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Excellent 5/5 

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Salford / Worsley

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £78 / night

£545 - £950 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Lucy Joe Sleeps upto 4 - Wheelchair access available A beautifully finished boat, Lucy Joe has been designed with space, luxury and comfort in mind. Stay onboard at our marina as an alternative to an hotel or explore the waterways. A warm welcome awaits.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Bath / Newbridge, Bath

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £131 / night

£915 - £2100 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome
Luxury wide beam narrow boat canal holiday for up to 6 on a wide beam boat with everything you need for a relaxing break on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Silk bedding, Pocket sprung mattresses, electric bikes, jacuzzi: your comfort in mind every step of the way. Smoking i  …see more

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £155 / night

£1084 - £1500 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
A beautiful narrowboat which guests can drive themselves, an ideal holiday for those who like to explore the River Thames at their own pace. Enjoy peace & tranquility. Pets welcome  …see more

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from £135 / night

£940 - £1440 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Preston

Lancashire / Preston

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £135 / night

£940 - £1440 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Price Includes: Full boat inventory, all fuel, car parking, bed linen, towels, boating tuition on arrival, pump out tokens, welcome pack including tea towels, washing-up liquid, soap, toilet rolls. Buoyancy aids are available on request.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Henley in Arden

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £120 / night

£840 - £1260 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
The perfect place to slow down, get closer to nature and experience the unique British canal system. Spirited Away is a skippered hotel-boat offering B&B, day trips, weekend retreats and longer breaks. Boat-made veggie/vegan food available. Narrow boats, wide eyes, open  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Surrey / Chertsey

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £136 / night

£950 - £1350 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Canal, barge, boat hire, River Thames, Shepperton, Chertsey, Windsor, Thorpe Park, Runnymead, Egham, Marlow, Maidenhead, Clivedon Hall IslandHenley, Day Hire, Holiday Hire, Short Breaks in London, RYA Training Courses for Inland Waterways, Marine VHF Licence, Power 1&2  …see more

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from £120 / night

£840 - £1450 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Guildford

Surrey / Guildford

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £120 / night

£840 - £1450 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
luxury, narrowboat, river wey, river thames, relaxing, peaceful, scenic Full instruction given, novices welcome. Buoyancy aids provided.  …see more

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Wiltshire / Devizes

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Narrowboat canal cruising mini break  …see more

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Stoke-on-Trent / Etruria

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £144 / night

£1004 - £1585 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Luxury Narrowboat holidays in the heart of England which offer a unique and relaxing way of discovering the English countryside and fascinating heritage. Beginners welcome, full training provided. Please note that we offer a minimum 3-night stay. Bed linen, towels, sa  …see more

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Worcestershire / Bromsgrove

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £144 / night

£1004 - £1585 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Luxury Narrowboat holidays in the heart of England which offer a unique and relaxing way of discovering the English countryside and fascinating heritage. Beginners welcome, full training provided. Please note that we offer a minimum 3-night stay. Bed linen, towels,  …see more

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Lancashire / Lancaster

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £113 / night

£790 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Holiday aboard a traditional, self catering narrowboat. Bluebell is moored at Tewitfield Marina on the lock-free Lancaster Canal, 6 minutes drive from J35 off the M6, taking in coastline, city and the beautiful North West countryside.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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from £144 / night

£1004 - £1585 / week

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Holiday narrowboat rental

Cheshire / Nantwich

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £144 / night

£1004 - £1585 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Luxury Narrowboat holidays in the heart of England which offer a unique and relaxing way of discovering the English countryside and fascinating heritage. Beginners welcome, full training provided. Please note that we offer a minimum 3-night stay. Bed linen, towels, sa  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Northamptonshire / Great Billing

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £63 / night

£440 - £490 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
A narrow boat home, Peewit is cruised all year round on the Northampton arm and the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal. Where you stay will depend from one week to another along this route. All I ask is that you enjoy your stay and leave our narrowboat as you foun  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £82 / night

£570 - £1210 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Pets welcome
n the lounge area there are two comfortable chairs. The galley is well equipped with a full size four burner cooker with overhead extractor fan, 4 cu ft. refrigerator with frozen food compartment, stainless steel sink and drainer and ample storage space.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £113 / night

£790 - £1900 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Robert offers spacious prestige accommodation for up to six people.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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from £158 / night

£1100 - £1520 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Warwick

Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £158 / night

£1100 - £1520 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Southam

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £133 / night

£930 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 7

 

7 Nights min stay

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from £110 / night

£770 - £1855 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Samuel James is a 63ft all steel narrowboat built on a hull supplied by Colecraft and will house up to seven people in comfortable accommodation.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Southam

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £147 / night

£1025 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
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Excellent 5/5 

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Bedfordshire / Leighton Buzzard

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £80 / night

£560 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
Narrowboat, Leighton buzzard, Bedfordshire,  …see more

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Cambridgeshire / Peterborough

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £184 / night

£1285 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Narrowboats, River Nene, Boating  …see more

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Lancashire / Lancaster

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 3

3 Nights min stay

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from £97 / night

£675 / week

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  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pets welcome
Narrowboat onthe lock-free Lancaster canal  …see more

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from £115 / night

£799 - £1195 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Evesham

Worcestershire / Evesham

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

6 Nights min stay

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from £115 / night

£799 - £1195 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
Luxury canal boat hire on Shakespeare's River Avon in the UK. Just down river from Stratford Upon Avon on one of the prettiest stretches of the British waterways. we welcome all of our visitors with a glass of bubbly to send you on your way. we provide fresh bedding, t  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Salford / Worsley

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £140 / night

£980 - £1190 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
2 uniquely styled narrowboats, spacious, bright & cosy our boats are available for canal holidays or for use as houseboat accommodation instead of a hotel. Easy access to lovely countryside. Available all year because we have a solid fuel stoves and central heating.  …see more

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Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £155 / night

£1084 - £1704 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome
Enjoy the freedom of a narrowboat holiday,cruising at your own pace on the River Thames on boat Gema. Sleeping up to 8 people in 3 cabins, the boat provides a high standard of accommodation, ideal for family holidays or friends holidaying together. Tuition is provided.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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from £110 / night

£765 - £800 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Warwick

Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £110 / night

£765 - £800 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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from £105 / night

£735 - £1765 / week

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Holiday narrowboat rental

Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £105 / night

£735 - £1765 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
The forward lounge features a dining area with comfortable seating which converts into a double berth, or two single berths. In this area is the usual entertainment area, with a tv and dvd player, and radio with cd.  …see more

Good 3.5/5 

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Warwick / Central Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Good 3.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £133 / night

£930 - £1410 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £94 / night

£655 - £1560 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Providing comfortable accommodation for up to six people, Florence Edith is a 57ft all-steel narrowboat.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £83 / night

£580 - £1375 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Amy Clare provides comfortable accommodation for four to five people. She is a 52ft all-steel narrowboatLooking out over the bow is the lounge and dining area with a foldaway table and two settees, which convert to two single berths and a single bunk.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 / night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Madeleine is a 47 foot semi traditional stern narrowboat. This will sleep up to 4 but gives luxury cruising for two.  …see more

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from £105 / night

£735 - £1765 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Stockton

Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £105 / night

£735 - £1765 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
The interior arrangement consists of 2 single beds (that can be converted to a large cross double) in the rear cabin, then a spacious bathroom with an electric macerator toilet and shower cubicle, followed by a cabin with a fixed double bed.  …see more

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from £110 / night

£770 - £1855 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Warwick

Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 7

Min stay varies

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from £110 / night

£770 - £1855 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
At 65ft Kate Elizabeth provides accommodation for up to six to eight people. There are two permanent double beds, two single beds and the facility for an additional bunk, or a convertible double in the lounge if required.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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from £80 / night

£555 - £1320 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Rebecca is a 47ft all-steel cruiser stern narrowboat, with accommodation for up to four people.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £94 / night

£655 - £1560 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Peter Michael, a 60 foot narrowboat can accommodate six to eight people and, uniquely, can be divided into four separate cabins. The front cabin affords scenic views over the low bow, and incorporates the dining and lounge area.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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from £96 / night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Rachel is a 47 foot semi traditional stern narrowboat. She sleeps up to 4 but gives the ultimate in luxury cruising for two.  …see more

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Warwickshire / Stockton

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 / night

£440 - £1025 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Thomas David, our smallest boat at 38 foot, provides accommodation for up to four people and is available for mid- week and weekend breaks, or longer periods, commencing on Fridays or Mondays  …see more

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from £96 / night

£670 - £1600 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Warwick

Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £96 / night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Stephen is an elegant semi-traditional design, fitted out by Kate Boats to the very highest standard, providing accommodation for up to six people.  …see more

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Warwick / Central Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Short stays welcome

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from £147 / night

£1025 - £1765 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

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Warwick / Central Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Short stays welcome

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from £133 / night

£930 - £1600 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

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from £140 / night

£975 - £1410 / week

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Holiday narrowboat in Southam

Warwickshire / Southam

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £140 / night

£975 - £1410 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Relax on a fully equipped narrowboat cruising on the canals of England. We provide all the training you need to enjoy your time aboard. The canals were the motorways of their time, now they are backwaters that take you to the heart of the countryside.  …see more

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