For me, there’s nothing more meditative than watching the waves, and from the expansive terrace at Rhine Houseboats you have the feeling you can wash your busy thoughts away with the water that gently laps against the side of the large wooden houseboat. But this isn’t your standard houseboat, this is a houseboat that you wish was your home: modern interiors, a fireplace and panoramic windows that allow you to spot kingfishers flying past. Plus, in some boats, you even have a private sauna that you can use Finnish style, jumping into the cool lake water after each sauna session.
Owners Dorothee and Volker are dairy farmers and look after the land surrounding the houseboats, and their love of the area shines through. Nature is at the centrepiece of a stay here, and Dorothee and Volker have named the boats after animals you can see in the area, such as Great Crested Grebe, Beaver Castle and Cormorant. Countless hiking and biking routes begin on your doorstep, and you can sample the produce of the land at the farm shop, which is stocked with goodies produced in the region. A stay here helps to slow you down and escape the often rushed pace of life; after just a few days, you’ll feel completely renewed.
Introducing Dorothee and Volker!
“Rhine Houseboats is a family-run business, and we have an agricultural background. We created the houseboats to showcase this beautiful corner of the world we get to call home."
“The total peace and quiet the landscape provides.”
Dorothee and Volker’s insider tips
Rhine Houseboats is located on Diersfordter Waldsee in Wesel-Bislich.
You can easily drive, and there’s onsite parking for guests.
You can catch the train to Wesel, from where it’s a 30-minute bus ride (though do note that these buses are irregular and don’t run late).