“This is the fifth year we have had a narrow boat holiday and had not used Calcutt Boats before, but having seen them advertised decided to have a change.  From start to finish  everything was so well organised. The initial telephone enquiry to booking the boat was easily done. On arrival we were met by very friendly staff and shown the boat and how to operate it. The boat was lovely and clean and you would never know it had been in use all season.

Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were very patient.  We had a fabulous weeks holiday and the boat was a great success even though we had a six berth boat with two bathrooms(one each) for two adults and a dog!  The heating system was excellent and was a welcome addition as the weather was quite cold on some days. On our return, whilst operating the last lock, the owner came out and asked if we wanted help reversing the boat back into the mooring.  

What a super family running the business and with great staff to support them -  nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend them and will definitely use their boats next time.”

S & J

“We hired a boat in the spring and spent the entire trip wondering why we hadn’t done this years ago!  Even with the typical mix of British weather we had a fantastic time, made all the more enjoyable by the wonderful staff who were so welcoming and supportive on our first trip.  We hired what turned out to be the same boat (‘Wild Mint’) later in the summer and, once again, the whole experience was so relaxing and great fun.  We’re now waiting for Spring to arrive in order to make it a third time!  Thankyou to all the staff.”

Nic S

“Calcutt Boats offer a First Class service in an informal and relaxed manner.  They really do seem to care that you have a good experience with them.  I have nothing but praise for the team at Napton Junction.  The staff are friendly and cheerful and we never felt (as dedicated land-lubbers) that we were anything but valued customers.”


“My husband and I have had many happy holidays with Calcutt boats. The staff are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The boats are always clean and well equiped. The holiday itself is very relaxing and enjoyable. I would recommend this holiday to anyone. We hope to see you again in July.”

Mrs M

“Professional, helpful and extremely friendly personnel. Clear and good instructions from the technical staff  before you leave with your boat. Very nice boats with everything for a comfortable holiday on board. Numerous routes to take. We hired the Wild Lavender twice in two years and it was our best holiday ever! In two weeks we travelled to Birmingham, Worcester and all lovely places in between.”

Remko en Annemieke

 “Had a great week cruising from Calcutt Boats up the Leicester section to Foxton Locks.  Our boat had everything we needed and the staff at Calcutt couldn’t have been more helpful.  They even provided a minor miracle in terms of a week of fantastic weather.  We’ve never seen the English countryside looking so good.  Thanks again.”

Mr R – North Yorkshire.