The children's quarters (for children only, min age 4, max age 12) of historic 19th C sailing ship De Walvisch. 2 beds accessible via ladder, room built in luxurious hard-wood, bespoke built desk/work area, drawers and mirror, wardrobe and antique fixtures throughout. All stays on board include a cooked English breakfast in the mornings, served in the ship's galley from Navy silver.
The ship De Walvisch is a fully functioning historic Dutch sailing klipper, built in 1896. It is owed by the artists Zatorski + Zatorski, who live on board with their children, and who have lovingly and painstakingly restored the vessel over the past 5 years, using reclaimed hardwoods and marine antiques. De Walvisch is an ex-cargo ship, that used to carry eels from Holland to London - restored to her original lines and with all her round wood replaced, she is one of the finest examples of a 19th C sailing Klipper in the UK.
The children's Quarters are located towards the bow of the ship, directly next to the Captain's master bedroom. Please note: this room is only suitable for children, minimum age 4, max age 12, and can only be booked for a child/ children with an accompanying adult/s staying in the First Officer's cabin or the Bow Bedroom (see other listing: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9107916).
The Children's Quarters is a completely hand-crafted space, with reclaimed teak and mahogany throughout. The desk area comprises fold-down work top, book shelves and seat with hidden storage compartments. There is a large antique mirror, antique marine light fittings and drawers and a wardrobe for clothing. Reading lights by the beds themselves mean children can enjoy being tucked in with a book as they experience the gentle rocking of the ship at night.
There is central heating throughout the ship, as well as a wood burning stove in the main hold to heat the vessel, the quarters are not cold in winter.
The children's Quarters room has beds which are accessible via a ladder - do not book this room for your child/ children unless you are sure that they can climb and descend a ladder safely, and that they will not roll out of bed.
Accès des voyageurs
Entry and exit to the vessel will be from the central starboard hatch, which allows access to the hallway area, bathroom and separate toilet, and through to the Children's Quarters..
The bathroom for your use has a full-size bath and shower with ample hot water.
At breakfast you will be invited into the roef (deckhouse) of the ship, which is the galley, or you can choose to have breakfast brought to you in the bow (if booking Bow bedroom only). You can also sit outside on the stern deck at this time.
We are currently in a build-period for the ship, with renovations on a new cabin, so the main hold is being used as a workshop and will therefore not be accessible. However, it may be possible to arrange evening access to the main hold for a private gathering, depending on when you are staying - this would need to be discussed beforehand with the hosts.
During your stay we will keep any noise associated with the renovations to a minimum!
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Zatorski + Zatorski, Thomas and Angel, will be your hosts - you will be warmly welcomed upon your arrival and they will be on board throughout your stay for any questions, advice or assistance. As long-time London residents, Z+Z have a wealth of local knowledge, particularly of the art and culture the city has to offer and they are always happy to advise those new to the city.
Having children of their own, the hosts are happy to lend toys or books to visiting families - please discuss any special requirements or preferences you may have for your children.
Breakfast on board is served from Navy silver and with antique royal crockery. All produce is free-range. You will be asked about your food preferences prior to or on arrival.
De Walvisch is afloat on the River Thames - please be advised that this is a busy tidal river, and the ship will rock accordingly. At high tide, and at peak river traffic times this can be more noticeable, evening times less so, but if you are prone to sea-sickness, this is probably not the place for you.
Children live on board the ship, so she is an environment safe for youngsters - however, if you are bringing children to stay, they must not be left unattended on deck at any time, and must be made aware of the ship safety rules. You are responsible for your children's safety.
De Walvisch is a ship - as a guest please respect the river on which she floats and adhere to all safety instructions given by your hosts: you will be shown how to get on and off the vessel, but be aware at all times that the river and the ship move, take care to watch ropes and watch your footing round the deck. Children must never be left unattended on deck.
Smoking is allowed outside on deck - please ask for an ashtray, do not stub out or drop ends on the deck or in the river. There is strictly no smoking allowed anywhere inside the vessel.
The ship is also a family residence, please respect the space as your own. The moorings are cooperatively run and owed, and the pontoons shared with neighbouring vessels: please also respect their privacy and keep noise when going to and from De Walvisch to a minimum.
We are two artists, Thomas & Angel who are restoring the historic ship De Walvisch, having completely re-rigged and rescued the ship from near dereliction. We have three young children and we live on the ship as a family. We run cultural projects, events and cinema evenings on board and aim to create a unique and inspiring environment for artists, writers, scientists and adventurers to experience. Our events are not-for-profit and we do not run the ship as a business, any funds that are received from a visitor's stay go directly towards the maintenance and ongoing restoration of this important historic vessel.