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Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!

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Feather and down duvets this is the bedroom aboard our boat Queenie
Winter narrowboat hire
Queenie doing the Cheshire Ring
1 of 28Feather and down duvets this is the bedroom aboard our boat Queenie
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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
Narrowboat
We opened again for business on 4th July. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic we are experiencing many changes with our availability - to be sure which dates are available once the lock-down is lifted and restrictions are eased please get in touch. We have just retired our boat 'Gloria' this listing is for our 2 person boat 'Queenie'. So, should you take a narrowboat holiday? Well, we are based in the UK, you can stay on the boat for most of the holiday 'Queenie' is set up for self catering - we know Christmas dinner has been made on both boats many times. Alternatively do what most people do and have your evening meals at a canal side pub and then back to the boat for a night cap on the back deck hopefully stargazing. We charge a £590 for 3 nights and up to £1,430 for 7 nights for...We opened again for business on 4th July. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic we are experiencing many changes with our availability - to be sure which dates are available once the lock-down is lifted and restrictions are eased please get in touch. We have just retired our boat 'Gloria' this listing is for our 2 person boat 'Queenie'. So, should you take a narrowboat holiday? Well, we are based in the UK, you can stay on the boat for most of the holiday 'Queenie' is set up for self catering - we know Christmas dinner has been made on both boats many times. Alternatively do what most people do and have your evening meals at a canal side pub and then back to the boat for a night cap on the back deck hopefully stargazing. We charge a £590 for 3 nights and up to £1,430 for 7 nights for 2 people aboard 'Queenie'. Translated that's £102 per person per 24 hrs for a 7 night holiday. We are open all year round and keep the same prices all year too. We offer a unique, bright, spacious and clean narrowboat for hire and we have been doing so since 2012. We have welcomed guests (beginners and experienced hirers) from many different places such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel and of course all over the UK. We started with 'Gloria' and in 2014 we brought 'Queenie' to the water. In October 2016 we gained Quality Accredited Boatyard (QAB) status (this is awarded to us and not the marina where we are based). 'Gloria' retired in August 2020. We offer different rates depending on whether you use the boats on the canal or for static houseboat accommodation. Do get in touch, we aim to be as flexible as we can. For static hire our prices start at £170 per 24 hours - this decreases to £90 per night for 2 or more nights booked. The calendar on this site is for 'Queenie' and is kept up to date. Our location in the Northwest of England offers quick access to canal routes that provide opportunities for beginners and more experienced boaters. We provide assistance with boat handling, route planning, and have maps on board. 'Queenie is well loved. the boat has a well equipped kitchen, bathroom with a shower. We are open all year round and we offer a clean, warm and unique boat if you want to escape for Christmas and the New Year or just want a winter break. Have a look at the testimonials on our website StarNarrowboatHolidays. Please note: Star Narrowboat Holidays is an independent business and has no business connections with any other boat hire companies. We have been operating since 2012. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Due to the nature of narrowboat hire we do not take bookings for anyone under the age of 21 yrs (as the main hirer).
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Hester C
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2012
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Reviewed 16 September 2020

Our third trip on Queenie - five nights slowly meandering along the canal in sunshine - bliss. It's a lovely break from the narrative of COVID 19 - far from the madding crowd. Life felt normal and calm with plenty of pubs and takeaways along...More

Date of stay: September 2020
1  Thank elizabeth060
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2020

Really good to see you again...and the fur ball. Always interesting to chat. Thanks very much for your kind compliments about the boat and great weather for you again. All best Hester :)

Reviewed 6 January 2020

We wanted a different Christmas so we rented Hester's narrowboat Gloria - and it was glorious. We'd never stayed on a narrowboat before so we were worried that it might be cold, but with central heating and Gloria's solid fuel stove it was very cosy,...More

Date of stay: December 2019
1  Thank lindawP5397SG
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2020

Thanks for your review Linda. Really happy that Gloria' got to spend her last Christmas with you (as a Star Narrowboat Holidays sister). All the best to you all, and I bet you find your yacht in Turkey super 'cosy' after spending time on a...More

Reviewed 23 November 2019

We had a fantastic time on Queenie we spent two nights on her very warm and cosy bed the first night we were mooring up by Ye Old No.3 Pub fantastic food there, in the morning we heading to Lymm where we had breakfast then...More

Date of stay: November 2019
1  Thank Louis_Eckersall
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2019

Hey Louis and Tay - just saw your ace review - thanks so much and more than that - I'm glad you loved your weekend break - you know where we are :)

Reviewed 15 November 2019

First time on a canal boat and loved it, Hester provided great training for handling the boat and always had prompt communication throughout booking and the stay. Boat has been kept to immaculate standard, definitely considering getting one of my own :)

Date of stay: November 2019
3  Thank ToriEdl
Reviewed 6 August 2019

We hired Queenie for 3 nights and this was our first attempt at narrow boating. With Hester's expert tuition we had a disaster free weekend. Queenie was equipped with everything we could need and was much more comfortable than we could have imagined. the only...More

Date of stay: July 2019
3  Thank katelios2019
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2019

Ann, thanks very much for your wonderful TA review - it means ALOT. I'm most happy that you had a good trip aboard 'Queenie' and that the boat behaved itself!! Birthday was great thanks, dashing between rain drops in Manchester. I'll be in touch about...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2019

We had been considering a narrow boat holiday in the UK for a long time. Star Narrowboat Holidays appealed to us because of its proximity to the airport, its flexible letting arrangements and of course the boats looked great too. Had never been on a...More

Date of stay: July 2019
3  Thank MartyDoyle
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2019

Hello Both, THANK YOU. What a great review. I really enjoyed spending boat lesson time with you. I look forward to our next meeting. Hester

Reviewed 9 June 2019

My fella and I booked five nights aboard Queenie as we are thinking of being liveaboards and some day getting our own boat. We chose Star narrow boats because they are fitted out as homes rather than hire boats. We couldn’t have asked for more....More

Date of stay: April 2019
4  Thank 271richyr
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

Thanks Both for your great review of the time you spent aboard 'Queenie'.Send me some pics when you get your own boat!!! :)

Reviewed 29 May 2019

We've recently returned from a brilliant 2 night cruise on board 'Queenie'. We'd hired a day boat before and always fancied spending a bit longer aboard a narrowboat, but not knowing whether we'd enjoy it or whether it would be uncomfortable and we'd hate it....More

Date of stay: May 2019
2  Thank Alan580428
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2019

Thanks very, very much Alan for taking the time to leave your wonderful review - and I'm glad you were able to appreciate the eclectic range of DVD's ;)

Reviewed 16 May 2019

Hester is the perfect host - the boat was extremely clean and comfortable - this was our first time and we loved it!!! If your a novice then do the Bridgwater canal as there are no locks or any problems... the countryside was beautiful and...More

Date of stay: April 2019
2  Thank Alan D
Footprints399015, VR Owner at Star Narrowboat Holidays - Unique Narrowboat Hire since 2012. Have A Look!, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2019

Ahh thanks Alan, kind words. Glad you all loved it, see you again :)

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We had an excellent stay on Gloria, Great boat in very nice condition. Engine never skipped a beat. Beautiful part of the canal ( lock free ) up to Preston Brook. We can not wait to book another trip with Star, next time we shall...More

Date of stay: August 2018
2  Thank HOLIDAYQUEENMAISEY
Management response:Responded 15 August 2018

Wow! Thanks for your fab review. Come back both and take 'Queenie out! Hester xx

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Boat Available
Books
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Towels Provided
TV
Water Views
Waterfront
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
City Getaway
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
You will have good access to the Cheshire Ring, The Anderton Boat Lift the Rochdale canal and the Leeds Liverpool canal. Manchester and the surrounding area is friendly and full of interesting places to visit and things to do. The Bridgewater canal (where our boats are moored) is lock free but if you want to go through some locks and even experience the Anderton Boat Lift you will have easy access to all of this. For a longer hire of around 3 weeks you could cruise to Llangollen and back. If you fancy travelling to Liverpool and mooring in the centre of the old port area our base is in a convenient location for the (assisted passage needs to be pre booked).
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