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Excellent 5/5 

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Glasgow / Glasgow centre

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £58 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
For a self catering holiday you'll never forget, stay aboard John Hume. This former Dutch Barge has been refurbished to the highest standards, offering a unique holiday experience. Ideal for City Breaks, walking, cycling or Canoeing. Visiting Glasgow? Why not book this  …see more


11 May 2015

5/5

"Utter perfection!!"

We stayed on the John Hulme for two nights at the end of March. My partner and I actually got engaged the day before our arrival and our stay here couldn't have been more perfect to celebrate this spe… More

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Cornwall / Millbrook

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £72 / night

£500 - £810 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Millbrook, Torpoint, Plymouth, Boat accommodation, accommodation Cornwall, Lord Eliot estate  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £186 / night

£1300 - £1950 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great 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.  …see more


30 Sep 2013

5/5

"Simply perfect"

Boat Geanna is the perfect alternative to a hotel for getaway. We were a group of friends celebrating a birthday and we just couldn't have asked for anything more perfect for our trip. Alan met th… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We're really pleased everything was to your expectations and hope to see you again in the near future.


29 Sep 2013

5/5

"A magical weekend"

I booked Geanna to celebrate my birthday with my girlfriends and the weekend exceeded all expectations. We fell in love with Geanna and the owners Jane and Alan simply could not have provided anything… More

We are so pleased your birthday weekend was a success and you had the good weather too. Thank you for your lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon.


4 May 2013

5/5

"It was perfect in every way!"

We spent a wonderful week aboard Geanna for a special birthday. The boat was big enough for a family lunch party, six adults and three children, plus a wonderful cruise! Jane and Alan run a very wel… More

Thank you for lovely comments. We enjoyed meeting you all and are delighted you had a great holiday to celebrate. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Excellent 5/5 

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Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £100 / night

£695 - £1287 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
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


26 Jul 2015

5/5

"Highly recommended way to see the Caledonian Canal"

Cannot recommend Caley Cruisers highly enough. We had a dreadful journey to Inverness after a major car breakdown, but despite arriving 7 hours late on a Saturday evening we were greeted by Scott who… More

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your recent holiday with us. I am pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your time cruising down the Great Glen on one of our cruisers. We welcome and appreciate all comments from our customers to help us improve our service where required. Once again, we are very grateful for your positive comments and kind words. Perhaps, we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us again some time in the future. With best wishes, Caley Cruisers Reservations


16 Jan 2015

5/5

"One of the most memorable holidays anyone could ever have 10/10"

Our family of 4 have hired Eriskay for a week at a time,during the summer and the autumn months. It's a fantastic cruiser. The scenery is beautiful no matter what time of year you go. Cruising the … More

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your trip through the canal on Eriskay. We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future. All the best from the Caley crew!


30 Jul 2014

5/5

"FANTASTIC!"

We rented Eriskay 6 for a week and had one of our best holidays ever! The helpful staff and materials provided during the investigation phase was a key reason for choosing Caley Cruisers in the first… More

Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and that your experience cruising the Great Glen was a very positive one. We appreciate and welcome any comments we receive, which will hopefully enable us to improve our service. Perhaps we will have the pleasure of you cruising with us some other time in the future. Many thanks again. All the best. - From all @ Caley Cruisers

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Excellent 5/5 

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Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £59 / night

£410 - £715 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 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  …see more


30 May 2012

5/5

"A complete getaway in beautiful surroundings. Unique."

This is a 'get away' dream. Just three static barges on a lake with total privacy from each other. We had a beautiful boat house with shower and wc as well as our barge ' Clouded Yellow', which slee… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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Holiday houseboat rental

Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 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


30 Apr 2015

5/5

"Tranquility , Nature , Beauty"

Stayed on the painted lady for 3 nights . Great lakeside location , relaxing , bang in the middle of nature . Everything that you could need is in the boat and your hosts are very helpful . Fantas… More

Great guests, delighted you enjoyed our unusual holiday project.


27 Sep 2014

5/5

"A wonderful place to escape to."

Just returned home after a week on Swallow Tail. Dermot and Caro have thought of everything to make this a gem of a holiday home. Woke up to early morning mist on the lake and sat with a glass of wi… More


31 May 2014

5/5

"A gem of a find .... a wonderful place to relax and unwind!"

We have just returned from a week on Clouded Yellow - one of three Houseboats at Blagdon Waters, 'we' being myself and husband and two girls (14 and 11). The boat and boat house were very comfortable… More

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London / East London, England

Houseboat / 49 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £6 / night

£36 - £710 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
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Very Good 4/5 

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Cheshire / Broxton

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Very Good 4/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £118 / night

£823 - £1308 / week

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  • Great 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


22 Jun 2014

4/5

"Viel Komfort auf kleinem Raum"

Bereits zum 3. Mal waren wir mit den Booten von Black-Prince unterwegs. Wir konnten feststellen, dass es die neuesten und schönsten Boote auf dem Kanalsystem Englands sind. Sämtliche Personen an den… More

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Falkirk / Banton

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £118 / night

£823 - £1308 / week

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  • Great 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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North West London / Childs Hill

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £118 / night

£823 - £1308 / 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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from £92 / night

£644 - £1004 / week

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Holiday houseboat in Bath

Somerset / Bath

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £92 / night

£644 - £1004 / week

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  • Great 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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from £132 / night

£919 - £1419 / week

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Holiday houseboat in Bath

Somerset / Bath

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £132 / night

£919 - £1419 / week

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  • Great 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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from £118 / night

£823 - £1308 / week

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Ely holiday houseboat rental

Cambridgeshire / Ely

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £118 / night

£823 - £1308 / week

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  • Great 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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Warwickshire / Leamington Spa

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £152 / night

£1059 - £1643 / week

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  • Great 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

Very Good 4/5 

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Central London/Zone 1 / Notting Hill

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Very Good 4/5 

Min stay varies

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from £258 / night

£1800 / 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


31 Aug 2014

4/5

"Fantastic retreat in the middle of the city"

We very much enjoyed our 4 night stay on Lila. The beautiful leafy location is wonderful, being a 10 min walk from Paddington Station and a 5 minute walk from Warwick Avenue tube station, we were abl… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 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


4 Jan 2012

5/5

"a peaceful relaxing holiday"

lovely peaceful location.houseboat and boat house really nicely decorated.Dermot very welcoming-music playing when we arrived a nice touch.Pete enjoyed fishing from the deck and caught some trout.Wait… More


3 Jan 2012

5/5

"Absolute perfection in every aspect"

This holiday is privacy and tranquility in the most beautiful setting. The thought and attention to detail is outstanding with comfort and cleanliness assured. For wildlife enthusiasts there is much … More

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Central London/Zone 1 / Chelsea, London

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Sunlight glinting upon the water, the call of geese and the chug of a passing barge?  …see more

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Central London/Zone 1 / Chelsea, London

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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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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