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A beautiful narrowboat on the Thames. Sleeps up to 8. Beautiful finish. 3 cabins

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 483 sq. ft.
Property type boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Explore the River Thames in your own 4 star narrowboat.Full tuition provided.

Boat Gema is the perfect way to explore the River Thames in comfort. There are 3 bespoke cabins which can be made up as doubles or single beds accommodating up to 6 persons. The dinette in the saloon area can be converted to a double bed providing additional accommodation for 2 extra persons, making this ideal accommodation for up to 8 people.

The boat has a saloon area has seating for 8 people and a dining area which opens on to the front deck so that you can eat outside as you cruise along. The galley is open-plan into the saloon area,so you can cook and still entertain. The galley has a full size 4 ring gas hob, grill and oven and we provide all the utensils so you can cook a 3 course dinner.

The cabins all have wardrobes and ample storage. There are 2 toilets and one shower room on board. All towels and bed linen are provided and the beds are all made up for you on arrival. We also provide shampoo, shower gel and hairdryers for your use.

The boat is easy to drive and life jackets for both adults and children are provided. The boat is fully insured (commercial / hire insurance and public liability insurance) and is licensed for the River Thames (full commercial license). We are always onhand should you need us and we are only too happy to assist in any aspect of your holiday.

More Details

Jane Asher
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Jane Asher

We are a small family business that is dedicated to providing high quality boating holidays and boat cruises on the River Thames. Because we are a small buisness, we take personal attention to detail and have high standards in all our boats. Boat gema is the newest addition to our fleet. We began with one boat, 'Ginetta' 5 years ago and since then have expanded our fleet with Boat Geanna arriving in 2011. Geanna was our first houseboat and features in the Channel 4 TV programme 'Four In A Bed, ' a competition between bed and breakfast owners as to who has the best accommodation, which we are proud to be the winners. A year later in 2013 Boat Gina was added to the fleet as a self drive narrowboat holiday. This proved to be really popular and so we are now introducing Boat Gema, a bigger version of Gina but the sisterboat.

Jane Asher purchased this boat in 2014

Why Jane Asher chose South Oxfordshire

People always ask us: 'How did you come up with the names: Ginetta, geanna, Gina and Gema?' Our first boat Ginetta was a newbuild. While the boat builders were building her, we desparately tried to come up with a name for the boat. Everyone in the family, my daughter and 2 sons all 'chipped' in but we simply couldn't come up with a name we all liked. It was by chance that we were watching on TV 'Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares' and during the show, Mr Ramsey exclaimed (in his typical manner)' If it wasn't for the chef Ginetta, the restaurant would be in chaos.' We all immediately loved the name 'Ginetta' and that was it. The other boats were easy to name as we looked up similar italian girls names on the internet: Geanna, Gina and Gema. We are running out of Italian girls names begining with 'G' though so maybe we'll stop with Gema!

What makes this boat unique

Boat Gema is a real trooper. She is modern but still retains the quint essential English charm of a narrowboat. Her interior is finished to a high standard and we are sure you'll love her. We get to know our guests and many come back annually to explore different partys of the Thames or revisit favourite places. The boat offers charm but is still practical with wifi, TV /DVD and all the creature comforts of home, but on a boat.


Henley-on-Thames Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 483 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bedroom can also be made into a twin cabin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This can also be made up as a twin with 2 x single beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , This cabin can also be made up as a twin cabin
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , The dinette in the saloon converts easily into a double bed
  • All cabins come with built in wardrobe, mirror, wall lights and hairdryer. All cabins can also be made into a twin cabin
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Heathrow Airport
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
The Angel
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Harpsden Golf course
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Car: not necessary

Our boat is a luxury 4 star Canal narrowboat, fitted to an exceptionally high standard, an ideal narrowboat holiday for families or groups of friends holidaying together. Pets are welcome too. The boat is a self drive holiday or can be used as a base moored in Henley-on-Thames. Tuition is provided by a qualified instructor prior to you taking the boat out so that you are happy and confident in driving the boat and can enjoy a stress free holiday. A narrowboat holiday gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace the many delights the River Thames and English countryside have to offer, whether it's Wallingford, Abingdon, Henley or Windsor, the choice is entirely yours.

There is nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of wildlife and seeing herons, swans and other birds. All stress is forgotten as you enjoy the freedom of cruising at your own pace,choosing where you will moor up for the night and which pubs you'll visit along the way.

Visit the famous Henley Royal Regatta in July /June or why not cruise to Windsor and visit Windsor Castle?

The annual 80's rewind Music festival in Henley 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 . take a short drive and visit the local winery or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) or the Harry Potter Studios film set. You can moor up in Reading and walk to Reading train station where there are frequent trains to London(28 minute train journey). The choice is yours.

For the more adventurous who really want to improve their boat handling skills, why not combine your holiday with the Inland waterways Helmsman Course which is a one day course you can take on the boat during your holiday?

The holiday is suitable for all age groups and no previous boating experience is necessary as we provide 2 hours tuition. This includes going through a Thames Lock with am isntructor (all locks are manned with lock keepers who are happy to assist) and mooring up and turning the boat around. We want you to be confident on the water so that you can then enjoy a stress free holiday.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $405.13

Changeover dates are Mondays & Fridays. Our short break holidays are weekend breaks (Fri /Sat /Sun nights) and mid-week breaks (Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs nights). Max number of guests is 8. Price includes boat insurance, VAT, bed linen & towels & tuition. Dogs are free of charge.Mooring fees are paid locally, usually no charge.Henley charges £10 a night. Mooring fees are not included but paid locally depending on where you choose to moor

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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