A canal holiday is so different. Time is no longer "money", distances become truly relative and speed - the blight of the motorway culture - is brought back into a perspective which includes the blade of grass, the singing of a blackbird or the smell of new-mown hay. When did you last have the opportunity to slow down, unwind, look around you and listen?
Why choose a Calcutt Boat?
We've been building, hiring and maintaining our own boats for over 25 years now. Our very first customers still take a boat out from us every year - so we must be getting something right! That's probably because we also make time to fit in a few weeks annual cruising ourselves, and this hands-on experience (in our own boats of course!) ensures that we continue to provide a fleet that meets the demands of today's most discerning and experienced boaters. See what our customers say!
From our base at Napton Junction, where the Grand Union and Oxford Canals meet, a web of waterways spreads out towards all four points of the compass. It is an ideal starting point for a voyage of true discovery, and one which leaves you spoilt for choice. Visit the ‘Routes’ page for just a few of the possible routes open to you.
Our boats and their interiors have evolved over the years to include such features as flexible berthing; no more than two to a cabin, and doors between them for added privacy. We insist on proper flushing toilets; showers with decent water pressure and constant temperature; and even full size ovens fit for a Christmas turkey! We also aim to provide comfort in conjunction with easy-care finishings for galley surfaces, highly varnished ash and oak for side panels, and white ceilings to give a light and airy interior. Extra insulation and comprehensive heating cuts down on condensation and makes our boats good for all-weather cruising. Visit the ‘Our Boats’ pages for details of the range of boats in our fleet.