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Welcome to Rose Narrowboats

Escape to a slower pace of life….



We still have some availability for this autumn including the October half term on our hire boats – book now to avoid disappointment!
Due to the late start to this season we are making our full fleet available through November and December up to the end of the Christmas holiday period.
All of our boats have full central heating for cosy autumn/winter cruising.
Check our availability and book online easily through our secure booking system.


Given the current global conditions in regards to the Corona Virus we have produced some temporary terms and conditions.

We are hoping these will help our customers.

Please click on this link for Covid-19 temporary t&c’s 2 which should be read in association with our normal Terms and Conditions.


Covid-19 with update for 14th September 2020

Based on the latest Government advice we are open for the operation of our hire fleet subject to a MAXIMUM of six (6) people per boat *

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 and we are looking forward to providing you with a relaxing holiday once again.

Unfortunately our day boat, Rosette, is currently only available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday due to extra cleaning procedures.

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: enquiries@rose-narrowboats.co.uk

Our chandlery, diesel and pump out facilities remain closed for now.

Please contact us for any enquiries – enquiries@rose-narrowboats.co.uk

We appreciate your patience in waiting for replies as our office is not fully staffed at the moment.

Thank you.

Rose Narrowboats Ltd.

* Or the maximum number of berths of the selected boat whichever is lower.

Rose Narrowboats

Bridge 30

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.

Hire Fleet

Fanfare on Oxford Canal
Fanfare with Bridge 30

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.

Day Boat

Rosette Day Boat Hire

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.


Rosette and Shop

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

Workboat 3
Surveyor checking side of boat

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

Traditional Canalware in the shop

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

Slough pushing a hopper

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.