Customer Sailing Holiday Reviews

What a fantastic weekend sailing “Dreamtime”. Nick and Alison are such welcoming people and their attention to detail is second to none. The boats are beautifully prepared and looked after, everything has been thought about with the sole aim of a safe and fun sailing holiday. I will be going back and in the mean time recommending Oliver’s Sailing Holidays to anyone who will listen! July 2019 - TripAdvisor

Fantastic experience from booking to the end of our sailing trip in this beautifully maintained and excellently equipped yacht. What more could you want ? Free parking , wonderful welcome hamper with high quality items and everything else already on board, comfortable bedding and lots and lots of sunshine with enough wind to satisfy us all!! Jean - July 2019 TripAdvisor

Had a great few days sailing on Dreamtime. The handover from Nick and Alison couldn't have been easier and they are such lovely people. The boat was very clean and well maintained and the hamper was an added bonus! Highly recommended. Andrew - June 2019

First time learning to sail at age 71 and it was a great experience. Nick and Alison are charming people and went out of their way to be hospitable, and the sailing trainers Lizzie and Andrew were also very friendly and helpful. We were on Dreamtime which was comfortable and well equipped and catered for five people but only two of us slept on board which was ideal as there was more space. A delightful holiday. Chris July 2019 - TripAdvisor

Just back from a few days on the beautiful Bright Spark, feeling elated with the sailing, and spoilt by Nick and Alison at the boatyard. The yacht was spotlessly clean, thoughtfully equipped, cleverly set out, and beautifully maintained. The luxurious hamper of local essentials was a nice touch and helped make up a fab first breakfast fry-up on Barton Broad. Best yacht we’ve ever hired on the Broads, and friendliest family boatyard we’ve come across. We’ll be back! Dan - May 2019

Had a very wet and windy week on Bright Spark. The boat sails like an adult dinghy, took me back a few years .Alison and Nick could not have been more helpful, ideal hosts. Did not get to use topsail which I was looking forward too so will need to try again. Thanks for making a poor weather week bearable. Graham June - 2019

Thanks for a brilliant few days on Bright Spark. Our first trip to the Broads and we were not disappointed. So beautiful. Bright Spark was easy to sail and stepping the mast was child’s play...😀 Everything you need is on board and the hamper was delicious.- Tracey -2018

We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended. Mike -2018

Just spent a perfect five days aboard Bright Spark, she’s pretty, fast, well found and easy to handle. Loved exploring the Broads on this little yacht, and we lost count of the number of other people’s holiday snaps we appear in as we ghosted quietly along between the rushes, spotting Herons, Grebes, Marsh Harriers and Cormorants. Can’t recommend this holiday highly enough. Jonathan - 2018

Dear Alison and Nick

On behalf of the five of us, I want to thank you for all of the hard work that you put in to make our half term holiday so enjoyable. From the cleanliness and quality of the yacht to the instructions and little labels that made looking after her so easy, from the ease of communicating with you to the lovely welcome basket; all in all a wonderful experience. 

Thank you!

Joe, Sultan, Adam, Sophie and Coco The Dog (who enjoyed her time on Bright Spark the most!) 2018

We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended.

Our family of 4 had an idyllic few days on Bright Spark during half term and can absolutely recommend this as the perfect way to get away from it all. Nick and Alison were incredibly friendly and helpful, and generous with their time and advice. The boat is truly beautiful and kept in perfect condition, and equipped with everything you could need to be comfortable on the water regardless of the weather. I do think some minimum level of sailing experience is advisable because of the specific sailing conditions - some narrow channels and a slightly unpredictable wind! But even with only one somewhat experienced sailor among us, we soon got the hang of it. Nick's intro briefing was thorough and patient, and he spent as much time with us as we needed to feel comfortable to take charge of Bright Spark on our own. Once we had a feel for the area we gently hopped around between pubs and overnight mooring spots - although 'wild mooring' on the banks of the river, away from everyone else with only the ducks and geese and herons and swans and marsh harriers for company, was everyone's favourite way to spend the night. Our 8 and 11 year old deck hands loved the experience and learnt loads, and all of us enjoyed exploring a very special part of the country on board such an elegant and comfortable sailing boat. We will be back!

Hester Le Roux - June 2018

We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She is beautiful, ingenious in so many ways (lowering and raising the mast is a doddle) and a joy to sail or just sit around on listening to the wildlife. I'm missing it already! Nick and Alison couldn't have been more helpful. Thoroughly and unreservedly recommended.  Mike - May 2018


A couple of weeks ago we completely fell in love with a sailing boat called Bright Spark. She is beautifully kept and gave us both exhilarating sailing on Barton Broad and peaceful moments sailing down the rivers. This was our children's first sailing trip and Bright Spark allowed for a perfect introduction to our nine and four year old (plus my rusty old self!). Although we chose one of the coolest Easter's that I can remember, we were kept warm and snug with the boats heating, complimentary throws, and gorgeous duvets. Our welcome hamper was such a great touch, as we arrived a little later than we had expected. We also picked up some very scrumptious meals and brownies (oh those brownies!) that Alison and Nick provided at generous cost. The nature was amazing, as were the places and pubs we visited. We ate like kings, met lots of very friendly locals, helpful boaters and sailors on the broads, and saw deer, and too many species of birds to list! Communication before the holiday was wonderful. Nick's briefing helped us to become really familiar with Bright Spark, her rigging, and confident with lowering and hoisting the mast - which was very simple and not at all arduous. Thank you so much Alison and Nick. We are really looking forward to our next sailing trip.     Liz - April 2018


What a wonderful weekend and great company. We sailed when we could and motored when we could not sail. Bright Spark was beautifully prepared and Alison and Nick could not have been more helpful. The briefing and introductory sail with Nick were great. The welcome hamper was enjoyed by all. The weather could have been warmer but with excellent duvets we were warm and snug in our bunks. Really terrific breakfasts were prepared by the two younger members of the party. Eggs, bacon and sausages I had eaten before but spinach omelette was new to me and will be repeated. We had dinner in various Broads pubs. It was lovely to be back, cruising on the Broads again after an absence of 60 years. We hope to be back next year and I am thinking of a further trip this year. Thank you again Alison and Nick.      Bill - April 2018


We’ve just come away from a fabulous 4 nights on Dreamtime. The boat was beautifully kept and maintained and was great to sail. It was the first time we’d hired from Alison and Nick and they went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thanks for a great holiday!     Jeremy  -October 2017



Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most lovely long weekend on Bright Spark. I've spent 19 years renting yachts, and yours was the most beautiful, best equipped and most fun to sail I've ever chartered. You were so helpful during the booking process, the hamper was delicious and thank you for picking up the extra food we ordered from the deli - the ready meals were amazing. Nick's manual was exceptionally helpful and clear, and his run through faultless.  


Above all Bright Spark is a dream to handle, with all your added extras making the world of difference.  Rather than renting one of many boats from a faceless charter company, it felt like we were borrowing your pride and joy, and the boat felt very different - and very much more loved - as a result.


We had the best three days in October half term - mooring up on deserted dykes, spotting so many birds, telling ghost stories at night, storming around broads and feeling brave enough to sail up rivers.  Astrid my youngest even made a flag especially for the weekend.  We felt like celebrities on the boat - everyone wanted to take pictures and talk about the boat and her topsail at every turn.


We'd love to come back next year - you're lovely people and I hope your business takes off.  You deserve every success that comes your way.

Many thanks again

Jonathan, Lola (12), Felix (11) and Astrid (7)

What a fabulous end to the summer holidays! Bright Spark was fun to sail and a comfortable and beautiful boat inside and out - everyone seemed to want us in their photos! Lots of fun with three children - even on the one rainy afternoon, playing cards around the cabin table. Best part: Sailing on Wroxham broad.
— Marcus, Nora, Gustau, Louisa and Elena

We had the most wonderful week in the perfect boat. Everyone admired the boat, couldn’t have been better!
— Sally

A fantastic boat for us and the kids. Bright Spark looks beautiful and sails brilliantly too.
— Andy and Claire

What an amazing Honeymoon! Bright Spark did not disappoint on any count. She looks beautiful, sails incredibly and the welcome hamper was just above and beyond.
A week was not long enough, we could have happily stayed for another. Thank you so much for your hospitality and allowing us to sail Bright Spark, we couldn’t have asked for a better Honeymoon.
Thank You!

— Mr & Mrs Perry
What a wonderful week on a wonderful boat! Sails brilliantly; we had lots of fun. The broads are magical and Bright Spark made it an even more magical experience.
We’ll be back!!
— Richard, Devender, Maya & Max
Thank you so much for the most wonderful week. Bright spark sails beautifully and we seemed to be the envy of everyone...and in everyone else photos!
Thank you for such a lovely opportunity!
very best wishes.
— The Halls
Really nice boat and very comfortable. Had great weather and a few really good sails. Had a great time and would definitely come back again!
— Maya. Age 14
We had a wonderful 4 days on Bright Spark. She sails beautifully and attracted many admitting remarks. Very helpful and supportive boat yard.
— jonathan, Mike and Tony
We spent a lovely 4 days on Bright Spark. The boat was splendid and very well kitted out. We enjoyed the welcome hamper (Thank you)
— Ros and Simon

"Hi Alison and Nick,

Once again thanks for the use of your wonderful boat. We all had a great time with a few adventures on the way... The challengers of river sailing were interesting for Pete and Judy as they usually sail on the sea with a bit more room to manoeuvre...

The quality of finish on the timber work is the best I have ever seen on a small yacht, a credit to you. All the bedding and galley equipment was of a high quality and much apretiated and the welcome pack was very generous and very welcome for our first day...

We wish you all the very best in your venture and will never forget what lovely people you are. We would certainly recommend you to any of our friends who would fancy a sailing holiday on the Broads... I hope you like the pictures, a pity the cloudy weather did not show up the colours as well as I would have liked.

With kindest Regard and all the best for the future.

David and Jean Pete and Judy"

Bright Spark looks pretty in the pictures; it is absolutely beautiful to sail, Ghosting in no wind or storming along in a force 4. What a brilliant week, loved it. (didn’t want to give her back).
— Mike
“Hi Alison,
Just to say what a fantastic day we had yesterday. We loved the scenery and the peace and quiet. What a lovely area. I think the highlight of the day for Humphrey was negotiating the low bridges, he loves a challenge.
The Hamper was delightful full of local products, strawberries and the chocolate cake went down a treat.
A big thank you to Bob who made the day so interesting. I still can’t tie a bowline quickly but I will keep trying.
We wish you every success on your first season.
— Humphrey and Dorothy
A very lovely time with Bright Spark. Great weather, great company, high speed sailing on Wroxham Broad. Beautiful boat, fantastic condition, great sailing performance. The very best for your future.
— David and Joan Peter and Judy
Wonderful traditional sailing boat to explore one of our favourite parts of the country, the Norfolk Boards. Alison and Nick did every thing possible to ensure we had a great time. Highly recommended.
— Kate & Mike
Hi Nick, Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend on Bright Spark. Very special experience with blazing sun throughout. Lovely boat to sail; points well and hardly heels at all! Wonderful, thanks.
— Mark