Have a see what our previous customers have to say about their Narrowboat Experience

Hi Colin and Louise,

We were extremely happy with our holiday aboard Conqueror.  The booking procedure was very good and we were so surprised at the cost, which was also very good.  We arrived earlier than we should and we were made very welcome and was able to get on board earlier than we should, which was very much appreciated.

All in all, this is one of the best boat holidays we have done.  Our first ever experience of narrow boating was with Black Prince and, since then, we have been let down several times with the standard of the boats we have hired.  This was not the case with Conqueror – we thought your boat was superb and would definitely recommend Twyford Narrowboats to our friends as well as booking again with you so our paths may cross again in the future!

Once again, thank you so much for helping to make our holiday so enjoyable – and also for your kindness in returning our dog’s harness that we inadvertently left on the boat on departure.

With very best wishes,

Ali & Garry – June 19

Hi Colin and Louise,

We had a great day on the ‘Comet’ and everyone enjoyed the experience. The booking process was easy, the communications and arrival instructions were timely and well received.  I believe our friend Caroline also had a couple of chats with you about the route and where to stop for lunch which was much appreciated.

On the morning of the visit your colleague on the berth next door (Mick) gave me an overview of the boat, how to  operate it and took me through the checklist and provided some good advice on the route. Please pass on our thanks for his support and good natured humor.

The journey itself and the scenery was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an introduction to boating.  The Comet is a nice size boat, well equipped and easy to navigate. The kids enjoyed having the bow to themselves, the freedom of the radio (quietly) , chilling on the Benches and watching the wildlife . Whilst us adults enjoyed the stern, a nice brew of coffee from the well equipped kitchen and greeted other river users.

Lunch in the great western was fab but we took a little longer than anticipated getting there and so we opted for a sandwich and pint rather than full on meal due to time. It’s a great pub and the staff were welcoming and friendly.

The return leg seemed to take less time, maybe because we’d mastered the locks by then and we felt like old hands opening the paddles and gates, the kids really got into too. Before we knew it we were back at the wharf and being welcomed by your neighbour’s and colleague.

In summary we had a really great time, and hope to come back some time and try a longer trip.

Thanks again,

Richard and family – August 2019

Hello, unfortunately I am not registered with trip advisor but i am happy for you to put on my comments. We had an amazing day, the welcome and briefing before we left was fantastic and the chap was very, very helpful and very pleasant. We loved the boat, having hired boats before from other companies we were all very impressed with how cosy the boat was, the amenities and there was everything we needed and more on board. We would certainly use you again and recommend you wholeheartedly to other people.

Thank you very much

Mary – June 2019


Amy, Phil, Chloe (9), Lucy (6), and Harvey (the dog). We enjoyed our sunny week aboard ‘Chieftain’. Thank you for a positive first experience of family ‘cruising’. From the easy booking process, regular email updates, welcoming and informative handover.

The boat was very well equipped and easy to operate. We met lots of lovely people along the way offering help and advice where needed.

Thank you

The Parkes family – July 2019

We received a very friendly welcome on arrival form Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats, including ‘Georgie, their resident dog.  Our boat, @Conqueror’, was clean and tidy, a good layout, well equipped, especially the kitchen and very comfortable.

Great time on the South Oxford Canal and the River Thames, beautiful scenery and we were lucky with the weather.

Thank you Colin & Louise

Lindsey & Kevin – Dennis & Sheila

July 2019


We had a lovely day aboard Comet, especially as the weather was so kind to us!

At the start, we had a friendly welcome and clear instructions on how to drive/steer/manage the locks etc. We were grateful for the very useful information about how far to go and where we could turn around. All this contributed to an almost stress free experience!

The boat itself is clean and roomy, and seemed well equipped, although we didn’t do any cooking.

Our experience from the booking through to the actual day gets a big thumbs up from us all! My sister commented that she will retain wonderful memories of her 60th birthday treat!

Many thanks,


July 20th 2019

Thanks for your email and for welcoming us aboard last Sunday. We had a lovely time aboard ‘Comet’- the arrival procedure was simple and easy – a quick safety briefing and then off we went. Our skipper for the day was chatty and friendly and took good care of us. There were tea-making facilities onboard and that’s the most important thing! With our large group it took a few boils of the kettle to get enough water for all of us but no biggie. The GWA pub you advised was lovely and the new owners have done great things with it. Add to that having an adorable little dog onboard and I’d say we were well pleased.

Thanks again,


On Wed, 17 Jul 2019 at 08:05


Colin & Louise were very helpful, especially in coming out to us when we thought we had a problem with the rudder.  Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Oxford Canal, the locks are fun and the route of the canal quite challenging to negotiate at times.

We would highly recommend a boating holiday with Twyford Wharf narrow Boats.

The Tappin family, May 18

We Narrow Boat on a regular basis and Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats are the best Company to deal with.  From the initial phone call to the end of the holiday nothing could be improved – boat or service!

Mr & Mrs W.S        (York)     New Year (2018) holiday on the S.Oxford

We, a family of three (54+54+15), enjoyed our trip with the Conqueror and Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats very much.

Although having some experience with narrow boating, we were quite excited about a narrowboat, as there aren’t such boats in Germany.

But Colin prepared us very well with information and videos beforehand. And when we took over the boat, he joined us up to the first lock, which was very nice and gave us assurance.

Once we past the first lock, a relaxing and gorgeous week on the Oxford Canal started, with interesting people and places.

Axel, Ute & Joris, Germany August 2017

A beautifully presented and maintained boat. We had a wonderful time on the Oxford Canal which is so beautiful and we came away relaxed and ready for another canal cruise with Twyford Wharf narrow Boats in the near future (Warwick Ring).

Carmen & Family, Australia

All the way to Windsor and back- marvellous, everything was simply great. Colin and his team made the handover easy and we were on our way early Sat pm. Down to Oxford onto the River Thames. Fantastic pubs to stop at and Abingdon was picturesque! The 14 days passed by too quickly and we were really sad to hand Conqueror back on the Sat morning. I cannot recommend Twyford Wharf narrow boats highly enough. Easy to book, good prices and great, well equipped boats – even have a 22″ TV that works and a really good set of Kitchen knives plus a steel, now that’s a rarity!! Thank you TWNB’s for a great holiday – see you again next year when the Warwick Ring is on the agenda.

Paul, Amanda & family, West Sussex

Having driven all the way from North Wales we received a very warm welcome at Twyford Wharf. Having initially been a little apprehensive as neither of the group had been on a narrow boat, we were soon put at ease. We were shown the ‘ropes’ and taught how to steer, go through locks and handle the boat generally. Having a narrow boat made for a very relaxing holiday with very beautiful scenery and friendly pubs along the way. We are already greatly anticipating a second visit.

The Badder family, Bangor, N Wales

What a brilliant holiday, no time to get bored and a different view of the world as it drifts by. ‘Chieftain’ is a top quality narrow boat with everything you need on board, even tea, coffee and sugar are provided along with all the essentials such as washing up liquid, cloths, hand towels as well as bath towels. This was our first canal holiday but Colin and Mick showed us the ‘ropes’ and we were away! It will not be our last adventure on the canals – thank you Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats.

Bert, Sheila, Dave, Betty and Derek, Wolverhampton

John (70) & John (64) & Christine (58) having hired holiday boats from a number of companies over the years, we found this boat ‘Chieftain’, as good or better than others. Lots of those little extras on board that we would normally have had to have bought with us. We found Colin & Louise, Mick, easy to deal with, friendly and very helpful. A relaxing roam around the Oxford Canal and The Grand Union Canal. The boat drew many favourable comments due to her smart appearance.

John, John, & Christine, Braunston Junction

We had a great 24 hours on ‘Chieftain’, despite the weather! The boat was brilliantly equipped, booking was easy and the staff very friendly and obliging. Would recommend Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats to anyone without hesitation. Thank you.

Caroline B, Marlow

From start to finish our second holiday on board Chieftain was BRILLIANT. Booking was easy on the web page and with no hidden charges. All bedding, towels, kitchen equipment and diesel in the price shown.We were met by the most friendly team, Louise, Colin, Mick, Sue and Brian, helping us load our luggage and food on board. The boat was very clean and ready for us. Instructions on how the boat works and locks was excellent. The Oxford Canal is really scenic with lots to see and do. Thanks to Colin, Louise & Brian. (even our first trip was made trouble free).

Tony, Sandra Kevin & Luke

We have had a fantastic holiday on the Oxford Canal aboard ‘Chieftain’. The boat is extremely clean and very well equipped ensuring a comfortable journey. Booking was really easy with friendly and informative advice both over the phone prior to arrival and on arrival. We would definitely recommend this boat for a wonderful family holiday. Thank you Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats.

Racheal, Anthony, Megan, Amy and Erin, Chelmsford, Essex

We could not find fault with the boat, it had all we needed. Excellent for a family, very clean and well organised. The double beds are very comfortable and have feather and foam pillows!! Just no faults and we look forward to booking again in April 2013. Thank you Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats.

Eileen, Philip, Marcus, Jasmin, Akira and Sara, Oxford

From the moment we arrived everything was perfect. Lovely helpful and friendly team, wonderful boat with great beds. The tuition was comprehensive and taught in a calm, quite fashion. Oxford City was a disappointment after the peaceful, beautiful and tranquil countryside, it was a bit of a culture shock!! We would like to head North next time, hopefully for two weeks. Our ‘Huskies’ had a great time too. Thank you Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats for everything.

Richard, Christine, Mick & Tracey – and the two dogs – Mika and Mika, Oxford

We had ‘Chieftain’ for three weeks during July and August. The boat was spotlessly clean and very tidy. It looked lovely and as we are experienced boaters it was so nice that the boat looked ‘privately owned’. Many people on our journey commented on how lovely the boat looked. The hand over was very easy and we were away by 3 pm. We didn’t need training as this is our 12th year narrow boating but training was available if needed. Twyford Wharf Narrow Boat’s are a very friendly ‘team’. In the three weeks we went South on The Oxford to the Thames and onto the Kennet & Avon, reaching Hungerford. The route was challenging but ‘Chieftain’ handled beautifully and has been well looked after and is well equipped.

Susan and Adam, Bristol

Easy to book on-line and the staff extremely helpful on handover. The boat paint scheme and the sign-writing looked great in the sun. We cruised to ‘Lechlade’ on the Thames but really enjoyed the Oxford Canal much more than the River. (The stream flow was high at the time). Overall ‘Chieftain’ is an extremely nice canal boat.

John, Jacqueline, Stephen, Thomas and Letitia, Dorchester

A Fantastic Autumn break. Everything about ‘Chieftain’ A+++, from her appearance and layout to the ‘frying pan’! We received many positive comments form other boaters re Chieftain’s looks – not the usual hire boats. A very smooth booking system and a clear and informative handover with guidance through our first set of locks. Would not hesitate to recommend Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats for your holiday.

Bob, Ira & Pete, Stourbridge

Chieftian is very well equiped with all the safety and domestic equipment you would ever need (well, hopefully not the safety equipment!). We all had an absolutely fantastic holiday, the ability to moor up whenever and wherever is the main enjoyment factor. All the other boaters we met were friendly and helpful as were the ‘pub’ landlords and ladies!!

Chrissy, Richard, Tara & Luca, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Despite the forecast we enjoyed plenty of sunshine and very few showers during the day. The scenery was wonderful with open views, unlike many canals that are all wooded! The very well equiped boat behaved perfectly, we would definitely recommend it! We will be back.

Liz, Paul, Norma and John, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Having recovered from our own New Year celebrations and having survived our first week back at work, we wanted to write to say a huge thank you to you both for all you did to make our time on board Chieftain so comfortable. We had such a lovely time helped enormously by the comfort that we experienced on board – one thing for sure it wasn’t the weather that contributed to our comfort!! Although Joe has been on narrow boats before, I never have, so to book your boat during the Christmas period was, to say the least a risk! I was always very excited and keen to “have a go” and the idea of getting up on deck, cruising in the winter sunshine, possibly even snow, soaking up the fresh air and meeting other people on the canals was appealing to me. What we didn’t anticipate was the amount of rain, the high winds and the serious floods that hit the Oxford Canal. However, we were never fazed by this. Chieftain was so comfortable and fitted out to provide us with all the amenities that we are used to at home. The two double beds in particular were so comfortable and with radiator central heating on board, we were never cold. The galley kitchen provided us with the equipment to cook a good meal on board, although we decided not to attempt a full Christmas Dinner!

Cruising the Oxford Canal was truly amazing – the sense of freedom and the joy of meeting so many interesting people along the route was brilliant and has provided us with an enormous amount of memories to treasure. It’s a holiday for all ages; we had Mum and Dad on board who are going to turn 80 next year, Joe, who did most of the ‘driving’ is nearly 70 and then there was me, whose age shall remain a secret but certainly a lot younger! Just as well, because my job was opening the locks!! After the first couple, this became second nature and easily possible for fit healthy people.
It’s a great holiday for all ages, at any time of the year. We had some of the worst rain this year but it didn’t stop us – it only gave us more determination to cruise again in the Spring when hopefully the weather will be much better. Once again, we can’t thank you enough for the “extra” help you gave us – your hospitality and flexible attitude certainly helped to make our holiday such a memorable one.

Linda & Joe, Mum & Dad, Berkhampstead