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Your recent holiday on Lark - Crested Lark from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Boat was fully equipped with everything we could have needed. It was a boat for 6 people with just 4 of us on there which gave us ample room too, but well worth it. Two bathrooms and plenty of storage space. Nice finishing touches with chrome plug sockets etc.

03 Sep 2021

Carolyn

Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday on Crested Lark! We love the photo you have sent of the boat and would appreciate you sharing it with us https://www.abcboathire.com/share

07 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Syrian Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

This was our first time hiring a canal boat, which we did for 7 days. We planned to travel from Aldermaston Wharf up to Windsor but were advised to travel west for our first trip - easier water to navigate and the map information was better. While the locks were interesting and enjoyable to start with after a while it became exhausting on this route - little time to actually cruise as most of the time was spent getting through the locks and bridges. There was also the worry about where we would be able to fill up with water (the first stop at Newbury refused to allow us to fill up as they said they don't provide a service to hired boats). Also concerns about when, where and how we would sort out our waste sewage if the need arose. We met some nice people who provided us with important advice about managing the locks. Wished we had worn gloves from the off as we were ill for 2 days probably from the canal water getting on our hands from the wet ropes (similar thing happened to others we met). We saw some lovely places, and it was a great experience overall. With all the locks there was no way we could travel the distance we were expecting too, especially when our boys went home after 3 days leaving just the 2 of us finish the journey.

03 Sep 2021

Carolyn

Thank you for your feedback. We do understand it can be frustrating if you are advised to cruise a different route to the one that you had planned but going on the Thames can be quite daunting as a first holiday and the marina would have wanted you to have the best experience. We have forwarded your comments about filling up with water to the Canal & River Trust. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon!

08 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Swallow - Red Sea Swallow from Goytre Wharf

An excellent canal for calm green days

03 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

Amazing amazing can’t wait for our next adventure

03 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Rugby Wharf

Pleased with holiday, and their attention to Covid friendly handover Thought boat steered very heavy, heaviest i've used. Started first time, every time.

03 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Duck - Musk Duck from Gailey Wharf

Struggled to find fault other than minor design issues on the boat.

02 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cactus Wren from Falkirk

Really enjoyable experience, especially the Falkirk wheel. Helped that the weather was lovely. Long boat was clean with good size kitchen and Bathroom. Would hire a 2 berth next time as pulling down the sitting area into a bed every night was a pain, plus not very comfortable. Would definitely recommend though.

02 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Dove - Turtle Dove from Aldermaston Wharf

Overall, the boat was fine, minor niggle was the layout of the dinette which was difficult to pass when set up. (Not easy to see how this could be altered) Cabin and shower/bath room layout worked really well for 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 2 children.

02 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Swan - Trumpeter Swan from Aldermaston Wharf

Fantastic family holiday, would thoroughly recommend it and would definitely do it again.

01 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Gull - Slender Billed Gull from Wrenbury

No soap in fore bathroom or cards on boat as given in inventory otherwise excellent.

01 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - White Tailed Eagle from Worcester

Boat good but TV & internet poor

01 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Black Headed Bunting from Whitchurch Marina

Great boat but the fold away bed was very uncomfortable.

01 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Green Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

Lovely holiday, poor boat layout

01 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Gull - Yellow Legged Gull from Wrenbury

The bed in the lounge had no spare bedding but we had enough of our own so did not spoil the holiday.Apart from this the boat was very well equipped

01 Sep 2021

Carolyn

Thank you for your feedback. Customers choose their bedding layout at the time of booking and as the bedding for the dinette was not requested the housekeeping team wouldn't have known it was required. We are pleased to hear that you found the boat well equipped. We look forward to welcoming you in the future.

03 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sky Lark from Falkirk

We returned from Falkirk last week and have already booked a two-week break for August 2022. Our boat was clean and very well equipped. My brother’s was just as great. We loved our time on boatd and at the Edinburgh Fringe. ABC’s and Scottish Canal’s staff were really helpful. Roll on 2022!

01 Sep 2021

Carolyn

Wow, what an adventure you must have had! Thank you for the lovely feedback and we look forward to welcoming you in 2022.

07 Sep 2021