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Luxury Residential Houseboat near York City centre

SuperhostYork, England, United Kingdom
Houseboat hosted by Ken
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1 bath

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Houseboat Till is a unique luxury Houseboat in the Historic City of York, England. Airbnb has rated us as a Super-host over six times in a row for our service and value to customers. Please check out our reviews from customers for more details. The Houseboat is a five-minute stroll to the city center with shops, restaurants, bars and plenty more to see and do. An ideal break for romantic couples, families or a group of 6, with all Mod Cons. Free parking, Free WiFi, UHD Smart TV...

The space
Motor Vessel Till, our Houseboat, is the only Houseboat in York with its own Freehold mooring. The Houseboat has been mooring on her present mooring for more than 30 years and has wonderful views of the River Ouse. The houseboat is fully centrally heated to keep you snug and warm in inclement weather. The tranquil setting is unique as the mooring is both 5 minutes from the city of York center and the countryside. The York Racecourse is a 15-minute stroll down the river path and a must for race goers..

Guest access
The Houseboat has access for parking in the Residents parking areas for 2 cars. The enclosed mooring has facilities for Deck chairs and tables to enjoy the views as well as Sundeck atop the boat for sunbathers.
You are welcome to use the enclosed mooring area for your bar-b-que.

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We can organize extras for you, such as a champagne buffet on arrival, bunting and balloons for a party or celebration, even beautician to attend your guests prior to a wedding.
Just contact prior to your visit and we will try to assist however we can
Houseboat Till is a unique luxury Houseboat in the Historic City of York, England. Airbnb has rated us as a Super-host over six times in a row for our service and value to customers. Please check out our reviews from customers for more details. The Houseboat is a five-minute stroll to the city center with shops, restaurants, bars and plenty more to see and do. An ideal break for romantic couples, families or a group…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed


Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Cable TV

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York, England, United Kingdom

The Houseboat is moored in the Clementhorpe / Bishopthorpe Road area of York, which was voted the 5th friendliest neighborhood to live in, in the UK by a recent National Broadsheet Newspaper.

WELCOME aboard Motor Vessel Till. Maggie Lucie and Ken really do hope that you have a great holiday and that your memories of your stay in York and Yorkshire will be as happy as ours.

THE HOUSEBOAT is furnished to make for relaxed and fun holidays. We have made the arrangements for your break in such a way as to make your stay as comfortable and as easy going as possible. You should find the houseboat fully equipped. If there is anything you need or require please contact Maggie or Ken ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) who will sort it out for you as soon as they can. All we ask of you in return is that you treat the houseboat with the care you would give to your own home and you leave it as you found it.

PERFECT START; To ensure the perfect start to your holiday we have provided you with, tea, coffee sugar, and fresh milk, to refresh you after your travel to York.

TOWELS. Fresh bath and hand towels will be placed in the bedrooms, The bathroom and kitchen will also have fresh towels.

HAIRDRYERS. We have provided hairdryers in all of the rooms for your convenience.

DOOR KEYS. Your key works the door and is the only one you need. Please make sure all windows are locked shut whenever you go out. You need to return the key directly to Ken or Maggie (or post it through the letter box) at the end of your vacation.

STRICTLY NO SMOKING. We are pleased to provide a non-smoking policy on the houseboat. In order to ensure the houseboat is always clean and fresh for our guests, please note it is a condition of your rental contract that there is no smoking in the houseboat, however, we permit smoking on the decks and the moorings. Please respect this policy. Thank you.

PARKING. There is parking for one car. There are no more spaces or permits for any more than one car. Please park in the area reserved for R32 permit holders. Ken or Maggie will give you the permit on your arrival. This needs to be returned when you leave for our next guests. If your party has a seconnd car, you will find on-street parking, which is not in a permit controlled area, then you will need to drive about a mile along Bishopthorpe Road away from York center to find a space.

CENTRAL HEATING. The houseboat has central heating throughout, to ensure that you are snug and warm even in inclement weather. The heating is controlled by a WiFi thermostat on the boiler located in the wheelhouse. The radiators have individual thermostats, which you adjust for individual room temperatures.

LAUNDRY. There is an automatic washing machine by the side of the stairway and a tumble dryer in the wheelhouse. We have left the instruction books for you to operate this machine. We do not provide washing machine cleaning products, as customers requirements and hygiene requirements vary so much.

BATHROOM. The bathroom has a full-size bath and an electric shower. The toilet uses a macerator (electric pump), apart from toilet paper please DO NOT flush any sanitary products or any other wrapping papers or wet wipes down the toilet. This will block and damage the macerator. This results in no WC facilities being available until we can address the situation.

TELEVISION. We are delighted to provide are guests will full UHD 4K Smart TV's in the kitchen and lounge, with access to 100's of free channels. Guests with a Netflx account can Login with their passwords to watch your favourite Channels..

WIFI ACCESS. There is Internet /WIFI access in the houseboat for any wireless devices you have with you. The router is in the saloon, on the TV cabinet. The security code is on the card by the router.

SALOON. There are two VELUX skylights in the ceiling; these are controlled by remote control. The WHITE VELUX controller is in its holder located by the saloon light switches, and operating instructions should you require them are kept in the coffee table drawer.

CLEANING MATERIALS. We have provided some cleaning materials for you during your stay. These are located under the kitchen sink. There are spare light bulbs as well as shoe brushes and polish for you as well. You will find instruction booklets for the kitchen appliances in the kitchen drawer as well as a few tips below which you may find helpful.

RUBBISH. The kitchen rubbish bin is located next to the washing machine by the stairs. The dustbin (Wheelie bin)is located on the mooring platform. The bin is for household rubbish only. If your holiday includes a Monday stay, can you please wheel the dustbin to the front gate so that the local rubbish collection services can access it. Thank you.

SHOPPING. You will find most of the shops you need in Bishopthorpe Road. (Walk up the hill (Clementhorpe) then turn left for 1-2 minutes) There is an excellent butcher, a CostCutter grocery store, a newsagent, off license, a chemist, dry cleaners, four cafes, Pexton's the hardware store and endless takeaways; fish and chips, Indian (York Spice is good), Chinese and Dominos pizza as well as a plethora of other facilities. The Slip Inn Pub (200 yards away on Clementhorpe) has the best kept real ale in York and is a mecca for Real ale drinkers. Well worth a visit to see the Landlord John and sample his wares.

SUPERMARKETS. Major Supermarkets: Marks & Spenser ’s, Morrison's and Sainsbury's are close by and can be accessed by car in under 10 minutes. M & S is a ten-minute walk from the houseboat. If you wish to pre-arrange for an on-line shopping delivery to be available prior to your arrival, Please ensure the delivery time is after 10:00 AM. The delivery address again is - Motor Vessel Till, Clementhorpe York, YO23 1AN.

PHARMACY. There is a pharmacy in Bishopthorpe Rd. Also, Boots is in Coppergate just past Clifford’s Tower. Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

DOCTORS; Health Centre. Go uphill (Clementhorpe) and take the third left approximately 200 yards and you will see it straight ahead on Cherry St (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). You can also get advice from NHS direct (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

Dentist: One fairly close by at 25 Mickelgate ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

TAXI: Fleetway (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (free hone) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Inform them your address for the pickup/drop off is Motor Vessel Till (Houseboat with the green painted roof at the junction of Terry Avenue and Clementhorpe). This will ensure any new driver is able to find the address.

POST OFFICE: Unfortunately the Bishopthorpe Rd Post Office closed, so the nearest Post Office is located in the street called Micklegate, a 5-minute walk away. There is also the Crown Post Office located in the city center in the street called LENDAL.

FUEL. Fuel for your car: Follow the directions to Tesco as if leaving York and going to the A64 towards Leeds. Tesco's is at Askham Bar, 10 minutes away in the car. There is a garage before you reach the A64, and also fuel at Tesco.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Local Bus information can be obtained (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

TRAINS: Trains on National rail enquires on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or Virgin on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

TOURIST INFORMATION. There are tourist information centers in the rail station and in The De Grey Rooms Exhibition Sq St Leonard’s Place. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).

GHOST WALK: Contact Ghost walks (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or York Walk (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) - guided walks York Tour (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) - get to see what York has to offer

JORVIK VIKING CENTRE. Jorvik Viking Centre (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) - a very popular journey through Viking York and you can walk to the venue in Coppergate in less than five minutes. Please be advised that during peak session there can be long queues, so going early might be a smart option.

HOSPITAL.: YORK District Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, YO31 SHE, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). This is a ten-minute car journey, it’s not advisable to try to walk there, as its quite a difficult place to find from the houseboat. Also, see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.

OUT AND ABOUT: There is a fantastic amount to do in and around York. We have procured a range of local information pamphlets, which are available in the TV cupboard to whet your appetite. The best source of information is the York Visitor Guide, at (URL HIDDEN) In the meantime, you'll find some suggested things to do and see during your stay in York. This list is by no means exhaustive and things are in no particular order so feel free to pick and choose whatever takes your fancy!! York Pass — if you plan to visit many of the City's sights it might be worth your while to buy a York Pass which gives admission to the attractions & lots of other discounts for a fixed fee.

CITY WALLS. Have a wander into the centre via the walls, you can pick them up at the top of Clementhorpe or you can walk over Skeldergate Bridge to the Fishergate Postern where you can see the northern section of the city walls and check out the historic city, call into the Minster - walk up the tower, the view from the top is amazing. Also just over Skeldergate bridge is the excellent Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower is a must for all the family York's open-top buses (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) are a great way to see the city

RIVERSIDE WALKS. Turn left as you leave the mooring, walk along and over the Millennium Bridge and back up the other side and then finish with a drink by the riverside on the King's Staithe, the pub that floods, and relax watching the boats go up and down and soaking up the atmosphere.

CLIFFORD TOWER is a must for all the family, as are York's open-top buses (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) are a great way to see the city. These leave from the street called Clifford's Tower, a five-minute walk from the boat.

YORK MINISTER. On Sundays (If you are in town) you can start the day by going to one of the services in the York Minster. Sundays are also quieter in the city and much easier to walk around to appreciate its unique beauty especially the medieval streets of the Shambles or Stonegate.

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM. The Railway Museum is a huge hit with my grandson. It's a fantastic day out in York with three giant halls full of trains and railway legends including Mallard the world's fastest steam locomotive and the iconic Japanese Bullet Train. It's close to the train station so within a fifteen walking distance from the houseboat. What's even better is that the entry fee is FREE.

YORK DUNGEONS— this is what they say about it! - The York Dungeon brings more than 2,000 years of gruesomely authentic history back to life and death. As you delve into the Darkest chapters of our grim and bloody past, recreated in all its dreadful detail, remember, everything you experience here really happened. The dungeons ate a five-minute walk away on Tower Street.

YORKSHIRE MUSEUM - Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of York, the Yorkshire Museum is home to some of the most fascinating archaeology and geology in the region. There is a wide range of exhibits there including Roman sculpture, mosaics, jewelry and pottery, and usually some special exhibits on too.

CINEMAS: there are two cinemas close by The Odeon Blossom St (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or the City Screen, Coney St (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), there is also a Warner Brothers a short ride away at Clifton Moor.

PICKERING. Take a ride on the North York Moors Railway (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Pickering itself has a castle and is a picturesque market town. You can also go further on into Goathland (Heartbeat Country) where you will find excellent country pubs and superb walking options from relaxing valley strolls to more demanding hikes onto the Moor.

MUSEUM GARDENS. St William's College and the promenade along the River Ouse or a relax in Museum Gardens, provides a quieter break from the city crowds or after a tiring trip around the historic sites such as York Minster

RIVER TRIPS. Riverboat cruises (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) with York Boat or self-drive red boats from the King's Staithe just over the river via Skeldergate bridge, upstream from the houseboat. These run all-day and there is a floodlight cruise leaving at 8.45pm each evening.

COASTAL TRIPS. If you want to go to the coast - about an hour's drive away Scarborough has all the seaside delights you could want -donkeys, amusements, parks and the Sea Life Centre. You can travel over the moors to picturesque Whitby - the historic town, which provides a setting for Bram Stoker's "Dracula". We also love the delightful beaches of nearby Sands End or the smugglers' cove like Robin Hoods Bay.

York Spice (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) is a very promising new Indian in Bishopthorpe Rd and does the same quality in its take away food

Plunket's (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) seems to get a lot of mentions by our guests Betty's Tea Rooms — if you've never been to a Betty's then you need to go for quintessential English tea & light meals. Siam House (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) - A huge menu in a Thai restaurant

We have provided further links to the Visitor Information below assist your party to in planning your holiday. Have a great time.

FLOODING. There may be occasions, in extreme long periods of wet weather when we will have to cancel a booking at short notice, due to flood conditions, this is rare. We now have an excellent forecast system, that gives us warnings in advance of any bad weather.

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The Houseboat is moored in the Clementhorpe / Bishopthorpe Road area of York, which was voted the 5th friendliest neighborhood to live in, in the UK by a recent National Broadsheet Newspaper.


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