Renting a yacht in the city of Barcelona
Only ten minutes away from the centre of Barcelona you can find the St. Katharine. A luxurious and unique B&B boat, recognised for the excellent service and peaceful surroundings, and offering a completely different accommodation experience in Barcelona.
The St. Katharine is an 80-foot yacht that stands proudly in Barcelona’s Port Forum Marina.
The yacht has been converted into a luxurious B&B boat with accommodation for up to ten people, who can enjoy the glimmering Mediterranean water and gentle rocking motion of the sea just 200 metres from the beach, and only 10 minutes on the metro from the centre of Barcelona.
With its peaceful surroundings, spacious sundecks, excellent service, delicious meals and the opportunity to book the St. Katharine exclusively, with even a 24-hours butler service, this is a perfect venue for a wonderful holiday in Barcelona or even for business travellers wanting something a bit different. As it offers a five-star service, free ADSL, free parking, and is walking distance of the large CCIB conference centre of Barcelona, the St. Katharine is an ideal location to stay during busy working days or even use it as venue for brainstorming sessions or private meetings.
The boat has not always enjoyed such a glamorous existence. It’s the result of two years of hard work of the Dutch couple Cas and Irene Pijpers, who rescued the boat from its former incarnation as a fleet tender supply ship in the Royal Navy. It was built in 1969, originally named the Denmead A363 and stationed in Portsmouth, and would have accommodated up to 125 troops en route to their submarines. In 1994 it was then decommissioned by the Navy.
When Cas and Irene found it, it was moored in Wicklow, Ireland, under the name Kilquade, and it was used as a working ship on the Irish Sea. In 2006 Cas and Irene bought it and sailed for three days and three nights to their home in Stellendam in the Netherlands. With dreams of sailing and eventually to start a charter or B&B boat situated in the Mediterranean, the couple set about repairing the sailing vessel, stripping it down to the bare bones and replacing and rebuilding much of the bodywork over a two year period.
Once the St. Katharine was finished they set about plans to take this beautiful ship to southern Europe and in June 2012 she finally left Stellendam (Netherlands) for sunny Barcelona! And with her spacious decks, air-conditioning and great insulation, she was destined to live in the Mediterranean!