it’s fantastic, but it has a lot to do with whether you have a secure mooring ‘base’ for your boat, or whether you are constantly cruising.
At Waterspace Living, we do all the hard work in finding you a secure mooring in great locations, typically with full services such as power, water, foul connection, Wi-Fi and rubbish disposal. This means that you can concentrate your time on enjoying the houseboat and the river or canal that it’s located on, rather than worrying if there’s going to be queue for the facilities at your next port of call as many hundreds of boat owners do.
Living on canal or river has numerous benefits. Let’s go through some of them here for you:
Get the Ultimate Level of Comfort
Our boats are designed keeping your living needs in mind. Once you enter the living space, you will forget you’re living in a boat and have the same feeling that you get when living in a luxury apartment.
The houseboats have been designed and styled by award-winning interior designers meaning that you have all the necessary fittings for a seamless living experience.
Cosy and comfortable inside, they are also great entertaining spaces outside with wonderful rear decks and wrap-around seating. Whilst they might seem minimalistic, our boats are nearly twice the size of a narrow boat and that means you can even fit a king-sized bed and double wardrobes in your bedroom!
You’re also free to customise the interior according to your preferences – from flooring, tiling, choice of colour scheme and storage – you can really put your own stamp on your new home.
Choose Convenience Over Hassle
Many boaters’ forums and buying guides will warn new buyers of the potential hassle that being a boat owner brings. As we’ve touched on above, for those not moored permanently in a marina, this could mean transporting your waste in ‘cassette loos’ along the towpath to the nearest facility block, or waiting at water points to fill the tank on board the boat.
However, with Waterspace Living, you don’t have to worry about living in a remote marina that has no access to proper amenities. All our moorings are in areas that have quick and easy access to shops and other necessary services. At our marinas you get everything from a Smart meter energy supply direct to your boat, efficient waste disposal systems to fast internet connectivity.
Get Entertained When You Want to Be
Many choose the water lifestyle because they’re done with the fast pace of city life and want to get away from the stress that work brings. Letting your hair down and being entertained is really important to our mental well-being too which is why we’ve purposely picked places where you can easily socialise and enjoy your free time.
Our marinas are all located in prime locations with great access to a wide variety of entertainment such as cinemas and theatres, bars and restaurants. Or, if cultural attractions and a relaxing coffee in a riverside café is more your thing, then our superbly positioned London sites have all that you are looking for.
So enjoy your peace of mind when you want to and get the chance to step out and have fun for the night when you feel like it.
The Freedom To Explore
We sound like a broken record saying this in all almost every post but the world is your oyster when you choose a lifestyle on water. You can simply choose not be tied down to one marina or one community. You have the freedom to choose your marina, your outlook and your neighbours.
So, why not enjoy the freedom to take your home wherever you want to and explore the different towns, cities or the beautiful countryside as you see fit?
Choose a Healthier Lifestyle
Choose to be closer to nature. Living on water has its numerous benefits for both your body and mind. Living on or near water can strengthen your immune system so it has stronger abilities to fight those illnesses. And, at a time of a global pandemic such as COVID-19, living close to the outdoors can make for the most perfect isolation spot.
Choose to live closer to nature and its natural ways and improve the way you eat, sleep and treat your body. Our boats are equipped with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities where you can cook up all kinds of healthy meals and even lavish ones to share with your friends and family.
Take a Vacation Every Weekend
Are you envious of friends and family that are on short breaks almost every other weekend? You don’t have to be. Living on our boats and in our marinas means you can take your boat out for a spin every weekend or any day of the week for that matter. You can choose from far off or nearby locations and take a mini or extended vacation any time of the year.
The best part? You take your entire home with you wherever you go and save on expensive eating and lodging costs in new places.