Autumn and Winter breaks

There is no better time to enjoy the Leicestershire waterways than in the autumn and winter. With the summer tourist season over, the canals are blissfully quiet. This is particularly appealing to novice boaters, who can practice their fledgling navigation skills in peace.

A Boutique Narrowboat is exceptionally-well insulated, with full central heating and an additional solid-fuelled pot-bellied stove. We supply a warm feather duvet and lots of extra blankets just in case, too.

autumn and winter breaks on boutique narrowboat cosy bedroom with blankets

Waterfront pubs and eateries nestle the stunning Leicestershire landscape, with log fires to welcome you. Back on board, there’s a full kitchen if you enjoy self-catering so that whatever the weather, you can make the most of your minibreak.

canal pub waterside boutique narrowboats

Ultimate private getaway

Of course, in mid-winter there is a small chance that the canal itself may freeze over and our lower pricing reflects this risk. If this is so bad that you are unable to leave the marina, then you are still very welcome to use the boat as a retreat, knowing that you really will be enjoying the ultimate secluded getaway!  The marina is very accessible, just off the main Leicester Road through the town.


Canal closures

The Canal and River trust organises a programme of works from November to March, which sometimes results in canal restrictions or closures. This is obviously out of our hands and the reduced hire price at this time of year reflects this.

However, we have a variety of choices when it comes to possible routes and we will always help you choose the best option. If long periods of travel are not possible, you are very welcome to use the boat as a static base for some of your holiday, either at the marina or on the canalside.

If a particular route is important to you, please check the CRT map of our area which includes any canal restrictions. You can also search its website which has a search facility of restrictions based on the name of each waterway and date of travel.

autumn and winter breaks on canal

included on your Boutique Narrowboat for autumn and winter breaks:

  • Central heating (all fuel included in the price of your break)
  • Pot-bellied stove with kindling and solid fuel
  • Feather duvets and additional blankets on your king-sized bed
  • Two waterproofs for boating weather 🙂
  • Plenty of hot water
  • Full kitchen, with hob, oven and microwave as well as a dishwasher
  • Nespresso coffee machine

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