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week-end for two on boat - Draveil houseboat sleeps 2

Essonne / Draveil

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

from £60 / night

£342 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Barge ASLAUG, starboard cabin on new-built barge - Corbie houseboat sleeps 2

Somme / Corbie

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

from £90 / night

£629 / week

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from £90 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Watervilla Humpy Dumpy - Oost-knollendam houseboat sleeps 6

North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
In the infinity of life take out time for the soul.Dreamy days and quiet nights a romantic getaway a place to call a 'home' away from 'home'an epitome of peace and serenity.That would describe "humpy dumpy"A watervilla/houseboat in Netherla  …see more

from £214 / night

£855 / week

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from £214 / night

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Pas-de-Calais / Bethune

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £56 / night

£389 / week

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from £56 / night

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Province of Messina / Furnari

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
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from £60 / night

£342 / week

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(2) Excellent 

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Barge ASLAUG, port cabin on new-built barge - Corbie houseboat sleeps 2

Somme / Corbie

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

from £90 / night

£629 / week

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Yonne / Joigny

4 12 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £107 / night

£748 / week

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from £107 / night

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The Sandgroper - Tonnerre houseboat sleeps 2

Yonne / Tonnerre

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: 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

from £189 / night

£1283 / week

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from £189 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Devolu - Meudon houseboat sleeps 8

Hauts-de-Seine / Meudon

4 8 5 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: 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

from £250 / night

£1500 - £1850 / week

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from £250 / night

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Houseboat Pride of Leyden. - Leiden houseboat sleeps 3

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: 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 £101 / night

£680 - £788 / week

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from £101 / night

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Private studio on new houseboat in the centre - De Pijp houseboat sleeps 2

Amsterdam / De Pijp

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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

from £103 / night

£684 / week

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from £103 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Annie's Boat (bed & boat) - Eastern Docklands houseboat sleeps 2

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: 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 qua  …see more

from £103 / night

£513 / week

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from £103 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Borneo Eco Tour Houseboat - Pangkalan Bun houseboat sleeps 10

Central Kalimantan / Pangkalan Bun

6 10 2 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Borneo Eco Tour Houseboat is has 3 houseboat. 1 standard houseboat, 1 Deluxe Houseboat and 1 Super Deluxe Houseboat.Standard houseboat with 1 open deck CabinDeluxe Houseboat with 1 Cabin with Air Condition and 1 Open Deck CabinSuper Deluxe Houseboat with 2 Cabin with Ai  …see more

from £280 / night

£1750 - £6790 / week

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from £280 / night

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RIE Heritage Group of Houseboats - Srinagar houseboat sleeps 2

Kashmir / Srinagar

20 2 1 night min stay

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
R. I. E. Heritage Group of Houseboats Srinagar are considered among the Deluxe Houseboats and luxury Houseboats accommodation In Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar Houseboats are located at Dal Lake & Nagin Lake. Houseboats are first Choice of travelers staying  …see more

from £54 / night

£321 / week

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from £54 / night

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Houseboat Finland: Houseboat Comfort 32 m2/ 6 pers - Jyväskylä houseboat sleeps 6

Central Finland / Jyväskylä

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Would you like to spend summer on a peaceful lake, in the pristine wilderness of Finland? On a Houseboat you can easily get to great fishing spots, beaches or discover different Finnish villages and towns . You can sunbath on the roof, make food in the kitchen and take  …see more

from £193 / night

£1539 / week

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from £193 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Houseboat Ms. Luctor - Central Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 2

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Close to Central Station (canal district) you will find the Amsterdam Bed & Breakfast houseboat MS Luctor, exclusively suitable for two guests. An original "klipperaak", built in 1913, now converted into a comfortable, stylish and high class apartment, moored  …see more

from £116 / night

£667 - £718 / week

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from £116 / night

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Houseboat Prince of Bombay - Srinagar houseboat sleeps 16

Kashmir / Srinagar

8 16 1 night min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
we have eight super deluxe rooms, with free wifi, free breakfast, air conditioning,wardrobe and ironing service is also available,we give the service in rooms for free, free breakfast in room is also available,we also arrange party nights,and pizza nights, on your requ  …see more

from £31 / night

£230 - £2271 / week

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from £31 / night

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Canal Boat Holiday - Bath, Somerset. - Bathampton houseboat sleeps 6

Bath / Bathampton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Located in the picturesque village of Bathampton on the Kennet & Avon canal. Walking distance to Bath city centre, also perfect cycle route/commute to Bath or Bradford-on-Avon. Larkspur is a generously sized fully furnished 10x65 houseboat. Brand new, just recently bee  …see more

from £249 / night

£999 - £1499 / week

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from £249 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Boat&Breakfast de Dageraad - Eastern Docklands houseboat sleeps 4

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 30 km; Child friendly ;
Welcome on board our fully renovated boat & breakfast, 'de Dageraad' (Dutch for 'daybreak'). We offer two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms, both featuring amenities such as floor heating, en suite bathroom, LCD-television, and free Wifi. In the morning, we serve a home-m  …see more

from £197 / night

£1377 / week

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from £197 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Pantheos Romantic Houseboat - Jordaan houseboat sleeps 4

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
This was a truly unique experience to stay on a houseboat. I grew up in Amsterdam but never had the opportunity to stay or even visit a houseboat. I stayed here for 10 days at the end of April and was very fortunate to be blessed with great weather. My stay was excellen  …see more

from £154 / night

£1197 - £2308 / week

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from £154 / night

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Sceal Eile - Dublin 2 houseboat sleeps 4

Dublin / Dublin 2

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
You must contact Dublin Barge Hire at least 48 hours before you arrive to arrange a time to meet at the marina etc €250 damage deposit if cruising. €100 damage deposit if using the barge for accommodation only. NO CRUISING OCT-MARCH Central Heating for those who do  …see more

from £43 / night

£958 - £1445 / week

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all seasons houseboats - Kariba houseboat sleeps 14

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

4 14 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
We have houseboats in kariba for family get-aways , honeymoon or fishing get-aways. There is a choice of three comfortable houseboats to suit your needs for that unforgettable experience.be you a gang of fisherman wanting to take on the ferocious tiger fish or a nature  …see more

from £306 / night

£1909 / week

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Linssen 34.9AC - Vermenton houseboat sleeps 6

Yonne / Vermenton

2 6 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Air conditioning;
The Linssen 34.9AC is a luxury canal boat with two cabins cruising on the French Inland Waterways. Based on the Nivernais in Burgundy, France's most beautiful canal, you can cruise through scenic countryside, ancient towns and villages, visit Cathedrals and Chateau  …see more

from £245 / night

£1710 - £2479 / week

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from £245 / night

(2) Excellent 

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KV houseboats Alleppey to Kumarakom - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 2

Kerala / Alappuzha

3 2 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: 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 £39 / night

£1146 / week

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from £39 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Sreekrishna houseboats - Kumarakom houseboat sleeps 10

Kerala / Kumarakom

5 10 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Air conditioning; No pets allowed;
We are -Sreekrishna - well established in the field of tourism. As you know the enchanting beauty of Kerala is felt in the beauty of its backwaters. You can cruise in the backwaters in Houseboats-surrounded by its all-natural decor, the houseboat provides the ideal obse  …see more

from £153 / night

£917 / week

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Province of Rimini / Cattolica

4 6 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £103 / night

£684 / week

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Houseboat Switzerland - Srinagar houseboat sleeps 21

Kashmir / Srinagar

8 21 1 night min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 21
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountains, Houseboat Switzerland is situated in Srinagar in the Jammu & Kashmir Region, 1.5 km from Dal Lake. Nehru Park is 700 metres from the property. Free WiFi is available . The accommodation features a flat-screen TV and DVD  …see more

from £11 / night

£75 / week

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Aqua Castle Houseboat ( Aqua Jumbo Tours) - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 4

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 4 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Aqua Castle is a luxury houseboat that cruises through Alleppey and Kumarakom .This fully air-conditioned houseboat including living rooms.According to guests preference,A/C can be provided in the living room or bedroom on request during their stay on-board.Apart from  …see more

from £120 / night

£834 / week

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Angel Queen Houseboats - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 2

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Angel Queen offers rooms on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional Kerala house boat. Exploring the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom, the boat provides full board Kerela traditional meals for all guests through its Indian restaurant and 24-hour room service. A chef on  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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bed & boat, apartment on houseboat, Amsterdam - Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 2

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
Are you looking for a comfortable apartment for 2 people? Our apartment is a self-contained part of a water villa. It has a living room and open plan kitchen with all modern equipment. The living room has patio doors directly to the water. On the ground floor there is a  …see more

from £99 / night

£642 / week

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from £99 / night

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Travenz Two bedroom Houseboat with Balcony - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 7

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 7 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
ITINERARY» Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional Keral  …see more

from £96 / night

£668 / week

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from £96 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Boat Geanna - Henley-on-Thames houseboat sleeps 11

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 11 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
This is accommodation with a unique difference. Our boat is a luxury 4 star Canal wide beam fitted to an exceptionally high standard. The interior is spacious with a fitted kitchen, complete with all mod coms (inc dishwasher) and beautiful open plan saloon/dining room.  …see more

from £250 / night

£1410 - £2435 / week

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Lefkada / Lefkada Town

3 7 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
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from £71 / night

£496 / week

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from £71 / night

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Boat House - Kumarakom houseboat sleeps 4

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ;
Your houseboat will be a traditional kettuvallam with two en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms. It is built and furnished from local materials, and we provide you with a luxury cruise whilst minimising our impact on the fragile ecosystems of the backwaters. It runs very qu  …see more

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Houseboat Green view - Srinagar houseboat sleeps 8

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 8 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed; Private garden;
3 star property located at heart of dal lake. we welcoming all guest provide all kind of facility give them what them they need .customer satisfaction is our motto .we have 3 deluxe double room wit seperate drawing room and room are attached bath room .24 hours roo  …see more

from £62 / night

£688 / week

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from £62 / night

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Pisa / Marina di Pisa

4 8 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
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from £112 / night

£684 - £1163 / week

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Unusual Night - Saint-Malo houseboat sleeps 6

Ille-et-Vilaine / Saint-Malo

3 6 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed;
Dockside Embark on an unforgettable stay. You are located at the shops, restaurants, the historic center (Intra Muros) of the walled city of Saint Malo and beaches.20 minutes walk from the train station, parking on requestYou are located at the shops, restaurants, the h  …see more

from £112 / night

£847 - £1684 / week

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Province of Cagliari / Villaputzu

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
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from £428 / night

£2992 / week

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from £428 / night

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Axo Houseboat - Central Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 4

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
The Axo Houseboat is a self-catering apartment in the heart of the city. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and living room. It's has a light and roomy living area with 2 sofas beds, in case the kids don't want to sleep together, and a large d  …see more

from £176 / night

£1167 - £1526 / week

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from £176 / night

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AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE HOUSEBOAT - Central Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 4

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
This beautiful Amsterdam city centre canal houseboat, that is conveniently situated between central station and Dam Square, is a perfect place for couples, friends or a family to explore and enjoy the beauties of the amazing city.The houseboat has a relaxed living area  …see more

from £171 / night

£1795 - £2154 / week

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