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Barge , Narrow Boat Hire – Day or weekly hire

We would like to welcome you on board one of our modern, comfortable narrowboats, equipped to ensure you have a wonderful holiday, bookable by the week(s). Or if you Fancy just a day on the canal or short break? Then, our 40ft, two berth luxurious Day/Short break boat, Comet’ is available to hire.

 

Bridge Cottage

Rent our lovely cottage, sleeps 5, situated right on the Oxford Canal.

Winning Photo 2021 – Pat Blackmore

Choose Your Type of Holiday or Short Break

Day Boat

Touring Oxford Canal in style on-board our dayboat “Comet”. 2 berths or up to 12 people.

Short Breaks

Step aboard “Comet” for a few nights for a short adventure on UK Waterways.

Weekly Booking

Take the helm of our vessels “Chieftain” or “Conqueror” through our waterways.

Bridge Cottage

Available weekly for easy access to Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the beautiful Cotswolds.

Questions? Make an enquiry, we have the answers.

Simon
Simon
2021-09-27
Comet - For the day A wonderful day trip from Twyford Wharf to Somerton Deep Lock. Great tuition and well equipped boat.
Michael K
Michael K
2021-09-13
Fabulous day out Book it, book it, book it. My wife and I have never been on a narrowboat and decided of the cuff that we would go and have a day out. It was one of the best days that I can remember. We are both busy people running our own businesses and just thought for a day off this would be good fun. It is so much more than that, having never done it before you have to learn to steer, use locks, park (I'm sure its called something different) turn round - it's all a lot easier than it sounds but still requires concentration which means that you forget about emails or the office for a few hours. The Great Western pub at Aynho serves a great T Bone steak - so a gentle run down to the pub on a narrowboat watching the countryside roll by - what more could you ask for. A word about Colin the owner, he comes with you down to the first lock if you have not done it before and really talks you through what it's all about and then you are off on your own. Its the right amount of helping and also leaving you to get on with it
Beverley M
Beverley M
2021-07-28
A very warm week on the Oxford canal. We have just enjoyed a week on the Oxford canal, Hiring the Chieftain from Twyford narrow boats. The booking was easy, and hand over instructions through and easy to understand. Everything we needed was on board, including plenty of room for our two dogs. People we met along the canal were friendly and helpful. We found moorings easily and enjoyed walks. Also visits to local inns. We look forward to a return trip.
HarrySouthEast
HarrySouthEast
2021-07-19
Narrow Boat Virgins We hired Comet for 2 days / 1 night just to see how we liked narrow boats - what a great experience ! Colin was most helpful in his introduction and instruction and Comet was an ideal boat to learn on - we will definitely be back for the larger boat and more nights…………. Thank you Colin
ssumart
ssumart
2021-07-17
Family evening We booked an evening cruise on the canal boat Comet, 5pm till 9pm, for my daughters birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it! Nick the skipper was great sharing stories from the canal and even let us ‘drive’ the boat ! We stopped over for a drink at the Pig Place and then slowly cruised back to Twyford. The boat was clean and comfort for a party of 6 adults with toilet and facilities on board. We had music and lots of laughs! We brought our own picnic and enjoyed the experience, well recommended! Another family memory made! Thanks again !
clemi48
clemi48
2021-04-09
So cold outside, so warm and cosy inside. We took Comet out for a day trip. We were a party of 6. 2 grandparents, mum and dad and 2 children. There was room for the 6 of us. We were able to cook breakfast and lunch on the 2 ring gas hob, grill and oven. There was heating which was very welcome as it was so cold outside. We had a safety briefing, and then the skipper was shown how to steer the boat and we were off. For the day trip, you go down to Aynho, through 3 locks. As there have been very few boats on the Oxford canal in the last few months, there is some silt build up at the edges of the canal, which can ground you if you are not careful, but this will improve over the next few months as traffic increases as lockdown is lifted. The locks were great fun for the children to try and open. A little help from Grandad was greatfully received. After lunch at Aynho, you have to turn around. There is a turning point which needs care to navigate, due to other boats moored up There is a pub, which can do lunches, but as we are still in lockdown, we had brought our own. Tea, coffee and sugar were provided. Arriving back at Twyford after a great day. Everything went well from arriving through to showing us where to moor up finally. We had a follow up e mail to check that everything had been satisfactory. We would definitely do this again.
Sarah W
Sarah W
2021-04-03
Wonderful Day out on Comet We are just back from a glorious day trip on the lovely Comet. It was our first time on a narrow boat as a family and Colin was super helpful and put us at ease. The boat is great and we came back from our day trip feeling like we had been away for a week. Highly recommended.
Mark S
Mark S
2020-11-01
Day trip on Comet We had a fantastic time and wanted to thank the team for the preparation and instruction. The wife particularly enjoyed the tea and coffee and level of equipment inside. I didn’t see much of the inside as I was enjoying being skipper for the day. The natty blue lighting was a particular highlight, and Glennys said the heating kept her lovely and warm. The phone charger socket proved useful as well. The boat was really well equipped, very clean and quite easy to manage once I had got my hand in. The distance for our day trip was just right with a visit to the great western in Aynho a top recommendation. We hope to be back in the summer for another trip. Overall, totally recommended.
Shaun McMahon
Shaun McMahon
2020-08-24
Fantastic holiday for all the family. Very highly recommended, boats are clean to a high standard and have everything you need, safety if paramount to Colin and Louise. Nothing is too much.
Paul H
Paul H
2020-08-17
Slow paced holiday We spent a week on Conqueror in mid-August as a family of 5 (children aged 4 to 12), our first canal holiday. Mick provided a comprehensive briefing and took us through the first lock, which turned out to be less complicated than it sounded on paper. The older children had great fun given responsibility in operating the locks. Days on the canal were scenic and slow paced; we got as far as Napton taking things very easy, eating at a couple of good pubs along the way. The boat itself was well equipped and comfortable too, and communication from the owners was very good. Overall, an excellent holiday.

We had a lovely time aboard ‘Comet’

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 on board and I’d say we were well pleased. Thanks again,

Nick