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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. Please note that Peewit is let static moored, and not for cruising. All I a  …see more


28 Sep 2014

5/5

"Amazing weekend, beautiful location"

We've just got back from an amazing weekend on this boat. We wanted something different from a bog standard hotel for the weekend and this did not disappoint. The boat was modern and fully equipped. W… More

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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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Key info:

  • 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


16 Nov 2014

5/5

"Second visit just as wonderful"

Joined Kev & Tor on Spirited Away for the second time. This time in Autumn with beautiful rustic colours! We were a group of friends and really enjoyed the weekend away from the city where we could sp… More


16 Sep 2014

5/5

"Perfect relaxation"

My friend and I had a perfect weekend on board Spirited Away. A great environment, friendly hosts and fantastic vegetarian food. My friend has wheat allergies too and she was very well catered for. … More


23 Aug 2014

5/5

"Rejuvenating relaxing rove"

A superb way to spend a post 51st birthday weekend,that with the joyful company onboard made me feel 21 again!Would highly recommend the high level of hospitality and cordon bleu standard of home cook… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Porto District / Porto

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £46 / night

£320 - £348 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Hire a Motor Yacht and cruise the beautiful Douro River. From Porto - Portugal Our two bases are on the lower and upper end of the vineyards area making possible a one way cruise in the entire Douro. SPECIAL PRICES IF RENTED TOGHETHER WITH ADVERTS: - CHALET OVER DOUR  …see more


16 Oct 2014

5/5

"The perfect boat holiday in an amazing location"

This was our first boat hire holiday, infact it was Jacki's first proper boating experience.(apparently a day trip on my trawler doesn't count!) and what a fantastic holiday we had. Jose's base locat… More


16 Jun 2014

5/5

"Amazing, relaxing, beautiful stay in one of Jose's chalets"

We arrived at the place on the incredibly beautiful Duoro River not knowing what to expect - but we were absolutely blown away by the beauty of where we would spend the next five nights. Jose was a wo… More


27 Aug 2013

5/5

"Will return and will have my boat license"

Our 20th anniversary trip almost went sour when we discovered at the last minute that we needed a boat operator license, but Alberto worked it out with us and I think we ended up with the PERFECT trip… More

Hi... Thank you so much for this nice comment. My business is build by costumers like you. Cheers Jose

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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


5 Jul 2015

2/5

"never again!!"

The boat My O My was clean as was the bedding but the battery was so low it took two hours to boil the kettle and not enough energy to work the aga or the tv. There was no seat at the rear so be prepa… More

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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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Key info:

  • 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


11 Oct 2013

5/5

"Canadians enjoy a 2 week canal vacation"

We just loved the countryside & freedom to enjoy some of the sights along our circle route. We did the Avon Circle. The folks @ the Stoke Prior centre were very professional & helpful getting us star… More


18 Jul 2013

5/5

"Black Prince - Stoke Prior"

Very helpful and friendly staff that could not do enough to help you. Boat so easy to operate a child could do it. My 2 dogs loved the experience too! Boat was spotless, like being in a 4 star hot… More


14 Jul 2013

5/5

"Black Prince again....."

We have recently returned home after our umpteenth canal holiday, most being with Balck prince. On our latest holiday, we atarted at BP's Stoke Prior base, and had another lovely holiday; great wea… More

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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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Key info:

  • 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


19 Jun 2013

5/5

"Excellent short break in the Peak District"

What an amazing 4 days travelling the canals of the Peak District. From the moment we arrived at the pier we knew we were in for an amazing holiday. The boating lesson was excellent and left us afte… More


31 Oct 2006

5/5

"Cruising the Caldon Canal in October"

The team in Stoke is very friendly and helpful and we appreciated their cheerful suggestions. They even sent one of their staff down to the first lock with us so that we would have an expert on hand. … More


31 Oct 2014

5/5

"First Class Cruising"

Just spent the half term cruising on the Trent and Mersey Canal with my wife and two boys and thoroughly enjoyed it. On arrival, our boat was ready, and despite it being the last week of the season, … More

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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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Key info:

  • 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


7 Aug 2013

5/5

"Ignorant Yanks take narrowboat cruise!"

With some anxiety we booked our tour via the Internet from the USA. We really had no idea what to expect. Would we arrive to find no reservation? Would the whole thing be a sham? Well. We shouldn't ha… More


7 Aug 2013

5/5

"Black Prince from Falkirk"

Black Prince workers as ever were exceptional in their manner always polite, cheerful, helpful, just got back from Falkirk the wheel was fantastic and the amazing tunnel. Black Prince boats are home f… More


7 Aug 2013

5/5

"Excellent Boat & Excellent Service"

We have just had a wonderful holiday on a Black Prince Narrowboat out of Bradford-on-Avon with some friends from America. Having hired boats before from other operators we were somewhat dubious about… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Southam

Narrowboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £133 / night

£930 - £1190 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
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2 Apr 2014

5/5

"A lovely boat from a great company"

We have used Kate Boats several times now and rented Molly May three times. It is a lovely, well fitted boat that is a joy to travel on. The company always presents their boats well with everything … More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Warwickshire / Warwick

Narrowboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £140 / night

£975 - £1520 / week

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Key info:

  • 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


21 May 2014

5/5

"Fantastic"

Wow. We just finished a 4 day trip on Patricia Helen and we had a great time. Kate Boats staff were very friendly and relaxed. Most of our group were total novices but the staff gave us lots of hel… More


27 Mar 2014

5/5

"Great boat, great weather, great week"

We had a fantastic week on Patricia Helen. The boat is well equipped, with a clean, modern interior and (for a narrow boat) plenty of space inside. Kate Boats are a great outfit - small, family run … More

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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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Key info:

  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
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29 Oct 2014

5/5

"Luxurious, relaxing, beautiful meander along the Grand Union Canal."

We had some trepidations about renting a narrowboat for the first time, especially about working the locks, driving the boat and mooring along the canal. NO WORRIES! It was wonderful. We had the be… More

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Warwickshire / Southam

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £140 / night

£975 - £1410 / week

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Key info:

  • 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 / Southam

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £130 / night

£910 - £1310 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
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Warwick / Central Warwick

Narrowboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Min stay varies

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from £130 / night

£910 - £1765 / week

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Key info:

  • 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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