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26 - Room for Rent - by Becks Chambers

For Rent:  The Most Inhabited One Bed Flat in the World.  Many unusual rustic water features

The property is accessed via a charming wooden 'pontoon' path. The main entrance is set around a sunken all weather seated area (approx. 9ft x 6ft), known locally as the 'Cockpit' (or 'Snakepit' depending on motivation/tidying skills of crew).  Around the Cockpit is where all the Utilities & Services of this unique property are found; the Spinning Winches, Steering Wheel, and most importantly the Sunscreen holder & Stereo Speakers.  In fine weather the Cockpit is a glorious sun-trap; in less fine weather it converts nicely, at the flick of a wave, into a 9ft x 6ft swimming pool.

From the Cockpit the living accommodation is accessed through a right angle hatch space, with a beautiful French Polished (180 degrees vertical) staircase, taking you into the:

Entrance Hall: (approx. 6ft x 2 ft)

Situated within the entrance hall is a cloaks rail that happily accommodates up to 15 oilies of varying degrees of dripping wet, wringing wet and mildly mouldy. 

Store Cupboard/Skippers Cabin (approx. 7ft x 3ft)

Immediately to the left of the entrance hall is a cupboard, commonly known as the Skippers Cabin; easily accessible for waves and therefore midnight dips in the pool when 'all hands on deck' are required. A highly desirable space offering (virtually no) privacy.

NavStation/Diary Room/Study (approx. 2ftx 2ft)

A compact room where much activity takes place (ahem). Used for communication with the outside world, and all important exchanges of positions (gossip) that takes place every 12hrs, known as "the sched". A characterful room full of state of the art equipment, where much head-scratching/tears/laughter has/will take place.

Galley kitchen (approx. 8ftx 3ft)

Fully fitted white units, with handy 'hand holes' rather than traditional cupboard doors.  It is currently organised as one hole for tins, one hole for pasta etc. There is the added feauture of a seawater tap, particularly useful when the fresh water maker breaks down (a recent occurrence).  There is a compact oven incorporating grill and hob, supplied by a well known manufacturer of one-man camping equipment.

Lounge (approx. 8ft x 6ft), incorporating gangway to bedroom

Plastic seated area with pole (dancing) feature.  Fully stocked library, specialising in 'Disaster at Sea' books, After Dinner game books and soggy playing cards.  Large kitchen unit style' hole' for vast CD collection.  Situated within the lounge area is a 1ft x1ft  low level wc.  Generally used by the male tenants it is separated from the galley by a splash proofcurtain (thank god). Female tenants tend to use this convenience only when in great inconvenience.

Bedroom with en-suite shower room (approx. 15ft x 20ft)

Accommodating up to 14 people (though more has been known), the bedroom comprises 14 6ft x 2ft bunks with water-dripping mast feature in the centre of the room. The bunks each have their own 'storage' a 2ft x 2ft cave locker, also with own personal water feature.  The bedroom has 2 skylight hatches, great for throwing wet things through:  sails, oillies, boots and occasionally people (when the vertical steps are proving a little too much).

Shower Room (approx. 2ft x 2ft)

Hand-held shower with very hot or very cold controls. Low level wc, liable to sloshing over feet when in high 'winds'.....as it were.

All in all a highly desirable property, and a wonderful place to spend time with friends!

Price on application...........


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