Private Boat Hire Ltd

Type:Boat Trip

Windsor & Maidenhead

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Private Boat Hire: Dragonfly at the Waterside Inn

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Private Boat Hire operates five boats on the River Thames offering you perfect venues for small birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, corporate drinks receptions or carriage to and from the local riverside hotels and restaurants such as The Boathouse at Boulters, The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck, The Hinds Head, The Crown, Mediterranean at Bray Marina, Oakley Court, Sir Christopher Wren’s Hotel and Spa, Gogos, Cliveden and lots in Marlow. 

The boats are also the perfect venue to enjoy one of the organised riverside events such as Henley Regatta, Henley Festival or horse racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

All of the boats are fully weather proofed, centrally heated if necessary and are able to operate at all of the best riverside hotels and restaurants.

Fringilla, Sula and Kingfisher are ideal for 12 passengers but if you have a larger party of up to 36, please contact us about chartering a second or third boat. Larus and Dragonfly are able to keep 8 people together either in the sun on the rear deck of Larus, or around the bow on Dragonfly.

FRINGILLA

Classic Dutch cruiser Fringilla is based in Maidenhead and cruises between Windsor and Marlow passing along some of the most beautiful parts of the upper Thames. If you board at Maidenhead and take a two-hour trip you will see either the Cliveden Reach, with its restored period cottages and National Trust gardens, and Bray with its beautiful riverside houses and The Waterside Inn or you could go downstream to see the houses and pass through Bray Lock to see Monkey Island Hotel, Bray Film Studios and Oakley Court and back.

LARUS

Larus is a beautiful classic 28 foot Super Kaag Kruiser built in 1967 with a very large rear cockpit, which can be open or covered, as well a varnished mahogany internal saloon area.

Larus is based at Bray Marina and cruises between Maidenhead and Windsor.

In 4 hours you could go upstream, past Monkey Island, through Bray Lock, past The Waterside Inn and a mile of beautiful riverside houses to Maidenhead then back down past Bray Film Studios, Oakley Court, Windsor Marina, through Boveney Lock past Windsor Racecourse, to see Windsor Castle and back.

You can hire Larus by the hour and she is very popular for birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers.

SULA

Sula is 33 feet and offers a rear sundeck, a very large saloon area with sliding roof for those long, hot summer days. Sula is also based in Bray Marina and cruises between Maidenhead and Windsor.

Sula is a modern Dutch river cruiser built in 1992. She has the benefit of all mod cons including central heating, a comfortable onboard toilet and galley with hot and cold water.

She has an open rear deck and large sliding roof to the saloon; this enables passengers to enjoy the clement weather or shelter from the occasional shower.

DRAGONFLY

Dragonfly is probably the most beautiful charter boat on the Thames and is based at Monkey Island Hotel.  She is perfectly positioned to cruise between Marlow and Windsor, an area that includes The Compleat Angler Hotel, Cliveden, The Waterside Inn, The Hinds Head, The Fat Duck, Bray Cottages, Oakley Court and Windsor. 

Dragonfly is 31 feet long and is ideal for up to 8 people with champagne and canapes en route to a top quality restaurant or hotel or for coffee after lunch. Dragonfly is weatherproof, has hot and cold water, a W.C. and central heating in case of cold weather.

KINGFISHER

Kingfisher is a Dutch Aquanaut built in 2010. She is licensed for 12 passengers and is based in the beautiful riverside town of Marlow.  She is perfect for family parties or small corporate trips.

Kingfisher costs £270 for the first hour then £110 per extra hour, starting and ending at the Compleat Angler hotel.

All of our boats are warm and weather proof, have children’s life-jackets, central heating, toilets and hot and cold running water.  Fringilla and Sula have sliding roofs.

Prices are per boat from £305 for 2 hours.

Visit our website for more information, photo gallery and virtual tours of the boats.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - See our website for menus and Wine List or bring a picnic

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place - plus face covering
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Euros accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 12
  • Min group size - 2
  • Open by appointment only
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply

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Recent Reviews:

  • marycW2045CA
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A wonderful afternoon on the Kingfisher at Marlow
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th April 2022
    Our tour on the river at Marlow on the Kingfisher for my fathers 75th birthday was nothing other than exceptional. Our Skipper Caroline was highly professional and very welcoming, as was her... Read full review
  • Jane C
    Great way to celebrate a 75th birthday!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th April 2022
    Just the ticket for a 75th birthday family trip. All ages from 1.75 years to 75 were included and enjoyed every minute. We were given every bit of help from the crew who were so kind and helpful. The... Read full review
  • Lady Emma P
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Perfect Afternoon on the River Thames
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st June 2022
    I just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our trip out on the Thames in Kingfisher with Caroline at the helm. It was the most perfect of afternoons and the best way to celebrate our wedding... Read full review

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Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 2019
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Open any time by appointment.

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