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Lorraine Cowdery

Member since: 2011
Speaks english

Houseboat On Thames With 2 Bedrooms And Stunning Views From Roof Terrace.

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type boat
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Twickenham holiday boat

House Boat in Twickenham, near Richmond, London, England - Lovely Location. 5 Mins Strawberry Hill Station. 10 Mins Twickenham. 24hr Bus Stop 2 Mins Away.

A beautiful houseboat in a fantastic location on the River Thames. This really is a bijou property with great transport links to Central London. Swan Island is a small friendly community of fellow river dwellers. The houseboat has everything one could need for a great stay close to London. The location is perfect for sightseeing and/or commuting. Kew Gardens, Hampton Court, Wimbledon, Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston are all within easy reach. The nearest train station is Strawberry Hill, with links to Waterloo, which is 5 minutes walk away. Twickenham Station, which has more extensive train links, is 12 minutes away. Teddington and Twickenham are on your doorstep and both have a great selection of restaurants and shops. The houseboat sleeps 3 comfortably in its 2 bedrooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen. A shower room with flushing WC and a comfortable sitting room with fold up table and chairs for indoor dining. Outside there is a roof terrace with a picnic bench for al fresco dining. There are coin operated laundry facilities on site. There is a very good small supermarket at the entrance to Swan Island. Island Life is varied. There is a great sense of community. Plenty of BBQs when weather is fine. There is a TV with Freeview. Internet is available via 3G. Numerous Internet cafes in Twickenham and Teddington, if required.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lorraine Cowdery (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks english


based on 12 traveller reviews

Houseboat On Thames With 2 Bedrooms And Stunning Views From Roof Terrace.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great alternative to hotels!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the houseboat in August - it served excellently as a comfortable and welcoming base for five manic days using our Merlin passes at Legoland, Thorpe Park and others. Short walk to Twickenham and its shops and places to eat and also the train station which is then 20 mins in to Waterloo. Everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable was there in the boat and all in all, being on the boat, was different and added to our holiday enjoyment. We had a great time thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ian for your lovely comments. I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay. Regards, Lorraine
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It's a great place

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant place to stay.The locals very friendly

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joe, I'm so pleased you and Angie enjoyed your stay on the houseboat. My brother said you were a lovely couple and he asked me to thank Angie for leaving the boat is such fantastic order. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Kind Regards, Lorraine
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Barton Upon Humber

Didn't Want To Leave!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cosy, comfortable boat with great views from the roof terrace! Felt very much at home. So peaceful on the river, we didn't want to leave. Walked everywhere - Hampton Court Palace, Richmond and of course into Twickenham. Loved the White Swan on the riverside and there's live bands playing in lots of the pubs nearby. Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Viki, for your great feedback. I am so pleased you both enjoyed your time on Swan Island so much. Kind Regards, Lorraine
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East Sussex

Brilliant break

  • 5 of 5

This was booked for surprise birthday break for my son (23) and his cousin. They had a brilliant time, combining sighseeing, including Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Park, ate in some great restaurants within walking distance and even managed to do some fishing in river Thames to chill out.

As well as the boat being a great novelty and experience, it was in a superb location and kitted out as good as any 4* hotel.

Parking was easy but car not needed as transport links close by; boat owner very helpful, but brother lives close by for anything needed. Community also very friendly. I'll be booking this next year for a break with my husband.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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South Africa

Houseboat Holiday

  • 5 of 5

It was so lovely to be able to spend 5 days in your gorgeous little houseboat. It had everything we needed and then some. When the weather was bad, we just stayed in and enjoyed all the creature comforts one could ask for and when the sun showed its face, it was so close to all manner of public transport or just a quick walk into town that we were never left feeling stranded or wanting for something to do. I would definitely come stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Frankie, for such great feedback. I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed your time on Swan Island. Kind Regards, Lorraine
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peaceful holiday setting !!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a wonderful week in this cosy boathouse. It has everything one needs for daily living, in addition, tea, coffee, and milk was available to welcome us on our first day. The place was clean,the beds were made, and plenty of clean towels and cleaning equipment available. Ideal location for busses and trains and lovely walks along the river and to the Parks. Best of all was to look out of the window in the morning and watch the swans and geese go by, and parakeets flying overhead ! A peaceful wildlife haven in the middle of London ! We are already planning our next stay !

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Antoinette, for your lovely comments. I am so pleased you and John enjoyed your time on Swan Island. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, Lorraine
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Special interest holidays:

Twickenham Rugby Stadium is walking distance from the houseboat.


Heathrow Airport is the closest airport. It is a half hour drive away. It is possible to get there by public transport by taking a bus to Teddington and changing there for Heathrow. Gatwick is accessible by public transport. Take a train from Gatwick to Clapham Junction then change for Strawberry Hill.


Strawberry Hill (5mins walk) & Twickenham (10mins walk) are main line stations to Waterloo (30min journey) with links to Central London. Twickenham High Street & Teddington are 10 minutes walk away. Wimbledon is 7 stops or 20mins away. Kingston, one of the best shopping areas in London, is 3 train stops away. Richmond is a 10 min bus or train ride. Hampton Court & Kew Gardens are a short bus journey away. Places of interest around this area are plentiful. Lots of history & beautiful scenery.

Further Details:

The houseboat is located on Swan Island. Swan Island is opposite Ham Common grounds midway between Eel Pie Island and Teddington Lock. Strawberry Hill Station is 5 minutes walk away. This is a mainline station with a regular service to Waterloo. Twickenham Station which is on the same line is 10 minutes walk away. Twickenham High Street is 10 minutes walk away. Wimbledon Station is 7 stops or 20 minutes away. There is a supermarket just off the Island. Twickenham High Street has a great selection of shops, banks and restaurants. Teddington is just as close and it has some very good restaurants and shops. There are 2 buses, R68 & 33 (24hr service) that can take you to Richmond, a beautiful village on the Thames. Kew Gardens, Richmond Park, Ham House, Hampton Court are all a 5-10 minute drive away. Kingston-upon-Thames, 3 train stops away, has one of the best shopping areas in London. This area is full of interesting historical places to visit and is a perfect location for walking or cycling. There are river cruises available from Richmond or Kingston. In Spring/Summer, there are so many things to do. There's the Boat Race, Henley Regatta, Hampton Court Flower

Show, Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show. 2015 is the Rugby World Cup year.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday boat in Twickenham, United Kingdom

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$161

Booking Notes:
Minimum Rental is 5 days. Full payment is required at time of booking if booked within 8 weeks of arrival. Otherwise, a £100 is accepted with balance due 8 weeks before arrival. This deposit is non-refundable. A £100 security deposit is required on arrival. The security deposit will be refunded on day of departure, where possible, otherwise within a week of departure providing no damage has been done.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days can be flexible. Minimum stay is 5 days. Check in Is 3:00pm. Checkout is 11:00am. Earlier or later check in/out can be arranged where possible.

Notes on prices:
Minimum Stay is £375 for a 5 night stay.

£100 deposit at time of booking. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival date. Deposit is non-refundable.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday boat rental in Twickenham, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms). 1 double, 1 small single. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed. Bedroom 2 has a small single bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: The houseboat has all the home comforts one would expect from a small apartment. Outside: There is an upstairs terrace with wooden bench for al fresco dining and 2 sun loungers. Utility Room: There is no utility room but there are laundry facilities (a coin operated washer and separate coin operated dryer) on site. There is a steam iron and a small ironing board. Hairdryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. There is no maid service. A change of bed linen and towels is provided every 7 days. Other: There is an outside roof terrace with picnic bench for al fresco dining and 2 comfortable sun loungers.