Narrowboat Cotswolds River Thames
Narrowboat in the Cotswolds in a quiet location at the top of River Thames in Gloucestershire.
- Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
- 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
- Changing booking details is always free.
- Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
- Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.
- River view
- Free parking on site
- Multi-fuel Stove
- Quiet location adjacent to The Cotswolds
- Canoe hire
- Close to shops
Lark Rise III is a narrowboat offered as static accommodation with free parking on site. She has views of the river, a multi-fuel stove, and is pet friendly. Lechlade-on-Thames is at the edge of the Cotswolds on the borders of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and is an excellent choice to explore all three counties. Shops, pubs, restaurants, and supermarkets are within walking distance. Swindon rail station is 11.5 miles or 30 minutes drive.
Lark Rise III is a narrowboat and was built in 1989, and displays all the charm of an old narrowboat including handcrafted furnishings and items decorated with traditional canal art. Therefore, although she contains all the necessary facilities for self-catering, she is still an old ‘English country style’ boat.
This small yet cosy space is an ideal for a couples’ getaway, or as an alternative style accommodation for a single person needing a temporary stay for work purposes. South East facing, ensures that the boat gets lots of light during the day, and with a multi-fuel stove supplying two radiators she is a good choice for a quiet retreat all year round*. She is offered as static narrowboat accommodation (she can't be taken out) for up to 3 people with one double berth and one sofa bed.
The living area is in the bow of the boat (the entrance to the boat) It has a large sofa bed** (for a third person) and a multi-fuel stove to keep you warm and toasty in wintertime. The stove also serves two radiators, one in the galley and the other in the bedroom, so the boat stays warm throughout. We supply sufficient wood for the duration of your stay, and enough coal to keep the stove in for each night of your stay***. We give you full instructions on how to use the stove.
The dining area is adjacent to the galley and contains a folding leaf table that can seat up to 3 people. The table is also useful for using a laptop, or to play some of our board games that are provided. We do also provide wifi**** (not 5G at present). The additional coffee table in the living area can also serve as a work surface.
The galley is in the centre of the boat and is furnished with a gas oven and grill with a four ring gas hob. There is a small square sink with drainer. The galley contains work surfaces and cupboards. There is an undercounter fridge with a small freezer section at the top. The galley comes equipped with:
- Frying pan
- Glass tumblers, wine glasses, beer glasses
- Cooking utensils
- Electric kettle, hob kettle & a Cafetiere
- Melamine dinner plates, side plates and bowls
- Baking trays & roasting tin
- Hand towel & tea towel
- The Shower room
Next to the bedroom is a small shower room. This has recently been renovated and has a basic shower with shower curtain and also has a chemical cassette toilet on board (this is cleaned and sanitised by us at the end of your stay, or at intervals if you are staying more than a few days). The following items are provided for you:
- Hand soap
- Hair and body wash
- Toilet rolls
- Bath towels, hand towel, and bath mat
Boats have a finite capacity for water heating at any one time. Therefore, showers are designed for a quick wash, rather than a long hot shower, otherwise you may find the water starts to run cool. If you have long hair you may find you need to wash it separately to having a shower.
The cabin style bedroom has a 4 foot width double bed and is located in the stern of the boat. The room has windows either side, one looking over the marina and the other over the grass seating area outside. It has a short wardrobe with shelf and hanging space for 3 people people. There is also a hair dryer kept inside the wardrobe.
In addition to the boat, we also have outdoor spaces both have views across the Thames and over the rest of the marina. The first is a small seating area on the bow of the boat, very useful in the summer months to sit and drink coffee. Off the boat there is a grass area. In the summer we provide a table and chairs for you to eat al fresco or to watch the sunset with your favourite tipple. We also have outdoor games, such as Pétanque, giant dominos and quoits. There is always plenty of wildlife around too, and we regularly see geese, swans, and kingfishers, just to name a few.
Lark Rise III is ideal if you are looking for a quiet getaway by the river, a unique stay, accommodation with work space if working away from home, or a pet friendly place. Maybe you are looking to buy your own boat and would like to try one out first, if so, we are more than happy to talk ‘boats’ with you during your stay.
We would advise you to think carefully before buying a narrowboat experience for somebody else as a gift. We would strongly advise that you discuss it with them first before booking.
* Potential for noise: Lechlade Music Festival is held every year over the last bank holiday in May. The festival is held in the fields opposite the boat however, it stops promptly at 23.00 each night. The music can be quite loud and can be heard on the marina. Please bear this in mind when booking. Lechlade, as the crow flies, is also very close to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) held in Fairford in mid July. You may relish the thought of watching the air displays overhead, but again they can be noisy. We suggest that if you are considering booking with us around those times, and you would like a quiet stay, that you contact us to find out the exact dates for those events.
** The sofa bed will be equipped with a sleeping bag and pillow for a third person.
*** We have roughly calculated the amount of wood and coal (coal not supplied during the Summer) that you will need for the duration of your stay. However, extra coal and wood may be purchased from us, see the house rules for details.
**** Wifi is subject to fair usage.
***** We do not accept children under the age of 12yrs.
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Check in/out time
Check in between 15:00 and 19:00.
Check out before 10:00.
Queen size beds: 1
Sofa bed: 1
Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1
Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Lake / riverside
Fishing, walking, waterspouts on the river,
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining table & chairs
WiFi / internet
We do not accept children under the age of 12yrs.
Barbeque / braai
Garden chairs and garden table available
Heating / cooling
Multi-fuel stove with back boiler and radiators.
Close to the shops
River view, quiet location. Close to the Cotswolds
Car is recommended
We do not accept children under the age of 12yrs.
There is a £20 pet charge payable in cash on arrival.
You may also have a key to the main gate for your stay. We would require a £30 deposit in cash one arrival. This is returned to you when you hand the key in at the end of your stay.
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking
How to get there
is in the Cotswold town of Lechlade-on Thames just off the A417.
Although Lechlade is in Gloucestershire, it is situated where the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire meet. If you happen to have the ‘What 3 Words’ app, the words for the marina gates are: dwarf.fond.shirt
From Gloucester & Fairford (A417)
Follow the A417 towards Lechlade. Just before Lechlade you will pass Lechlade Garden Centre on your left. You will then reach a mini roundabout, take the exit to Lechlade and after half a mile turn into the service road on your right. Turn immediately right into the marina.
From Oxford, Witney & Burford (A40 & A361)
At the Burford roundabout take the first exit onto the A361 towards Lechlade. You will pass Lechlade and Bushyleaze trout fisheries on your right. Shortly after take the first exit at the roundabout towards Lechlade town centre. Drive straight on at the traffic lights on High Street towards Fairford (A417). Once you have passed all the shops turn into the service road on your left. Then turn immediately left into the marina.
From Oxford & Faringdon (A420 & A417)
Take the A420 from Oxford to Faringdon. Once at Faringdon take the A417 towards Lechlade. Turn left at the junction in the centre of Lechlade. Drive straight on at the traffic lights on High Street towards Fairford (A417). Once you have passed all the shops turn into the service road on your left. Then turn immediately left into the marina.
From Swindon & Highworth (A361)
Take the A361 from Swindon towards Highworth. Drive straight on at the traffic lights in the Centre of Highworth towards Lechlade. Drive over the Halfpenny bridge in Lechlade to the traffic lights. Turn left towards Fairford (A417). Once you have passed all the shops turn into the service road on your left. Then turn immediately left into the marina.
From Swindon via Blunsden (B4019 & A361)
Alternatively, if you are coming from North Swindon, you could take the B4019 from Blunsden to Highworth. At the traffic lights turn left onto the A361 towards Lechlade. Drive over the Halfpenny bridge in Lechlade to the traffic lights. Turn left towards Fairford (A417). Once you have passed all the shops turn into the service road on your left. Then turn immediately left into the marina.
About the area
Things to do
The area is semi-rural on the edge of the town of Lechlade-on-Thames. The Thames Path runs along the opposite bank to where the boat is moored and is good for walking or hiking. The white chalk horse and Wayland Smithy at Uffington are also worth a visit. These are located in Oxfordshire 12 miles away.
Lechlade Trout Fisheries is located on the edge of Lechlade going out towards Burford on the A361 1.7 miles from the boat. There are three species of trout available. Day tickets are available and tuition are available from them.
Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre is 6.5 miles away if you would like to go horse riding. They also provide riding lessons.
There are many small cotswold villages and towns for sightseeing on the doorstep, such as Bouton-On-The-Water (22 miles away), Burford (8 miles away) and Bibury (8 miles away) as well as the historical town of Cirencester (12 miles away). Oxford and Cheltenham are 28 miles away).
We have a two man open canoe that you can hire from us. Also, adjacent to the Riverside pub is Cotswold Canoe Hire where you can hire open canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and pedaloes.
There are also a number of golf courses in the area.
Places to eat
There are a number of good restaurants and cafés in Lechlade. The New Inn Hotel is an old coaching Inn, and is one of our favourites. We have a New Fish Restaurant Lechlade Brassierie, and a Hungarian Restaurant Jó Szerencsét. There are also a number of take away places such as Sourdough Revolution Pizza, A Chinese and an Indian restaurant/takeaway. We also recommend Lynnwood's Cafe.
If you would like to eat in there are plenty of supermarkets. Londis is 0.1 miles from the boat, the Coop and Texaco petrol station is 0.9 miles away. Faringdon is the nearest place for larger supermarkets such as Aldi, Waitrose and Tesco. There is also a Home Bargains as well. Faringdon is 7 miles away from the boat.
Other shops in Lechlade
We are lucky enough to still have a post office. We have a pharmacy and health food shop as well as a number of small gift shops.
We are Martin & Sarah . We live on Dutch barge 'Skûtsje' at the top of the navigable river Thames on the same marina as our narrowboat Lark Rise III. Martin is a semi-retired gardener, and Sarah runs the hire boat business, and creates her own artwork to sell at craft markets in and around the area. The other member of our team is our Cream British Shorthair cat called Frobisher, who you will see gadding out between the boats.
We have rented out Large Rise III since 2019, and she has had plenty of visitors. Occasionally we use her for cruising, as e do our Dutch barge as well. We are very used to talking boats with our visitors, so please feel free to ask us anything about cruising, living on a boat, or general questions about the area.
3 Reviews - Narrowboat Cotswolds River Thames
Lynda B - England
Warm & friendly hospitality
Stayed in the lovely narrowboat over weekend, whilst attending an informal gathering of friends & boats from the Classic Motor Boat Association. Great Accommodation - cosy comfortable & warm with wood burner. Martin & Sarah offered warm & friendly hospitality & nothing was too much trouble. Very picturesque surroundings & short walk to the Riverside Pub. Great Weekend! Lynda & Phil
Dean W - England
Had a great week on the narrowboat. We chose to have the one hour trip and it was so worth it. Next time we will try the longer trip. Beautiful scenery and nice to get a taste of narrowboat life.
Martin and Sarah were great hosts. Highly recommend!
Mary G - Scotland
Everything was perfect
The most beautiful place. Everything about our stay was perfect. Lark Rise makes a lovely, cosy and welcoming home with every comfort you could possibly need. Add to that the setting, surroundings and swaying gently on the water... couldn’t have been happier😀
Sarah & Martin have thought of everything. Very welcoming and friendly and on hand whenever anything was needed. Will most certainly be back, later this year. We would definitely recommend!
Thank you very much Sarah & Martin 😀😀
Mary & Derek