Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays (628)

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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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

3 2 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen fully covered glass which PROTECT FROM MOSQUITO AND INSECT in the night. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town. Fam  …see more

from £79 / night

£1182 / week

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from £79 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in South East England

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Luxury living on a yacht” Myself and 3 friends stayed on this beautiful boat, moored ideally with no boats in front of us, giving us a perfect view across to the Isle of Wight. The yacht was clean, had 2 bathrooms and showers, and a well equipped kit  …see more

from £280 / night

£1960 / week

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from £280 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 / week

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from £101 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Worsley holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo  …see more

from £150 / night

£795 / week

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from £150 / night

(11) Excellent 

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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, bohemien res  …see more

from £148 / night

£1030 / week

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from £148 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
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

from £100 / night

£669 - £774 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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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.T  …see more

from £303 / night

£1350 - £1754 / week

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from £303 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Oost-knollendam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting  …see more

from £211 / night

£841 - £925 / week

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from £211 / night

(9) Very Good 

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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

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Holiday houseboat in Jyväskylä

Central Finland / Jyväskylä

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Houseboat are easy to navigate. They are the comfort of a first class summer cottage. Wide range of different activities available for children and other family members. You will explore many unique cultural and natural attractions along your route. Pets are allowed.If  …see more

from £261 / night

£1509 - £2265 / week

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from £261 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht rental

St. George's / Prickly Bay

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Felt like a millionaire on a private yacht in beautiful places with wonderful people.” 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 inquir  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 - £3920 / week

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from £140 / night

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Newtown, Alderney holiday yacht accommodation

Alderney / Newtown, Alderney

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
alderneychannel islandsalderney weekfishing alderneybeachwatersideboatSimon who owns the boat will meet you from your flight and take you to your accommodation  …see more

from £104 / night

£675 / week

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from £104 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day.  …see more

from £177 / night

£1236 / week

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from £177 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Mannum

South Australia / Mannum

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
River Breez Is a 6-8 berth luxury houseboat moored at Mannum Waters Marina. Just over 1hr from Adelaide & I can arrange transfers for you. Embracing an open design concept with a contemporary interior, our elegance and sophistication will suit the most discerning guest  …see more

from £585 / night

£2340 - £3158 / week

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from £585 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Narrowboat rental in Draveil

Essonne / Draveil

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and win  …see more

from £169 / night

£757 - £1345 / week

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from £169 / night

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Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

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

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from £114 / night

£795 / week

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from £114 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Mayreau holiday yacht rental

St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Mayreau

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Kalimba visits the Grenadine Islands of Union, Bequai, Mustique, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Carriacou as well as Grenada and St Vincent, Mopion, Petit Martinique. Fabulous swimming, snorkelling, beaches, beach bars, crystal clear Caribbean waters.KALIMBA ha  …see more

from £500 / night

£3000 / week

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from £500 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Marigot Bay

Castries Quarter / Marigot Bay

3 2 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island. The boat has a classic teak wood interior  …see more

from £71 / night

£497 / week

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from £71 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in El Barrio

Province of Alicante / El Barrio

2 2 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Car not necessary
Classic wooden sailing yacht right in the city center of Alicante...10 meters LOA 4 meters beam, good for two people, one double bed and 2 singles... great views. Close to restaurants and bars. Very close to he beach. Secure parking inside the marina, security and vi  …see more

from £43 / night

£253 / week

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from £43 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Great Stay” We had a wonderful time staying on this beautiful boat, the owners where very helpful without being intrusive. The boat had everything you needed for a self catering break, the bed rooms and bathrooms both matched our expectations based o  …see more

from £236 / night

£1648 / week

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from £236 / night

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Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A beautiful quiet location, only 10 min. to center by bike; free car parking in weekend! Basic houseboat, for up to 8 guests, only 10minutes from the Center and situated upon the scenic Nieuwe Meer and large forest. The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a famil  …see more

from £269 / night

£1883 / week

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from £269 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in San Sebastián de la Gomera

La Gomera / San Sebastián de la Gomera

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Yacht La Gomera Marina San Sebastian Luxury Fiestas Holiday Accommodation Garajonay National Park. Comfortable. Sea. Beach. Valle Gran Rey. Sea view.  …see more

from £47 / night

£329 / week

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from £47 / night

(1) Average 

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Holiday yacht in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a family or a group of friends desiring the chance to enjoy a traditional old houseboat experience. Blending authentic elements with a wooden finish and only basic amenities, the lodging offers a simple space after a busy d  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 / week

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from £143 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in Kos Town

Kós / Kos Town

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
“exhilarating and relaxing at the same time” Had a wonderful time visiting many different islands swimming in the sea exhilarating sailing some days with excellent winds whilst on other calmer days we soaked up the sun. Beautiful boat and excellent s  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £1700 / week

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from £129 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Rhone / Lyon

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

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from £64 / night

£353 - £589 / week

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from £64 / night

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Holiday yacht in Fort Myers

Southwest Gulf Coast / Fort Myers

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
My Yacht is located as close to down town Fort Myers As you can get. This 50 ft Floating Condo has lots of room for six guest's or more and is right in the center of the River District The B.B.Q is located on the large back deck. It has a washer and dryer .. microw  …see more

from £135 / night

£945 / week

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from £135 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Alaska / Wrangell

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary

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from £87 / night

£520 - £615 / week

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from £87 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in El Porvenir

San Blas Islands / El Porvenir

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
Join us on our 42' Sailboat in the magical islands in the San Blas. These islands are off the Panama Caribbean coast and home to the indigenous Kuna Indians. There are 340 islands that are covered with sandy beaches and palm trees. We love to sail and we'll do  …see more

from £111 / night

£772 - £3087 / week

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from £111 / night

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Monaco-Ville

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £177 / night

£1236 / week

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from £177 / night

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Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Basic dutch houseboat only 10 minutes from the Center with bike and situated upon the scenic Nieuwe Meer and large forest. The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a family or a group of friends desiring the chance to enjoy a traditional old houseboat experience.  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 / week

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from £143 / night

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Houseboat rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The outside exists of:Open lounge deck, Barbecue and Roof top sun.  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in East Molesey

Surrey / East Molesey

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
EXCLUSIVE USE, and available all year round, this perfectly appointed liveaboard moored in the most idyllic palm fronted Hampton Court marina. “Eucala” is a very beautiful and cleverly laid out classic French motor yacht with a really rich heritage. We have rece  …see more

from £95 / night

£665 / week

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from £95 / night

(4) Excellent 

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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

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat rental

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

20 40 1 night min

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 40
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
The Paloma is your home while you are in Halong Bay. Good service is key. We always want to hear from our customers so that we can improve our services and we really value their feedback. We built objective for the future is to continue to provide the best service and d  …see more

from £221 / night

£1544 / week

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from £221 / night

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Uppsala County / Uppsala

17 32 1 night min

  • 17 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 32
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

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from £39 / night

£270 / week

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from £39 / night

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Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

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from £68 / night

£421 / week

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from £68 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Puerto Rico Resort with golf nearby

Gran Canaria / Puerto Rico Resort

2 2 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Just brilliant!” Everything was fantastic. We were met by Alexis who showed us how everything worked and was just a phone call away if we needed help with anything. The boat is fabulous. Very comfortable, luxurious, clean and it was wonderful to have  …see more

from £127 / night

£883 / week

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from £127 / night

(3) Excellent 

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USA West Coast holiday houseboat rental

California / San Diego

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Enjoy 2 Kayaks and a Paddle Boat, plus 2 Bikes. We have over 70 ratings with 5 stars each on another site. We are also on FaceBook, search SDPelicanPlace.  …see more

from £197 / night

£1373 / week

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from £197 / night

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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 £589 / night

£3278 / week

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from £589 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday yacht with shared pool in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

12 18 1 night min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Halong Imperial Classic Cruise is a traditional sail boat, built of wood with modern facilities and firt class service, is perfect for exploring Halong Bay on Imperial Classic Cruise. The main food in Imperial Classic Cruise is Vietnam traditional dishes made of local s  …see more

from £126 / night

£9922 / week

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from £126 / night