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“A great bank holiday break” 5 of 5 stars
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Countrywide Cruisers
Brewood ST19 9BG, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Brewood
Shoreham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A great bank holiday break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We looked for something to do owner the recent Bank Holiday, a Narrow Boat looked interesting, we booked last minute, Countrywide Cruisers were very helpful, we arrived at the base, we were shown our boat HILDA, it was clean, very comfortable, we had a very comprehensive training session and instruction, everybody was very pleasant, we had a great trip down the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, we enjoyed everything its a great holiday for a family who want a little bit of activity, we had 3 superb days thank you!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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bolton
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Just come back from a 4-night cruise on lovely Sir Belin. Contrywide Cruisers were A1. So friendly, helpful and accommodating- and great value! We had booked with another firm a couple of years ago, and was going to do so again, until they started adding surcharges (eg £25 to add a bunk, even thought the boat was listed as being the right size for our party of 5). Countrywide were very clear that their prices are all-inclusive, and they're cheaper than the other place, even before the surcharges are added! Win!!! Cliff who showed us around, was a gem, and it was lovely to be allowed to settle in before having to think about the "induction". We had to phone the office a couple of times during the cruise with small worries ( eg the fuse had tripped for the shower pump) and they were extremely helpful and sorted the problems- and eased our worried minds!- quickly and in a very friendly way. The route was interesting- a weird mix of very rural and housing estates, with some very lovely pubs, and lots of cute ducklings, baby moorhens, herons and so on. Sadly we didn't manage to see any otters, though there was a sign which said they could be around. The people on and around the canal were incredibly friendly, and offered useful advice in a non-intrusive way. I was amazed at the enthusiasm with which people unfailingly waved as we tootled by- including the residents of a retirement home who were all at dinner! Lovely! All in all a fab time- countrywide cruisers are the best! Thanks so much X

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maldon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Just returned from a week long trip on Countrywide Cruisers Sir Melleaus with Mum, Dad and two sons on board.

Good clean boat with all the home comforts you would need on a canal boat holiday.

Excellent orientation by Cliff. Even though we had done canal boating before managed to pitch the handover as if it were a refresher. The boat has a traditional stern which is OK for two but a bit cramped for any more to stand at the back.

Locks were a doddle, not much traffic considering this was the 1st week of the school hoildays.

Many comments from other established boaters saying that they like Countrywide as the boats are always well turned out and they are a well run family owned business rather than a big multi depot affair.

Pubs all along the canal with good places to stop and tie up overnight. The Anchor is worth a visit for a back in time experience, but only Wadsworth 6X is available....the pub has a nice garden.

We had one problem with the boat which was resolved with William responding to our phone call and him being with us within an hour. Thanks William.

Will we go back to Countrywide.....you bet!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stradbroke, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have just returned after a weeks holiday on Sir Ladinas with 2 kids aged 8 & 10 and 2 dogs. We have had an amazing time on our first canal trip. We headed towards Chester as we didn't want the pressure of having to complete a circle within the week. This was perfect for us as we stopped wherever took our fancy and we made use of the canal side pubs! We used some Tesco clubcard vouchers to pay for part of this holiday and this was no problem to Countrywide, they were more than welcoming. We opted for Countrywide as we liked their one price policy with no hidden extras, and the layout of the boat suited us. The companies website is very basic so we were expecting a basic equipped boat so I was amazed at how well equipped the kitchen was, which even included your washing up liquid, salad bowls, serving platters, jugs, juicers etc. This was a very pleasant surprise. The décor was slightly dated but spotlessly clean. I had read previous reviews complaining that the beds are only 4' wide, but you are on a 6' wide narrow boat so I am not sure what some people expected. There were also some negative reviews complaining there were no towels but nowhere on the booking does it say towels are provided. We were met by a very helpful lady as soon as we arrived and our boat was moored and waiting for us. We were given out life jackets and invited to load out luggage. We were then shown around the boat by a very helpful and friendly man and given a comprehensive step by step on how to use everything. He also offered to some with us for a short way if we were a bit nervous but we headed straight off. The week was amazing, we met some very friendly local people, and there was a real sense of community on the canal. We managed our first lock with no problems much to our relief! And the rest was plain sailing. We would recommend The Boat Inn at Gnosnall Heath the food was delicious, reasonably priced and the staff lovely. Audlem was very busy as there was a transport festival a few days later but it was a lovely village to have a look around. We had a few well earnt pints at the Shroppie Fly after 13 locks. The scenery along the canal was stunning and it was lovely to be able to moor up virtually where you want in the middle of nowhere and not a house or boat in sight! We turned around just passed Nantwich and headed back. For those with kids, ours enjoyed and few hours in the outdoor swimming pool in Market Drayton. Overall this was a brilliant holiday and we would not hesitate to book again with Countrywide Cruisers.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Booked and paid for by my folks for a family holiday to celebrate Mums 70th birthday, we have just come back from a nice week with Countrywide. We had the 8 berth 'Jaqueline' boat, which was an older boat on the fleet, but still pretty well appointed, clean and tidy. Priced very reasonably compared with the competition (much cheaper than Black Prince for example, although their boats are very well appointed). Mum has commented very favourably on the friendliness of the staff on booking, paying, queries and questions regarding the holiday. Price was fully inclusive of fuel, gas, etc., so no extras too worry about. All bedding provided, just bring your own towels.
We had 2 accidients while away (sorry Countrywide) - broke a fridge shelf and bent the tiller by getting it caught under the lock gate bridge on Lock 1 of the Droitwich Canal (watch out for this if you have a long boat!) We phoned in the damage while still out and Countrywide were absolutely fine about it.
All in all, very happy with the service, boat and canals.
A word about the Stourport Ring. A good mix of rural and industrial landscapes to see. We didn't to visit stop anywhere on route, just enjoyed the scenery, although Stourport & Droitwich looked worth a visit. Be prepared to self cater more than you thought - many of the canal side pubs were closed down, even the latest guides and Google seaches were out of date.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ilfracombe
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

This was our second holiday with Countrywide, previously we did the 4 counties ring on Sir Galleron which was great although you need to crack on a bit to get around in a week.
This time we chose to do the Stourport ring, which was equally challenging in terms of distance and locks. We hired Sir Bruin which was a great boat, we particularly liked the fact that there are 2 bathroom/toilets that were en-suite ensuring privacy and less chance of waking each other up in the night!
The Stourport ring is a lovely route that takes in a beautiful section of the River Severn including the big ship locks that are quite an experience after the normal narrow locks you get used to.
We opted to miss out the Worcester leg of the ring and cut across the recently opened Droitwich canal (re-opened a couple of years ago), this was a lovely secvtion of canal with some quite narrow sections where the marsh grass has grown into the canal, we were lucky enough not to meet anything coming the other way as it could have been tricky reversing to make room to pass in places. Don't let this put you off however as it was a really nice canal with some interesting scenery.
The Tardebigge flight was a challenging section with 30+ locks in a continuous flight. We started up first thing in the morning and were really lucky to have all of the locks in our favour and very little downward traffic, we completed the entire flight in 3 hours, although at busy times it could easily take a whole day to complete.
Highlight of the week would be Gas Street Basin in Birmingham, we moored outside the NIA and ate out in Miller & Carter which serve awesome steaks, well worth a visit. we also took half a day to go shopping in the Bullring, a good oportunity to get off the boat for a few hours!!

A final point on the collection of the boat, we were met by a chap clled Clive ( I think!) who was really helpful, really freindly and relly started the week off well with his cheery manner, we had no problems with the boat and were very happy overall with Countrywides no fuss service, just what we wanted, we will definitely holiday with them again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Date of trip 14.9.12 for 1 week
This was our first canal holiday having only previously travelled on the Broads.
The booking was straight forward and the price included everything so there were no unpleasant extras like fuel deposits,cleaning charges etc added on later. Our dog was also welcomed.
The boat we hired was Sir Fergus.
We were given a comprehensive introduction to the boat by Cliff and then we were on our way.
The boat was well prepared and was very suited to our needs.
The people we met on our travels were all friendly and helpful (apart one intolerant individual). The scenary was varied and the canal side pubs were a welcome.
We had hoped to get as far as Chester but after setting out we soon realised that this was a bit optimistic and eventually turned around at Nantwich.
Countrywide Cruisers were friendly and efficient and I have no problem in recommending them.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Brewood ST19 9BG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Staffordshire > Brewood
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