Geanna Luxury Wide Beam Canal House Boat

Self Drive Boating Holidays.

For those of you wishing to do a boating holiday on the Thames in a wide beam boat, then why not take a self -drive boating holiday on a wide beam boat and experience a luxury boating holiday on the Thames.

Geanna is an easy boat to drive and following the handover and tuition, you can then cruise at your own pace on the Thames. Why not explore picturesque Marlow and historic Royal Windsor? Or go further afield on a longer holiday to Oxford? The choice is yours. There are plenty of interesting places to visit along the way.

• Dogs are welcome free of charge (max 2 dogs).
• Diesel is included in the price
• The price includes all bed linen and towels and tuition.
• Arrival 14.45hrs.Checkout: 10.00hrs.
• Mooring fees aren't included & are paid locally. Most places are free
• Wifi on board. A sim card can be purchased at booking for £20.00 giving 2gb of data. This can be taken home with you afterwards.
• Life jackets provided



The bedroom cabins are bespoke and fitted with beautiful quality ash wood. Each cabin has a window, fitted wardrobe, 240V sockets, satellite TV and hair dryer. All cabins have ensuite with WC, hand basin and shower.

Bedroom 1:   2 Single Bed, with TV, hairdryer and ensuite
Bedroom 2:  2 Single Bed, with has TV, hairdryer and ensuite
Bedroom 3:  1 Single Bed (bunk bed), 1 Double Bed, with TV and hair dryer, and ensuite
Saloon Area:  The 2 dining/settees both convert  to make 2 double beds


Beautifully fitted with bespoke Ash wood finish and granite work surfaces. Fully equipped with all cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, tablets are also supplied for the dishwasher on-board. There is a fridge, freezer, microwave oven, 5 ring gas stove with fan extractor above, grill and oven. The kitchen has everything you could possibly wish for to create the perfect dinner.


A real feature and particularly spacious with open plan dining ideal for entertaining with skylights and many large windows making this a really bright and airy room. The saloon opens on to the front deck where you can dine and relax outside and enjoy the ever changing stunning River Thames scenery. There is central heating via radiators and a fuel burning stove to keep you warm and cosy in the cooler months. The two dinettes both easily convert to 2 double beds. In the saloon is a 42′ TV with Satellite and DVD. There is also a games cupboard and on-board library for guests to borrow books and family DVDs.


Children welcome, ideal for the elderly but please be minded there are two steps down to the interior of the boat. Wheelchair inaccessible, up to 2 dogs welcome, non smoking.

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 to Sonning and 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.

The beauty of a self drive narrow boat holiday is that you have the freedom to choose where you cruise to.

For a 4 day midweek cruises why not cruise downstream to Marlow? Or in a 7 night holiday you can easily cruise to Royal Windsor and visit Windsor castle and Legoland.

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). 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. All the locks are mechanised and manned by very knowledgeable lock keepers. No cruising after dark is permitted.

Terms & Conditions of Hire:

Hire Times: Your hire begins at 2.45pm for a prompt 3.00pm departure from our base at Betterboating, Caversham Reading RG4 8EX. The boat is to be returned at 10.00am on the last day of hire. 1 to 2 hour's tuition is given depending on experience, including going through a lock with an RYA instructor. You will be asked to supply your route plans in case you require assistance. A non-refundable booking deposit of £300 is required to secure a booking. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to the holiday. We advise that you should arrange your own cancellation cover as this is not included in the holiday price. Please note that a refundable security deposit card payment of £300 will be added to the boat hire charge on your booking in case of damage or losses to the boat or it's equipment, fixtures and fittings. This will be refunded after checkout provided the boat is returned with no breakages or losses .

Period   Week Shortbreak
Spring Mar 24 to Apr 30 £1510 £1159
Early summer May1  to Jun 25 £1810 £1210
Regatta Jun 26 to Jul 2 £2160 £1360
Summer Jul 03 to Sep 03 £2135 £1310
Autumn Sep 4 to Sep 29 £1810 £1210
Late Autumn Sep 30 to Nov 12 £1510 £1159