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Star Narrowboat Holidays

The doors from the bedroom open out to the front deck.
Unique, bright, spacious and cosy narrowboat holiday hire and houseboat accommodation near Manchester

Manchester
Greater Manchester, England
UK

Please check Calendar before clicking a link below to make a booking
Booking Enquiry Website


Star Narrowboat Holidays proudly present two unique narrowboats for beginners and experienced boaters, they have been offering narrowboat hire since 2012.

Gloria is 57ft (17.37m) & sleeps 2-4 people
Queenie is 50ft (15.45m) & sleeps 2 people

They are open all year round, keep the same price all year too and their hire prices are inclusive of bedding, towels, fuel, a boat handling lesson and 24hr on-call support.

They offer great flexibility in that you can hire the boats for any number of nights from whatever dates you want – subject to terms and availability, however please note minimum 3 night bookings are available from March to November aboard 'Gloria'.

If you are new to canal holidays no problem, Hester will teach you how to handle the boats, offer advice on what routes to take and she'll make sure you feel ready to go off on your own (if you stay on the Bridgewater canal there will be NO LOCKS).

The boats have collected some great reviews on TripAdvisor and on the Star Narrowboat Holidays website.

A barge holiday aboard 'Gloria' and 'Queenie' can be as relaxing or as active as you choose. You will have good access to the Cheshire Ring, The Four Counties Ring, The Anderton Boat Lift, Liverpool city centre, the Rochdale canal, the Leeds Liverpool canal, and the Trent and Mersey canal. Trips pass through Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and beyond.

Star Narrowboat Holidays also offer static houseboat hire on their leafy moorings at the Bridgewater Marina/Boothstown Basin M28 1YB - 9 mi/14 km from Manchester city centre & 14 mi/22 km from Manchester Airport.

'Gloria' and 'Queenie' are available all year round with solid fuel stoves to keep you warm in the cooler months.

The owners aim to be flexible so if you have any special requirements please let them know and they will do what they can to accommodate you.

**Please note that from Nov 2017 to Mar 2018 'Gloria' will be available for a 5 month, static, houseboat hire only at Star Narrowboat's base - so if you've ever fancied living on a boat this is your chance. Their other boat 'Queenie' will still be available for normal narrowboat holiday hire for the same months.

Please send a Booking Enquiry after checking the calendars or visit their Website. See links above.



Room Types:

  • Double
  • Double Ensuite
  • Interconnecting Rooms

Budget:

  • Low < £85
  • Medium £85-£220


Nearest Airport: Manchester


Facilities:

  • Car parking
  • Family friendly
  • Pets Welcome
  • Extra Activities
Our base
Hello Queenie.
Summer Nights.
Solid fuel stoves for winter hires.
Queenie is perfect for 2.
Clean.
Gloria has 2 double beds.
Gloria with dinette bed made up.
Gloria at sunset

Reviews:
Guest Book Entries From Our Website.
by Star
on September 17, 2016
21st to 24th July. With the good help of Hester we were able to manage Queenie for 4 days and have a big adventure. First day to Dunham with hikes around the Cheshire path and Dunham Hall. A really beautiful, delicious dinner at the Axe and Cleaver. Many thanks. Roger and Nancy (Seattle, USA).

20th to 24th July 2016. Had an incredible time aboard Gloria, great way to see the Bridgewater canal at such a lovely, relaxing pace. One of the most unique holidays I've ever experienced. What a lovely boat she is to drive, I don't want to give her back. Thanks for this great experience - this will not be the last time. Jack and Fiona (Urmston, UK).

18th to 20th July 2016. What a brilliant experience aboard the lovely, lovely Queenie. The first time we've done this and thanks to Hester's instructions we took to it like a 'duck to water'. We've had a wonderful time. Julie and Steve (Grimsby, UK).

12 to 19th July 2016. Had a ball negotiating the canal and would do it again. Loved the boat lesson with Hester, thanks for the wonderful experience. Vince & Barb, Alison & David (Perth, AU).

11th to 14th July 2016. Bought this for my husbands 60th birthday, no canals in Sydney, Australia so it was a unique experience for us. We both thoroughly enjoyed our time on Queenie. Thanks to Hester for all her clear instructions. Jill & Doug (Sydney, AU).

4th to 11th July 2016. Amazing week aboard 'glorious Gloria'. Complete novices but managed to cruise to Haskayne through locks and swing bridges. Boat is brilliant, plenty of space. Huge thanks to Hester for letting us loose on her boat. The Climpsons & Evans (Ormskirk, UK).

25th June to 2nd July 2016. Great week, had fun, lot's of laughs, made it to the Anderton Boat Lift, lot's of rain but no problem. Deansgate canal basin well worth a trip and stay overnight. Lymm festival busy and interesting. Go to Vesuvio's restaurant near the Bridgewater marina, great meal (menu on boat, need to book in advance). Thanks Hester. Gaynor, Pete, Bob & Linda x. (Southport, UK).

24th June to 1st July 2016. Following on from our short break in October we said we would be back!! We have had an amazing week. Thank you Hester, I'm sure we will be back again. Louise and Captain Kirk (Barnsley, UK).

17th to 21st June 2016. Fantastic trip visiting UK from Spain. Idea was to picnic with family, especially grandchildren and introduce them to narrowboating - what a success!!! Great boat, great adventure, really loved it all. Hester so helpful and wonderful - first class experience. Malcolm & Sue (Javea, ES).

10th to 16th June 2016. I have been wanting a narrowboat holiday since my first one aged 12 yrs and boy did we enjoy this. The boat is a credit to Hester, warm, comfortable and has character, we had everything we needed. We went to Anderton and back. We will be back. Simon & Tracey xxx (Beeston, UK).

6th to 10th June 2016. Lovely, clean boat, it has everything you need. Thanks very much for a lovely holiday on your boat Hester and for all your help. The Hallams and Edgars xx (Stretford, UK).

28th May to 1st June 2016. I got this holiday as a 40th birthday present from my girlfriend. After beating cancer 2 years ago I decided to do more things that get me out of my comfort zone – this holiday did that. We had a lovely relaxing time on this great boat. Thank you Hester. Claire & Emma (Hampshire, UK).

27th to 30th May 2016. Had a fantastic, long Bank Holiday weekend. Very lucky with the weather. Had everything we needed on Gloria for 4 plus a 2 yr old. Thanks Hester. The Mills/Mannon Families (Wigan, UK).

25th to 28th May 2016. Three wonderful sun (& rain) filled days aboard the equally wonderful Queenie. Pootled down to Lymm – a quaint little village with a great selection of shops and cafes. Hester couldn’t have been more helpful before we left, and her route recommendation was perfect. In all, an amazing stay on a beautiful boat. Matt & Joey (Devon, UK).

Easter Weekend 25th to 28th March 2016. What an amazing weekend as always. Bed very comfy and warm. Met some lovely people on the way (and back). Queenie is a fabulous boat, a ‘head turner’ judging by the amount of people who stopped and looked or took photos of her. Until next time xx. Love Audrey & James Dougan (Tyne & Wear, UK).

12th -14th February 2016. Fantastic weekend. Cozy, warm, relaxed, clean. What a little gem. See you again soon. Steve and Wendy (Nottingham, UK).
Reviews taken from our Guest Book
by Star
on January 22, 2016
9th to 10th January 2016. Perfect night aboard this perfect boat with a perfect man! Will recommend 'Queenie' as she is lovely. S & P (Rochdale, UK).

2nd to 5th January 2016. This was a 30th birthday present off my boyfriend and all I can say is WOW!! What an experience. I never knew canal boats could be this luxurious. Ava & Mike (Irlam, UK).

24th to 26th October 2015. Thanks Hester we all really enjoyed out time on Gloria. It was great to see things from the canal - we all learnt a little. The boat was cosy at night and the fire was lovely after a cold day driving the boat. I'm sure we will be back! Dawn, Sean and Kids (Lowton, UK).

23rd to 25th October 2015. Wow!! Queenie is a beautiful boat!! We have had an amazing 2 days. Highly recommended Axe and Cleaver in Dunham, excellent food ate there twice! Hester, we will be back!! Don't want to leave Queenie behind, wish we could have had longer! The weather has been good to us, just had a bit of rain but didn't spoil our amazing experience. Louise & Kirk (Barnsley, UK).

12th to 15th October 2015. Birthday weekend for the boyfriend. Had a great time chilling out and stopped by some great pubs 'en route. Axe and Cleaver was a treat - amazing food. Boyfriend now wants to live on a boat! Thanks for a great trip on a great little boat. Abi & Phil (St Albans, UK).

4th – 7th October 2015. ‘Gloria’ is a beautiful boat and performed perfectly for us to provide unmatched relaxation. ‘Gloria’ is so comprehensively equipped and was meticulously prepared and Hester’s advice and briefing was splendid! This was a new experience for us ‘deep water, open sea sailors’ and one we look forward to repeating. A perfect birthday celebration! Huge thank you. John & Joellen (Seattle, USA), Peter (Lancaster, UK).

2nd - 4th October 2015. A superb introduction to boating. Gloria is very well equipped and comfy, we will be back. Phil, Mandy, Mark & Gill. (Rossendale, UK).
18th - 21st September 2015.
Best birthday weekend - EVER! Chilled out, fabulous mix of rural, urban and industrial scenery. The Vine pub near to Dunham Massey - a pint of John Smith's for £1.60! Cheers Hester, love Jules and Karen, (UK).


11th - 23rd September 2015. We had Gloria for the last 12 days and have had a fantastic time. Gloria has space for a cot! Immaculately presented and well provisioned. Wishing you all the best Hester. David, Sassette & Nathaniel. (Christchurch, NZ).
11th - 13th September 2015.
Thanks Hester for your lesson on how to handle the boat. You and your boat have made this a fantastic experience. Amy and Barry (Bolton, UK).


24th - 27th August 2015. Glorious Gloria! We’ll be back!! Thanks Hester. The Doyles, Carolle, Don, Ollie & Mat. (Powys, UK).
17th - 20th August 2015.
Thank you Hester and Queenie for such an exciting break. You have helped us decide that this is the lifestyle for us when we retire. Until then we will keep coming back to 'beautiful Queenie' the perfect boat for us and the 'pride of Worsley' passing boaters told us (and we certainly agree). Maggie and Chris (Oddfellows Arms, Openshaw, Manchester UK).


12th - 16th August 2015. This has been one of the best holidays we have ever had. Hope to see you again one day. Love from Sue, Rob, Bobby and Frankie. (Dorset, UK).

31st July - 10th Aug 2015. We have been boating for 15 years, we have never had a boat as good as Queenie. Thank you Hester for 10 days break. Martin & Gill (Skelton, UK).

27th – 29th July 2015. Loved Queenie. 2 days pootling about having a relaxing time. Well thought-out, beautiful boat with everything you need on board. Fab! Bob & Sarah (Buxton, UK).

26th July - 7th August 2015. Trip to Liverpool carefully planned but failed when first lock out of use! Turned around and enjoyed a trip to Anderton/Boat Lift and River Weaver. Gloria was ideal and very comfortable. Thank you Hester. Mary, Brian, James, Susana, Ana and Daniel (Hereford & Liverpool, UK).

13th - 15th July 2015. Thank you once again Gloria and Hester. Well worth the travel for a wonderful, relaxing holiday, we had a ball. Carolyn (Tasmania, AU). We did indeed have a ball. Jean & Tony Oldham, UK).

29th June – 2nd July 2015. Our four days on Queenie were sublime. She handles like a whale – big and graceful and she sings! We loved the quiet countryside and busy towns along the canal; the wildlife (ducks, geese, coots all with chicks); the friendly waves and compliments about ‘our’ boat. The facilities on the boat were excellent, with a useful kitchen and shower, and comfy bed. We’ve had one of the most stress-free, relaxing holidays and will be sorry to hand Queenie back. Colin & Maureen (Porth, Wales, UK).

26th – 30th June 2015. As ever a wonderfully relaxing time on Hester’s Gloria. Our third time aboard her and only wish it could have been for longer! Also third time lucky with the weather – beautiful and sunny. Thanks Hester. Ian & Martine (Rochdale, UK).

13th – 21st June 2015. Very much enjoyed taking Queenie on her first cruise around the Cheshire ring – such varied scenery, particularly the locks around Marple, Bosley and Middlewich were stunning – if not very hard (and rewarding) work! As for Queenie herself, she was a delightful home-from-home, and we will miss her delicate puttering engine in the background and the scenery moving past whilst doing the washing up. Chris & Wilco (London, UK). P.S. Thanks Hester & Jim for your help on the Rochdale 9!)

13th – 20th June 2015. Had a great trip as novices on the cosy, well equipped Gloria. Managed to go all the way down to Marston through 3 tunnels and 1 lock, thanks to Hester’s excellent help and patience. We all enjoyed ourselves, and will definitely miss the extremely comfortable bed. Thanks for everything Hester, you were great. Tracie, Max & Ruby Lowles (Plymouth, UK).

8th - 12th June 2015. Hester – your boat has been much admired by passersby (as we’ve pootled along the canal). We’ve hired many boats over the years and this has been the most delightful – a beautiful boat of top quality. Very many thanks and wishing you great success in your business. Sarah, Rob and Ursu the Romanian dog (Huddersfield, UK).

1st – 8th June 2015. The Gloria is our 3rd narrowboat rental and she is the best. Spacious and everything in order. Had a great trip to Stockton Heath and Grappenhall. Turned around at Mooresfield Bridge, stopped at Sale going both ways for great charity shops. This is the highlight of our trip over. We look forward to coming back soon. Terry and Kirby, (Nashville USA).

10th – 27th May 2015. Lovely boat and as usual very comfortable – a home from home! Many thanks Hester for thinking of everything. Next time we will take note that our Cockapoo can get through the cat flap! Chris & Noreen, (Willersby, UK).
Guest Book Entries from Our Website
by Star
on May 27, 2015
2nd - 4th May 2015. Queenie exceeded our expectation, helpful service from Hester (even in the middle of the night!) was second to none. A happy, memorable break, thank you! Jane & Malcolm (Cheshire, UK).

25th - 27th April 2015. Sun, sun all the way but what a cold wind. We have lost count now at the good comments on Queenie and we responded as she was ours! Loved waking up to the mist rising from the water. Thanks Hester, ‘til the next time. Jean & Jorgen (Yorkshire, UK).

13th – 17th April 2015. Well worth the trip from Aberdeen! Lovely boat, well maintained & equipped – had a great time. Many thanks. Caren, Ali & Ben (Aberdeen, UK).

11th - 15th April 2015. Queenie a real gem! Loved her as we do Gloria!! Bed great, chairs comfy - we'll look forward to our next time - eh wait - yes, in 2 weeks!! Jean & Jorgen (Halifax, UK).

10th – 12th April 2015. Our second trip in Gloria and we took our boys along too. The boat is wonderful and we love the new flooring. Lymm was a great place to stop – fab beer in the Bullshead. Natascha & Mike ( Manchester, UK).

6th – 9th April 2015. We’ve had a brilliant time. First time for a couple of us on a narrowboat and can say we will definitely be doing it again. Gloria is a wonderful boat with everything you need. We sailed through Preston Brook tunnel (1239 yards) which isn’t for the faint hearted, and went through Dutton stop lock, great if you are not familiar with locks, good to practice on. Well, thanks Hester for allowing us this wonderful experience. Sue, Alan, John & Val (Manchester and Yorkshire, UK).

3rd - 5th April 2015. We have had an awesome time on 50ft Queenie! Everyone on the canal has been friendly, helpful and at times patient with us first timers. Can't fault the boat, everything is quality, especially the bed - so comfy. Thanks Hester. Zoe & Steven (Newcastle, UK).

29th March - 1st April 2015. We love Queenie! Rain, gales, sleet, hailstones and a top temp of 6 degrees and we had a fantastic time, sitting in front of the log burner with cocoa! Thanks to Dave for the captain's jacket. Charles & Noleen (Cumbria, UK).

28th Feb - 1st March 2015. Queenie is a lovely, warm, cosy and comfortable boat, nice to handle and well equipped. Hester gave us a great welcome, we will be back. Dave & Francine (Warrington, UK).

21st - 24th January 2015. Queenie was a dream. Our first go at canal boating, despite the varied conditions – including heavy snow we had a lovely 3 days on the boat. The interiors are special – a bit of a modern take on a more traditional past time. We loved using the coal burner, nice and cosy and the bed is so comfortable. Gemma & Phil (London UK).

9th - 11th January 2015. Had a fabulous stay aboard 'Queenie', was bought the barge for the weekend as an xmas present, wow, couldn't have picked a better present myself!! Lovely boat and gorgeous, comfy bed. Thanks Hester. Gillian & Colin (Southport, UK).

5th - 7th December 2014. Amazing, magical time onboard the lovely Queenie. Thanks Hester Claire (Chester, UK).

28th - 30th November 2014 - 'Queenie'. What a fantastic boat, we had such an amazing time, we will definitely be coming back again! So much to see and do, and the boat is so comfortable and cosy. Thanks. Ellie & Danny (London, UK).

26th - 28th November 2014. Wonderful few days spent on the beautiful 'Gloria'! Love Anisa, Emma, Cara and Cathy (Shropshire, UK). P.s. We will be listening to Patti Smith's 'Gloria' when we get home x.

21st - 23rd November 2014. Absolutely amazing. Loved every minute, Gloria is beautiful and so clean. Thank you so much Hester. Sharon & Gareth (Buxton, UK).

12th - 17th November 2014. We came all the way from Australia for our first narrowboat experience and it was all just wonderful. Hester it was great to meet you and enjoy your boat 'Gloria'. We felt really at home while aboard - everything we needed was there and more. Enjoyed the books, the pubs and the friendly folk we met along the way - all increased our pleasure. Cheers Angela & John (Queensland, AU).

31st October - 2nd November 2014. Amazing weekend spent aboard Gloria. Weather was great, will definately do this again but need longer than a weekend. Nev & Helen (Liverpool, UK).

27th - 31st October 2014. Thank you Gloria - a great boat, and to Hester who was so friendly and helpful. Would recommend: a visit to Dunham Massey, a meal at the Parr Arms in Grappenhall. One of the most enjoyable barge trips we've done. Buj, Jenni and Pauline, (London & Essex UK).

21st - 23rd October 2014. A surprise Happy Birthday (40th) for my lovely Tina. met some fantastic people along the way. Can't wait to bring the kids with us next time. Thanks Hester for having the faith in us braving the storm!! Beautiful boat. Stacey & Tina (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK).

17th - 19th October 2014. Another great trip. Managed to get to Preston Brook tunnel. We didn't eat off the boat this time as Steve is a chef! Thanks again Hester. Emma, Michael, Claire & Steve (Liverpool, UK).

10th - 12th October 2014. "And I said darling, tell me your name, she told me her name, she whispered to me, she told me her name. And her name is, and her name is and her name is G-L-O-R-I-A". Thank you for a wonderful weekend Hester aboard Gloria. Love Natasha, Dan, Oscar & Harvey (Ilkley, UK).

27th - 29th Sept 2014. We had such a special weekend aboard Gloria, watching the sunset over Astley, playing Charades in fairy light and exploring both the city and countryside by day and night. Will definitely recommend Gloria (& Queenie) to everyone!! Thanks Hester. Ali & Em (Kent, UK).
by
on October 2, 2014
These reviews are taken from the Star Narrowboat Holidays website:

20th - 22nd September 2014. It was worth coming all the way from Oz to experience this, thanks Hester. Ros and Ross (Adelaide, AU).

20th - 22nd September 2014. What a wonderful interlude on our U.K. trip. We have enjoyed this experience immensely. It is something that we will look back upon as being our very special boating trip. Thank you Hester. Sue & David (Melbourne, AU).

31st Aug - 2nd Sep 2014. What a brilliant way to celebrate my 41st birthday. We will defiantely book again. Love (James, Phoebe, Granny and Grandad (Worlsey, UK).

27th - 31st August 2014. Thank you for such an amazing canal boat trip. Everything has been perfect. The first night - Manchester - lovely pubs, good food and shopping. Then Lymm - beautiful - more pubs and a pub with it's very own brewery and a chippy by the side of the canal. Everybody we have met on the canal has been very friendly. Helen, Andy & Ben (Wigan, UK).

4th - 16th August 2014 - Cheshire Ring - anticlockwise. Had a fantastic cruise aboard 'Gloria'. Pretty much everything needed for2 weeks cruising around the beautiful countryside was provided by Hester. The boat performed perfectly and we encountered nothing at all that could be construed as a problem. Thank you. (Andy, Helen, Brianna, Diva & Evie, Lincolnshire, UK).

1st - 4th August 2014. Had a fantastic weekend aboard 'Gloria'. Highly recommended. Many thanks. (John & Christina Glasgow, UK).

27th - 31st July 2014. Absolutely fantastic! As complete newbies to the water, we'd like to thank Hester for her kind and patient manner. Took a short jaunt down to Lymm and back, really could have kept on going. Gloria & Hester you are indeed both stars!! Thank you. Hayley, Jim & Will (Pershore, UK).

25th - 27th July 2014. The boat is so well equipped, thanks for thinking of everything Hester, you have done such a fantastic renovation on her. We'll see you next summer! Maxine, Rob, Michaela & Tony (Hale, UK).

18th - 23rd July 2014. We had a brilliant few days aboard 'Gloria' she's a litlle gem! We had a lovely meal in the Swan With 2 Nicks - good selection of vegetarian meals :). John, Liz, Chico & Ludo (Glasgow, UK).

14th - 17th July 2014. The boat had everything we needed and was beautifully clean. The Barton Aqueduct was a great experience, particularly when it opened to allow 2 tall ships to pass, an amazing sight! We had to wait about 1 and a half hours for it to re-open. A great slow pace of life - very enjoyable. Win & Bob (Warrington, UK).

10th -11th July 2014. Loved the boat, great for relaxing and fishing and having a generally lovely time. Sam, Rich, Joe & Alice (Cumbria, UK).

7th - 9th July 2014. From first looking at the website right through to turning the canal boat around at Moore, we have had a fantastic time! We will be sorry to leave 'Gloria' and crusining the canal so we will be back for more. Thanks Hester! (The Mason/Rawlings/ Thomas Family Wrexham, UK).

4th - 6th July 2014. What a fantastic experience. The Androlia's and Ellis's captained a fun ship, getting soaked and then soaking up the rays. We found a couple of beautiful pubs, sang and even danced a better time could not have been had!!! Goodbye 'Gloria'....and thanks for some happy memories. Lorraine (Birmingham, UK).

16th - 19th June 2014. We came all the way from Australia to meet with Hester and borrow her 'Gloria' what a great decision! Hester has been so kind to us and we have enjoyed the boat immensely. We travelled to Lymm and stayed one night, what a great spot where our neighbours invited us aboard for drinks and company. The boat is beautiful and comfortable, we will recommend it to others. Mel & Lorraine Binnington (South Queensland, AU).

7th - 10th June 2014. One of my dreams come true - I have always wanted to stay on the water in a self-contained boat. This was even better, well organised, plenty of room and a very relaxing interlude in our 5 weeks overseas. We loved it! David & Deborah (Sydney, AU).

1st - 4th June 2014. The 'Gloria' was well organised & Hester provided calm instructions. We enjoyed our time on the canal & travelled as far as Stockton Heath. Note - the turning point beyond Stockton Heath is quite narrow...for us novices anyhow! The times provided by Hester are about right - we travelled as far as Moore in about 7 hours. We will definitley have another barge holiday & recommend Hester to anyone wanting to try the boating experience. Best wishes to you all & enjoy your trip! Colette & Eric (UK).

16th - 18th May 2014. Fantastic experience aboard 'Gloria'. Relaxing and exciting. Hester you are a marvel, very thorough and calm with us novices from downunder. All the very best for your business future. Michael & Nora (Adelaide, AU).

12th - 15th May 2014. Glorious Gloria! Booked as a surprise for my fiance's 30th and I couldn't have chosen a better gift. Hester was super helpful and flexible from day one and Gloria is a prize gem on the canal. We cruised up to Grappenhall stopping at a few pubs and tea rooms on the way and spent our evenings playing very competitive board games with a few cheeky drinks. It's been a wonderful adventure on the best boat on the canal and we're sad that it has to come to an end. Can't wait to come back for another visit. Candy & Ryan xx (London, UK).

9th - 11th May 2014. Fabulous surprise for my hubby's 50th. First time on a narrowboat, lots of rain but lots of fun also! Great time with great friends. Thanks Hester & Gloria. The Pickards (Durham, UK).

23rd - 25th April 2014. First time on a narrowboat and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hester has been great, thanks very much. Verna, Mark, Finlay & Sophie (Sheffield, UK). P.S. We will be back.

18th - 21st Aptil Easter Weekend 2014. We travelled to Wigan to try the road bridge and locks we then travelled back to Sale. We'll be back it was wonderful. Thanks Hester. Emma, Mark, Claire & Steve (Liverpool UK).

11th - 14th April. A great 3 days on Gloria, sailed to Lymm and back, had a lovely meal in Aiden Byrnes restaurant Church On The Green. Hester was amazing and so accommodating and helpful. Thanks very much. We'll be back soon. Ali and Grace (Liverpool, UK).

8th - 10th April. So many brownie points scored for a surprise trip for Bob aboard 'Gloria', she is so cosy and pretty for a hire boat. Thanks for the lack of disappointment!! Zoe, Bob, Billy, Leah, Lily and Banjo x (Mobberly, UK).

4th - 7th April 2014. A lovely weekend! We had a wedding in Worsley so stayed there overnight and then took the canal to Castlefield. Such a cosy canal boat Gloria! We have lots of friends, family, taxi drivers and passers-by interested to have a similar holiday. We will definitely hire again. Thanks. The Wignall Family (AU and CA).

1st - 2nd April 2014. 24 hr experience received as a gift. Had a brilliant time. Opening and closing the lift bridge was the highlight! Really enjoyed it, would do it again. Boat fantastic, Hester has thought of everything. Thank you. Steve & Terri (Barnsley, UK).

30th March - 1st April 2014. Lovely relaxing time. Travelled out to Lymm for first night & then onto Moore. Had a great experience and will be back for another trip. Many thanks to Hester and 'Gloria'. Chris and Christine (Perth, AU).

8th - 10th March 2014. After spending New Year on this lovely boat we are back and tried her out!! Great fun, relaxing & didn't fall into the water. Hester thank you so much, when we get our wide-beam you're invited for a glass of summer wine but in the meantime...we will be back. Jean and Jorgen (Halifax, UK).

5th - 6th Mar 2014. Booked as an xmas present for my husband, wasn't too sure what to expect...but exceeded all expectations. Boat was amazing, catered for every eventuality. Thank you Hester and 'Gloria' for a brilliant trip. Will hopefully get a chance to come back but for a longer trip. Terri & Chris (Warrington, UK).

28th Feb - 3rd Mar 2014. We loved 'Glorious Gloria', a fab boat with a wonderful owner. Hester took great care of us and we had a fantastic night at the 6 Music Festival. Great accommodation and an adventure! The Barn Owl let us moor up outside which was really handy. Thank you we will be back. Jade, Andy, Phil & Matt (Surrey & St Albans, UK).

25th - 27th Feb 2014. A beautiful birthday trip on a wonderful boat.Thank you for such a comprehensive briefing about the boat. Hester, your love and passion for the boat shone through very clearly. Would recommend the London Bridge Inn (Stockton Heath) for a nice stop and also The Swan With 2 Nicks in Little Bollington. Paul & Susie xx (Cumbria, UK).

20th - 22nd Feb 2014. We've had an amazing time aboard 'Gloria'. Cruised to Lymm where we indulged in the village pub quiz. The following day we sailed to Manchester city centre where we watched St Vincent at the Manchester cathedral...LOVELY. We are a bit sad to be going home after such a peaceful few days. Aurelie and Rob (UK)

18th - 19th Feb 2014. Thank you Gloria for a lovely family outing! Two lovely days at a nice, slow pace. Thanks for all the instructions Hester. Will be back! A good time was had by all. Everything we read was right. Team Huddy + Dudley the dog (who didn't like the steps) x. (Macclesfield, UK)

1st - 3rd Feb 2014. Beautiful boat. Peaceful, relaxing time and we didn't even leave the mooring! Thank you Hester for a super stay! James and Amy (Sheffield, UK)

29th - 31st Jan 2014. We had a great time aboard Gloria, but nothing can be perfect - so we got stuck after 15 Minutes :)...and then he PROPOSED! Thanks for our unforgettable experience! Lior and Marina - soon to be Keren (Haifa, IL).

17th - 20th Jan 2014. Thanks for a fantastic anniversary weekend aboard Gloria. We had a brilliant time and plenty of adventures as first timers! Lovely warm boat with lots of character and a fantastic layout. The bed is amazing! Thanks Hester for all your help and we'll be back when the season's change. Kairen & Steve (Barnsley, UK).

31st Dec 2013 - 2nd Jan 2014. Wonderful break - enjoyed the boat, peaceful, relaxing, we may be getting one ourselves! Thank you Hester. Jean and Jorgen (Halifax, UK).

28th -29th December 2013. Had a lovely, cosy overnight stay as a surprise birthday treat. Never imagined it would be so pretty and warm. Felt very at home here and would love to return for a longer stay! Thanks Hester! Sarah and Amy (Rossendale, UK).

Christmas 2013. Wow what a wonderful few days we have had aboard 'Gloria'. We really couldn't have imagined a more perfect way to spend our Anti-Christmas. 'Gloria' is such a special boat, full of warmth and character and we would love to return for another adventure with our son. Lovely walk around the Bridgewater marina with the dog and fab neighbours too. Batteries feel re-charged and a final sunrise walk watching the new moon kiss the water is the perfect way to say goodbye to our perfect holiday. Thanks Hester + 'Gloria'. Jola and Kye. (Devon, UK).

13th - 15th Dec 2013. Our second time aboard Gloria, and this time we brought friends! The nicest barge on the water, we took a trip to Castlefield for the Christmas markets, then to Dane Road (I recommend the pie at the Bridge Inn). On to Sale in the morning before the trip back. We loved this boat last time and so did Francis and Phil who we brought along this time. Merry Christmas! James & Emma, Francis & Phil (Manchester, UK).

1st - 3rd December 2013. Only argued once when the sun was setting and we needed to find a place near Sale to moor. This boat is the most delightful, quiet, welcoming and relaxing joy that we could have ever have hoped for. The coal fire is sooo warm and snuggly!! Hester is our people x. Cheryl and Andrew (Minneapolis, USA).

19th - 23rd November 2013. A lovely, relaxing few days on the Bridgewater canal. We loved 'Gloria' with her cosy stove - a real life- saver in this cold snap and a very comfortable bed. We very much hope to be back one day and maybe borrow her for a little bit longer. Thanks for making it all so easy Hester. Penny and Steve (Isle Of Man, UK).

8th - 9th November 2013. Our 3rd wedding anniversary will be one that goes down in memory. What a great boat: cosy, warm, homely...just the place to relax and unwind for the night. Next time we'll have to move on down the canal and take in some of the beautiful scenery. Belinda and Johnson (Gatley, UK).

4th - 7th October 2013. Our second cruise on Gloria. Simply a wonderfully relaxing and fulfilling experience away from the daily travails and pressures, better than a double dose of valium!! Hester - you are a treasure and bringer of joy to all who meet you, Gloria is a tribute to you and your good taste and friendliness. We both love Gloria - my hope is to be aboard her again soon. Ian and Martine (Birmingham, UK).

24th - 28th September 2013. Had a wonderful 4 days aboard Gloria. This was our first narrowboat holiday and it couldn't have been any more perfect. Thank you Hester for looking after us and we would love to return next year if you'll have us. John and Joanne (Barnsley, UK).

13th - 15th September 2013. Fantastic weekend spent on 'Gloria', she is a well equipped narrowboat. We had a lovely time in Lymm, the weather on the Saturday was beautiful. Thank you Hester for looking after us, we would definitely recommend 'Gloria' to our friends. Best wishes Pat, Angie and Matthew Mondino (Manchester UK).

10th - 12th September 2013. We now have something else to scratch off our 'bucket list'! Despite raining cats and dogs on our second day, we had fun and certainly lot's of laughs as narrowboat 'virgins'. We will definitely pass the word. Thank you Hester. (Sue & Gary Alberta, CA). Lovely relaxing time! A brand new experience for us. Thanks Hester. Bev and Andy (with Sue and Gary).

30th August - 1st September 2013. We had a fantastic time onboard Gloria. Hester your boat is amazing, it was really relaxing. Will definately come again soon. XXX. Sue and Stell (Stockport, UK).

27th - 29th August 2013. We enjoyed our little voyage for 2 days across the canals. Charley loved feeding the ducks. It was good that the plank was there so Charley could have a go at driving. Thank you, we had the best time. We would be very happy to recommend to others. XOXO. Janine, Paul and Charley (Perth, AU).

12th - 13th August 2013. A huge thank you to Hester! We live in Worsley, have fed the ducks and swans for many years but never stayed on a canal boat overnight. Gloria was 'fab' and we had lots of laughs at my husband's expense. Such fun! The Lamb family (Worsley, UK).

6th - 7th August 2013. A new and enlightening experience - glad we did it! Hester is an absolute delight and has great potential. Michael, Christine and Kasey Tyler (Newcastle, AU).

25th July - 5th August 2013. Gloria was very comfortable and had most of everything we needed for our 12 day journey.Visited lots of places - Anderton Boat Lift, Marbury Country Park, Dunham Massey gardens and deer park, Lymm and pubs too numerous to mention! Karen and Pete (Crewe, UK). P.S. Picked lots of wild raspberries and blackberries on the journey...delicious!

16th - 18th July 2013. We had a wonderful time aboard Gloria! So much so, that we thought about kidnapping her and taking her home to Oz! Thanks to Hester for looking after us! You're a gem :). Cheers. Lindy and Sunny (Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, AU).

20th June - 12 July 2013. From Bridgewater marina via Manchester, Huddersfield Narrow to Standedge Tunnel - the longest, highest and deepest tunnel in the country. Then on the Calder to Leeds. Returning via Leeds Liverpool (inc. the Wigan flight of 23 locks). Total locks: 223 in 3 weeks!!! We have had a great time on 'Gloria' who behaved very well. Best wishes to Hester and coming hireres. Gina and Bo (Nastved, DK).

23rd - 30th June 2013. We had the pleasure of joining Gina and Bo on board of 'Gloria' for a week on the Huddersfield Narrow canal down to Leeds. Plenty of space for four adults and nice facilities - would love to return one day. Gert & Line (DK).

15th - 19th June 2013. Took Gloria beyond Lymm and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The briefing was excellent. Hope to do it all again! Many thanks. Susan & Jim Mepham and Dad. (Basingstoke, UK).

13th - 15th June 2013. Had a great trip to Lymm and back, been looking forward to this for over 6 months and Gloria lived up to our expectations. Superbly fitted out with lots of little personal touches and extra bits of equipment that we didn't expect e.g. garlic press, coffee maker etc. Would definately recommend and hope to do it again sometime. Thanks Hester. Tony, Wendy and Natalie Stanton (Tyldesley, UK).

7th - 10th June 2013. 'Gloria' is a lovely boat and deceptively spacious with all the home comforts you need. She has a nice cosy feel about her. We can recommend Castlefield (Manchester) for a Friday or Saturday mooring. Get there early! The canal stretch up towards Wigan is beautiful. Note: Plank Lane lift bridge is closed during morning and evening rush hour that's 9.30am and this can catch you out on your return journey. Recommend you use winding holes near boat yards and junctions, the ones in isolated parts of the canal tend to be silted up. A lovely few days, thank you very much Hester. Ian and Martine x (Birmingham, UK).

31st May - 3rd June 2013. We had an awesome time! Thank you Gloria! We went to Dunham Massey first, the journey was pretty. Then we ate at the Axe and Cleaver and it was delicious. Moored up outside the Trafford Centre and did some retail therapy. It was cool. Took a bus to the Imperial War Museum, this was amazing too! Then a great ride home eating Chinese food. The Roberts/Conyers family (Sheffield, UK).

29th - 31st May 2013. Travelled to Lymm and back to celebrate Mike's belated 50th, lovely trip along the canal. Stopped off in Lymm overnight and Worsley. Boat is great and very well equipped. Champagne and cider was free flowing at night along with the wood burner. A fantastic trip, would love to repeat the experience. Helen and Mike (Worsley, UK).

26th - 28th May 2013. Great surprise for Scott's 40th birthday! He was blown away! 'Gloria' is beautiful, well equipped with all needed. Stayed in Lymm and saw the sights on the way. Weather intermittent as it is in England. Our first time narrowboating and it definitely won't be the last. Hester, you have been great - helpful, available and a great teacher! We managed fine. Many 'thank you's'...Jo and Scott (Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, UK).

21st - 23rd May 2013. Last in England 1992 and have been dreaming of an adventure on a canal boat ever since. After 21 years the dream is now reality and what a wonderful adventure it has been. Thank you Hester and Gloria, I've had the time of my life...Carolyn (Tazmania, AU).

17th - 20th May 2013. Great weekend. Will recommend you to all. Lovely boat, clean, comfortable and warm. Thanks Hester. Geoff, Alwyn and family (Chorley, UK).

11th - 12th May 2013. We hired 'Gloria' for my Dad's 60th Birthday. Had a lovely day cruising to Lymm and even enjoyed some sunshine after the driving rain had passed! The boat was everything you could need - we enjoyed cooking a full English breakfast on the stove and kept nice and cosy with the fire going. We will definitely be coming back for another stay on 'Gloria', hopefully soon and look forward to exploring the other canals. Thank you Hester, see you soon. Clare and Felipe (Manchester, UK), Mike and Margaret (St Anne's, UK), plus Paul and Claire (day visitors) xxxx.

8th - 10th May 2013. Thank you very much Hester! 'Gloria' was a great adventure, hope we took good care of her for you. Love the decor, the conker light switch in the bathroom and the other quirky touches, liked the 'squeaky nuts' ha ha. We will recommend you to everyone we know. Thanks again, hope to come again soon. All the best Stuart. Donna, Jimbob and Rocky xxx (Bolton, UK).

May Bank Holiday 2013. Had a great time. Chugged to Dunham Massey and had a lovely meal in the Swan with Two Nicks pub. Then went to Castlefield - great cruising under the old bridge! Loved the boat and Hester very helpful. Angela and Paul Hardman (Irlam, UK).

18th - 21st April 2013. What an amazing adventure! Our first trip on a narrowboat and definitely not the last. Gloria is an amazing, well equipped boat. The kids loved the adventure, couldn't get them off the deck. We had a great time cycling, visiting parks and shopping at the Trafford Centre! We can't wait to come again. Thank you Hester. Nazia, Kam, Issy and Qaylah xxx (Luton, UK).

10th - 12th April 2013. Belle & Sonny said that Gloria was the best boat in the world and that Grandad was the best canal boat driver in the world but Grandad said he likes the peace and quiet. Wasn't Gran strong pulling the boat along by herself? A great little holiday. Belle & Sonny (Levenshulme, UK), Gran & Grandad (Newcastle, UK).

6th - 7th April 2013. We had a great time on Gloria, lovely and cosy and I fed the swans. The rocking of the boat made me fall asleep. I would love to come again. Thanks Gloria xx Jodi (aged 9), Lynda and Paul (Accrington, UK).

29th March – 1st April 2013. Fabulous boat Hester! Had a really lovely time, thank you for all your help and advice. Would love to come again and I'll recommend to friends. We’re all sad to leave. Diane, Tony, Joel and Lili (Devon, UK).

27th – 28th March 2013. I’d read some great reviews about Gloria but even so, I was still pleasantly surprised. Everything was explained really well as we, two ‘virgin cruisers’ took charge! We have loved every minute of our trip and ventured down to Dunham and back in 24 hours. It’s been perfect – thank you Hester. We’ll see you again. Natascha and Mike (Manchester UK).

23rd - 24th March 201. Only had one night but fell in love with ‘Gloria’ which considering the weather was remarkable. Ploughing through blizzards, cruising with iced bones but then snuggling up ‘gloria’ously inside. Many thanks Hester. Elaine and Widge (Wilmslow, UK).

15th - 18th March 2013. Spent 3 nights on-board and travelled to Rufford (and back!) Enjoyed good pub meals at Dover Lock Inn, Waters Edge and Crooke Hall Inn. An enjoyable weekend (but occasionally cold and wet) enjoyed by all! We found ‘Gloria’ comfy and well equipped. Many thanks. Admiral Iain and Crew (Cumbria and Leicester, UK).

11th - 13th March 2013. Had a two night break away on ‘Gloria’. This is a fantastic boat with everything you need for a relaxing break. Hester was really friendly and helpful. All in all a fantastic, relaxing break. We will definitely be back and will be telling our friends. Thanks Hester xx. Dave and Danielle (Ashton-Under-Lyne, UK).

28th - 29th February 2013 - My boyfriend’s birthday. The surprise ‘birthday barge’ idea went down well. ‘Gloria’ is such a beautiful boat that one night would never be enough. I’m sure we’ll be taking her out sometime soon. Hester – you are a lucky girl! Thank you. Nicole and Lawrence (Stoke-On-Trent, UK).

16th - 21st February 2013. Lovely well-kitted out boat, with more than a personal touch about her, unlike so many hire boats these days. Beautiful weather without a cloud in the sky for the whole time. On the last day the canal partially froze but ‘Gloria’ kept steaming happily along. Many thanks to Hester – GREAT!! Jonathan Stuart (Ho Chi Minh City, VN).

16th - 21st February 2013. AMAZING few days! I just don’t want to give her back! The weather and scenery have been beautiful for us and it’s been a beyond brilliant chance to see the world in a different way. She’s been cosy and friendly and determinedly ploughed on even when the canal froze over, keeping us warm and content. What an amazing boat. Cheers ‘Gloria’. Emily Stuart (Manchester, UK).

14th - 15th February 2013 - Valentine’s Day. Travelled from Boothstown to Castlefield. Beautiful boat, extremely clean, well equipped, both Hester and Dave were very welcoming and helpful. Had an interesting and fun cruise, would highly recommend. Thank you very much. Sue and Steve (Rochdale, UK).

5th - 6th January 2013. We travelled from the marina to Watersmeeting. It was a lovely journey and very peaceful. We then came back to the marina for the night and had such a good evening. Hester is lovely and so helpful. The boat is fab!! So pretty, clean and such a practical layout. So much fun we will definitely be back hopefully for longer next time. Thanks for a great weekend. Rachael and Andy (Burnley and Sunderland, UK).

31st December 2012 - 4th January 2013. Fantastic New Year spent on ‘Gloria’, the best. Beautiful boat. Hester could not do enough for us – we will recommend to friends. Thank you Hester x. Paul and Jennifer (Wilmslow, UK).

7th - 8th December 2012. Thanks ever so much for letting us stay on your lovely boat. It really has been a magical trip and we hope to do it again soon if you’ll have us back! Rachel, Paul, Sue, Alan and Sydney the dog x (Hull, UK).

23rd - 24th November 2012. We came here for our 2nd wedding anniversary and we’ve absolutely loved it! Hester is brilliant and a really relaxed boat owner considering we got stuck in the most awkward place ever right across the canal and she came to rescue us! The boat is beautiful, very clean and cosy. We will definitely be back. Tina and Steve (Bury, UK).

30th Oct - 3rd November 2012. Lovely clean, cosy boat. Had a great time and the dogs loved it too. Caroline and Tim, (Manchester, UK).

28th - 29th October 2012. One word – “Amazing”!!! We had an absolutely fab time, the boat is lovely and absolute credit to Hester. We cruised down to Lymm and stayed the night and even though it was wet and windy outside, once the fire was lit the boat was quickly warm and toasty. We both had a great night sleep too. Will definitely do it again. Paul and Georgia xxx (Ramsbottom, UK).

27th - 28th October 2012. What a lovely place to stay for the night – a birthday treat for hubby (he was in his element as Captain!) We only had ‘Gloria’ for 20 hrs so didn’t go far but she was pretty easy to handle and very well kitted out and super clean. Hester could not have been more welcoming or helpful. Hopefully we will be back for a longer visit in the future. X. Ali, Andy, Jacob (8) and Sam (6) (Surrey, UK).

13th - 14th October 2012 . We travelled from Boothstown to Lymm. Had a wonderful time, peaceful and tranquil. A very enjoyable experience and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Everything was provided for a comfortable stay, very clean and well maintained boat. Wish we could have stayed longer to do and see more. Thank you Hester for your hospitality and the milk! Glyn, Marie and Amy (Leeds and Warrington, UK).

1st - 2nd September 2012. We travelled down to Lymm and it was the best weekend we have had in a very long time. The narrowboat is excellent and we had everything we needed. The bed was the most comfy bed I’ve slept on in a long time. We will be back for another trip as soon as we can. I can recommend this boat to anyone. Many thanks. Vinny, Sue and the dogs Tia and Poppy xx (Manchester, UK).

27th - 31st August 2012. From Boothstown to Preston Brook and back. Stops at Lymm, Preston Brook, Old No. 3 and Astley Green. Lovely trip despite the weather. ‘Gloria’ is very roomy, comfortable and spotlessly clean and Hester could not be more helpful. Will be back next year. Thanks Hester. Kath and Jim Moore (Irlam, UK).

24th - 26th August 2012. From Bridgewater Marina to Grappenhall and return. Great trip for first timers highly recommended. Stopped at Lymm – very pretty and great Italian restaurant for evening meal. Gloria is clean, comfortable and easy to manage. Hester is friendly and helpful and we look forward to our next trip. Thank you. Tony and Debbie (Blackpool, UK).

7th - 16th August 2012. We did the Cheshire Ring and it was delightful! As a side trip we took the Anderton Boat Lift to the River Weaver, a truly remarkable experience. We had a great time on ‘Gloria’, and lots of thanks to Hester who was so kind, enthusiastic and flexible. Joep and Martine (Rotterdam, NL).

13th - 15th July 2012. From Bridgewater Marina to Lymm and back. A smashing, relaxing cruise – stopped off at Worsley, Dunham Massey and Lymm – what a beautiful boat and lovely weekend. We can highly recommend ‘Gloria’ and Hester and crossing the Manchester Ship Canal. Emma and James (Manchester, UK).

30th June - 6th July 2012. Had a great time on ‘Gloria’. Went to Castlefield, had a lovely journey. Hester was great, very helpful. Will definitely be back! Mhairi (Strathaven, UK) Angela and Andy (Glasgow, UK).