About Floating Holidays

floating Holidays is a family run canal boat hire company currently run from Higher Poynton but soon to relocated to Middlewich Wharf.  Paul and Sam along with Loki the rescue hound and their children, Orlagh (3yrs) and Finneus (6 mths) 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, 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 Bollington Wharf to market a new to them boat called Norton Priory.

In the spring of 2020 Floating Holidays will be relocating to Middlewich on the Trent and Mersey Canal to operate from Middlewich Wharf. This will enable us to offer a much improved customers experience with extra facilities all in the same place.

At Middlewich there is also a dry dock, chandlery shop, moorings and our hire boat customers will benefit from free secure parking and being able to load and unload from our yard straight onto their holiday boat without a 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

  • 5 star rating“Brilliant Weekend by John Ford” Management brilliant. Nine adults had a great weekend on the canal as first time explorers. Boat clean and superb. Would... read more

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    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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    5 star rating“Really good fun” Neither 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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  • 5 star rating“Lovely boat in wonderful scenery” Gerat tuition with a personal touch. Though at 69 feet not a short boat, it was easy to handle, a... read more

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    Andreas R

    5 star rating“Tranquil break” Had 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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    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 rating“Relaxing weekend.” We 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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    5 star rating“Great experience” Picked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read more

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    Pat G
  • 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

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

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    Joseph Grundy

    4 star rating“Brilliant weekend on Lady Sophia” We spent a weekend on Lady Sophia at the end of April 2019, for the wife’s birthday. Couldn’t be happier... read more

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  • 5 star rating“Highly Recommended, the perfect canal boat company!!” This 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 rating“Cosy narrowboat” We 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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    5 star rating“Great pet friendly narrowboat hire, lovely week :-)” The 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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  • 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

    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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    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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  • 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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    5 star rating“Could not have found better for our purpose.” We 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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    We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... 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

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

    Rachel Avatar

    5 star rating“A very sucessful week on Lady Sophia” We hired the Lady Sophia for a week because we are thinking of buying a narrowboat and wanted to see... read more

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  • 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

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

    Peter Avatar

    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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  • 4 star rating“Pet friendly, Good holiday” Paul 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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    5 star rating“Gemini weekend.” Wonderful weekend had on Gemini. Paul was fab and gave full instructions and demonstration for handling the boat. Luckily we... read more

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    5 star rating“We did this trip about 10 years ago 2009” This 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
  • Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.

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    Cathy Smith

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

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    Thomas Schwed

    4 star rating“Cosy relaxing short break on Gemini III” Had 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
  • If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read more

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    ste michaels

    5 star rating“Lady Sophia” This 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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    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 Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.

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    Vicki Jones

    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

    We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read more

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    Hugh Everett
  • 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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