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.
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
“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
A better than average hire boat. Good seating and tv , proper dinning table and chairs, good sized shower and 2 comfortable beds. The log/coal fire was a nice extra and much appreciated on the cold ni… More
Many thanks for that fantastic review...We are very pleased that you enjoyed it and we have already actioned the points your suggested. We'd love to have you aboard again sometime...
“Loved every minute!!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2016
We had a fantastic time, the boat was really nice, with lots of little extra touches like toiletries, biscuits..!! It was well equipped with everything that we needed for cooking and a great wood bur… More
Thank you for this lovely review. We are made up you enjoyed it and that it's hooked you. We would love to have you aboard again sometime
“wonderful boat, helpful owners”
Reviewed 9 Nov 2015
we found the adele marie comfortable, clean, and easy to handle, a really enjoyable week, the log burner kept everybody really warm, and martin, the owner couldn't have been more helpful, highly recom… More
Thanks for that fab review...it was a pleasure to have you all aboard...hope to see you again soon...
“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
“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
Dies war unser erster aber mit Sicherheit nicht der letzte Aufenthalt auf dem Hausboot "Tante Piet". Siet und natürlich auch die "Haus(boot)katze" Bubi haben uns für unseren Aufenthalt ein Zuhause-G… More
“Ultimate houseboat experience”
Reviewed 12 Nov 2015
Me and my partner stayed for 4 days at Houseboat Tante Piet and it was fantastic. Siet, the owner, received us with coffee and 'stroopwafels', and made us feel at home right away. She showed us our co… More
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
Joined Tor for a week in October. Weather was awful, but having waterproofs meant that I could sit with Tor whilst she moved us away from the sound of the traffic. Weather improved as the week went on… More
“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
We had an amazing long weekend as usual. The boat (Queenie) was absolutely fab, cosy clean and warm and a real head turner. people stopped and looked and had their photos taken beside it. I would reco… More
And thank you Audrey and James for your great review...welcome back anytime. Hester
“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
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
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
“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,
Gave a much needed place to relax and review each day of our holiday ... could just sit and watch the river for hours from the boat.
Having the huge Auchan Supermarket and local shops one tram stop a… More
“Perfect for relaxing and seeing Paris”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2011
We spent a lovely week on Rupert`s barge. We were looking for something that had easy access to all the sights of Paris, but without the hustle and bustle of being in the city, and we found it. It was… More
“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
An amazing short break to see in the New Year and one we will always remember with great affection.
Topsy is a charming boat and has everything on board to make your stay very enjoyable.
Mark and Li… More
“A memorable experience on a fantastic boat”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2016
My family and I spent just a night on Topsy. It is a beautiful boat. Mark and Lynda are great hosts, leaving a a lovely welcome pack of coffee, tea, prose do etc. The boat has some outstanding luxurio… More
“Topsy is tops!”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2014
What a lovely week! First, the scenery between Bath and Foxhangers is so beautiful that you cannot help but feel peaceful. Second, the fun of operating the locks encourages a camaraderie with fellow… More
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
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
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
"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
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