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Griffin Narrowboat Holidays

England / Willington, Derbyshire
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Glide along the Trent and Mersey Canal in style, aboard a warmly welcoming pet-and-eco-friendly narrowboat.

Family-owned, Green Tourism Award winning, pet friendly and full of cosy comfort, you'll find Silver Ann 2 moored at Mercia Marina, a tranquil South Derbyshire haven that includes a sensory garden, nature trails and windswept wildlife walks.

Mercia Marina is also the largest inland marina in Europe, stretching out amongst 74 acres of beautiful countryside at the heart of canal country. You simply couldn't be better placed for gliding along the glistening waterways of the Trent and Mersey Canal, without a care in the world.

Better still, your can relax in the knowledge that your carbon footprint will be reassuringly light. Not only is canal boat hire one of the greenest holiday options you can choose, but the friendly owners are fully committed to environmental care. Silver Ann 2 uses LCD lighting and solar panels, with all linen and towels made from bamboo - which is sustainable, hypoallergenic and irresistibly soft! Fuel is also treated for fewer emissions.

You'll find it easy to relax on board, with everything you need provided for a restful break. The décor is cheery and colourful, with homely furnishings and hand-painted accessories. There are kitchen and bathroom facilities, a downy double bed, and a seating area overlooked by an elegant stained-glass window - an ideal spot for that first morning coffee.

Complimentary duck and swan food is provided, so you can feed your neighbours as you travel. You've got the option to treat yourselves, too, with a tasty breakfast or ‘Taste of the Shires' hamper available to order during your stay!

Meanwhile, you'll find plenty of thoughtful touches aboard Silver Ann 2 to help ease your holiday time along. There's an artist's easel for creative types, and fishing rods for those who like to take it a little more easy. And of course, there's always the option to curl up with that book you haven't got around to reading yet.

Take in the scenery at your leisure, making peaceful stops wherever the mood takes you. Perhaps plan a trip to the nature reserve at Fradley Junction, test your pottery skills at World of Wedgewood (where you can also enjoy delicious tea and cake), or learn some fascinating history at Calke Abbey.

There are endless opportunities to take your four-legged friend for exhilarating walks, too - along with plenty of dog-friendly pubs to while away some time in. You'll even find a dog basket and a doggy life jacket provided... the owners really have thought of everything!

With a holiday aboard the Silver Ann 2, messing about on the river has never seemed so appealing. So pack up your loved one and your best furry friend, and head for the soothing waterways.

Things to note

Welcome packs may be amended according to dietary requirements, enquire for details.  Well behaved dogs are very welcome, a refundable deposit is required, enquire for details. No smoking permitted. Guests receive a discount card which enables them to get at least a 10% discount at local eateries and attractions. For every holiday booked with Griffin Narrowboat Holidays, they will fund a great day out for a disadvantaged children or youth via the 'Trip for a Trip' project.

Tried and tested

"Fabulous four days! A completely new experience which tested our teamwork skills! Loved operating the locks... amazing bit of engineering. Thank you Mary-Ann. Looking forward to our next trip."

"We have had a very calm, interesting and fun time on board. Friendly people and new knowledge have made our travel unforgettable. Thanks so much for everything, Mary-Ann."

"Had a lovely time. Would recommend to anyone looking for a break from the hustle and bustle. It makes you live a different lifestyle. Great to see this part of the world from a different perspective."

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The basics

Region: Willington, Derbyshire
Cost (from): £350 (3 nights)
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 999


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Sleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, shower, hairdryer, kitchen area, multi-fuel stove, matches & fuel provided, hob, cooker, fridge, crockery, cutlery, kitchen equipment, condiments, picnic blanket, picnic cool box, LCD lighting, solar power, TV, DVD player, CD player, CDs, music/radio system (smartphone compatible), iron & board, free Wi-Fi, welcome pack provided (bread, milk, eggs, cereals, pasta sauce plus extras), dog baskets, life jackets.

Local activities

Geocaching, fishing, walking, cycling, museums, wharf buildings, mills, golf, galleries, micro-breweries, nature reserve.

At a glance

  • A charming, family-owned Green Tourism Award winning narrowboat moored at Derbyshire's Mercia Marina. Ideal for couples (and the dog) looking for a tranquil stay at the heart of canal country.
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable, Silver Ann 2 is powered by solar panels and LCD lighting, with bamboo linen and towels and treated fuel for fewer emissions.
  • There is free WiFi on board, with optional extras including an artist's easel and fishing rods.
  • Dog baskets and life jackets are provided, and there is an option to order food hampers during your stay.

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