We bring all the family together for an unforgettable water adventure!
Superb attention to detail, wide spacious boat (unlike a narrowboat) and first class skipper tuition!

Why hire from us?

Luxury Kennet and Avon canal boat holidays upon a wide spacious boat with 2-3 hrs tuition for beginners. Explore the beauty of Bath and Somerset in style and comfort. Woodburner and pet free. Family run. 5 star reviews! Need we say more?

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‘Larkspur’ is a modern widebeam canal boat that sleeps up to 6 people and incorporates many home creature comforts including a wood burner.

Family Canal Boat Holidays

Never hired a canal boat? F.A.Q!

Over 50% of our guests have never hired before! Have as much tuition as you like including doing a lock!

Our canal boat holiday prices include linen, fuel and logs

Prices and Booking!

Call us or book now online by filling out the booking form! 2019 prices out now!


Location + where can i go?

We are based in Bathampton, nr Bath, Somerset, UK on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Clients can cruise through Bath, Bradford Upon Avon, Trowbridge, Devizies and beyond!

Top ten boatels in Europe

Top 10 ‘Botels’ in Europe – The Independent!

Don’t just take our word for it!

‘Our First Canal Boat Holiday’ – August 2019

We hired the Larkspur for a little under a week in late August 2019. We had a terrific time. The boat was wonderful – fantastically well-appointed, immaculately presented, and undoubtedly spacious. It had everything we needed. On our first day Angus came with us for the first hour, to show us the ropes, the tiller, and the locks – and much else besides. Angus was an experienced and patient teacher, expert in guiding novices to crew his boat.

After Angus left us (at Bath) we travelled back past Bathampton, through Bradford (where we moored for one night) and thence further east (another mooring). We refuelled at Trowbridge before heading back to Bath, stopping on the way. Pottering along at just over walking pace, we did not cover many miles perhaps, but had a wonderful time taking things slowly, seeing lots of wildlife (kingfishers, coots, herons etc) and admiring the countryside that flanks the Kennet and Avon canal.

Strongly recommended.

Robert Jones

‘Slow boat to Foxhanger (and back)’ – August 2019

We really enjoyed our week on Larkspur, the boat was very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We had never been on a canal boat before but the tuition provided by Angus was excellent The boat was easy to manoeuvre and moor and we navigated our way to Foxhanger and back during the course of the week. There was plenty of space for the four off us (All adults) to eat and relax. There was a plentiful supply of wood for the burner – not that we needed it as temperatures reached 30 the week that we were aboard. Despite this the interior of the boat stayed comfortable with all the windows open.

It was a super week full of fun and relaxation. We discovered some lovely pubs and met some interesting people along the way. We would certainly recommend Larkspur for a canal holiday. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kevin & Sara Wortley
Beaworthy Devon UK

‘An Incredible Experience’ – August 2019

We had such a special time aboard the beautiful Larkspur. She provided plenty of room for 6 of us, and was a perfect holiday for across the ages…Angus was kind and generous with his time and non judgemental coaching, and left us feeling confident for the week ahead. The boat has everything you would ever need, as do the pubs! In particular The Lock Inn with their Boatmans Breakfast! We had a ball, and would rent from Angus again in a heartbeat. A unique experience that none of us will forget – thank you so much. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Emma Turner
West Sussex

‘Wonderful Week’s Barging on the ‘Larkspur’ – July 2019

We have just spent a wonderful week on Angus Brown’s super barge ‘Larkspur’ on the Kennet and Avon canal. The weather was perfect, the canal very beautiful, and the Larkspur super-comfortable, easy to manage and in perfect condition. On arrival in Bathampton, we were met by Angus, who then showed us the ‘ropes’ and travelled with us for 2 hours towards Bath, only leaving us when he was satisfied that we were reasonably proficient with the boat and the locks. Initially there were 4 of us, but after 2 days our daughter and son-in-law had to return to work in Bath, and the two old folks (70 and 69 respectively) were left to continue on our own. No worries Mate, we handled everything just fine. The canal was pretty busy and we found the other bargers so friendly and helpful. We travelled east to the bottom of the Caen locks, then turned round and came back to our starting point at Bathampton. The Larkspur is a wide-beam boat which does require a little bit more care in manoeuvring, but is easily compensated for by the spacious and very comfortable accommodation. Everything that we needed was available on board, and we ate at the canal-side pubs and coffee shops along the way. Angus was in regular contact by phone to make sure that everything was running smoothly. All in all, we would thoroughly recommend Bloomsbury Boats (Angus) as well as the Kennet and Avon canal for a memorable holiday. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Graham and Gill Murray
Benoni, South Africa

‘Fabulous!’ – June 2019

We adored our first canal boat holiday on the Kennet & Avon canal with Bloomsbury, I was going to go on about how great everything was (including Angus who was incredibly helpful and encouraging) but I think all the other testimonials have the same sentiment as ourselves. All I would say is don’t think about hiring this amazing canal boat, book it now you will have the most relaxing, soul satisfying, fun and exhausting (at times (Caen Hill lock)) holiday ever! Brilliant, thanks Angus ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Claire Humphreys
Hayling Island

‘what a perfect birthday present’ – May 2019

“Well, what a perfect birthday present – Angus had even laid on 5 days of wall to wall sunshine for us to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the canals.
The barge was most comfortably appointed and spotlessly clean – we left feeling wonderfully relaxed and at peace with the world!
Thank you, Angus – something we shall definitely recommend! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All best wishes, John and Judith Blashford-Snell. (Nr. Shaftesbury. Dorset)”

John and Judith Blashford-Snell
Nr. Shaftesbury. Dorset