Star Narrowboat Holidays

Relax on the peaceful Trent and Mersey Canal, and experience the nautical life on board a charming houseboat named Queenie - the perfect base for you to explore all Cheshire has to offer and beyond.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Moored at the leafy, picturesque Anderton Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Queenie is a beautifully appointed narrowboat that’s fully equipped with everything you need for a cosy and comfortable stay.  

Tastefully finished and furnished, Queenie offers a snuggly sense of home on the shimmering water, with a solid fuel stove to keep you toasty on cooler evenings. You’ll be shown how to light the stove just as soon as you arrive, since the friendly owners will give you a tour of the boat and help you get nicely settled in.

A full 50ft-long, Queenie offers the perfect amount of space for two, so is particularly ideal for water-babies looking for a romantic escape. She features a reverse layout (for non-sailors, this means the kitchen is at the back of the boat!) with a cheery yellow-and-blue galley waiting to greet you.

You’ll discover everything you could possibly need for simple self-catering here, including a gas cooker, fridge-freezer, and lots of well-chosen utensils that mean you can pack perfectly light.

Leading through to the lounge area, relax in one of the comfy leather easy chairs beside that deliciously warming solid fuel stove, or perhaps enjoy a coffee at the table for two as you chat together about life and love. Beyond, there’s a modern bathroom with a shower, sink and plumbed-in cassette toilet, plus plenty of storage and hanging space for your clothes and towels.

At the front of Queenie, you’ll find a light and airy bedroom, where the fixed double bed is perfectly placed for views of the canal through the front deck doors. What better way to enjoy each morning than in the comfort of this wonderful sanctuary, primed for you to welcome each new day with a huge smile?

What you do once you’re up and about is completely up to you.  You’re a mere five-minute walk away from the incredible Anderton Boat Lift; a huge three-storey-high iron edifice on the banks of the River Weaver Navigation, that lifts boats and barges of up to 50 feet to the Trent and Mersey Canal.

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At a glance

  • A charming, 50ft narrowboat named Queenie, moored at the Anderton Marina on the Trent and Mersey canal
  • Queenie sleeps 2 guests – perfect for a romantic couple, with static hire available between November and March.
  • She features a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom and lounge area
  • Solid fuel stove and electrical sockets
  • All linen, towels and diesel provided
  • The marina features a small souvenir shop, with the nearest shops located in Barnton (1.5 miles from the marina)
  • There are pubs, restaurants, and attractions close by, including the Anderton Boat Lift with a coffee shop and visitor centre, just 5 minutes’ walk from the marina
  • Queenie is available for canal hire at certain times of the year – please see the owner’s website for details of timings, locations, and how to book.


  • Dog Friendly


Queenie sleeps 2, double bed, under-bed storage, wardrobe, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, shower, sink, cassette toilet, storage, galley kitchen, gas hob, cooker, fridge/freezer, kitchen equipment, dining table & chairs, gas central heating, solid fuel stove, TV DVD player, electric sockets, diesel & gas included, outdoor deck.

Local activities

Cycling, city tours, markets, National Trust properties, boat lift, festivals.

More information

Nicknamed Cathedral of the Canals and one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, there’s a visitor centre and a coffee shop to help keep you entertained (if watching the boats isn’t quite enough, that is!), as well as the beautiful Northwich Woodlands close by.

You’re also two miles from the historic town of Northwich, while if you’ve brought the car along, it’s just a short drive to the magnificent walled city of Chester, filled with black-and-white medieval buildings and bustling shopping centres.

If you’re staying put, there’s a small shop at the marina, from which you can treat yourselves to a stock of magazines and some ice-cream – a great way to while away sunny afternoons on deck.  Anderton also boasts plenty of pubs and restaurants to hole yourselves up in if you feel like a change of scenery… or for someone else to cook dinner.

With so much to see and do in the local area, Queenie is proof that you can enjoy an exciting and wonder-filled boating holiday, without the effort of having to play captain of the ship!
However, if you’d prefer to begin an exciting adventure on the waterways, at certain times of the year Queenie is also available for canal boating holidays in which you take full control… so you can be as a relaxed or as adventurous as you like, with lots of different routes to explore. Please see the owner’s website for details.

Things to note

Static hire is only available between the months of November and March. Minimum stay of 2 nights (applicable to static hire; canal hire requires a minimum of 7 nights).  House-trained pets are welcomed at a cost of £40 per pet per stay (maximum 2 pets). Guests arranging canal hire will receive a boat handling lesson in advance. Not suitable for wheelchair users.

In April, May, June, July, August, September & October Star Narrowboat Holidays offer: 7, 14, 21 night hires, Saturday 2.30pm to Saturday 9.30am for canal drive holidays only.

In November, December, January, February and March, Star Narrowboat Holidays offer stationary/houseboat hire at their quiet and leafy base, Anderton Marina in Cheshire for stationary holidays only.

Where you'll be staying

Anderton, Cheshire

What the guests of Star Narrowboat Holidays say

“It’s been our first time ever on a narrowboat and we’ve truly loved it – and with any luck, it won’t be our last! ‘Queenie’ is just dreamy and actually better equipped than some self-catering places we’ve stayed in so 5 star! Some really lovely and thoughtful touches including fairy lights and hot water bottles, and everything is so beautifully clean. We also love the décor and how homely it is. It doesn’t feel like a holiday home but more like a ‘home from home’.”

“Amazing birthday surprise! A little daunted at the prospect initially but Hester’s laid back nature and expert tuition put me right at ease, got the hang of it in no time. Made our way to Lymm with plenty of stops at beautiful spots along the way. Boat is immaculate, it’s been a real pleasure!”

“Here we are again! It is now exactly 1 year since we finished our first cruise with ‘Queenie’, and already then we had a strong feeling that it would not be the last! So in September last year we decided to book her for 3 weeks this summer to have sufficient time to go to Wales and the Llangollen canal. Unfortunately, we had to make a plan B since the breach of the Shropshire Union canal stopped us from completing our plan A. We have therefore enjoyed one more cruising of the Cheshire Ring, but this time extending our cruise to all the way to Marple Junction and down the Upper Peak Forest canal to Bugsworth Basin. There we met with Hester and Steven and spent a most pleasant and enjoyable evening with them at The Old Hall pub in Chinley. Once again we have had the most wonderful canal cruise with ‘Queenie’!”

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