We set off with the map in hand, just wonderful… Everyone enjoyed the journey including the 5 year old, we did dad a bubble wand for her which she loved as chugging along the bubbles came out easily in the breeze.
We passed an area where there were many cows in the canal so this was very funny to her too. Lots of birds and even saw a crane, beautiful… Everyone on the other boats are always very friendly and helpful if you need to ask anything…. What a great fun day out it had been, all ages enjoyed so much so that we thought we will book a long weekend next year...
Thank you Sue S from Milton Keynes for your lovely review on TripAdvisor!
"We have hired boats on various canals since the early eighties, the boat we had from here was of a good standard and well kept.
Great cruise going north, filling in some of the Oxford which we didn't get to about 20 years ago." Thank you DJDJG for you review on TripAdvisor for your comments...
"This was our first experience of canal long boats and we (4 adults and 3 children) were a little apprehensive. We received a warm welcome from the very friendly receptionist, fitted with life jackets and taken to our long boat.
We were given excellent instructions from friendly experienced staff who, despite heavy rain, explained everything in detail. We were then guided on the first section, shown how to manoeuvre and open/close locks before being let loose. There was a choice of direction depending on the length of hire and we chose the easy way. We were given suggestions for good places to stop for meals, mooring and wanders. The boat was immaculate, clean everything, good linen, towels, heating and even a small TV. There is a not a lot of room, the showers are cramped but better than we expected. Once you have steered a few miles and dealt with a lock it is all very straight forward. We had a great time and highly recommend this company."
what a lovely review on TripAdvisor - thank you Andrew C
Two mature couples with a 20 year old daughter were the crew. After arriving at Lower Heyford the boat collection was very much straight forward and took about 2 hours. The staff were kind and explained all aspects well and efficiently. We were on a 7 day holiday and started North up the Oxford canal on a Saturday.
After 4 days we had got as far as the Grand Union canal, then we returned South and back down the Oxford canal for the remainder of the days and went past Oxford Narrow boats late afternoon on the Thursday. On Friday we turned round at Thrupp,.
Annie's Tea room in Thrupp was nice . So was the Wharf Inn at Fenny Compton, and if you stay in the centre of Banbury near the Shopping centre the is Jay Pur a good Indian restaurant only 0.3km from the canal.
I really enjoyed my time here, and it was my first canal holiday!
Recent guests very kindly left us this feedback: Really quiet engine and a well fitted boat, so we had everything we needed for our holiday. Beds and bedding all very comfy and the showers are smashing! We loved the wooden holdbacks for the curtains, a million times better than slippery metal poles!
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We had a superb holiday. It took us a while to get used to the boat, but once we did it was a very enjoyable experience. Chalford's interior was of a very high standard so it made us feel very comfortable. 10/10
Super-comfy new armchairs recently delivered to Oxford and Windsor 47ft 2/4 berth boats! These really do have a luxurious feel and will make a trip away for two even more pleasurable.
This Easter we launched our new boat 'Oxford' and we are delighted to say that it's been a roaring success already! Fancy taking it for a holiday along the canal this summer?
Feedback from a recent short break... "Great time. Boat was well equipped and very warm inside (even at only 7° outside). Good family fun - will definitely come again"
All of our feedback forms ask our guests to give a holiday rating out of ten and we are delighted to see that our season is starting well with consistent 9, 9.5 and 10 - one guest even gave us 20 !!
Wow, our guests keep leaving us lovely reports - and it's still early in the year so it isn't even very warm yet! Here's another... "Wonderful holiday, lovely clean boat, well equipped and warm. Helpful and friendly staff".
We really appreciate these comments, thank you to all our guests who take the time to tell us about their experiences!
Brian and Wendy took our boat 'Farnborough' out for a holiday recently and left us this wonderful feedback... "Lovely boat, lovely time, beds very comfortable, show round and instructions very informative and helpful. All in all, great fun"... Thank you so much!
Thank you to our guests Brian and Jackie, Ellie and Lawrence for their lovely comments after their holiday with us... "We loved it, the best ever for us. And all you lovely people, thank you"
All of our dayboats are having a fabulous refresh and will be bright and sparkly in time for the summer. They will have lots of lovely updates and we are sure you'll find them a total joy...
Hire one of our dayboats this summer and experience their new super-silent engines, wonderful bright and airy interiors, great gallery fixtures and (not to be forgotten) brand spanking new loos!
We are really excited to announce the upcoming launch of 'Twyford' in May 2016. Just in time for the summer, 'Twyford' is an 8-12 berth flexi with lots of space to enjoy a family holiday or a friends' get together!
Our new boats, 'Bath' and 'Claverton', have now been launched at our Bradford-on-Avon base - come and experience them by taking a weekend, a midweek break or a longer holiday. We think you'll like them!
We still have some availability for our 2-4 berth boats this summer. Why not think about a week on the canal with the children, or a fun weekend with friends?