Cuban-themed narrowboat staycation and more stones thrown from Manchester

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Staycations are the first choice for many Brits across the country as international travel restrictions continue to change day by day. With so much confusion and upheaval, many holiday goers have decided instead to enjoy a holiday closer to home.

And many are enjoying seeing the best parts of the UK by boat. Over at Airbnb there are plenty of choices still available for a last-minute boat trip.

If you are looking for a getaway within a couple of hours from Manchester, the great British outdoors has stunning natural beauty spots from the Lake District to North Wales.

Here is a roundup of the best reviewed accommodations on water with standout features that may float your boat in August.

Cuban-inspired narrowboat

Cruises around the four corners of the world may seem like a distant memory until you step onboard this Havana-styled narrowboat.

Owners of this boutique retreat have put out all the stops to make sure you soak up all the Cuban culture – oh and the honesty bar packed with plenty of rum to sip.

Wind back the clock to the 1950s as this floating hideaway will make you forget you’re sailing around Manchester.

This boat features a double bed and a single sleeper coach, with a kitchen equipped for cooking and some breakfast items to get your energy going in the mornings.

Snuggle up to the fireplace at night or enjoy relaxing from your bed on an attractive plant filled deck to enjoy and watch the world go by.

Pets are also welcome if you want to treat them to a mini holiday around the canals, with costs starting at £91 per night.

Check out which dates are still avaliable.

The Beehive MCR

Sleeping a maximum of four people enjoy a cosy stay on The Beehive, docked in the heart of Manchester’s canal routes in Castlefield.

The area is known for its several green spaces and outdoor events along the waterfront, providing plenty of bars and restaurants to try out on dry land.

Prices vary from £129 per night with some availability in August.

Boutique city centre narrowboat

Also located in Castlefield and just a stone’s throw from Deansgate is another boutique decorated narrowboat.

Owned by the same people who maintain the Cuban-themed boat, similar themes can be seen echoed with a packed honesty bar and pretty outdoor seating area.

We recommend booking here for a romantic few days away with a quirky twist, with board games and fancy dress on hand to keep you entertained.

This boutique styled boat is pet-friendly too, costing £91 per night although there is not much availability until October.


The final recommendation for a water-based stay is 100-year-old Hazel, who floats around Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Guests who enjoy fishing as a way to relax will find nearby canals and plenty of pubs and restaurants to dine in during your stay.

Built in 1913 to carry salt and then coal, Hazel is an old-timer that has been restored to her sailing heydays, with the Runcorn ‘wooden header’ ready to carry for a chill time.

You can book Hazel for static use on Airbnb, but for those who would prefer to take a trip, there is an extra charge.

A minimum of two nights costing £67 per night but you will have to wait until October to get the next earliest bookings available.


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