A beautiful narrowboat which guests can drive themselves on the River Thames.
Gina is perfectly designed for our guests, with 2 private, double cabins, one of which can also be made up in to twin beds. Each cabin has a wardrobe and a private access to the toilet and shower room. There is a hair dryer in the twin cabin. Gina comes equipped with: a fuel burner which makes the boat cosy and warm all the year round and there is also full central heating with radiators throughout. The kitchen comes equipped with a fridge with a small freezer unit, 4 ring gas hob, oven and grill and a full range of utensils.
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 which is ideal for entertaining and which can also be made up into an extra 2 berths, making this perfect accommodation for 6 people. In the saloon is a TV and DVD player and iPod dock for your entertainment. There are also 240v electric sockets throughout the boat.
Outside is a seating area where you can enjoy the views of the stunning river Thames country side while you cruise and unwind at your own pace. Don't worry about driving the boat, full tuition is provided before you start your holiday and we are always on standby to assist should you need us. Life jackets and all boating equipment are provided. We are also dog friendly.
For the more enthusiastic boaters, why not book a day's tuition on boat Gina and do the RYA inland waterways helmsman's course as a holiday extra? This is a one day hands-on course with minimal theory, and is not only an opportunity to learn new skills but also a fun day out and you get your ray qualification as well. (please note it is not a requirement for our boating holidays that guests do this course as our handover tuition at the start of the holiday is extremely thorough and covers all aspects of boat handling and water safety. We like our guests to be happy, stress free and safe on the water.)
This is a great holiday for all the family and children especially are encouraged to participate as crew members. There are numerous places to moor up along the Thames and local attractions within walking distance from mooring up the boat.
Tescos supermarket has its own mooring on the Thames, very close by to our boarding point. So following the initial boat tuition, you can moor up and buy your shopping provisions and take the shopping trolley up to the boat.
Wildlife birds and animals are abundant on the Thames and we recommend you bring your cameras and binoculars. Everyday is a different adventure and a different story to tell.
About the Owner
Welcome Aboard! Our names are Jane and Alan and we are qualified skippers and have been in the holiday rental business for over 10 years. We are also both qualified teachers and decided to swap the classroom for the idyllic waterways and completely change our life style!
In 2012, we designed and commissioned the building of Boat Geanna, this boat we designed (originally on the back of a napkin!) exclusively for guests. Having rented out our villa in Turkey for 7 years, we knew what guests expected and appreciated when going on holiday and wanted to include this in a boating holiday on the Thames. Boat Geanna was therefore created with 3 en suite cabins and every creature comfort (and more) that guests could expect. No sooner was Geanna in the build stage when Channel 4 approached us and asked if we would like to participate in the next 'Four In A bed' series. This was a challenge as the filming for this would be the week immediately after the boat was to be launched. And as with nearly all builds, the boat was late and infact we had only 24 hours before our TV guests would check in. That was a weekend of no sleep but it paid off and Geanna's very first guests and maiden voyage can still be seen on 4OD. People still do recognise us in the supermarkets and as the proud winners of this competition, our certificate is on display on geanna's wall!
We work hard to make sure that guests have the very best holiday we can provide and it's often the little attention to details and service that our guests remember and keep returning.
Guestbook comments from the owner
All information/ communication in the run up to the holiday was very good, we were greeted in a very friendly manner and had a very informative tutorial about the narrowboat and locks which put us at ease and in good sted for the rest of the holiday, the narrowboat is beautiful, clean and very comfortable with everything you could need other then food.
I am 6ft2ins tall and had plenty of room both standing in the boat and laying in the double bed.
We were supplied with maps of the river and recommendations of where to stop and visit.
We have three children ages 14,10 and 7 and they all loved it, they were all able to help with the locks and the sailing and were all given specific jobs when we arrived which they took very seriously.
The scenery was beautiful and it felt like we were in another country, the locks all had lock keepers on who were very friendly and when they weren't there due to lunch breaks the self service information meant that our 10yr old could do them unaided.
we would definitely recommend to everyone, they are a lovely couple with a lovely narrowboat that beat our expectations and we would love to do it all again.
From the Owner
“Boat Gina is the latest addition to the fleet and was designed to be an easy to drive, reliable self drive narrowboat but with all the luxury now expected in guest accommodation. We remember narrowboat holidays we had taken as children and how uncomfortable those boats were back then! We understand that when on holiday, guests want a bit of luxury and that is what we have striven to do. Boat Gina has proper beds in her cabins and has a modern, airy feel without detracting from the narrowboat character.”
Activity and Interests
Boat Gina is the perfect boat for anyone who wants to enjoy boating on the River Thames with all the comforts of home. There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom of cruising at your own pace and mooring up when you feel like it, exploring some of England's most picturesque countryside. This is an ideal holiday for smaller groups, couples and families.
Our boarding point at Reading Marine in Reading which makes for an easy start to your holiday with secure free car parking and only a 10 minute taxi journey from Reading Train station, with direct links to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Your holiday then begins with 2 hours tuition by a qualified RYA instructor. 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 (additional licence fee required) 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 or combine it with our boat Geanna to accommodate large groups up to 17 persons, then we will meet you at the boat in Henley.
Where you decide to cruise to is completely down to you. We will provide detailed maps on-board and will send you suggested cruising routes and time scales prior to your holiday to help you plan your itinerary. Henley is a picturesque 2 hour cruise from your holiday starting point and provides a lovely overnight stay for your first night with restaurants, pubs and local shops.
So where can you cruise to? Why not 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 and was also used in the filming of ‘Where eagles Dare.’ 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 Henley 80′s Rewind Festival? Henley is a great place to moor up for a couple of nights and provides a great base to explore the surrounding area from. The River Rowing Museum in Henley provides interest for all the family. The parks on the banks of the Thames at Henley provide ample space for children to play, family picnics or dog walking. All amenities are within walking distance from the boat moorings on the river bank.
For those of you wanting to try something a bit different, why not book a day's rowing experience with an Olympic rower at the Henley Rowing Association? This is ideal for those with no rowing experience who have always wanted to have ago and meet an Olympian rower. Or why not take a short drive and visit the local winery or Highclere Castle (Down ton Abbey) or the Harry Potter Studios film set.
The beauty of a self drive narrow boat holiday is that you have the freedom to choose where you cruise to. For 4 day midweek cruises why not cruise downstream to Marlow? In a 7 night cruise holiday you can easily cruise to Royal Windsor and visit Windsor castle and Lego land. For longer breaks of 10 days,why not cruise and moor up outside Hampton Court Palace and join King Henry VIII for his wedding celebration at Hampton Court Palace (daily at 3.00pm). 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.
The choice is yours and you will certainly see some of the most picturesque countryside England has to offer, only ever seen from the River Thames.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
5 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 10 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
Changeover dates are Mondays & Fridays. Our short break holidays are weekend breaks (Fri /Sat /Sun nights) and mid-week breaks (Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs nights). Max number of guests is 6. Price includes boat insurance, VAT, bed linen & towels & tuition. Dogs are free of charge.
Mooring fees are paid locally, usually no charge.Henley charges £9 a night. A fuel supplement of £60 per booking is added
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Narrowboat Gina is a real trooper. First time boaters can drive this boat easily and her spacious interior and clever design make this boat a great holiday boat. If you don't want to drive the boat, then you can stay moored up or if there is a large number in your party (up to max 17) you can book this boat and our other boat geanna and have them moored side by side, ideal for reunions and get-together. We are a family business and are always on hand to assist should you need us. We hope that our thorough handover mean that you don't need to contact us and that you end up enjoying boating and come back again!”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
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- Linens Provided
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- Towels Provided
- Wood Stove ...
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- Dining Area
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- DVD Player
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- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- water skiing
- 406 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Fully flushing toilet (as in a house). vanity unit, mirror and towel shelving. Towels and shampoos / shower gel welcome pack provided.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Comfortable double bed. All bed linen and towels included
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, This can be made up as 1 double bed. Hairdryer available
- Both bedrooms are either side of the bathroom and there is a partition door that divides the bedrooms into 2 private rooms. Both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, mirrors and bed-side lights.
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- Deck Furniture
- The boat comes with life jackets and safety equipment and everything you need to moor the boat up with. We are dog friendly and ask that owners bring their pets' bedding and food bowls. Full tuition is provided at the start of your holiday where we come out with you and go through boat handling and also through a lock. We are always close on hand should you need us during your holiday.