M/S Carpe-Diem "Cargo Hold" - Loft on a Barge


Houseboat hosted by Filip

4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
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M/S Carpe-Diem, "Seize-the-Day", is a barge built in 1951. The ship is moored in the old docklands of Ghent and has been transformed into an exceptional, eco-friendly home.
The ship's cargo hold has been renovated into a contemporary, loft-like residence of 65 square meter, with all modern comfort, including a heated outdoor pool with jet stream.
The cargo hold accommodates maximum 4 people, with two separate bedrooms with double beds.  Ideal for tourists and expatriate professionals.

The space
The ship, with registration n° 0600465, was purchased from a retired skippers couple in 2014.  The vessel had always been used to transport goods (e.g., wheat, steel rolls, etc.).  The ship measures 39,10 meter long by 5,05 meters wide.  It is powered by a still functional 268 kW Cummins Marine diesel engine.

The renovations started in 2015, based on a novel concept whereby the cargo hold remained intact and the main residence - consisting of containers - was placed on a gravel bed.  The entire "Cargo Hold" loft is a steel tailor-made container construction, designed by Denc! Studio and built by Budé Containerbouw.  The main advantage of this concept is an improved balance (weight), improved climate control (better isolation, ventilation), and the ability to easily inspect the ship's walls and construction.
The ship's deck house was also completely refurbished and enlarged by including part of the cargo hold.  The thus created extra space became a bath- and washing-room.

What this place offers

Free street parking
Air conditioning
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Gent, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Hosted by Filip

  1. Joined in November 2015
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Hello, I am Filip, father of two beautiful daughters and husband of an exceptional wife. A few years ago we bought an old ship - actually in a flash of absolute lack of sense of reality. In the meantime, we have renovated the ship and transformed it into a modern home. Feel free to view the photos, the ship is the ideal base camp for exploring the city of Ghent and Flanders. Travel safely ... and maybe see you soon, in Ghent. Filip & C°
Hello, I am Filip, father of two beautiful daughters and husband of an exceptional wife. A few years ago we bought an old ship - actually in a flash of absolute lack of sense of re…


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House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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No carbon monoxide alarm
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water

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