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.
Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
Canal Boat in France! Enjoy the Burgundy canals and rivers on our beautifully restored boat. Our boat is based in Tonnerre, Burgundy which is located on the Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal). Cruise through some beautiful villages, including Ancy Le Franc, Tanlay, Mon …see more
The boat we are running at the moment is a Lavezzi 40 built in La Rochelle to our specification and we've been sailing her for 10 years around the caribbean islands.The space we are offering to you is the Port (left - if you are standing on the boat facing forward) …see more
“Felt like a millionaire on a private yacht in beautiful places with wonderful people.”
Reviewed 27 Apr 2012
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 inquires.We had a very early arrival time … More
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Esma Frances is an elegant semi-traditional style boat fitted out to the very highest standard, providing luxury accommodation for up to six people.The forward lounge features a dining area with comfortable seating which converts into a double berth, or two single berth …see more
Not suitable for children; Pet friendly;
In the lounge area there are two comfortable chairs. The galley is well equipped with a full size four burner cooker with overhead extractor fan, 4 cu ft. refrigerator with frozen food compartment, stainless steel sink and drainer and ample storage space. Behind the gal …see more
“Peace and quiet away from the holiday hustle and bustle”
Reviewed 11 May 2014
Having picked up a boat earlier in the year from their Warwick marina we decided to repeat the experience over Christmas and the New Year and take a two week cruise on the Dorothy Constance which is b… More
Reviewed 7 May 2014
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle then this is the way to go. Book with Kateboats and they will look after you.
This was our 4th trip on D/C and have booked again for this Novembe… More
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
Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
Corsaro is the Kariba Cruise Company's 5* houseboat on Lake Kariba. There is no better way to explore the shores of this enchanting place than from her decks. Fall asleep to the sounds of Africa from one of two double ensuite rooms, or in one of her two single bunks or …see more
Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A highlight of your vacation in the Somme region in Summer 2016 could be a few days "Barge & Breakfast" on the barge ASLAUG. Relax on the sun decks or in the spacious wheelhouse, go to sleep in your peaceful floating cabin and enjoy the wake-up calls of the ducks.
"Asla …see more
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
A fully equipped appartment in a lovely old cargo ship in the port of Amsterdam.
From deck you have a full view on the National Maritime Museum and the Mill of Brewery 't IJ. By foot it takes 5 minutes walk to the famous canals of the old city and 10 minutes to CS (tr …see more
We are a small family company, just down river from Stratford Upon Avon on one of the prettiest stretches of the British waterways. we welcome all of our visitors with a glass of bubbly to send you on your way on our narrowboat along with full tuition on how to operate …see more
Venez visiter la Nouvelle Calédonie par la mer !Yves vous guidera à travers les récifs pour vous faire découvrir les plus beaux sites du lagon calédonien, l'île des pins ou les îles Loyautés.Plutôt que de changer d'hôtel ou de gîte chaque jour, sur …see more
Thomas David, our smallest boat at 38 foot, provides accommodation for up to four people and is available for mid- week and weekend breaks, commencing on Fridays. A full size four burner cooker with overhead extractor and spacious fridge with freezer compartment ensure …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
SAILING CATAMARAN LOCATED CARIBBEAN 43 FEET LONG AND 25 FEET WIDE SET UP FOR DIVING, FISHING.
UP TO 4 GUESTS ON DAY TOURS UP TO 20 PERSON. YOU WILL TRAVEL FROM PORT TO PORT TO ENJOY LOCAL
PLACES TO SEE. LOT OF NICE SNORKELING LET US SHOW YOU ROATAN OR BELIZ …see more
Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary; Air conditioning;
Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a houseboat? Devolu offers you a convenient base to visit the sites of Paris, go to Disneyland and the Chateau de Versailles while coming home each day to an amazing experience of another kind. One of the most luxurious b …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
Alexander offers spacious prestige accommodation for up to six people. The forward cabin houses two people in convertible beds – either one double or two singles, and there are two other cabins, each with shower room and double bed. The steel hull narrowboat features …see more
Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Stay on this welcoming houseboat, which has three levels:Sun deckNatural level: lounge, living room- kitchenLower deck: one bedroom and its en suite bathroom and separate WC form the guest suite, at the front of the boat. Owner lives at the back. There is also a one per …see more
Child friendly ; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Puzzle is a luxury bespoke narrowboat, which has been fitted out to the highest standard. She offers all the comforts of a top end luxury flat and is moored in the historic cathedral city of Ely, with excellent rail links to Cambridge and London.
Everything on board ha …see more
LUXURY VACATIONS... FOR YOUR EYES ONLYEnjoy the luxury of a motor boat with daily or multi-day cruises to Chalkidiki, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos. Flee away from the crowded beaches and discover secluded bays ideal for swimming. Relax and enjoy the sun on the deck as …see more
NEW FOR 2012Brand new for 2012 Madeleine is a 47 foot semi traditional stern narrowboat. This will sleep up to 4 but gives luxury cruising for two.This boat is state of the art, with a fixed double at the stern, and a convertible double (or two singles) in the lounge ar …see more
Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Pet friendly;
From Nov 2016 to Mar 2017 'Gloria' is available for a 4 month static houseboat hire only - have you ever fancied living on a houseboat for a while??
For the most accurate info on prices please see our website. We offer different rates depending on whether you use the b …see more
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
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Boat Gina is the perfect boat for anyone who wants to enjoy boating on the River Thames with all the comforts of home. There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom of cruising at your own pace and mooring up when you feel like it, exploring some of England's mo …see more
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 … More
We're delighted you had a great holiday and enjoyed cruising boat GINA on the Thames. Thank you for your lovely feedback, we will pass it on to the team. Hope to see you again.
Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
A 54 foot semi-traditional style boat, fitted luxuriously in ash, she is light and airy; a good example of the high quality boat building that Kate Boats is renowned for.The front lounge area has a removable dining table along with a TV, DVD player, and CD radio. The s …see more
Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Perfectly appointed motor yacht situated in an idyllic palm fronted marina half a mile from Hampton Court Palace, excellent pubs/restaurants and train. Each room has its own toilet and wash room / shower. The kitchen is fully fitted and includes a dishwasher, fridge, f …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed;
Blazing Star est un voilier classique de 18 m de long construit en 1930 au charme fou, confortable et luxueux.Il est situé au KYCN, à proximité de la Ville et de la plage. A bord, vous vivrez une expérience inoubliable. Blazing Star is a 61-foot classical yacht des …see more
Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Hire our boat on Ireland's River ShannonNo Fixed Abode is our privately owned 33 ft cruiser and it is not part of a large hire fleet and is ideal for a family holiday.We aim to give you personal treatment at a very affordable price and we will try to advise you of …see more
Michèle's houseboatIn the centre of Amsterdam, in the museum quarter, you will find Michele's Houseboat. A brand new houseboat moored at the Ruysdaelkade, where you can experience Amsterdam in a unique way: living on the water. The houseboat is divided into …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+;
The Alba is a traditionally made wooden 66 foot motor boat that provides full accommodations for 10 guests with all inclusive service, incredible meals, the best chilean wines and international spirits, our guests are tended by 4-5 (fluent English speaking Captain, Coas …see more
Excellent experience. We had typical March Chiloe weather with a mix of sunny and rainy days. The food and service at the boat were great. In fact the sea food was outstanding, Kayaking and using the … More
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
Once again, 2 years after the first trip, the Alba experience was incredible. Food on board is outstanding making intense use of locally sourced seafood and shellfish. New (improved) canoes are really… More
“Beautifull sight views, excellent dinning and activities from the crew”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
A marvelous trip with good accomodations and an exquisit food on board, sometimes barbecues in open places surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Absolutely recomended to escape from the cities and take… More
Providing comfortable accommodation for up to six people, Florence Edith is a 57ft all-steel narrowboat. The front cabin plays host to a colour television with DVD player, stereo and comfortable seating area which easily converts to two single berths for sleeping.A spac …see more
Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
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