A warm, friendly welcome

See on board the houseboat, visit the touring shop and relax on the riverside.

We look forward to welcoming visitors in 2018, as we celebrate ninety years since the rebuilding of a truly unique vessel.

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

18 September 2012

Revitalised Saloon furnishings


Last December we purchased a large pair of ready made flowery~chintz curtains in a charity shop near Magdalen Street, in Norwich Over the Water ~ considered to be one of the most colourful and historic quarters of Norwich. They were cut into smaller pairs and sewn neatly together by designer, Vicki Reeve.

The new, bright curtains replace a drab beige set. This country flower pattern fits Heather's 1920's ~ 1930's style. Some nineteen fifties photographs show edges of chintz curtains hanging at the windows. The overall effect of the curtains had to be subtle, so as not to dominate the cabin. Like much of the restoration, it has been quite difficult to source properly made period fixtures and fittings and we have yet to source some small brass rail to fit between the cranked end rod brackets. These are some of the traditional domestic fittings used on board pleasure wherries, yachts and the like.

Chris

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe