Historic Narrowboat Holidays With A Difference! - Beautifully Converted 1937 Former Working Boat
So you like the idea of a holiday afloat but don't fancy doing all the work?
Perhaps a 'Hotel' boat doesn't give you the exclusive use of the boat or the 'hands on' aspect you were looking for?
Perhaps you are considering buying a boat and want the chance to try a vessel out with a homely feel? Either way 'Hawkesbury' could be the solution...
BM3Co offer 'Skippered Charters':
What you don't get are the stresses and strains of operating one of the largest, heaviest narrowboats on the entire system - leave that to the Skipper!
About the boat:
Quality bath / shower room with constant hot water
Beautifully appointed interior saloon with solid fuel stove, sofa bed for guests etc
Light, airy, spacious galley / kitchen
An enormous exterior saloon under the removable 'Cloths' in the bows
Master Cabin with large fixed double bed
‘Hawkesbury’ is a perfect space for a couple, although using the sofa bed in the main saloon can accommodate two couples.
A large second saloon at the front of the vessel has plenty of seating around the large demountable table.
The ‘Cloths’ roll up completely so the saloon becomes open air in good weather.
The ‘Galley’ (kitchen) is inside the guest cabin and compromises gas cooker, sink with constant hot water and a fridge.
The main saloon boasts a radio and CD player, a television with ’Free to view’ channels as well as terrestrial and also a DVD player.
We hold a selection of films for your enjoyment. An occasional table folds up from below the side hatches, allowing you to watch the boats slide by whilst enjoying your meal over a bottle of wine.
Heating throughout the guest accommodation is via a central heating system powered by a solid fuel stove in the corner of the saloon.
Kindling, logs and coal are all provided for you.
The bathroom is a blend of classic wood and modern facilities including shower, bath, hand basin and toilet. Hot water is available 24/7 and towels are available, if you do not bring your own.
The Master cabin has a very comfortable double bed and is lined out in wood. There is a good-sized wardrobe. Further access out of the boat is via steps leading to a doorway from the Master cabin. There is a large bookshelf with a selection of titles for you to read.
Why choose NB. ‘Hawkesbury’ for your next holiday or short break?
Unlike a ‘Hotel’ boat you have free reign to pretty much please yourselves; cook aboard or dine ashore. You don’t have to share facilities and of course there are no surcharges for the exclusive use of the boat: It’s all yours!
Unlike a ‘Self – steer’ boating holiday you don’t have to manage the running of the vessel, although we hope you do take an active role in the steering and operating the various locks and swing bridges along the way. Nor do you have to worry about reaching a certain destination by a certain time… Stress free!
The Skipper lives aboard and will be happy either plodding along or pushing on hard and clocking up the miles. He is ALREADY at home!
NB. ‘Hawkesbury’ has two transport services. Firstly we can arrange a pick up service from the airport or railway station, to and from the boat, at an additional fee. These upmarket, well presented vehicles can also be booked to take you out for the day visiting attractions or in the evening to the theatre or a restaurant. You arrive back at the boat when you wish. You write your own schedule, we’ll worry about the boating. – Go on - enjoy yourselves! Secondly, we run a Land Rover Service Vehicle and can bring in supplies every few days or take you to the local shopping centre. We can even sort out a laundry service.
Feeling part of the floating community that is the canal system is what we believe a holiday on the canal is all about. ‘Live – Aboard’ boaters tend to dismiss holiday boaters and the liveries of the large fleets are a give away that you are not ‘in the club’ N.B ‘Hawkesbury’ is very much a boat that many Narrowboat owners would aspire to and being very inconspicuous as a holiday boat will allow you to get the feel of life afloat.
Canal & Rivers Boating UK
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