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Aqua Narrowboats
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Owner description: Aqua Narrowboats is a company specialising in luxury canal boat hire & holidays and narrowboat experience days operating from their workshop at Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Derbyshire. From this base 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. Experience days are offered early spring as a taster/ confidence builder to narrowboating.
Reviewed 12 July 2014

A fantastic week on Aqua Jetta, the boat is fantastic you get what you pay for.

The hand over was very good if a little long. We will use again as this one of the best boats we have hired, we do at least one hire a year a great way to escape the rat race.

Thank Adam T
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Just spent our wedding anniversary on Aqua Vivo, superb boat, very new and a classy 5 star boat. This is our second time that we hired from Aqua Narrow Boats, and I highly recommend them. They are very professional, friendly, hospitable and most of all very nice people. My husband and I are looking forward our next hire next.

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Our third experience of a canal holiday, and we just can't wait to go again. This was definitely the most comfortable boat we have been on - Aqua Vivo, and we would highly recommend Aqua Boats to anyone. It was great to be phoned the day before our holiday to be told the boat could be collected 2 hours earlier than expected. Great tuition before setting off, and we soon felt totally confident that we could handle any eventuality. Canal folk were so friendly and helpful, so we had no problems navigating the locks or turning the boat in winding holes. The boat handled superbly and the quality of the fittings in the kitchen and bathroom were better than we have at home!
100% recommend booking with this company...we hope to be back soon!

Thank compbh
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Tried a short boating break with Aqua Narrowboats after a long time hiring (starting over 30 years ago) but not having hired a boat for about 8 years. How things have changed. Gone are the rattly cupboard contents every time you start the engine, wearing your winter woollies in the cold and making do with a kitchen and loo from the dark ages of camping, Aqua boats are the complete opposite - quiet, warm, granite-topped kitchen and bathroom, proper shower with plenty of hot water, comfy full size double bed with linens and household basics all provided. The handover was comprehensive and reassuring on managing the facilities of the boat, the area the boats are moored in provided loads of cruising options and it was all surprisingly green and peaceful (we were expecting much more industrialisation going so close to Burton and the A38). Very much recommend Justin and his fleet of boats for a touch of luxury on a boating holiday. We loved it.

2  Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We hired a Aqua Narrowboat (Aqua Leven) for a week at the beginning of September. We were greeted by Lidon who gave us a quick tour of the boat then gave us some time to unpack our bits from the car. Once done, Lindon gave us full tuition on the boat and once we felt comfortable we were taken out onto the canal. Our training lasted 4 hours, however we were extremely grateful for it. As it was our first time, we felt comfortable with the steering and the general runnings of the boat to go out and enjoy our holiday. The boat itself lives up to 'luxury'. We were extremely happy with the inside, all home comforts were there for us! On the second day we realised we didn't have the right map for our journey, Justin found a point to meet us and dropped the map off. Nothing seems too much for the Aqua Narrowboat team, they were on hand whenever necessary. Despite a few days of rain our spirits were not dampened, the boat has ample space and does not feel too enclosed if you want to hide from the rain for the day. All in all a lovely holiday. We look forward to our next trip!

1  Thank Daisy C
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