All About Star Trips
Our Hotel Boat
Star Trips is a brand new 65 foot long and 6'10" wide semi-traditional stern narrowboat.
Built from scratch through to final fit-out by Aintree Boats she is designed for her crew and guests to cruise the canals in comfort.
The crew is made up of husband and wife team Paul and Maria (with occasional help from family members). We're getting a little bit long in the tooth but still crave adventure.
After selling our construction business in 2017 following illness, we were fortunate enough to purchase the hull of Star Trips before having it fully fitted by Aintree Boats in the spring of 2021. Whilst waiting for the fit out we have undertaken our Helmsman, Food Hygiene and First Aid Certificates.
We live on board Star Trips for 7 months of the year sharing our love of the waterways with our guests.
A Typical Day
The most important thing for Star Trip's crew is tea. You'll rarely find us without a cuppa on the go. Depending on the plan we will have breakfast then set off for cruising about 9.30 (if you're a late riser that's fine). We might cruise for a couple of hours before stopping for lunch which we can eat outside if the weather allows. We may plan to stop during the day for a look around a local village, a stroll in the countryside or a visit to a place of interest. Once our bellies begin to rumble we'll look for somewhere to stop for the night. This might be in the middle of the countryside or near to a canal side pub. During the evening you may go for a walk, relax indoors or visit a local pub.
It is very relaxed. We do have a schedule to keep to ensure we get you to the drop off point at the end of your stay but we can be quite flexible in between times.
On entering narrowboat Star Trips at the stern you come down into the saloon. This is furnished with a comfortable sofa bed. There is a tv, dvd's and board games to keep you entertained during the evening and if it's a bit chilly we can light the multi-fuel stove. Next is the galley where we prepare all the meals and alongside that is the dining area where you can eat or play games whilst maybe feeding the swans through the side hatch. The walkthrough bathroom is next with decent sized shower, toilet and heated towel rail. This leads directly to the guest bedroom which has a double bed, storage and tv. Our bathroom is full sized with sink, toilet and large shower. We also have a separate crew wc should the need arise. The boat is centrally heated. It has plenty of standard sockets and wi-fi throughout.
We offer three meals a day to our guests with snacks in between - you certainly won't go hungry. Our food is home cooked in the well equipped galley. It's not fancy, just freshly prepared good food. There's no menu as meals will depend on availability of supplies in local shops but we will ask you when booking for any major dislikes.
A sample day's menu might be
Breakfast: Fruit juice, cereals, bacon roll
Lunch: Soup, Crusty rolls, cake, fruit
Dinner: Chicken casserole, new potatoes, peas
Supper: A dessert or snacks
All day: Tea, coffee, biscuits