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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£435 - £758 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Swallow Tail is the sister boat to The Painted Lady. She is moored at Blagdon Water, a 35 acre wildlife and natural habitat located not far from the North Devon coast. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of sharing the environment with the wildlife, local walking and cycle routes and fishing at the lake.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £66 /night

£456 - £838 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Clouded Yellow is a House Boat located on a 3 acre lake at Blagdon Water. She enjoys the privacy and seclusion of her own 3 acres with fishing and wildlife in abundance. Proximity to the North Devon and Cornwall coasts make a great base for exploring the two counties.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

4 Nights min stay

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from £273 /night

£1908 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
CENTRAL LONDON DESIGNER 2-3 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM NARROW-BOAT-HOME WITH PRIVATE USE OF ATTACHED DESIGNER GARDEN IN THE HEART OF CHARMING LITTLE VENICE! SEE PHOTOS!  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £106 /night

£737 - £1365 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
Self charter boating holidays on Loch Ness & the Caledonian Canal. Weekly and shortbreak hire available from April to October. No previous experience required as comprehensive instruction provided.Cruise through the spectacular scenery of Loch Ness and The Great Gle  …see more

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Houseboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £186 /night

£1300 - £1675 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Winner of 'Four In A Bed' Channel 4. High standard accommodation for up to 7 guests in 3 cabins with extra berths for 4 persons in the saloon. The perfect holiday for first time boating holiday guests to experience life on a boat without the stress of driving the boat. Stunning 4 star hotel boat on the Thames. Winner of 'Four In A Bed' channel 4. You are the only guests.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £66 /night

£456 - £838 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Moored on 5 acres of lake and wetland habitat, each houseboat has a private jetty with onshore boathouse and parking. Fishing for Rainbow Trout, with wildlife in abundance. Proximity to North coast makes this a great base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.  …see more

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Houseboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £238 /night

£1665 - £1750 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • May take pets – please enquire
Sunlight glinting upon the water, the call of geese and the chug of a passing barge?  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

4 Nights min stay

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from £314 /night

£2195 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Walls the hue of a gull?s wing, contemporary furniture and a view that is nothing short of dazzling, this home is a floating paradise of driftwood and glass  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £141 /night

£984 - £1563 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

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Houseboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £110 /night

£770 - £1200 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Narrowboats für 4, 6,8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden!  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £141 /night

£984 - £1563 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboat; Edinburgh; Birmingham; London; Bristol; Manchester; Wales Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £157 /night

£1099 - £1696 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Bristol Weitere Boote für 2,4,6,8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden!  …see more

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Houseboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £181 /night

£1266 - £1964 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Boote für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen stehen an fast allen Basen zur Verfügung.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £141 /night

£984 - £1563 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Boote für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen stehen in Ely oder anderen Basen zur Verfügung.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Very Good 4/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £141 /night

£984 - £1563 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £143 /night

£1000 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Short Break Why not try something different and enjoy a short break on a barge fitted out to an exceptionally high standard with bespoke bedroom cabins, a spacious interior and a saloon which opens out on to the front deck, and enjoy the ambience. Moored on the River Thames at Weybridge offering some stunning river views.  …see more