Possibly the most unique, quirky and lovable place you will ever stay!
- Amazing design
- Original and comfortable
- Fully equipped kitchen and amazing bathroom
- Great things to do within walking distance
- You will have a great story to tell!
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!
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.
25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)
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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)
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.
14 Reviews - Dodge
Rachael G - England
Thanks Hamish for letting us stay in your amazing houseboat again. We had a brilliant time in spite of the bad weather. The Dodge is a unique space & fun for all the family, from kids to grandparents plus dogs. We're bound to visit again & highly recommend others to book a stay.
Julie J - England
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!
Katherine H - England
Stayed a couple of nights in The Dodge. It’s so unique and peaceful. Great location 10 mins to the beach and town. The Dodge is a work of art. We spent so much time wondering and appreciating how much time and imagination it took to build the houseboat out of recycled materials. It’s surprisingly spacious and the sunlight floods in. It has all you need, even a bath. Piano and great record collection. So interesting watching the tide come in and out. The changes of wildlife. We enjoyed meeting Hamish, and his neighbour. They both were very friendly and interesting to chat to. It’s a unique experience. And a chance for a few days to try out a different way of life. Without a doubt, we will be back again.
Sarah A - England
We had a fantastic weekend in Dodge. A triumph of imagination & ingenuity.
Rikki H - England
Thank you for a lovely stay, was very relaxing and the kids loved the place! A real hidden gem and some amazing work has gone into the place. Highly recommend.