The Floathouse

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  • #Transport
  • #Waterside
  • #Family
  • #Rural
  • #Eco

£167.50 to £354.75 per night as of 05/06/2023

On the tranquil and picturesque river Penryn in Cornwall, The Floathouse is an extraordinary floating family home available to rent on a self-catered basis. Bathed in light which streams in through the tall windows, finished with modern facilities, and constructed with a minimal environmental impact, The Floathouse is a dreamy alternative to a cottage for families and friend groups looking for a unique and magical spot in Cornwall.

The main space on The Floathouse is a remarkable multi-aspect room, comprising decking underfoot and glass walls facing the river. Whatever the weather, season, or time of day, this is the perfect place to spend time alone or with cherished friends, gazing out over the undulating river and watching the local birds swoop and dive into the water.

Step through the doors and out onto the deck and you’ll find yourself on a perfect, sun-drenched space, ideal to sprawl, enjoy a beer, or simply watch the fishing boats putter and trawl. Downstairs, creative uses of the space have been employed to create three bedrooms and a bathroom. Everything about this river-borne cabin is classic, timeless, and pleasing in its design, and those with an interest in minimal ecological waste will be delighted to learn about the eco-philosophy behind The Floathouse’s creation. Where possible, repurposed materials have been used, a compost toilet has been installed, and between biomass heating, harvested rainwater, and renewable-only electricity supply, guests can be comfortable that they’re having a low impact on the planet and its resources during their stay.

Whether you spend your time reclining in the double-ended bath, taking in the sunsets from the deck with a cocktail, or more ambitiously striking out for Falmouth, or the nearby nature reserve at the crack of dawn, you’re bound to have the trip of a lifetime at The Floathouse.

Although it can be hard to tear yourself away from your floating paradise, the surrounding area is abundant in activities, walks, local businesses and charming places. Falmouth itself is just half an hour away on foot, and is a brilliant example of a charming Cornish coastal town. The Cornish art scene is spectacular, and you can expect cobbled streets with well-kept secret studios and galleries throughout. Outdoors enthusiasts can try their hand at paddle boarding, surfing, sea-kayaking and fishing, before drinking a pint of a St Austell’s brewery ale or cider in a convivial and authentic pub.

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