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The barge was built in 1922 with dimensions of 24 metres by 4.25 metres. Her height above the water is 3.3 metres and depth below just 1.1 metres. the barge weighs in at a cool 82 tonnes and for the most part, handles like a dream.

These huge dimensions allowed for a wonderful home to be created within her capacious steel hull. Large enough in fact to accommodate four cosy cabins, three bathrooms, a spacious dining saloon, well fitted galley, generator room / workshop, engine room and a comfortable wheelhouse that is useable as an additional lounge area year round..

Much like a house, the barge has 230 volt electricity, flush toilets, oil central heating, gas cooker, microwave, washer, dryer, satellite TV, in fact all the mod cons. The main difference is that being a floating home, the barge has to provide for all the power generation and water needs herself. You quickly learn to be economical with how much power and water you use in order to sever the umbilical chord that otherwise ties you to ports or harbours. 

Being economical allows the freedom to moor pretty much where and whenever you like, for long periods, no matter how remote that location might be.

The best thing about living on a barge is that you can have a different view from the windows each and every day if you wish. You can moor quite near the Alps for skiing in winter or next to the Mediterranean for swimming and beaches in summer. You can moor in totally remote countryside or in the centre of many great cities right on the doorstep of all the attractions. A barge offers a giant mobile home par extraordinaire that can economically tootle up and down the stunning and mostly deserted water highways of Europe. 

People pay vast sums for lake or riverside properties with views of the water. the barge beats them at their own game. It's actually on it and can change its view at a moments notice!

Her name means 'Heaven' in  the Indian Sanskrit language. Having spent many moons traveling throughout the Indian subcontinent, the dream of creating my own personal heaven was finally realised aboard a 1922 ex cargo barge cruising the waterways of Europe. She really is 'Heaven' in the heart of France.... and I'm lucky to be able to spend 25 weeks each year aboard her.

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A lovely wild mooring provided the opportunity to light up the barbeque and dine alfresco

the Barge locks through an ecluse on the magificent River Meuse in France
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Guest assist as the barge passes through a lock on the River Meuse in France

the Barge's Christmas mooring in 2004 at the wonderful Stichting Jachthaven Wartena in The Netherlands Friesland province.
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Christmas mooring in 2004 at the wonderful Stichting Jachthaven Wartena in The Netherlands Friesland province.

the Barge's magnificent counter stern proudly displaying the name which means 'Heaven' in the Indian language of Sanskrit. She really is Heaven in the heart of France
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The barge
's magnificent counter stern proudly displaying the name which means 'Heaven' in the Indian language of Sanskrit. She really is 'Heaven' in the heart of France

 

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