Narrowboat Boating Holidays

Henley On Thames, Reading, Berkshire, England


Cruise at your own pace on a luxury four star narrowboat holiday and take in the stunning scenery of the River Thames.

Sleeps 6 (Two Bedrooms)


Your cruising holiday starts at Better Boating in Reading. With free car parking and only a 3 minute taxi ride from Reading Train station, with direct links to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, our boarding point at Better Boating Reading makes for an easy start to your holiday.


Your holiday then begins with 1 – 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 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 either in Henley or in Pangbourne, depending on where you choose to be.

A choice of routes

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? For longer cruises why not cruise downstream to Marlow and then Windsor. 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 (*please note you would need to purchase a short term licence for cruising on the canals as our licence covers the River Thames)


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Gina floor plan twin bed configuration

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Gina Floor Plan Double Bed configuration

Bedroom 1 can be made up either as a double cabin or twin cabin. Built-in wardrobe, vanity shelf with mirror and hairdryer.
Bedroom 2 is a double cabin with wardrobe, shelf & mirror.
The dinette in the saloon can be made up as a double bed.
There is a shower room with basin and WC located between bedrooms 1 & 2. Both cabins are private and have door access to the shower room.
The shower room has a heated towel rail and shelving for towels.
The kitchen comes fully equipped with a fridge with a small freezer unit, 4 ring gas hob, oven and grill and a full range of utensils and crockery for your holiday. There are shelves for mugs, plates and plenty of storage for your provisions.
Living Rooms:
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 and comfy chairs & TV/DVD player/IPOD dock. A fuel burner makes the boat cosy & warm in the cooler months.
Outside is a seating area where guests can enjoy the views of the stunning River Thames country side while you cruise.The finishing inside the boat has a fresh, modern feel without detracting from the character of living on board a narrowboat.
All bed linen and towels are included in the price.
hob/stove   oven   parking   fridge/freezer   tv   central heatingThere is also a 230v electricity supply and plenty of 230v sockets onboard
children welcome   suitable for elderly   pets accepted
Location Type:
river   rural

Notes on accommodation

Self Drive narrow Boat HolidaysGuests will be required to return the boat with a full tank of diesel. This can easily be done when the boat is returned to the marina and the staff there will assist guests with the fuelling (not self service).

Please note that we have a strict no drinking and driving policy when driving boats. This applies to the designated boat driver and one crew member and applies from handover to check out. We reserve the right not to hand the boat over to anyone who we have reason to believe is under the influence of alcohol on arrival.


Cruising on a narrowboat is an ideal holiday for anyone who would prefer to sit and watch the world go by, or simply navigate at a leisurely pace without the worry of having to walk too far. There are 3 short steps down in to the boat and 2 steps at the front to the bow deck.


There is a bow deck with fixed seating and cushions. The stern deck has room for 2 people to comfortably sit or stand while driving the boat. See more photos of Gina


Prices are inclusive of VAT and are for a self drive holiday for the boat hire based on max 6 people sharing. The prices for 2015 include boat insurance and VAT. Fuel is not included in the price.  The cost of fuel is £50 per weekend break, £60 per mid-week break and £90 per 7 night break. Dogs are welcome (max 2 dogs) at no extra charge.

GINA prices
Period Starts Ends Weekly rate for boat    3 night Weekend / 4 night mid-week hire for boat   Damage waiver
Early Autumn Sep 12 2014 Nov 03 2014 £1045 £675 £60
Spring Mar 30 2015 Apr 30 2015 £1160 £783 /
Early summer May 1 2015 Jun 4 2015 £1290 £810 /
Summer Jun 5 2015 Jul 2 2015 £1380 £885 /
Summer Jul 3 2015 Jul 30 2015 £1460 £955 /
Summer Jul 31 2015 Aug 30 2015 £1564 £965 /
Late Summer Sep 1 2015 Sep 10 2015 £1380 £810 /
Autumn Sep 11 2015 Nov 05 2015 £1160 £783 /


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