Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays (356)

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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11

Marne-la-Vallee / Torcy

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £35 / night

£218 - £583 / week

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from £35 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht with golf nearby in Puerto de la Duquesa

Manilva / Puerto de la Duquesa

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Spectacular Boat, Spectacular location and the most amazing hosts ever” we have just returned from "Vivionne 111", the boat is presented in pristine mint condition and has every facility you could need for your holiday. in a most beautiful harbour wit  …see more

from £130 / night

£850 - £1270 / week

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from £130 / night

(5) Excellent 

12

Holiday yacht in Lymington

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

(10) Excellent 

25

Province of Naples / Sorrento

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £273 / night

£1755 / week

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from £273 / night

(9) Very Good 

24

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

(10) 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 h  …see more

from £105 / night

£735 / week

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from £105 / night

20

Chioggia / Sottomarina

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £57 / night

£374 - £1434 / week

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from £57 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht with shared pool in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Marina Rubicon

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful” We had a fantastic one week holiday,the location was stunning and plenty of restaurants to choose from although we found Lani's the best. Jorge and Raquel are lovely and so friendly.  …see more

from £84 / night

£585 - £974 / week

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from £84 / night

(3) Excellent 

46

San Diego 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 £205 / night

£1429 / week

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from £205 / 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.&  …see more

from £303 / night

£1350 - £1754 / week

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from £303 / night

(7) Excellent 

56

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 £44 / night

£261 / week

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from £44 / night

(37) Very Good 

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Kumarakom holiday houseboat rental

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations” We are a couple from Germany in our mid-thirties and spent 2 days/1 night at the Jumbo Houseboat early January. We booked from Germany by contacting the owner Akhil directly. Was a bit of  …see more

from £164 / night

£1189 - £2313 / week

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from £164 / night

5

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 £118 / night

£822 / week

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from £118 / night

24

Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • 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 £279 / night

£1948 / week

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from £279 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Close to Central Station, comfortable, stylish, quiet and romantic. Three rooms for just the two of you. Own entrance. Great breakfast, bikes and Canadian canoe included.  …see more

from £128 / night

£737 / week

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from £128 / night

13

Monaco-Ville

2 4 Min stay varies

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

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from £325 / night

£2272 / week

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from £325 / night

(10) Excellent 

40

Yacht accommodation in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
It is almost impossible to talk about Lanzarote without a reference to the sea. To enjoy a unique experience staying onboard a sailing yacht slightly and sweetly rocked by the sea is something that we will remember our entire life. Enjoy a different holiday!<br />  …see more

from £53 / night

£366 - £512 / week

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from £53 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
quiet and tranquility The house boat is a bit of a distance from Amsterdam centre, so you can escape the hustle and bustle after a packed day of exploring and have peace and tranquillity at the apartment, chilling with the birds and water. Now also e-bikes available.&l  …see more

from £101 / night

£658 / week

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from £101 / night

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Holiday yacht in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • 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 £148 / night

£1035 / week

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from £148 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat rental

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
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

from £92 / night

£565 / week

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from £92 / night

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50

Holiday yacht in Barcelona

Barcelona / Barcelona Beach

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Try life on a large motor yacht with all commodities. Beaches are only minutes away on foot, no need to drive and park. There is free guarded parking inside Marina Port Forum. A pleasant 45 minute walk along the ocean to the center of Barcelona. Wifi internet is free.  …see more

from £66 / night

£392 - £2714 / week

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from £66 / night

12

Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
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

from £105 / night

£1409 - £1957 / week

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from £105 / night

(21) Excellent 

29

Porto holiday narrowboat rental

Porto District / Porto

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Unique way to see a beautiful part of Portugal” We spent a fantastic week exploring the upper Douro Valley on two boat. Our party of 11 hired two boats with skippers. Jose Alberto was an excellent guide and host and is very knowledgable about the regi  …see more

from £166 / night

£566 / week

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from £166 / night

(4) Excellent 

23

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 £218 / night

£870 - £957 / week

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from £218 / night

11

Falkirk / Banton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £148 / night

£1034 - £1633 / week

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from £148 / night

26

Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • 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 £148 / night

£1035 / week

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from £148 / night

10

Srinagar holiday houseboat rental

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Houseboat Sweet Star have their own traditional appeal.Houseboat Sweet Star are anchored on the banks of the River jehlum. Each houseboat is fully furnished and every Houseboats has an attendant boy.Houseboat Sweet Star are furnished in a grand style, with carved furnit  …see more

from £19 / night

£132 / week

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from £19 / night

9

Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

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

 …see more

from £118 / night

£822 / week

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from £118 / night

6

Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Check into the finest Houseboats in God's own Country with Gold Star Rating Alapuzha (Venice of the East) or Alleppey as it is popularly known is the most prominent township in the backwaters. The Backwaters of Kerala is a network of interconnected canals, rivers  …see more

from £160 / night

£1066 / week

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from £160 / 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 £103 / night

£692 - £801 / week

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from £103 / night

9

Holiday houseboat in Newport

Pittwater / Newport

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
Meticulously clean...! Immaculately preserved..! Superbly Comfortable..! Yes Omega is the only "5 Star Executive Class" Clipper 34. No expense has been spared whilst still remaining true to the traditions of her original design. What makes this such a remarkab  …see more

from £212 / night

£1043 - £1780 / week

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from £212 / night

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Amsterdam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • 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 £131 / night

£914 / week

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from £131 / night

13

Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 4 1 night min

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

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from £70 / night

£435 / week

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from £70 / night

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Province of Syracuse / Marzamemi

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £57 / night

£392 - £783 / week

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from £57 / 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 £174 / night

£783 - £1392 / week

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from £174 / night

19

Holiday yacht in Limay

Yvelines / Limay

4 12 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
Discover a warm welcome to a unique style of life on the Seine on a yacht moored near Versailles and Paris, at Limay in the countryside of the impressionists.  You will find peace and the luxury of being on board a beautiful and spacious historic yacht, constructed  …see more

from £157 / night

£1096 / week

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from £157 / night

(1) Excellent 

5

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

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in Barcelona

Barcelona / Port Forum

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“BOAT WAS A FABULOUS AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR US” I organised the trip for my brothers, in laws and couple of friends, we are all in the 45-55 age category and really just enjoyed renting the whole boat to ourselves. We cooked on board, however, the  …see more

from £257 / night

£1796 / week

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from £257 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

12 6 1 night min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
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. Kv houeboats Servicing every day fom Alleppey to Kumarakom back Alleppey. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town.  …see more

from £328 / night

£2290 / week

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from £328 / 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