The History of Wine & Water

Built in Belgium in 1938, the barge, or péniche as it is known in France, is one of only 160 examples of its type. Starting life as a commercial barge transporting a cargo of coal, cereal and wood, it became a hotel boat in 1986. Max bought Wine & Water in 2013 and executed a complete refit throughout making it the luxury hotel that you can experience today. Flooded with natural light, Wine & Water is both centrally heated and air-conditioned.

The saloon has a dining area, lounge with sofa and armchairs, bar with bar stools and an open plan kitchen. Guests have use of a television, DVD player, music centre and laptop with satellite Wi-Fi Internet access.
All suites are double with either queen sized or twin beds. Bathrooms are en-suite with a toilet, shower and washbasin. Bathroom essentials such as a hairdryer, shampoo, soap, and body cream are provided together with towels, which are changed every day. A laundry service is also provided.
The sun deck is equipped with a dining table, sun loungers and a jacuzzi. Bicycles are provided for the use of guests, free of charge.

Plans of the barge

Lower deck

Upper and sun deck

Barge Specifications

  • Steel hull
  • 150 tons (160 metric ton)
  • 150 HP low RPM motor, single screw
  • 10 knots
  • Length : 98ft ( 30.5 metres)
  • Beam : 16ft 6″ (5.05metres)
  • Draft : 4ft 3″ (1.30 metres)
  • Height above water : 11ft 5″ (3.50 metres)
  • Sundeck 430ft2 ( 40 metres2)
  • Capacity 6 passengers
  • 4 crew members

Onboard equipement

  • 6  geared mountain bikes
  • Heated jacuzzi
  • iPod docking station
  • Flat screen TV
  • Library


Ceiling height: 2.3m / 7ft 7in
12 opening windows: 1.2m x 0.8m / 3ft 11in x 2ft 7in


There is one master suite and 2 suites
Ceiling height: 2.2m / 7ft 3in

Suites 1 & 2

  • Twin or double Queen sized beds
  • Both rooms have 2 opening windows: 50cm x 40cm / 1ft 8in x 1ft 4in
  • En suite shower, hand basin and WC
  • Towels, hairdryer, shampoo, soap, and body cream…

Master suite

  • Twin or double Queen sized beds
  • 4 opening windows with a further 4 opening windows in the bathroom: 50cm x 40cm / 1ft 8in x 1ft 4in (main suite)
  • En suite shower, double hand basin and WC
  • Towels, hairdryer, shampoo, soap, and body cream…

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