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Maggie and Terry Hall launched Houseboat Hotels in 1999. At that time it was a unique idea, the first people to offer city centre apartment style accommodation, aboard a houseboat in the whole country. They had themselves lived aboard a houseboat for over two years and in a moment of either madness or inspiration purchased a rather sad looking Ruby, gave her a major facelift and started an unconventional and original business. Lily May changed from home to hotel in 2000. People seem to love it. In 2003 Waterscape.com awarded them Best Waterside Hotel and Most Innovative Waterside Business. In September 2005 they were voted Sheffield Tourism Ambassadors by Sheffield Hospitality. An award they were proud to be nominated for again in 2007. Terry and Maggie then 'handed the tiller' over to their friend Kathryn and Karl, who continued to welcome guests both old and new to their much loved houseboats.
Sheffield's historic canal basin originally opened on February 22nd 1819 and was regenerated and renamed Victoria Quays in 1993, it was awarded the Millenium Mark for Environmental Excellence in 2000. The site's Grade 11 listed buildings (including the old grain warehouses) have been converted into office, retail space and apartments. New buildings include a hotel and health club. From the Quays you can follow the towpath walk and Five Weirs Walk along the Sheffield Canal and river system - both havens for wildlife and offering fascinating insights into Sheffield's industrial heritage. You can take a boat trip with A & G Passenger Boats or simply sit and enjoy lunch with a glass of wine or beer and watch the fish jumping in this city centre oasis.