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  • The Time Machine - Beautiful Barge In Quiet Retreat

    Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, United Kingdom

    • 5 Guests
    • Entire boat


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  • Max 5 people , 2 Cabins

    1 double bed / 1 single bed

    Min 2 nights / Max 14 nights
    Check in 3 p.m. / Check out 11 a.m.


    Stay on a boat in Chertsey, United Kingdom.

    Welcome aboard the beautiful widebeam barge The Time Machine, moored in a private garden on the River Thames near Chertsey. 5 mins from Thorpe Park theme park, 15 mins from Heathrow Airport and easy access to the M25, M3 and M4 and the South East.
    The Time Machine is the ideal base for family holidays, fishing breaks, weekends away or as a quiet retreat to write, paint or study. Unwind to the sound of the nearby weir and be dazzled by the kingfishers as they dart along the water's surface.


    The accommodation comprises a full size double bedroom with double bed, double wardrobe and plenty of drawer space. The opening side hatches compliment this peaceful room that never fails to produce a great night's sleep.
    There is also a small single cabin on the boat and a double sofa bed in the living room. If preferred, there is a single camp bed that can be put in the living room instead of the sofa bed. All bedding is provided. A clean sleeping bag is provided for the camp bed and the sofa bed has the option of either full bedding or a double sleeping bag. When booking please let me know which beds you require so the appropriate bedding can be made available.


    Guests have full use of the kitchen, living room, bathroom and outside area of the boat where the rear deck of the boat is a wonderful spot to relax in the sun with a cool drink while watching the local Kingfishers dart backwards and forwards.There is WiFi aboard and a TV with access to all Freeview channels.
    There is also an undercover BBQ area for guests to use, with a fire pit to keep you warm well into the the evening.
    Free parking is provided in the garden next to the mooring.

    Access to the boat is via a gangplank with a large step onto a floating pontoon. It is all quite safe but would not be suitable for someone with balance problems or difficulty walking.
    The toilet is a normal flush loo that empties into a holding tank. This will normally be in use but there may be occasions (flooding or increased river flows etc.) when the boat cannot be taken to have the tank emptied. At these times a chemical loo will be available for the sole use of the guests.
    There isn't a bath aboard The Time Machine, only a shower.
    Guests staying aboard The Time Machine will not be able to take the boat away from the mooring. It is to be used as a static residence and not for cruising the river. If you wish to go for a cruise, I will happily take you out on my other boat if I am free and river conditions are safe.
    Swimming in the Thames is safe only if you are a strong swimmer. The boat is near a weir and although it looks very pretty, there are strong undercurrents which are very dangerous. Please ask me about river conditions before you go swimming.
    I own the boat not the mooring and it is the boat only that is listed. There are no plans to move but if due to unforeseen circumstances the location of the boat has to change, it will still be in the close vicinity of its present location near Staines-upon-Thames and Chertsey.


    Roxy the dog lives here but when The Time Machine has guests she will normally be with me on my cruiser if I'm there. If dogs are not your thing then Roxy can spend a couple of days elsewhere.
    General interaction is entirely up to the guests. Where I can I will happily ferry you around on my cruiser or by car.
    If you wish to see the local Kingfishers at work I'll take you out on the cruiser to some local spots where they appear regularly or you can take yourself there in Weena the dingy.

    One of the best places nearby for a drink and meal is at The Kingfisher in Chertsey. It is about 25 mins by boat (5 by car) and I'll gladly ferry you down there and bring you back later in the evening.

    I will just add that none of the above running around by boat or car is contractual but you are here to enjoy yourself so if I'm free I'll help out as much or as little as you wish.

    If you are looking for some quiet time, just say and I'll keep out of your way as much as possible.

    The Area

    Staines-upon-Thames is a 10 min drive and provides the main shopping centre in the area and a very good selection of restaurants, take-aways and has a large multi screen cinema.
    Chertsey is a 5 min drive. It is a small town with good pubs, take-aways and a variety of smaller shops.
    Heathrow is a 15 min drive and a lift to or from the airport will gladly be provided when possible. Leaving a car at the mooring whilst on holiday can be arranged for an extra fee.
    Thorpe Park theme park is only 2 mins by car or a 10 min walk up the lane.

    What's special about this boat

    The main house rule is that guests relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the beautiful River Thames.
    I don't charge a cleaning fee and I don't expect the boat to be spotless when you leave because the boat is cleaned between guests. However, I do hope that out of courtesy it will be left much as you found it.
    Please respect The Time Machine, she is my much loved home.

    Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey

    Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey

    About the marina/waterway Staines-upon-Thames, the main London rail link with regular trains to Waterloo is about a 15 min away. The train journey from Staines to Waterloo take about 45 mins depending on the service and time of day. Close access to the M25, M3 and M4 mean that most areas of the South East are within reach. The nearest bus stop is about a 5-7 min walk from the boat and provides buses to either Staines-upon-Thames or Chertsey. Staines has a bus station that provides buses to a large area including Heathrow Airport.

    • Kitchen
    • WiFi
    • Aircon
    • Smoking allowed
    • CO2 alarm
    • Smoke alarm
    • Laundry
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • iPod Dock
    • CD Player/Radio
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • Heating
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Welcome pack
    • Bedding/Towels
    • Walk-on access
    • Electricity 24/7
    • Crew on board
    • Food and drink included
    • Hot tub
    • BBQ
    • Disabled access
    • Additional Cot Hire
    • Dog friendly
    • Kid friendly
    • Free car parking
    • Bar/Restaurant
    • Concierge
    • Walking distance to town
    • Shops
    • WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Swimming Pool
    • Disabled access
    • BBQ

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