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There's lots of boating holidays not on Canals.

Trying cruising the Broads, hiring a motor cruiser, setting out to sea...

Canal Boat / Narrowboat / Barge Hotels

Hotel Narrowboats are a great way to experience a holiday on the inland waterways canal and river system. Settle down aboard a fully-staffed hotel narrowboat, usually operated as a pair: a motorised boat towing a butty.

The UK's inland waterways provide a great way to discover some of the most beautiful areas of the British countryside, and the easiest way to enjoy them is surely by hotel boat. Whether you are travelling with a group of friends or family or on your own, from the UK or abroad, you can surely relax on board safe in the knowledge that all your needs will be catered for, usually by friendly and accommodating crews (who sometimes own the hotel boats).

Hotel boats give everyone the opportunity to take part in cruises of exploration into Britain’s heritage. This is a holiday for those who take pleasure in the quieter things in life: wild life at every turn, the beauty of the waterway's ever changing land and waterscapes, reflections on still water, good food and interesting company.

To find out more about hotel boating contact the hotel boat companies directly.

Canal Voyagers Narrowboat Hotel Snipe & TaurusCanal Voyagers Narrowboat Hotel Snipe & Taurus are a traditional hotel narrowboat pair, Snipe is the motor and Taurus is the butty.

With a mix of single, twin and double accommodation for up to 9 guests, run by owner-operators Corinne and Neil. Website

Reed Hotel Narrowboats - Oak and Ash - Introducing Oak and Ash - *** Hotel Boats: Oak a motorised narrowboat, towing Ash the 'butty'.

You travel on colourful traditional style narrowboats in modern luxury. Guest accommodation is in single or double / twin cabins on the butty, with showers, flush toilets, hot and cold fresh water, electric light and central heating. Webpage

LadyLine Hotel Boats

LL Hotel Boats - Logo looks like JL Hotel Boats

LadyLine Hotel Boats, look forward to welcoming you on board their brand new Hotel Boats for 2007, Lady Selena and Lady Margaret. Webpage

Bywater Hotelboat Cruises

Bywater Hotelboat Cruises - Chirk AquaductHotelboat Cruises - Relaxed days of cruising and cosy nights aboard.

What better way to experience and explore the varied landscape of the inland waterways than by the comfort of a narrowboat hotel.


Anjodi Barge ~ Go Barging with European Waterways - by Rikki White

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
ANJODI first came to my attention when it was the venue for Rick Stein’s “French Odyssey” programmes on television. However, when I discovered ANJODI boasted a golf cruise, the blend of gourmet food, fine wines, meandering the canals of Europe, plus the bonus of four rounds of golf, it was just too good an opportunity to miss.

To the uninitiated barging might suggest rather cramped and basic accommodation, but let me enlighten you. The cabins on this luxury hotel barge are bijou, with en-suite shower rooms; they are very well equipped and there is tons of storage space.

View: Double Cabin ~ Twin Cabin ~ Sun Deck

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
The lounge bar and dining room is elegant and each meal is reminiscent of a country house party, although informality of dress is the order of the day, except for the Captain’s dinner on the last night when everyone likes to dress up a bit.

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
Lunches are on deck and are a gourmet’s delight – oysters, mussels, crevettes are in abundance and well supported by the chef’s gastronomical offerings. Dinner is accompanied by superb wines specially selected to complement the wonderful French cuisine prepared by the chef, Sarah. Her associate, Lauren, has the most comprehensive knowledge of French cheeses imaginable and a consuming passion for discovering the unusual.

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
Captain Julian Allsopp gave us a rundown each day on the wines he had selected and we had a sommelier who came on board to give us a wine tasting of the local varieties in the vast vine growing area of the Languedoc. The last member of the crew was Laurent who could and did turn his hand to any task on the barge, with a great sense of humour and the ability to keep us laughing.

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
We were six guests on board, two American couples, my husband and me, and we instantly made what I’m sure will be lasting friendships. Often the barges are hired by a group of family and friends, or you can, as we did, join other people with the same interests and make new friendships. Apart from golf, there are other themed cruises: painting, vineyards, walking, antiques, festivals and more.

Anjodi Barge - For Great Golf Getaways - Go Barging With  European Waterways
ANJODI traveled the Canal du Midi in the South of France and the four golf courses we played were all challenging and very picturesque, but European Waterways cover a vast region from Ireland, Scotland, England, through Holland, Belgium and Italy as well as France, so you have a wide area to choose from.

Everything is included in the price – there is an open bar and all the wines and spirits are complementary, as are the meals when taken at local restaurants. There are excursions to places of interest and these too are included in the price. Bikes are available for those who wish to explore a little further.

The crew were as helpful as it is possible to be, with flexibility and attention to detail high on their list of priorities. I shall miss them – they helped to make this a perfect holiday for me.

Rates for 2015:

Anjodi - Canal du Midi
Accommodation Value Regular

Stateroom per person



Single Supplement



Charter Max. 8 pax.



Charter Max. 7 pax.



Charter Max. 6 pax.



To find out more:

Web: www.gobarging.com

Tel: 01784 482439

Email: [email protected]

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