Four female friends (a very well-travelled mix of journalists, food writers, artists, teachers - and mums!) decided that Manchester was the next place for a city break. So, where to stay? Shunning the soul-less, corporate hotels, we dived in to the idea of staying on board Castlerose - a beautiful wide-beam barge situated close to all the amenities of Manchester. What a hit it proved to be - even in the middle of winter!
Yes, it was wise to take hot water bottles - though as soon as the heating and wood-burning stove kicked in, it was the cosiest place you could imagine - with a perfect living area for catching up on all the news. The boat is beautifully designed, with everything you could wish for.
This is a unique, special experience that places you in a very special setting - separate from the hustle and bustle of city life - yet right in the middle of it too!
What a fantastic ,relaxing and luxurious getaway from hectic life ,this was a getaway with a difference .
We started at Castlefield basin with a great venue for a meal at Albert's shed and had a great night aboard the boat with the log burner warming away as we ate
This was a 5 star boat with two beautiful bathrooms and all mod cons with a big double bed and door's opening too a seated area onto the front of the 14ft wide wide beam boat.
We then were skippered by our genial host and owner Steve on a great and interesting journey over aquaducts and countryside to Worsley.
We then returned th next morning back to Castlefield and enjoyed every moment looking at different vista's around every corner.
Would recommend this experience to anybody ,we were a family of 5 and this had the WOW factor,and would have also been very romantic for a couple.
We have just spent 3 nights and 4 days sailing up and down the Manchester Ship Canal on Castlerose. Our 2 young boys have absolutely loved the experience and we have created some really special memories. Skipper Steve was brilliant!
The beautiful boat is really spacious and has everything you could possibly need. The wood burning stove made the boat so cosy. We would definitely do it again.
Our friend booked our stay as a surprise for us. We would recommend this boat for all ages it's in a great location and plenty to do only a ten minute walk to Deansgate. The boat is lovely and spacious with everthing you need for your stay.
I stated on the Castlerose in July with 5 friends and we had an amazing weekend. The boat is beautiful, spacious and has absolutely everything you could need even a wine cooler!
We relaxed on the boat all day and then went to the bars in castlefield which are minutes walk away. It was great being able to walk home and not have to worry about taxis.
The Castlerose was so much more comfortable than a hotel, it was like home from home and a great service from the owners Steph and Steve. I will definitely be staying there again!
We stayed for 3 nights. The boat was absolutely gorgeous and very roomy. We travel to Manchester a lot but had never discovered Castleford. We took advantage of the skippered cruise the owners offer and it was very relaxing.
We definitely hope to return soon.
My partner and I were looking for something a little different/special and, when we stumbled upon the Castlerose, it was exactly what we were looking for. When we arrived our lovely hosts made us feel very comfortable as they showed us around the beautifully furnished, spacious, and homely boat. It even has a working fireplace!! The location was perfect - a walkable distance to many of Manchester's main attractions and restaurants.
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