Boat Name: Heyford
Boatyard: Oxfordshire Narrowboats
Resort: Oxford Canal
Boat Type: Narrow Boat
Ref No: BCF2301
Sleeps: 12 People
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A family business for the last 15 years which has a reputation for immaculately maintained, top-quality narrowboats, with personal service from professionally qualified boating enthusiasts. Lower Heyford has been a hire base for 30 years and is beautifully situated on the original 200 year old wharf. Boats new for 2004 are all built to Oxfordshire Narrowboats in-house design, complementing our existing top quality hirefleet, all boats new in 2004 will feature:
Lower Heyford is the perfect base from which you may easily explore the Cotswolds, Oxford, the Upper Thames and, of course the stunningly beautiful South Oxford Canal, in just one week. Short breaks are idyllic here along the beautiful Cherwell Valley, either down to Oxford or north towards Banbury exploring mellow stone villages and pubs, or simply relaxing amid the beautiful canalside meadows. Extended cruising of two or more weeks allows you to complete the Grand Circle of waterways including time to visit Oxford, Henley, Windsor, Hampton Court, the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, and of course enjoy cruising through both Chilterns and Cotswolds!
Excellent wildlife and walking opportunities abound along and around these waterways. Oxfordshire Narrowboats offer full tuition on boat handling, lock use are always willing to provide specialist advice on navigation of the River Thames.
Our picturesque, friendly, boatyard has its own rail station next door, from which there are direct trains to London, Banbury, Oxford and Reading (change here for direct services to Heathrow and Gatwick airports). If you advise us of your arrival we can even help you carry your luggage to the boats!
Oxfordshire Narrowboats will call you prior to your holiday to check your arrival details
A non-refundable damage waiver is charged . For all male/all female groups aboard Inglesham, the boatyard reserves the right to charge a cash security deposit of £30 per person instead of the damage waiver.
SHORT BREAKS FROM LOWER HEYFORD
Oxfordshire Narrowboats base is perfectly located for a relaxing Short Break in the countryside, just a one hour drive from London, Birmingham and Bristol. The beautiful South Oxford Canal allows an easy day's boating through unspoiled countryside to Banbury or to the famous University city of Oxford with a host of sights and culture to take in - ideal for a weekend break. For even better value for money, choose a midweek break, which allows time to explore the tranquil canal and Upper Thames without any need to cruise through any urban areas at all.
HEART OF ENGLAND HOTEL NARROWBOATS
Heyford Wharf is also the home of leading hotelboat operators Heart of England Hotel Narrowboats. Full board hotelboat cruising throughout Britain's canals and rivers is available in fully en-suite cabins together with wonderful food, friendly company and outstanding service, combining to offer you complete freedom to do as much, or as little as you wish. For full details please contact Blakes reservations team on 0870 2200577
Contemporary airy interiors using hand crafted Oak and Beechwood finishes
Spacious stern galley/dining areas, fully glazed rear bulkhead, and large cruiser stern deck to maximise social boating for all the crew
Built-in colour TV, CD radio and phone charge socket
Self draining showers/baths
High pressure water system ideal for showers
Beautiful lines and easy handling, especially designed for the canals and River Thames
'Private owner style' livery with sign written name panels
Your holiday at Oxfordshire Narrowboats includes:
Free car parking (max one car/4 persons)
Pets welcome at no extra charge (max two per boat)
Bed linen and bath towels for each berth
Why not bring your own bicycles (max two per boat)
All boats have spacious high quality interiors and, as a minimum, offer:
Full radiator central heating and hot water
Fully carpeted and modern fabric upholstery throughout
Carefully planned galleys with full size gas cookers and electric fridges
Raised steerer's seat, waterproofs and polished brass tiller!
Freshwater flush toilets and spacious showers
Minimum 6'3" headroom: all berths with reading lights
Hairdryer, shaver points, CD/radio and Colour TV
240v inverter (max 150w) available upon request (£30 deposit charged)
Please note that navigation on the tidal Thames downstream of Brentford is not permitted.
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