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Got To Do This Again!

I've wanted to do this for years and when you set off looking into something from scratch it can be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alan F
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Another great week on the canals.

We said last year we’d be back, and we have just returned from another week on board. We hired... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2019
barryjashby
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We've just returned from a great week aboard Hawkweed on the Grand Union, North Oxford, Coventry and Ashby Canals. We are experienced hirers and boat owners, and cannot fault either the boat or the service we received from owner Steve and his colleague Phyl. The business is run with a refreshing personal touch, yet with total professionalism - it's clear Steve has gained vast customer service experience in the marine leisure sector.

We received a thorough demonstration of the boat, which was very well-presented - and the welcome touches such as freshly cut flowers in a traditionally-painted water can, a bottle of wine, fresh milk and tea were lovely to come on board to.

It's wonderful to see the 'Weed' boats available for hire once again; refreshed, updated and resplendent in their new company colours - people seemed pleased to see the boat as we travelled, and it's exciting that a couple more are due to return to service.

Steve and team should take pride in a job very well done - thank you for looking after us so well.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

Picked the boat up 25th September 2017 , excellent service by Steve . Thank you for the lovely extras, very nice touch. We have had a fantastic week, Blissworth tunnel was an eye opener . Would highly recommend grand union narrow boats weedon. We look forward to a return visit in the future. Thank you .

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

Four of us had a wonderful holiday - second week in July - on Tasselweed. The very thorough safety aspects and training given by Steve was second to none and enabled us to thoroughly enjoy our holiday with confidence, unlike some we met who hired from a very well known company and were shown a short video and a model boat! They found steering and manoeuvring in and out of locks almost impossible and commented ''never again''. But we had no such problems due to Steve's training.
The boat was fully equipped and came with all the creature comforts, two permanent double beds and accommodated four adults with ease. It is obvious that the vessel is maintained to a very high standard by Steve and everything works perfectly.
Being 'first timers' we chose the route along the Ashby canal which has fewer locks than other routes and was easily manageable in a week. You certainly get a different view of the world with canal cruising, a wonderful, scenic, tranquil, slower, mega relaxing pace of life. The Union Narrowboats website is simplicity itself to use, with the 'price you see is the price you pay', everything is included and great value, compared to some.
So thanks to Steve and Union Narrowboats for a great holiday

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic week on Hawkweed. Steve was really friendly and helpful throughout the booking process and also on arrival. The boat truly exceeded our expectations - fluffy towels provided as well as a thoughtful pint of milk and bottle of wine. Plenty of hot water and lots of kitchen equipment. Thorough hand over much appreciated and he even met us the next morning to give me lock training. I loved doing the locks - a good way often to chat with other boaters.

We took Hawkweed south on the Grand union and made it south of Leighton. Going through the 3km tunnel at Blisworth was a highlight! And who knew cruising around Milton Keynes could be so beautiful. Great pub food incl Three Locks at Soulbury, Globe at Leighton Buzzard and Black Horse at Linford. Lots of interesting places to stop off at along the way and experience a slice of industrial heritage and lots of wildlife too including herons, kingfishers, moorhens, swans and ducks.

Definitely recommend a holiday with Grand Union Narrowboats and thanks again to Steve and his crew.

Helen & Michael Reed

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

We hired Tasselweed during the last week of July 2017. There was everything you could ask for, plus some lovely extras which where a lovely surprise. Tasselweed was very clean and well equipped for our family of 4 plus Molly the dog who loved her holiday too.
Steve is really friendly, he went through the tuition in great detail and ensured we understood everything and were confident ready for our holiday. He stayed with us for a short time as we first set off then we met him at the first locks for him to go through the procedures. Nothing seemed too much trouble and we would certainly recommend Steve and his colleagues to anyone thinking of a canal holiday in the Midlands.

Date of experience: July 2017
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