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!
the boat is a great place to stay for a relaxed time, and the food and company was wonderful.
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.
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.
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!!!! :)
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.
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 :-)