The popularity of a canal holiday is growing fast – so quiet, relaxing and tranquil. You can have a wonderful week in a great Narrow Boat, either ‘Chieftain’ or ‘Conqueror’ which sleep up to 6 – 4 in comfort, each with your own en-site bathroom. Look at our gallery for photos of these magnificent holidays.
For Martin – the highlight of his week was catching the fish below – what a ‘whopper’. Caught at Cropredy on the 6th June.
We are pleased to announce that we can now offer a DAY BOAT, 39t to those who would like to celebrate an occasion afloat or just have a day on the Oxford Canal
The purpose built 39 ft Day boat ‘Dancing Duck’ was built at Tooley’s in 2007 and side launched into the canal on the 7th July 2007, the first time that a boat has been side way launched for 90 years. Dancing Duck is 39ft long 7ft wide and Semi traditional style so passengers can sit with the helmsman .The Front cockpit which can be fully enclosed with a canopy.Faculties inside include 2 ring hob, cool box, toilet, Shower, sink and central heating. Sleeps 2 Plus 2 more on camp beds crockery and cutlery. You can come on one of our scheduled trips with other people or hire the boat yourself for a private skippered trip.
Self Drive Hire You can hire the boat for up to 6 people for self drive. Persons holding an ‘RYA inland Waterways Certificate’ can hire the boat for up to 12 people. RYA inland Waterways Certificate’ courses are available at Tooley’s Boatyard.
‘Conqueror’ has now joined ‘Chieftain’ at Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats. After some 70 miles and 120 locks – 4 days only – the crew celebrated with a couple of beers!! Both boats are identical and support the same livery. ‘Conqueror’ is now hired form Easter through to end of September.
After being fully booked all through last year I know that many potential customers were disappointed that we did not have another narrow boat for hire. After all, The Oxford Canal is one of the nicest in Britain to cruise! So for the 2013 season ‘Conqueror‘ has joined ‘Chieftain‘. Both narrow boats are identical and each will sleep up to 6 persons. There are two bedrooms – each with a double (rear converts to two singles if preferred) each with their own facilities – ensuite. The dinette converts to a further double if required.
This makes for very comfortable cruising if there are 4 adults or a family of four. Conqueror will be finished in the same livery as Chieftain, which proved so very popular with everyone. General comments being, ‘Wow, we had so many compliments re the boat and nobody thought we were a ‘hire’ boat!’ A special thank you to all those that cruised with us last year for looking after Chieftain so well and to those of you who have already booked for 2013. All that remains now is to put behind the rainy summer of 2012 and look forward to a sunny 2013.
Celebrating the Jubilee weekend with a narrow boat holiday!
Chieftain sails from The Old Barn with 3 young happy cruisers on their half-term weeks Narrow boat holiday. Alice, Ruby and Nathan can’t wait to celebrate and enjoy any festivities along the Oxford canal.
Just come back from a glorious week on Chieftain narrow boat, on the Oxford Canal. Have to say that my wife and I loved the narrow boat. It drives beautifully, it’s cosy and cute inside and it looks pretty gorgeous with it’s “non-hire-boat” colour scheme. We got a lot of admiring comments from people who thought it was our own narrow boat. All in all – I can’t praise Colin, Brian and Louise enough – they even arranged for perfect sunshine throughout the week.
ps. and they’re not even paying me to be so nice – I’m just saying it because it’s true!
Tell us all about your Narrow boat holiday!
This Saturday saw Chieftain set sail on her maiden cruise. (Doubt she will meet any icebergs on the Oxford Canal though!) Not the best week with a lot of rain forecast but with the central heating, it is nice and cozy on-board. We would like you to send us those memorable narrow boat holiday ‘snaps’ for our blog and write some experiences of your holiday.
Hi all, well we have just completed 77 miles and 147 locks bringing ‘Chieftain’ canal boat back to the ‘Old Barn’ from Stoke Prior. 4 fantastic days with great March sun and temperatures up in the 18 degree region. Along the way we saw the March hares, March lambs and almost had the canal to ourselves – Chieftain is a great cruising canal boat, very comfortable and accommodating. We were up at 6.30 am and motoring by 7 am with breakfast at 9.30, bacon rolls and lots of coffee. Lunch was taken by the side of the canal around 1 pm and we stopped at around 5.30 pm. 2 meals on board and 1 in the local pub.
All in all, a great 4 days – strong shoulders and a a little lost around the ‘waist line’!!
Colin & Louise, Jo & Duncan