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A permanently moored House Boat

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Moored In The Turning Basin In Aigues-Mortes

Built in 2002, in the style of a classic 25 meter dutch barge. Fitted out by the renowned Neilsen's of Gloucester (They recently renovated Nelson's HMS Victory), in Sapele, teak and iroko hardwood, white gloss painted pine T&G, and varnished pine floors. in the style of an 1890' gentleman's yacht, but with all the accoutrements of the 21st century. This is a one and a half million dollar ship! Air conditioned, We offer a master cabin with ensuite to share the ship with the owner and his pets. There is a washing machine and dryer. We have constant 230 volt power going to British plugs, but continental adaptors are freely available.. The captain lives aboard, along with three cats, a parrot and two border collies., and is available 24/7 to help you. There is free parking

John Smethurst
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, poor french, but my French girl friend helps here.
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About John Smethurst

I built the barge in Gloucester, with some help! We started in 2002, and finished the fit out in 2005. We sailed from Gloucester to the from London to Calais. We cruised a few thousand kilometers around France, and then finally moored here in Aigues-Mortes in 2007. I had previously spent 35 years in the Fashion all aspects.

John Smethurst purchased this house boat in 2002

Why John Smethurst chose Aigues-Mortes

I have put my heart and soul into this magnificent project. I want to share this pleasurable experience with you. We have dropped our prices for 2018 We recognise that things are not fantastic economically. We do are permanently moored.

What makes this house boat unique

I am only letting out one cabin on my luxury barge. On one side of the ship is the 'Canal Maritime' Built originally in Medieval times by King Louis, so his ships could quickly access the sea, and where two Crusades departed from. Beyond our quay, is a small lane. The 'Route du Mole', but which Google for some inexplicable reason calls 'La Rayette'! It is bordered by a field that is the start of the National Park. (La Marette). We are about 300 meters from the Grand Site de la Marette.The main benefit of our mooring is that we are quiet because there is not much traffic but. we are only a mere twelve minutes walk from the center of Aigues-Mortes. The floodlit ramparts dominate the view from our decks. After ten years we are surrounded and accepted by the wildlife. If you love nature and prefer some luxury, we are for you!


Aigues-Mortes House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , ensuite to master cabin. Equipped with a Douchette.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ensuite shower/w.c.
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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A permanently moored House Boat
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Lovely houseboat in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We spent an excellent couple of days on board the Saul Nomad enjoying John's excellent hospitality, walking into the gorgeous walled town of Aigues Mortes and taking boat trips along the rivers and canals.

Saul Nomad is very comfortable and well-equipped (air con, satellite TV, Wifi...) and John is a great host.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacances insolites et hôte adorable!

  • 5 of 5

Agréable de decouvrir l'univers et la vie au sein d'une péniche, le capitaine est très cool, si bien qu'on prend vite ses repères.

Lieu d'amarrage, magique, face à la tour de Constance et pour les cyclistes, voie verte qui passe juste derrière la péniche.

Cabine très confortable... près à renouveler cette belle expérience !

PS: petit bémol, prévoir l'anti-moustique pour les soirée sur le "deck"

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. We try our best, but also try to improve!
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Séjour original et agréable

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé 3 nuits sur la péniche : la chambre est propre, spacieuse et douillette avec une salle d'eau fonctionnelle. Le propriétaire est discret tout en étant sympathique. Prévoir les repas à l'extérieur plutôt.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Top notch!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay! Original and fun; most comfortable. Our host, John, was full of local information and very welcoming. Learned a lot about the region as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Gelungener Ferienspaß!

  • 4 of 5

Für einen Aufenthalt auf Cpt. Johns Hausboot braucht man etwas Abenteuergeist, aber dann ist es ein Spaß für die ganze Familie. Wir haben das Boot für 4 Nächte hauptsächlich für unsere beiden Kinder gebucht, letztlich hat es aber uns allen Spaß gemacht. Es ist zwar etwas beengt, dennoch gehen sich 2 Räume zum Schlafen aus. Ganz hinten ein Raum mit einem Doppelbett und mit Badezimmer und Toilette, und ein kleinerer Raum mit einem Stockbett, den haben die Kinder belegt. Zugegeben die Räume sind nur zum Schlafen da, es ist einfach zu eng sonst, dafür kann man an Deck herrlich sein Essen einnehmen und es sich auf einer der Liegen gemütlich machen. Wer sich selbst versorgen möchte, kann auch die Küche benützen, es ist alles da. Cpt. John ist gut ausgerüstet und lässt einen schalten und walten.

John ist ein gemütlicher, stets gut gelaunter Engländer mit typisch britischem Humor. Er ist unglaublich großzügig, hilfsbereit und freundlich und wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt bei ihm. Er ist da, wenn man Hilfe braucht und zieht sich ansonsten in die andere Hälfte des Bootes zurück.

Einziger Minuspunkt sind die vielen Ventilatoren und Klimaanlagen mit denen John das Boot vollgestopft hat und die den ganzen Tag surren, um das Klima an Bord erträglich zu halten. Man gewöhnt sich zwar dran, aber Dauerzustand ist es keiner. Für unsere 4 Nächte war es aber kein Problem, zumal wir eh den ganzen Tag unterwegs waren.

Aigues Mortes, ist ein ganz bezaubernder Ort am Hafen mit einer mittelalterlich gehaltenen Innenstadt. Toll zum abends Flanieren und essen gehen. Wunderschön ist auch der Wanderweg in die Camargue, der direkt hinterm Hausboot losgeht und einem diese wunderschöne Landschaft genießen lässt. Auch zum nächsten Strand ist es nicht weit. Die Strände hier sind alle endlos breit mit feinstem Sand und einem klaren Meer. Vielleicht etwas voll zur Hauptsaison, aber die Franzosen sind da sehr entspannt und höflich.

Wenn man im Sommer fährt, sollte man allerdings einkalkulieren, dass hier immer ein wenig der Wind weht, mal leichter, mal stärker.

Unbedingt miteinplanen sollte man Ausflüge in die Camargue zu den schwarzen Stieren und weißen Pferden! Alles in allem waren wir sehr froh, hier gebucht zu haben!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Hébergement original, et des plus sympathiques grâce à l'hospitalité de l'hôte.

  • 5 of 5

Les quatre jours que nous avons passé à trois (plus le chien) sur le Saul Nomade, la péniche de John ont été confortables, avec vue imprenable sur les remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Notre hôte était chaleureux et discret à la foi. Chaudement recommandé !

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
27 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
la grande motte
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
grau du roi
Car: necessary

Aigues-Mortes is a renowned walled medieval town. It was a base for the seventh and eighth crusades. Barbarossa anchored his fleet off its shores. Lawrence of Arabia studied here before WWl. Ernest Hemingway was writing here in 1933, and returned in 1961 with house guests Ava Gardner and Jackie Kennedy.

Places of interest to visit are the seasalt works, The local manades where black fighting bulls are raised. (generally they do not get killed in the local form of 'bull fighting'. The bulls are controlled by the superb horsemanship of the gardians riding their characteristically white horses. We are surrounded by vineyards, and many welcome visitors. Every kind of watersport is catered for. Quadbiking, paintballing and so forth are only ten minute ride away.

Of course there are the long sandy beaches that stretch for miles/kilometers. There are busy beaches, quiet beaches, and nudist beaches.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

these rates are per cabin, and cover the charge for one person.occupying the master cabin. Each additional person will be charged 30 euros per night. Children charged at 10 euros per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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