Llanthony Road, The Docks
£0 PCM (Fees Apply) To Let

Fancy living and/or working on water? This historic ship is situated in the vibrant Gloucester Docks. With extensive renovation projects taking place in the Dock and Quay area, this is a prime investment. With 4 bedrooms it could be a quirky family home or has large potential for a business opportunity. A TOTALLY UNIQUE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY WITH HIGH VISABILITY AND A HISTORIC TWIST!

  • Permanent mooring at Llanthony Quay
  • Permanent planning permission from the City Council and has a business licence allowing for business
  • (Please note that the new owner needs to enter a new contract with the CRT (Canal & River Trust) for
  • Was open as a tourist attraction and serving tea and coffee on deck with treatment rooms on board u
  • Office and Residential Use
  • -Potential development opportunities include a Holistic Centre (current use), Restaurant/Bar, B&B/Ho


Dimensions: 35m long, 8.5m wide, 3m draft.
Built as LV14 in 1958 for the Humber Conservancy Board and was located at the shipping lane entrance to the Humber until 1985. Then became a museum ship at several locations around the UK and Ireland. Also used as a club-house for a yacht club in Guernsey.
She was converted and restored by the current owners over a period of 3 years and brought to Gloucester in 2010.

She is a registered historic vessel and recognised as one of the best restored and preserved lightships in the UK.

SULA is unique because:
One of the very rare lightships with a Fresnel lens system in the light-tower. (very common for light-houses, not for light-ships)
The foghorn design is only used on 2 ships worldwide
The life-boat: one of the first fibre-glass life-boats ever built

SULA is currently housing a Centre for Complementary Healthcare and offers various treatments. It also houses the Gloucester Buddhist Centre and offers accommodation for the owners.

Partially open as tourist attraction and serving coffee & teas on deck.


Permanent mooring at Llanthony Quay
Permanent planning permission from the City Council and has a business licence allowing for business and residential use
(Please note that the new owner needs to enter a new contract with the CRT (Canal & River Trust) for the above.
Was open as a tourist attraction and serving tea and coffee on deck with treatment rooms on board used for counselling and life coaching. Shop with display cabinets, storage and CCTV. 7 potential bedrooms
-Potential development opportunities include a Holistic Centre (current use), Restaurant/Bar, B&B/Hotel, Office and Residential Use


The ship has two holding tanks: one 15-ton grey-water tank with submersible pump, and a separate 15-ton black-water tank with on-deck connection for vacuum-trucks. A new central heating system was professionally installed in 2010 with a high-efficiency condensing oil-fired boiler and high capacity hot-water cylinder. On the top deck, a 1200-lt double wall heating-oil tank is installed. The lightship benefits from a permanent drinking water supply (through CRT), electrical power and telecoms cable (through BT). Telephone, TV and CAT5 network connection throughout.


Electricity supply (240VAC 80A single phase) and is metered through the CRT. Designed, installed and certified in 2010 to the 17th edition of the Wiring Regulations. On the aft deck, a 6KW 240VAC diesel generator (Lister) is installed as back-up. Equipped with a new intruder alarm, an eight-camera CCTV system and a fire detection/alarm system. Portable foam fire extinguishers are installed throughout the ship.


Water connection and is designed as a typical pressurised system. Warm water is provided with a big HW-Cylinder heated by the oil-fired condensing boiler unit.

Training Room (8 x 7.8)

CH fed floor heating system. A CAT5 network cable is installed.

Boiler Room (4.6 x 2.6)

Split level: The upper level is a workshop area with work-bench, the lower level houses the boiler and hot-water cylinder. There is plenty storage area on both levels and houses the main electrical distribution panels.

Treatment Rooms

Treatment Room 1. 2.9m x 4.2m
Treatment Room 2. 2.95m x 3.95m
Treatment Room 3. 3.10m x 3.20m

These rooms are suitable to be used as additional bedrooms.


There are 4 bedrooms, almost completely intact with teak bunk-beds, desks and seating. The main bedroom was created from 2 original cabins and can easily accommodate a large double-bed. All bedrooms have a variety of storage cabinets and have traditionally looking CH radiators installed. Bedroom-1 has got a telephone and TV connection.
Approximate sizes:
Bedroom-1 5.30m x 3.0m
Bedroom-2 2.60m x 2.50m
Bedroom-3 2.60m x 2.30m
Bedroom 4. 2.60m x 2.30m
Bedroom-4 2.6m x 2.30m

Bathroom (4.7 x 3.7)

Large double-bathtub with jets, separate shower unit, sink and a WC. The tub and basin have antique brass valves and the shower has a thermostatic valve installed. Heated towel rail, hidden storage available and an extraction fan.

Storage Room1 (2.6 x 2.3)

Houses the original food-storage cabinets and also accommodates the washing machine and tumble dryer

Storage Room 2 (1.91 x 1.5)

Large walk in shower.

Shop Area (5.8 x 4.4)

Modern shop fittings with plenty of display and storage space. It provides access via a concealed staircase to the hall of the treatment rooms below. It has 3 CH radiators and a CAT5 network connection. A CCTV monitor is installed to keep an eye on the activities on the ship. A telephone connection is installed as well. The shop has a double door (teak) to the port side and an emergency door to the star-board deck.

Office/Radio Room (3.7 x 2.2)

Authentic room currently used as office space. Wired CAT5 network connection and an additional CCTV monitor. Telephone connection.

Cloakroom (1.7 x 1.8)

WC, hand-basin, extractor fan. A traditionally looking CH radiator is installed for heating.

Living Room (5.0 x 5.0)

Access to the aft deck and has both traditionally looking CH radiators and a solid-fuel stove installed. It provides access to the bedrooms via a staircase. Telephone, TV and CAT5 network connection.

Gallery Kitchen (2.8 x 2.5)

Re-fitted with custom made teak cabinets and a Corian worktop. A modern induction hob, a large stainless-steel sink and a separate vegetable washing basin with food macerator complete the worktop area. There are several electrical sockets. Built -in appliances to build-in to include dishwasher, fridge, separate freezer and electrical oven/grill combination.

Deck Area

Large deck area (55m2), both on the main deck and on top of the super-structure. Some of this is used as seating area for the café. Additional 25m2 on top of the superstructure. Wooden tables and seats are installed to accommodate the customers with a unique view on the canal and surroundings.


The light is completely restored and has a working revolving lens system, attracting many visitors to the lightship. Access to the tower is by means of an enclosed ladder from the hallway.

Wheel House

Restoration is in progress and has the original steering wheel, compass holder and brass clock-work for the fog-horn which is installed on top of the wheel-house. A large air-receiver on deck in front of the wheelhouse can be used to sound the foghorn manually. The sides of the wheelhouse have been completely re-plated and the windows modified to prevent water ingress. A door to the deck and a hatch to the hall below provides for access.

Disclaimer: These particulars do not form part of any contract and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions in any statement made, whether verbally or written for or on behalf of Naylor Powell.

Floorplans have been prepared for identification purposes only, they are not to scale and no guarantee can be given as to their accuracy.

Prospective purchasers please be aware none of the appliances, boiler, heaters etc. which may have been mentioned in these particulars have been tested and no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Prospective purchasers should arrange for such items to be tested at their own expense.