Moored near Leek on the Caldon CanalMoored near Atherstone on the Coventry Canal. Free parking, bus and train stops near-by.

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2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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About this listing

Need to relax? This is the perfect retreat. Watch the sunlight dancing on the water or curl up in front of the woodburner with a good book. Moored in stunning countryside, it's easy to re-connect with nature and with yourself.

The space

Needing a break from the hustle and bustle of 21st Century living? Here you can just sit back and relax. Narrowboat Sanctuary is free from 21st Century distractions such as TV and internet.
You're welcome to use the boat purely as accommodation, from which to explore local attractions. I have listed some in the 'guidebook' on this site. Or you can board narrowboat Sanctuary for a spiritual retreat. As a Reiki Teacher I can offer healing and holistic counselling, as well as training in Reiki, meditation and creative visualization.
Being a Taurean, I love good food. I rarely shop in supermarkets. Most food is sourced through local farms or foraged. I make everything from scratch. You won't find any packet mixes in this galley! Living without mod-cons (such as fridge/freezer or microwave) has forced me to be an imaginative cook, so I'm confident catering for special diets, such as vegan or gluten free. The price listed on this site includes bed & breakfast only. I'm happy to provide lunch and dinner too, for a small extra charge. Reiki training and treatments are offered at an additional charge.
The accommodation comprises a private cabin with double bed with storage space underneath, limited clothes hanging space and small sink. You will be sharing the rest of the boat with me. This comprises a bathroom with bath, shower and toilets. Beyond the bathroom, you enter an open plan galley (kitchen) and living room. There is a small dining table in the living room that comfortably seats three.
The address listed on this site is my home mooring on the Coventry canal. The canals provide a variety of places to stay, so let me know what you would like. If you want nightlife and shopping, we can stay in a town. If you want to escape the world, we can stay in peaceful countryside. If you are interested in receiving Reiki training, you will need to book a minimum of 3 days.
This really is quite a unique experience..very different to a house. Please read 'house rules' and feel free to contact me if you have questions you would like answered before confirming a booking.

Interaction with guests

I'll be on board throughout your stay.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 27 / night after the first guest
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House Rules

There are no mains electric, gas, water or sewage on the boat; so the systems are quite different to a house. I will be there to help though, so don't worry!
Electric is provided by solar panel and boat engine, charging 3 x 110 amp hour leisure batteries. There are both 12volt (cigarette lighter type) and 240volt sockets. It is helpful, if you are bringing a phone/laptop charger, to bring the one you'd use in the lighter socket in the car. Power is limited to the charge available in the batteries, so it's very important that you do not fall asleep with the lights on.
Drinking water is stored in bottles. The water in the kitchen and bathroom taps is for washing only.
Waste water is discharged directly into the canal. It is there for essential that any products used (shampoo/shower gel etc) are eco-friendly. I do keep a stock of these on board.
We will be moored on a towpath, which may be just a dirt path. You are there for advised to wear sensible walking shoes, such as trainers.
I'd also advise you not to get too drunk whilst staying on the boat. I'm not a swimmer, so if you fall in the canal, you're on your own!



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Kevin User Profile
March 2016
The boat is wonderfully cosy, especially when lit by candlelight and warmed by the log burner. The bed is very comfortable and Jenni's food is fresh, healthy and tastes fantastic. She is also fantastic company - friendly, welcoming and tells a lovely story. A truly relaxing weekend of escapism. I'll be coming back for sure.

Duncan User Profile
October 2015
Jenni was a great host. The canal boat is in a very peaceful area, the food is good, the bed is comfortable (I didn't want to get up!) and the conversation was interesting. Many Thanks

Amanda User Profile
August 2015
We had a great time in the lovely canal boat. Jenny was a great host and she made us feel very welcome. We will be back! so relaxing and wonderful location.

Susan User Profile
June 2015
I had a lovely stay with Jen, felt very welcome and we got on well and talked for hours! (My choice - there's plenty of space to be quiet and relax, too.) The boat was near a classic little canal bridge, on a private mooring with friendly neighbours and open countryside all round. Jen cooked a delicious meal including some of her home-grown vegetables. What a lovely space to live in! The bed is really comfortable, too. A real treat. Thank you, Jen x

Margaret User Profile
May 2015
It was a wonderful unique experience staying with Jenni. She went out of her way to make sure I had everything I needed, even to the point of helping me with my research. It is a bit like camping though, being on a narrow boat, and can get quite cold in the mornings so be prepared. However the bed was warm and comfortable and when the stove was lit it was nice and cosy. I really enjoyed cruising down the canal one day, and doing the locks. You will probably do heaps of walking while staying here, if you want to explore the area. The buses are not very convenient. The food was great. I would like to have stayed longer.

Lizzie User Profile
April 2015
I had the most wonderful weekend staying with JenniRay who is such lovely person, it was just what I needed a perfect retreat for the soul. Looking forward to going again.

Andy User Profile
January 2015
the boat is a great place to stay for a relaxed time, and the food and company was wonderful.

Ruislip, United KingdomJoined in January 2013
JenniRay User Profile

Hi there. I'm a Reiki Teacher, living and working aboard a 57 foot narrowboat. Since 2007 I've been continuously cruising the 2000+ miles of UK inland waterways.
Although I'm new to airbnb, I'm not new to hosting. Since 2004 I've been hosting residential reiki courses.
In the past, I travelled abroad and lived life at break-neck speed. These days I'm happy to bimble around the UK at 2mph and enjoy simple pleasures: good food, good company, watching the seasons change... :-)
If you want to escape the madness of the modern world?'re welcome to join me aboard the reiki-sanctuary for a few days, and r..e..l..a..x :-)

Languages: English
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