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Family sailing holidays aren’t just an opportunity for budding skippers to wear silly hats and control the tiller all holiday long – the plus points are rather more numerous than that. Just think about it: you can set sail whenever you like, sailing from one beautiful location to another at the turn of a wheel. Best of all, you don’t have to put up with heaving beaches. Just find your own deserted stretch of sand or an isolated cove, moor up and enjoy the sunshine and quiet. Sailing doesn’t have to be an activity holiday, you know.

The more competent sailors among you might like to take the wheel yourself on one of our yachts in Spain or Greece. Or, for a little added luxury, you can hire your own private skipper.

For families in which there’s an even split between sea legs and landlubbers, there’s the sailing holiday compromise of renting a holiday home that has the use of its own boat and private mooring. Check out these sailing adventures in the Caribbean and along the coast of England.

But if sailing sounds just a little too involving for what’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday, there is the more tranquil option of a houseboat. Either stay put or pootle merrily around the waterways of England and the Netherlands. Whichever appeals more, you should definitely step aboard soon.

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Kumarakom holiday houseboat rental

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations” We are a couple from Germany in our mid-thirties and spent 2 days/1 night at the Jumbo Houseboat early January. We booked from Germany by contacting the owner Akhil directly. Was a bit of  …see more

from £158 / night

£1142 - £2675 / week

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from £158 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

3 2 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen fully covered glass which PROTECT FROM MOSQUITO AND INSECT in the night. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town. Fam  …see more

from £79 / night

£1182 / week

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from £79 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in South East England

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Luxury living on a yacht” Myself and 3 friends stayed on this beautiful boat, moored ideally with no boats in front of us, giving us a perfect view across to the Isle of Wight. The yacht was clean, had 2 bathrooms and showers, and a well equipped kit  …see more

from £280 / night

£1960 / week

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from £280 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good  …see more

from £102 / night

£509 / week

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from £102 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat rental

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Quaint and Well Situated Houseboat” We had a lovely stay on the Oasis Houseboat as a family of three adults. It was far enough away from the main hub but still easily accessible to a grocery store. The sunset over the canal and other houseboats each  …see more

from £127 / night

£757 - £1765 / week

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from £127 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Worsley holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo  …see more

from £150 / night

£795 / week

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from £150 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main bedroom sleeps two in a king-size bed, the study sleeps one on a  …see more

from £100 / night

£669 - £774 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Henley-on-Thames holiday narrowboat rental

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Enjoy the freedom of a narrowboat holiday,cruising at your own pace on the River Thames on boat Gema. Sleeping up to 8 people in 3 cabins, the boat provides a high standard of accommodation, ideal for family holidays or friends holidaying together. Tuition is provided.T  …see more

from £303 / night

£1350 - £1754 / week

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from £303 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat with shared pool in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Pantheos Romantic Houseboat Prinsengracht AmsterdamA public swimmingpool "Het Marnixbad" is located just around the corner.  …see more

from £153 / night

£1187 - £1780 / week

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from £153 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Houseboat accommodation in Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.” From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fa  …see more

from £250 / night

£1510 - £2160 / week

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from £250 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht rental

St. George's / Prickly Bay

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Felt like a millionaire on a private yacht in beautiful places with wonderful people.” This was our first private yacht charter and it will not be our last! It was easy to book. The owners are very accommodating and follow up promptly with all inquir  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 - £3920 / week

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from £140 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 7 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
ITINERARY» Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional Keral  …see more

from £158 / night

£1103 / week

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from £158 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day.  …see more

from £177 / night

£1236 / week

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from £177 / night

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Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £114 / night

£795 / week

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from £114 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Mayreau holiday yacht rental

St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Mayreau

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Kalimba visits the Grenadine Islands of Union, Bequai, Mustique, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Carriacou as well as Grenada and St Vincent, Mopion, Petit Martinique. Fabulous swimming, snorkelling, beaches, beach bars, crystal clear Caribbean waters.KALIMBA ha  …see more

from £500 / night

£3000 / week

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from £500 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Great Stay” We had a wonderful time staying on this beautiful boat, the owners where very helpful without being intrusive. The boat had everything you needed for a self catering break, the bed rooms and bathrooms both matched our expectations based o  …see more

from £236 / night

£1648 / week

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from £236 / night

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Yacht accommodation in Karfas

Chios / Karfas

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
What's Included?GENERALRental of yachtYacht equipmentAll taxesEnd cleaningYACHT EQUIPMENTDinghy, outboard engine & gasoline.GPS & nautical chartsSheets, blankets & towelsStereo & cockpit speakersExtra Costs:In addition you will also have to pay for  …see more

from £219 / night

£1530 - £2648 / week

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from £219 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in San Sebastián de la Gomera

La Gomera / San Sebastián de la Gomera

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Yacht La Gomera Marina San Sebastian Luxury Fiestas Holiday Accommodation Garajonay National Park. Comfortable. Sea. Beach. Valle Gran Rey. Sea view.  …see more

from £47 / night

£329 / week

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from £47 / night

(3) Average 

11

Marne-la-Vallee / Torcy

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £34 / night

£211 - £564 / week

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from £34 / night

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Holiday yacht in Fort Myers

Southwest Gulf Coast / Fort Myers

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
My Yacht is located as close to down town Fort Myers As you can get. This 50 ft Floating Condo has lots of room for six guest's or more and is right in the center of the River District The B.B.Q is located on the large back deck. It has a washer and dryer .. microw  …see more

from £135 / night

£945 / week

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from £135 / night

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Tortola / Road Town

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £1575 / night

£11024 / week

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from £1575 / night

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Houseboat rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The outside exists of:Open lounge deck, Barbecue and Roof top sun.  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Narrowboat rental in Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An amazing family holiday” All information/ communication in the run up to the holiday was very good, we were greeted in a very friendly manner and had a very informative tutorial about the narrowboat and locks which put us at ease and in good sted fo  …see more

from £251 / night

£1245 - £1600 / week

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from £251 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Kariba

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

4 14 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
All our houseboats come with a full crew, usually comprised of a Captain, Chef and Deckhand. The crew will prepare all meals and take you on fishing and game viewing excursions. Please discuss with the Captain as to what you would like to achieve on your charter.Lake Ka  …see more

from £315 / night

£1969 / week

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from £315 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Puerto Rico Resort with golf nearby

Gran Canaria / Puerto Rico Resort

2 2 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Just brilliant!” Everything was fantastic. We were met by Alexis who showed us how everything worked and was just a phone call away if we needed help with anything. The boat is fabulous. Very comfortable, luxurious, clean and it was wonderful to have  …see more

from £127 / night

£883 / week

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from £127 / night

(3) Excellent 

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USA West Coast holiday houseboat rental

California / San Diego

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Enjoy 2 Kayaks and a Paddle Boat, plus 2 Bikes. We have over 70 ratings with 5 stars each on another site. We are also on FaceBook, search SDPelicanPlace.  …see more

from £197 / night

£1373 / week

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from £197 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Kas holiday yacht rental

Antalya Province / Kas

3 5 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Looking for a different type of Holiday? Try our Turkish Gullet Accommodation Only. We offer a registered skipper day cruise to one of the beautiful local bays around kaş. on bookings of 3 or more nights. At extra charge, weather permitting. Our beautiful 5 year old  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £505 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in Road Town

Tortola / Road Town

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Feel free to ask as about other possibilities of accommodation if you have specific needs.  …see more

from £1890 / night

£12993 - £22914 / week

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from £1890 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday narrowboat in Surrey

Surrey / Guildford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Excellent boat on a great stretch of the canal network” Box of Delights is a really well equipped boat - far better than the ones we normally hire. It was also nice dealing with a person rather than an anonymous company. We had the boat for a long  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 / week

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from £250 / night

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Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £114 / night

£795 / week

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from £114 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday yacht in Cat Ba

Cat Ba

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
This top quality yacht is perfectly equiped for cruising in the Ha Long Bay, with all moderns conveniences. C.Jewel Island yachts are world renowned for excellent quality – We offer perfect arrangements for both privates parts and crew cabins. For your confort, this y  …see more

from £95 / night

£662 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in South East England

Hampshire / Southampton

3 2 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
An excellent well cared for 37 foot sailing yacht, located in Port Hamble Marina, Hamble village, Southampton. Port Hamble is situated in the heart of the village of Hamble which is a yachting paradise for sailors and visitors alike. The yacht is very user friendly and  …see more

from £125 / night

£750 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Bouches-du-Rhone / Marseille

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

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from £152 / night

£1059 / week

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from £152 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone holiday yacht rental

Bouches-du-Rhone / Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone

3 4 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Sailing holidays in the Mediterranean. A chance to enjoy the experience of live-aboard yachties, mainly in the south of France, the Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia.We like to share our lifestyle with like minded people. Please contact us if you have a query.  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £875 / week

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from £35 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Mallacoota

Gippsland / Mallacoota

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Mallacoota wilderness houseboats offers customers a unique experience on Mallacoota Inlet. Wake up on the water at one of many Parks Victoria jetties located at varios locations around the lake. Listen to the Koalas at night and witness the beauty of far east Gippsland  …see more

from £153 / night

£731 - £1346 / week

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from £153 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Dublin

Dublin / Dublin 2

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Sceal Eile is a self catering cruising barge with a fully fitted kitchen, full-size bath with shower located in Dublin City Centre. It has a stove and central heating ,a king size bed, bunk beds, WIFI, a private outdoor space with loads of amenities beside it  …see more

from £139 / night

£942 - £1353 / week

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from £139 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Aqua Castle is a luxury houseboat that cruises through Alleppey and Kumarakom .This fully air-conditioned houseboat including living rooms.According to guests preference,A/C can be provided in the living room or bedroom on request during their stay on-board.Apart from  …see more

from £158 / night

£1142 - £2675 / week

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from £158 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in South East England

Hampshire / Southampton

3 2 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
An excellent well cared for 37 foot sailing yacht, located in Port Hamble Marina, Hamble village, Southampton. Port Hamble is situated in the heart of the village of Hamble which is a yachting paradise for sailors and visitors alike. The yacht is very user friendly and  …see more

from £125 / night

£750 / week

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from £125 / night

(106) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Extremely cute boat, quirky, clean and cosey :)” Siet was very welcoming and at the time when she wasnt there and we called her to help us with the cooker she arrived within 20 mins! The boat as about 15-20 min walk fro the station and if you rent a  …see more

from £85 / night

£509 - £1111 / week

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from £85 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Narrowboat rental in Northern England

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A relaxing week in beautifu and peaceful surroundings.” A very relaxing week on the beautiful Shropshire Union canal near Chester. There were many good canal side pubs and restaurants along the way. Martin and Ann were extremely helpful and we particu  …see more

from £80 / night

£713 - £1835 / week

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from £80 / night