The Directory of Unusual Places to Stay
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Prices from £135/night
Selection of beautiful and quirky city centre houseboats in Amsterdam. Book as a couple, family or group.
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Prices from £189/night
Explore the River Nene onboard a narrowboat for 2-6 guests based at Oundle. Cruising breaks available April to October, or static hire in winter.
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Stay on a 60ft classic Motor Yacht in the Southampton Marina. Book 1 or 2 ensuite bedrooms, so boat stay for 2-4 guest. Hot tub on board!
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If looking to get away within the next 3 weeks here are some great quirky places that could work for you.
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Prices from £119/night
Enjoy the scenery at Loch Ness on a quality charter or individual cabin basis onboard a comfortable trawler yacht for up to 8 guests.
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Prices from £80/night
Comfortable 4-berth near Hampton Court Palace with many mod cons - skippered boating holidays & cruises can also be arranged.
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Prices from £1,995/night
This luxury yacht offers overnight stays for up to 10 guests and is ideally situated opposite the O2 arena. EXCLUSIVE HIRE ONLY.
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Prices from £130/night
Unique 6-berth with hot tub & roof garden near Hampton Court Palace. Skippered boating holidays & cruises can also be arranged.
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Prices from £80/night
Classic 6-berth yacht near Hampton Court Palace with all the mod cons. Skippered boating holidays + cruises can also be arranged.
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Prices from £90/night
Unique, spacious, warm, narrowboat holiday hire & houseboat stay near Manchester - operating since 2012. Have a look!
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Prices from £117/night
Refurbished shabby chic fishing boat, first constructed in 1965, providing romantic retreat for 2. Moored at Brixham Marina.
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Prices from £119/night
Two 100 year old moored barges offer a relaxing getaway for 2(+2) guests or 6(+2) guests. Moored at Woodbridge + Snape Maltings. Dogs welcome.
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Prices from £100/night
Stylish, modern houseboat on Mersea Island near Colchester, with views of beach and Blackwater Estuary sleeps 2 people.
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Prices from £500/night
Authentic WWII barge luxuriously renovated sleeps 12-14 guests, with hot tub, near Walton on the Naze. WHOLE BOAT RENTAL ONLY.
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Prices from £600/night
Historic London houseboat close to Tower Bridge sleeps 10-12 people. WHOLE BOAT RENTAL ONLY.
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A luxury floating hotel offers quality cabin rooms and suites in central London, Docklands.
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Prices from £120/night
An unusual and fun way to discover London - 2 beautifully refurbished and comfortable 57 ft narrowboats which can sleep a couple or up to 5.
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Romantic getaway for 2 on the Kingsbridge Estuary. Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay with the one you love. Closed in Winter.
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Boutique Narrowboat sleeps two. Leicestershire's most luxurious floating couples retreat. Novices welcome. Min 3 night stay.
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Prices from £115/night
A 58ft narrowboat sleeping up to 6 guests, providing constantly changing scenery and views as it cruises. Based near Nantwich.
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A deluxe self-catering boat stay in the heart of Edinburgh, for 6+2. 2 night min stay on a weekend and peak times.
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Prices from £150/night
2 luxurious wide beam canal boats for bed and breakfast in Bath, or for self-driving cruising holidays. Dogs welcome.
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Enjoy the stunning view of the Yorkshire countryside from your very own canal boat. Sleeps 2 people + 1 dog welcome.
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110 year old beautifully restored Dutch Barge for up to 6 people (+ dogs) in the medieval town of Sandwich.
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Cruise in 5 star luxury on this hotel boat for up to 4 passengers. Routes from London, Oxford, Bath, Warwick.
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Historic cottage dating back to mid 1700s on the outskirts of St Helier, sleeps up to 4.
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A beautiful handbuilt Narrowboat that sleeps 2-4 people and cruises along the scenic Lancaster Canal. 3 night minimum stay.
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Cruise the waterways of England + Wales on a guided narrowboat with meals included. No added single supplements.
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Enjoy a skippered canal boat holiday along the Bridgewater Canal on this stylish wide-beam canal boat
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5 star accommodation on a yacht in Gibraltar with casino, gym, spa, infinity pool and more. Rooms sleep 2-4 people.
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Floating boutique hotel with a hot tub on the roof. Offering B&B in Reims when not cruising
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Luxury widebeam boats sleep 7 and depart from Limehouse Marina in London. Choose your route and off you go. Min 3/7 night stay. Dogs welcome.
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Flexible cruising holiday for up to 8 guests taking in the beauty of the Scottish West coast.
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Lovely narrowboat with private garden and access to bikes and kayaks offers a relaxing or sporty stay in East Farleigh. Dogs welcome. Over 21's only.
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A unique farmstay motel, in the Waikato area of the North Island, you can stay in a plane, boat, train or Hobbit rooms. Sleeps up to 6 people!
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Beautiful vessel with sauna onboard offers overnight B&B stays with 2 cabins, wildlife cruises or angling trips - moored at Buckie.
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47ft Sun Seeker boat sleeps 6 and is moored in Windsor Marina. Enjoy the sights as you sail down the Thames. 2 night minimum stay.
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Luxury wideboat sleeps 9 people in Caversham. Sail upriver to Oxford or downriver to Henley-on-Thames. 3 night min stay. Children + dogs welcome.
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Modern 6-berth 38 ft yacht in historic Lisbon moored next to Monument to the Discoveries with a view of Lisbon Bridge
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Enjoy a back-to-basics canal boat holiday on 'William' based near the hub of the canal system in the Midlands. Sleeps up to 12.
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Rooms are built on rafts that float on the River Kwai at this hotel in Kanchanaburi.
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River cruising in Ireland and Northern Ireland - routes, duration and boat size varies. No boat license required. Open March - October.
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Charming 60ft narrowboat sleeps up to 6 with a base near Guildford. 3 night minimum stay gives you time to travel to Windsor. No pets.
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Explore the Balerics onboard this sailing vessel. Flexible charters for up to 4 guests - or static nights as a floating hostel
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Luxurious yacht moored by the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, enjoys prime spot for views of Table Mountain. Sleeps 2 - 8 people.
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A stationary boat hotel, with city or sea views from the rooms, on the IJ river close to the centre of Amsterdam.
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A historic paddle steamer, moored in a scenic spot by the city of Budapest, offers 4 star accommodation.
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This barge turned hotel in Brugge offers 22 cabins, most with views of the canal. Breakfast included.
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Renovated boat that offers hostel style rooms sleeping 1-7 and is moored in Bristol's historic Wapping Wharf Harbour.
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Boutique cabin on Dutch barge on the River Saone at Losne. Restaurant quality food served. Perfect for a romantic break
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Stunning ocean liner anchored in Long Beach offers luxury accommodation and a Princess Diana exhibition.
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Houseboats located on St Johns river in central Florida ideal escape from a hectic trip to Disney World
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Quality boating holidays on canals and rivers around Burgandy, Loire and Canal du Midi
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Cruise along the backwaters of Kerala on a 80-foot long traditional + luxuriously furnished houseboat. With rooms for up to 8 people!
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Moored at the pier in the centre of Rijeka, Botel Marina offers a range of modern rooms alongside their on site restaurant.
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A modern, floating hotel built by the island of Klädesholmenon on the beautiful Swedish west coast.
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Charter a yacht with crew and explore the beautiful coastlines and hidden bays of the Greek islands and further afield
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Sleep on a yacht or motor boat at the harbour in Boston. Guests have access to an outdoor pool
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Elegant 100 yard yacht permanently docked at Riddarholmen Island. With sauna + restaurant serving Scandinavian dishes. Adults only.
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A centrally located hostel floats on the Danube river in Belgrade. With bar, terrace + bbq facilities. Borrow a bike or book a boat tour. Rooms for 5!
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Unique boat perched upon a mountain offers a romantic rural retreat for 2 in Villalonga on the Costa Blanca.
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Luxury stay on traditional houseboats in Kumarakom with uncomparable view over the lake. Meals included and staff onboard
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Floating backpackers accommodation in an idyllic location in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park
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See the Bay of Islands on The Rock, an overnight cruise vessel, with activities thrown in
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Luxury overnight cruising amongst the dramatic rock formations of Halong Bay
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Luxury individual yachts for exclusive Istanbul stay, in buzzing Bebek on the Bosphorus
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These traditional houseboats are a tranquil means of seeing the waterways and villages of this region
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Take a luxury cruise ship into the Amazon from Iquitos, on the Mekong river or across Indonesia to explore remote areas + discover wildlife
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This boatel is floating right in the middle of Toronto, perfect for a couples city break on the water
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Luxurious houseboats with beautifully handcarved furnishings in Srinagar. Check current situation in this area before travel.
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Exclusive, action packed cruises on luxury yachts in Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Pacific NW, Costa Rica / Panama, Columbia River & Galapagos
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A boat on the River Nile with tented bedrooms. Accommodates up to 8 guests.
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Boutique accommodation on water. Stay on board moored or charter the boat with a skipper, at Lake Taupo