Henley-On-Thames, Reading, Berkshire, England
Cruise on a Canal Boat Holiday at Your Own Pace And Enjoy The Freedom Of Living On A Narrow Boat With Stunning Views Of The Thames
Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms)
Re-live the same boat journey on the River Thames as Jerome K Jerome in his book ‘3 men In A Boat’ and cruise to Pangbourne.
Pangbourne is also the home of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows. You will also pass Mapledurham House, dating from 1588 and thought to be the model for Toad Hall. Alternatively, how about a leisurely boat cruise from Sonning to Henley-On-Thames?
Experience the bustling market town of Henley & the Royal Regatta or how about the 80′s rewind festival? Boat Gina is based in Caversham, Reading and your holiday begins with an hour’s tuition by a qualified skipper in the handling of the boat.
There is a choice of boating holiday routes you can take depending on the length of your holiday. Detailed routes and maps timings and will be provided to help you along the way. For longer breaks of a week or more, why not continue downstream to beautiful Marlow, stop over night and then journey onwards to Windsor? A perfect way to unwind.
Alternatively, cruise along the Kennet & Avon canal from Reading to Newbury and visit the numerous pubs along the way, while taking in the beautiful countryside.
A narrow boat is easy to drive and for those of you new to canal boating holidays, be rest assured you will be given full tuition in driving the boat and you will quickly soon have the confidence to go and explore the River Thames or the Kennet & Avon canal on your own. We are always close on hand, should you need us.
For those of you who would really prefer not to drive the boat at all and simply use it as a holiday base, then we will meet you at the boat either at the Bel And The dragon in Reading, in Henley or in Pangbourne, depending on where you choose to be.
The Bel and the Dragon is an excellent central location for anyone wishing to visit London, Legoland or Windso by train. The mooring is a 10 minute walk from Reading train station, which has excellent links to London (train journey is 35 minutes to London) and to Windsor / Slough.
|Bedrooms:||Bedroom 1 can be made up either as a double cabin or twin cabin. Built-in wardrobe, vanity shelf with mirror and hairdryer.
Bedroom 2 is a double cabin with wardrobe, shelf & mirror.
The dinette in the saloon can be made up as a double bed.
|Bathrooms:||There is a shower room with basin and WC located between bedrooms 1 & 2. Both cabins are private and have door access to the shower room.
The shower room has a heated towel rail and shelving for towels.
|Kitchen:||The kitchen comes fully equipped with a fridge with a small freezer unit, 4 ring gas hob, oven and grill and a full range of utensils and crockery for your holiday. There are shelves for mugs, plates and plenty of storage for your provisions.|
|Living Rooms:||There is a spacious, light and airy feel to the saloon with double glazed front windows adjacent to the front fully glazed doors. There is a dinette and comfy chairs & TV/DVD player/IPOD dock. A fuel burner makes the boat cosy & warm in the cooler months.|
|Other:||Outside is a seating area where guests can enjoy the views of the stunning River Thames country side while you cruise.The finishing inside the boat has a fresh, modern feel without detracting from the character of living on board a narrowboat.|
|All bed linen and towels are included in the price.|
|Amenities/Facilities:||hob/stove oven parking fridge/freezer tv central heatingThere is also a 230v electricity supply and plenty of 230v sockets onboard|
|Suitability:||children welcome suitable for elderly pets accepted|
|Location Type:||river rural|
Notes on accommodation
Guests will board the boat at the marina and can park their cars in the marina compound. There is a charge of £5.00 per car per night which is paid directly to the marina.
Guests will be required to return the boat with a full tank of diesel. This can easily be done when the boat is returned to the marina and the staff there will assist guests with the fuelling (not self service).
Please note that we have a strict no drinking and driving policy when driving boats. This applies to the designated boat driver and one crew member and applies from handover to check out. We reserve the right not to hand the boat over to anyone who we have reason to believe is under the influence of alcohol on arrival.
Cruising on a narrowboat is an ideal holiday for anyone who would prefer to sit and watch the world go by, or simply navigate at a leisurely pace without the worry of having to walk too far. There are 3 short steps down in to the boat and 2 steps at the front to the bow deck.
There is a bow deck with a fixed seat and 2 folding chairs. The stern deck has room for 2 people to comfortably sit or stand while driving the boat. See more photos of Gina
Prices are inclusive for VAT and are for a self drive holiday for the boat based on max 4 people sharing. Extra guests (up to a maximum of 2 additional guests) are £25 per person per booking.* A damage waiver of £60 applies to each booking.* There is a secure locked car park at our base. Car park charges are £5.00 a night per car* For skippered holidays (where we drive the boat & leave guests to enjoy their holiday & then return them) please add option of £160 to the total cost to pay for a skipper. This replaces the damage waiver charge.
|Period||Starts||Ends||Weekly rate for boat||Min stay||3 night Weekend / 4 night mid-week hire for boat||Add Damage Waiver to total price|
|Early Spring||Mar 22 2013||Apr 11 2013||£1083||3 nights||£648||£60|
|Spring||Apr 12 2013||May 2 2013||£899||3 nights||£629||£60|
|Spring||May 3 2013||May 9 2013||£1083||3 nights||£648||£60|
|late Spring||May 10 2013||May 23 2013||£1083||3 nights||£675||£60|
|Half term||May 24 2013||May 30 2013||£1225||3 nights||£675||£60|
|Early Summer||May 31 2013||Jun 13 2013||£1085||3 nights||£759||£60|
|Early Summer||Jun 14 2013||Jun 27 2013||£1225||3 nights||£859||£60|
|Regatta Week||Jun 28 2013||Jul 4 2013||£1605||3 nights||£859||£60|
|Summer||Jul 5 2013||Jul 25 2013||£1225||3 nights||£859||£60|
|Summer||Jul 26 2013||Aug 29 2013||£1299||3 nights||£909||£60|
|Summer||Aug 30 2013||Sep 12 2013||£1085||3 nights||£760||£60|
|Late Summer||Sep 12 2013||Sep 26 2013||£965||3 nights||£675||£60|
|Early Autumn||Sep 27 2013||Oct 24 2013||£1083||3 nights||£629||£60|
|Autumn Half Term||Oct 25 2013||Oct 31 2013||£965||3 nights||£675||£60|