House Beautiful

This picturesque century-old narrowboat makes stylish use of every inch of space
With Gothic doorways, heart motifs and sturdy construction, it's not hard to see why this elegant narrowboat captured Sam Barbic's heart. But its purchase was prompted by a dramatic event in her life. 'I'd been diagnosed with cancer and needed something to take my mind off the treatment,' she says. 'Since my aunt got married on board a narrowboat when I was eight, they have been a passion of mine. My plan was to renovate one and use it as a distraction and retreat during my recovery.'
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