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Crabtree Narrowboat Hire

Garstang Road | Barton Grange Marina, Preston PR3 0BT, England
+44 1995 671712
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Lovely boat and gorgeous canals

We hired Willow for the Easter weekend and had a wonderful three nights travelling up to Lancaster... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LordByronStingley
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Wonderful & relaxing break

Crabtree boats are the nicest boats you can hire (they are the only boat company that are 5 star... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Madge S
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Crabtree Narrowboat Hire is a family run narrowboat hire company based on the idyllic, lock free Lancaster Canal. We operate 3 luxury boats from our base at Barton Grange Marina - our narrowboats have been awarded 5 stars by Enjoy England - the national English tourist board. Rest assured that you will find a warm welcome with Crabtree Narrowboat Hire.
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Garstang Road | Barton Grange Marina, Preston PR3 0BT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired Willow for the Easter weekend and had a wonderful three nights travelling up to Lancaster and back. The Canal just south of Lancaster is truly beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend despite some cold weather (including snow!) at times. The great bit...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad that you enjoyed your time on Willow and the Lancaster Canal. Thanks very much for the review and look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Crabtree boats are the nicest boats you can hire (they are the only boat company that are 5 star!) All the boats are finished to a high standard and they all come equipped with everything you need so you do not need to worry about...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Have just experienced our first Narrowboat holiday hire from Crabtree and can fully recommend the high quality end to end from booking to returning the boat. Welcome and handover from Robert was excellent, all the little extras provided really are a nice touch, the boat...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

I would strongly recommend booking your canal boat hire from Crabtree Narrowboat Hire. You will not be disappointed. I have just returned from a 4 night booking on the boat called Willow and I could not find a fault with anything. From the start of...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

What a wonderful review and thank you so much for it. I know that you both really enjoyed the narrowboat and the Lancaster Canal experience. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I hope that you will come back and enjoy the delights...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We hired the Mulberry for a week in August. From start to finish Robert could not have possibly been more helpful. The narrowboat, Mulberry was absolutely beautiful, very clean with everything you would need for a weeks holiday. The beds were really comfortable and we...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thanks for that lovely review and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and the beautiful Lancaster Canal. I'm sorry about the problem you had - the boats are living breathing things and unfortunately things sometimes go wrong but I look forward...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We went on a family trip on the Lancaster Canal, the children had never been on a canal boat before. The loved every minute of it as did we and their parents. The 6 berth boat was out of action so we had two 4...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Thank you for a lovely review and I'm so pleased that not only did you enjoy your narrowboating experience but the children did as well. I'm sorry that Mulberry (our 6 berth) wasn't available but I don't think having the 2 narrowboats spoiled the holiday...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

The title of this review says it all. We have used Crabtree Narrowboat Hire for our visits to the Lancaster Canal for 3 years running and have never been disappointed. We have twice used the narrowboat Linden but this year tried the narrowboat Cedar. As...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Thank you for another glowing review !! It is an absolute pleasure to see you both each time you come back and I look forward to seeing you both next year again. The only problem for you is which narrowboat to book, but be assured,...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We are three sisters who plan a vacation together each year and as first time 'narrow boaters' we could not have picked a more perfect company or, canal. Robert runs a 5* operation and we just cannot recommend him or, his boat highly enough. We...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Well the Lancaster Canal and life on a narrowboat certainly had you all spellbound – and I’m not surprised !!. You embraced it all right from the start and were delightful to have as hirers. Thanks so much for the very kind recommendation and the...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We had a wonderful week on Willow with our dog also called Willow. Robert was incredibly welcoming and our Willow adored him. The boat was pristine and he talked us through all the ins and outs and how to steer etc. He was very patient...More

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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

What a wonderful review and my thanks for such a glowing recommendation. It was an absolute pleasure to meet both the two of you and Willow and I'm so pleased that you all enjoyed your time on the Lancaster Canal and on board Willow. There...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

We have just returned from our short break on Willow its a lovely little boat, we always travel with Crabtree Narrowboathire. The owner Robert Foulkes is very accommodating and very helpful. Cant wait to return :) We believe weve found the best dont need to...More

Thank Joy K
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Robert F, Owner at Crabtree Narrowboat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

You two are so kind. I know that you really enjoy your time on the canal and combining it with your 25th Wedding Anniversary must have been lovely. We look forward to seeing you both again really soon. xx

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