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Jane Asher

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, german

Winner Of 'four In A Bed' Channel 4. You Are The Only guests.

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Henley-on-Thames holiday house boat

Luxury 4 star widebeam canal boat on River Thames, Henley & Caversham

This is accommodation with a unique difference. Our boat is a luxury 4 star Canal widebeam boat, fitted to an exceptionally high standard and the boat is exclusively yours for your stay. The boat stays moored up in Henley for the duration of your stay and we offer a complimentary 2 hour cruise (weather and river conditions permitting) on the boat so you can really experience the River Thames without the stress of having to drive the boat yourself. For those of you really wanting to explore more of the Thames, why not book an optional extra cruise and spend the day on the River where we take you to some of the best kept hidden secrets the Thames has to offer. The interior of the boat is spacious with an open plan living area and dining area and kitchen, ideal for entertaining. The kitchen comes complete with all modern conveniences including: dishwasher, microwave oven, separate fridge and freezer and beautiful granite worksurfaces and bespoke cupboards. The side hatch off the kitchen is perfect for feeding the ducks and swans who swim right up to the hatch expecting to be fed! The saloon area has a plasma 42' Satellite TV, DVD player, Ipod dock and a fuel burner stove to keep you warm in the cooler months. The saloon opens directly out on to the front deck where you can sit and eat outside, taking in the stunning scenery of the River Thames in Henley.There are two twin cabins and one double cabin with a bunk bed. The cabins are bespoke and all have ensuite shower and WC. Bed linen and towels are included, and there is satellite TV in each cabin and hair dryers. Each cabin has a beautiful River Thames view. There is nothing quite like waking up and hearing only the wildlife in the mornings.The holiday is self catering, but we can provide a delicious continental breakfast if you wish.

The boat can accommodate up to 11 people, but for large parties, why not book boat GINA as well and have the boats moored together in Henley? Boat Gina is our narrow boat and can sleep up to 6 people. See our listing on the Homeaway site and do contact us for a special price if booking both boats together.

Boat Location:

Summer season March - October

Henley-On-Thames. Board boat in historic town of Henley-on-Thames. Stay for 3 nights for a weekend stay or 4 nights for a mid-week stay. If you wish you can add an optional extra day's extra cruising to enjoy more of the river

A holiday in a Day: this is day cruise where you are treated like royalty for a special day out. We provide you with a champagne breakfast, buffet & cream teas. Ideal for celebrating a special birthday or occasion. Contact us for this unique event.

Safety: The boat is fully equipped to the highest safety standards. Life jackets are available and there are 2 life rings. The boat complies with MCA safety standards. A generator provides all the power so you can enjoy all the benefits of a land based villa but on water.

In March through to November, the boarding and disembarkation point is Henley-on-Thames. In the winter months, the boat will be moored at the Bel & The dragon pub Reading. This is a perfect venue for meeting up or for hen parties being only 10 minute walk from Reading Railway station and a 5 minute walk in to reading's Town centre and Oracle shopping centre.

Trains run frequently from London to Reading, the journey time is approximately 30 minutes from London to Reading by train.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jane Asher (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english, german

About Jane Asher

We are Alan and Jane pictured above with our head of security, 'Toffee.' Boat GEANNA was designed by us to be unique accommodation for our guests and to be as user friendly as possible so guests can experience life on a boat but with all the modern comforts and conveniences of home. Having successfully rented our villa in Turkey for 7 years, we wanted to transfer that experience on to the River Thames, a bit closer to home and with out all those airport queues! We also understood that our guests are not necessarily 'boating' types and would have no former boating knowledge. The boat is designed to be as safe as possible making it ideal for families with children. there are no complicated sea toilets to worry about. At the handover, we give a comprehensive handover so that you feel at home living on board a boat with all the expected comforts of 4 star accommodation.

Jane Asher purchased this house boat in 2007

Why Jane Asher chose South Oxfordshire

Boat Geanna was built to our specific requirements with our guests in mind. We have ensured that the standard of accommodation is high with proper beds and with each cabin having ensuite bathrooms.We understood that guests like their privacy and so have made the 3 cabins completely separate with their own door. We also understood that guests would be wanting to use electricity for hair dryers etc and so ensured a a 5000KW generator was installed and solar panels. the boat has 2 hot water tanks, enabling guests to enjoy hot water showers without running out of hot water. Each cabin has its own plasma TV, hair dryer, just like what you would expect in a hotel.

What makes this house boat unique

GEANNA is cosy and warm in the winter with fuel burner and radiators throughout. People always ask 'Do you get cold on your boat?' The answer is quite the opposite, the boat is so well insulated and heated it can be almost too warm! The boat is light and airy and the outside decks provide cushioned seats to enjoy the stunning views as you cruise along. The layout is perfect for friends holidaying together or families and if there are more than 11 in your party, you can always book our other boat GINA and moor them alongside. This is definitely a Wind In The Willows experience!

Guestbook comments from the owner

From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fabulous river trips. Would thoroughly recommend the Henley to Reading stretch. The lovely welcome and the superb, well equipped standard of the boat - just as described on the website, makes it easy to take to the water instantly. Little extras like soap, tea bags and even a dishwasher tablet was the icing. The spaciousness and comfort of the main room in the boat is the surprise. And how can one not enjoy croissants, fresh coffee and the papers on a river, with a bank for a bar/b/q and restaurants to die for. We ate at The Crooked Billet, Phyllis Court and Orwells. All brilliant. All of us slept like babies and felt so relaxed as if we had taken a week off. Our ages ranged from 21 - 86yrs old! And we all LOVED it. This truly is a holiday for everyone. What a gem..... and we all agreed we were thrilled to avoid airports and shall return.
Sep 2012
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2 traveller reviews

Winner Of 'four In A Bed' Channel 4. You Are The Only guests.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

We loved this boat!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four truly loved our 4 night mid-week stay on Geanna. Jane was very helpful to explain the details of the boat upon our arrival. The beds were very comfortable, and everything was very clean. We were surprised at how calm the water was at night, as well as during the day. We loved walking into town along the river, and enjoyed many of the different restaurants. Henly was the perfect location to be moored - it is such a charming town! It was also convinient to day trips to Windsor, Oxford, and Highclere Castle with our rental car. On our last evening, we were given a two hour cruise which was beautiful. I would recommend this rental as a truly unique and fun opportunity, and would rent it again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Apsley, Hemelhempstead

Best UK holiday we've had!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly recommend this boat cruise. We did the Beale Park cruise and had so much fun kayaking.... it's started us on a new hobby. Kids had a great time.... play station was a big hit!" Jeanette & Don from Winkfield

  • Review Submitted: Dec 26, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
London Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
There are numerous in Henley
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Various along the Thames
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Junction 12 on M4
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Car: not necessary

This is accommodation with a unique difference. Our boat is a luxury 4 star Canal widebeam, fitted to an exceptionally high standard, an ideal holiday for families or groups of friends holidaying together and the boat is exclusively yours throughout your stay. Pets are welcome too.

The boat is moored in Henley-On-Thames in beautiful parkland setting and only a 5 minute walk to Henley town centre. There is free parking close by.

We really like our guests to experience the stunning scenery the River Thames has to offer and so we offer a complimentary cruise on boat GEANNA during your stay (for weekend breaks or longer). We do the driving for you and then once safely moored up, leave you to enjoy your holiday. Perfect for celebrating that special occasion or simply relaxing with family and friends. For larger group bookings for up to maximum 17 people, why not also book our other boat GINA and moor them side by side? Ideal for family celebrations or hen parties or any occasion.

There is nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of wildlife and seeing herons, swans and other birds.

Visit the famous Henley Royal Regatta in July /June or why not combine this with a visit to Windsor or London? Henley is within easy reach of the train station which has trains running to Reading. from Reading there are frequent trains to London (half an hour by train from Reading to London Paddington) , oxford and Windsor.

The annual 80's rewind Music festival in London is always popular and you can be moored within easy walking distance to the festival.

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.

For those of you wanting to try something a bit different, why not book a day's rowing experience with the Henley Rowing Association? This is ideal for those with no rowing experience who have always wanted to have ago. Or why not take a short drive and visit the local winery or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) or the Harry Potter Studios film set.

The choice is yours!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house boat in Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Autumn
23 Sep 2016 - 10 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fuel Supplement A$96
Pet Fee A$0

Our changeover days are Mondays and fridays. Enjoy a 3 night weekend (Fri / Sat / Sun nights) or 4 night midweek break. So that you can really get the feel of a boating holiday, we include a complimentary 2 hour cruise on Geanna during your stay where we drive the boat for you(weather/river conditions permitting). Max no of guests for cruise is 12. Mooring fees not included- pay at ticket machine.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat rental in Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 744 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • All 3 bathrooms are tiled and fitted with ash wood.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed , cabin has TV, hairdryer & tea making facilities
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , cabin has TV, hairdryer & tea making facilities
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , cabin has TV, hairdryer & tea making facilities
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sofa bed/futon , The dining/settee converts to a double bed
  • The bedroom cabins are bespoke and fitted with beautiful quality ash wood. Each cabin has a window and a fitted wardrobe. All bedrooms come with plasma satellite TV and hairdryer.All cabins are ensuite with WC, hand basin and shower.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Accommodation is in 3 bespoke double cabins which can be made up with double beds or twin singles. The open plan kitchen/saloon area is spacious with plasma TV and DVD. The kitchen is fully fitted with dishwasher, microwave and all mod cons. The saloon is bright and airy with skylights and large windows so you can enjoy the ever changing stunning Thames scenery. The saloon opens on to the front deck where guests can enjoy sitting and dining outside.