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

Floating Holidays Team


What People are Saying

  • Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read more

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    Jill Jenkins

    We had a lovely time on the boat and was pleased to say that we managed to do a couple... read more

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    Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read more

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    Patrick Casken
  • 4 star ratingPaul was very helpful, although the Weather was not so good we will be prepared for rain next time! Boat... read more

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    I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

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    Matthew Smith

    Had a great time on our first boating holiday, the boat (Casanova) was lovely, well equipped and clean and perfect... read more

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    Steven Davis
  • 5 star ratingThis was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read more

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    5 star ratingThis trip surpassed our expectations. It was the small touches that made it extra nice, the dog biscuits and dog... read more

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    5 star ratingNeither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read more

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  • Welcomed by Paul and Samantha and Loki ( lovely dog) as soon as we pulled up right by the boat.... read more

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    Mandy Batchelor

    4 star ratingHad a great short break on Gemini III (Mon-Fri). Paul was friendly and handover was quick and efficient. We cruised... read more

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    fiona b

    I had a wonderful stay on Paul's narrow boat. It's a perfect, leisurely and relaxing way to spend a holiday... read more

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  • Very large spacious boat, had everything u need for a holiday. Extremely comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful with whatever... read more

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    Lorraine Smith

    We had Our Time for a week in July 2021...boat was clean, in good condition and well equipped. Access for... read more

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    Rannoch Yule

    I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

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  • The boat was clean and the beds were really comfy. Thoroughly enjoyed our family of 4 trip over 7 days.... read more

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    Tina Begley

    5 star ratingWe are thinking of buying a narrowboat. We know what it is like when the weather is good and wanted... read more

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    Booking the boat was made straightforward and easy, the boat itself was really nice and Paul was laid back and... read more

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  • Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

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    Thomas Schwed

    This was a most enjoyable time aboard the Gemini III, made possible by Paul's efficient and personal handling of our... read more

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    Had a fantastic week aboard Columbina which was perfect for our family of 5. We cruised down the Shropshire Union... read more

    Jo Elliott
  • 5 star ratingHad lovely experience boat lovely bed sooo comfortable Paul was a great host, narrowboat dog friendly ,had no issues but... read more

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    A great boat for our two families, lots of fun for all -swing bridges, narrow turns and lovely country pubs.... read more

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    We had a fabulous holiday on Casanova, doing the four counties ring. The team of Floating Holidays were really helpful,... read more

    Christopher Brookes
  • I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

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    Matthew Smith

    5 star ratingThis was a hoot. My wife and I rented one of the Narrow Boats. It was 40' long and just... read more

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    Fred Q

    The boat was as advertised and Paul was a great host. We had a great time with lovely weather and... read more

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  • Our family of four just returned from a fantastic week on the “Our Time” boat on the Trent and Mersey... read more

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    Curt Chaffin

    Had the most amazing bank holiday weekend on the Casanova thanks to Floating Holidays. Super communication from start to finish.... read more

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    Joanne Jump

    5 star ratingWe had a weekend on the Gemini III on a cold January weekend but still had a wonderful time! The... read more

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  • Lovely boat, just the right size and with everything you need! We went in January but was warm and... read more

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    Ingrid Ashton

    5 star ratingThe owner Paul was an excellent host, answering any queries before the booking and was very flexible in his approach... read more

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    FANTASTIC Experience enjoyed every minute of it.thanks to the crew at floating holidays middlewich for making this possible definitely booking... read more

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    Sean Proudfoot
  • Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

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    Joseph Grundy

    positive review Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.

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    Vicki Jones

    I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

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  • We called into the wharf for fuel one Sunday.Filled with fuel and discovered a fuel leak.Paul went out of his... read more


    Paul’s narrow boat did everything it was supposed to do despite us being complete novices! Had a wonderful time chugging... read more

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    Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read more

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    Sam Gordon
  • positive review This is our 2nd holiday with them. 2017 on Gemini III their 4 berth. 2018 on Rakiraki the 10 Berth.... read more

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    Alison Darby

    Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

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    Thomas Schwed

    Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.

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    Cathy Smith
  • 5 star ratingWe booked this boat at very short notice due to cancellation of our booked holiday and we had a lovely... read more

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    Enjoying a fabulous holiday on Casanova, a perfect narrowboat for 2. Regrettably halfway through our holiday now and getting ready... read more

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    Sue Tucker

    positive review We have just come home from a lovely canal boat holiday booked with Floating Holidays. Paul couldn’t have been... read more

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    Sue Hay

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