Annie Owl - 40ft sleeps two

For those nervous of driving a larger boat, why not try Annie Owl, our shorter baby Boutique Narrowboat

Having loved working with Arthur Owl so much, we have now commissioned his baby sister, Annie Owl, who will be a shorter bijou narrowboat at 40ft long, but equally beautiful in her own unique way as Arthur Owl.   Arriving at Droitwich Spa Marina in Spring 2022,  Annie Owl will be the perfect size and layout for couples wishing to explore the romantic waterways of Worcestershire, Warwickshire & Gloucestershire in a boat that will be as eye-catchingly beautiful as she is easy to manoeuvre.

The  pictures on this page are just to give you the feel of how Annie Owl will be decorated and decked out.  As soon as she is completed, we will update this page with photos of the finished product.  However, we can assure you that Annie Owl will be just as distinctive as her brother and finished off to the same high quality standard.

Opposite is a sketch of Annie Owl; she’s a baby Snowy Owl and we can’t wait to see her sweet face painted on the side of the boat, which will be coloured in the same deep burgundy red and grey as Arthur Owl.  Inside though, we have chosen the more spring-like colours of fern greens and primrose yellows to enhance the feeling of space and country fresh air.

Annie Owl

Boat Design – for two people

Further below you can see the layout of Annie Owl, which has been designed to allow as much truly comfortable living space as possible with French Windows leading to the bow which will be fitted with a picnic table and seating for romantic al fresco dining.  To allow this, the stylish and non-claustrophobic full bathroom will be the first room you access at the stern, as this means that the galley kitchen, living area and bow al fresco dining area will all lead seamlessly one to the other.  To allow for this spacious area in a 40ft boat, Annie won’t have a fixed bed like Arthur.  Instead, she will be fitted out with the same make of 4-seater settee that doubles as a second king-sized bed on Arthur Owl and has commanded numerous comments as to how comfortable it is to sleep in.  The Egyptian cotton bedding (and memory foam mattress topper) will be stored inside the couch which pulls out with one swing and can be made up in a couple of minutes (less time that it takes to make a fixed bed each day as on Annie you can just stash your bedding away in the morning).  Designed for the travelling twosomes, Annie Owl has been commissioned to provide guests with the same creature comforts you would expect in a quaint Boutique Hotel.  Snuggle up in the evenings on your large 4-seater sofa and watch romantic films or listen to soft music after you’ve battened down the hatches for the night.  Come bed time, easily convert  your settee into it’s bed position and gently rock to sleep snuggled up in high quality bedding.   

Boat Specification with all Modern Amenities

At 40’ long x 6’ 10” wide, Annie Owl will be a boat built for romance and adventure in a bright contemporary cottage style.  The décor will be nostalgic with an ambience of simplicity and practical charm, but rather than the beautiful muted reds and greys of Arthur Owl, this younger sister will be full of spring-like life with the colours of fern greens, fawns and warm lavenders with pops of soft primrose to bring vibrancy and relaxation in equal measure.  

Creature Comforts

On arrival at Droitwich Spa Marina, you will soon see Annie Owl and find her to be a shiny two-toned deep ruby red and mid grey exterior narrowboat, accessed from the capacious stern into a warm and inviting interior, decked out with Engineered Oak wood flooring and painted in the muted colours of Farrow & Ball’s Olive No 13, Harwick White and Purbeck Grey.   Designer features will abound with oak topped, hand painted, kitchen cabinets, a Belfast sink, slate grey radiators, comfortable soft furnishings, and ambient mood lighting twinkling from the gunwale and entry steps.  On your holiday, you’ll be able to enter from the stern directly into a sumptuous walk-through bathroom with tumbled and brushed natural stone tiled flooring, plenty of wardrobe space and a black sparkly granite topped sink cabinet housing our environmentally friendly, but still luxuriant, complimentary toiletries.  Use the full flush toilet system and refresh under the hot rainfall shower, drying off with fluffy fresh towels kept warm on the heated towel rail. Relax in your soft courtesy dressing gown & spa slippers, dry and style your hair, if that’s your want, with the provided hairdryer and hair straighteners .

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Cosy from the shower you can snuggle up on the large 4-seater sofa and catch up on your mail courtesy of the free Wi-Fi; listen to the radio, or your own music streamed into the boat from the Bluetooth BOSE speaker; recharge your electronics with multi-USB Charging Points whilst watching a romantic film on the flat-screen TV/DVD with Freeview and a BEKO TV Stick allowing you access to any Amazon Prime or Netflix accounts you may hold.

Relax with a cup of complimentary tea or freshly brewed coffee from the cafetiere.  Enjoy a refreshing G&T with your mixers kept cool in the integrated fridge with icebox or the underfloor cool storage areas. Eat at the bespoke breakfast bar; a drop down leaf system will allow the bar to span the entire width of the boat giving you massive amounts of dining space without having to erect and dismantle tables or crouch having to eat awkwardly from the couch.  When it comes to washing-up use the lovely Eco-friendly washing up liquid and other cleaning materials provided. 

Come bedtime, nestle yourself in your converted plush king-sized bed with your personal choice of pillow and soft throws for those extra cool nights. Enjoy the velvetiness of Egyptian cotton bedding and read your book lit by soft night lights. Drink cocoa and charge your phone and know that you will wake up refreshed to start your cruising adventures again the following day.

Come Rain or Shine

Whilst cruising down the beautiful canals, relish sitting in comfort opposite the Helmsman in cushion clad seating.  When you come to moor up, eat alfresco at the bow of Annie Owl courtesy of the picnic table and parasol, but if it’s raining, wear the provided ‘Military 1st’ high quality Wet Weather Ponchos to help keep you dry and snug.

A Virtual Tour Around Arthur Owl

When Annie has been built we will provide you with a full walk-through virtual tour.  In the meantime, remind yourself of how Arthur Owl looks and know that you can have equal confidence in booking Annie Owl for your holiday.  The pictures really don’t do Arthur Owl justice nor the standard of décor; the facilities and provisions need to be seen to be believed. Please do check out our testimonials page and read the wonderful reviews. If ever you are passing Droitwich Spa, and our boats are around, then we’d be happy to let you have a look inside so that you can see for yourself just how special our boats are.  Proof that we got things right with Arthur Owl, has not only been the 5* reviews, but also the amount of repeat bookings by our lovely guests – some even for a second holiday the same year. 

We hope to see you soon

If you’ve been inspired by the pictures and what you have read, why not contact us soonest to book your week long cruise ….. or even longer.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the immaculate Droitwich Spa Marina and introduce you to our boats. 

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