We bring all the family together for an unforgettable water adventure!
Superb attention to detail, wide spacious boat (unlike a narrowboat) and first class skipper tuition!

Why hire from us?

Luxury Kennet and Avon canal boat holidays upon a wide spacious boat with 2-3 hrs tuition for beginners. Explore the beauty of Bath and Somerset in style and comfort. Woodburner and pet free. Family run. 5 star reviews! Need we say more?

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View our luxury boat!

‘Larkspur’ is a modern widebeam canal boat that sleeps up to 6 people and incorporates many home creature comforts including a wood burner.

Family Canal Boat Holidays

Never hired a canal boat? F.A.Q!

Over 50% of our guests have never hired before! Have as much tuition as you like including doing a lock!

Our canal boat holiday prices include linen, fuel and logs

Prices and Booking!

Call us or book now online by filling out the booking form! 2019 prices out now!


Location + where can i go?

We are based in Bathampton, nr Bath, Somerset, UK on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Clients can cruise through Bath, Bradford Upon Avon, Trowbridge, Devizies and beyond!

Top ten boatels in Europe

Top 10 ‘Botels’ in Europe – The Independent!

Don’t just take our word for it!

“A relaxing week aboard Larkspur” – October 2018

We were a bit nervous, picking up Larkspur for a week with just the 2 of us on the K&A but we needn’t have been. Angus gave us a thorough hand-over and walk-through and the boat is well-equipped and very comfortable. We spent a lovely week navigating the waterway between Bath and Seend at a gentle pace, and came away wanting to do it again. We saw herons, moorhens, buzzards and some very friendly sheep, picked blackberries for our breakfast from bushes overhanging the canal, and pottered along from place to place just enjoying the special atmosphere, visiting hostelries and sampling fine local brews along the way. We had some very nice Tapas in Bradford-on-Avon and sat on the rear deck in the sunset enjoying a glass of pale crisp white. A lovely week. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Mike R

“Sept canal cruise” – September 2018

Had a fabulous time on larkspur. Boat was beautiful, very comfortable and spacious. Angus could not be more helpful. He was very welcoming and great at showing us the ropes.
Everyone on the canal was helpful and lighthearted. Lots of eating and drinking establishments on the route, all worth a visit. Lots of lovely places to see. Would recommend this trip to everyone. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Gail taylor
Plymouth devon

“Larkspur is a beautiful boat” – September 2018

Family cruises on the kennet and Avon canal

Our family, 2 adults and 2 children, 6 and 8 years old had an amazing week aboard Larkspur. Angus gave us excellent guidance on handling the boat and dealing with locks. The extra space the broad beam gave us, meant we never felt cramped even on the one rainy day and the wood burner really heats and dries everything out. When the tiller began to vibrate and we called Angus he had someone come and sort it out very quickly. It turned out to be a fender wrapped around the propeller shaft that we picked up in the famous Caen Hill Locks. We had many compliments on our boat and we enjoyed many of the pubs as well as the stunning landscape and wildlife the Kennet & Avon canal offers.      ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Lara Beaton

“Great boat and first class service” – September 2018

Thank you Angus. Boat was very comfortable and everything was very well thought through. You were a charming and gave us just what we needed to get going. My only regret was not to spend more time moored next to the Cross Guns! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Mike Harlow

“Fabulous week on the Kennet & Avon!” – August 2018

Soak up the summer on the Kennet & Avon

We’ve just come home from a wonderful week on the Larkspur on the Kennet & Avon canal. Angus met us on Saturday morning and spent 3 hours with us showing us all the aspects of the boat and sailing into Bath with us so we could get some practice on a lock and also in turning the boat. He set us up for any problems we might encounter (like cutting fishing wire from the propeller which we had to do on one occasion) and he made a point of including our children (aged 11 and 9) and showing them how they could help. We were initially a bit nervous about taking this wide boat out on our own (as my husband had never been on a boating holiday before) but we soon relaxed into it. We made it all the way to Honeystreet and back (tackling the Caen Steps up and down) in our week and visited some lovely canal side pubs for food along the way (The Barge Inn at Seend Cleeve and The Somerset Arms at Semington being two of the loveliest). The volunteers along the way were extremely helpful (especially at the Caen Steps) as were other boaters who were all happy to chat and share a story. The boat was really well equipped with everything we might need. The beds were comfortable and the boat was a pleasure to sail. Angus was relaxed and enthusiastic and we knew that we could call him at anytime should we have a problem. We all had a really enjoyable week (tiring at times but with a great sense of accomplishment) and we hope it won’t be our last boating holiday. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Louise Baines
Dunmow, Essex

“Fantastic trip on Larkspur”. – July 2018

We had an amazing 4 nights/ 5 days on The Larkspur.
Angus met us at Bathampton and helped us to bring our gear on board. The boat is amazing, very spacious, well equipped and very clean. Lovely bedding and soft towels!!
Angus took us to Bath giving us clear and full instructions on how to use the boat, mooring and getting through the locks. He left us in Bath once he knew we were happy and confident. Nothing was too much trouble for Angus, he is very friendly and helpful.
We would certainly recommend The Larkspur and are looking forward to another holiday in the near future.
Thank you Angus!! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Jeanette Turner