Art Deco Barge
Join the owners on their luxury barge, and experience a unique break for two cruising the non-tidal Thames
The best weekend tonic
by Annie & Janet
on March 14, 2017
Thank you so much for a lovely weekend. It was everything and more then we expected. Our every need was taken care of from the moment we stepped onto the Art Deco.
Mum and I enjoyed ourselves very much. You were both the perfect hosts.
I miss your cooking already Joyce
While away the hours - perfect!
by Denise & Gordon
on December 15, 2016
What a way to start December. With a night aboard Art Deco on the River Thames. Moored at Staines, we were met by Dave & Joyce, two of the nicest people I have met. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome aboard what is actually their home! We had a short cruise up to Windsor and went exploring to see the Magna Carta and RAF Memorial. We had an amazing one night stay and wished we could have stayed longer. I cannot recommend this enough if you want an 'out of the ordinary' night away :)
A perfect 10th anniversary break.
by Adam P McCready
on November 3, 2016
It might have only been a short break but for Becky and I (particularly the I part), it was a brilliant three days aboard the Artdecobarge with Joyce and Dave. Our short holiday was to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and to have a little rest before our very busy work schedules until the end of January. We had an amazing time cruising along the stretch of the Thames between Reading and Staines. The autumn colours of the trees, the wildlife, the great meals courtesy of Joyce and the wealth of boat advice from Dave made this, our first boating trip, an unforgettable experience. We would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the river pace of life but is worried about handling a boat. Thanks very much indeed to Joyce and Dave for a wonderful time.
on October 5, 2016
We'd had a hectic few weeks with one thing and another and I knew that we'd need a couple of days to get back on track. We managed to ditch the kids for a couple of days and hopped on a train (my wife had no idea where we were going - birthday treat). The affable Dave came to meet us in Marlow, and brought us aboard the lovely Art Deco barge, where we were greeted by the lovely & culinary gifted Joyce, who had just put together a wonderful spread for our lunch. This just set the scene for the next couple of days, as we meandered through locks, saw birds galore (kites & kingfishers were particular highlights), and ate & drank extremely well. The pace of the barge on the river is just perfect when all you want to do is relax. The rural scenery is splendid and the Oxfordshire/Berkshire villages are picturesque. We're definitely going to look at barge cruises again, and I can't recommend this one in particular enough!Thank you Dave & Joyce, and if a prospective boat hand is looking at this, hesitate no more...
We came as guests and left as friends
by David Clark
on September 27, 2016
My wife treated me to 3 days on this lovely barge for our anniversary.
We agreed a meeting point on the Thames. Dave & Joyce welcomed us to their floating home. We enjoyed our stay and have recommended it to friends. It's a lovely way to chill and relax watching the wildlife, views, buildings and other people enjoying the Thames. Our room was comfortable with all mod cons includingv, a comfortable double bed, 240 power supply, TV, an en-suite wet room, central heating and delicious fresh home cooked food. We started at Windsor and had pub visits and overnight stops in Marlowe and Henley from where we got the train home.
Thanks for a very enjoyable, restful weekend.
David & Carol Clark
Living the dream
by Will & Alison R
on September 22, 2016
We recently stayed on the art deco barge , what a beautiful way to sail the Thames . The first thing to remember is , this is Joyce & Dave's Home also that they are offering to share the dream with you . Beautiful food lovely people Wonderful barge . The trip itself is spectacular very relaxing Just the job for busy people . Thank you David & Joyce for treating us so well
A Great Break by Keith and Margaret
by Keith and Margaret Skeggs
on August 26, 2016
Abandon the rat race and take an Art Deco Barge cruise on the river Thames. Our 5 days cruise proved to be a wonderful choice. Our hosts Dave and Joyce are a lovely couple who provided us with our every need.
Food was excellent and plentiful.
We shall definitely be returning again next year.
what a treat
by Helen and Andrew Weaver
on August 20, 2016
we had amaazing few days with Dave and Joyce on the Art Deco barge. We could no have been more papmered . Nothing was too much trouble and the food was amazing. We loved the slow pace and the wildlife we saw. We are looking forward to repeating the experience soon.
Go With The Flow
by Steve Burridge
on August 16, 2016
Watching the world go by is one of life's great pleasures but when you are watching an often unseen world from the unique viewpoint of a luxury floating home that really is special.
We joined Dave and Joyce in August and cruised from Windsor to Reading spending five nights aboard. The whole experience was just wonderful.
Art Deco is not a business venture where every last ounce of everything is costed by some nameless accountant and 'guests' are just statistics. Dave and Joyce will make you feel at home and give you an opportunity to see many faces of Old Father Thames that are normally out of sight accept to the lucky few so go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
the factual art decco answer
by judi and david coffey
on August 4, 2016
we did a lot
we laughed a lot
we made two new friends
do not miss this unique opportunity
by Caroline randall
on August 1, 2016
We thought we would give this a try as something different. It was amazing! The barge is beautiful and Joyce and Dave are fantastic hosts, catering for every need. The scenery from Marlow to reading was picturesque, tranquil and interesting. The food and catering created by Joyce are to die for!
They really make you welcome, feel at home and give you a glimpse of their lifestyle.
Real birthday treat
by Janine and Peter Buchner
on June 24, 2016
We have just returned from a two night break on the Art Deco to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday. From the moment Dave met us from Oxford station nothing was too much trouble. Their hospitality was warm and welcoming and on Peter's birthday Joyce cooked a special meal for him. The food was excellent, all home cooked and plenty of it. The whole trip was relaxing, comfortable and my husband was delighted. We can't recommend this adventure enough and one we hope to repeat. Thank you Dave and Joyce.
A VERY RELAXING BREAK INDEED
by Mike & Marjie
on June 23, 2016
If you're looking for a totally relaxing holiday break, with no worries and nothing to stress about, this may be the one for you.
'Art Deco' is a very comfortable boat, equipped to a high standard and with all modern conveniences - flush toilet, 240v electricity, modern shower, super-comfy fullsize double bed, even central heating. Joyce is an expert chef and she & Dave a lovely couple.
With pleasant scenery and lots of wildlife, interesting towns & villages, and an itinerary tailored to your specific interests there is no need to do anything you don't want to.
In fact, this is more like taking a trip with two old friends than a paid-for holiday. Warmly recommended.
The best way to relax
by Bob and Sarah Brown
on May 30, 2016
Just finished nine nights on the art deco starting in Oxford and ending at Hampton Court. It was the ultimate in relaxing holidays and Joyce and David couldn’t have done more for us. The food was great and it was wonderful to just float down the Thames stopping off at interesting places. We were surprised by the peace and tranquillity with miles of just country.
by Steve R
on May 12, 2016
Joyce and Dave
Thank you for a very memorable weekend on Art Deco.
It couldn't have been more perfect. From pottering down to the vibrant Henley for an amazing dinner and hospitality, to waking up to a fresh new day, beginning with breakfast on the river and followed by great views, lots of local knowledge as we watched the world go by and interspersed with hours of relaxation and calm is was a perfect way to unwind.
If we had thought that going away for a weekend to a Hotel was a good idea, our decision to take a mini break on a floating Hotel was so much better.
And value for money you win hands down.
We wish you, not only successful in your endeavours but hope that this year is the beginning of something very special.
Juliet and Steve
by P & D Sheridan
on March 31, 2016
Art Deco Barge - for perfect pace to unwind and comfortable stay
Our hosts Joyce & Dave very welcoming, nothing is too much trouble
A relaxing weekend, an escape from the rat race, cruising The Thames at just 3mph,one which we hope to repeat
A must try
by Eileen howarth
on February 8, 2016
A weekend aboard Artdecobarge is so relaxing. I love the water and the peaceful surroundings, no speeding cars making travel stressful. The facilities are exactly as advertised. Comfortable, cosy and warm. The inside decor is very tasteful and easy on the eye. Being up topside whilst cruising the river is so interesting. The beautiful well maintained and decorated locks add interest to the journey. Our meals were delicious, thanks to the chef Joyce. David handles the boat smoothly and professionally. Looking forward to a second visit in 2016. Thank you both for a fabulous weekend.