***New for 2021***
Water Vole is our Boutique Electric Day Boat, perfect for those celebrating something special on their day trip. This boat seats up to 6 people.
This boat – the first Boutique Day Boat – runs entirely on electricity. No more smelly fumes and noisy diesel engines to contend with; rather an incredibly quiet experience powered by a large battery bank which charges overnight at the hire base at Market Harborough.
We have put together the system state of the art components from industry-leading manufacturers. It means that Water Vole is uncannily quiet which is a serious bonus when you are wanting to spend a day in nature. The wildlife is much more forgiving if you pass through its landscape in hushed tones.
If you are familiar with our Boutique Narrowboats for holidays, you will recognise some of our signature touches in Water Vole.
The standard day boat benches have given way to 19th century antique dining chairs and a faux marble table, creating a space perfect for inimate dining.
The onboard toilet is housed in a bespoke curved “pod,” cocooned in classic mid-century cladding. It is a tiny room but you no longer have to be freakishly skinny, and we’ve still made space for a small riverstone sink. The tongue and groove panelling is Farrow and Ball’s Setting Plaster.
The little kitchenette will have an real oak worktop and rattan shelves, with a whistling kettle to boil your morning coffee.
On the floor we are laying a beautiful vinyl parquet, which will withstand the riguers of towpath life. The radiators – a practical necessity because this boat will be hired all year round – are a design feature, too. On this boat we have chosen a charcoal finish.
And framing the intimate seating area for two are a pair of stunning contemporary brass downlights. Just the thing to set the scene as you clink those champagne glasses…
In total, Water Vole will seat 6 people very comfortably (sorry, no pets on this one.) We are now taking bookings for summer 2021.
There is more information about all our day boats on this page.