Reasons to Hire

If you are new to narrow-boating, feel free to have a look at our useful information below!

Top 10 Reasons to Hire

Our narrowboat will be ready to hire from summer 2018 and we think there are lots of reasons you’ll want to book her for a holiday!

Here are our top ten…

1. Family Getaway

The ultimate family getaway, all year round.

Snug, king-sized bed and deep mattress

Full shower

Modern lighting

Away from the crowds


2. Inspiring scenery

Enjoy the peaceful and unspoiled waterways and wake up to a different view every day. A boating 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.

4. Bespoke itineraries

Centrally Based

Our central location in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire means that there are several routes to choose from. Select one of our suggested itineraries or plan your own.

5. Value

Our mini breaks and holidays include:

Fuel for power and heating

Comprehensive training on boat operation

Round-the-clock assistance if needed

Accommodation, travel and cooking all in one places make this cheaper than other holidays.


6. One-of-a-kind

Our narrowboat is like no other; she has a unique steel top, hand-built to provide ultimate insulation.

Warm in winter, cool in summer

Maximum ceiling height of 6’4”

Contemporary design


7. Safety

We provide a range of safety features as listed below.

Safety and maintenance checks before each hire

Fully licensed and insured for hire

Hire Boat Safety Certificate

Suitable for novices and experienced boaters


8. Stylish design

Modern features contrast with rustic materials to bring warmth and style.

  • simple layered linen fabrics
  • muted colours
  • rustic timber cladding
  • antique touches
fezziwig boat

9. Cosy pubs

Pubs and more

All of our itineraries include options to eat out at a restaurant or enjoy a drink or two at a riverside 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 Bar.


10. Personal touch

We like our customers..happy.

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

how it works

Booking with us is easy

Simply click on the button below to hire Alouette today

Choose your boat

Choose between our stunning narrowboat and our brand new cruiser style boat.

Book with confidence

Choose your date and numbers of visitors and book your slot today.

Enjoy your stay

Enjoy an unforgettable experience and do not hesitate to ask Tim any questions.


Fantastic boat, a great set up for our family of four. Lovely and cosy, perfect for cruising in chilly February. Hosts were very friendly and welcoming.
Milla Yuna
Fantastic boat, a great set up for our family of four. Lovely and cosy, perfect for cruising in chilly February. Hosts were very friendly and welcoming.
Merry Riana
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Things To Do

Explore our list of Things To Do in Cambridge
and join us for an unforgettable boat trip!