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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £99 /night

£689 - £1007 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable 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

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

2 Nights min stay

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from £144 /night

£1007 - £1299 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
boat, hideaway,nature,meditation,romantic getaway,special occasions ,different Canal Boat, 2 bedroom on the Rickmansworth canal, Hertfordshire, 30 min drive from Central London, there is  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£838 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Bluebell Narrowboat Holidays is a family run small business which offers traditional canal boat holidays along 41 miles of lock free cruising on the Lancaster Canal. Come along with family or friends for a quality, slow-paced English getaway. One price all year. Call us to discuss your enquiry 01524 811196 07854 596989  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

3 Nights min stay

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from £95 /night

£659 - £959 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £92 /night

£639 - £1072 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
We are ideally situated for Wedgeood, Trentham Monkey Park , the Potteries, Alton Towers and Drayton Mannor Park. We are on the Four Counties Ring on the Trent and Mersy Canal from which you can vist Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £138 /night

£965 - £1492 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £73 /night

£510 - £848 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£670 - £977 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £117 /night

£815 - £1382 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £117 /night

£815 - £1382 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Based on the trent and mersey canal Ideal starting point for a different type of holiday  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £92 /night

£639 - £1072 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £164 /night

£1142 - £1872 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Short stays welcome

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from £92 /night

£639 - £1072 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £138 /night

£965 - £1492 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

Very Good 4.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £73 /night

£510 - £848 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

Short stays welcome

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from £96 /night

£670 - £977 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
we are ideally situated for the Wedgwood factory, Trentham Monkey Park, Shugborough, Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park. We are on the Four Counties Ring on the Trent and Mersey Canal, The Cauldon is just a short distance away from us. a beautiful canal.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Short stays welcome

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from £164 /night

£1142 - £1872 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Situated in the heart of England, it the ideal starting point for a different type of Holiday. From Stone you have several choices of routes i.e., an energetic Week The Four Counties Ring or a quieter week the Caldon and Harecastle Tunnel. Why not a days hire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic_XjbO_tZA  …see more

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £144 /night

£1007 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Every day is different in terms of route, views, weather, entertainment etc. The canals are living history dating back 400 years. This is a very special holiday and is now with the on-board skipper is available to anyone. With the taxi service included and the security of a qualified skipper you are assured of a great holiday.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £153 /night

£1065 - £1681 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
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. Bed linen, towels, safety and boating equipment and WIFI is included in the holiday cost, fuel is extra.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £153 /night

£1065 - £1681 / week

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  • Suitable 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. Bed linen, towels, safety and boating equipment and WIFI is included in the holiday cost, fuel is extra.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £153 /night

£1065 - £1681 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
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. Bed linen, towels, safety and boating equipment and WIFI is included in the holiday cost, fuel is extra.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £128 /night

£891 - £1537 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Short stays welcome

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from £143 /night

£997 - £1421 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
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

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £144 /night

£1007 - £1431 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
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 Great family accommodation on the River Thames Shepperton, Walton, Weybridge, Chertsey, Thorpe Park, Egham  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £64 /night

£446 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Beautiful boutique style narrowboat. Spacious and cosy available for canal holidays or use simply as houseboat accommodation instead of a hotel. Easy access to lovely countryside. Available all year because we have a solid fuel stove and central heating. £120 per night -(1 bed used) FREEDOM OF THE CANALS. £60 per night per bed - BOAT REMAINS STATIONARY.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £150 /night

£1045 - £1419 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £76 /night

£529 - £1077 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Bridgewater Hall is a 48ft narrowboat which sleeps up to 4 people. The boat comprises of a front cabin with one double bed or two singles, a modern bathroom with toilet and curved walk-in shower and a galley and dining area to the rear.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £102 /night

£711 - £1302 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Kingsley Castle is a 63ft narrowboat sleeping up to 6 people, based in Cheshire. The boat features a spacious lounge at the front which can be converted into a bedroom, permanent bedrooms are situated in the middle and rear of the boat. For beginners, full training is given by our friendly, experienced instructors.  …see more

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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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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£440 - £1025 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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, commencing on Fridays.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £166 /night

£1160 - £1410 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £147 /night

£1025 - £1310 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Narrowboat  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Very Good 4/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £133 /night

£930 - £1410 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £113 /night

£790 - £1900 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Robert offers spacious prestige accommodation for up to six people.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £94 /night

£655 - £1560 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Providing comfortable accommodation for up to six people, Florence Edith is a 57ft all-steel narrowboat.  …see more

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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
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £94 /night

£655 - £1560 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

7 Nights min stay

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from £110 /night

£770 - £1855 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £96 /night

£670 - £1600 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Brand new for 2012 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £83 /night

£580 - £1375 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Short stays welcome

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from £147 /night

£1025 - £1765 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £133 /night

£930 - £1900 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £82 /night

£570 - £1210 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £133 /night

£930 - £1190 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £105 /night

£735 - £1765 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £80 /night

£555 - £1320 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Rebecca is a 47ft all-steel cruiser stern narrowboat, with accommodation for up to four people.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

7 Nights min stay

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from £110 /night

£770 - £1855 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £110 /night

£765 - £1020 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • 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