Historic 90ft Dutch Barge available for Bed & Breakfast Accommodation and Self Catering Holidays in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Moored at a private pontoon on the beautifully scenic Bembridge Harbour, Rijnstroom IV, is a 90ft long by 18ft wide original Dutch barge built in Rotterdam, Holland in 1922. Constructed from Iron and Steel she weighs 140 tons. Originally she was used for transporting grain and other heavy goods around the canals and waterways of Holland. Later, after being commandeered by the German army, she was used for transporting munitions along the Rhine during World War 2. She was imported into the UK in December 1982 and moored at Sunderland Wharf in the Northeast of England. She was transferred to the River Hamble on the South coast of England in 1991 and then onto the Isle of Wight in 2004, where she was moored at the Odessa Marina, Newport. Finally after being purchased by her present owners in September 2006, she was transferred to Island Harbour on the river Medina and then onto her current home at Bembridge Harbour, where she has undergone extensive alterations and renovations to become a very popular holiday destination. Wheelhouse The accommodation comprises an entrance from the starboard side into the Wheelhouse. This is situated above the engine room and contains all the engine, navigation and helm controls. It has a large comfy bench seat offering stunning panoramic views across the Solent to Portsmouth and surrounding landscape. She also has stairways to the Saloon and the Captains cabin. Captains Cabin Snugly situated at the stern of the barge behind the wheel house. This cabin offers a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bench seat and has its own shower and toilet. Saloon Spacious, open plan living area which is comfortably furnished with 3 sofas. A fold away dining table provides seating for 12 people with a further 6 places around the Breakfast Bar in the Galley. There is a colour television, DVD player, Video player and stereo sound system for guests to use as well as numerous films and books. Galley Situated at the end of the saloon, it is a modern fully fitted and very well equipped kitchen which benefits from a fridge/ freezer, microwave, oven and hob, full place settings for 18 people. Owners Suite Situated in the bow of the barge, comprising two cabins both tastefully decorated and furnished. The Masters Cabin with double bed and the First Mates Cabin with twin beds. Boatswains Cabin A snug compact cabin with double bed, wardrobe and bedside table. Crew Cabin Containing twin full-size bunks, bedside tables and wardrobe. Bathroom 1 Fully equipped with hot and cold water, full size bath, shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Bathroom 2 Fully equipped with hot and cold water, shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Sundeck Externally, the barge has a huge sundeck in front of the wheelhouse. It has a large wooden table with ample bench seats and easy chairs. It also has a gas BBQ. All cabins benefit from ample natural light, central heating via radiators and mains power.
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