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Returning for a third time since September 2016 - Cannot get a better recommendation !  Mr & Mrs T
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What a wonderful experience and absolute pleasure when a unique holiday like this one goes so well. Crabtree Narrowboat Hire made our experience flow with ease.You will find it very hard to better this from every aspect. Thank you Robert for your professional and friendly help.           Mr & Mrs K
Having hired boats all over the UK including Scotland & Ireland & tried several of the hirers on the Lancaster Canal, CNBH is undoubtedly the best on the system. Great boats ~ always a friendly welcome ~ good secure parking. The K Family
The pre-support to handover of boat was fab, the fact we knew we could ring at anytime if needed was also great. Boat and contents are amazing (Mulberry), really appreciated coffee and DVD's to amuse son. A* holiday - will recommend to everyone and will be back again.                         Thank you Robert x                     Mr & Mrs M
The extra touches of the welcome pack, fruit and milk, quality biscuits and attention to detail made this a 5 star experience. Loved the personal details such as theLog Book. Patient and humorous tuition was superb. Thank you.       SW

Totally fantastic from start to finish. The boat was superb - definitely a 5 star company. Thank you.       Mr & Mrs C

We shared the narrowboat “Willow” with our friends for a long weekend. We were relative novices at this, there was no need to worry as Robert took the time and care to make sure we were fully aware of all aspects of his boat. The handover was friendly and completed with pride. The whole set-up is professional. The boat was immaculate and of high quality. Thank you.   Mr & Mrs B
Having hired from most of the hirers on the Lancaster Canal, “Crabtree” offer a service second to none - they have nothing to fear from the competition. We have hired Canal Boats all over England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and have found none better; brilliant helpful personal service from Robert.
Mr & Mrs K
Extremely helpful & friendly. Couldn’t do enough for us. For first time narrowboaters, the instruction was very calm and reassuring. Lovely boat (Willow) & facilities. We would travel with Crabtree Narrowboat Hire again. Thank you so much Robert ..........................     E & R
We really enjoyed our holiday. The boat (Mulberry) was lovely, attention to detail was first class - we had everything we could possibly want.
Mr & Mrs J
The whole process of booking our holiday with Robert was most professional and nothing was too much trouble. We will be booking again and have already recommended Crabtree to a good friend. Many thanks.                Mr & Mrs S & R G
Absolutely loved every minute. The boat was beautiful, we didn’t want for anything! Robert did a superb job of settling us in and seeing us off. Thank you so much.   SU & KT
The explanation and rundown prior to setting off was very thorough. There was no hurry to "leave us to it", and that was reassuring as novices. The canal exceeded our memories and we had a wonderful week. We would not hesitate to book with you again or give the strongest recommendations to others. Thank you.          Mr & Mrs G
A well-deserved 5 star rating. This gentleman puts everything into his business with care and thought for his customers. Extremely well done Robert.  Mr & Mrs M
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A Great First Time Experience

Posted Sunday 11 Jun 2017 18:50 PM
We have just finished a week in Cedar, a smashing boat with a very high specification and finish. As first-timers we were grateful for the comprehensive introduction to the boat, the handover and driving instructions until we were happy to go on our own. The Lancaster Canal, although not terribly long, is a gem of a place to be with loads of wildlife and birdsong to watch and listen to, the dawn chorus was a real delight each morning. Although the weather was good to dreadful and our waterproofs earned their reputation, our spirits were not dampened at all. This was a very good week made all the more enjoyable by our boat Cedar and the attention to detail of the Crabtree organisation.
 

We'll Be Back

Posted Monday 24 Aug 2015 19:27 PM
Linden is a lovely boat and Crabtree's service is second to none. The Lancaster Canal is easy to cruise for beginners and experienced crews with some lovely pubs on the canal bank or within easy walking distance. Thoroughly recommended. Well done Robert.
 

5 star boat and service!

Posted Monday 06 Oct 2014 14:30 PM
We have had a lovely holiday on our first Narrow Boat holiday. The boat was beautiful (Willow) with everything you could ever need and more. Thank you Robert for all of your time in seeing us along the canal and settling us in on what seemed to be quite a daunting first couple of hours. Even puppy Dottie found her sea legs very quickly! EVERYTHING from start to finish was so informative and professional. Thank you!
 

You got to go some to find a hire company like this.

Posted Monday 01 Sep 2014 19:41 PM
We hired ''Linden'' and met Robert, first impressions! great service and beautiful boat. Robert even took time to know the kids names without having to ask, (done the homework) that's called the personal touch. Explained in full, all aspects of the vessel and how to operate all the extras. By the time he finished a family of monkey's could have sailed off. The standard of fixtures and fittings presented were to a first class condition, even the bedding smelt fresh. Already spoke to many people and could not praise Robert and those involved in the background enough. Well Impressed. S & K
 

Just returned home - Will definatley use again!

Posted Friday 29 Aug 2014 19:12 PM
We have just returned from a week on board the "Willow" - It is so easy to see how Robert has achieved and maintained his 5* status! I was impressed from the minute we met when he welcomed us on board his boat. The welcome pack was incredibly useful as was his on-board tuition. NOTHING was too much trouble. The boat was more than adequately equipped with quality materials and accessories and finished to an impeccably high standard - We saw a host of other hire boats on the canal but none matched up to the "Willow". There were also two other couples who we met in Carnforth who had also used Crabtree and they were also singing their praises. The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say!
 

First class narrowboat - Mulberry.

Posted Tuesday 03 Jun 2014 15:01 PM
Have already recommended to our friends.Mulberry was immaculate, perfectly equipped and very comfortable. Robert was very friendly and helpful. All in all a great holiday on a very interesting route. Thank you. The Miller Family.
 

Great Holiday.13th Oct 12

Posted Saturday 13 Oct 2012 13:28 PM
Totally chilled out and well laid back,after week on Mulberry.Great boat, comfy and good to work with.Job well done Robert many thanks.
Crabtree Farm
Hagg Lane
St Michaels-On-Wyre
Preston
Lancashire
PR3 0UJ
07572 664 949
01995 671 712
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