Luxury cruises of the Thames in classic comfort
We are not sure if the River Thames would ordinarily appear on our list of top destinations for taking a superyacht, but then again it is not always easy to find a small yacht that can, because of the standards it keeps, live up to the description of super yacht.
It may be however, that just such a scenario is now possible with the arrival on the river of the newly refitted New Venture, a classic Bates Star Craft, that now offers this super yacht style from her base at the Beetle & Wedge in Moulsford, Oxfordshire the site of the original Moulsford ferry service, where Jerome K. Jerome chronicled the escapades of his friends’ visits in the book Three Men in a Boat
Imagine arriving at one of Britain’s best restaurants on a classic boat, having a wonderful meal and then gently cruising away for a memorable night on board. Or picture yourself sipping cocktails in a refined saloon or beautiful open deck as the river slips by.
Launched in 1960 New Venture conjures the refinement of a forgotten era, conjuring echoes of smart set parties at Cliveden. Offering four berths, and including crew, guests will be transported back to a tranquil world of elegance to enjoy the hidden delights of the River Thames.
Bates Star Craft were the luxury river cruisers of their day. Built between 1946 and 1975 they offered high quality fittings with classic design. New Venture at 40 foot is the ideal river craft; sympathetically restored in mahogany, chrome and leather she provides boutique facilities that perfectly complement her sleek lines.
Cruising in New Venture offers an opportunity to step back in time, ideal for honeymooners, anniversaries, or a luxury break away from the hustle of modern life. One option is to take a gastronomic cruise, enjoying the many high quality restaurants along the river’s banks including the Waterside Inn, Bray, French Horn in Sonning and Leatherne Bottle, Goring.
Alternatively the on board chef can create an impressive meal in the fully fitted galley which can be enjoyed with friends on the spacious flying bridge or in the saloon. Flexible and adaptable the options for enjoying this boat are endless, with charter options available from one night to a week or more.
Gillian Nahum Director of the yachts operators Henley Sales & Charter, said, “This is a unique way of enjoying the River Thames. She is the only boat on the river that can offer such indulgence. We like to think of her as an exclusive super yacht, which just happens to be perfect for the Thames.”