Luxury canal boat hire for couples

A luxury canal boat hire for couples is best spent on a boat designed for two. This might seem obvious, but there are many kinds of canal boats and hire boat companies usually specialise because, well, we can’t be all things to all people. If you are looking for a luxury canal boat for couples, here are the boats to avoid. Canal boats for groups of friends Want to enjoy a narrowboat holiday with friends? Read more…

Marbled White narrowboat for hire

Canal boat holidays in the autumn

Canal boat holidays in the autumn can be quite different from a summer break. I’m not just talking about the change in the weather which can be welcome after the heat of August. I’m more thinking of your fellow boaters, and the change from families to couples. The summer holidays see the full range of narrowboat hires, from people with young children, older enthusiasts, and everyone in between. During the summer you will see parties Read more…

Narrowboat build from Boutique Narrowboats

Narrowboat build

Narrowboat build Our latest luxury narrowboat build, Marbled White, began life last year as a beautiful steel shell from reknowned manufacturer, Elton Moss. The Cheshire based company worked with us to build a bespoke hull; we specified a 12mm base plate to help with stability and longevity, and cut outs for large picture windows to make the most of the natural light. We turned to the engineering next, and opted for a diesel Beta 38, Read more…

day boats for hire at union wharf

Day boats for hire

We are lucky enough to have four day boats for hire at Union Wharf marina, which is brilliant news for those wanting to try things out before committing to a holiday narrowboat. These are bona fide narrowboats, identical in almost all ways to a long canal boat. You will need to use all the same skills to drive one and get to experience the tranquility of the waterways while you do so. How day boats Read more…

honeymoon or minimoon special occasion canal boat

Special occasions

The Boutique Narrowboats are often booked for all sorts of special occasions – anniversary surprises, birthday weekends and even the odd minimoon. How lovely! What better way to celebrate a special occasion, than with a gentle adventure learning new skills together and enjoying luxury on the English waterways? Planning a loved-one’s special birthday or anniversary gift needs a thoughtful touch and it can be hard to dream up a trip that you will both enjoy. Read more…

A posh posh posh narrowboat or canal boat hire

Canal boat hire

Canal boat hire is increasingly popular with a younger age group. In the last few years, we’ve noticed more and more couples under 40 who are interested in learning how to drive a narrowboat and take an adventure together. And this is great for the waterways. Not so long ago the canals were associated with an older demographic and of course this is completely understandable. Generally, canal boat hire can be a slow-paced holiday which Read more…

Boutique Narrowboat for hire Kathleen May barge holidays

Barge holidays

Barge holidays are one of Britain’s most loveliest staycations. Unlimited wildlife, shared experiences, waterside pubs. But purists will insist these are narrowboats, not barges. What is the difference between a narrowboat and a barge holiday? Narrowboats are uniquely British. They were designed to navigate the canal networks of England, Wales and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries, to help transport goods during the Industrial Revolution. And in real terms they haven’t changed very much Read more…

The latest of the Boutique Boats

Our latest Boutique Narrowboat for hire is currently being created and we are working towards getting it ready to welcome guests in 2022. At the moment, it is still in the design and fit out stage. We have welcomed your feedback on all our hire boats over the years and this boat will be a combination of many of the “best bits” of our small fleet. We have named it after a butterfly – Marbled Read more…

A couples getaway weekend

Couples weekend getaway

Couple’s weekend getaway Making time for just the two of you is essential to every relationship, whether it be a date night at a restaurant, a trip to the cinema or a couple’s weekend getaway. It seems to be in our nature to often get carried away with the chaos of everyday life. So much so, that we sometimes forget to find the time to spend a little bit of quality time together. Our Boutique Read more…

Arriving on public transport to collect your boat at Union Wharf

Arriving on public transport

Arriving on public transport Finding your way around an unfamiliar area can be a little daunting, especially when you are arriving on public transport. We hope the following information will make it as easy as possible for you. Boutique Narrowboats is located at Union Wharf in Market Harborough, which is about a 10 – 15 minute walk from the historic town centre and under two miles from the Market Harborough train station. Arriving by train Read more…