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Narrowboat -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, England

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Christine...
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
“The Best Weekend EVER!!”
Reviewed 17 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Star Narrowboats is awesome! We hired Queenie for two nights in February and had the best time. We had never even stepped on a narrow boat before, but the boat was simple and easy to handle and the instructions we got before setting off were thorough and reassuring. The instruction are all in a manual on the boat but we didn't need to look at them - the boat lesson we got from Hester before we set off was enough.
The marina is ideally situated to get to either Manchester or more rural destinations; we got as far as the Rivr Bollin aqueduct (which has stunning views) then turned round and headed back. We moored up in Sale one night which is great if you need to pick up supplies but the guide books (provided) give details on Louis all along the canal.
And now the boat.... I didn't want to give it back! Queenie is stunning: full kitchen (four hobs, grill, oven), drinking water, hot and powerful shower (better than most hotels!), full size double bed with luxurious bedding... The list goes on! But the best bit is the attention to detail...the coal burner was started, the storage solutions were brill... There were even ice cubes in the freezer!
I could go on, but I think I've covered the best bits. Amazing price for all of the stuff I've mentioned... Just book

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Management Response
18 Feb 2015
Thanks Christine for your great review of Queenie, I'm glad you enjoyed the hire and it was good to meet you both. Maybe I'll see you again one day, Hester
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DebbiiT
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Our Narrowboat experience was even batter than our expectations, and they were high to begin with!”
Reviewed 8 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Booking with StarNarrowboat holidays was easy. As soon as contact was made with Hester, through her website and via email, it was an extremely personal and individual service. Her approachfullness, help/advice/instruction and persona was thoroughly reassuring and more-than just useful.
We were lucky enough to book Queenie from 31st December - 2nd January. She is new to the waterways herself and since it was our first time on a canal it meant that the three of us had novice expertise only.
No problems though!
Queenie is a lovely little craft; clean, cute, (VERY) cosy and, thankfully, compliant!. We didn't have any difficulties putting into practice all the advise and instructions that Hester had, so adequately, given us in the lesson prior to "going alone".
If the measure of this adventure depended on the cruising distance we managed to achieve, then it wouldn't amount to much, because, in reality, you don't get to go too far per hour. But rather, we rated our New Year break by the amount of pleasure we got from
-doing something new,
-working as a team (Captain and First Mate!) especially each time we moored or cast off,
-the friendly greetings from other canal users.... on the water and on the tow path, as we passed,
-the cosines, comfort and spech' of the galley down below,
-managing the solid fuel burner,
-mastering the required maneuvres at the winding holes in order to change direction,
-being wrapped up against the rain, the cold and the wind as we made our way up the canal,
-mooring for the night..... and then settling down in the ambiance of Queenie.
All-in-all, it was BRILLIANT and if we could give more than a five star rating, we would..... well we do; its five from him and five from her = ten!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
9 Jan 2015
Thanks Debbie for your kind and very comprehensive review of Queenie, I have a big smile on my face! Thanks too for taking care of the boat and I'm really glad you enjoyed your new year. Hope to meet you both again sometime, Hester.
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eleanor c
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Fantastic experience”
Reviewed 29 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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I booked Queenie for my partner and i to stay on for his birthday. We had such a fantastic time! so much so we are now intending on buying our own boat! the boat was so comfortable and cosy. the lesson was extremely helpful and easy to understand we were on our way to cruising in no time! I would recomend this highly, and would definatley do it again!

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Management Response
9 Jan 2015
Lovely to meet you Ellie and thanks so much for your review of Queenie. Send me some photos when you get your boat.
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Donna1403...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful memorable experience!”
Reviewed 10 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Four ladies and a canal boat. Needless to say we were a little intimidated but with reassurance and calm and precise instruction from Hester, we were just fine. I would strongly recommend Gloria as a wonderful, clean, warm and inviting experience to groups or couples. Despite the pouring rain, we had the most wonderful time. :) not one negative, just great fun, outdoors, fresh air and a lovely zone in which to chill out. Go for it!!!!!

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Management Response
13 Nov 2014
Thanks for leaving your review Donna. You didn't seem intimidated by the prospect of taking charge of the boat and in fact you were ace!
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Buj W
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Outstanding week”
Reviewed 5 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We have been doing October Narrowboat holidays together for the last 10/12 years and have always hired boats from large companies. Hestor's little company , Star Narrowboats, is an absolute gem of a company . Our stay on 'Gloria' was a superb week from the moment we met her at the Bridgewater Marina . She was exremely accomodating and the boat was immaculate. One of the best features was the fact that it was very well equipped. Believe me we have been on some sparsely equipped boats before!!!!The wood burner made the evenings extremely cosy and the engine purred along majestically!!!All in all one of our most pleasant narrowboat holidays . Cannot recommend this highly enough!! Thanks Hester!!

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Management Response
11 Nov 2014
Thanks for your lovely review Buj and glad all went well. We've completed the upgrade on the settee in the lounge area now - set back further from the fire, easier to pull out into the bed position and way more spacious - so come back next year!! Best wishes Hester.
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h0lidayfr...
manchester
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
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“Brilliant relaxing weekend”
Reviewed 27 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Booked this boat for a long weekend just too see if it suited us. I have only been on cruises never narrow boats. What a fantastic boat it is with everything you should need. The double bed was very comfy with lovely bedding. Hester was very helpful and nothing too much trouble. Would definitely recommend this superb narrow boat especially to anyone that hasn't tried one before.

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Liked best: The peace and quiet and the lovely people you meet on the way.
Liked least: The two steep steps into cabin, could do with couple of handles to pull yourself up with.
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Management Response
28 Sep 2014
Hello Carole, thanks for leaving your review. I'm glad you had a good trip and welcome back anytime. Best wishes Hester
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Jim73Manc...
Manchester
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful break......off the scale.....thanks Hester and Gloria.”
Reviewed 4 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

My 7 year old daughter and I stayed aboard and were joined by mum and dad. Only stayed 2 nights, staying at Sale and then Lymm before returning to Boothstown marina on Tuesday 2nd September. Gloria is well equipped and for a novice like me, I was happy and chilled within about 30 mins of setting off thanks to all the help and guidance from the hour's "tuition" from Hester. Definitely recommend Lymm. Would stay longer than 2 nights next time and explore the country canal networks more. Hester was fab.....what more can I say ? We all loved the break and definitely will be returning before the year is out. 11 / 10 to Gloria - we're missing you already.

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Liked best: Gloria.......simples !!!!
Liked least: leaving Gloria
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
28 Sep 2014
James, I'm glad it was all worth the planning. You know where we are now, see you again sometime. Hester
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