Boating holidays in Europe

Enjoy a break with a difference with

Rental boat on Canal du Midi in France 01/08/2012 - If you’re looking for a break with a difference this year, how about a getaway afloat on a British or European waterway?, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, advertises 140 private boats available to hire in Europe; from a river in Kent and a romantic French canal to the centre of Amsterdam, there’s a wealth of options to choose from.

Renting an unusual property such a boat guarantees a really memorable holiday and provides a break from the norm. Thanks to many people buying unique properties and turning them into dream holiday rentals, now has many exceptional rentals on offer, including plenty of private barges to hire worldwide. You can even opt for customised private cruises, as many owners can arrange trips on request.

Choose from one of the boats below that include a modern boat on river Thames, a stunning houseboat on the canal in Amsterdam and a romantic gite boat moored on Canal du Midi near Toulouse in France.

Prices quoted are per property and correct at the time of publishing.


Reantal boat in Reading, UK

Brand new holiday boat in Reading
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £225 per property per night

The boat is a brand new canal wide-beam, fitted to an exceptionally high standard. The interior is spacious with a fitted kitchen, complete with all mod cons and a beautiful open plan saloon/dining room. The saloon area opens out on to the front deck so you can sit outside and enjoy the stunning River Thames views. After boarding the boat, the owners set sail and cruise to your destination. They then moor you up and leave you to enjoy your holiday. You can stay in one destination or cruise to several destinations.

Property 808341

Rental boat in Sandwich

Dutch barge moored on River Stour in Sandwich
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £300 per property per week

Dragonfly is a beautiful 100 year old Dutch barge, situated on River Stour in Sandwich. Accommodation is comfortable and cosy; there are two double cabins, a comfortable sitting area with TV/DVD, a shower and toilet room, galley and dining area. There is an additional seating area in the wheelhouse and an outside deck sitting area with picturesque views. There is a small private garden with outside seating and BBQ. Trips can be arranged on request. 

Property 464016

The Netherlands

Rental boat in Amsterdam

Stunning houseboat in Amsterdam
1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £149 per property per night

Over 100 years old and once a sailing boat the Medicijnman (Medicine Man) was transformed in the late 1950s into a characterful houseboat. With many old features left in place, it is located in the old centre of Amsterdam, in an oasis of tranquillity with the central station, the Dam Square, well known theatres, famous museums, great restaurants and other cultural attractions within walking distance. The inside is light, spacious and is well equipped with modern facilities. The living room has panoramic windows offering beautiful views just above water level.

Property 929548


Rental boat on Canal du Midi in France

Romantic gite boat moored on Canal du Midi
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2. From £400 per property per week

Built of mahogany and teak this is a newly restored boat, permanently moored in the pretty port of Moissac, near Toulouse. The main bedroom is at the front of the boat and has a full size double bed, en-suite shower, dressing table, small hanging space and built in cupboard. The main cabin has a U-shaped sofa, a table and another slightly smaller sofa. The wheelhouse has a bar table, fold-away chairs and a 360 degree view of the port.

Property 430621