Exclusive Private Charter

Join us for the luxury all inclusive River Thames
boating holiday of a lifetime

Welcome aboard our Boat

Our boat 'Down the Hatch' is a wide beam river cruiser crewed by ourselves 'Graham and Wendy', both experienced and successful hoteliers.

Launched in 2016, she is the newest of her type on the River Thames, entirely bespoke and built to our own design.

At 70 feet long with a 13 foot beam she feels extremely spacious.

Down the hatch floorplan

Both of our guest rooms [twin bedded & super king] have en-suite power showers, and benefit from, satellite TV, quality bedding, towels, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries.


There's no better way to explore the thames valley than by cruising the river from Oxford to London. Meander through ancient market towns and pretty villages, swathed by glorious countryside replete with wildlife.

Our cruises are fully crewed, with only two guests on board and more space per guest than any other hotel boat on the thames, you will enjoy five star hospitality on a 'one to one' basis.


Cruising Itinerary

Welcome aboard, meet the crew then freshen up and chill out, dinner and drinks will be served later.

Wake up to freshly ground coffee or tea of your choice, we have no set routine, each day determined by our chosen route and moorings.

Our moorings are carefully chosen to include places of greatest interest, such as pretty market towns [Wallingford - Henley - Marlow],

quaint villages [Goring - Pangbourne - Molesey] and historical sites [Runnymede - Windsor Castle - Hampton Court Palace].

Breakfast may be served before or during the cruise.

Refreshments are served throughout each day.

After lunch your afternoon is free to explore, or just sit back and relax.

Dinner and drinks each evening may be followed by lively conversation or enjoy our vast DVD library.

Disembarkation after a leisurely breakfast.


Cruising Options

Bed & Breakfast Breaks - £95/room/night

Full English & Continental menu's.          

Refreshments served throughout each day.

Static [no cruising] accommodation.


Bed & Breakfast Cruising Breaks - £195/room/night

Full English & Continental menu's.

Refreshments served throughout each day.

Cruising is included in this price.

There's always a good restaurant close by.


All Inclusive Cruising Breaks - £395/room/night

Accommodation & all on board food & drink.

All cruising is included in this price.


Cruising Notes

  • Guests booked onto one of our linear cruises [min. 4 nights], benefit from an extra night on board [B&B] with our compliments.
  • Linear cruising is a 'one way' trip between our departure point and destination.
  • Return cruising is a 'two way' trip, returning to our departure point.
  • Our boat accommodates two passengers and crew overnight.
  • Your friends and family are most welcome to join you aboard as your day guests.
  • The boats geographical position in any given week is determined by our 'Cruising Schedule'.
  • The 'Cruising Schedule' is a list of our most popular linear cruises.
  • However, any combination of date, duration or type of cruise may be considered.
  • Our 'Cruising Schedule' can be found in the 'drop down' menu under 'Cruising', in the 'header bar'.

Food and Drink

All food and drinks are included in the tariff, you are most welcome to bring your own alcohol on board.

All our food is freshly prepared using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when booking your cruise.

The very nature of cruising tends to favour a fixed menu, if we could have a short-list of preferred dishes prior to cruising, this would give 'Wendy' a fighting chance of delivering the very best cuisine en route.

When we moor up, there is often a riverside pub or eatery within walking distance for those who fancy something more energetic.

The following menu offers guidance only, please feel free to create your own menu.

Sample Breakfast Menu

Tea: Decaf, Breakfast, Red Bush, Earl Grey, Fruit.

Coffee: Decaf Colombian, Colombian.

Grazing: Toast, Croissants, Cereals, Fruit Juice, Yoghurt, Home Made Preserves.

Lighter Cooked Breakfasts: Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, or Omelette [plain/cheese/ham]

English Cooked Breakfast; Bacon, Sausages, Mushrooms, Tomato, Eggs, Hash Browns.

Sample Dinner Menu

  1. Soup of the day.
  2. Garlic mushrooms with warm crusty bread.
  3. Seafood Mornay.
  4. Pate with melba toast.


  1. Lasagna with garlic bread.
  2. Pork stroganoff with rice and salad.
  3. Steak with stilton or port wine sauce.
  4. Chicken breast wrapped in parma ham with balsamic cherry tomatoes
  5. Lamb casserole with vegetables of the day.
  6. Baked Salmon with hollandaise sauce and vegetables.


  1. Apple crumble.
  2. Sticky toffee pudding.
  3. Very boozy trifle.
  4. Selection of ice cream.
  5. Cheese board.

Booking Form

Contact Numbers

You may contact us by phone on:

07809 634 635

Booking made easy:

1] View our cruising schedule and decide upon your holiday.
2] Give us a call on 07809 634 635 or 07766 814 664 to check availability.
3] Complete and return our booking form by e-mail, or make your booking by phone.
4] We shall confirm the booking upon receipt of the deposit.
5] Please make payments by Bank Transfer, or Debit/Credit Card.

Please use the form on the right to contact us or send us an e-mail:


Your billing/contact details

Your chosen cruise details

What Our Guests Are Saying...

"What a lovely couple you are, very restful break, wish we could stay longer,
Thank you both for taking great care of us.
Many thanks"
Ben & Lizzy

"Finest food we've ever had, very comfortable bedroom, can't get over how big your boat is. Very much looking forward to seeing you both again"
Andrew & Kim

"Should have stayed longer, we caught our own tea, great fun, crayfish tails in garlic butter, very tasty, the invasive American species of course.
Great company, great boat, great food"
"Must do it again"
Kevin & Sarah

"Had a wonderful time on your amazing boat, you made us feel like family,
See you again"
Kate & Tim

"Best way to see the Thames, by boat, just the two of us and the crew -
delightful & decadent"
Pat & Gordon

"Totally chilled out, most relaxing break we ever had. What a sweet couple you are, see you again this autumn"
Jeff & Sheila

Answers to your FAQ

How can I contact you?
You may book by phone or email.
How do I find you?
Detailed directions and parking arrangements upon request.
Is it possible to pick me up when I arrive in London?

If we can help with transport to and from our boat and car parking, then of course we will.

Where does the cruise start and end?

Embarkation and disembarkation is by mutual arrangement. A cruise can either start at one location and finish at another, or you may prefer a fixed location for parking convenience.

What are the best clothes to wear?

We would suggest an informal dress code, supported by warmer clothing and sensible shoes for those shore excursions.

How much luggage can we bring?

We do have adequate storage for bulky luggage.

What's on the menu?

Catering is to your taste, please advise us of any special dietary requirements when booking. Please feel free to bring your own alcohol on board.

How many people can stay?
We can only accommodate two guests overnight, but by arrangement, you may entertain friends or family during the day.
Can we book this for a special event?
If your cruise is marking a special occasion, then please let us know, we shall do our best to make your stay is memorable as possible.
Are there any issues with access?
Able-bodied guests should have little problem either coming aboard or managing the four steps down into our boat. Should you have any concerns regarding access, then please contact us before booking your cruise.
Can we see before we book?
You are most welcome to preview our boat prior to booking.
Who are the boat crew?

The boat is crewed by ourselves (Graham and Wendy), both experienced and qualified.

How many people can the boat carry?
Our boat is licensed to carry 12 passengers plus crew.
Do you do day hire?
Our boat is also available fully crewed for day trip charter hire. Buffet food and soft drinks are included in the charge, which is £500 per day, please feel free to bring your own alcohol.
Are there any restrictions?

No smoking, no dogs. No Stag or Hen parties.

We can accommodate young children by arrangement only.

Boat Specification

• Weight – 50 tons

• Length – 70 feet

• Beam – 13 feet

• 115 HP Vetus marine diesel engine

• 95 KGF Vetus bow thruster

• 14 KW Vetus generator – 'pure sine wave'

• 6 KW Vetus inverter – 'pure sine wave'

• Half a ton of deep cycle lead acid batteries

• 12 Volt and 240 Volt electrical systems

• Solar panel array generating 1.5 KW

• Satellite TV system

• 4K TVs with 4K disc players

• Blu ray disc library

• 4G Wi-Fi

• Increased insulation and sound proofing

• Oak throughout

• Karndean flooring

• Meile electrical appliances

• Italian leather sofas