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BYGONE BOATING

Thames Boating Holidays

Our Services

Our Boats

We are the proud owners of 4 classic wooden motor cruisers. This is our Hire Fleet – Bernadette II is our first…

Benson Waterfront

Situated on the banks of the beautiful River Thames in open countryside, Benson Waterfront is the perfect place to start your boating holiday.

Your Boating Holiday

Your self drive boating holiday: Spend your days cruising the Thames, enjoying the wildlife, the scenery and the pleasure of the river…..

Benson Ferries

We now run a ferry service from the Waterfront at Benson Marina, over to the lock cut at Benson Lock, due to the closure of the bridge over the weir....

Ferry Update

 20th June 2024

Your Ferry is now in service 7 days a week

9.30am – 5.30pm

Your boating holiday
All you need to know!

We think we’ve remembered everything! Read on, and, along with all the other pages, you should be fully prepared to enjoy your boating holiday. Remember though, we are always available and only a call, text or email away……
William Mack
William Mack
25 September 2023
Lovely boats and lovely people! Really enjoyed our 2nd visit with Bygone Boats. Thanks Sue and Geoff 😁
Scott Chambers
Scott Chambers
3 September 2023
We took Rubette out for a long weekend and loved her. The bow thrusters made her a dream to handle, and she was extremely well equipped. Geoff and Suse are really welcoming and super helpful.
Ruth Baier-Rolls
Ruth Baier-Rolls
1 September 2023
We had a wonderful time on Bernadette 2. The boat is stylish and well appointed. Everything worked really well. It was comfortable and just the right size for 2 people. The owners are lovely and very helpful. We can truly recommend the experience. A great way to explore the country side along the Thames. A special bonus were the smiling, friendly and helpful lock keepers.
Andrew Bickerdike
Andrew Bickerdike
28 August 2023
Rented Rubette for a week in August Absolutely brilliant experience Most admired boat on the Thames Simple accommodation but has everything you need (hot shower, stove, fridge, heating, comfy beds). Wonderful area to sit if the weather is inclement Great hosts (Jeff and Sue) Easy to manage with bow thruster and good motor Great places to visit and moor for the night (Sonning, Henley, Marlow, Goring, Abingdon etc etc) Highly recommend
Michael Short
Michael Short
25 August 2023
Fabulous holiday - we absolutely loved it!! Everything was provided - bedding / towels / washing up liquid / shower gel etc. A superb time away, enjoying a very different pace of life :-)
Gavin McGinty
Gavin McGinty
8 May 2023
We had a fantastic long-weekend on Bernadette, a beautiful well maintained heritage Star Craft cruiser, built in 1952, but with a modern engine and facilities. Sue and Jeff, the owners, were lovely people, and couldn't have been more helpful. Bernadette is very comfortable for 2 but would be a tight squeeze for 4 adults. Once you get to know her she's easy to handle, but the recommendation to have some experience is a good one - you wouldn't want to damage her. Bernadette is well loved by lock-keepers, and does get lots of kind comments from others on the river. We cruised upriver to Oxford, stopping the first night at The Plough at Long Wittenham (take the weir channel to the left before Clifton Lock and you can moor at the bottom of the Plough's garden). It was the perfect distance after a late afternoon departure, and they're happy to let you moor overnight as long as you're spending money in the pub (the food was good). Looking forward to another chance to borrow Bernadette for a weekend, maybe heading down to Windsor next time :)
Anne Hunting
Anne Hunting
11 April 2023
Thank you to the wonderful team ay Bygone Boating. I recommend them for your boat hire in the upper Thames.
David Thomas
David Thomas
11 August 2022
Took a Mon to Fri trip on Bernadette 2 in June this year and went downstream as far as Windsor and on the return stopping at Henley mid trip Summary version - loved every min of this trip and Bernadette herself , it’s a gem of a boat that’s makes you feel very special Sue and Geoff are so welcoming pre arrival and also when you land on the day of departure Bernadette is as the brochure states a classic old cruiser and each day when travelling or moored up , people asked how long we had owned her or we were being given the thumbs in support of the obvious classic that she is .- I wanted to fib and say yes she’s mine and I’ve lovingly restored her in my garage - but didn’t as I felt guilty 😂😂 As is mentioned Bygone Boats are dog friendly and our Cockapoo Jorge 🐶🐶was met with real sincerity as only dog lovers can know My wife and I absolutely loved this 5 trip day and will undoubtedly be doing this again with Bygone Boats Love it love love it love it 😍
Karen Ashcroft
Karen Ashcroft
4 July 2022
Beautiful setting, just spent week on a charming Freeman26 built in 1973 and restored.