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.
“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
“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
Having already been to Barcelona before we already knew what to expect from the area, the port itself was well located for our purposes and we ended up hardly leaving as the boat was so comfortable an… More
“The best few days anyone could ask for”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2013
Such a beautiful boat, in a great location and wonderfully stocked up. Had such a lovely time, Cas and Irene's tapas on the first day made it the luxurious holiday I was after. We were out there for a… More
Reviewed 11 Oct 2013
A unique place to stay,with the most attentive and knowledgable host. If you get chance go and stay on board.… More
“The stay exceeded all expectations.Ideally situated near Rembrandplein” The accommodation was very tidy and especially the roomy livingroom was a plus.Wi-fi also a welcome addition and we realy enjoyed staying in the centre of Amsterdam with all the c
The location is good, but the rent is too expensive for what is offered. It took 24 hours to get the toilets repaired. There was a burnt smell coming from the microwave (that we did not use). The prop… More
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the houseboat and your stay. I have checked the heater and it is now working normally, just a little air in the pipes. And I acted straight away when i heard the toilet was blocked and it was fixed as soon as the workman could get there. The microwave just needed a little use to blow out what ever the last guest had burnt inside. as it was clean i had no idea. I am aware of the marks on the wall and have tried to clean it but as i won't come off i plan to repaint, when i have time, Im still shocked at what some guests get up to. And although the boat is not new and yes there are areas that need attention I'm surprised it was as bad as you mention. i hear a lot, accommodation in Amsterdam is more expensive than other cities but you where also 5 guests. In the centre of the city (prime location). On a houseboat. With stunning canal views. It would costs the same in a hotel but without the view. i cant not mention to the reason you weren't compensated, this was up to the manager. I will try harder next time.
“Avoid - way over priced for what you get”
Reviewed 12 Jul 2015
Stayed here with family & spouse while visiting Amsterdam for 5 days this May. I'll start with the positives: (1) The staff is friendly and helpful. (2) The location; the Klaziena houseboat is close t… More
“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
“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
We took a 4 day tour on this boat, it was wonderful. There were six adults, all friends middle aged, except for our children who came for a day, a meal and a swim.. First we enjoyed quiet and lusciou… More
“C'etait super, un depaysement total!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014
Super acceuil, on s'y sent tres bien et l'on a plus envie de repartir..
La peniche est tres grande et fonctionnelle.
J'y retourne dès que mon emploi du temps me le permet!!!!… 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
“Absolutely AMAZING!! Exceeded expectations” I booked the Elmo T for my sister as a surprise for her hen do. There was a group of 7 of us. We have been extremely excited about this break and when we arrived all of our expectations were not only met but