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Luxury narrowboat holidays in Leicestershire

Boutique getaway

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Why us?

Take a look at what makes our canal boat hire special.


Explore Foxton Locks and the unspoilt Leicestershire landscape.

Luxury canal boat hire with a difference

Our brand new luxury canal boat hire business is one-of-a-kind. We offer all the modern amenities you would expect from a boutique holiday escape, with particular attention to detail. No boating experience is necessary as we provide all training needed on your first afternoon aboard.

  • Luxurious king-sized bed | Pot-bellied stove | High-spec lighting
  • Full kitchen with dishwasher | Coffee-maker | Central heating
  • Wi-Fi | Flat-screen TV | Multi-USB charging points | DAB radio | solar panels
  • Real wood floors | Farrow and Ball colours | rustic wood cladding

With plenty of designer features, the narrowboat is finished in a stunning, modern rustic style. She is decorated with a muted palette and handmade touches of reclaimed wood and woven textiles.

The concept

Boutique Narrowboats is a new luxury canal boat hire business in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, providing the first interior-designed narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line.

With unique interiors, modern tech and well-placed antiques, we hope you will experience our beautiful waterways in boutique hotel style. 


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The canal landscape

The Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal features stunning countryside and through acres of British farmland. Here, the waterways are sheltered by woodland, opening out to reveal pastoral scenes beyond. Boutique Narrowboats will operate from North Kilworth Marina, a new facility opening in Spring 2018. From here, Husbands Bosworth, Crick and Braunston all boast tunnels to navigate. Whilst at Watford and Foxton, the lock flights provide high points of any narrowboat cruising.

If an urban break is more your thing, you can venture into Leicester and moor your narrowboat beside the shops, bars and museums. In fact,  along all routes, canalside pubs and bars add to the experience and we can recommend some of our favourites.

Narrowboat novices

If you’ve never tried a self-cruise canal boat hire experience before, this is the perfect holiday for you. Narrowboats are not difficult to operate; we provide all the information you need before your holiday and then will literally “show you the ropes” when you arrive. Your induction will include:

  • a thorough handover of all the boat’s facilities
  • full training on her operation
  • a comprehensive induction on canal and navigation skills

Then we will be on the end of the phone if you need further help at any time! Please do get in touch if you wish to talk through any aspect of the holiday before you book and we will be happy to call you back.


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Follow the design and build of our first boutique narrowboat