On a cold, rainy day, Eileen and Tony’s houseboat offers a ray of sunshine and a stark contrast to the greyness of the landscape of Kings North power station and a restless wintry sea. The boat was bought fourteen years ago and is moored on the Medway with views of a Napoleonic fort, the harbour mouth and out to the open sea beyond. 

the sitting room in the summer quarters is fitted out like a maharajah’s palace

the sitting room in the summer quarters is fitted out like a maharajah’s palace

Eileen bought the palm tree during her time as an antique dealer

Eileen bought the palm tree during her time as an antique dealer

Tony plays the guitar

Tony plays the guitar

the family use the snug as a sitting room during the dark days of winter

the family use the snug as a sitting room during the dark days of winter

the bedroom in the summer quarters has a bed suspended from the ceiling. “Sleeping on a swinging bed is amazing,” says Eileen. “If you can’t sleep you just have to pull one of the ropes to rock yourself to sleep – I recommend it.”

the bedroom in the summer quarters has a bed suspended from the ceiling. “Sleeping on a swinging bed is amazing,” says Eileen. “If you can’t sleep you just have to pull one of the ropes to rock yourself to sleep – I recommend it.”

the tiny ‘galley’ kitchen is decorated with reclaimed blue and white tiles

the tiny ‘galley’ kitchen is decorated with reclaimed blue and white tiles

the dividing wall below decks in the summer quarters is made up from stained glass windows salvaged from a pub

the dividing wall below decks in the summer quarters is made up from stained glass windows salvaged from a pub

view over the Medway from a porthole

view over the Medway from a porthole

from top the deck of the Anita C

from top the deck of the Anita C

you can see the controversial Kingsnorth power station from the boat

you can see the controversial Kingsnorth power station from the boat

the Isle of Grain

the Isle of Grain

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Cherry Whytock

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