About Floating Holidays
Floating Holidays is a family run canal boat hire company. Established in Higher Poynton in 2016 with our first boat, we have since grown the fleet to 6 boats and now operate out of premises at Middlewich Wharf on the Trent and Mersey Canal. From here there are lots of fabulous routes to chose from when cruising with us, The wonderful Caldon Canal, Four Counties or Cheshire Ring, Manchester City Centre or historic Chester or the wonderful Llangollen Canal including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Paul and Sam along with Loki the rescue hound and their children, Orlagh (4yrs) and Finneus (1yr) are actively involved in the business and work hard to ensure all guests have a fabulous stay aboard.
We initially started with our first boat Gemini in 2016 (which retired from service at the end of 2020), and within a year added Rakiraki. 6 months later bringing on board three further boats in Casanova, Lady Sophia and Columbina. Also we assist our neighbours at a nearby Wharf to market a new to them boat called Norton Priory.
In the spring of 2020 Floating Holidays relocated to Middlewich on the Trent and Mersey Canal to operate from Middlewich Wharf. This enables us to offer a much improved customer experience with extra facilities all in one location. We are also able to build, repair and service other canal users vessels via our Chandlery, Joinery, Dry Dock and Engineering facilities.
At Middlewich there is also a dry dock, chandlery shop, moorings and our hire boat customers will benefit from secure parking and being able to load and unload from our yard straight onto their holiday boat without a long walk down the towpath. The staging area also has a canopy over the canal meaning whatever the weather you can climb aboard without worrying about the rain whilst you get familiar with your boat.
We ensure everyone has full tuition and guidance on how to use a narrowboat and recommend watching the boaters handbook before your holiday.
If you have any questions about life or holidays afloat then do get in touch, and we look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.
Paul and Samantha Donnelly – Floating Holidays
What People are Saying
We spent a weekend on Lady Sophia at the end of April 2019, for the wife’s birthday. Couldn’t be happier... read more115steven7/07/2019
The boat was as advertised and Paul was a great host. We had a great time with lovely weather and... read moreLucy6/24/2019
Wonderful weekend had on Gemini. Paul was fab and gave full instructions and demonstration for handling the boat. Luckily we... read moreDanielle2...2/18/2019
This trip surpassed our expectations. It was the small touches that made it extra nice, the dog biscuits and dog... read moreHayleyHor...8/12/2018
Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read moreJill Jenkins9/26/2019
We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... read morePeter4/02/2018
We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read moreHugh Everett11/13/2019
This was a most enjoyable time aboard the Gemini III, made possible by Paul's efficient and personal handling of our... read moreSandy5/02/2018
I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read moredanny booth11/13/2019
If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read moreste michaels11/13/2019
This was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read moreianrC2760...7/08/2019
Had a great short break on Gemini III (Mon-Fri). Paul was friendly and handover was quick and efficient. We cruised... read morefiona b3/13/2019
Picked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read morePat G7/07/2019
Management brilliant. Nine adults had a great weekend on the canal as first time explorers. Boat clean and superb. Would... read moreJohnF25745/12/2019
We have just come home from a lovely canal boat holiday booked with Floating Holidays. Paul couldn’t have been... read moreSue Hay5/04/2019
We had a lovely time on the boat and was pleased to say that we managed to do a couple... read moreAdri10/25/2017
Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read morePatrick Casken9/29/2019
Neither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read moresimes3031/07/2019
Paul was very helpful, although the Weather was not so good we will be prepared for rain next time! Boat... read moreMAI8637/09/2019
Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.Cathy Smith5/09/2018
I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read moredanny booth9/29/2019
I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read moreMatthew Smith11/13/2019
Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read moreSam Gordon11/13/2019
Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.Joseph Grundy5/29/2019
We booked this boat at very short notice due to cancellation of our booked holiday and we had a lovely... read moreSiouxT578/27/2019
We are thinking of buying a narrowboat. We know what it is like when the weather is good and wanted... read moreC8750ALmi...2/23/2020
We hired the Lady Sophia for a week because we are thinking of buying a narrowboat and wanted to see... read moreC8750ALmi...2/22/2020
Very large spacious boat, had everything u need for a holiday. Extremely comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful with whatever... read moreLorraine Smith5/28/2021
Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. ThomasThomas Schwed11/13/2019
We had a weekend on the Gemini III on a cold January weekend but still had a wonderful time! The... read moreing-ping1/31/2018
Booking the boat was made straightforward and easy, the boat itself was really nice and Paul was laid back and... read moreGemma9/09/2019
If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read moreste michaels5/29/2019
Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.Vicki Jones4/10/2019
I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read moreMatthew Smith8/29/2019
Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. ThomasThomas Schwed6/29/2019
This was a hoot. My wife and I rented one of the Narrow Boats. It was 40' long and just... read moreFred Q5/25/2019
We had a fabulous holiday on Casanova, doing the four counties ring. The team of Floating Holidays were really helpful,... read moreChristopher Brookes9/07/2020
Had a fantastic week aboard Columbina which was perfect for our family of 5. We cruised down the Shropshire Union... read moreJo Elliott6/05/2021
Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.Joseph Grundy11/13/2019
Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read morePatrick Casken11/13/2019
The owner Paul was an excellent host, answering any queries before the booking and was very flexible in his approach... read moreClaratayS...3/05/2018
I had a wonderful stay on Paul's narrow boat. It's a perfect, leisurely and relaxing way to spend a holiday... read moreJason9/20/2017
We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read moreHugh Everett6/06/2019
Gerat tuition with a personal touch. Though at 69 feet not a short boat, it was easy to handle, a... read moreAndreas R7/11/2019
Had lovely experience boat lovely bed sooo comfortable Paul was a great host, narrowboat dog friendly ,had no issues but... read morekdew3368/23/2019
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