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Travel The UK Canals - Successful Hotel Boat Business For Sale

Manchester, Greater Manchester
Asking Price:
£95,000 Furniture / Fixtures and Inventory / Stock included
Available on request
Net Profit:
Available on request

An opportunity has arisen to purchase a pair of successful and profitable hotel boats, carrying paying guests around the inland waterways of England and Wales.

This is a unique way to earn a living - hosting guests from all over the world, whilst travelling around the UK at a slow pace.

The pair of hotel boats travel together (the motor boat towing the unpowered narrow boat behind it). It can accommodate up to 6 guests, travelling on 3-8 night fully catered canal holidays. The season runs from Spring to Autumn.

This is a fantastic lifestyle opportunity. Further information available upon request, please contact seller below for more details.

Property information



Living Accommodation:

Living accommodation for the owners is on one. This means that the owners have a bit more privacy as the guests sleep on 2. There is also two further crew cabins on Duchess.

Presently the owner cabins are two single cabins - chosen for it's flexibility. However, it would be relatively simple to convert this into a double cabin.


The narrowboats require a winter mooring. The location of this mooring has varied from one season to the next. We can assist in helping you to find a mooring to suit you.

Premises Details:

Two narrow boats; one motor and one unpowered butty boat for towing behind or alongside.

1st: 21m length 2.08m beam 2005 - 2 single cabins (with scope to change to one large double cabin) shower room with w/c, large galley (approx 3.7m length), large salon/dining area (approx 5.8m length)

2nd: 21m length 2.08m beam 1997 - 5 guest cabins (one twin en suite, two single en suite, two standard singles and one separate shower/wc) plus two crew cabins. Small salon.

Two fridges, plus small drinks fridge, one freezer, washing machine. Log/coal burner on Duke. Both boats are fully centrally heated.

Fully sprung mattresses on all beds, curtains, bedding, towels, kitchen equipment, ropes, and safety equipment plus all other equipment necessary to run the business.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

There is additional income potential from selling merchandise and working with other tourism operators on the network ie selling side-excursions.

Competition / Market:

There are only a handful of hotel-boats on the UK's canals. Many companies offer self-hire narrow boats, but these don't offer the same social side, nor the catering that hotel-boats offer. Additionally, hotel-boats are ideal for singles and couples whereas self-hire boats are more suited to families and small groups.

Of the hotel boat options, there are 2 narrow boat pairs including. Others are single narrow boats or wide beam boats. Wide beams can be more luxurious but are limited in where they can travel on the canal network. single narrow boats generally offer a lower capacity or may be more budget-category. Narrow boat pairs as a business model offer a good compromise between comfort, turnover, and being able to travel almost the entire network.

Reasons for selling:

Due to personal circumstances the owner has decided they would like to live closer to relatives.

Trading hours:

24/7 from May to October

Years established:

Other Information

Support & training:

Full training and support will be offered. The business is suitable to people new to the canals and narrowboats - a full induction program can be put together to suit the new owners.

Inventory / Stock value:
£1,000 - included in the asking price
This business can be relocated.

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