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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


29 Jun 2015

5/5

"An excellent experience for the nature lovers"

We will recommend this trip as one of the trips all nature lovers should take up at least once in their lifetime. It was a very different experience from the usual trips and provided a lot of relaxati… More

Happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip. Do visit us again :). Thankyou once again for being a part of Pournami Houseboats


20 Jun 2015

5/5

"wonderfull"

i came with family members of 11 on june 2015 from malaysia , after a long travel from munnar n all of us was not well traveling in munnar winding road, was puking through out the journey n reach late… More

We are pleased see your review specifically mentioning our staff names - Mr.radish,Mr.prasana,Mr.anup . Thankyou for all your support and encouragement. Please do come for a 2 nights we are sure that you will enjoy it to the core. Regards Team Pournami


6 Jun 2015

5/5

"Excellent and Homely"

I visited with my family in May 2015 . I took a 2 bedroom boat. The boat was as shown to us through photographs. It was well maintained. The staff was very supportive and did their best to give us the… More

We are extremely happy to know that your family especially the kids felt comfortable . When kids are coming we are very much concerned . As once we board the houseboat we wont be able to collect any items other than in the normal course. So keeping in mind all those factors our crew & reservation team take all needed steps to keep the guest feel at home especially when we have kids on board. Happy to know that all efforts were fruitful. Do visit us again . Regards Team Pournami

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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 Yellow', which slee… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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Holiday houseboat rental

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


30 Apr 2015

5/5

"Tranquility , Nature , Beauty"

Stayed on the painted lady for 3 nights . Great lakeside location , relaxing , bang in the middle of nature . Everything that you could need is in the boat and your hosts are very helpful . Fantas… More

Great guests, delighted you enjoyed our unusual holiday project.


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 comfortable… 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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Key info:

  • 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

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Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

Houseboat / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £1208 / night

£8451 / 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

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 much … More

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