Our Christmas Appeal with halow project

This year we are supporting halow project to raise money to help them create a new employability programme for the people with learning disabilities and autism that they support. We will match every pound donated on their special Just Giving page until the 20th December*. This means that anything that you donate to this very worthy cause will be worth double to them.

The Boathouse, Guildford sponsoring Halow250 Perfect 10 Grand Final party this Sunday

The Boathouse, Guildford, a new independent, waterfront venue comprising Soulspace workspace and events and The Boathouse Cafe restaurant, has announced its sponsorship of the Halow250 Perfect 10 Grand Final event, which takes place on Sunday, April 30, 2023. The event marks the culmination of the Halow250 Perfect 10, the tenth and final Halow250 cycling challenge, which has been running for over a decade.

Returning to The Little Boathouse; a call for support.
Change of Use; Planning application number: 22/P/01633

We are now seeking support for our application for change of use for The Little Boathouse from Ancillary building to Class E. Our concept opens The Little Boathouse and the surrounding land to the public once again. We will create a beautiful riverside garden visible from the river and opposite bank, vastly improving the area. It links together two sites of historic boathouses in Guildford…

The Boathouse Project acquires “The Little Boathouse’ from Old River Cottage

As soon as we began to visit The Boathouse development site, we noticed the two conjoined boathouses next door and the patch of riverside land they sat beside and began to have wild ideas about adding this plot to our footprint.

Earlier this year we were pleased to acquire the site. The two boathouses renamed “The Little Boathouse’ for now, consist of one historic Victorian and one sympathetically modern building.

All going well, we hope to use the land as an extension of our café restaurant as a riverside garden as well as outdoor space for members and part of The Little Boathouse will be transformed into a hireable space.

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Our Story

When Richard Meins purchased the old 1960s Guildford Boat House in in 2015, he had an instinct that he could create something special.

The building was worn and the boat hire business, Leroy’s, had become unprofitable and out of operation for a few years. A sad end to a name that had been historic in Guildford, with the Leroy’s brothers founding their first pleasure boat hire in the town in the late nineteenth century.

Richard wanted to reawaken the boat hire as a social enterprise and create a versatile building with a riverside café around it. As one of the founders and trustee of local charity, the halow project, The Boathouse would also have spaces to help facilitate halow’s work and the young people they supported.

The question became how to make the building profitable yet engaging and an inspirational community spot. It was a subject much discussed over Sunday lunches with his four adult children.

As a freelancer, Richard’s eldest daughter Jessica had seen coworking take off in London and believed this type of work space would be a way to establish the atmosphere and community that Richard had imagined.

A concept began to come together.

The Boathouse would combine thoughtful spaces for work, growth and gathering, with warm, personal service and a focus on community and supporting the local groups and charities in Guildford.

The family business that was founded, to deliver and run this project, was named Soulspace. A company that was founded very much on the belief in the power of physical and intangible spaces to provide purpose, community and belonging.

The Boathouse would combine thoughtful spaces for work, growth and gathering, with warm, personal service and a focus on community and supporting the local groups and charities in Guildford.