Reiki Sanctuary: UK Canal Boat

Boat - Private room · Spon Lane, Grendon, England CV9 3DN, United Kingdom

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.

Your host, JenniRay
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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.

Getting around

From the home mooring:
Tamworth-Nuneaton Bus service 15min walk
Atherstone Train station 30min walk or £7.50 taxi

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $35 / night after the first guest
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I had a wonderful time during the 4 days I spent with Jenni on her narrowboat. I got a bit of hands on experience with most aspects of cruising and living onboard, which was exactly what I wanted. Mostly she did all the hard work while I sat back and relaxed while slowly passing beautiful English countryside and checking out life on the canal. Jenni made sure I had plenty to eat and I had a comfortable bed to sleep in. If you are thinking of staying with Jenni it is important to remember that it is a lot like living in a caravan. There is limited space and not much privacy. There is a basic toilet and a bath/shower but you can't always count on piping hot water and you should think about how much water and power you are using because there isn't an unlimited supply. Having said that I really enjoyed myself and I think more luxury would have made it less interesting.

    June 2014
  • Jenni is a great host and very hospitable. Staying in the boat is an unusual experience but thoroughly fun and has much to recommend it for. Jenni made me very you welcome and helped me settle in to the boat experience.

    October 2013
  • JenniRay was a warm and generous host. She cooked me lovely meals and supplied me with a comfy bed all to myself on her charming canal boat which is moored in a beautiful and relaxing area of Atherstone (UK). I took way too much luggage with me, and so lugging it all up a stoney/gravelly path for half hour was very hard! (Don't take too much luggage, lol!) I was disappointed not to get to have a little cruise on the canal in Jen's boat (as she was unwell that particular day). But still, sleeping on a canal boat and having the other boats pass by is a lovely experience too :) People should be aware that electricity is limited, so don't take electronics that require lots of power...cos you just won't get it! Take only essentials-for me it was a phone (which unfortunately needed charging ALL the time, grrr) and a camera. Unless the boat is 'running' you have to rely on solar hot water in a limited amount, which is heated on the roof. If you like to bathe continuously, I suggest this is not for you!! There is a bath and shower for washing in, and a sink near the bed, but you'll really need to keep it short and sharp and boil your own water. There is also 'eco' toileting which may not suit a lot of people-I had no problem with it, except you did get the odd waft of smell come through and linger in the cabin at times, which could upset sensitive types! There is also no fridge, so if you bring food with you (even though Jen has HEAPS so she tells me!!!) you will be limited to keeping certain things very cold, so talk to Jen first. Jen also had me for an extra night at the last minute, which was a god-send, as I'd messed up my schedule slightly!! A worthy and must-do experience-it won't be my last time on a canal boat!!!! :)

    August 2013
  • It was a very unique experience- just what we were looking for!

    The interior setting is cosy and homely. This is our favourite part of the stay.

    Jenni collected raspberries she plants and made delicious dessert as part of our breakfast. Wonderful taste!

    Being kind and friendly, Jenni made us feel very welcomed, shared her experiences on what the boatlife is like and how to lead a simple yet creative life (we asked her a lot of questions on boatlife in general and her boating experience). She and her way of living is environment-friendly.

    As cat-lovers, we enjoy Jenni's cat's company!

    We would definitely recommend Jenni's boat to people who are happy to skip shower/flush toilet when camping for a day or two, like us.

    August 2013
  • Very unusual place to stay, a real boat on a real canal.
    It was a lovely stay. Discussed Reiki and all sorts of other things, the boat the technology, etc. etc. interesting informative and very restful. Was up almost at dawn because the restful atmosphere took over the previous evening and was in bed very early. Had a great night's sleep. Recommend especially if you have not experienced a longboat on canal before.

    June 2013
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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 :-)
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