Welcome to Rose Narrowboats
Escape to a slower pace of life….
Following further Government announcements and guidance from CRT (Canal & River Trust) we are pleased to announce that our day boat Rosette will be available for hire again from the 6th June 2020.
Please note that overnight boat hires will still commence on the 4th July as below.
However due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we have had to amend the way we operate (see Day Boat Hire page) which will be subject to change as we follow the latest Government guidelines.
Covid-19 update May 2020
Based on the latest Government advice we are hoping to re-start the operation of our hire fleet on the 4th July 2020.
Rose Narrowboats Ltd take the health and safety of our clients and staff extremely seriously and therefore it is our number one priority. We have already revised and enhanced our very thorough house-keeping and boat hand-over procedures with new processes to make sure we adhere to Government guidelines with regard to providing a safe environment for our clients and staff.
Our online booking system is open for you to book a boat for a day trip, short break (2,3 or 4 nights), a week or longer from 4th July and we are looking forward to providing you with a relaxing holiday once again.
Should the Government further extend the lockdown then all bookings will be transferable to either a later date in this season or 2021. If it is at a different time of year there may be a balance to pay.
Our workshops are open to provide servicing, carpentry, blacking, engineering and painting services: To enquire or book your boat in please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our chandlery, diesel and pump out facilities remain closed for now.
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Rose Narrowboats Ltd.
Trading since 1972 we are one of the oldest established narrowboat hire fleet companies and excellence in hiring canal boats is what we continue to be best known for today.
From our boatyard in the heart of the English canal network we operate a fleet of quality narrowboats ranging in size from 2-10 berth.
All our boats are available to hire almost all year round, from 2 days up to 6 months or anything in between.
Our location also means we are the perfect starting point for a wide variety of routes, all with their own features.
All our boats including the Day boat ‘Rosette’ are self-drive.
We give full instruction of how to operate your boat so even if you have not been on a boat before you will find it very easy.
Please check out our ‘New to Boating’ page.
Overseas Visitors account for about 30% of our clients at Rose Narrowboats. We have some extra useful information if you are coming from overseas but as always please get in touch with us if you have any special requirements.
Long Term Hire, 4 weeks or more, can be a great way to see England and Wales by boat with lots of interesting places to visit. Taking your accommodation with you, so no need to keep packing and unpacking from destination to destination as you travel around the country.
As well as our hire fleet we also have a popular self-drive day boat.
The Oxford Canal in this area offers a great day’s boating for any occasion or gathering of up to 12 people.
With a choice of travelling North or South from our base you can enjoy the stunning scenery with the choice of pubs to have lunch or bring along your own picnic. Due to the Coronavirus some places may not be open.
Please see our Day Boat Hire page for amended operating procedures due to the Coronavirus.
With a team of highly skilled engineers, painters, carpenters and electricians employed at the yard we can carry out any kind of work from minor repairs to major refits, upgrades and new boat builds.
Using our slip-way we are able to carry out any out of water maintenance such as hull blacking, steelwork repairs, stern gear replacement and marine surveys.
Mobile Repair Service
From our fully equipped mobile workshop we are able to offer a prompt and professional breakdown and repair service covering a wide area of the country.
As well as standard breakdowns and servicing we can do major repairs including welding.
We are also qualified to carry out Marine Surveys for boat integrity.
No job is too big or too small.
We are Achilles registered, guaranteeing high quality work with an environmentally and safety conscious approach to everything we do.
Decorative Painting and Traditional Chandlery
We are the only UK based manufacturer of traditional water cans and handbowls available either unfinished or fully painted in house.
We can also supply traditional ironwork by Keith Thomas, a blacksmith based here.
We have a well, stocked shop holding everything from souvenirs, food and boating essentials to all the parts you need to build or repair a boat.
We also sell the traditional paintwork items that we manufacture.
Commercial Workboat Hire and Repair
Keeping canals well maintained is important to us, and we have a dredger, a fleet of tugs and various general, purpose workboats available for hire with or without operators.
We have full facilities to refurbish and maintain commercial fleets.
We are pleased to have Canal & River Trust as one of our customers for whom we carry out reactive repairs, servicing and maintenance work.