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.
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.
From the home mooring:
Tamworth-Nuneaton Bus service 15min walk
Atherstone Train station 30min walk or £7.50 taxi
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!
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.
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.
I really loved my stay with JenniRay on her narrowboat. It was the perfect antidote to city life, and like traveling back in time. The boat really is extremely cosy, and set in lovely countryside. Just what I needed after some long walks recovering from a back operation, with the added bonus Reiki treatment to help the healing along.
JenniRay is a lovely host, and we spent long hours in fascinating conversation about life, the canals and everything in between. I left feeling mentally and physically recharged and I'm really looking forward to returning.
I had the pleasure of spending four fantastic nights with Jenni on her narrow boat – Sanctuary. I work fairly close by and I was looking for somewhere to rest and relax in the evening away from the worries of modern life. I was not disappointed! Jenni is wonderful company and a fantastic host.
The boat is situated at the end of a private part of the towpath. There is parking close by and its a 25 min walk into Atherstone town. There are a few other boats on the towpath and were all very welcoming.
It’s worth remembering that this is a narrowboat - which is a unique experience, but not a hotel with an ensuite. You wont get all the same mod-cons (or privacy) as you would if you were shut away in your own room…but really that’s why I booked it. For me, after a long day at work, I still felt I had my own space and place to rest.
By my last day, I really felt as if I had made a friend. Pack a book and your sense of adventure and enjoy the experience. As the name of the boat suggests, it really is a sanctuary of peace and calm.
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.
About the Host, JenniRay
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?..you're welcome to join me aboard the reiki-sanctuary for a few days, and r..e..l..a..x :-)
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