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Aqua Narrowboats

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| Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton upon Trent DE13 8DZ, England
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Beautiful boat

First time with Aqua, won’t be the last. Beautiful boat with excellent facilities and very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gwendra1961
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Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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A Great Experience

I am a bit of a novice with boats however I was given great instructions, all easy to follow, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patchesmum
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Aqua Narrowboats is a family company specialising in Private Bespoke Boat Building and luxury canal boat hire & holidays established in 2004. As of 2018 our hire boats are based at Barton Turns Marina, on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire. This site is unstaffed except on Turnaround days, therefore please contact our Head Office at Mercia Marina in Derbyshire (we do not have any hire boats at Mercia Marina). From our hire base at Barton Turns there is a range of canal networks for you to enjoy your narrowboat holiday including the Four Counties Ring, the Staffordshire Ring, the Leicester Ring, plus many there and back routes. We are just a 3.5 hour trip to Fradley Junction and a 10 hour cruise to Great Haywood Junction, these main canal junctions mean that lots of route options are within easy reach. All our boats are rated at 5 stars by Visit Britain. The canal boats are replaced every 4 to 5 years for the best possible customer experience.
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First time with Aqua, won’t be the last. Beautiful boat with excellent facilities and very efficient central heating! Unfortunately we didn’t have great weather but we still thoroughly enjoyed the week. Our son and his family of six also hired a boat so we toured...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a bit of a novice with boats however I was given great instructions, all easy to follow, and by the end of the week was fairly confident on the water. The engine was very quiet, great kitchen, lovely shower room and comfy beds....More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

A very enjoyable first time on a narrowboat, my wife and I are in our seventies and Dee is a stroke victim, the design of the boat made boarding and alighting very easy. Instruction given by Dave on our arrival was first class. Because of...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

This was our third booking with Aqua. Their boats are always very well built and prepared. Luxury given the space limitations. Always enjoy the canals themselves. Dog and wife walk miles on the towpath (or is that wife and dog). Eating in is no problem...More

1  Thank JayneandHenryMartin
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This was our 7th Narrow Boat holiday and without doubt our best experience so far. Aqua are only a small hire company in comparison to the other boat yards we have used and not the cheapest. The boats and service are however, high end and...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

We have hired several narrowboats over the years, but none have been anywhere near the quality of the Aqua boats. Clean, comfortable and well equipped - a king size bed as comfortable as the Premier Inn, a good size shower, and a lovely modern kitchen....More

1  Thank bob_and_carole73
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Fantastic week seeing beautiful English countryside and wildlife from a completely different perspective. Thought we would be bored but the experience was full on. The boats are equipped to a very high standard. Suggestions for future trips would be to take a set of really...More

2  Thank grace2909
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Our 6th time with Aqua, re-doing an old favourite - the Black Country Ring on Aqua Beatha with our sons and their partners which made light work of the 101 locks on the ring. We've hired from quite a few different companies over the years...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Our 4th time with Aqua Narrowboats and another fantastic holiday on brand new boat, Aqua Vie. We have some 30 years experience of hiring boats all over the country and abroad, and these boats are the cream of hireboats. Which is why we keep coming...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Aqua narrowboats were superb in helping me organise a surprise weekend on the canal for my husband's 40th birthday. Fantastic on email communication too, even taking receipt of a gift to put on the boat ready for us. Our boat was of a very high...More

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