These cute and cosy boat rentals have changed the staycation game.
Summer does a funny thing to our wanderlust. Those staycation ideas we’ve got in our head suddenly rise to the surface, no longer a whimsical musing but a full-on must-do, causing us to scour the internet for tips on everything from the best staycation hotels and cute bed and breakfasts to treehouse getaways.
Why fight that voice in your head, telling you to book a little break somewhere in the UK to make the most of the warmer months? We say you indulge it, and find yourself a truly unique place to soak up the great outdoors. But when we say unique, we really mean it. So put the five star service on hold for just a minute and try something different that will really help you to breathe in the fresh air – book yourself onto a boat.
Staying on a boat for a few days is the perfect summer experience because it gives you the chance to truly step away from your everyday life and gives you the chance to immerse yourself in nature. Imagine waking up, bobbing about on a canal with a spot just outside your window to sit back and enjoy your coffee in the sun.
We’ve consulted both specialist boat accommodation site Click&Boat and other travel websites to find some dreamy boat staycation options, from cute and cosy in the Scottish Highlands to super luxe in London.
Yacht charter in Hampshire
Why should I go? With three cabins and an extra bed, this Bavaria 37 Cruiser is a wonderfully spacious way to explore the beautiful English south coast.
How many people? It sleeps eight.
How much? From £675 for a weekend.
How long? A daily trip, whole weekend or week.
Houseboat in Shannon
Why should I go? Ireland’s rugged beauty is not to be missed, and the waters near Shannon are an idyllic place to spend a few days. This boat’s modern interior makes it a gorgeous place to enjoy the summer’s sun.
How many people? Perfect for two, but you can fit a gang of five in there.
How much? From £2,500 for a week.
How long? Three or four nights, or the whole week.
Ben the house boat in Oxford
Why should I go? This cute and cosy houseboat feels like the loveliest place to curl up, watch the breeze blow through the trees and enjoy a good book.
How many people? Up to four people.
How much? From £131 a night.
How long? Two night minimum stay.
Lady Andorina in the Scottish Highlands
Why should I go? It’s the only accommodation moored on the Caledonian canal in the Highlands of Scotland, with unique views of the beautiful mountains all around. Where else can you breathe in air as fresh as this?
How many people? Up to four guests, but book for eight to secure the whole boat.
How much? From £25 a night.
How long? One night minimum stay.