Testimonials

Debby and Simon (Jun 2019) - "Booked a 4 night break for two adults and a dog. Absolutely loved it. Steve and his crew work hard to make sure you have a safe holiday experience. Ragweed is so well equipped, spotlessly clean and well looked after. I did watch the dvd four times and felt ready to tackle this new experience"

Glen (Jun 2019) - "Brilliant time away. Very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble!! Boats were clean comfortable and decked out really well."

Barry (Jun 2019) - "We said last year we'd be back, and we have just returned from another week on board. We hired Driftweed for a week and went south on the Grand Union canal to Cowroast. Another fantastic trip, the boat was great and more than big enough for the four of us. Yet again Steve and the team at Grand Union Narrowboats made sure everything was perfect and they really do make every effort so you can enjoy your time on a Narrowboat. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking to hire a boat. Contact them and they will help you to get the boat and route that is right for you. There are so many route options when leaving the yard at Weedon you are spoilt for choice. We have done a couple and look forward to working our way through the remaining ones!! We will be back, again!!"

Anonymous - Worcester (Apr 2019) - "You know you've had an amazing time when you don't want to come home. And when you have the engine on that little bit slower to eak out your last hour of cruising time.
We spent Easter weekend on ragweed and everything from start to finish was perfect. Communication from Steve beforehand was great and we had the best training from Sophie.
The boat was beautifully presented and super comfortable. It had everything we needed. So much so that we never left the boat all weekend. We took enough food and drink so we didn't need to stop and it was always our intention to properly 'get away from it all' so we did. We moored in some remote places with just the birds for company.
We travelled north from the boat yard and made our way to Elkington (bridge 28) over three days. Setting off early on Sunday morning was probably my highlight. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and the mist on the water as the run was rising made it really very special. "

Evelyn (Apr 2019) - "Had an amazing week on Tasselweed. Week started off well with brilliant training (which is good as we are complete novices). Boat is really comfortable with everything that you need provided. Cant wait till we can go again and cannot recommend it more. Check out Tassleweed on YouTube."

TravellingBilburys - Devon (April 2019) - "This was, without doubt, one of the best holidays we've been on.
The people we met, the places we slept, the pubs we visited, and the food we ate were all lovely but the pace of life and the quality of time together made this a family holiday to remember.
Steve and his team were absolutely amazing from our first enquiry through to teaching us the basics of the boats and locks and setting us off on our own. A big thanks to Geoff, who stayed with us for the first few miles until we were confident rather than just giving us the keys and sending us off like some of the other crews who had boats from other yards we met had happen to them.
Our boat, 'Tasselweed' handled like a dream and Steve's reassurance that canal boating is a contact sport made me feel a bit less guilty about the scratches we put on it!
Sorry about those Steve!
We had a week and got to The Moorings in Royal Leamington Spa. Stop here, you will be impressed.
Another standout pub was The Old Olive Bush at Flecknoe- amazing food and a really friendly landlord. Bit of a walk but well worth it. Phone first though as they aim for quality of experience over quantity of covers and the dining area is not large.
Others well worth a visit we're The Two Boats, The Narrow Boat and The Boathouse at Braunston (so good we went in twice!). There are loads more we didn't get to and will definitely be coming back again to try some more.
It is the sign of a great holiday if you are sad when it comes to an end. We were all really sorry to have to leave but we will be back again as soon as we can."

Hexcelskis - Canada (Jan 2019) - "Have to confess we really enjoyed our amble along the 200+ year old canals. A lot of UK history along the routes no mater which way you go.
The longboat was well prepared and ready for the trip. Kitchen, bed, restroom, towels, guide books and fuel. The only additional task was to top up the potable water tank as required along the route.
Phil was thou rough with the ‘pre-sail’ checklist to go over all the procedures for piloting and living on the longboat. This was followed by a slow cruise along the canal. Lessons were also given for operating the locks.
Weedon is a family run business and the owners are proud and take care of their boats.
One has to set themselves in a different mindset on these canals.
They were originally designed for horse drawn boats so the overall longboat speed is a fast walking pace.
By chance we even got filmed on the youtube series 'Cruising the Cut', really recommend watching some of these before renting a narrowboat."

Pete L (Jul 2018) - "We just had the best week on Hawkweed. I've used many different companies on my numerous canal holidays but these are by far the best company I've used. They're a family company and really look after their customers. Steve and Phil welcomed us on our first day and they even helped us unload our car! They’re both very helpful and are always available should you need them. As for the boat... simply brilliant. Very quiet, new engine, all the creature comforts you need away from home. Shower is a real plus as this is something I've always felt let's the boats down, but the shower was great on Hawkweed. The simple best recommendation I can give Grand Union is that we are about to book again for next year! We would definitely recommend! "

Barry (Jun 2018) - "Just returned from a week aboard Tasselweed. There were 4 of us and the boat was fantastic. Everything you’d need and more - even a washing machine!! We packed up with everything we’d need for the week and Steve had already covered some of these things. It’s the little things like tea, milk, tea towels, the lovely toiletries that make the difference. Steve’s attention to detail is fantastic, he is very knowledgeable about the canals and did everything needed to make our holiday great. We arrived late on the Friday due to traffic and managed to get the first hour in on Friday night. Steve then came out on Saturday morning to make sure we were totally happy going through the locks etc. We had a great week going through tunnels, locks and just enjoying the canals. We cannot recommend Grand Union Narrowboats highly enough. We will be back!"

Anod (May 2018) - "Had a fantastic week on Tassleweed going from Weedon to Warwick & back. We had brilliant tuition from Steve at the start which meant that we could enjoy ourselves & have a stress free holiday right from the word go. There was 6 of us (3couples) on the boat, it exceeded our expectations regarding storage & space. I strongly recommend this company & boat"

Anonymous (April 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.!"

Barbara S (Sep 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."

West Midlands (Aug 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"

Helen & Michael Reed (Aug 2017) - "Hawkweed - wonderful week! 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."

Debra (Aug 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."

Anthony G (Jul 2017) - "We hired Hawkweed over the weekend and had an awesome experience! The boat was faultless and the guys who run the company where really helpful at showing us what to do as we had no experience before. The area was beautiful and there's some great pubs along the way. I would definitely use these again in the future when we look to take it out for a week"

Nice, France (July 2017) - "A magical week on Hawkweed - Our holiday on Hawkweed (May 2017) was a really special and unforgettable experience – I particularly wanted to mention the following: The boat itself is comfortable and very well equipped – there was even a cafetière – and it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into client comfort. The bed remains as a bed so no having to put bed away / remake it morning and evening. This holiday was a first on the canals for me and I was quite nervous about managing the steering, the locks, the mooring… I need not have worried as Steve and his colleague gave really thorough tuition before letting us loose on our own, calmly staying alongside us as we completed our first locks and moorings. The experience of moving slowly through beautiful countryside was fabulous – what a way to relax. Hawthorn blossom everywhere meant glorious hedgerows and the canal birds were out and about with their babies. People we met and chatted to were friendly and, when it came to the locks, we always found kind people to give us a hand. A final comment is to say how thoughtful Steve is as an owner – there were all the basics in the kitchen cupboards to start us off on our trip and he went out of his way to make life easier for us – we went up to Weedon by train and he even assisted us with arranging transport to and from the station. We would have no hesitation in recommending Grand Union Narrow boats and fully intend returning for another holiday with them next year."

Carol H (Jun 2017) - "Great service by family owned company - We hired 'Hawkweed' for a week in May 2017 and cruised up to Market Harbourer and back, taking in the Watford and Foxton Locks (largest staircase in UK). The canal also included two tunnels, Crick and Blissworth. Wonderful relaxing time with the opportunity to meet people along the way. The only downside was the fact that tne hedgerows on the tow path often hid fabulous views across the Avon Valley. Steve and Steph have restarted the Weedon Narrowboat hire business. We met many people along the Canal who spoke highly of the "Weed" boats. Personally we were very impressed by the quality, layout and presentation of the boat. Seve went to extra lengths to make trip enjoyable with lots of little extra touches to personalise the trip. The hire price was all inclusive and gave the best value for money we could find. We have no hesitation in recommending this service."

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