S&G Wooldridge

Hotspur (Houseboat)

Hotspur is located in West Mersea, Essex

  • Price: From £475 to £950 per week
  • Number of units of accommodation: 1
  • Sleeps:2 to 9 people in 5 bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms: 2
  • Short Breaks: Yes – The minimum number of days for a short break is 3
  • Suitable for the disabled: No
  • Children are welcome: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No

Lovely historic moored houseboat full of charm, stunning sunset and sea views, as you sit on the deck, situated in pretty seafront area. Sleeps 2 to 9 in six berths, Ideal for sailing enthusiasts, family seaside holidays, seafood lovers, or just soak in the seaviews and sun from the comfort of your private deck.

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 six-berth boat can sleep up to 9 people (three doubles), is set out over two floors and boasts a wealth of original features. Available Easter, half-term, Summer is especially popular in July and August, as is Christmas, New Year, and indeed all year. Satellite TV.

Walking along the gangway 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. Click here  for seven day tide table at West Mersea 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.

Now with steamroom/shower room ensuite with the spacious upperdeck double bedroom. 3KWatt Solar PV power for the eco freak,  and green minded alike,  saves you carbon emmission even on your holiday! Features our Solar PV controller ( Sola Controla) which heats the hot water and gives background heating.

Very convenient for sailing enthusiasts minutes walk from the West Mersea Yacht Club and the Dabchicks sailing club Can be combined with our other property Rookery Lodge just 25 minutes away for even larger parties for weddings etc. Or if you are simply looking for a smaller quiet country retreat see Rookery Lodge, which sleeps 2 to 8.


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