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.

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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? Then you’ll need a bed each and preferably not one that you need to make up every night. An area to socialise all together will be important. And you will need a kitchen large enough to store your food and cookware. You’ll need somewhere to store each of your belongings. If your party is made up of couples rather than family, you might want a separate bathroom each. All this means a longer boat but you won’t feel like you have a lot of extra space to play with inside. Avoid this kind of boat if there is just two of you.

Family canal boats

Boats for families with children need to be robust. You don’t want to be worried about your little ones breaking things or getting mud on the furniture, so it is likely that the boat will be a no-frills kind of vessel. You’ll be supplied with life jackets for each child under 12 and you’ll need storage for all the paraphernalia that comes with little people, so your boat will be longer than one just for two people. A narrowboat suitable for families should include a large table for eating and playing at.

Dog friendly canal boats

These are easy to clean, which means no-nonsense, simple interiors. Whilst you’ll need to take your dog’s bedding and towels, there will need to be somewhere that your dog can sleep and eat. Muddy paws and wet fur are inevitable, so you’ll need additional cleaning equipment on board. 

Luxury canal boat hire for couples

Narrowboats for couples have some unique traits, too. Generally, any extra length in the boat translates as a feeling of spaciousness, because you don’t need the room for additional beds or storage. This means king size beds and larger showers, for instance.

There may be space for a wine fridge or large TV. The fixtures and fittings can be of higher quality, as there is less risk of damage from pets, children or overcrowding.

Luxury canal boat hire for couples with a king size bed

The layout will probably mean a lovely living area at the back, so you can feel close to your partner who is driving the boat. A little breakfast bar rather than a large dining area gives you a perfect spot for dinner a deux.

Luxury canal boat hire for couples on a Boutique Narrowboat

Your holiday is a big investment and the right canal boat is crucial. Take a moment to consider what you need from your holiday before you choose your hire boat company. If you are travelling as a couple, make sure that a touch of luxury is top of the list.

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