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Wapping | E1


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An iconic Dutch sailing barge equipped to the highest specification. A luxurious home on an impeccably converted barge in the heart of the City with inspirational views of Tower Bridge.

MARINUS is possibly the most well-appointed historic barge currently on the River Thames.  This iconic Dutch sailing barge has been impeccably refurbished and fitted to give her owners an extremely comfortable and high-specification home with stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Shard.  “Marinus”  has the security of a permanent mooring at Hermitage Moorings off Wapping High Street and adjacent to Hermitage Memorial Gardens.   Hermitage Moorings is a secure gated site with an on-site Moorings Manager and communal space for entertaining on the main pontoon.   Run as a cooperative with an active community and a home to a number of creative and interesting residents, living at Hermitage is like living in a village in the heart of London.


This unique home has an internal area of 1797 sq. ft, two/three cabins two of which have ensuite bathrooms and one of which could be used as a guest suite/staff quarters, flexible and spacious living areas, a high-end kitchen and dining room, gym/utility room, wheelhouse/reception room and large welcoming entrance hall/study area plus an impeccable engine room with state of the art domestic services.  There is thoughtful and extensive storage throughout the boat.  Length is 31.43m, width 6.10m, height 4.2m. 


The current owners of  MARINUS bought her in 2012 and took three years to completely refit the boat at the esteemed Dutch shipbuilders, SRF.  The boat was totally gutted and stripped  and work began with no expense spared to build a dream home. New plumbing and electrical systems were installed:  new masts and rigging fitted,  a completely new hull was commissioned, hardwood floors were installed throughout.  After the  engine was serviced and inspected, “Marinus” was then sailed across the North Sea to her mooring at Hermitage Moorings where she was fitted with bespoke cabinetry throughout the cabins, kitchen, bathrooms, and reception areas  over 18 months by a team of award winning cabinet makers.  The final budget for the total refit of MARINUS far exceeded the current asking price. 


MARINUS is connected to mains electricity, phone/internet, fresh water, black water pump- out facilities and a post box on the mooring.  The boat is heated throughout by a diesel-run boiler which runs all the radiators in five zones and heats the water.  The boat is well insulated to the highest standards and takes only minutes to warm up. In addition there is a custom built ceramic masonry wood burning heater from Tichelaar  in the main reception which radiates heat over 24 hours.


The Stern KItchen is equipped with a Gaggenau under counter fridge, Miele dishwasher, Gaggenau self-cleaning oven with rotisserie, Gaggenau combination microwave oven, Gaggenau warming drawer Gaggenau hob with wok burner, garbage disposal.  In the utility room there is an American-style Siemens Fridge Freezer with ice maker and ice dispenser, Miele T1 dryer (steam finish and eco XL), Miele W1 washing machine and TwinDos XL. 


In the Guest Suite/Staff Suite there is a SMEG oven and hob, Bosch dishwasher and AEG undercounter fridge.  The Guest Suite also contains a cinema screen, projector and sound system housed in bespoke cabinets.  All equipment is included in the sale.


Reception Hall- known as the Teahouse

Entry point on to the boat from the pontoon.  Views on three sides of Tower Bridge and the river.  Comfortably furnished with leather seating and custom-built bench.  A good space for entertaining or could be an office/reception area.


Stairway with grey painted steel handrails and leather covered stairs leads down to the Reception. Traditional style brass portholes.  Functional rooflights.  Feature ceramic wood burning stove (Tigchelkachels) in addition to the central heating system.


Study/third bedroom.  A private space can be created by erecting a removable  wall between the Study and the Reception.  The Study has hand crafted iroko bookcases and stacked campaign drawer flights.  A hidden king-sized bed is hidden behind panelling and easily positioned using gas struts.  The adjacent cloakroom and shower give guests full facilities


Cloakroom. Cloakroom with flushing WC, submarine sink, and hidden behind an Iroko door a corian-lined shower with porthole. 


Engine Room. 


Fitted cupboards along the length of the corridor.


Stern Kitchen and Dining Area.  An ergonomically well designed space with beautifully hand-crafted iroko fitted cupboards with stainless steel fittings.  The dining table comfortably seats eight and is built from iroko and ebony in the representational form of a ship’s cargo hatch.  Large functional windows and functional ceiling roof lights fill the space with light and views down the river. 


Up to Wheelhouse.  The Wheelhouse can be accessed from the Stern Kitchen or from the exterior deck.  Fitted seating.  Views both up and down the river and of Tower Bridge, The Shard and other London landmarks. 


Main Cabin.  Forward from the Reception is the Main Cabin.  Fitted king-sized bed.  Extensive fitted hanging space, cupboards and drawers finished in polished sapele wood.  Ensuite shower room fitted in teak with bespoke cabinetry.  Corian-lined walk in shower with fitted teak seat.  Hansgroherain shower.


Through to Utility Room and Gym.  Flexible space which could provide additional cabin space.  Currently used as a well-equipped gym and utility area. Access from both the Main Cabin and the self-contained Guest Suite. 


Guest Suite/staff suite.  A self-contained area with a fully equipped kitchen, good space for a dining table and hidden king-sized bed behind hardwood panelling.  Cinema screen can be pulled down from the ceiling. Concealed projector and sound system in hand built cabinets.  Good storage and hanging space.


Lobby.  Lobby with separate entrance via stairs to deck.  Coat storage.  Teak bench.


Shower Room. Shower room with walk in shower lined in corian.  Bespoke cabinetry. 


Domestic Services.  Electric Service is provided by two independent shorelines each of 32 amps providing ample power and lighting to the front and stern accommodations. The full installation was designed and fitted new during the rebuild. Lighting is largely LED and is extensively controllable. A back up 10 Kw diesel generator provides power and light when cruising .  Water is supplied from a standpipe connection directly beside the ship. On board storage of 3 tonnes typically provides for three weeks usage. The Mooring is connected directly to mains sewage and a pump out is provided alongside the ship for its exclusive use Internet A high speed fibre connection (Hyperoptic) is run to the mooring with a take-off directly to the ship. Speeds of up to 1 Gb are available for both download and upload.

Local Authority.  London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Council Tax.  Band A.  £928.28(2020/21)

Service charges. £6888 currently per annum including water and sewage services and the Port of London License

No Stamp Duty payable on boats.


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