October 2017

Best boat ever! Hired many in our time but Piccolo is something else!! - Marc & Mand - Northumberland

Amazing boat, everything provided along with top quality fixtures and fittings. 5* luxury loved every minute. Thanks - Jason & Lynette - New Zealand

A relaxing time aboard Piccolo. A well thought out design and all the equipment you need.10/10 - Thanks Eamonn & Elaine, C.U next year - Pam & Neil - Brampton

Had the most fantastic time on board Piccolo. Very tastefully furnished 5* luxury - see you next year - Sue & Howard - Bolton

September 2017

Lovely week. Mixed weather. Thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic boat. Thanks Eamonn & Elaine - Colin & Norma - East Yorkshire

Wonderful to be back on board. Such a special boat - Sue & Keith - Cumbria

Our 2nd short break this year. We'll be back. Best boat we have ever been on and Eamonn & Elaine are so kind, nothing's a bother! - John & Jane - Whitley Bay

Fantastis wek. Mixed weather. Beautiful boat. Lovely meal at the Mill, Lovely fish and chips at Bolton Le Sands. Thank you for sharing your lovely boat - Kay & Barry - Bedfordshire

August 2017

Piccolo is a 5* boat. Really enjoyed the Water Witch in Lancaster. We hope to come back next year and do the south - Bob & Gail Texas

Every detail thought of. Luxury afloat. Relaxing trip. Excellent meal at the Mill - Tam & Sue - Isle of Man

Fantastic wek on a lovely boat, very luxurious. Good meals every night but especially Canal Turn Carnforth & White Cross Lancaster - June & Marcus

July 2017

What a great boat, pity the eather was so bad. We had a fab time and it was all 1st class. C.U again soon - Sue & Tony

A1 in every way, whats more to say. Thank you - Jay & Ivy - Abergavenny

1st time but not the last. The boat, the people, the whole experience absolutely faultless - Jo & Darren - Silverdale

3rd visit - 1st time on this boat. Perfect as usual - Thanks Eamonn & Elaine - David & Jill - Blackpool

We have been well and truely spoilt. 5* all round. Piccolo is superb in every sense of the word... Thank you - Jade & Peter - North Yorks

Very relaxing holiday on a beautiful boat. We could not ask for more. We have now been spoilt for any other boat all the extra little touches make it special 5* no less. Thank you for the flowers and wine - Alex & Julie - Clacton on Sea

Beautiful boat. Wonderful holiday. Excellent canal - Brian & Sandie - Southsea

June 2017

Piccolo better than ever. Eamonn & Elaine the perfect hosts. Sorry to leave - Jim & Cath - Manchester

That's 4 years on the trot and it's still as good as the first time. Superb boats, great canal, see you next year. The Duchess has spoken  - Paul & The Duchess

Love this luxury boat. Every little detail thought of. Great break. Meals at Canal Turn Recommended. Eamonn & Elaine wonderful. - Frank & Linda


May 2017

Lovely relaxing holiday. lovely relaxing boat. Even rain couldnt spoil anything. Many thanks - Eileen & Geoff - Chester

This is our 2nd trip on this gorgeous boat and once again everything about it is luxury. We have thoroughly enjoyed every moment including a hirer from another company who came aboard and said "This IS what you call LUXURY the Queen of the Canal" Eamonn & Elaine thank you so much for your attention to detail, we hope to see you again- Ann & David - Motherwell

April 2017

Excellent well equipped boat. Every comfort and exceptionally well prepared. Great holiday, weathr superb and fabulous views. The Plough at Galgate highly recommended - Nick & Bev - Bury

Piccolo is a dream boat. Attention to detail = second to none. We have had admiring glances every where we have been. We will highly recommend the Duck Island Fleet . Good luck with your new luxury boat Legato...she already looks like another dream boat for you. Fantastic. - Dan & Trish - Loch Lomond

Wow! What a treat! We have been spoilt rotten on this superb canal boat all the way from Garstang to Tewitfield. You have really got something very very special...nothing left to chance and all the little extras were very much appreciated. We have barged our way around the world but we must say The Duck Island is by far the BEST! Loved every minute...good luck you so deserve to make it BIG! xx - Verity & Victor - London/New York

March 2017

Another wonderful holiday on Piccolo. Relaxing time for my birthday. Love the boat loads...until next time... - Jane & Don Lincolnshire

October 2016

Our 6th time...Eamonn & Elaine must be doing something right!! Best week of the year - Luxury, relaxation and good fun! - Brian & Ellie - Manchester

Thank you Eamonn & Elaine for this truely luxurious 5* boat. For our fist boating holiday we could not have asked for better. For food we can recommend The Canal Turn at Carnorth & The Roebuck at Bilsborrow - great food and staff!! Thanks again - Jayne & Charlotte - Ayreshire

September 2016

Wow! Amazing! Best time afloat ever! Sorry it's over - looking forward to coming back - Sue & Keith - Berwickshire

Had my 50th wedding anniversary with a beautiful woman on a beautiful boat - couldnt be happier - Trevor & Sue - Leicester

What a fantastic experience for canal boat newbies - very relaxing and boat had everything and more than we could have asked for. Thank you E&E amazing time  :) n- Naila & Stuart - Barnard Castle

Exceptionally fitted out luxury. So comfortable - what a bed! Our every need attended to. Lots of happy memories - Rhona & John - Barrow in Furness

A very high class canal boat. We have had a lovely time and will recommend!! - Tony & Dawn - Stourbridge

August 2016

Lovely boat with very thoughtful extras. Without doubt the BEST ON THE CANAL. Great comfy bed - a delight - many thanks - Irene & Roy - Leics

FAB, FAB,FAB!! We have had a wondeful week aboard this little palace. Thank you! - Judy & Alan - Southport

Wonderful boat , had fantastic weather, wonderful trip, enjoyed every minute of it. 5* accommodation!! Fab!! - Carole & Dave - East Yorkshire

Lovely boat. Really enjoyed our trip(once we got used to the width) - Thanks for everything - Dave & Jenny - Clevelys

Wonderful attentive hosts. Attention to detail on the boat is superb. Will definately recommend to others -  Anita & Vincent - Doncaster

Absolutely wondeful stay on Piccolo - like a hotel on the water. Our first barge holiday and it was bliss - Lisa & John - Wigan

July 2016

Fabulous boat so proud to have "owned her for our weekend! " Lord & Lady of The Lancaster" Thank you sooo much for allowing us to hire your super special 5* barge Piccolo - will be recommending to all!! - Dave & Sophie - York

We spotted the Duck Island Fleet while hiring from another company on the Lancaster Canal so as soon as we got home we booked! All we can say is "we have tried the rest & now we have had the best!! This company is Platinum standard from start to finish - very proffessional but with the added benefits of the Personal Touch.Piccolo is superb and all the little extras make one feel very special. We have cruised the canal like royalty with admiration from both boaters and others enjoying all that the Lancaster has to offer. We cannot commend E&E enough you have created something extremely special - Jason & Janine - Worcester

Gold standard in Hire Boats - Phil & Cath - Southport

First ever boating holiday, always thought canals were straight!! How wrong were we. Piccolo - exquisite detail & standard of fittings 5*. Eamonn & Elaine could not be more welcoming - Def will recommend & very possible that we may return once our feet stop hurting!! Tip:don;t walk to Glasson Dock in the wrong footwear! Fabulous first experience - Thanks - Rockie & Debbie

2nd holiday with Duck & we're totally relaxed;) Piccolo is fabulous & we've enjoyed travelling up to Tewitfield & back. The Plough at Galgate is best for pub food(been twice this trip) Walk to Glasson Dock beautiful 1 3/4 hrs each way & a beer at the Mill. Saw a Kingfisher on the way back just before bridge 84 - Alison & John - North Wales

3rd holiday on Piccolo, still getting comments from other boaters. Lovely boat & excellent hosts - Jim & Cath - Manchester

A fantastic boat & a great short cruise to Lancaster, Eamonn & Elaine very helpful - we must try again!! - Bill & Dotty - Kent

Another lovely week on one of your excellent boats. Good weather made for relaxing cruising. Once again thank you Elaine & Eamonn - John & Sandra - Helensburgh

Third time visit and simply the best. Great managment, great boats. Defo 5* and if I had a boat it would be this one - Paul & Chrissie AKA the Duchess 

First ever canal holiday wish we had'nt left it so late. Beautiful boat 5* attention from Eamonn & Elaine - weather amazing - will certainly be recommending - Tim & Sue - Kirkby Lonsdale

Another wonderful stay - so relaxing. Boat is perfect and everyhing thought of and provided. Truely 5* luxury afloat - Anna & Paul - Fife

May 2016

A true 5* boat with 5* attention to detail. Loved every minute and will be back next year - Kevin & Lorraine - Nottingham

First ever canal holiday - loved every minute. Piccolo is superb. Have moored in utter peace & quiet every night. High spots - saw kingfisher, deep cutting north of Lancaster full of wild garlic. Best meal at the Bay Horse near bridge 81 also Longlands Hotel at Tewitfield where free range eggs sold outside  Lock Cottage. Mia Italia at Bolton le sands also excellent as was Hest Bank Inn. We have walked miles, everyone is so friendly. As soon as we get home we are booking our next trip but it will be hard to find a boat to beat this - Sally & Craig - Aylesbury

Everything about this beautiful boat is luxury, quality,& excellence!!! This has been the most wonderful holiday for us to spend 2 glorious weeks on Piccolo. A true home from home. Thank you so much for the priveledge of using your barge. we'll be back - David & Ann - Motherwell

Brilliant!! Faultless!! Perfect!! - Gill & Charles - Tenby

April 2016

An exceptional boat! Fitted out to a private boat standard. Large holding tanks with gauges, low bed,large decks,stairs not ladders, great boating - only went as far as Carnforth Station Museum - super relaxing - liked the books and dvds - Helen & Peter - Neston

We knew we were in for a something special but were not prepared for how special!! Piccolo is SUPERB, the best canal boat we have ever hired. Thank you we will be back - Don & Beth - Aberdeen

March 2016

Thank you for a fantastic stay on Piccolo, we will definately be back for more - Sharon & Alan - Chorley

We loved the week we were sailing on this fantastic boat. The best looking boat on the canal. we have to do this again - Richard & Beata - Catterick Garrison

Lovely warm boat with everything we needed for a relaxing week - Arnold & Carol - Oxford

October 2015

4th time, best time will not be the last time. Luxury on the canal. Love to E & E - Ellie & Brian - Manchester

An exquisite boat with 1st class facilities, fixtures & fittings. We were proud to be on board. A huge thank you to Eamonn & Elaine - Steve & Julie - Stockton on Tees

A superb & vey relaxing holiday on this beautiful boat. We had many admirers, had really good weather & enjoyed the wildlife & scenery. We saw a kingfisher in the Lancaster Cutting, excellent food in the New Holly, Water Witch, Hest Bank Inn & The Plough. No TV all week just relaxed in this 5* boat - Thank you Elaine & Eamonn - Byron & Diane - Dalton in Furness - Cumbria

After 20 years on many boats this is N01 "THE BEST" Sets the standard for others to follow. Will be back - Steve & Sue - London

September 2015

We don't know how you can let this beautiful boat out!! Obviously we are glad you do. Most admired boat on the canal! We will be back for Glissando next year - Dan & Rebecca - London

Eamonn & Elaine could'nt do enough for us! Thank you so much - Vic & Cath - Darwen

Our 10th canal boat holiday & by far the best!! A superb choice for our honeymoon! Thanks to Eamonn & Elaine your boat is beautiful - Hayley & Richard - Manchester

This is a must boat !! As website states "best ever canal boat experience" Cheers faultless - Carrie & Joe - Northumberland

It's like a 5* hotel on water!!! Everything you could wish for & more. Eamonn & Elaine are our heroes!! Thank you for coming to the rescue - Tammy & Jules - Doncaster

August 2015

Ditto everyone elses comments about the boat- fab. What an adventure! Hope we did'nt give you too many sleepless nights Eamonn! Love to you both xx - Jane & Laura - London

So much admiration for this fabulous 5* boat!! Thank you for sharing... we will be back - Charlie & Joe - Cumbria

Brilliant boat & hosts. Could'nt have asked for more. First ever 2 week holiday and time has flown! will highly recommend! - Keith & Christine - Northants

July 2015

Definately a 5* boat & Eamonn & Elaine give a 5* service. Exceptional hosts. Beautiful kingfishers along the way. Huge thank you - Pauline & Peter - Clayton le Moors nr Accrington

Fantastic 5* boat, enjoyed the lovely scenery - saw a kingfisher which was a bonus, Thank you both - Mark & Gillian - Accrington

3rd time on this beautiful boat...Lovely as ever - J & L - Manchester

Most beautiful & well equipped boat we have ever seen!! Book us in for the same time next year. Thank you! Thank you! - Harriet & George - Dorset

June 2015

Lovely boat, shame the canal was having problems with leakages. Weather glorious, can't wait to return - Monica & Brian - Suffolk

Everything we could have wished for & more, thank you. Boat greatly admired along our journey - Barbara & John - Rossendale

Thank you for a fanatstic week on a beautiful boat. Such luxury we have not experienced before.Whats more the staff are exceptional & should be congratulated especially Eamonn who went beyond his duties and made our holiday a time we will not forget! Elaine was such a happy soul who kept us amused all evening & we love her - Paul & Chrissie (aka the Duchess) -Surrey

Thank you so much for a brill week on your lovely boat - your warm welcome & introduction was very much appreciated. Defo wins the best boat on the canal award! - Malcolm & Erica - Isle of Man

Fantastic week despite the weather. Beautiful barge, thank you so much - Bill & Glynis - St Thomas, Exeter

May 2015

Simply the best!! Thank you - Stan & Sue - Weymouth

Fantastic time on a lovely well equipped boat...greatly admired - Brian & Veronica - Sutton on Hull, E Yorks

Wonderful- boat fantastic - lovely holiday, many thanks to Eamonn & Elaine - Brian & Julie - Morecambe

Wonderful! Thanks for the rescue Eamonn. Wind! wind! wind!...most fun I've had with my clothes on!  Kate & John - St Augustines, Florida

Lovely boat, lovely hosts, lovely scenery & lovely trip. Weather mixed but did'nt spoil the trip. Ate at some good pubs - Water Witch in Lancaster, Royal Hotel in Garstang, Far Paviliion in Bolton le Sands.Enjoy - Steve & Pam - Brundell, Lincolnshire

April 2015

Thank you for the wonderful care & preparation of this boat Piccolo. It was a delight to return to the comfort & central heating after the rain, sleet,snow & biting wind of an english April. Malcolm & Jean - Mariposa, California. USA

Another brilliant week on Piccolo. Looking forward to our 4th visit. Thanks again - Andy & Cath - Washington, Tyne & Wear

Had a great time on this boat. Floating 5* accommodation & great hosts & we lucked out with super weather. For future travellers - the best meals we had were at the Hest Bank Inn - Gayle & Steven - Washington Tyne & Wear

Style & substance in one brilliant package! Had a great time - Pauline & Brian - Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

March 2015
3rd trip will not be our last !! Fantastic boat, fantastic owners, see you again - Ellie & Brian - Prestwich, Manchester

First time on board Piccolo although we have been on Adagio Twice. The comfort, luxury & attention to detail is second to none! We've sailed in many boats on many canals but none come close to this one...Elaine & Eamonn best hosts aswell! -  Keith & Michelle - Lancashire

October 2014 

Wet & windy week - But so nice to always have a warm beautiful boat - I want to keep it!!! - Richard & Carl -  Haslingdon, Rossendale

With over 18 years boating we have never come across anything like this.You guys have raised the bar far too high! How could we ever match this? Truely superb! Betty & Mauricio - Madrid Espana

Perfect hosts, perfect boat, for a holiday afloat, so relaxing, nice & slow, thank you Elaine, Eamonn & Piccolo. Lorraine & Tony - Skelfrith,Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

September 2014

Had a great time. Boat fantastic 5* accommodation. Great extra's, would definately come again & recommend. Thanks. Marie & Gary - Hertfordshire

Yes as we remembered - Fab! Fab! Fab! What's more to be said! Mabel & Jim Stillington

Best boat we have ever hired, superb weather, great holiday. Thanks. Steve & Janet - Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire

August 2014

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, superb boat with 5 * facilities. Elaine & Eamonn excellent hosts. Wish we were still cruising. John & Mary - Hampshire

A beautifully appointed well presented boat of 5* luxury. Thank you. Kevin & Anne - Thursby Cumbria

Wonderful 5* luxury. Wonderful 5* owners. Wonderful relaxing care free break! Can't wait to do it again. Thank you E & E for sharing your lovely Piccolo with us. Rose & Steve - Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria

Talk about slowing down, never been so relaxed, a lovely boat, 5* Thank you. "Animal rescue as well lol" Pat & John - Lowton, Warrington

 For the 1st 3 days we were held "hostage" in the Marina by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha - but what better place to be? Piccolo served as a 1st class hotel while we waited out the storm. We didnt get far but we enjoyed every minute. Thanks to our hosts Eamonn & Elaine - superb people. Roy & Charlie - Co Antrim

100% 5* hol, best so far. Love the slow pace of life, lazy days, so much fun until next time! Wonderful wildlife, kingfishers, otters etc. The row of 2 swans & 10 signets amazing. E & E always at the end of the phone. Bless them!! Jane & Don -  Lincolnshire

July 2014

Second time around . Had a great time, Boat just as clean & smart. Thanks Eamonn & Elaine. Keith & Marion - Accrington

Weather was great, canal gorgeous & the icing on the cake was the boat & the hosts. Thanks!! Leon & Bethan -  North Wales

Had a lovely time, beautiful boat. Thank you Eamonn & Elaine. Addie & Malcolm - Northumberland

Glorious boat, glorious weather, lovely owners, delightful canal - what more could we want? We have been spoilt for anything else!!! Many many thanks you will be highly recommended. Do we really have to go home! Nicola & Mike - Norfolk

June 2014

2nd stay on Piccolo & even better than last time. Weather has been perfect & the boat is even better than we remember. Got a bit further this time, Guys, Barton Grange & Garstang. Absolute luxury & relaxation. Thank you. Gail & Steve - Dalton

Thank you for sharing your lovely boat! Lyn & Robert - Bedford

Stunning boat & owners who could not have been nicer. Memorable week. David & Chris - Aberdeen

Great way to chill out . Fab boat & such attention to detail. Piccolo has been much admired. Eamonn & Elaine could not have been more helpful. Jude & Marian - Halifax West Yorkshire


May 2014

Had a lovely time on a beautiful boat. Karl & Sally - Croydon

Thank you Eamonn & Elaine for spoiling us with the beautiful & luxurious Piccolo! A wonderful week had taking it easy. Admiration for Piccolo all the way to Garstang and back - compliments abound. Most comfortable and best equipped boat we have ever been on (TV's & microwave not used at all lol) Absolutley perfect!! Bombay Balti Lancaster brilliant! Eliot & Fiona -  Aberdeen

Another lovely stay on Piccolo! Thank you Eamonn & Elaine xx Andy & Cath - Washington

We have so enjoyed our time on Piccolo, it's a stylish comfortable craft.Elaine & Eamonnare fab! We will certainly be back!! Carrie & Colin -   Northumberland

Had a great time. Boat is fantastic - weather not so good. Garstang is a lovely village to visit. Thanks. George & Eleanor -  Glasgow

 Very well equipped & comfortable boat. Elaine & Eamonn very helpful. Good weather. Enjoyed the chance to try something new. Brian & Hilary - Pontypool

April 2014

Lovely boat, everything you could need is on it. Lovely views. Very relaxing week. Colin & Fiona - Loughborough

So spoilt on this gorgeous boat... admired all week. Won't be able to top this so see you next year! Mel & Paul - Devon

1st class boat, one of the nicest  we have stayed on. Eamonn & Elaine a boat to be proud of - Thank you. Mark & Rebecca - Newark-on-Trent

November 2013
Floating 5* luxury! thanks for the flowers & cake, very thoughtful. Got as far as Hest Bank. Loved it all. Ian & Vickie - Rossett
Exceeded expectations. Fantastic hosts, fantastic boat, fantastic time. Mike & Paula - Newton-in-Bowland

October 2013

Had a super week despite the weather. Super boat what a rare find a kitchen with knives that cut & everything in its place. Lovely greeting thank you. Bernie & Maureen - Harrogate

Fantastic, the boat has just everything! 6" luxury see you next year. Rob & Ceilia - Blackpool

Wonderful time, relaxing luxurious, sorry to be leaving. Just brilliant!! Kate & Peter Caernarfon

Brilliant boat had all you need for a great trip. Eamonn & Elaine have done a great job. Thanks. Paul & Sue - Liverpool

September 2013

Great trip, beautiful scenery and a fabulous boat. All the conveniences of home packaged in 42' of a wonderfully appointed boat. This coupled with Eamonn & Elaine's attention to detail and service makes this a must boat if you are taking a canal boat holiday. Joe & Mabel - Bishops Waltham/Canada

What an absolutely fantastic time. Didnt want to go home it's a home from home experience and the attention to detail second to none. Cannot thank Elaine & Eamonn enough for making our first narrowboat trip the best ever & certainly do it again. Many thanks. Sara & Sean - Morecambe

Well the weather was foul but being on Piccolo is so wonderful, 5 star luxury and Eamonn & Elaine are fantastic. Eamonn's knowledge of the canal is great, even knows the depth at Hest Bank ( ask him!) We thank you both so so much. Very much hope to see you next year. Tony & Pam - Peterborough

Had a fab time on a beautiful boat with everything we needed thanks to Eamonn & Elaine. Andy & Cath - Washington

Absolutely superb! Attention to detail is worthy of a 5* hotel! Beautiful canal & very friendly owners. Thank you. Gail & Steve - Dalton

 August 2013

Great holiday on a lovely boat. Thanks for the log fire...Romantic. Thank you. Bob & Susan - Clitheroe

Fantastic time on a beautiful boat, enjoyed every minute, Would highly recommend. Thankyou. Kath & Jon - Luton

Thank you very much for the cake. Very relaxing on your lovely boat. Thank you again. Richard & Pat - Lincoln

Gorgeous boat.!! Brilliant!! Thank you. Mabel & Jim Stillington

Wonderful holiday on your beautiful boat. Eamonn & Elaine most helpful. Kath & Jim - Manchester

July 2013

We had a great time on this beautiful boat. Eamonn & Elaine are lovely and could not have been more friendly and helpful 10/10. Steve & Lesley Cornwall

Beautiful boat really enjoyed our stay. The boat has everything you could need & more!  Would definately stay again! Alex & Heather - Caton

Lovely boat enjoyed the experience would have to do it again. weather fab. Madge & Phil - Stockport

The boat is lovely and has everything you could wish for. The weather has been hot and it was a wonderful introduction to boating. Thanks for trusting us. Keith & Marian - Accrington





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