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Review: Boutique Narrowboats

Specialist Holiday - Sightseeing

Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom

Luxury narrowboat holiday

  • By SilverTraveller Oldbird

    1 review

  • October 2018
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My 2 favourite things I look for on a UK couples getaway holiday – luxury and narrowboats. Lesley Ann, a 50 foot canal narrowboat based in Leicestershire is the perfect couples luxury retreat. She is lovingly fitted with so many exquisite, luxurious and thoughtful features, she is the most cosy and comfortable floating 5 star holiday home.

We relaxed under the waterfall shower and loved the hammam-style towels. The hose kitchen tap was super stylish and I want one at home !! The cute dishwasher did the washing up from our on board snacks whilst we enjoyed the views on deck. The log burning stove was romantic and kept us cosy in the evenings while we watched our favourite netflix films and on demand tv. There is also on board wifi for those who want to upload their gorgeous photo’s on the journey.

We did have a rainy day, however the provided oilskins meant we stayed comfortable and dry continuing or gentle journey. I absolutely love the little kingfisher on the tiller, he was my absolute favourite feature.

We sailed from the base to Market Harborough, which was a relaxing an easy route. Foxton locks was a hive of activity on a sunny sunday with lots of day trippers enjoying the locks, the pub and the boat day trips.

The tunnel and locks towards Leicester were fun too.

The owners of Boutique narrowboats Sharon and Aaron were brilliant from start to finish. I recommend luxury narrowboating with them to both novices and experienced boating couples alike. If you are thinking “shall we?” I wholeheartedly urge you to try them!

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  • huggybear_1
    over 1 year ago
    some years ago my family hired a narrow boat from oxford cruisers and went along the oxford canal up to the seven locks, the journey was beautiful, quiet, clear waters and with all the riverside birds and animals and fish to see, our boys had their fishing rods, and cycles on the boat which kept them occupied, We moored up in the evenings and found the nearest country pub for a meal and drink, wonderful! I would recommend a holiday like this to anyone, but don't forget a book to read, and of course A TORCH to find your way along the towpath to the pub!!!
  • Oldbird
    over 1 year ago
    Riversiderouge I'm sure you will have a brilliant time. We normally go with the standard boat hire companies and have always had great time ! Good luck. Hope its the start of many canal trips x
  • Riversiderouge
    over 1 year ago
    We've taken the plunge and hired a narrowbout for the first time for 5 days in the spring of next year on the Oxford Canal. Our craft doesn't seem to match your luxurious boat but fingers crossed for reasonable weather and a glass or two of what's bad for you, and we will just survive.