Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays Ltd

Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays Ltd

Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays Ltd
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Hi, I’m Catherine and I run Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays, a small family run luxury boutique narrow boat holiday business. We operate from Droitwhich Spa Marina and have easy boating access to the beautiful waterways of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
Suckley, Worcestershire, England

Why book with Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays Ltd
  • MD Cafwin Cruises
  • I’ve owned narrowboats over the years, have experienced numerous narrowboat holidays in the past and have run a successful holiday villa in America for 10 years.
  • English
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Hawley
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I’ve been hiring narrowboats for several years from an alphabet soup of companies, and I thought I knew ‘the ropes’. Yet hiring Ollie Owl from Catherine at Cafwin Cruises Narrowboat Holidays has utterly spoiled me and my family. Ollie is beautifully appointed, with every amenity described in the extensive information online (though, honestly, the pictures and information don’t do her justice!) Everything you could possibly need is aboard this boutique boat (if it isn’t then Catherine is the most responsive host I’ve ever met). The serial hybrid system was better than I had imagined — gliding along in exhaust-free near-silence is bliss. Though understanding the tech side isn’t required, I got obsessed with learning about the solar capacities, monitoring, and other technical logistics. Ollie is also a larger boat than I’m used to, but after my week aboard all my fears (including wind) were gone…she handles beautifully even in 20mph gusts(!) This was also an ideal holiday to share with my two teenagers, for whom it was a first ever narrowboat experience. On a personal note, both Catherine and John were amazing throughout the hire experience, providing just enough advice to give me confidence without spoiling any surprises. We all felt as cared for and valued as Cafwin’s fleet of lovely boats!
Written July 8, 2022
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Mitch013
Surrey, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
We hired Arthur Owl for 2 weeks in August/September. This was our 10th canal boat trip so we're fairly familiar with boating. Arthur Owl was recommended to us by a private boater that we met last year. Honestly, it did not disappoint. Everything from start to finish was spot on.

Before you arrive, Cafwin provide lots of very useful online info to view to familiarise yourself with Arthur Owl. This proved invaluable as it's kitted out to such a high standard - things like mooring chains, ratchet windlass, emergency tools, Internet TV, portable hob splash back, USB fans for warmer nights, shoe covers. So many very very well thought out touches.

Arthur Owl is a stunning boat. Immaculate to look at, handles really well and is utter canal comfort.

The MD of Cafwin, an incredibly charming lady Catherine Armstrong, thinks of everything and makes herself available if you have questions. We had a few during our trip - very minor ones - Catherine always responded. She's a superb businessperson and completely understands her customers.

The bed was comfy. The bathroom and lighting was brilliant.

We would not hesitate to recommend Arthur Owl, Cafwin and Catherine. She definitely has come up with a spectacular boutique offering much needed in the canal boating world.

Thank you Catherine for letting us take Arthur Owl to Braunston and back.
Written September 12, 2021
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Amanda D
Tamworth, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We had an amazing two weeks on Arthur Owl, cruising down to the river Avon across to Stratford, up to south Birmingham then back down to Droitwich.
The boat offers everything you need, in style, we very much enjoyed curling up on the sofa at the end of the day., after the power shower and wearing the dressing gowns provided, before retiring to the huge bed with beautiful linens.
Catherine is happy to help before, during and after the holiday,
Maps are provided for potential routes. Locks are quicker to do than you think, estimate 3 miles each hour plus 10 minutes for each lock and you can plan your journey.
We would be very happy to return.
Written October 25, 2022
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Derek E
Derby, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We spent a super 2 week holiday on the canal boat Arthur Owl, completing the Avon ring. This is second year we have had a holiday with Cafwin Cruises on Arthur Owl and it is by far the best hire boat we have ever hired.
Arthur Owl is very modern and in our opinion feels individual and bespoke when compared to other luxury holiday narrow boats. Other canal users often complemented us on our boat and were suprised when we explained it was a hire boat.
The bed setee is very comfortable and big enough for a couple to sprawl comfortably while watching TV. A big plus is the 6 foot wide bed in the bow, so much better than the 4ft wide beds many hire boats provide.
The equipment provided with the boat is high quality and comprehensive to say the least. It is difficult to think of anything useful that was not provided. Both times we hired the boat we subsequently searched out and purchased the same kitchen items because they were so much better and more functual than those we had at home.
The hand over procedure is very clear and the Catherine can set up a WhataApp group which lets you get prompt help if you have any problems or are unsure about any aspect of the boat.
The Avon ring is a stunning route and we would recommend it to anyone. The location of Cafwin cruises means that there are a number of varied and interesting cruise routes available and we hope to be back with Cafwin Cruises to check some of the others out in future holidays.
Written August 26, 2021
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David E
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This must be absolutely on your bucket list.
We have never hired a narrow boat before but we’re absolutely blown away by the high standards set by Cafwyn Cruises.
Arthur Owl has more comforts than most people’s homes and is appointed to a very high standard.
Catherine made sure we were fully briefed and could demonstrate to her that we knew what we were doing before she handed this beautiful craft over to us.
If you have never been on a canal barge holiday before, look no further than this. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Written August 16, 2021
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NB23
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We have rented narrowboats from many different companies over many years, but never before have we had a boat so comfortable, well-appointed and pristine as Ollie Owl. Catherine's personal attention to her customers and to her boats is clear from the first contact with her, through to the last moment at the marina and beyond.
We had the first hire of the season in late March with typical Spring weather: the boat was warm and cosy, and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal is beautiful even without leaves on the trees.
As for the electric drive - a revelation! It encourages a different (perhaps slower) driving style, and is all but silent, enabling you to have conversations with people on the towpath and from the bottom of a lock, makes tunnels a whole different experience, as well as wafting past the wildlife without disturbing it (kingfisher at 3m distance!). Even in March the diesel generator was on for only a couple of hours a day and is surprisingly quiet - and we chose when to run it.
I recommend Cafwin Cruises for luxury narrowboating.
Written April 5, 2023
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Sunshine796117
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is the second time we've hired Ollie Owl and is our twelfth canal boating vacation. We can say 100% Cafwin Cruises far exceed in every way. The boats are incredibly comfortable - those of you unfamiliar with canal boating will know most hire boats are, at best, basic. This is where Cafwin score top marks! Their boats are of such a high standard. They are kitted out with good quality home furnishings - sofas, cushions, beds. The bathroom and kitchen are also equipped very well. There are also other superb touches, such as, soft, fluffy towels, toiletries, welcome hamper and a good quality TV with Netflix, Spotify, etc. so real home from home. The boat is easy to handle and there are tools on board, such as mooring chains, rudimentary tools for clearing the propeller should anything get tangled and decent windlasses.

Then there's Catherine Armstrong - without any doubt, nothing is too much trouble. If you need any help, Catherine is on hand to help. Responsive, knowledgeable and just the best. We'd have no hesitation in recommending Cafwin and will certainly be rebooking again.
Written June 26, 2023
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Loyallocal2017
Ripley, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Just returned from a lovely 2 weeks on board Arthur Owl . We have hired her before and know what a lovely boat he is and I can assure you all he is still as lovely !

We cruised on the Stourport ring via Birmingham central and went the long route via Wolverhampton and the New Main Line .

As I have said before hiring Arthur Owl is the nearest thing you will get to owning your own boat and hearing the lovely remarks by other not users is very refreshing .

Thanks Catherine

Martin Maggie and Grace
Written July 25, 2022
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Kevin P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Wow, what a great week spent on Canal Boat “Arthur Owl”. Julie and I wanted to thank Catherine and the staff at Cafwin Cruises for a fantastic holiday. The Canal boat was superb with all the things you would expect from home, dishwasher, large comfortable bed, rainfall shower etc. Everything was spotlessly clean and kept like new, even scratches on the hull caused when entering the locks are touched up before each hire. Catherine was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish and even set up a WhatsApp group so we could ask her question quickly whilst on holiday. We will be back again and than you Cafwin Cruises.
Written June 2, 2021
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Cookieshome
Torquay, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Even before we arrived, Catherine the owner, was very helpful. This continued in person with an informative induction putting us at ease and giving us the confidence to drive and navigate the boat.

The luxury boutique luxury boat Arthur Owl is charming & comfortable and had absolutely everything we needed.
No need to bring bedding, toiletries ,towels, it is all provided and of very high quality.

We could go on and on about the great holiday we had, everything was just perfect and the cherry on the top is all the attention to detail from Catherine, you can just see the great pride she has taken in her business and does it does look like its definitely out of love or passion, her boat was by far the best out of any we passed or moored up next to.

We would not hesitate to go back for a second holiday with Cafwin cruises, in fact we probably wont be going anywhere else.

The attention to detail and the cleanliness of the boat Arthur Owl is definitely 5 Star afloat.
Written August 18, 2022
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