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Narrowboat -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, England

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Matt C
Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Laughed all the way to the lock and back”
Reviewed 3 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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What can I say about Star Narrowboats and the week long holiday we had. Fantastic! We were in a party of 4 and from arriving at the marina to boarding our boat Gloria we had an amazing time. Hestor the owner give us a full brief and accompanied us for the first 20 minutes while we had got use to handling Gloria. It's a beautiful boat well equipped, yes of course it's cozy, it will be it's a narrow boat.

We travelled down to Middlewich and along the the Runcorn Arm (the latter I would give a miss) but on the trip to Middlewich we did three exciting tunnels and a couple of locks. It's a great route as the first lock is a stop lock so it only raises you a few inches and gets you used to locks. I wish we had gone further to Sandbach.

There are great pubs along the route and even a Nando's at Stockton Heath but Lymm is so pretty. Why not take a trip up and down the Anderton Boat Lift, if you dont want to do it yourself with your boat,there are boat trips organised by the lift people.

Plan your toilet duties and taking on water it becomes easy to do after the first time. It's a great way to spend time with friends and we laughed all the way.

Thoroughly recommend Star Narrowboats and if you want a more intimate trip Queenie is a gorgeous boat for two.

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Liked best: Feeling free and drifting along at 5mph
Liked least: Elsan Empty duties as my pirate crew did not share these lol
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Sep 2016
Hello Matt (and friends), thanks for taking time to make a review of your hire aboard Gloria, I loved meeting you all.
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Jonathan...
Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“And relax....”
Reviewed 14 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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A lovely 2 night stay aboard Queenie, a fine-looking 50ft narrowboat on the Bridgewater Canal. After our lesson from the owner Hester, we were off exploring. The first night we moored up alongside the tow-path in Dunham Massey. It was nice and quiet on the canal with only 2 other boats in view. A good meal at the Axe and Cleaver in the village followed, with a few pints of real ale for good measure. After this we went back to the boat and just sat on-deck, enjoying the calm warmth of the sunset, ably enhanced with a bottle (or two) of wine.

Next day we headed to the small town of Lymm. Popular with boaters, it was a bit more busy. Lots of admiring glances and comments from passers-by regarding Queenie (I'd swear she was glowing with the praise!).

Our second night found us back in Dunham Massey and the Axe and Cleaver, before a good night's sleep and the trip back to Queenie's home (I didn't want to give her back!).

If you're newbies to narrowboating like us, I would highly recommend Star Narrowboats. The lesson from Hester put us at ease and the canal is quite wide in most places and very forgiving. Also, no locks to negotiate. We would love to go back.

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Liked best: The boat!
Liked least: Dodging another boat that veered in front of us!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
15 Aug 2016
Hi Julie and Jonathan, thanks so much for leaving your review of Queenie. Lovely to meet you both...come back soon. Hester
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Doug A
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“QUEENIE”
Reviewed 16 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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First time on a narrowboat, booked for 3 nights and had a great time - the boat 'Queenie' was more than comfortable and easy to operate. Hester was a great mentor in the use of her boat and provided excellent advice, thanks Hester - hope to come back for a longer cruise in the future.

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Management Response
17 Jul 2016
Hi Jill and Doug, thanks for taking the time to make a review. I'm very glad that you had a good time aboard Queenie. Next time you plan a trip from Sydney, AU why don't you come and try some locks!! Best wishes Hester
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climmo
Lancashire
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Ten star narrowboat”
Reviewed 12 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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If I could give Gloria ten stars across the board I would . Brilliant week. Novices but learned as we went along and had brilliant tuition from glorious Hester . Also have to thank the kindness of strangers who helped with locks and bridges (we opted to head to haskayne rather than lymm which does not have locks) . Two friends joined us half way through and still there was plenty of room. They loved the experience. The beds were sooooo comfy and bigger than I expected. The canal journey was brilliant and we stopped off at all kinds of places. Crook hall a particular favourite. Bravo Hester and Gloria for giving us one of the best holidays we have ever had . Julie and Richard

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Management Response
13 Jul 2016
Hello The Climpson’s, how great that you picked Gloria for one of your 30th anniversary holidays. I’m so happy that you loved the boat and that your first narrowboat holiday was a success. Thanks very much for leaving a review and of course welcome back anytime. Best wishes for another 30 yrs together Hester.
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bakerspai...
Javea, Spain
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing,fantastic,brilliant, Hester we love you !!!!!!!”
Reviewed 23 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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Absolutely fantastic time, boat superb , Hester wonderfully helpful, held family re-union of 19 for picnic (only 2 sleeping on board) terrific , Grandchildren will remember forever and so enjoyed everything,, We love Hester and all she did for us , truly amazing young lady, very understanding and helpful and owner of such a wonderful boat..We wish you great success
and would love to meet up again sometime-
Sandra and Malcolm

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Liked best: everything !
Liked least: Nothing !
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
24 Jun 2016
Sandra and Malcolm, so good to have your great review - thanks very much. Yes let's meet up - one day when I'm roaming around Spain again I'll look you up in Javea. Hester xx
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