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Houseboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £169 /night

£1181 - £1344 / week

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  • 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

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £65 /night

£451 - £495 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
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  • 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 and cycle routes and fishing at the lake.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £78 /night

£545 - £869 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
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  • 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

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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from £46 /night

£318 / week

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  • 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 catered dinners on board, also a freezer full of frozen dinners of your choice.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £78 /night

£545 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
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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

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Houseboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

1 night min stay

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from £103 /night

£721 / 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, ... Direkt auf dem Ruppiner See Nächster Flughafen : Berlin Tegel in 66 Kilometer Bahnhof: 5 km  …see more

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Houseboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £1466 /night

£10259 / week

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  • 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