Your recent holiday on Heron - Great Blue Heron from Anderton

always a pleasure to have a well maintained and looked after boat

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Rugby Wharf

Great weekend mini break. Plenty to keep 4 people occupied and the right balance of relaxation. Thanks to Jan and Chris for the induction. Very clear and useful. Clean tidy boat

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

Lovely boat, well fitted and in good condition.

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Village Weaver from Aldermaston Wharf

Surprised at how well the boat was fitted out. We didn’t want for anything. A home away from home. Enjoyed the “lock” experiences, the little pubs and villages along the canal. TV reception Not that good, but didn’t matter.

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

Fantastic and relaxing holiday. Boat was excellent and staff very friendly and helpful

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cobbs Wren from Wrenbury

Overall, we really enjoyed the canal boat experience. The boat was well equipped and I cooked a proper meal 4 of the 7 nights. The shower and hot water were hot! The toilet was clever and clean and efficient. The heating was a god send and got us up to temperature quickly on a night. It was noisy on a morning in bed waiting for it to heat up a little but understandable. The wi-fi didn't really work, but that wasn't a problem for us as we're not the type to be glued to social media. But kids might moan! The TVs were good. We just retuned everywhere we stopped to get the channels back. We would definitely go boating again and use this company as all staff were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. A map of our route on board to start would have been good, we didn't buy one until we got to Grindley Brook but could have done with it first thing. We had help with the staircase lock from the staff at GB going up, but had to negotiate it ourselves coming down, so my advice is read up on it and try and watch it in action before you attempt it. We would have liked a water and diesel gauge to plan ahead a bit, but that wasn't available on our boat, not sure if it's available on any? That was just a little thing.

Your recent holiday on Goose - Red Breasted Goose from Alvechurch

There were no problems with the boat- checking in was easy and very accommodating.Christina arranged for us to pick up the boat a little early to ensure we got into the centre of Birmingham for the 1st night - couldn’t have been more helpful and we were very grateful.

Your recent holiday on Derwent - Garder from Worcester

We had another lovely few days aboard a well equipped narrow boat.

Your recent holiday on Goose - Upland Goose from Gailey Wharf

excellent. excellent. .....

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Tawny Eagle from Blackwater Meadow Marina

The marina staff were very friendly and helpful. When we had a problem with the boat the engineer was very quick to come and deal with the problem. The boat was clean and well equipped.

Your recent holiday on Derwent - Hermod from Gailey Wharf

Very efficient and easy to book. A little confusing with some brokers quoting with fuel and some without. Boat was Excellent boat yard staff very pleasant and helpful.. Fantastic 3 night break.

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Your recent holiday on Grebe - Black Necked Grebe from Alvechurch

A comfortable and well equipped boat but a little limited in storage, specifically drawers. Also the engine had to be running to start the heating. The staff at the boatyard were very helpful and efficient.

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Great Crested Grebe from Whitchurch Marina

lovely 4 night break !!!!!

Your recent holiday on Gull - Kittiwake from Gayton

When we arrived we had to view the safety video, which had been sent out by email, and we had all seen it twice. We stood in a crowded shop no seating, and we felt it was a waste of time. When we unloaded our bags onto the boat, the man who was to go through everything, and turn us round suggested we stay in the marina overnight, as by now it was about 4pm.He said he would see us at 8.30 the next morning. In hindsight we thought he just wanted to get away early, and we wasted some valuable cruising time. Yes the storm was brewing, it did not hit until 1.30am. and it would not have mattered where we were moored. On the plus side the housekeeper was brilliant, and changed one double into two singles, as the message had not been forwarded to her team that we had an extra crew member.

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Red Necked Grebe from Hilperton

Excellent service, very helpful and very happy with the whole experience.

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Blue Rock Thrush from Hilperton

Not bad. But not the best hire boat company I've been with. On arrival, service was slow with no apology for the boat not being ready. We set off an hour late as a result and the boat wasn't the cleanest. Still a lovely part of the canal network and the above didn't ruin the holiday. Not the cheapest company so was expecting a little better.

Your recent holiday on Lark - Tawny Lark from Hilperton

The boat was very comfortable and good to handle. Storage was a bit of a problem - in the past there have usually been drawers under the beds which was easier for keeping the boat tidy. I imagine this would not be possible with the facility to widen the bed. Things could have been improved with hooks. Cubby holes in the front bathroom would have been helpful for the person using the living area for sleeping.

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Village Weaver from Aldermaston Wharf

from booking to leaving after the holiday the company and staff of Aldermaston couldn't have been more helpful. We will be booking again.

Your recent holiday on Lark - Grays Lark from Whitchurch Marina

Everything was perfect.- Staff at Boatyard - Boat - and the weather was brilliant.

Your recent holiday on Gull - Common from Gailey Wharf

Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish


 

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