Narrowboat | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Topsy is available for a 3 night weekend break starting on a Friday and ending on a Monday, a 4 night midweek break, starting Monday and ending Friday and a full week break starting on a Friday and ending on a Friday. Please enquire about short break prices. You can opt to take her cruising or to stay on her at her mooring at Bath Marina.
Please note that Topsy will only be available for static hire, on her picturesque permanent mooring at Bath Marina between the dates of 1st November 2014 and 6th March 2015.
Topsy is our spacious and luxurious 55ft wide beam canal boat. She's wider than a narrow boat, which makes your stay more like a home from home. The spacious salon houses a comfortable sofa which turn into a double bed. There's a fold down table and chairs so that you can have your dinner in style. A multi-fuel stove heats the boat so it's nice and toasty. It also heats the central heating - radiators throughout the boat. The main living area is bright and airy with hatches on both sides that you can leave open and let the sun pour into the boat. There is a large flat screen tv in the salon and a smart box with wi-fi, so when there's a signal you have every channel you could wish for.
Each of the cabins have a double bed with luxurious pocket sprung mattress. The bedding is crisp Egyptian cotton and the pillows and duvets, hypo allergenic luxurious silk. Each bedroom has ample storage with a good range of wardrobes and drawers.
In the stylish bathroom you'll find a full-size bath with jacuzzi and an overhead shower.
In the kitchen you'll find everything you need, to do as much or as little as you want There's an under counter fridge, state of the art washing machine and full size gas cooker. If you want fresh coffee there's a coffee machine - you can even make your own cappuccino.
Booking can be made for a week, Friday to Friday or for a short break Friday to Monday or from Monday to Friday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The West Country region
The historic World Heritage City of Bath is a stunning place for a holiday, steeped in history, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Topsy is moored in Bath marina, on the Kennet and Avon Canal. which is just over a mile from Bath City Centre and about 10 miles from Bristol.
You could drop into town for a visit to the Romans Baths opt for BathThermal spa, the new Spa overlooking Bath's magnificent Abbey. You can float in the naturally warm water and watch the sun go down.
On the boat you can choose to stay in the marina and sight see around the area or cruise the Kennet and Avon, moving off from the marina onto the river and up on the canal through the picturesque city centre and out the other side into the pretty and ever changing countryside, through the market towns and villages along the canal banks, Bathampton, Bradford on Avon, Devizes.
Or choose a very different place to stay, on the water in a luxurious boat for your self catering break.
Bath hosts some great festivals throughout the year, with the Fashion Fair at the beginning of May, followed by the International Music Fair, then the Literary Festival. Bristol too is full of festivals, with the Festival of the Sea, The Harbour Festival, the Balloon Festival. It's a hive of activity.
It's a great part of England to explore.
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16 Sep 2014
"A Beautiful Boat - both kids and adults loved it"
Topsy is a beautiful boat. A bit of luxury on a very pretty section on river and canal in Bath. We were 4 adults 2 children and 2 babies so it was a bit of a squeeze but there was enough room for all of us. We made good use of the jacuzzi Bath and the wood burning stove which made it even cosier. The kids loved it, especially the little extras like the box of duck food which the owners Mark and Linda had left for us. They were great hosts and gave us a really good training session before we set sail. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and would love to do it again. Highly recommend Topsy!
27 Aug 2014
"The most luxurious boat I've ever been on, I didn't want to leave."
Spent a wonderful week on Topsy and didn't want to leave. Our holiday started with a warm welcome from Lynda and Mark and after being shown how to handle the boat we were left to our own devices. Topsy is a beautiful boat inside and what makes her special is the effort that the owners have gone too with well thought out rooms, quality furniture, lovely kitchen, comfortable living area, luxurious bedding and for the females on board high end toilettries and perfume. The welcome hamper was also thoughtful and very much appreciated. Our 2 dogs (a Border Collie and Working Cocker Spaniel), were also provided for and enjoyed their stay. Topsy is the most luxurious boat we have ever stayed on (3 previous canal holidays), the owners have set a very high bench mark. I have no doubt we'll be back.
22 Aug 2014
"Slow flow along the Avon canal"
Mark and Lynda's personal touch was evident in every detail that made our experience fun, comfortable, interesting and safe. They took the whole afternoon to explain navigation to us novices and to provide hands on guide through the first locks.
The barge is beautifully appointed, the picnic basket was abundant.
The trip was through lovely countryside with interesting people along the canal. We asked for bikes and so were able to provide activity for the younger set along the canal tow path. Pub dinners were great!
Perfect setting in lovely sunny weather for our family get-together.
21 Aug 2014
"Living the dream on Topsy"
This was our first ever taste of canal boating (well, any type of boating). It's something we've always talked about doing whenever we've watched canal boats going by. And now that we've done it, I'm sure we'll do it again.
Mark and Lynda provided a very warm welcome as we arrived to start our holiday on Topsy. From the friendly greeting, and help with bringing our baggage to the first class tuition during our first few hours on board and generous offer of continued help (should we have needed it). The tuition covered everything we needed to know about running the engine, steering and operating the locks.
I almost forgot mention the "welcome pack", which included some bubbly, cheeses and various other delicacies.
Having four teenagers (or thereabouts) with us, we got some good use out of the TV with Netflix, WiFi Internet Access, and plentiful 240V sockets for charging phones!
Ours was a midweek cruise. We managed to find our way from Bath to Bradford Upon Avon and back in the time available. It was a beautiful way to see the countryside, and a bit of wildlife, including several herons and a kingfisher. My favourite spot was the Dundas Aqueduct, where we moored for one evening. Stunning views, quite unexpected to me. We also spent our first and last evenings moored in Bath, surprisingly close to the city centre and very peaceful. I'm sure we'd never be able to find a free car parking space so close!
Any regrets? Possibly only that I never got around to trying out the Jacuzzi!
17 Aug 2014
"A Fantastic and Relaxing Break Aboard Topsy – Stay 25th July to 1st August 14"
I had wanted to hire a canal boat for some time however my wife was less keen being a bit scared of the locks. After finding Topsy on the internet I managed to persuade her, although this didn't… More
24 Jul 2014
"An amazing experience and very luxurious stay"
We had a wonderful weekend stay on Topsy with our 2 children and dog. We can't praise Mark and Lynda enough for making the stay so special for us, all the personal touches were amazing from trea… More
9 Jul 2014
Just returned from a fabulous holiday aboard 'Topsy' with husband, daughter and Labrador!All made to feel very welcome by Mark and Lynda who showed us around their beautiful, comfortable, sp… More
Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure to have on board Topsy and lovely to meet you all.
3 Jul 2014
"Original, luxurious, relaxing, fun - do it!"
We had a few days to spare and wanted a holiday with a difference. We had talked about narrow-boating in the past and decided to give it a go. We Googled and up popped Topsy. We rang and were soon … More
Thank you so much for this review. It was a joy to have you aboard and to spent some time with you, helping you on your way and getting to know you both.
7 Jun 2014
"A relaxing cruise and stay on Topsy"
A few weeks ago we had a lovely 2 night stay on beautiful Topsy. Because we had never driven a narrow boat before, we opted for a river cruise with the affable Mark at the helm. This was a really rela… More
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