It will be our very first experience on a houseboat and my husband and I will be travelling with our 3 little ones (5 and under). Whilst we look forward to the tranquility of the river, we also want to ensure there are places for us to stop a couple of times a day for our little ones onshore (maybe for food or sightseeing). We are planning to spend 3-4 days on the river in May 2014 and need advice on where should we hire the houseboat from, ie our starting point, and where we should head towards. We would appreciate any advice on which companies to hire from. We are looking for mid to luxury boathouses and our two main concerns are child friendly and safety.