Price, Availability & How To Book

One Simple Price, All Year - £160.00 per night for the entire boat for up to 8 people!

NB Maddison is currently booked for the 2021season & 2022 is filling up fast! However, in the event of a cancellation you can register your interest and we'll get in touch.

We only ask for a 10% deposit to secure your booking and the balance settled one month before your cruise date.

Fair & Simple Hire Fees, Easy Booking & No Hidden Charges

Family Friendly & No prices rises for Bank Holidays, School Holidays or when the weather is better in summer - As "family first" people, we don't see why you should pay more to be together on holiday in higher seasons or when your children are off school. That's why we only charge a flat rate of £160 per night all year, with a £65 mandatory Insurance per booking.

2022 Bookings & VAT - We want to be completely transparent about this. From April 2022, HMRC are considering an increase to the tax on the diesel fuel used to power canal boats. Should this happen, the cost of diesel for canal boats could be equivalent to road diesel costs. As family oriented people we really don't want to put any prices up, unfortunately we can't shoulder this cost alone. In the event that this increase happens, we'll be regrettably, forced to add a supplement up to £10 per night. This is obviously dependant on the HMRC increase. This is included in our Terms and Conditions for bookings from April 2022.

Personal Contact - You can actually call and speak to us, WhatsApp or Email. There's no automated booking and payment systems to navigate. You can call or WhatsApp us on 07477643432 or email canalhire@gmail.com to either book, enquire about a booking or get answers to any questions you may have. But you will need an email address to complete the booking process.

No Late Booking Discounts - Because we want to be fair to our returning guests and families who book early, we don't offer any late booking discounts. So don't hang around and wait for those late booking discounts. There are none!

Your Pets - We welcome well behaved dogs aboard our boat. One medium size or two small breed dogs are welcome aboard. There is a £45 fee, per dog, per week or part week. So please tell us in the Booking Request form below if you would like to take your pet along.

No Extra Charges - We don't charge for fuel*, gas*, parking for two cars or freshly laundered bedding and towels.

Start and End days - In July & August, these are on Saturday, where the boat is returned at 10am and is available to go back out at 2pm when we've re-stocked the boat with fuel, water and linen supplies. So even if the calender below shows the boat booked on the final day of a guests holiday, it will be available for you to take out at 2pm that same day.

Alternative Start Days - We like to be very flexible with our bookings. So other than July & August, you can choose to begin your cruise on any day of the week at no extra charge. If we can fit you in, we will.

*Please see our Terms & Conditions in relation to fuel & Gas.

Booking Requirements

Age Restrictions - We accept bookings from a minimum of 2 people, who are able to steer the boat and operate the locks and are aged 21 or over.

Maddison is not a "Party Boat" - We don't automatically accept bookings from same sex groups without prior agreement. Please call us to discuss your needs if this applies to you.

Minimum Booking

3 Nights. Start & End any day of the week - During March, April, May, June, September and October, the minimum booking is 3 nights.

7 Nights. Start & End on Saturday - For bookings ending in July and beginning in August, the minimum booking is 7 nights and multiples of 7 nights.

Check our calendar - Have a look at the availability calendar below to check what's still available. Remember, any busy end days shown as booked will be available to you at 2pm on that day.

Any questions just phone or text us on 07477643432 or email them to canalhire@gmail.com and we'll reply as soon as possible.

How The Calendar Works

  • Busy - Means the boat is booked.

  • Blank - Means the boat is available. Simple.

  • However, you can start your holiday on the last day of a period shown as booked on the calendar.

  • Change-over Days - These are the last day of a previous booking where the boat is returned at 10am and is available to go back out at 2pm when we have re-stocked the boat with fuel, water and linen supplies. So even if the calender shows the boat booked on the final day of someone's holiday, it will be available for you to take out at 2pm that same day.

  • Out of Season - The canal boating season normally runs from March to the end of October. This is because Canal River Trust usually schedule their maintenance and repairs during winter time which means closing some locks and sections of canal which could interfere with your planned route.


Maddison Reviews & Quick Search / Booking Request

You can either book via email as described in the "How To Book" section below or try out the Quick Search & Book section to the right.

Clicking on the Blue "Check Availability" button will take you to our reservations page where you can find a date to suit you.

No payment will be taken. It just allows you to see the available dates, pick the ones you want and then alerts us to the fact you want to book those dates and we'll email you with the booking information.

If you'd prefer to book by email, then please look at the section below for details of how to book.

How To Book By Email. Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Check the calendar above for dates that are not shown as busy.

  2. Complete the Booking Request below and click on Submit. When you select the number of nights you would like to book, you will see the total hire fee displayed. There is nothing extra to add other than a small fee for bringing your dogs along for the trip.

  3. We'll then email a booking proposal with details of how to make a 10% deposit to secure the dates on our booking calendar.

Simple as that. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions, then please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page. If you can't find the answer there, then get in touch.

Mobile or WhatsApp - 07477643432. Email - canalhire@gmail.com

Booking Request