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Possibly the most unique, quirky and lovable place you will ever stay!

Excellent! 4.9/5 (22 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Amazing design
  2. Original and comfortable
  3. Fully equipped kitchen and amazing bathroom
  1. Great things to do within walking distance
  2. You will have a great story to tell!

Houseboat summary

Houseboat Dodge is the brainchild of Hamish, your host during an unforgettable experience in Shoreham-by-Sea, West-Sussex. The love that is put into this one-of-a-kind floating home can be felt in every detail. If you fancy the ordinary, please look for something else. If you're ready for an amazing houseboat holiday never to forget: please continue reading!

Houseboat description

Let's first say that it's almost impossible to describe this houseboat in words. But let's give it a go anyway. The Dodge is a daring combination of a mooring pontoon, a lifeboat hull, a Dodge fire engine, a former WW2 Motor Torpedo Boat and countless used objects that found their final destiny aboard of this incredible vessel. The result is - believe it or not - a very comfortable holiday accommodation on the of the tidal River Adur.

Or as one of the former guests puts it: "A stunning, technical creative brain is behind this Boathouse design. A great example of showing the care and love for boats and life on water, with attention to sustainability and recycling. All the material is so fantastically brought to one artistic beautiful whole. You will be fascinated to see the possibility of creating such space, it is a fascinating experience to see what can be done with creativity of what others discard."

To give you an impression of what to expect when staying here: the main bed is a boat within a boat within a boat. Before you get here, you have to enter via the WW2 Torpedo Boat called Clive. We're in the Dodge now, and you will see two double beds and a bench that can be turned into a single bed. Let's continue to the main cabin with it's cosy dining area, stove and seating area. A kitchen? It's all there, with LPG cooker, fridge and the other amenities that you may expect in any other kitchen. A look at the pics will give you a better impression than these few words.

As you most likely have seen by now, is that Hamish does not like to spend much on new materials. And we're glad that he doesn't. As he puts it: "My building style incorporates a substantive amount of reused materials and the Dodge boasts remnants of four redundant boats and a fire engine carcus from which it derives it's name."

Hamish, or one of his representatives, will be glad to show you around to the Dodge or any other vessels on his site, as long as they are safe and presentable.

Houseboat Dodge is one of the approximately 50 floating homes on the south bank of the River Adur. As you can see the boats lay in the mudflats. Dependent on the tide the boats are inundated twice a day, however it often happens that there is no tidal influx at all. The neighborhood is characterized best as a eclectic mix of vessels, often unique in a historical and/or architectural way - owned by the best neighbors you can wish for. To keep it this way, we like to emphasize that this is not a party location.

Prices on application from 60-110/night plus agent fee.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 20:00.

Check out before 10:00.


2 Bedrooms, 5 Sleeps

  • King size beds: 2
  • Single bed: 1

The houseboat has a unique bathroom with instant hot water (LPG Boiler), bath, shower and loo.

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Sporting activities
Fully equipped kitchen


Linen provided
Towels provided

Dining table & chairs

Indoor facilities


Barbeque / braai

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Sea views


Panoramic views
Close to the beach

Close to the ariport
Paid parking

General information

Pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Child friendly
Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking
Horse riding

Cycling / mountain biking


How to get there

The 700 bus runs along the A259 coast takes about 25 minutes for Brighton to the east and Worthing to the west and daytime service every 10 minutes. The train station is a slightly longer walk .

The closest parking is reserved for residents although this is bordered by a Pay and Display £3 daily. Street parking is free.

About the area

The Dodge is one of some 50 houseboats on the south bank of the River Adur. The moorings are on tidal mudflats and during spring tides we are inundated twice daily whilst on the neap cycle, we often get no tidal influx. An eclectic mix of boats, many of historic interest and as pleasant a bunch of neighbours as I could wish for. A thriving Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and a fortnightly massive car boot fair in the warmer months about 5 minute walk. The Ropetaclke Arts centre is within sight of our houseboats and boasts a variety of good quality entertainment. Excellent fish restaurant on Shoreham Beach. (8 mins)

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Houseboat owner


I have lived and worked on houseboats for 31 years and found the lifestyle gives me the freedom to design and build living space without he restraints placed on land based property developement. Holiday letting has given me the financial security to enable me to build complex structures without pressure and I am thus indebted to my guests.

Response time
Normally within 24 hours
Language spoken

22 Reviews - Dodge

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Benita C - England

    01 Apr

    Quirkiest stay ever!

    We loved our stay! What Hamish has achieved is amazing. Hope to be back sometime.

  2. Jonathan P - England

    06 Sep

    Wonderful short break in Dodge

    Thank you Hamish for a wonderful time in Dodge, we thoroughly enjoyed. Dodge is a true wonder, superbly creative and inspiring - Hamish has created a unique home that is a wonderful place. We had a great time watching wildlife pass by. We enjoyed lovely breakfasts at the Perch and La Patisserie and also fish 'n chips on the beach (from Blundens). Dodge is fabulous, Hamish and Duncan were fabulous in ensuring everything was A-OK. A true and special Bolthole, we will be back. Highly recommend as a short stay in Shoreham.

  3. Jo T - Australia

    19 Mar

    Relaxing time at Dodge

    Stayed 2 nights in the unique Dodge houseboat. It is part of a true houseboat community and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. The boat is an eclectic mix of craftsmanship and kitch. Standout was relaxing, eating great local fish and chips looking out across the estuary and lights of Shoreham, listening to some of Hamish’s vinlyl collection. All the basics are covered in a simple, no nonsense style. Lots of towels and blankets to use and wood for the fire. The place was clean and cosy. Need to be steady on your feet for access but very much recommended as a one off experience. Coastal path great for morning run and good services and facilities in Shoreham.

  4. Hannah G - England

    28 Sep

    Amazing unique stay!

    We loved staying on the Dodge! Our son had the most amazing stay, and there are so many great touches! Location is fab and an easy walk into Shoreham, car park close by!

  5. Julie J - England

    27 May

    Quirky and peaceful

    Wow, what a lovely stay we had. We weren’t sure what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised when we opened the door to our accommodation for 2 nights. The craftsmanship that has gone into this is astonishing! We instantly felt welcome as soon as we met Hamish and he showed us around. So many little touches and we slept well in our bed boat. Thank you!

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