Moored In The Turning Basin In Aigues-Mortes, on the Route du Mole (La Rayette)
- english, poor french, but my French girl friend helps here.
About John Smethurst
I built the barge in Gloucester, with some help! We started in 2002, and finished the fit out in 2005. We sailed from Gloucester to the from London to Calais. We cruised a few thousand kilometers around France, and then finally moored here in Aigues-Mortes in 2007. I had previously spent 35 years in the Fashion all aspects.
John Smethurst purchased this House Boat in 2002
Why John Smethurst chose Aigues-Mortes
I have put my heart and soul into this magnificent project. I want to share this pleasurable experience with you. We have dropped our prices for 2018 We recognise that things are not fantastic economically. We are a permanently moored houseboat.
What makes this House Boat unique
I am only letting out two cabins on my luxury barge which is my permanent home. On one side of the ship is the 'Canal Maritime' Built originally in Medieval times by King Louis, so his ships could quickly access the sea, and where two Crusades departed from. Beyond our quay, is a small lane. The 'Route du Mole', but which Google for some inexplicable reason calls 'La Rayette'! It is bordered by a field that is the start of the National Park. (La Marette). We are about 300 meters from the Grand Site de la Marette.The main benefit of our mooring is that we are quiet because there is not much traffic but. we are only a mere twelve minutes walk from the center of Aigues-Mortes. The floodlit ramparts dominate the view from our decks. After ten years we are surrounded and accepted by the wildlife. If you love nature and prefer some luxury, we are for you!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:8
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A great change
Splendid bedroom, full of evidence of skilled workmen having finished the room.
Unusual and a great change from modern hotels.
The owner was very obliging to help out when ever he could .
Lovely houseboat in a stunning location
We spent an excellent couple of days on board the Saul Nomad enjoying John's excellent hospitality, walking into the gorgeous walled town of Aigues Mortes and taking boat trips along the rivers and canals.
Saul Nomad is very comfortable and well-equipped (air con, satellite TV, Wifi...) and John is a great host.
Vacaciones en familia en la Camarga
El sitio es inmejorable, con las vistas a las murallas de Aigües Mortes. Nosotros fuimos un total de tres noches con nuestros dos hijos.
El señor del barco, John es una persona encantadora y muy amable, predispuesto en todo momento a ofrecer cualquier ayuda que necesitaramos.
Nos ha encantado visitar los pueblos de la Camarga.
La estancia en el barco, al ser diferente a los niños les gusto.
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour.
4 jours fabuleux à bord du Saul Nomad, John est capitaine fort sympathique, accueillant, nous nous sommes senti tout de suite à l’aise, nous avons pu échanger malgré notre anglais (scolaire et lointain…).
Je n’oublie pas Françoise qui comme John est une personne très attachante avec qui nous avons partagé un petit « apéro » très agréable sur la terrasse du bateau face aux remparts.
Phoebe est un amour de chien « une machine à caresse », Jaco un perroquet facétieux.
Bref, pour toutes ces raisons nous reviendront pêcher, nous reposer, sur le Saul Nomad c’est sure.
A bientôt John, Françoise, Phoebe et Jaco portez vous bien.
Gabrielle et michael
That is most kind of you!!
Aigues-Mortes is a renowned walled medieval town. It was a base for the seventh and eighth crusades. Barbarossa anchored his fleet off its shores. Lawrence of Arabia studied here before WWl. Ernest Hemingway was writing here in 1933, and returned in 1961 with house guests Ava Gardner and Jackie Kennedy.
Places of interest to visit are the seasalt works, The local manades where black fighting bulls are raised. (generally they do not get killed in the local form of 'bull fighting'. The bulls are controlled by the superb horsemanship of the gardians riding their characteristically white horses. We are surrounded by vineyards, and many welcome visitors. Every kind of watersport is catered for. Quadbiking, paintballing and so forth are only ten minute ride away.
Of course there are the long sandy beaches that stretch for miles/kilometers. There are busy beaches, quiet beaches, and nudist beaches.