This post features a houseboat for sale in Rochester, Kent. Houseboats are very much a marmite property, you either love them or hate them.
Golden Sunrise is an exceptional example of a houseboat of contemporary design. It is currently located in a picturesque location on the River Medway, looking towards Rochester castle (the boat was, until recently located at Canary Wharf).
It has two double bedrooms and a bathroom with separate shower on the lower level and a wonderful, light open-plan kitchen on the upper level. The boat is surrounded by a deck which can be used for outside dining, and the roof of the boat has been designed for use as a garden.
The main material used for the wall cladding and open-tread staircase is pale Finnish beech ply, with work surfaces finished in a darker American walnut. The exterior of the boat is similarly clad in Finnish beech ply, painted in marine paint. It was built from scratch (many houseboats are converted from commercial vessels) and designed by Mike O’Shea, an experienced and celebrated boat designer.
The cost of keeping the house in the current boatyard location is approximately £200 per month.
More pictures can be viewed here and it comes with a price tag or £165,000 (boat only) – not sure what else would come with it.