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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


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.
Cr… More


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


15 Jul 2014

5/5

"Wonderful Holiday"

We rented the Eriskay 5 boat from Caley Cruisers and this was the first time we had ever participated in this type of holiday. What a fantastic week we had, the scenery was nothing short of spectacul… More

Thank you ever so much for your lovely review and your kind comments. We are of course delighted that you enjoyed your boating holiday with us on the Caledonian Canal and that you were pleased with the Eriskay class accommodation. We welcome and appreciate all comments as they are very important to us and help us to improve our product and service. It is also good to know that you were pleased with the service you received from the Scottish Canals staff along the way. We do hope to see you all again sometime. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. All the best from all at Caley Cruisers.

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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

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Castries Quarter / Marigot Bay

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £525 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Houseboat in beautiful location in Saint Lucia, sleeps up to 6 people with access to full marina facilities.  …see more

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Very Good 4.5/5 

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from £165 / night

£1154 - £1387 / week

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

Houseboat / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 12

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £165 / night

£1154 - £1387 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Best and Authentic houseboats at best rates. Book direct from the owner for 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedroom houseboats at alleppey.  …see more


1 Feb 2015

5/5

"Excellent Experience and highly recomended"

We stayed in a non sharing houseboat and below are our observations:
1) Extremely well maintained boat.
2) Pro active and courteous crew members.
3) Delicious food.
4) Excellent end to end… More

We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)


31 Jan 2015

5/5

"A home away from home"

I never new that there can be such a beautiful place like Alleppey. Our stay was made more memorable from Pournami boat house. Our was a 2BHK one. The stay was excellent and we really appreciate the c… More

We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)


10 Jan 2015

5/5

"excellent vacation"

A fantastic experience!
Ms Parvathy Prakash was a great point of contact and answered all communication promptly and helpfully. The boat itself was well appointed with large comfortable bedrooms a… More

We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)

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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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Key info:

  • 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 Yello… 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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Key info:

  • 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 muc… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Kashmir / Srinagar

Houseboat / 6 Bedrooms / sleeps 15

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £35 / night

£245 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Our houseboats are sitiuated on the tranquil Dal Lake, offering stunning views with the Himalaya providing a beautiful mountain backdrop, yet the town centr is within easy reach for all your needs. Our experienced chef serves up delicious home cooked food everyday and c  …see more


11 Dec 2014

5/5

"EXCELLENT, OUTSTANDING....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

At the onset I would like to thank Mr. Suhail Ahmad for organizing my Kashmir visit and made it so enchanting.

It was for this excellent tour plan that I witnessed “Heaven On Earth”

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21 Nov 2014

5/5

"Heaven on the earth"

We stayed in this two bedroom houseboat for two nights and we only regretted that why we did not spend another one or two nights here. This has got two bedrooms and believe me if you see the second be… More


26 Aug 2014

5/5

"Best way to relax for a week (or more)"

After two exhausting days of arrival in Delhi we arrived in Srinagar on this wonderful houseboat and it was like heaven on earth. During our stay they organized a really nice programme to see & explor… More

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Kashmir / Srinagar

Houseboat / 10 Bedrooms / sleeps 25

1 night min stay

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from £37 / night

£257 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
About Golden Lily Group Of Houseboats Golden lily has group of houseboats in Dal lake Srinagar with the convenient crossing from the road in the heart of Kashmir. Golden lily group of Houseboats have the deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms have all better modern facilities an  …see more

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Syracuse / Ortigia

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £31 / night

£213 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
La barca è ormeggiata nel pontile del circolo nautico nello scenografico porto grande dove si può godere di uno dei tramonti più belli del mondo  …see more

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Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

Houseboat / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £1216 / night

£8511 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Enjoy a unique cruise experience on the canals and rivers of South West France aboard the Cruisebarge 'easyvie'. Our half-board fare includes comfortable ensuite twin cabins complemented by a spacious lounge and a superb sun deck to watch the world go by.  …see more

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Ille-et-Vilaine / Chevaigne

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £67 / night

£465 - £575 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
ARMOR, péniche bretonne de caractère datant de 1912, est amarrée sur le canal d'Ille et Rance, à l'écluse de Grugedaine à Chevaigné (35), entre Rennes (12 kms) et Saint Malo (70 kms). Classement préfectoral Meublé de tourisme *** A très bientôt ;o) A votre  …see more

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Kashmir / Srinagar

Houseboat / 20 Bedrooms / sleeps 2

1 night min stay

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from £30 / night

£204 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Houseboats in Srinagar, Kashmir Houseboats, Deluxe Houseboats in Srinagar, best houseboats in Srinagar, Deluxe Houseboats in Kashmir, Luxury houseboats in Srinagar, Boathouse in Srinagar  …see more

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Brandenburg / Lindow

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 3

2 Nights min stay

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from £96 / night

£666 - £800 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Die SeeSuite ist eine schwimmende Suite auf dem Ruppiner See. Tageweise mietbar - hauptstadtnah - führerscheinfrei – Hotelservice - Die SeeSuite ist wie eine Suite im Hotel eingerichtet. Schlafen auf dem Wasser, entspannen, sich sonnen, von Bord schwimmen gehen, ..  …see more

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Lot-et-Garonne / Damazan

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
We can offer cruises on Connie at an extra cost depending on amount of days/nights. The skipper would not be on board over night. There is also a dinghy available for rowing on the canal. Excellent cycling on the canal tow path, bikes are available here. We can offer  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £102 / night

£710 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Watervilla houseboat stay on a houseboat in Holland more dutch you can not get new watervilla houseboat new stay in the real Holland Stay in a new hip and modern decorated Houseboat/Watervilla in Holland, more Dutch you can not get!  …see more


5 Sep 2014

5/5

"excellent Dutch experience"

What a cute and gorgeous place to stay! Even though it was winter, the atmosphere here was divine..surrounded by water, farms, bicycles and all things Dutch.
The accomodation was very comfortable a… More


17 Aug 2011

5/5

"Amazing experience"

After all the hustle and bustle of an Indian city life, the stay at The Humpy Dumpy was just what I needed. We are constantly surrounded with noise and the stress and pressures of our daily lives that… More


11 Aug 2013

5/5

"Außergewöhnlich kreativ und ruhig gelegen"

Die Wasservilla Humpy Dumpy ist sehr ruhig am Ortsrand gelegen. Der Ort ist sehr hübsch und hochwertig. Jedoch gibt es in unmittelbarer Nähe leider keine Einkaufsmöglichkeiten/Bäcker, sodass wir e… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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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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Key info:

  • 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


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 c… More


2 Apr 2013

5/5

"Best nights sleep I've had in months!"

'Painted Lady' is the name of the charming houseboat which we stayed on this weekend at Blagdon Water. Despite the weather being freezing, the little woodburning stove was efficient and kept… More

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