Step Inside the 56-foot Narrowboat Transformed into a Dream Home by Mollie & Jason

British couple Mollie and Jason have been transforming boats and campervans since 2018 and show no signs of slowing down! Since launching their business, Marwood Makes, they have transformed 14 narrowboats, one widebeam, and five campervans. Their skill and artistry are so renowned that their projects have been featured on the TV show Better Homes & Gardens Australia and in publications like Circus Magazine and Waterways World.

Their latest project is Summer Bee, a beautifully handcrafted 56-foot narrowboat that comes with everything needed for full-time living or occasional holidaying. Inside, you can expect ash worktops in the kitchen, robust cork flooring throughout, and heating courtesy of a Webasto 5kW heater with radiators and a 4.5kW Arrow multi-fuel stove. Occupants can enjoy power, water, and cooking year-round with the included 520-watt solar panel, 12-volt shoreline fridge, LPG cooker and hob, two LPG tanks, and a 500L water tank. The solar panel is also connected to a Victron Mppt controller and a 3kW inverter.

For convenience, you’ll easily be able to power your devices, electronics, LED lighting, and appliances with 240-volt and 12-volt sockets. All cruising equipment is also included for effortless navigation through the UK canal networks.

If you’ve ever dreamed of holidaying on the water, here’s your opportunity to turn those dreams into reality. Mollie and Jason have launched a competition for UK residents in which they are raffling off an £80,000 narrowboat. For more information, visit marwoodmakes.com/competition. The last entries will be accepted by 9 PM on May 22, 2024, with the winner chosen in a live draw at 9 PM on May 23, 2024. The winner even gets to pick the boat color!

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Summer Bee is a beautiful, handcrafted 56-foot narrowboat being offered up to one lucky winner in a competition by its creators, Marwood Makes, in the UK. Company founders Mollie and Jason have entirely transformed this narrowboat into a floating home offering a simple, off-the-grid lifestyle and financial freedom.

With solar panels, no fixed address, water tanks, and LPG tanks, it’s the perfect holiday home or full-time house for individuals and couples alike. It also has everything you need for comfortable living, including resilient cork flooring, ash kitchen countertops, and meticulously crafted details throughout.

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While you might assume that boats are cold in winter, quite the opposite is true with Summer Bee. This beauty is kitted out with a wood burner running on wood and coal that can be stored on the boat’s roof. It can also be combined with central heating.

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The living area is basic yet comfortable and cosy with birch ply throughout paired with beige curtains and natural wood furniture. The 4.5kW Arrow multi-fuel stove heats this area well.

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The boat’s interior is quaint and charming, with a beautiful wooden seat with upholstery, and a quaint dining nook adjacent to the kitchen. The neutral color scheme and large floor rug make the living space feel much larger than it is.

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All wooden elements work in harmony with the gorgeous, easy-care cork flooring.

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The dining nook comfortably seats two guests for meals at the end of the kitchen. It can also function as additional meal prep space. The hanging plants add some definition between the kitchen and the living room.

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Mollie and Jason left no stone unturned in creating a functional and aesthetic kitchen on this narrowboat. Alongside the natural wood cabinetry, they also included a beautiful and striking brass splashback. Over time, the splashback will take on marks to create a stunning patina.

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The kitchen has an abundance of storage space underneath the countertops, including a convenient wine storage cabinet tucked away in a corner.

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While devising storage solutions in a narrowboat is never easy, Mollie and Jason got creative and built this stunning wall unit using birch ply. It ties in nicely with the kitchen cabinetry and has plenty of space for knick-knacks, plants, books, and more.

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The bathroom features birch ply in the walls and cabinetry. It also has the same cork flooring found throughout the rest of the boat. A cute, modern vanity and a convenient boat-friendly toilet complete the picture.

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The hallway from the living area guides you through to the bedroom tucked away in the rear of the narrowboat. The natural, light colors and materials maximize the available space.

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The bedroom at the rear of the boat has everything a couple needs for comfortable and relaxing living. There is a comfortable double bed with plenty of leg room, three pull-out drawers made of birch under the bed, two additional storage drawers, and a deep wardrobe. However, the standout feature in the Summer Bee bedroom is undoubtedly the hatch. You can while away the mornings watching the clouds as you sip your morning coffee in bed.