Saturday, 14 October 2017

Darwin's Fox the finishing touches- almost ready for launch!

We are currently selecting the finishing interior touches to narrowboat Darwin’s Fox the newest member of our canal holiday hire fleet.  We're feeling very excited about the launch of our first 'Platinum Fox Class' boat, she is guaranteed to be a sensational boating experience! 

With our extensive narrowboat building expertise, this 65½ foot boat has been designed and built, by us with your holiday in mind. This exceptional craft blends traditional narrowboat features, with a light, bright and contemporary interior, incorporating a luxurious and innovative design. 

In addition to the excellent facilities on our 4* fleet, she boasts a King-sized wide double bed, granite surfaces in the galley and bathroom, underfloor heating in both bathrooms and even a hydraulic bow-thruster that allows you to steer her with ultimate precisionDarwin’s Fox also has a comprehensive AC electrical system which allows for homely comforts that had previously been compromised on narrowboats such as, a Nespresso coffee machine, a separate drinks fridge, USB charge points and 3 televisions including a 22" TV in the saloon which has Bluetooth connectivity for your portable streaming devices.

Guests on board Darwin's Fox can count on receiving our same excellent level of customer care that we at Foxhangers have always prided ourselves on, and our many returning customers have come to expect.

We are now taking bookings for Darwin's Fox for weekly breaks in 2018.

Careful planning has ensured Darwin's Fox will be both beautiful and practical.
Every little nook has been exploited to gain the maximum storage space.

Deciding which granite work surfaces and top quality linens best complement the interior.

The interior and exterior have both been carefully considered, designed and hand crafted on site by our experienced and highly skilled boat building team.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

New for 2018 Darwins Fox ... a brand new concept in beautiful boating

Darwin's Fox ~ Is a 65 and a half foot (20m) 5+2 berth semi-traditional style narrowboat. Ideal for two couples or small families wanting the greatest amount of privacy and comfort possible on a narrowboat as well as having the provision to accommodate larger groups up to 7 people. It has a central saloon and open plan galley which is unique to all our boats, meaning the two permanent sleeping cabins are privately positioned at either end of the boat.  Both sleeping cabins have flexible features that ensure comfort is enjoyed no matter the make-up of your party. 

Furnished with a light and modern pastel coloured interior combined with Oak panelling below the gunwale and solid Oak flooring. All mod cons standard to our boats are included such as central heating, 240v electrical system, fully equipped galley with microwave oven and unique to this boat an additional drinks fridge.  There are TV’s in each cabin, the saloon, the master double and the secondary cabin.

Work is underway to create this beautiful and unique boating experience, ready for her launch next season. 

Don't forget to check back for more updates throughout the build.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

New Boat: Wily Fox nears completion

Following the successful launch of Lazy Fox in 2015, her sister boat, Wily Fox is almost complete and on schedule for launch in February 2016.

Like her sister boat, Wily Fox is finished to a very high specification, being luxuriously appointed and fitted out with Maple and Cherry woods and American Walnut floors. She also features central heating, a full size domestic oven with four gas rings, a microwave, a full size domestic under-the-counter fridge, 240v electrical system and two showers and toilets, making her ideal for larger families.

We value our customer feedback and many people indicated that the traditional layout of a narrowboat had its drawbacks. Our skilled design team took this into account and Wily Fox has been designed with a reverse layout, meaning that the helmsman is no longer isolated from the rest of the crew.

The bedding arrangements are very flexible with one fixed double cabin, a second fixed cabin that can accommodate either a double bed or two single beds with a third single bunk that can be folded away when not required. This versatile cabin can also be converted to a secondary TV/Games lounge, created by simply revolving one of the single beds to transform into a desk complete with TV. In addition, there is also both a make-up double bed and a make-up single bed in the saloon area.

Lazy Fox had an enormously successful first season, selling out for almost the entire hiring period; we anticipate Wily Fox will follow suit, with bookings selling out fast.

Bookings for Wily Fox start from 11th March 2016.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Sargeant on Parade

Now that he is finished with probing the nation’s politicians, John Sargeant can indulge in larking about, preferably on the barges of Great Britain if his new TV series is anything to go by, says
Sally Saunders

As a certain water rat once said, there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

It’s a message that the former chief political correspondent of the BBC has taken to heart.

For, after decades strolling along the corridors of power, or standing in the rain outside No 10, he is simply messing about in boats. And trains. And the odd plane. Not for him penning weighty tomes about the state of modern politics or presenting highbrow discussions on Radio 4, like some of his former colleagues.


Friday, 4 September 2015

PEOPLE had fun in the sun on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen opening the restored Caen Hill flight of locks. Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton descended the flight of locks on Friday in a canal boat before stopping at Lock 43 known as the Queen Elizabeth II lock where the original ceremony took place on August 8, 1990.

Ramsay Cudlipp takes to the canal on a Foxhangers holiday

‘IT’S the best method of forced relaxation,’said my new friend Sarah, as our boats gently bumped against each other in the lock. We were three days into our week-long journey along the Kennet and Avon Canal and I knew exactly what she meant. Living on a narrow-boat – and travelling in it – is one of the most tranquil holidays you can experience. Everyone you meet – such as people like Sarah, who we learned had owned a narrow-boat for nine years and spent at least two months of the year exploring the K&A – is unfailingly friendly and helpful, and you’re all operating at a slower pace than normal.