House/Boat Exchange

Canal Boat/house holiday exchange


Let your canal boat take you around the world! Or maybe your house could take you on a free cruise along UK canals! All possible with a boat and house holiday exchange.
Sharing your property with people you don’t know may sound a bit scary, but the principle of house exchange is long established and usually works well, with both sides responding to the mutual trust of allowing another family the privilege of using their home. So why not a canal boat?

You can follow up any of the opportunities listed below but please note: we present this page and the information on it as a free service and can make no guarantees about the descriptions or arrangements offered, you must make your own further enquiries and any subsequent agreements


If you would like to offer a boat/house holiday exchange just fill in our Listings Request Form.
There is no charge.
But we only list holiday exchanges involving a UK canal boat and we do not include free links to other websites!
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Cottage Cottage, Ontario Canada


Published: 3rd May 2024

We are looking to exchange a stay (1 or 2 weeks) on your UK canal boat between sept 1st and 14th, 2024 for our century-old fishing camp (holiday cottage) on the beautiful bay of quinte in Ontario Canada. Our cottage has an updated kitchen and bathroom, 3 double bedrooms, and you would have the use of our pontoon boat as well. It's a 1 hour drive from Kingston, on, or a 3 hour drive from Toronto, on. Lots of fun day trips withing an hour of the cottage.

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Years Available: 2024

Narrowboat Narrowboat, Hungerford, Kennet & Avon

Published: 12th February 2024

We have a widebam narrowboat (55ftx10. 5feet), based near Hungerford on the lovely Kennet and Avon . Master bedroom, bunk room (2 proper bunks) shower room / loo and decent saloon. 240 ac and 12 v dc. Looking to exchange for a narrow boat to cruise the narrow canals or possibly holiday flat in Spain / Italy / Greece. Flexible on dates.

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Years Available: 2024 / 2025
Name: Rod Email:

Lodge Lodge, Paros, Greece

Published: 12th June 2023

Looking to exchange does not need to be concurrent our side . A barge for 3-4 weeks august 2024 . We have had barge holidays before . In exchange we have our lovely converted boatshack on Paros, Greece on dry land ,sitting amongst olive trees and vineyards with view over the sea to anti Paros and when weather prevails, from here you can see 9 other islands ,enjoy stunning sunsets and look for shooting stars. The use of our dear old fiat panda so you can get around like a local . The time passes with the tinkle of the goats bells . You will sleep in a king sized bed ,there is a lounge /kitchen area where you can prepare your meals although we are solar powered you have the mod cons ,fridge ,toaster , Nespresso machine and 4 hob gas burner . Bathroom with large walk in shower area . A private shaded decked area where you can enjoy a glass and watch the sun go down .

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Years Available: 2024
Name: Martin Phone: +306987231996 Email:

House House, North Island, New Zealand

Published: 9th May 2023

Three bedroom house on lifestyle block, 45 minutes from NZ's best north island Skifield, and Lake Taupo. 2-3 hours to most north island cities. Fly fishing at the door. Vehicles included. Canal boat wanted. Have done five previous canal boat hires, including twice on Canal du Midi. Ideally, like an exchange for 1-3 months - August/September 2023 or 2024.

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Years Available: 2023,2024

Villa Villa, Costa de la Calma, Mallorca

Published: 21st April 2023

We have a lovely pet-friendly 3-bedroom villa in Costa de la Calma, Mallorca sleeping up to 6 guests all rooms have air-con and we have a beautiful pool and 3 bathrooms. We live in a nice quiet area but it's only a 15-minute walk to the nearest beach and there are many restaurants close by. We are looking to swap for a narrow boat in the UK size does not really matter as long as it sleeps up to 4 people and we can take aboard our dog. I am a retired professional yacht captain and sailing/motor cruising instructor so hopefully your boat will be in safe hands. We also have a lovely motorhome 2021 4 berths which we could swap for a couple of weeks instead of the house if it suits the normal licence only required. We are looking for mid-June this year as we shall be in the UK then anyway.

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Years Available: 2024,2025

Cottage Cottage, Christchurch, New Zealand

Published: 1st September 2022

I offer, for the right barge exchange, my adorable miner's cottage. Located on the fashionable and desirable Montreal st in Christchurch city, New Zealand. While I'd prefer the bigger proportions and comforts, a dutch barge, or similar vessel offers, accommodating my planned longer stay, I am aware that the proportions of the more traditional narrow boats have greater access to waterways throughout UK. And so would not rule out the right one and I'm happy to receive enquiries from you. Any time between March/April 2023 onwards. Open to discussion. Ideally 6 months plus.

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Years Available: 2024
Name: Pamela-Jayne Cooper Email:

Cottage Cottage, Cornwall

Published: 21st December 2021

We have a gorgeous 3 double bedroom cottage in Constantine, Cornwall; 5 miles west of Brill and 2 miles from Helford river. Recently refurbished with all mod cons. ASHP central heating, solar panels, hot tub, large private garden. Parking for several cars and possible use of garage. Fabulous kitchen with underfloor heating, granite worktops, induction hob, boiling water tap, fridge freezer with ice and chilled water. TV in lounge, kitchen and one bedroom. Master bedroom has en suite. Family bathroom upstairs and additional toilet downstairs. Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Everything you need. Looking for canal boat anywhere. Length of stay negotiable and not necessarily concurrent.

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