The Boat

Find out about Arthur Owl, our Boutique Narrowboat

In 2019 we were so excited to introduce our first Boutique Narrowboat, Arthur Owl, which was commissioned to our very personal specification before arriving at his  new home in the beautiful Droitwich Spa Marina, Worcestershire.  Based in such a truly stunning location, Arthur Owl is well positioned to visit all the gorgeous waterways of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.   We’ve been thrilled with the reaction of our guests upon entering Arthur Owl, with many exclaiming that the boat is even better in real life than in the photographs.  Some have made us giggle by saying that Arthur Owl is better decorated than their own homes!  We are rightly proud of our beautiful boat.  Arthur Owl is special; a true treat for a holiday and like no other boat on the water available for hire.  You can be assured of the best boat, the best treatment and the best prices.  You will enjoy luxury, beautiful countryside and an eclectic selection of fantastic towns, cities and villages.  Like many of our previous guests, you’ll return home happy and relaxed and ready to plan your next stay with us.  

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Boat Design – for two to four people

Further below you can see the layout of Arthur Owl, which has been designed specifically with couples in mind, but which also has the ability to provide an extra comfortable King-Sized bed in the saloon should you choose to travel with younger children or friends.  Whether travelling as a twosome or in a small group, Arthur Owl, was commissioned to provide the same creature comforts you would expect in a quaint Boutique Hotel. The large bed settee has been added to ensure that all four people, and not just two, can sit comfortably.  That said, if only two of you are travelling then the settee becomes a generous cosy area for you both to snuggle up in and watch romantic films, converse, play board games, or listen to soft music after you’ve battened down the hatches for the night.

Boat Specification with all Modern Amenities

At 57’ long x 6’ 10” wide, Arthur Owl is a boat built for romance and adventure in a ‘reverse layout’ contemporary cottage style.  The décor is nostalgic with an ambience of simplicity and practical charm. Catherine has a reputation for style and warmth when it comes to décor and she’s brought this panache to Arthur Owl with a traditional and casual elegance of times gone by, but in a more contemporary fresh style that embraces all the modern necessities. When boating, we like to be close by to one another, even if one is driving the boat and the other is preparing food or drinks.  The reverse layout of Arthur Owl allows for this and also means that we can fit in a very comfortable Master Bedroom as well as a full, cushion-clad, external sitting area at the stern of the boat.  This way, whoever is at the helm has company as they cruise along the beautiful waterways of Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Time for contemplation or conversation, our aim was for Arthur Owl to be unobtrusive and tranquil and has been fitted with Hospital Silencers which massively reduces the residual engine noise.  It is powered by a Vetus 42 Engine, one of the best on the market, and manoeuvring the boat is assisted by the installation of Bow Thrusters making moving away from the bank or tight corners simplicity itself.  

Creature Comforts

On arrival at Droitwich Spa Marina, you will soon see Arthur Owl and find him 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 Elephant’s Breath 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:

Saunter from the saloon into a sumptuous walk through bathroom with tumbled and brushed natural stone tiled flooring and a black sparkly granite topped sink cabinet housing our environmentally friendly, but still luxuriant, complimentary toiletries.  Use the pump-out facilities (which we empty) 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 with the provided Hairdryer and Hair Straighteners and if you must dress again, you could iron out any creases using the travel iron and small board.

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Cosy from the shower you can snuggle up on the large 4-seater settee (which doubles as a restful guest King-Sized bed) 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, all courtesy of the Omni-directional aerial.

Relax with a cup of complimentary tea or freshly brewed coffee from the Coffee Maker.  Make hot buttered toast, but don’t worry about washing up directly and just leave the matching crockery in the Dishwasher until you have a full load. Enjoy a refreshing G&T with your mixers kept cool in the Integrated Fridge with icebox or the under floor cool storage areas. If you do prefer to wash up by hand you’ll be provided with Eco-friendly washing up liquid.  Cook a sumptuous meal feeling free to use our well stocked Spice Rack, Salt & Pepper.

Come bed time, nestle yourself in a plush King Size bed on a truly comfortable bespoke made sprung mattress  and 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 on bespoke small bedside tables and store your valuables in the smart hidden safe.

Come Rain or Shine

Whilst cruising down the beautiful canal, relish sitting in comfort opposite the Helmsman in cushion clad seating.  When you come to mooring up, eat alfresco 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

Having looked at our website, hopefully you will decide that the comfort and luxury offered by Arthur Owl is just what you are looking for when you next take a well -deserved holiday.  The pictures really don’t do our narrowboat justice and the standard of decor, facilities and provisions need to be seen to be believed.  If ever you are passing Droitwich Spa, and Arthur Owl is around, then we’d be happy to let you have a look inside so that you can see for yourself just how special our boat is.  Proof that we have got things right with Arthur Owl, has been the 5* reviews and also the amount of repeat bookings by our lovely guests – some even for a second holiday the same year. To get an even better idea, please do look at our video tour of Arthur Owl here

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 Arthur Owl. 

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