REVIEW – The 4 Sisters Boatel, Edinburgh

The 4 Sisters Boatel is permanently moored in the Union Canal at the Lochrin Basin in Edinburgh.  Not only is it unique accommodation for visitors staying in the city, the boatel can also be hired for small social gatherings and business meetings by the hour. 

Moored at Lochrin Basin

I met with the owner on board who named her pride and joy after her four daughters.  She has spent a lot of time refurbishing it to a high standard and, apart from the long galley kitchen and the slight movement on the water, you would think you were in a good quality self catering apartment.

The 4 Sisters is a wide-beamed barge measuring 55 ft by 10 ft 6 inches and sleeps up to four adults and two children (bunk beds) comfortably.   There are two double cabins for the adults with comfy beds.

Double bed cabin

The boatel has lots of lovely home comforts on board, as well as extras you may need on a holiday on a canal.  There is a BBQ, two sun loungers, a fishing rod and two fold up bicycles which would be perfect for taking along the excellent Union Canal path and exploring further afield.

There are two life jackets for children if they are perhaps playing on the roof space.   Books and games are also available and this is in addition to a plasma television complete with freeview channels and DVD player.

The 4 Sisters provide complementary tea and coffee and use eco toiletries and cleaning materials.  The kitchen has a full sized hob and microwave, with every utensil necessary to cook a lovely meal.

Galley kitchen

 Towels and linen are provided and even two bathrobes.  The bathroom has a full porcelain toilet, sink and electric shower with screen – certainly not your usual boat/caravan facilities.

Porcelain toilet and normal shower

The lounge is a separate area and at the opposite end of the boat from the bunk beds.  Comfortable seating plus a bar,  complete with beer fridge can also be found in this part of the boat.

Part of the lounge area

You can hire the boatel out to use for afternoon tea with friends or an evening meal. (minimum two hours)   A recent guest hired it out for the evening to cook a meal and propose to his girlfriend.  Champagne and wine can be supplied and pre-chilled on request.

View of the rest of the lounge and bar

You must adhere to the rules of the boatel, which include no candles or smoking below deck, the wearing of stiletto heels, or making too much noise. Stag and hen parties are not welcome.

Located a short walk from many of Edinburgh’s attractions, makes this a perfect base for exploring.  There are neighbouring restaurants and bars, but a lockable gate beside the boatel ensures that no one can pay an unwelcomed visit.

View from a cabin window

The 4 Sisters is comfortable retreat in the heart of Edinburgh city centre aimed at the discerning guest and their family.

Visit their website, or phone them on +44 7762 476 367

Lochrin basin

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