Kate Boats
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Self drive narrowboat hire and canal boat holidays on the canals in the Heart of England. Whether you are looking for a fun family holiday or want to take life at a more tranquil pace, you'll find our fleet of narrowboats provide the luxury and convenience usually associated with private craft. We offer short breaks or longer cruises from two different bases in the Warwickshire area. All prices include damage waiver, all fuel and car parking. Nothing more to pay, unless you bring your family pet with you although we do have 2 boats that are completely pet free for any allergy sufferers. We look forward to meeting you!
Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England

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Mark T
Bedford, UK163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked our boat with Kate Boats on the day we were due to go on holiday as we’d had a cancellation from our original providers. Having found the boat online at 830am, we were all sorted by 9am and canal side by 2pm!

The handover was well managed, with adequate COVID-19 measures in place and after a quick replacement of the starter motor that broke on demonstration, we were off!

We had trouble with one of our two toilets not working, but somebody came out and fixed it and it luckily only took about half an hour whilst we stopped for some lunch.

Other than that, we had a great few days on the Grand Union canal - we probably did more miles than I’d advise in retrospect as you are always on the go, but with a more leisurely approach it would be idyllic. We found some great pubs and places to eat over the four days we were out, and met some lovely people.

All in all, definitely worth the money (it’s not a cheap holiday) and would like to do it again some day.
Written 7 August 2020
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Chris C
Ashington, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Our 1st narrow boating experience was somewhat hampered by a wet & windy May bank holiday. However, we survived the initial wild weather & were given great instructions by Andrew for driving the boat & lock operation. Beware this is not a sit back & let the world go by experience - someone has to to operate & steer the boat for the days cruising (about 6 hours); you really need 2 people to operate the locks efficiently & moor the boat up, as well as one person steering. Our boat Molly May, was very well equipped, warm & cosy against the inclement English weather! We managed to find places to eat (despite the outdoor only COVID restrictions) & were able to cook onboard with the gas oven & hob. We chose a canal with only a few locks for our 1st time (north Oxford canal) which was a great idea & allowed us to cover a greater distance. The countryside & baby animals during springtime were beautiful & the pace is leisurely.
Written 24 May 2021
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tommo60
dorset12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Reception and instruction walk round exceptional .Took the Warwick ring route clockwise ,Had to call out the technicians to remove a car tyre rapped around the prop which they removed and carried on with or journey ,Highly recommend The Boat Inn Minworth on the route .The narrow boat was fitted out really well 70ft Louise loads of space and kitted out really well. Highly recommend Kate Boats
Written 21 August 2022
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ColumbusCoventry
Coventry, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Great 3 day break aboard a well fitted out canal narrow boat bit of both worlds
Relaxing and active when doing locks.
Staff friendly and helpful great company to do your 1st canal trip we hired a 70 foot boat for our first trip and managed really well .
People you meet on your canal journey found to be really friendly and helpful
Would definitely do it again and would use Kate Boats again
Written 31 August 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. We are pleased you had a good time and weren't too daunted for your first go! Hopefully we will see you again!
Written 1 September 2020
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Gerald Procter
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a friendly company, well organised for Covid restrictions, and the boat we rented (Rachel) was first class. She was spotlessly clean and well equipped: cooker and fridge as good as our ones at home, with plenty of hot water, a fine shower and very effective central heating. At only 47 feet she was easy to handle, with a responsive engine that was well suited to the boat. Passing through locks, while not effortless, was never a problem. A very enjoyable, good-value holiday.
Written 12 May 2021
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steve
Nottingham, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
From the very first phone call to book a boat to any questions I thought of were answered with no fuss. On arrival the boat was ready and very clean + pointing in the direction for the route we had picked, we were shown round the boat with yet another friendly member of staff, at the first lock another member of staff was there to show us how to operate it, yes again very polite and friendly,my only grudge is when we moored up opposite the night before retuning the boat I could see my car was moved and left unlocked. (The mirrors were out and fold when locked)
Written 30 May 2021
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Marie B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The whole experience was brilliant, Andrew from Kate boats was so helpful in setting us up and ensuring we new what we were doing as this was our first time and especially under the circumstances of the Covid restrictions, he worked very hard.
The boat was lovely and very well stocked with all the essentials we needed, and on the whole, plenty of storage space. We travelled from Stocton to Stoke Bruerne and back again and this was a very comfortable trip to do in one week with a good mixture of locks and tunnels to have a go with. We even had a couple of pubs open and managed to eat out, under normal circumstances there would be a few more along the way, plenty though.
We would definitely do a canal holiday again and would definitely use Kate boats again 😊.
Written 13 July 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your 'nearly honeymoon' and great news about the pubs! We look forward to seeing you again!
Written 14 July 2020
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Matt
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Just back from a brilliant week on the Stratford canal starting at the Warwick yard.
Our boat,Georgina,was spotlessly cleaned for our pick up,and a very polite and knowledgeable young man (sorry,didn't get his name!) gave us a briefing of how it worked.
We then made our way to the first lock about 10 mins away,where the same peson showed us the lock and taught us how to opperate them.
After we was happy,we were on our way.
The only problem we had was an engine issue on the Sunday afternoon,but the engineer was out within the hour and sorted it.
Overall it was a fantastic holiday,but very hard work,especially the Hatton Locks,but that's all part of the experience.
Will definitely use Kate Boats again and do other routes!
Written 30 September 2020
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Fiona Y
Guildford, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Half term weekend and the news is constantly of delays at airports .. soooo glad we are on the peaceful English canals! Wonderful two week trip with our friends on the superbly equipped boat which has every modern facility (essential for those who like me Don't Do Camping): 2 shower rooms with proper flushing toilets, excellent galley with full sized oven (and separate grill) and also microwave; central heating for the unseasonal weather (and drying off your towels!) and comfortable beds.

There's plenty of choice of routes from Stockton, ambitious or relaxed. The friends who came with us were delighted by the varied scenery (from Gas Street Basin, Birmingham, to the quietest countryside canals with ducklings, goslings and cygnets).

Cheryl and her team in this friendly family run business are really helpful and efficient and we would definitely recommend hiring from them again.
Written 31 May 2022
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Kevyn S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
This is the third time I’ve sailed with Kate Boats, they’ve been excellent every time. We had the Henry James for a week the information and advice was spot on, the staff were friendly and very helpful and everything was as they said it would be …. Kate Boats …. You’re the best :)
Written 19 September 2022
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