What a relaxing way to have a holiday. The boat was a great base to see the local area around Millbrook – we took the ferry from Cremyll to Plymouth, hired kayaks at Cawsand, hired bikes from Plymouth Bikes and found a lovely pub at Kingsand, The Devonport. The boat helped seal a memorable stay. Thanks.
The boat holiday accommodation Sea-clusion in Polbathic was an experience in itself, a houseboat up a tidal creek, when the tide drops the world fades and you find yourself feeling away from it all, when it rises again the swans come and say hello as the boat gently sways at her moorings.
The Boat holiday accommodation in Millbrook was great, Carrie the owner was very welcoming and had put out some little welcoming gestures like Scones and Cream. Enjoyed our few days staying there.
We had a fantastic time staying on the Merrymaid! Carrie was there to meet us despite a delay on the Torpoint ferry and showed us around with a brief overview of how everything worked. The boat has great facilities, with a shower and additional toilets available on the quay and is actually really spacious, the pictures don’t do it justice! We received a warm welcome and had everything we needed on the boat, which was cosy, comfortable and homely. Millbrook is a lovely village with great walks around the village and beyond.
We received a clear description how to get to the boat by car & excellent welcome on board by Carrie with beds made & breakfast in the fridge. The boat is very cosy: it felt a bit like a very luxurious form of camping! Very nice fish & chips restaurant at 5 min walk through a park, as well as shops (open on Sunday).
“I only wish that we could have stayed longer. Julie made us so welcome, (all the ingredients for a cream tea in the fridge), pristine bed linen, fluffy towels and Sea-clusion (Polbathic) is so well-equipped. I really enjoyed being lulled to sleep as the tide gently came in. I felt bad because we arrived late, our Roscoff ferry docked on schedule at 21.30 in Plymouth but it took us longer to arrive at the boatyard than I anticipated so I was relieved that there was no reprimand, just a warm welcome and an informative tour of the boat. The boatyard and River Lynher are quirky and timeless, both will be included in my new short story. I recommend a stay in the houseboat to anyone who seeks to relax, unwind and recharge their batteries.”
Anne Keen Hodge
This is great thanks Viv. Think you may be our busiest charter agent this summer! Thanks for all the business you’re sending our way. It is much easier for me than organising courses and bareboat charters where they break everything and run aground!! J
Nous avons été bien reçu par Carrie. Le bateau est sympa et spacieux. Il faut savoir que les toilettes et la douche sont sur le quai dans un bâtiment collectif. Nous avons passé un trés agréable séjour à Millbrook qui est une petite bourgade avec un lac, un fish and chips et des épiceries.
Merrymaid (Millbrook) was a perfect getaway and we would recommend her for anyone seeking a cosy and very homely place to stay in a beautiful location. Vivienne was very helpful and Carrie, the boat owner, was a fantastic host and showed us all we needed to know about the quirky/beautiful boat. We settled in straight away and felt sad when we had to leave!
Made to feel welcome. Beautiful location and boat (Polbathic). Great facilities on board, clean and well looked after a real gem. Would recommend.
We had a wonderful time! Kids loved it, especially crabbing off the side of the boat in Millbrook. The neighbours lent us an open canoe, highly recommend.
Before our weekend away, we spoke to Robert on the phone and went through a checklist of things we needed to know and we chose to moor in the marina. On the Friday we arrived well after our appointed hour, due to bad traffic – wishing we had made the easy train journey from London Liverpool Street instead. As it turned out, we hardly used the car at all when we were in Fambridge due to so much being on our doorstep and the great train connections. To say our host was welcoming would not be doing justice to the enthusiasm and fun that Robert put into our stay. We were a party of four, two adults and two 14 year olds. I would say that would be the maximum number of people to be comfortable. The boat itself is a small sailing boat, clean, with everything we needed on board. The girls were able to jump on and off at will, explore the Marina, the beautiful surroundings and take the train to go shopping in Southend with great ease. The shower and toilet block in the marina have to be mentioned – big, clean, and well managed.. Also the Yacht Club, while not the most elegant, was friendly and provided us with some great cooking, the chef even went out of his way to produce a great dinner for one of the girls who is vegan. The marina is situated in an inlet of the River Crouch and the bird life is amazing. We walked morning and evening around the salt marshes, being treated to all the best that spring has to offer, including a weird and wonderful land mist. During the day we took the public footpaths around the church and Blue House Farm to the sea wall http://www.essexwalks.com/walks/fambridge_burnham.html#page=page-1 We met some great, interesting and friendly people, we relaxed, we sat up on deck, drinking our gin and tonics, playing cards and watching the birds and the sunset. There are no curtains on the boat, so if you are woken up by sunlight I would recommend bringing an eye mask. The highlight of the trip was taking Sherpa back to her mooring in Burnham on Crouch with Robert. I was at the helm for all but the very end, we had to motor due to wind and tide but managed to get a little sail in which made my husband’s day. It was an absolute pleasure spending time with Robert, I can’t wait to go back.
We had a great time in Mylor, thank you and did reasonably well in the racing too, we were delighted and it worked perfectly for the event. Tracy was fabulous, I’d do it again and would consider boats elsewhere as it’s a very pleasant way to stay somewhere.
We really enjoyed our stay on the boat in Millbrook. The host was very welcoming and the boat was beautiful. The children had a bedroom each and were able to climb on & off the boat safely (4.5 & 6). The main room is very large with a well equipped kitchen and nice lounge area. We enjoyed spending our time on the top of the boat enjoying the lovely views. Millbrook is a very nice village – with a number of shops, a pub, take-away and restaurant. It is close to the sea – we have walked there on previous visits.
We stayed on the boat for four nights, originally there were meant to be just three of us, but my daughter decided last-minute to stay with us, together with a friend. That was no problem! John met us (lovely man) and explained everything. I loved sleeping on the water, the area is nice and quiet, and the bus stop is nearby so all the sights were easy to get to. I just liked the whole boat experience, and the quiet surroundings even though we were in central london! Eva Gerkrath
Well… where to start really, there are so many things to say. So i will start with the booking, i made this booking to stay on Julie & Ian’s houseboat for my husbands & myselfs wedding anniversary, on the day of our arrival we were greeted by both of the them with a very warm welcome and shown to the boat, it was a stunning day, the boat was amazing and as welcoming as both Julie & Ian, we were escorted aboard to be met by a wonderful welcome pack with all the essentials and some special extra’s, a wonderful surprise of 2 glasses, iced bottle of pink champagne, strawberries and a gorgeous bunch of flowers to make our stay extra special for our occasion, it was to be our retreat for 3 days, and that is exactly what it was, the boat was very well equipped and modernly furnished, the bed was so comfortable, the bathroom modern, just be aware you have to use the main block occasionally so you don’t pollute the river!!! The view from the boat was absolutely incredible, watching the water coming and going, the fish swimming around the boat, we even saw deer on the opposite side of the estuary, highly recommended getaway, The best we have had by far… A massive thank you to Viv at Static Boat Holidays for introducing a very different way to enjoy a break. We look forward to doing this all again some time.
Debs & Mark
The hosts called me a few days before arrival and then the day before to discuss arrival times and to give me directions, which were really useful and accurate. We were greeted on arrival and taken onboard. Our host then showed us how everything worked; making sure the gas was turned off after use, and where we would find everything. The hosts were nearby and made sure we had everything we might need. There is a shower and loo on board but also facilities that we could use on shore too. The boat is thoughtfully kitted out with attention to detail. Even though space is limited, everything had a use and purpose for being there. We ate at the table comfortably and lounged on the beanbags in the evening to watch a film. The wifi also kept my teenage children happy, although I would have been perfectly happy to do without. My favourite time was first thing in the morning sitting with a cup of tea on the deck looking across the river in the sunshine. Then of course in the evening with a glass of wine! I’m not an expert but there were plenty of birds to see, and activity on the river. We ate out in the local pub, which is within walking distance, the food was reasonable and well cooked, and we also used the local fish and chip shop which also does take away pizzas. You are well placed for beaches and Looe is only 30 minutes away. We used the foot ferry to Plymouth and the town centre is only a 10 minute bus ride where we went to the aquarium; definitely worth a visit. It was incredibly peaceful and I slept like a log! I would definitely recommend it – Jane Grafton
We’ve been renting the house boat of Julie and Ian, friends of Vivienne. Julie and Ian were lovely hosts, very, very friendly and welcoming! The little harbour their house boat is lying in is very charming and the people living on the neighbouring boats were all very friendly. The harbour is small and very quiet and a perfect place also for our children, strolling around. The view from the little veranda of the house boat it really, really beautiful and romantic. The house boat´s sleeping room was nice and cosy, it had a very comfortable bed and enough storing space. The small living room/ kitchen has got an comfortable sofa and a small table. The sofa could be turned into a bed – which was fine for hosting our two children (although the living room was filled to the last corner once the sofa was extend into a bed). The area surrounding Millbrook is very nice! There are lovely coastal villages and nice beaches within a short driving distance (15 minutes). and there´s a beautiful surrounding landscape. Julie and Ian´s house boat is a perfect place for a couple to spend a romantic weekend or even longer holidays – and even for a family it is perfect to spend some days on it! -Andrea Harmsen
The houseboat was just finished and beautiful. It is fitted out with new furnishings, kitchen, TV and DVD. The view across the estuary from the outdoor viewing porch is fantastic – watching the tide go in and out was a treat as was the moon rising over the wooded hills. The boat is cosy; a slightly snug fit with two older teenagers on the pull out sofa but very comfortable for just two adults in the cabin. Julie and Ian were great hosts and provided a lovely welcome tray of goodies. The neighbour across the pontoon was also very welcoming. A beautiful stay, including withstanding the wind of hurricane Bertha. We highly recommend a stay.
Incredible experience in a boat! One has to keep an open spirit for adventure! Very helpful host! And don’t miss the pub The Wibbly Wobbly!
We stayed in the boat last weekend and it was just perfect. Being able to sit outside and watch the world go by. The river bus literally three minutes away and you are right into Central London. The owner was very helpful and made us feel at home straightaway.
The Moby II is a beautiful old boat in a lovely spot and we enjoyed our stay a lot! We had a quite adventurous (?) stay, as the ship stands dry regularly (it’s low tide twice every 24 hours) and leans towards the quay for a couple of hours. It makes making diner a bit of a challenge. The master bedroom is beautiful, just like the dining- and kitchen area and the bathroom. We mostly used the bathrooms from the harbour though, as we didn’t have to look after those. The children enjoyed the “tv-room” upstairs. We couldn’t have done without wifi, which you can buy at the harbour-office. The small village-center is big enough, with a small supermarket nearby and a big one just a bit further; we can also recommend the fish & chip shop and the Chinese take-away. We spent one afternoon going across with the ferry (free when you walk) to have a drink in a pub on the other side with a view of the Moby II, and really enjoyed it.
Most evenings were spent sitting on the deck with a glass of wine: enjoying the lights of Plymouth, the harbour, the boats and the three ferry’s, “fantastic! Some deckchairs might be an addition to the inventory; fortunately we had some with us.
We brought our children aged 14 and 16 and found some good activities in the area. They loved the Giant-swing and Zip-wire as recommended by Viv, and shopping in Plymouth was great too.
If we’re ever in the area again: we’ll come back!− Anton and Franca De Vos
We had an absolutely wonderful time on Moby 2 , the boat was spacious and quirky and had everything we needed. The kids really enjoyed their first boat experience and having a glass of wine on deck to finish the day and watch the sun go down was a treat. All the facilities were just as advertised, comfortable showers were also nearby if needed. We would recommend staying on Moby to anyone. Shaun could not have been more helpful. Thank you for a wonderful time.− Juanita V
I have just spent a fantastic weekend on board Kantara based in Looe, thank you Static Boat Holidays! What a unique and enjoyable experience. I shared the weekend with friends; the boat was an ideal way to experience Looe – we were right in the heart of the place, easy access to all Looe has to offer; no walking up steep hills late at night! I stayed in the smaller of the two cabins, but I still had my own en suite, and the bed (berth) was so comfortable, lots of room. I had a plenty of space to store my weekend attire. Morning coffee, looking out onto the busy Looe quay, right in the heart of the town. Perfect! Definitely look at booking again.− Charlotte Hefford
I was looking for somewhere different to stay in Looe, and the yacht with all mod cons was perfect, super position, and very cosy. I was able to go on my walking trip, knowing I had somewhere lovely and different to come back too. What a fantastic view, it was lovely in the evening to sit in the cockpit and chat to visitors and locals alike, I felt quite the sailor!!− Sarah Holdstock (Isle of Wight)
Moby was simply fab and quirky, host were very helpful if something was not clear. It was lovely to have time away when you are only interrupted by seagulls a big thank you many many giggles were had.− Katie O
We have always had friends sailing with us so didn’t have a problem letting others stay on the boat. So far everyone has left the boat in good order, no breakages and plenty of opportunities to let her as and when we choose. Static Boat Holidays seemed like such a simple idea, but quite often those are the ones that work.− Sean, Kantara, Looe
I was a little worried on the morning of my first let; I had some teething problems with the cooker and a few other small things. But having completed a few rentals I am right into the swing of it, although five rental offers in one week saw me panicking, was I ever going to get to use her myself! Viv and Cassandra are easy to work with and although they make you the rental offers, they do not seem in the least put out when you turn them down.− Sean, Moby II Torpoint