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Bert’s Barges, England

Water-Based Recreation in the Heart of the City-Centre

Bert’s Barges, a new English brand that gives preference to unconventional recreation, set adrift a barge-based boutique hotel Lyris in July.

Lee Thornley, its founder, says: “I like the unique idea of stylish water-based recreation; it’s such calm way of getting to know the city regardless whether it’s a business trip or a weekend pastime.” The barge was named after a combination of his two daughters’ names – Iris and Lyla, which even better expresses his attitude towards his own creation.

The barge of matte black colour is a single-berth floating suite of 50 sq. m. There is a spacious living room with a small wood stove inside, which also serves as a dining room, a fully furnished kitchen with marble covers, a bedroom with a large bed, and a bathroom. The living room also has a hidden wall bed for guests.

Béton Brut designs the interior in Scandinavian style with vintage décor elements. Furniture and appliances are provided by several brands – Vanja Bazdulj, Stovax, lighting – by Atelier Areti. Tiles, cladding, and floors were made by the parent company Bert&May. To create the comprehensive picture, Lee Thornley collaborated with Rat Architecture and Laura Fulmine.

Having climbed on top of the barge you can get cosy in deck chairs on the terrace or cook your dinner on a barbecue by Bert&May. Surrounded by plants in antique Spanish pots, you can enjoy the sunsets and dawns.

The barge is berthed in Regents Canal in Hackney, in eastern London. Guests will have no difficulty getting to the district flourishing in arts and design where numerous galleries and studios, restaurants, and weekend markets are located.

Another barge of dark green color and slightly larger in size, which will have two bedrooms, is under construction. More barges to be set afloat in the cities of England are coming soon.


Hackney, London
T: 0203 744 0776
250GBP per night, minimum stay 2 nights

Published in: England New hotels