7 Best Houseboats For Rent In Kent, England - Updated 2024

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Victor 
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There is a reason why Kent is fondly known as “The Garden of England.” It is a paradise of breathtaking English beauty characterized by dramatic white cliffs, historic cathedrals, towering castles, and a horde of sleepy villages that knows only one language – peace and tranquility. Some places to stay, such as country cottages and barns for rent, also show emphasis on the natural beauty of the country. With so many things to see and do, be sure that you are not pressed for time when planning your trip. Also, if you desire to truly appreciate the astonishing beauty of Kent, consider going for houseboat rentals instead of the conventional accommodation options. Read below for our recommendations on the best houseboats for rent in Kent, England.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 07, 2024.

1. Lady Florence (from USD 159)

This residential boat to rent is a true gem of a houseboat, showcasing mesmerizing views of Allington Castle from its idyllic spot on the picturesque River Medway. Step inside to discover a cozy and inviting bedroom, and a modern kitchen equipped with everything you need for a peaceful getaway. Stay connected with a reliable wireless internet connection and unwind with your favorite shows on the television.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the surrounding area, where the river’s allure is complemented by the warmth of friendly locals. Convenient paid parking and accessible public transport options allow for effortless exploration, and a leisurely 20-minute stroll leads to the charming town of Maidstone.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
26.51 km (16.5 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
104 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
really well equipped with a comfortable bed lovely shower & all the mod cons including 2 smart tvs
it's like a 1 bedroom apartment on the river
Cleanliness:
stunning atmosphere and spotlessly clean
amazing stay really clean accommodation
we had an amazing stay on the lady florence really clean and cosy
brilliant stay - spotlessly clean and felt like we were the first ones to use the place
the place was clean stylish and had everything you could possibly need
Host:
the host provided lovely little touches to make us feel welcome
a lovely tranquil position very nice decor to a high standard tara was a great host and very helpful
Location:
the location is stunning and loads to do nearby
lovely location really nice and soothing to be bobbing on the water
nice location with a pub and farm nearby and just a half hour walk to the town
amazing spot feels quiet and remote but only a 5 minute walk to the pub
easy walk to town or the other way there is a lovely cafe and countryside walk
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2. Salmestone (from USD 198)

Embark on an extraordinary journey of charm and enchantment as you step aboard this magnificent 110-year-old long-term houseboat to rent in Kent. This unique lodging promises a world of luxury, featuring a spacious and inviting living area, a sumptuous en-suite master bedroom, and a convenient separate family bathroom.

Every desire is catered to, with all the essential amenities, entertainment options, a fully equipped kitchen, and a serene outdoor area to relax and unwind. As you bask in the awe-inspiring views of the harbor, canal, marina, and river, you’ll be utterly captivated by the sheer magic of this unforgettable experience.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
31.13 km (19.4 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
31 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
it really is a unique experience - fantastic facilities spotlessly clean and luxurious extras
Host:
very nice stay thanks to wonderful hosts samir and pinky
samir and pinky where lovely hosts
samir and pinky are really lovely hosts
the hosts communication was brilliant and the barge has everything you need
samir & pinky were helpful hosts
Location:
unique accommodation in a beautiful location
great location with pubs and restaurants in v close walking distance while the barge itself is very private
fantastic boat in a brilliant location
great place to stay right in the heart of historic sandwich
we had a lovely stay in this beautiful location
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3. A luxurious floating apartment (from USD 1068)

If you are looking for a never to be forgotten experience in Kent, then you can skip the typical boutique hotels. Spending your nights in this luxurious static houseboat to rent in Kent will fit you just right. It is a spacious houseboat with elegantly designed living spaces such as a large master bedroom that features a luxury king bed and a walk-in shower. There is a fully equipped kitchen to help you take care of your gastronomic needs and there is also a lounge area with all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy the best that Kent has to offer you.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
33.81 km (21.1 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
25 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
felt comfortable on arrival and they couldn’t have helped more
Cleanliness:
very comfortable spacious and thoughtful items of food left for us
Host:
the hosts were welcoming and always available
lovely property hosts very helpful
hosts very friendly and helpful
thanks for being such a great host
hosts couldn't have been more helpful
Location:
a beautiful location so relaxing with fabulous facilities really very special
the location is perfect for us quiet and peaceful with boats passing by and the swans
the boat is moored in a lovely place very quiet with pubs nearby
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4. Tiny but elegantly furnished houseboat (from USD 472)

The moored houseboat for rent in Kent looks relatively small, but don’t let the appearance deceive you on whether or not you will get comfortable accommodation. It features enough room and is adequately equipped with all that you may need for a great stay. There is a lounge area with a comfy sofa ideal for relaxation, a kitchenette with a cooker to help you whip up meals, a private bath, and comfy sleeping spaces. If you don’t feel like spending time indoors, or you want to enjoy a cup of coffee while soaking in the beautiful views around, then there is a nicely designed terrace which will treat you to slightly panoramic views of the region. The boat is anchored in a safe marina and will float when the tide is high.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
868 meters (0.6 ft) from Faversham Recreation Ground
7 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the boat was very clean and well prepared
Host:
tom was a great host
great hospitality helpful host with local knowledge
tom was a great host who could not be more helpful
description for the arrival was helpful and easy
really friendly and welcoming
Location:
a unique setting and place to stay with many interesting things to do within easy walking distance of faversham
absolutely fantastic boat moored in a beautiful and tranquil spot just a ten minute walk from faversham high street
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5. A charming houseboat in historical Sandwich (from USD 99)

This charming houseboat has been nicknamed “Avante,” and it is a unique space where you will find everything you need to relax during your holiday. When you step inside, you will find two bedrooms, two bathrooms with a shower, and a decently sized lounge area complete with a TV. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with a toaster, a grill, a microwave, a kettle, a cooker, and a fridge. When you are tired of getting rocked from the inside, you can always make good use of the terrace to sit and relax while you soak in the sights, sounds, and beauty of nature around. It also delivers breathtaking water views, making it cheaper yet no less impressive than sea view hotels.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
31.13 km (19.4 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
28 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
please kindly pay attention to faster wifi
Host:
best thing about the boat was the host very helpgul
very communicative host and great captain
great boat price location and facilitation by the caption and host
giulia and bill have been very kind and welcoming to us
Location:
it is a lovely location in a beautiful village of sandwich
comfortable and peaceful location
the location is amazing as well just 2 minutes from the centre
beautiful boat big and in a lovely location
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6. A super comfy houseboat with beautiful canal views

Welcome to this super-comfortable houseboat that boasts some of the best canal views in Kent. It is elegantly designed and furnished for comfort and convenience. Notable features and amenities include a master bedroom with ensuite shower room, a shared family living space with a double sofa bed and bunk beds for more sleeping options, a nicely furnished living room with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and Wi-Fi, and a private deck with a swinging egg chair.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
31.03 km (19.3 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
50 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 4 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is very spacious comfortable homely everything you need really thoughtful touches an incredible location a magical escape
archie’s barge is so comfortable and the setting so idyllic that i can’t wait to stay there again
we found it warm and comfortable and would have loved to have stayed longer
Cleanliness:
very clean and immaculately presented
Host:
archie was a delightful host
everyone was so friendly
archie the host was a sweetheart and couldn’t do enough for us
archie was extremely helpful and very quick in responding to all our questions
wonderful boat wonderful host and really experience for families and friends
Location:
the location was ideal for exploring town
the location on the river is pretty and peaceful
the location is fantastic near to sandwich centre and all the bars and restaurants
it's a unique cosy retreat in a great location
sandwich is such an interesting place to spend a few days exploring
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7. A lovely Dutch boat on River Stour

This is a self-contained Dutch boat docked in a tranquil location with lots of amenities and attractions around. It features a quaint interior with simple yet comfy furnishings. The basic kitchen will avail you of all the necessities you need to fix a quick meal and the lounge area will be a great place to relax and chill as you enjoy the peace around you. Some of the notable attractions nearby include Canoe Wild, Grove Ferry Country Park, and Stodmarsh Nature Reserve.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
21.64 km (13.5 mi) from Faversham Recreation Ground
112 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
pub wifi extends to the boat as well
there was also a very effective heater as it got a bit chilly in the evening
the beds were very comfy and was a lovely stay indeed
Cleanliness:
a sparklingly clean and stylish boat perfect for my stay
i loved the homely touches and the beautifully snug and clean cabins
great couple of days boat was clean and lived up to description
Host:
the boat has everything you need and if there is anything you need the host is very helpful
the boat is in a really lovely area and everyone is polite and friendly
everyone in the bar were really friendly
check in through the lockbox was easy and the host’s communication was very quick
hosts were considerate and had the place warm and all ready for us
Location:
lovely location great pub 30 seconds walk away
the location is fantastic right at the entrance to the pub garden
being so close to canoe and kayak hire makes it a great base from which to explore
made use of canoe centre very close by which was fun
wonderful boat in an amazing location had a great time with my family
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Treat yourself to memorable houseboat experiences in Kent

A trip to Kent is bound to fill your heart and soul with lots of memories. One of them should be spending a night or two in a houseboat. It is a chance to unwind with the beautiful views of the ocean or canals as well as the soothing sounds of the birds and the waves crashing on the shores. While there are a number of excellent historic hotels and Airbnbs with hot tub, the feeling of being rocked to sleep by the gentle waves is so amazing that it needs to be experienced in person. Choose any of the best houseboats for rent in Kent, the UK, listed above for a unique accommodation experience.

If you would like to explore more accommodation options, you can also check out these holiday lodges in Kent.

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Frequently asked questions about best houseboats for rent in Kent, England

1. Which houseboats for rent in Kent accept long-term stays?

If you’re looking for long-term stays in Kent, there are several houseboats that can provide a comfortable and convenient home away from home. A few recommended choices are Salmestone and this luxurious floating apartment.

2. Which houseboats for rent in Kent have parking?

Looking for houseboats for rent in Kent that offer convenient parking options? Look no further. Some of the options that offer parking are Salmestone, this luxurious floating apartment and this tiny but elegantly furnished houseboat.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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