Puddling Cruisers - Canal Boat Hire and Holidays

Serenity is our flagship luxury widebeam hire boat that is fully furnished, loaded with top-notch equipment, and has a stylish and contemporary layout that will comfortably sleep 4 adults in unrivalled luxury.

Don’t cramp your style by choosing a traditional narrowboat holiday! Try something different and hire our luxury widebeam canal boat for a truly unique and unforgettable experience whilst cruising and enjoying the tranquil surroundings of the Grand Union Canal. Canal boat holidays in luxury and style!

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  • Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday to share with family or friends, or an exclusive romantic retreat for celebrating a special occasion - Serenity is waiting to oblige!

    Here are just some of the remarkable features you will find on board;

  • bed

    Sleeping for 2+2 (A fixed double in the bedroom plus a nifty corner sofa bed for two in the lounge)

  • oven

    A fully equipped Galley (Kitchen) that is of a size that would put most apartments to shame. The Galley features a full size cooker and hob, fridge, microwave, granite worktops and even a wine cooler!

  • shower

    Full size shower and low-level flushing WC in a spacious bathroom offering plenty of storage.

  • heating

    Central Heating throughout with a contemporary diesel fired stove in the Saloon for added comfort on those chilly evenings.

  • tv

    Latest audio/visual technology including flat screen TV’s in the Bedroom and Saloon (with Freeview), DVD Players and a DAB Radio/CD player with iPod dock and USB port.

  • tv

    Mobile 4G Wifi with download speed upto 60Mbps, connecting upto 10 devices at anyone time.

  • lamp

    Stylish and modern interior featuring solid oak flooring and low-level ambient lighting.

  • power

    230v supply for powering domestic appliances such as phone chargers or laptop computers.

  • fuel

    All fuel included (diesel and gas).

  • couple

    Free use of Christy towels and Molton Brown toiletries.

  • flowers

    Your arrival will be greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne to set your holiday off to the perfect start.

  • Of course we couldn't just stop there! Serenity has been tastefully furnished with quality products and accessories from named brands that we all know and trust...

  • Upon entering the boat from the rear deck (stern or aft in boatman lingo), you will step down into the Galley which features solid oak flooring, black granite worktops and plentiful cupboard space for all your groceries.

    Not only does the galley have all the usual stuff you would expect to find in a well equipped Kitchen (full sized gas cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and a good size sink), we have even found it possible to sneak in a wine cooler.

    The Galley has been fully equipped with quality products and accessories from well established brands that will not let you down (Denby, Le Creuset, Mermaid, Tefal). See our Inventory for a full list of what you will find stowed away in all those cupboards!

    We specifically chose a reverse layout boat (Galley positioned to the rear) as it offers the most sociable layout of all the standard narrowboat designs. Adjoined with the Saloon, it provides a huge open entertaining space that is in close proximity to the rear deck where you will spend most of your holiday.

    As you pass through the Galley, you will enter the Saloon.

    The Saloon (Lounge) is light, spacious and airy with solid oak flooring throughout and finished attractively with cream and oak panelling to the lower cabin sides and ceiling.

    A folding dining table and chairs has been neatly crafted into the side of the cabin to provide a formal dining area for two people. The kitchen worktop extends elegantly into the Saloon to form a versatile breakfast bar with two bar stools below for relaxed or additional dining space.

    Not only does the comfy chaise corner sofa turn into a large double bed to make our boat suitable for accommodating 4 people, it also doubles up nicely as a day bed for snuggling on whilst watching a movie on the built-in 32” TV.

    To keep you entertained, we have installed a DVD player and DAB Radio (with CD player, iPod dock and USB port) for you to enjoy your own music. To ensure you can keep in touch we have installed mobile Wifi (4G when available). Combine this with the low-level ambient lighting and cosy warmth of the contemporary diesel burning stove, then you will soon create a truly relaxed atmosphere that becomes a world of your own!

    Upon exiting the Saloon, the door to the left of the passage leads you into the Bathroom.

    Enter the bathroom via the frosted glass door and you will be greeted with a full size shower, low-level flushing WC, compact wash basin and heated towel rail.

    Cabinets around the bathroom offer plenty of storage for your toiletries, and are topped in beautiful black granite.

    Now if that doesn’t sound luxurious enough then we hope you will be delighted to find Molton Brown next to the wash basin, Christy bath and hand towels neatly stacked on the shelves, and a cupboard well stocked with complimentary toilet roll!

    Exit the Bathroom and continue to the end of the passage where you will find the Bedroom.

    As you enter the bedroom through the frosted glass door, a fixed double bed becomes the focal point of the room. The bed has been dressed to impress with stylish and contemporary bed linen over a non-allergenic duvet and pillows.

    You will find ample storage for your clothes in the fitted cupboards, drawers and mirrored wardrobes that neatly border the room.

    A 23” flat screen TV with built-in DVD player is perfectly placed for your viewing pleasure at the far end of the bed. Of course, a bedroom wouldn't be complete without an alarm clock sitting proudly on the bedside table.

    From the Bedroom, double doors lead you outside to the Foredeck.

    The exterior of the boat has been finished with a striking combination of Green and Cream which is enhanced by the traditional hand-painted signwriting courtesy of Meg Gregory.

    The foredeck (bow) has two large storage lockers providing useful space for storing bulky items such as crates of beer, or they can simply be used for outside seating.

    The aft deck (stern) is where you operate the boat, but it is also an ideal space for entertaining so we have supplied a small table and chairs for a little al fresco dining. Either side of the doors leading into the Galley are storage lockers which double up nicely as additional seating.

    We understand that being in charge of a big wide vessel such as Serenity can seem daunting so we have fitted a cruising step to provide you with better visibility of the route ahead. There is also a good size tiller which makes steering the boat a breeze!

    A clever rack has been fitted to the back of the boat allowing you to bring along your bicycles (max 2).

    Click on the links below to find out what's onboard Serenity. A printable version of the full inventory can be viewed by clicking here.

    arrowGalley Equipment, Utensils etc.

    1x Cole & Mason Salt & Pepper Mills

    1x Le Creuset Kettle

    1x Tefal 20cm Frying Pan

    1x Tefal 30cm Frying Pan

    2x 18cm Copper Bottom Saucepan

    1x 24cm Copper Bottom Stockpot

    3x Pyrex Ovenproof / Serving Dishes

    1x 14in Baking Sheet

    1x 13in Roasting Tin

    1x Cream Trivet

    1x Mixing / Serving Bowl

    1x Wooden Tray

    1x Knife Block

    1x Bread Board

    1x ProCook 23cm Bread Knife

    1x ProCook 15cm Chef Knife

    1x ProCook 13cm Utility Knife

    1x ProCook 9cm Paring Knife

    1x Kitchen Scissors

    1x Chopping Board

    1x Pyrex Measuring Jug

    1x Digital Scales

    1x Colander

    1x Grater

    1x Small Grater

    1x Vegetable Peeler

    1x Garlic Press

    1x Corkscrew

    1x Bottle Opener

    1x Tin Opener

    1x Tea Strainer

    1x Rolling Pin

    1x Sieve

    1x Whisk

    1x Wooden Spoon

    1x Elevate Tongs

    1x Potato Masher

    1x Fish Slice

    1x Serving Spoon

    1x Straining Spoon

    1x Ladle

    1x Spaghetti Serving Spoon

    1x Silicon Spatula

    1x Wooden Cutlery Tray

    1x Mug Tree

    1x Toast Rack

    1x Kitchen Roll Holder

    1x Bread Bin

    3x Plastic Storage Containers

    1x Biscuit Storage Jar

    3x Storage Jars

    1x Draining Board Rack

    1x Oven Gloves

    4x Placemats

    4x Drinks Coasters


    arrowCutlery, Crockery, Glassware etc.

    8x Knives, Forks, Spoons, Tea Spoons

    6x Denby Dinner Plates

    6x Denby Tea Plates

    6x Denby Pasta Bowls

    6x Denby Cereal Bowls

    2x Denby Rice/Dip Bowls

    6x Denby Mugs

    1x 6 Cup Teapot

    6x Hiball Glasses

    6x Wine Glasses

    6x Pint Glasses

    6x Champagne Glasses

    1x Bodum Cafetiere

    4x Egg Cups

    1x Ash Tray

    1x Glass Vase

    1x Glass Sweet Bowl


    arrowBathroom Equipment

    1x Bathroom Bin

    1x Toilet Roll Holder

    1x Toilet Brush

    1x Toothbrush Holder

    1x Shower Cubicle Toiletries Holder

    1x Sanitary Bag Dispenser

    1x Shower Head & Hose

    1x Molton Brown Dispenser Holder

    1x Molton Brown Hand Wash & Lotion


    arrowBedding, Towels and Soft Furnishings

    2x Anti-Allergy Double Duvets

    8x Anti-Allergy Pillows

    2x Double Mattress Protectors

    2x Double Bed Linen Sets*

    1x Throw (Bed)

    1x Throw (Sofa)

    2x Bath Robes

    4x Bath Sheets*

    4x Hand Towels*

    1x Bath Mat

    2x Scatter Cushions (Bed)

    6x Scatter Cushions (Sofa)

    4x Tea Towels

    4x Napkins

    2x Turtle Door Mats

    * qty based on the number of guests


    arrowNavigation, Deck and Safety Gear

    1x British Waterways Utility Key

    1x British Waterways Anti-Vandal Key

    1x Basic First Aid Kit

    3x Powder Fire Extinguishers

    1x Fire Blanket

    1x Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    1x Gas Pressure Safety Valve

    4x Adult Life Jackets

    2x Child Life Jackets

    1x 26in Orange Life Ring

    1x 8ft Pole

    1x Telescopic Boat Hook

    1x 2m Non-Slip Gang Plank

    1x Tiller & Extension Handle

    1x 15m Shore Power Lead

    1x Hose Pipe, Reel & Attachments

    1x Water filling point key

    1x 4lb Lump Hammer

    4x 24in Mooring Pins

    2x Safety Pin Mooring Hooks

    2x Windlasses

    3x Mooring Ropes

    1x Umbrella

    1x Set of Helmsman Waterproofs


    arrowOptional Extras (additional charges apply)

    1x Apollo Phaze Mens Mountain Bike

    1x Apollo Jewel Womens Mountain Bike

    1x Bicycle D Lock


    arrowAppliances, Entertainment and Cabin Equipment

    1x Husky Reflections Wine Cooler

    1x Shoreline Marine Fridge with Ice Box

    1x Belling Gas Hob & Cooker

    1x Hand held Dyson Hoover with Attachments

    1x Snipe Satellite Antenna

    1x Sky+ HD Satellite Receiver + 2 x Remote

    1x Roberts Sound 53 DAB Radio + Remote

    1x Portable DAB Digital Aerial

    1x 32in Flat Screen TV + Remote

    1x DVD Player + Remote

    1x Sony Bravia 22in TV, DVD + Remote

    1x Bedside Alarm Clock

    1x Hairdryer + Storage Bag

    1x Chaise Corner Sofa Bed

    2x John Lewis Bar Stools

    1x Folding Dining Table (fixed)

    4x Folding Dining Table Chairs


    arrowBooks & Entertainment

    Boat Manual & Guest Information Folder

    Nicholson Guide to the Grand Union Canal

    Geo Projects Maps of the Grand Union Canal

    Boaters Handbook and DVD

    BW Inland Boat Owners Book

    Wildlife Books

    Playing Cards



    Draughts & Chess Board Games

    Selection of Books and Magazines

    Selection of DVDs and Compilation CDs


    arrowMiscellaneous Items

    1x Torch

    1x Plastic storage box

    1x Small Utility Step

    20x Wooden Coat Hangers

    1x Internal Microfiber Mop

    1x Shower Squeegee

    1x Dustpan & Brush

    1x Instrument Panel Cover

    2x 13Kg Gas Bottles

    1x External Cruising Step

    1x Adjustable Spanner

    1x Wooden Relax Decoration

    1x Wooden Heart Decoration

    1x Wooden Love Block Decoration

    1x Candle Holder

    1x USB Plug

    1x Shopping Bags

    2x Tealight Candle Holders


    arrowDisposable Materials

    Toilet Rolls

    Washing Up Liquid

    Washing Up Sponge

    Bin Liners

    Kitchen Roll

    Cling Wrap

    Tin Foil


    Methylated Spirit


    Supplier:New and Used Boat Co.
    Boat model:Monarch
    Boat style:Widebeam – Cruiser Stern
    Year constructed:2012
    Hull construction:Steel plate 10mm/6mm/5mm/5mm
    Length:55' (16.8 meters)
    Beam:10' (3.05 meters)
    Engine:Canaline 52
    Engine capacity:2198cc
    Engine power:52HP
    Control panel:Tachometer, water temperature, oil pressure, voltage indicator, battery and warning lights.
    Alternators:Twin 50A and 110A
    Gearbox:PRM 150 – Hydraulic
    Drive:Shaft drive
    Weed Hatch:Quick Release
    Stern gland greaser:Automatic
    Central Heating:3 x Radiators, 1 Towel Rail
    Boiler:Webasto Diesel Heater
    Diesel Burning Stove:Refleks 2000KVT (Stainless Steel)
    Plumbing:Hot and Cold Water Supply in Galley and Bathroom. Calorifier attached to engine and boiler.
    Water tank:180 Gallons (681 liters)
    Fuel tank:55 Gallons (208 litres)
    Gas storage:2 x 13Kg Propane Gas Bottles
    Power:12v and 240v Systems
    Inverter:2.5KW Sterling Combi Inverter Charger
    Battery Bank:3 x 12v 220Ah AGM (Advanced Glass Mat) Batteries
    WC:Low-level Macerator Pump-out Toilet.
    Gauges:Water, Fuel and Waste Levels.
    Fixtures and fittings:Chrome

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