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“Outstandingly good boats”
Review of Andersen Boats

Andersen Boats
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Canal boating is for anyone who just want to do something completely different from the everyday world. Andersen Boats is a family run business in Middlewich for 40 years. Canal boating with the best starting point for a perfect canal holiday across England & Wales. We offer day boat hire and longer breaks, so you can take a short or a long tour of our beautiful canals. For our day hire you can spend the day cruising the Canals around Middlewich Cheshire, in one of our superb Canal Boats. With easy to operate controls and expert handover, our canal boats are lots of fun for adults and children alike. So celebrating a birthday? Special event? or just having a fun day out, this inexpensive treat is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of our countryside. Relax with family and friends. Give us a call.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Just back from 2 weeks on Salten Fjord, the 2nd year running we've hired from Andersen Boats. We are experienced boaters, so perhaps fussier than most.

This family/company seem to take a real pride in turning out their boats in 1st class condition both mechanically and cosmetically. The first time we hired from Andersen I visited other local boat hire companies and looked at their boats. The difference at Andersen was significant, whilst the prices were similar - an easy choice then.

Compared to others, the boats were extremely well fitted out with good quality materials and no damage to the interiors. Externally (the toughest area for hire boats) the boats are in amazing condition - clearly the paintwork receives a lot of attention during the year, not just out of season.

We perhaps aren't the easiest of customers. We ended up wanting to pick up the boat a day late, and give it back late on Sunday afternoon, rather than Monday morning. This was accommodated with no fuss whatsoever, despite being outside of normal hours.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend, or use again.

2  Thank gabble22
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Four old farts recently took a canal boat out from Middlewich to Llangollen and we have a fantastic trip. The boat was very well equipped and Andersen were very helpful with our booking etc. I would thoroughly recommend them as a company and would have no hesitation in booking a boat from them in the future - well done.

2  Thank Martin G
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

As ever, clean tidy well presented boat prepared by friendly helpful staff.
Two week slow chug to Llangollen to start with, returning to go through Preston Brook Tunnel and stop at Bramble Cuttings for our penultimate night, simply wonderful place to moor.
Dexter's first canal holiday (our 16month old cocker spaniel) and he loved it too, including his little swimming sessions.
If you're thinking of taking a canal break, then we would have no hesitation in recommending Andersen Boats, they are a hard act to follow, which is one reason we keep coming back!

1  Thank Paul W
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We hired the narrowboat Fjord Contessa from Andersen Boats for the May Day bank holiday week 2014. We have previousy used the company for similar hires a number of times in the past, over several years. As ever, in 2014 the service from Andersen was efficient, friendly and helpful. The boat was presented in a clean We had no problems with the boat throughout the week. Would recommend a canal holiday from Anderson Boats anytime!

1  Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Well what can we say! First trip on a narrow boat and a little nervous re some of the practicalities. However we were greeted warmly and shown around the boat. What a lovely boat too! Seemed to be far superior to some of the other hired narrow boats we saw. This is a family firm that take pride in their work. Once familiarised with the boat we were taken through two locks, before being left to it, ensuring we were confident with working the canal locks before departure. The boat had everything we needed and was a real home from home for our weeks holiday.
A mention should also be given to the "Kings Lock Inn", just a very short distance (3 locks up from Andersen Boatyard). It had a bad reputation but has been recently taken over. The atmosphere now is lovely, very welcoming staff serving very reasonable high quality food, traditional ales and farmhouse ciders. As well as some reasonable wines if you prefer!!!
Thank you Andersen Boats-we will return

4  Thank Bobo51
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