West Mersea, Colchester, Essex

Sleeps 1-9
£375 - £950


A piece of maritime history in West Mersea. The 60-tonne vessel Hotspur, first launched in 1874, and moored at its current location since 1914, is so jam-packed with period features it gives any listed country cottage a run for its money. Compared to other houseboats on the seafront, Hotspur is by far the largest and sits proudly on the waterline looking out to sea. Home to five families in nearly 100 years, now available as a prime prestige holiday let. The nine-berth boat can sleep up to 11 people, is set out over two floors and boasts a wealth of original features. Available Easter, Half-term, Summer, Christmas, and all year. Satellite TV.

Walking along the gangplank to the deck, the top floor is made up of a 22ftx16ft, bright, modern lounge which had a £60,000 refit. It has views out to sea. Next to the lounge is the master bedroom, 17ftx14ft, with a built in wardrobe and dressing table. This leads to the rear deck. Fully double glazed and with solid wooden floors and ceiling, the stairs to the lower floor is through the original hatch, though there is a stairwell leading down from the master bedroom directly into the saloon. Once downstairs, the narrow corridors and low odd -shaped berths with wood-paneled walls take you back in time. It is like wandering through a massive treasure chest, as multi-bunk berths hide behind nooks and crannies. The saloon, measuring 16ft square is awash with original craftsmanship with oak beams, three portholes, built-in wooden benches and an impressive amount of storage space. It is also home to a multi-fuel burner that keeps the entire boat toasty warm and incredibly cosy, though there are also electric heaters and under-bunk heating.

The galley kitchen houses a range of bespoke, fitted units in keeping with the flavour of Hotspur, with angled units and worktops, but with all the mod cons. The bathroom is off the kitchen. The boat’s name is Hotspur, which means Lad of the Seas. Hotspur is made from two-inch teak on oak beams, and is tremendously strong and in good shape.

Rates: £375 to £950 per week depending on season.
Maximum of 9 people.
Children are welcome.
Sorry, no pets.
Off street parking.

Please note that map locations may be approximate.

Some of the Amenities available are:

Off Street Parking
Open / Log / Gas Fire

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