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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, on the Route du Mole (La Rayette)

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 one cat, a parrot and two border collies., and is available 24/7 to help you. There is free parking

John Smethurst
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, poor french, but my French girl friend helps here.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2018

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat around the Aigues-Mortes around the Gard

Property Type:
  • house boat (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • 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
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite to master cabin. Equipped with a Douchette.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , ensuite shower/w.c.
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Conservatory
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

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A permanently moored House Boat
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 17 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.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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très bon séjour original.

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé de très bonnes vacances sur la péniche qui est confortable et bien aménagée avec des prestations de qualité.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My French is embarrassingly poor, and without my French partner (away on grandmother duty) I was struggling to communicate They are a lovely couple, and were perfect house guests.
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Paix, nature et tranquilité sur cette jolie péniche

  • 5 of 5

Parfaitement située au pied des ramparts, au calme, le coucher de soleil comme compagnon d'apéro, John et sa péniche nous ont permis un (court) séjour très agréable, en toute quiétude et bercé par la gentillesse de John, son amour pour les animaux et cette belle nature qui l'entourent.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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sejours a aigues mortes

  • 5 of 5

super sejour nos petites filles de 4 8 et 10 ans on adore le sejour sur la peniche jhon est tres sympa a faire

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Herberge mit interessanten und wertvollen Begegnungen

  • 3 of 5

Das Boot ist sehr geräumig und extrem gut ausgestattet. Leider scheint John Smethurst ein wenig in seinem Chaos unterzugehen, was dazu führt, dass sowohl die Hygiene, als auch der Komfort in den gemeinsam genutzten Bereichen (Wohnzimmer, Küche und Sitzecke oben) etwas leiden. John ist ein sehr liebenswerter Gastgeber, welcher zum einen immer die richtige Mischung aus dezenter Zurückhaltung und aktiver Hilfsbereitschaft findet und zum anderen sehr spannende Geschichten aus seinem abwechslungsreichen und außergewöhnlichen Leben zu erzählen hat. Wir haben den Austausch mit ihm sehr genossen. Das Boot ist keine Alternative zum Hotel und unserer Ansicht nach nur für Personen geeignet, die eine Bleibe fernab vom gewöhnlichen Mainstream suchen.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Vacanza stupenda!

  • 5 of 5

Ho soggiornato sulla casa galleggiante per sei notti, e devo dire che ci sarei stata per altri giorni ancora! Sono stata benissimo! Captain John è molto amichevole e gentile, eravamo come a casa! La camera matrimoniale è veramente grande e non manca nulla! C'è tutto l'occorrente per cucinare ed è bellissimo mangiare sul ponte al tramonto, con le mura della città da una parte ed il verde della Camargue dall'altra! Ho amato stare sulla casa galleggiante, anche per il fatto che potevo coccolarmi i due cani ed il gatto quando volevo! Vacanza stupenda, da rifare sicuramente!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat around the Aigues-Mortes,

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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