It's time to set sail on a narrowboat adventure, courtesy of Floating Dreams as you explore the most beautiful waterways in the North West of England ...
... all the while soaking up the charming ambience of the Adele Marie - your unforgettable home on the canal!
Whether you're looking for a romantic break with that very special someone or a treasured family holiday everyone will love, Floating Dreams will not disappoint. Everything is taken in hand, from all you need for a comfy stay to expert instruction to keep you confident on those canals - leaving you free to enjoy your holiday.
You'll begin your journey at Cheshire's Nantwich Marina on the famous Shropshire Union Canal. Here you'll be treated to a friendly ‘Meet and Greet', where a representative from Floating Dreams will take you through all you need to know about the Adele Marie and your journey ahead in an unhurried, ‘ask anything' way - from advising on routes to recommending excellent food-and-drink stops.
Afterwards, all that's left for you to do is reel in that mooring line and start the engine running! From Nantwich, you're presented with a variety of wonderful destinations, including bustling Chester, desirable Middlewich, and picturesque Llangollen. Staffordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Denbighshire - they're all in easy distance and just waiting to be discovered.
Regardless of where you're headed, the best part is undoubtedly the journey! You'll pass through countless towns and villages, each oozing unique character. Keep a keen eye for the variety of wildlife you'll encounter on your way, both on the banks and the water itself, or take a closer look with a walk along the towpath. And if you're headed east on the Llangollen Canal (legend has it, a favourite of Harrison Ford himself!), don't miss the chance to pass over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, with its stunning views in every direction.
And, as if it couldn't get any better, you have the wonderful Adele Marie to enjoy, where you'll feel instantly at home. Sleeping up to five people, this maritime-blue, 58ft narrowboat offers more than enough space for everyone to relax in each other's company, all the while providing a cosy bolthole from the elements.
Step through her double doors to the light and airy interior, perfectly organised with all you need for your stay. In the galley, you'll find the kitchen, complete with a gas oven and hob, fridge-freezer, utensils and plenty of storage for all your food. Floating Dreams will even provide a handy welcome pack including washing-up liquid and tea towels, so you needn't worry about bringing those little necessities. Bread and milk can be pre-ordered, while guests can look forward to a few extra surprises along the way!
The adjacent dining area offers seating for four, while the comfy lounge area features a cosy wood-burning stove, a television, DVD player, radio and CD player. The fully fitted bathroom is equally well equipped, with a shower, basin, storage and a flushing toilet; in fact, with all these comforts of home, you could easily forget you were on a boat at all.
Come night time, you'll sleep peacefully on the Adele Marie, thanks to her comfy double bed, two twin beds and additional pull-down single sofa bed. If preferred, the twin beds can be zipped together to form another double bed - perfect for couples holidaying together. After an evening spent sipping wine and stargazing on the deck, could anything be better than snuggling down and drifting off to the gentle rocking of the Adele Marie?
So, whether you're planning a weekend jaunt or plotting a fortnight's cruise on the waterways of the North West, Floating Dreams is sure to make those dreams come true. All you need to do is pack your bags for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure aboard the Adele Marie.
Things to note
Hirers should be minimum 20 years old, no more than 6 people can be carried on the boat, minimum stay is usually 3 nights for Friday arrivals and 4 nights for Monday arrivals.
Tried and tested
"A fantastic boat hired to us by really great people, we were confident
of support if required and the training/handover was excellent. The
Llangollen Canal has a lot to offer, with both the fabulous wildlife and
that chap Telford knew a thing or two! The aqueducts and tunnels did
not disappoint. We had just the most relaxed and wonderful time."
"Narrow boats are a holiday in themselves. There is always lots to do on the boat with piloting, mooring, locks and pubs. It is a great way to spend a holiday in the outdoors but still with plenty of luxury. Adele Marie had all that you would want. Excellent galley, shower and toilet, comfortable beds, television and central heating as well as the chance to see the countryside at a slow pace and lots of interesting stuff on the way."
"Our welcome from the owners was genuine and included a welcome pack with homemade scones and clotted cream! The narrowboat was extremely well fitted out, comfy beds, good-quality sheets and towels, excellent bathroom and kitchen equipment. Technically the boat worked without a hitch."
Region: Nantwich, Cheshire
Cost (from): £415 (3 nights)
Sleeps: Up to 6
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 257
Sleeps up to 6, double bed, two single beds (can be converted to double), pulldown sofa bed, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, shower, kitchen area, induction hob, kettle, fridge/freezer, storage, utensils, welcome kit, tea & coffee.
Birdwatching, locks, canalside pubs, picnics, museums, aqueducts, steam railway, cycling, wildlife, walking.
At a glance
- The Adele Marie - a 58ft narrowboat on Shropshire Union Canal, perfect for couples and families alike
- Sleeps 6 between 1 double, 2 singles (which can be configured as a double) and 1 pull-down sofa bed
- Enjoy a weekend adventure or a longer cruise around the waterways of North West England and North East Wales
- Middlewich, Chester and Llangollen in easy cruising distance
- Everything provided for your stay, including handy instruction and route guidance