luxury canal boat holidays

Welcome to Moonraker Canalboat Holidays - The home of luxury widebeam canal boat hire

For over 15 years our family business has been providing canal boat holidays of the highest standard. Located on the beautiful Kennet and Avon canal in rural Wiltshire, our fleet of luxury canal boats are available for hire from our base in Honeystreet - a unique location in the English countryside and less than two hours drive from London.

All our bespoke narrowboats are built and designed by us to the highest standards and have have achieved a 5 star rating from Visit Britain. The standard of our canal boat hire is reflected in the care and customer service we offer our guests, nothing is ever too much trouble and we'll always go that extra mile to ensure your canal boat holiday is everything you hoped it to be and more!

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Latest News & Canal Information

Introducing our new boat Moonlight!

Our new 5 star canal boat Moonlight will be available this summer. Availability isn't on the website for this boat as she will only be ready for service from mid August, so please contact us for details. New boats book up very quickly, so if you would like to reserve your dates let us know today.

23rd March '14

You wouldn't believe it's approuching summer after witnessing the freak hail storm we just had here on the Kennet and Avon Canal! Hopefully the last of the bad weather. Water levels on the canal are fantastic due to the rain this winter, now we just need the sun!

3rd October 2013

The summer season is quickly coming to an end, which is the perfect time to start thinking about booking your canal boat holiday. If you're considering hiring a boat during peak season, we suggest provisionally booking your canal boat holiday as soon as possible to avoid losing your ideal dates.

1st September 2013

Welcome to our new website - we hope you enjoy our new website. If you have any comments or feedback please let us know as your opinions would be really useful.

Traditional Style Widebeam Canalboat Hire

Unlike most canal boats for hire, our boats are traditional style 10 foot widebeams - which means they're an extra 3 foot in width compared to a standard narrowboat. This extra space may not sound like much, but really does make all the difference on your canal boat holiday. Enjoy cruising in sublime comfort with free standing furniture, extra head room, decent king-sized beds and lots of space to move around, making the whole experience that much more enjoyable. Not only do you get the extra interior space, but their width makes them extremely stable on the water with little to no rocking - and they're easy to steer, too!

Unlimited and comprehensive one to one training

We understand that hiring a canal boat can seem a little intimidating if you've not experienced it before. So if you're slightly apprehensive about the steering and manouvering, then let us help you push those worries aside with our unlimited training and tuition from our very experienced staff. We'll stay with you until you feel comfortable and confident to continue by yourselves. During your narrowboat holiday, we're just a phone call away for advice or help and we're always happy to come and assist you.

Those of you with experience under your belt will be delighted with the handy bow-thrusters, which make manouvering through locks, mooring up, passing other boats and navigating during windy days, a breeze!

Special Occasions

Whether you're looking to hire a canal boat as a surprise for somebody, an anniversary afloat, or even a special Honeymoon holiday, we're happy to help make your narrowboat holiday all it can be and more. Our bespoke packages can be tailored to suit any occasion, so if you have an idea just let us know and we'll see what we can do.

With our on-site Cafe & Tea Gardens, we can provide homemade celebration cakes or even arrange evening private dining for you and your guests. Please contact us for further information regarding special occasions during your canal boat holiday.

Our Canal Boat Hire: What makes us different?

Here at Moonraker Canalboats, we do canal boat hire a little differently - our canalboats are widebeams: built and designed with our guests' experience in mind, which means we've considered all the little details that make the space you live and sleep in that extra special. We believe the key to a luxurious experience is space. Space is something that isn't usually associated with canal boat hire, but because our boats are widebeam narrowboats, they have amble amounts room, which means you can enjoy your time without being cramped during your canal boat holiday.

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