A warm, friendly welcome

See on board the houseboat, visit the touring shop and relax on the riverside.

We look forward to welcoming visitors in 2018, as we celebrate ninety years since the rebuilding of a truly unique vessel.

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

29 March 2017

Bon voyages


David Simpson (pictured) handling the newly fitted tiller of the launch, near Wroxham Staithe, a little up stream of the bridge. Dave resided on board his boat for many years, until recently. An experienced yachtsman, David was born in Bermuda and saw service in the Royal Navy, before embarking on a career with GPO Telephones, later British Telecom.

David's sincere and playful personality lights up the dullest of situations. On the waterside, he was always ready to help anybody moor up and had a genial word for visitors and local people.

An occasional glass of 'vino,' of the red grape variety is a favourite pastime. If he wasn't indulging in vino, he could be found perusing the many floors of delights at Thorns, the famous ironmongery and general store in Norwich. He remains a sterling friend to us and many more. Times change however and it was decided to relocate David close to his family in Wolverhampton.

Tim, Jason

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe