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.
“Lovely short break on Adele Marie” Martin couldn't have been more helpful with sending us on our way up the Shropshire canal, his wife even went to the trouble of baking scones (on the day!) with jam and cream for us, plus there was tea coffee milk .
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...
“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
“Ultimate houseboat experience” 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 cosy bedroom (which wa
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
“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
“fantastic trip” 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 recommend this boating experience to ev
“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
“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
“Very enjoyable short break on 'Topsy'” Mark and Lynda provided excellent tuition and couldn't have been more helpful throughout our trip. The boat was very well equiped and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the canal and would certainly d
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
“Super time on the box of delights” Enjoyed a smashing weekend over Valentines, the boat came fully equipped, with many luxury extras that really made a difference.
Ray and Julie were amazing , completely devoted to us as guests from beginning to end
“Excellent boat on a great stretch of the canal network”
Reviewed 5 Oct 2016
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 weeke… More
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, your comments are much appreciated and we are really pleased that you enjoyed your weekend. Best regards, Julie and Ray