Rijnstroom IV HouseboatCommercial property for sale

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97ft Dutch Barge – sleeps 10+
Flexible use – home / business / holiday let
Stunning Sea Views
Harbour location
Chain Free

Rijnstroom IV
A totally unique, 100ft original Dutch Barge

3 years after establishing herself as one of the most popular B&B hotels in Bembridge Harbour, on the Isle of Wight, Rijnstroom has undergone a complete rebuild, and is now once again ready to welcome aboard guests, old and new, to this most unique of destinations.

The opportunity to add a food and drinks element to the business was always foreseen by the present owners, but the renovations had to come first.

Her present location offers berthing options that all benefit from stunning views across Bembridge Harbour, the Solent and beyond, but new owners may have their hearts set on an alternative location at one of the many harbours along our coastline, or the canals, rivers and tributaries of our inland waterways.

The beauty of operating a floating establishment is that if you don’t like the view or the neighbours, you can always move, and you’ll never be next to or stuck with a noisy road!

Offers are invited for ownership of this most unique of vessels in the region of £300,000 but generous renting arrangements with an option to purchase outright at a later date, once the business has been re-established, can be agreed if necessary.

• Original Dutch Barge 30m long X 4.7m wide, built with an iron hull, steel, timber and glass superstructure, powered by a Gardner 6 cylinder omnibus engine driving a single propeller. Built in 1922, and rebuilt in 2016/17

• Owners accommodation, known as the Captain’s Suite, consisting of bedroom with en-suite bathroom, fitted wardrobes and built-in bed with storage below, porthole windows, radiator, led downlights, concealed plinth lighting, and stairs to first floor. The semi wet room bathroom consists of a walk-in shower, WC and wash basin vanity unit, led lighting, towel rail and shaver point. On the first floor the lounge area has a solid oak floor, radiator, porthole windows, led downlights, French doors opening out onto a rear private balcony, and the private accommodation entrance fire door opening onto the main entrance Wheelhouse

• The high sloping roof and all glass construction of the Wheelhouse has entrance doors on both port and starboard sides, and bathes the whole area in natural light. This is complemented by led downlights, and low level blue and white led lighting maintaining the ambiance at night. From the Wheelhouse solid oak stairs take you down into the main saloon, or up to the sliding patio doors opening out onto the main roof deck. Also in the Wheelhouse is the ships control lectern, containing the ships wheel, compass, gear selector and many other operational instruments, and the floor hatch entrance into the engine room below.

• Roof sun deck 12m x 3.2m with the first 6.5m enclosed by glass balustrade screens, with a teak aqua deck. To the fore of the deck is the skylight hatch to the main accommodation, and the deck storage locker. To the port and starboard sides of the deck are the walkways running from the entrance doors to the Forepeak cabin.

• The Forepeak cabin is accessed by a short step ladder, to a utility area containing a stainless steel sink & drainer, porthole windows, washing machine, storage areas, steps to the lower level, and a door into a small bathroom containing a shower and WC. The lower level is currently used for storage, but could easily be converted to a commercial galley, and has a large skylight above.

• The stairs from the wheelhouse take you down to the main galley, saloon and accommodation area. The galley has a range of low and high level cupboards, a fridge, a freezer, electric oven and hob, white earthstone counter tops, and a stainless steel sink & drainer with waste disposal unit. The galley also has low and hight level led lighting.

• The Saloon which is 6 x 4.5m has a vaulted ceiling, solid oak floors, 6 high level opening windows, 2 radiators, led downlights, and ample power points. It also has the main fire door entrance to the accommodation area corridor, which runs through to the upper deck skylight hatch above, with storage cupboard below. Close board ceiling with downlights and carpeted floor. Accessed from the corridor are the 4 guest cabins, guest bathroom and guest shower room.

• Guest bedroom 1, The Crew’s Cabin, has a built-in double bed with storage below, built-in wardrobe, bedside cabinet, radiator, high level window and fire door, close board ceiling and carpeted floor.

• Guest bedroom 2, The Boatswain’s Cabin, has a built-in double bed with storage below, built-in wardrobe, radiator, high level window, and fire door, close board ceiling and carpeted floor.

• Guest bedroom 3, The Master’s Cabin, has a built-in double bed, height level window, drawer chest, radiator and fire door, close board ceiling and carpeted floor.

• Guest bedroom 4, The First Mate’s Cabin, has built-in twin beds, high level window, drawer chest, radiator and fire door, close board ceiling and carpeted floor.

All services are mains power and water, central heating and hot water are supplied by an oil fired boiler, which along with the oil storage tank is situated in the engine room.

All toilets and waste outlets are operated by electronic macerator’s.

All measurements are approximate.

Our client is asking for £300,000 for this property.


All viewings to be arranged via HRD. Please contact either 527727.



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  • Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
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  • Friday08:30 - 17:30
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