Motor Vessel Till is a unique luxury Houseboat in the Historic City of York England. A Short walk to the city centre shops, restaurants and dining. An ideal break for couples, families or a small group of 6 with all the Mod Cons you would you find in a home...
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 centre and the countryside. The York Racecourse is a 15 minute stroll down the river path and a must for race goers.
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 Sun deck atop the boat for sunbathers. You are welcome to use the enclosed mooring area for your bar-b-que.
We will be available via phone to provide assistance to our guests during your stay. We can visit our guests (or have our representative available) to provide further assistance at some time during your stay should you so wish so.
The Houseboat is moored in the Clementhorpe / Bishopthorpe Road area of York, which was voted the 5th friendliest neighbourhood 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 (07471893743) 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 direct 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 two cars, which is very good for a York city centre property. There are no more spaces or permits for any more than two cars. Please park in the area reserved for R32 permit holders. Ken or Maggie will give you the permits on your arrival. These need to be returned when you leave for our next guests. If your party has a third 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 centre 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 the thermostat on the boiler located in the wheelhouse. The radiators have individual thermostats, which you adjust for individual room temperature.
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 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 Sky TV + package (less Box Office) in both the saloon and kitchen (Mutli Room facility),so there is any number of channels to watch. The TV in the saloon is also bluetoothed to a Boom Box. The Boom box can also be bluetoothed to other devices you may have with you for your personal music choices.
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 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, Pextons 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 01904 646898.You can also get advice from NHS direct 0845 4647. Also see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.
Dentist: One fairly close by at 25 Mickelgate (01904 624 043). Also see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.
TAXI: Fleetways 0808 144 2727 (free hone) or 01904 645333. Inform them your address for the pick up / 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 centre 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 01904 551400. Also see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes.
TRAINS: Trains on National rail enquires on 08457 48 49 50 or Virgin on 08457 222 333. Also see the links at the end of the Welcome Notes...