Hotel Boats

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Hotel Boats

Known as ‘the best kept secret of the waterways’, hotel boating combines hotel luxury with the joys of drifting along a canal or river.

We Brits have an affinity with water. We’ve mastered sailing, punting, rowing – some of us are even adept at wriggling about in a coracle made of cowhide. This is because we’re never more than 70 miles away from the coast, and our landscape is carved by countless rivers, streams and lakes. As if we can’t get enough –we’ve also got over 2,000 miles of canals to explore.

It’s drifting down these waterways on a romantic old boat, at a pace of three miles an hour, with a glass of chilled something in hand and the sun on our backs that proves to be the antidote to the fast pace of 21st century life. Boarding a boat and investigating its nooks and crannies is as exciting as it is for a child exploring a dollhouse.

Understandably for some, manoeuvring and mooring a 70ft narrowboat on a daily basis is a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never done it before. This is where hotel boating comes in. Hotel boating started in the 1950s, and the vessels were originally converted working boats. They were very basic – some were under canvas top and were called camping boats.

Nowadays hotel boats are mainly purpose built to make them larger and more comfortable with all the mod cons, such as hot showers, home-cooked food and cosy beds. The idea is to combine the luxury and relaxation of staying in a hotel with the uniqueness and romance of life on a narrowboat. You get to wake up to a different view each morning, explore the little known corners of Britain, eat, drink and play, and not have to worry one jot about navigating the next aqueduct or mooring up at the next market town. You’re just going. The crew get to do the worrying and thinking.

That said, guests are invited to muck in with the day-to-day tasks of narrowboating as much as they wish. They can lend a hand with the locks and swing bridges, or they can just sit back and watch the crew do all the work. They can indulge in a longshelved favourite hobby, like photography, painting or bird watching. They can keep up their exercise routine by walking or jogging on the towpath alongside the boat.

Hotel boat holidays are suited to singles, couples, small groups, the nimble and the not-so-nimble. Solo travellers can feel at ease, dine with fellow travellers, chat over a glass of wine or simply have some alone time with a good book. It’s all up to you. Guest capacity varies from boat to boat, as do cruise lengths, itineraries and guided tours.

Away4awhile

Away4awhile

Away4awhile offer 3 & 4 day short breaks on the Heart of England canals to suit today’s busy lifestyle. Enjoy the comforts of our hotelboat whilst quietly cruising and watch the crew work while you unwind or perhaps join in the fun! So you relax.... we do the work.

Baglady

Baglady

Bywater

Bywater

We accommodate up to 8 guests on our pair of traditional narrowboats, purpose built to give maximum comfort in fully en-suite cabins with wider beds. We offer a warm, friendly atmosphere, high levels of service from experienced crew and a varied menu of mouth-watering food freshly prepared on board.

Classic Waterway Holidays

Classic Waterway Holidays

Hotelboat Earlswood – Book your cabin on this family run hotelboat for a wonderfully relaxing holiday exploring the canals and rivers of England & Wales. Full-board, with all meals freshly prepared by Sue. Single & twin cabins (most en-suite). Relax on board, walk, or help with the locking. Ideal for singles, couples, or small groups.

European Waterways

European Waterways

European Waterways is the largest hotel barging company in Europe, offering luxury, all-inclusive cruises on fully-crewed hotel barges along the beautiful inland waterways of Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Comfortable en suite accommodation for 4 to 20 passengers, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, fascinating excursions and great company. Book a cabin, or charter a barge with family or friends.

Isabella River Cruises

Isabella River Cruises

Isabella River Cruises offers true Private Charter for either the single guest or one couple. Our 4 year old boat is 10 feet wide giving significantly more living area, this, combined with a maximum of only 4 people on board (including crew) gives the ultimate in comfortable cruising.

Ladyline Hotel Boats

Ladyline Hotel Boats

We pride ourselves on providing a 5star service on board our 2 luxurious narrowboats, cruising the UK inland waterways. Guests enjoy spacious cabins, locally sourced, superb homemade meals and take advantage of the fully licensed bar, whilst ever changing scenery floats past.

Hotel Periwinkle

Hotel Periwinkle

2011 will be Periwinkle’s tenth season, join Steve and Gill to celebrate whilst exploring our fascinating Inland Waterways in 4 star comfort, do as little or as much as you choose, work the locks or relax as we cruise. All meals are provided along with freshly baked goodies every day.

Reed Boats

Reed Boats

A Motor and Butty Pair offering a chance to watch, or join in with, boating techniques used for 200 years. Full luxury accommodation and food all included in the £665 per person per week, no extra charges. A variety of routes, starting places and lengths of cruises available.

Tranquil Rose

Tranquil Rose

Holidays aboard wide beam boat “Tranquil Rose” offer fully serviced accommodation with good food freshly prepared each day by our onboard chefs. We cruise the River Thames, the Wey Navigation, the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Grand Union Canal and the Paddington Arm into the heart of London at Little Venice