Our Boutique Narrowboat holidays are popular all year round for lots of reasons. Here are our top ten reasons to hire with us…

1. Boutique retreat for two

The ultimate romantic getaway, all year round.

  • snug, king-sized bed and deep mattress
  • rainfall shower
  • mood lighting
  • contemporary styling

interior luxury canal boat

2. Inspiring scenery

Enjoy the peaceful and unspoiled waterways in the heart of rural England and wake up to a different view every day. A narrowboat holiday is perfect, if you need to slow down for a few days; share the landscape with the wildlife and farm animals – you may see no other humans for a while 🙂



3. All abilities

Full training provided for complete novices as well as experienced boaters. We provide training on handling the boat, as well as teach you how to open locks and navigate the waterways. Each booking has access to our unique online course so that you can do some preparation beforehand, too.

Learning to use locks with Boutique Narrowboats in Northamptonshire

4. Bespoke itineraries

Our central location in Market Harborough, Leicestershire means that there are several routes to choose from. Select one of our suggested itineraries but your boat handover includes a discussion of the routes available to you on the day, so you don’t need to plan unless you want to.

Autumn on the Grand Union Leicester Line houseboat

5. Value

Our mini-breaks and holidays include:

  • fuel for power and heating
  • car parking
  • comprehensive training on boat operation
  • round-the-clock assistance if needed
  • Book online with 30% deposit


6. Interior design

Our narrowboats are like no other because they are all individually-designed and fit out.

Boutique Narrowboat fit out 4

7. Safety

  • safety and maintenance checks before each hire
  • fully licensed and insured for hire
  • hire Boat Safety Certificates
  • suitable for novices and experienced boaters

8.Round the clock support

If you get into difficulty at any time, we will be there to talk on the phone or even come out to you.

9. Cosy pubs

Many routes from Market Harborough include options to eat out at a restaurant or enjoy a drink or two at a canalside pub. You can moor for the night outside most of them (no taxis necessary!) and enjoy an evening to suit your own taste – choose from a rural English pub, a bistro restaurant or even an elegant waterfront gin bar.

Bridge 61 pub at Foxton Locks

10. Personal touch

Let us know if you have any special requirements or questions and we will do our best!


The team at Union Wharf Marina


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