EXCLUSIVE USE. A unique self-catering on water experience with many creature comforts of a home including full central heating. “Baboo” is a very beautifully made American sports cruiser with 2 cabins being perfect for a couple, cosy as a 4-berth (2 adults and 2 children), and can stretch to a 6-berth if completely necessary - but this latter layout would make it extremely 'intimate' due to limited headroom in the sleeping compartments and minimal cupboard/storage space. Although the inside living area is open-plan, the cabins can be sectioned off for visual privacy. The kitchenette is fully fitted and equipped and includes a 2-plate electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. The wetroom incorporates a toilet and shower providing ample hot water plus linen/towels are provided. There is also a sun deck on the bow and an enclosed seating area at the stern with a small gas BBQ, all of which provide this boat with comfortable and ample in and outdoor space with stunning river views for up to 4 guests.Guest Access
If the weather permits..... there are magnificent gardens to relax in; a floating boat-shaped island with a tranquil river view and comprehensive BBQ especially for "Baboo" guests (although there is also a small portable BBQ stored in a cupboard on the rear deck), outside seating areas perfect for al fresco dining or relaxing; canoes/kayaks, pedalos and an electric boat. PLEASE NOTE: the use of all these facilities are free at our guests' own risk. A 7-seat petrol motor boat is also available at a cost of £50/day (includes the first tank of fuel) which is a fun and easy way to explore the river unskippered. Cruises can be arranged upon request.Interaction with Guests
As and when required - we really have tried our best to make this a fun/exciting but comfortable/relaxing experience - without it being intrusive!The Neighborhood
A very tranquil and beautiful palm fronted marina on The River Thames - situated in the town of Hampton Court (East Molesey) boasting some historical sites and more:
Royal Bushy Park (literally opposite the road from the marina)
Second largest of London’s Royal Parks with its mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes this a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of red and fallow deer. Also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden, the beautiful Diana Fountain and a playground for kids.
Post Code: TW12 2EJ
"Astoria" (0.3 mile)
"Astoria" was built in 1909 at Hampton Riviera Boatyard and is now owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd who used it quite often. He recorded his last solo album there in 2015 with his wife (author and lyricist Polly Samson) called 'Rattle That Lock'. Sadly, one of the songs ('A boat lies waiting') is in tribute to Rick Wright, Floyd's keyboard player and Gilmour's great friend who died of cancer in 2008. Wright loved the sea and boats and was a yachtsmen too so the track is all about that and quite poignant considering "Astoria" and the river. Also the final Floyd album was partially completed there in 2014 with the remaining group all on board (Nick Mason, etc), that one is called 'The Endless River'.
Post Code: only visible from the river/by boat
Hampton Court Palace (0.5 mile)
King Henry VIII's home, surrounded by magnificent gardens with its historic indoor tennis court, world’s oldest and celebrated puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, 3 national plant collections, over 8000 trees and 650 acres of historic parkland, home to a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.
Post Code: KT8 9AU
Home of Sir Christopher Wren – “The Old Court House” (0.5 mile)
One of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral and was commissioned to rebuild Hampton Court Palace by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1689. He was also a physicist, astronomer and mathematician
Post Code: KT8 9BW – only visible from the street
Home of Michael Faraday – “Faraday House” (0.5 mile)
An English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries included the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. It was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology. He also discovered benzene, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner, the system of oxidation numbers and popularised terminology such as ‘anode’, ‘cathode’, eletrode’ and ‘ion’. Faraday ultimately became the first and foremost Fullerian professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a life time position. Einstein even kept a picture of Faraday on this study wall!
Post Code: KT8 9BW – only visible from the street
Hampton Pool (1 mile)
Known as “South West London’s best kept secret”, an open air pool/lido with heated water providing outdoor swimming 365 days a year, monitored by a team of professionals providing a safe environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The main pool is 36 metres long which is split in half at all times to allow for lane swimming on one side and family swimming and fun on the other. There is also a learner pool dedicated to children and their parents. Limited free parking.
Post Code: TW12 2ST
The town of Kingston-upon-Thames (2.5 miles)
On the banks of the River Thames and just 12 miles from Central London, Kingston is a vibrant medieval market town and one of the liveliest London boroughs offering a colourful mix of unique shops, themed markets, department stores, street performances and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
Post Code: KT1 1TP
Kempton Park Thursday Market (2.9 miles)
This is the largest weekday market in the South of England. Every Thursday between 9am – 3pm. The range of goods on sale is wide ranging (food, clothes, household items, plants, etc) and has a reputation for being very competitively priced. Free entry and parking plus has its own train station (Kempton Park Station).
Post Code: TW16 5AQ
Sunbury Antiques Market (2.9 miles)
The largest and longest running bi-monthly market in the country. Held on the second and last Tuesday of every month between 6:30pm – 2pm. Provides a fantastic opportunity to discover fabulous antiques, bric-a-brac, books, furniture, silver, collectors' items, Victorian jewellery and much more! Free entry and parking plus has its own train station (Kempton Park Station).
Post Code: TW16 5AQ
Chessington World of Adventures (6.3 miles)
Theme park with a variety of fun rides, zoo and aquarium (variable opening dates/times throughout the year).
Post Code: KT9 2NE
Kew Gardens (8.5 miles)
Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in south-west London and houses the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world".
Post Code: TW9 3AE
Thorpe Park (9.6 miles)
Theme park with a variety of fun and exhilarating rides (variable opening dates/times throughout the year).
Post Code: KT16 8PN
RHS Wisley (10.6 miles)
Wisley is one of the world’s greatest gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration.
Post Code: GU23 6QB
LegoLand Windor (19.8 miles)
Lego-themed children's/family theme park (variable opening dates/times throughout the year).
Post Code: SL4 4AY
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
There are a number of fabulous restaurants and bars in the area, our favourites are:
The Mute Swan (0.4 mile)
Traditional pub offering delicious British food, cask ales and huge selection of wines in this wonderfully characterful building which dates back hundreds of years.
Post Code: KT8 9BN
Mezzet (0.6 mile)
A smart Lebanese restaurant serving excellent mezze and charcoal grilled mains.
Post Code: KT8 9ER
Mezzet Dar (0.6 mile)
Spanish and Lebanese-inspired tapas as well as fine wines served in a relaxed and convivial ambience.
Post Code: KT8 9ER
Siam Paragon (0.8 mile)
A beautifully decorated restaurant, cooking up the tastiest Thai in town, served by staff in tradition dress. Take away service is also available.
Post Code: KT8 9EU
Hampton Spice (1.2 miles)
The BEST Indian cuisine EVER! We have only ever ordered a take-away from here, but it does have a seated restaurant too!
Post Code: TW12 2HY
Pizza Pure & Peri Peri (1.4 miles)
Great for a selection of delivery meals including pizza, kebabs and peri peri chicken.
Post Code: KT8 2HT
Five at the Bridge (0.5 mile)
Serves up the most exquisitely cooked English breakfast (before noon)!
Post Code: KT8 9EU
The Stables Restaurant & Bar (0.2 mile)
Offers: Our guests receive 20% off their food bill. Please quote: RIVERSCAPES.
Post Code: KT8 9BW
A wide selection of other restaurants including Pizza Express, Zizzi plus some great lively pubs are located over the bridge from the Palace including The Albion and the Prince of Wales.
RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS BY ELECTRIC OR MOTOR BOAT
There are a few restaurants accessible by boat. Depending on which restaurant you want to visit will depend on which boat you take, ie. the further away you go, the more likely the batteries on the electric boat might run out of power whereas a full tank of petrol on the motor boat will last more than a day!
Our favourite, ‘Mute Swan’ (as per above). Head down river towards Kingston-upon-Thames through one lock. Moor up outside ‘Riverside Brasserie’ (Carlton Mitre Hotel) just before Hampton Court Bridge and walk a few meters to reach it.
‘Bell Inn’ is a British gastro pub. Head up river towards Sunbury, past Pink Floyd’s old recording studio ‘Astoria’ on the right. Moor up near the boat rentals/sailing club, also on the right, and walk across the road.
‘The Magpie’ serves delicious traditional pub food overlooking the river (the fish and chips are to die for!) Head up river towards Sunbury, past Pink Floyd’s old recording studio ‘Astoria’ on the right. Before Sunbury lock on the left, ‘The Magpie’ is on the right and moorings are possible right outside the terrace.
Our other favourite, ‘Steins’, is a German restaurant serving traditional Bavarian food and beer (the schweinshaxe - roasted pork knuckle with crackling - is 100% recommended but needs to be pre-ordered!) Head down river to Kingston-upon-Thames itself (through one lock) and ‘Steins’ is on the right before Kingston bridge. Moorings are possible right outside.
NEAREST CONVENIENCE STORES AND SUPERMARKETS
Esso Service Station (0.2 mile)
Post Code: KT8 9BW
Hampton Court Superstore (0.5 mile)
Post Code: KT8 9EU
Marks & Spencer – within Esso Service Station (0.5 mile)
Post Code: KT8 9AE
Tesco Metro (1.3 miles)
Post Code: KT8 0HP
Tesco Superstore (1.6 miles)
Post Code: KT8 1SE
Sainsbury’s Local (1.7 miles)
Post Code: TW12 1NY
Tesco Express (1.8 miles)
Post Code: TW12 1NL
Sainsbury’s Local (1.8 miles)
Post Code: KT8 2JG
Any angler aged 12 or over requires a valid Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence. There are a choice of Licences and it is an offence to fish without one. Please also note, fishing outside of designated seasons fetch fines of up to £50,000. Please always obtain a permit and know your season. For more details, contact the Post Office.
There are a number of sailing clubs in/around Hampton Court. For more information, visit:
- Hampton Court Model Yacht Club:
- Hampton Sailing Club:
- Thames Sailing Club
- Hampton Court Palace
- Royal Bushy Park
- Tow paths on either side of the river:
Hampton Court to Kingston/Richmond or Hampton Court to Staines
You may wish to feed our resident ducks, swans and geese – a great fun thing to do (reducing stress and increasing creativity too!) Cooked rice, birdseed, peas, corn, oats and chopped lettuce are far superior to bread, the latter causing nasty surface algae, killing fish and giving waterfowl diseases. Also, look out for the wild parakeets in the area!
There are about 320 deer within Royal Bushy Park, opposite the marina. The red deer are the largest mammal native to the British Isles and in summer their coats are glossy red. Fallow deer, introduced by the Romans, are smaller and their summer coats, usually spotted, vary from a cream to dark brownish colour. During autumn, deers rut (breeding season). Red stags and fallow buck compete for females. At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. Birthing season is between May - July and the young are hidden by their mothers amongst the long grass. The young are very vulnerable at this time and their mothers, being sensitive to disturbance, will defend their babies. Deer are wild animals - please keep at least 50 meters away from them and be aware of your surroundings so you don't come between 2 rutting stags or a mother and her calf. Do not touch, feed or photograph deer at close range.Getting Around
Hampton Court Train Station is half a mile away which is then a 35 minute direct journey into Central London/Waterloo. Heathrow is 7 miles away by car/cabOther Things to Note
Guests are required to provide a scan or photo of their government issued photographic ID (passport or driver's license) to our private e-mail address prior to their arrival, which will be provided once a booking has been confirmed.
On-road parking is normally free at weekends and restrictions usually apply during weekdays, ie. 8:00am to 9:30am AND 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Alternatively, there is a parking facility approx. 200 meters away which is £1.50 per hour between 8:00am to 8:00pm but locked between 11pm to 6am. Having said this however, due to functions at Hampton Court Palace, the parking situation is always subject to change. We have also organised with a local Restaurant/Hotel approx. 350 meters away for our guests to be able to park there for £5 a day, organised directly with them. If you choose not to be park on-road outside the marina, we suggest unloading your belongings beforehand - and no matter where you leave your vehicle, please be mindful of any tools left in vans or valuables on display.
CHECK-INS / MEET AND GREET
As we both work, have children and don't live at the marina, we can't always be on hand to meet and greet our guests. Having said this, we have an outside key safe so our guests can let themselves in and also have a comprehensive alphabetical HELP guide on board to cover just about every and any eventuality we can think of - but are always at the end of the phone/e-mail should our guests get stuck, need to be ‘shown the ropes’ and/or wish to give us additional feedback!
Please be forewarned, being on a boat is a very unique experience and many things are different to being a landlubber and staying in standard accommodation or a hotel for that matter, in terms of staffing, water supply, pumping out after showers, toilet flush systems, etc. Upon booking, we will send details of the things that are not strikingly obvious so our guests are forearmed. We really have tried our best to make this a fun/exciting but comfortable/relaxing experience - without it being intrusive - and very much hope you enjoy your stay.