Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays (47)

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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77

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A lovely old cargo ship in the nautic centre of Amsterdam port. Nearby the old city with a beautiful view on the famous canals. The National Maritime Museum and the Mill of Brewery 't IJ in sight. The Artis Zoo, the Nieuwmarkt area with its charming cafés, b  …see more

from £151 / night

£1057 / week

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from £151 / night

(15) Very Good 

19

Narrowboat rental in Nantwich

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

(9) Very Good 

24

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

(110) Excellent 

36

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 £87 / night

£518 - £1302 / week

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from £87 / night

(2) Excellent 

15

Houseboat rental in Chertsey with golf nearby

Surrey / Chertsey

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Welcome aboard the beautiful widebeam barge The Time Machine, moored in a private garden on the River Thames near Chertsey. 5 mins from Thorpe Park theme park, 15 mins from Heathrow Airport and easy access to the M25, M3 and M4 and the South East. 15 mins drive to Heat  …see more

from £70 / night

£600 - £810 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

87

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 £143 / night

£966 - £1388 / week

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from £143 / night

(9) Excellent 

17

Holiday houseboat rental

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
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

from £92 / night

£565 / week

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from £92 / night

22

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

7 14 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Our large houseboat is especially suitable for groups up to 14 people.It's located in a quite neighborhood in the north of Amsterdam but close to the town center.7 bedrooms and a large living area gives you enough space for a joyful time in Amsterdam.Ne  …see more

from £604 / night

£3363 / week

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from £604 / night

12

Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The White Raven Houseboat is a chic living experience right in the heart of Amsterdam. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and living room. It’s has a light and sunny living area with 3 sofas for relaxing or entertaining with a designer gas fire an  …see more

from £104 / night

£1397 - £1940 / week

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from £104 / night

(4) Excellent 

13

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

(1) Excellent 

15

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.&  …see more

from £303 / night

£1350 - £1754 / week

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from £303 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Holsworthy

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
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

from £100 / night

£450 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

15

Pangkalan Bun holiday houseboat rental

Central Kalimantan / Pangkalan Bun

6 10 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Borneo Eco Tour Houseboat is has 3 houseboat. 1 standard houseboat, 1 Deluxe Houseboat and 1 Super Deluxe Houseboat.Standard houseboat with 1 open deck CabinDeluxe Houseboat with 1 Cabin with Air Condition and 1 Open Deck CabinSuper Deluxe Houseboat with 2 C  …see more

from £280 / night

£1750 - £6790 / week

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from £280 / night

(26) Excellent 

11

Holiday narrowboat rental

Warwickshire / Rugby

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Time to unwind...” This is a holiday with a difference at a very relaxed pace. The food is great (vegetarian), lots of it with Tor (owner/cook) always preparing food, cooking, or baking bread, cakes and other treats. Pootling on the canals gives one a  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 / week

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from £140 / night

13

Brandenburg / Hennigsdorf

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £147 / night

£1026 / week

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from £147 / night

(53) Excellent 

30

Holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.” The boat was very clean unlike the previous 3 narrow boats that I have hired. In particular, the toilet/bathroom, cooker, kitchen untensils were clean. The mattress was very comfortable and was li  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

44

Houseboat rental in Srinagar with golf nearby

Kashmir / Srinagar

27 50 1 night min

  • 27 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
kashmir ,houseboats ,travel booking ,car rental, bike rental, tour pakages , treaking, camping etc  …see more

from £98 / night

£732 / week

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from £98 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Holiday narrowboat in Guildford

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

(1) Excellent 

12

Cavallino-Treporti / Punta Sabbioni

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £95 / night

£664 / week

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from £95 / night

(5) Excellent 

20

Ille-et-Vilaine / Chevaigne

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £169 / night

£1177 / week

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from £169 / night

(4) Excellent 

5

Holiday narrowboat rental

Warwickshire / Harborough Magna

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Traditional narrow boats but with modern twists, ideal for first timers, family run business based on the North Oxford Canal, Warwickshire  …see more

from £252 / night

£755 / week

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from £252 / night

11

Holiday houseboat in Labuan Bajo

Flores / Labuan Bajo

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
We serve with Phinisi to explore Komodo island and other small islands around. It makes your holiday be a very special, you will get all your expectation and great atmosphere of the trips.<br />Komodo Phinisi is your way to explore the paradise of Komodo.  …see more

from £2440 / night

£16277 / week

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from £2440 / night

13

Ski yacht to rent in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

14 32 1 night min

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 32
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
The Cruise has fourteen spacious cabins, full of luxury equipment with private en-suite bathroom, a large sundeck, elegant dining room, lounge bar, massage room  …see more

from £309 / night

£2163 / week

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from £309 / night

11

Bathampton holiday houseboat rental

Bath / Bathampton

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
Located in the picturesque village of Bathampton on the Kennet & Avon canal. Walking distance to Bath city centre, also perfect cycle route/commute to Bath or Bradford-on-Avon. Larkspur is a generously sized fully furnished 10x65 houseboat. Brand new, just recently  …see more

from £249 / night

£1490 / week

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from £249 / night

(12) Excellent 

17

Holiday houseboat rental

Hauts-de-Seine / Meudon

4 8 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Excellent accomodation , Spacious, Comfortable & Clean” My Children 13,16,17 plus Grandparent 78 all had an excellent time in Paris . The boat made an excellent base for seeing the sights as public transport is minutes walk away.The boat is spacious,  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 - £1850 / week

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from £250 / night

(36) Excellent 

15

Holiday narrowboat in Bath

Somerset / Bath

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful luxurious break on a beautiful boat” I cannot recommend Topsy and Lazy Daze Cruises enough! We spent two days on the boat which was fully equipped with everything you could need. It's warm and cosy with a coal fire and comfy furniture. The b  …see more

from £180 / night

£960 - £2310 / week

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from £180 / night

(39) Very Good 

24

Holiday houseboat in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

50 50 1 night min

  • 50 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Two Day & One Night cruising to untouched the mystery of Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam By Huong Hai Sealife Cruise - A unique cruise to explore Bai Tu Long’s gorgeous sites and local life. The Huong Hai Sealife Vessel with modern luxury facilities offers an overnigh  …see more

from £147 / night

£2163 / week

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from £147 / night

20

Srinagar holiday houseboat rental

Kashmir / Srinagar

8 16 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
houseboat prince of bombay, best houseboats, houseboats in srinagar, best houseboats in india  …see more

from £33 / night

£245 - £2419 / week

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from £33 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Llangattock holiday narrowboat rental

Crickhowell / Llangattock

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
For a relaxing holiday, cruise the most picturesque canal in the UK, on one of our 17 luxury narrowboats. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales is not joined to the rest of the UK's canal network so it remains uncrowded eve  …see more

from £213 / night

£1489 - £2330 / week

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from £213 / night

(2) Excellent 

13

Houseboat rental in Amiens

Somme / Amiens

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Car not necessary
A spacious new-built barge fitted out with nautic details and Danish design. We have two well-insulated guest cabins, each with its own ensuite bathroom, and the guests have access to the saloon (dining room), the wheelhouse lounge and the two outdoor sun decks. We do n  …see more

from £345 / night

£2414 / week

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from £345 / night

4

Aude / Carcassonne

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min

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from £108 / night

£755 / week

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from £108 / night

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Aude / Carcassonne

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min

 …see more

from £108 / night

£755 / week

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from £108 / night

14

Aude / Carcassonne

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

 …see more

from £3253 / night

£22765 / week

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from £3253 / night

22

Houseboat rental in Kokkorevo

Leningrad Oblast / Kokkorevo

8 20 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
"Country SPA Club nebo" is situated in a picturesque Bay of lake Ladoga in 40-50 minute drive from the centre of St. Petersburg. Perfect for celebrating birthdays, weddings, corporate events, fishing or a secluded romantic getaway... The capacity of 30-50 p  …see more

from £131 / night

£911 / week

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from £131 / night

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Holiday narrowboat in West Row

Mildenhall / West Row

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Fully refurbished 50ft Cruiser stern Narrow boat. With fitted log burner in a spacious lounge area, fully functioning modern kitchen with fitted fridge, gas cooking and instantanious water heater. Wetroom style shower area with cassette toilet and wash basin. Cruise th  …see more

from £150 / night

£1050 / week

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from £150 / night

(1) Excellent 

19

Rhodes / Rhodes Town

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

 …see more

from £31 / night

£212 - £272 / week

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from £31 / night

(5) Excellent 

14

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £233 / night

£2328 - £2497 / week

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from £233 / night

(1) Excellent 

72

England / Cornwall

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets

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from £75 / night

£525 / week

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from £75 / night

33

Washington / Seattle

2 4 2 nights min

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

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from £159 / night

£976 - £1261 / week

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from £159 / night

13

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £125 / night

£875 / week

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from £125 / night