Le Boat - Staycations in England

England Staycation

Staycations on the River Thames are more popular than before
We have seen an unprecedented demand for England boating holidays and we know why... you'll be surpised how much a staycation on the River Thames has to offer. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised how much fun can be had right in your doorstep.

The River Thames is the perfect staycation destination

Demand for holidays at home are at an all time high and there are plenty of reasons why a boating holiday is the perfect choice for your next staycation adventure. 

Le Boat - Own Personal Space

Your own personal space

Our boats offer the perfect sanctuary for you and your family, or group of friends, to escape from it all and enjoy some quality time together.  Everything you need for a comfortable stay is on board - fully equipped kitchens, hot showers and comfortable cabins - and sundecks to enjoy the sunshine and dine alfresco.

No flying!

Pack up the car with provisions and your favourite creature comforts - the Thames is just a drive away. No busy airports to contend with!

Beautiful English countryside

The hustle and bustle of central London is not our scene at all! The stretch of the Thames on which we operate meanders through the glorious Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire countryside – miles away from big towns and cities and the perfect place to keep your distance from the crowds.

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Countless parks and outdoor spaces

Spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic while the kids run wild in one of the many public parks along the Thames, such as Pangbourne Meadows, Dorney Lake (home of the 2012 Olympic rowing events), or the recreational fields in Henley-on-Thames.

The Runnymede Memorials

Runnymede is home to several memorials to the ongoing struggle for liberty – the Magna Carta Memorial, the JFK Memorial and the Air Forces memorial - a trio of quiet, thought-provoking places which are off the beaten track and worth a stop at to reflect, ponder and remember.

The royal city of Windsor

With the iconic castle as a backdrop, take a stroll down the ‘Long Walk’, the impressive and majestic straight road that stretches three miles from Windsor Castle to Windsor Great Park in the south. Maybe even a horse and carriage ride? It’s easy to keep a safe distance here, while taking in its majestic charm.

Le Boat - Estates and Gardens

Sprawling estates and gardens

The grand houses of Cliveden, Basildon Park and even Hampton Court Palace have impressive grounds and beautiful gardens to explore – the perfect way to while away a sunny day.

20 Reasons why you'll love the River Thames

  1. The sprawling estate, exquisite gardens and baffling maze at Cliveden House

  2. Countless parks and play areas for the kids to run wild

  3. Explore the royal residence of Windsor Castle

  4. Cruise past rolling hills and glorious English countryside

  5. Play at one (or more) of seven riverside golf courses.

  6. White-knuckle rides and thrills at Thorpe park

  7. The historical splendour of Hampton Court Palace

  8. Dine out at Michelin Star restaurants found near the Thames

  9. Pass effortlessly through electrical, manned locks

  10. Enjoy all things Lego at Legoland, Windsor

  11. Indulge in afternoon tea in one of many quaint English villages

  12. Explore the ‘British home of rowing’ at Henley-on-Thames

  13. Wildlife and more for the little ones at Beale Park

  14. The Georgian stately home and grounds of Basildon Park

  15. The dreaming spires and grand universities of Oxford

  16. Abundant wildlife including kingfishers, grey herons and great cormorants

  17. Take time to reflect at the Magna Carta, JFK and Air Force memorials at Runnymede

  18. Shop 'til you drop in Reading, Oxford and Kingston-on-Thames

  19. Countless tranquil spots for fishing

  20. Catch a train for a day out to see the sites of central London

Find out more about the River Thames

Your next staycation itinerary

If you've never been on a boating holiday before, the concept is simple. We provide you with a boat, which will be your home and transport for the duration of your holiday. Boating is a lot of fun and a relaxing way of getting about. However, you will treasure the moments you leave your boat just as much. The waterways provide you with an ever-changing playground and somewhere new to explore, every day - you can do as little or as much as you like.

View our River Thames Itineraries