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.
Ask owner if suitable for children; Car not necessary; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
The perfect place to slow down, get closer to nature and experience the unique British canal system. Spirited Away is a skippered hotel-boat offering day trips, weekend retreats and longer breaks. Delicious, organic boat-made veggie/vegan food is included, as is plentif …see more
“Time to unwind...”
Reviewed 25 Jun 2014
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. Po… More
“Wonderful way to spend a week”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2014
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
Great for children of all ages ; Pets welcome;
Luxury wide beam narrow boat canal holiday for up to 6 on a wide beam boat with everything you need for a relaxing break on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Silk bedding, Pocket sprung mattresses, electric bikes, jacuzzi: your comfort in mind every step of the way.Smoking is …see more
“An unforgetable way to see in 2016!”
Reviewed 2 Jan 2016
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
“Wonderful luxurious break on a beautiful boat”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2014
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. T… More
Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Authentic houseboat, perfect for couples and friends. Situated in a green street, quiet at night. …see more
“Extremely cute boat, quirky, clean and cosey :)”
Reviewed 8 Sep 2013
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 … More
“Ein kuscheliges Zuhause für den Urlaub”
Reviewed 28 Aug 2013
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
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
All I ask is that you enjoy your stay and leave our narrowboat as you found it, for others to enjoy. …see more
“Fabulous and unique weekend on a fantastic boat”
Reviewed 7 Apr 2016
My wife and I stayed on Rafaelles' narrowboat with our two children (11 and 9) over Easter 2016. Peewit was moored at Foxton, just North of Market Harborough. Despite some mixed bank holiday weather w… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Air conditioning;
Gray Line Halong is passionate about sophistication.
Spreading over 3 decks, she has 14 luxury cabins offering boutique interiors with oak-wooden wall, all rooms and bathrooms having sea-view, private sundeck and private balcony.Gray Line Halong cruise is your home whi …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary; Pets welcome;
2 uniquely styled narrowboats, spacious, bright & cosy our boats are available for canal holidays or for use as houseboat accommodation instead of a hotel. Easy access to lovely countryside. Available all year because we have a solid fuel stoves and central heating.£ …see more
Reviewed 8 Apr 2016
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
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2012
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 like a… More
Thanks for your very kind review Caroline. You are all welcome back anytime along with yor University of Manchester discount. Hester
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
“A relaxing week in beautifu and peaceful surroundings.”
Reviewed 16 Nov 2015
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 particularly… More
Thank you for your lovely comments....it was a pleasure to have you aboard....hope to maybe see you again soon...
Nearest beach 0.2 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary;
Holiday aboard a traditional, self catering narrowboat. Bluebell is moored at Tewitfield Marina on the lock-free Lancaster Canal, 6 minutes drive from J35 off the M6, taking in coastline, city and the beautiful North West countryside. …see more
Suitable for children age 5+; Pets welcome;
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
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ;
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
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, very … More
“Fabulous Family Base to Explore Paris From...”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2011
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
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ;
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
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.Komodo Phinisi is your way to explore the paradise of Komodo. …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary;
Stunning 4 star hotel boat on the Thames. Winner of 'Four In A Bed.' You are the only guests. Dogs welcome. …see more
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2012
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 fabulous river trips. Would thoroughl… More
Thank you for your lovely comments - really delighted you had a good stay and look forward to seeing you again in the future.