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Sleeps up to 8 (plus cot), pet friendly, great location!

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NEW! Book now for summer 2024 onwards : short breaks too!

Since opening its doors in 2004, The Harbour Houseboat (reassuringly named ‘Sturdy’) has 
provided award winning accommodation to hundreds of guests who have fallen in love with 
a life on the water.

Owner Georgina and her partner James live with their young family on a houseboat on the 
River Thames and have brought all their knowledge to provide an exceptional and practical
home from home in the most beautiful surroundings of Bembridge Harbour.

Sturdy has been featured in The London Evening Standard, Stylist, Woman and Home, Country
Home Interiors and Hampshire Life. Country Living magazine selected Sturdy as a ‘Romantic Retreat’
and The Guardian chose Sturdy as a ‘Top 10 boat-hotel in Europe’.

Large rooms are filled with light over two floors and as Sturdy occupies one of the best
moorings in the harbour.  The eye is drawn to everchanging views in The Solent beyond where cargo ships and liners such as the Queen Mary 2 can be seen through the telescope.
The accommodation, four large bedroom and two bathrooms, means that Sturdy can
comfortably have room for groups of six friends or for two families.

Guests enter the hallway where there are hooks for coats and chairs. The first bedroom is
on the left, a single with a truckle bed, and with an upstairs cloakroom next door. Then walk
through to the open plan kitchen, dining area and then to the sitting room. Wide French
doors with floor to ceiling windows either side lead to a deck with seating beyond.
Downstairs, three further bedrooms are found, two are super king rooms and one has a
bunk with three beds. One of the super king rooms has its own shower room and there is a
large family bathroom with bath and shower. Sturdy even has its own bio treatment that
returns clear water to the harbour. There is a deck running all around the boat and on the
roof is a spectacular terrace with seating to enjoy watching harbour life or the stars at

London Evening Standard: ‘I cannot recall when I last slept better than on the sumptuous king size Loaf bed, with crisp white linen bedding.  The upper deck open plan kitchen and living room has everything you would want from a holiday rental.  When we ask our children where they would like to holiday again, they always say Sturdy.  We feel the same way.’

Sleeps 6 adults + 3 children 
Two x superking, one bunk room with truckle bed, one single bed with truckle, travel cot
One x cloakroom, one en suite, one family bathroom

Master superking bedroom with en suite shower room
Second superking size bedroom
Bunk room – with truckle so can sleep three
Single bedroom upstairs (WC next door to it) this has a truckle so can be a double
Family bathroom with shower over/wc and wash hand basin
Hallway for coats/boots etc
Open plan kitchen/dining and living room

Lower deck off the living room area with outside furniture
Upper deck with outside furniture to enjoy views
Parking for one car opposite further parking 
Linen and towels provided, please bring your own beach towels.
One pet accepted
Private parking for 1 car further parking down Embankment Road for houseboat guests.

Gas central heating
Gas range cooker electric oven
Washing machine/dryer
Microwave, kettle, toaster
Bluetooth music system
Smart TV
2 x Travel cots and highchairs.
Please note this is a working harbour so there maybe surrounding noise at times.

Address: Harbour House Boat, Embankment Road

It is as lovely as depicted.


Particularly love the decor and furnishings. We went home inspired.


Already planning a return visit.


A lovely stay in an outstanding houseboat.


Our group of seven (two families) have had the best time. Both adults and kids have loved, loved, loved our stay.  Every part of this place is beyond perfect.


Sturdy is an amazing place to stay


We love the comfort of your beautiful home.  Décor is stunning.


We would not hesitate to recommend to friends and can hopefully come again.


This is our first proper holiday in four years and we could really relax.


Houseboat Sturdy is a gem and a great base for exploring the island.


We had a totally delightful week on Sturdy – loved every minute of it.


The most wonderful of stays on Sturdy who we have all fallen in love with.


An absolute dream come true.  We’ll be back, I’m sure.


Superb holiday home with all the equipment and facilities we could need.


A wonderful experience on a fantastic houseboat.  Over and above all our expectations.


This was our first stay on a house boat and what a nice surpise, the owners have thought of everything for incoming visitors , the living area and the kitchen was everything you needed, the bedrooms very spacious. This was a delight and we will be back.

Huntley March, 2024

Had the best time on the Harbour houseboat, so family oriented, our favourite so far, thank you Annabel

Lisa March, 2024