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

Testimonials

What People are Saying

  • 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
    9/29/2019

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

    Jason Avatar
    Jason
    9/20/2017

    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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    ing-ping
    1/31/2018
  • 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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    2/23/2020

    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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    MAI863
    7/09/2019

    5 star ratingWonderful 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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    Danielle2...
    2/18/2019
  • 5 star ratingWe 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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    C8750ALmi...
    2/22/2020

    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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    Gemma
    9/09/2019

    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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    HayleyHor...
    8/12/2018
  • 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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    Lucy
    6/24/2019

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

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    Thomas Schwed
    6/29/2019

    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
    5/29/2019
  • 5 star ratingNeither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read more

    simes303 Avatar
    simes303
    1/07/2019

    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
    Peter
    9/07/2018

    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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    Peter
    4/02/2018
  • Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

    Joseph Grundy Avatar
    Joseph Grundy
    5/29/2019

    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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    danny booth
    9/29/2019

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

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    Thomas Schwed
    11/13/2019
  • 5 star ratingGerat 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
    7/11/2019

    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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    Sandy
    5/02/2018

    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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    danny booth
    11/13/2019
  • 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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    ianrC2760...
    7/08/2019

    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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    kdew336
    8/23/2019

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

    Matthew Smith Avatar
    Matthew Smith
    11/13/2019
  • Had a fantastic week aboard Columbina which was perfect for our family of 5. We cruised down the Shropshire Union... read more

    Jo Elliott
    6/05/2021

    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
    6/06/2019

    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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    SiouxT57
    8/27/2019
  • 4 star ratingWe 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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    115steven
    7/07/2019

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

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    Cathy Smith
    5/09/2018

    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
    3/13/2019
  • 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
    7/24/2021

    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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    Adri
    10/25/2017

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

    Matthew Smith Avatar
    Matthew Smith
    8/29/2019
  • Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read more

    Jill Jenkins Avatar
    Jill Jenkins
    9/26/2019

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

    Lorraine Smith Avatar
    Lorraine Smith
    5/28/2021

    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
    9/05/2021
  • Welcomed by Paul and Samantha and Loki ( lovely dog) as soon as we pulled up right by the boat.... read more

    Mandy Batchelor Avatar
    Mandy Batchelor
    9/12/2021

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

    Joseph Grundy Avatar
    Joseph Grundy
    11/13/2019

    5 star ratingManagement 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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    JohnF2574
    5/12/2019
  • We had a fabulous holiday on Casanova, doing the four counties ring. The team of Floating Holidays were really helpful,... read more

    Christopher Brookes
    9/07/2020

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

    Ingrid Ashton Avatar
    Ingrid Ashton
    2/02/2018

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

    Rachel Avatar
    Rachel
    1/02/2020
  • 5 star ratingPicked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read more

    Pat G Avatar
    Pat G
    7/07/2019

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

    Tina Begley Avatar
    Tina Begley
    11/13/2019

    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
    11/13/2019

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