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Art Deco Barge

Join the owners on their luxury barge, and experience a unique break for 2 cruising the non-tidal Thames without a care in the world

River Thames
Bucks, England

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ACCEPTING BOOKINGS BETWEEN EASTER AND SEPTEMBER. But do enquire at other times too as the owners may accept bookings off-peak depending on the river conditions.

There is a very simple pricing structure, £75 per person per night. There is no supplement for single occupancy and no ‘high' season; the cost is the same whatever time you stay.

The owners, Joyce and Dave, live aboard Art Deco all year round, cruising the River Thames from the dreaming spires of Oxford down to Kingston on Thames, home to Hampton Court, some 90 miles away. Along the river Art Deco barge will pass historic towns, idyllic villages, open parkland and Royal residences. Viewed from the river the scenery is splendid, from steep hillsides thickly wooded with oak and beech, to smart riverside houses and elegant bridges, the River Thames has it all. On the journey negotiate picturesque locks, all tended by friendly lock keepers, enhancing the leisurely atmosphere much envied by those whose lives seem to perpetually quicken year on year. There will be time to ‘stand and stare', stroll through fine market towns or visit celebrated castles, monuments and places where English history was made.

Join Art Deco for a short break, 5 nights maximum stay.

Have the comfort of a private cabin with a full-size double bed and en-suite wet room. There is a large saloon with leather settees and 240-volt electricity throughout. Everything is provided for your stay, from bed linen to towels, all that is needed is a small bag with casual clothes and sensible shoes to enjoy a relaxing cruise. Each stay will be tailored to suit individual guests; with a maximum of two guests at any one time, thus allowing the owners of Art Deco, to offer a truly bespoke service. The cost includes; bed, breakfast, lunch, 3-course evening dinner and river cruising. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks are always available at no extra cost. Alcoholic drinks are permitted to bring aboard. There is always chance to have a bottle of wine on board!

Art Deco is not based in any one place. Confirmation of pickup point and itinerary plan depending on the length of stay, either returning to the point of origin or alternatively cruising one way, for a return journey by train will be provided by the owners.

Cruising through Surrey, Greater London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Please click the Booking Enquiry or Website link to get in touch.

Room Types:

  • Double


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Heathrow


  • Dinner included
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Keep warm aboard

Another great holiday!
by Mick & Val Simpson
on August 15, 2018
Last week we spent 4 nights on board Art Deco with Dave & Joyce. This was our second trip & we travelled this time from Windsor to Hampton Court. It was excellent. Both Dave & Joyce could not do enough for us & meals provided were outstandingly good. We had a lovely time.
Birthday surprise
by Lesley and Mark
on July 23, 2018
I booked a 2 night stay to celebrate my partner Mark's milestone birthday. Joyce and Dave made us feel at home in their home, from the beginning of our trip. Lovely food, wonderful locations en route [Reading to Maidenhead] and very comfortable accommodation. We would recommend staying on Art Deco if you want to experience life in the slow lane.
Thank you both - you go above and beyond for your guests.
relaxing break
by linda barkus
on July 20, 2018
Keith and I had a lovely 2 night stay on the comfortable barge with Dave and Joyce who are very friendly and looked after us well.
Barge is great and the food was excellent.
It was a very relaxing trip from Pangbourne to Wallingford and return to Goring.
Home from Home
by Keith Skeggs
on June 25, 2018
Keith&Margraret returned again for our third cruise with Dave and Joyce as usual, a lovely one.
Over the three years we have covered the Thames from Oxford down to Teddington Lock, where we caught our trains back home.
Highlights of our 5 Day cruise included a full day visit to Hampton Court in bright sunshine.
Joyce really excels herself with all her homemade cuisine. Thank you Dave for all your hard work and those early morning cups of tea.
by Kristi and paul
on June 10, 2018
We had a two night stay on the Art Deco and cant recommend it enough. Dave and Joyce and so friendly and chatty and very knowledgeable about the river and locations we visited. The vibe is very relaxed and flexible as to where you meet them and travel along the river. We spent hours sat at the front of the barge watching the world go by. The wildlife was beautiful and the houses along the river were beyond belief. We moored at Henley and Marlow and went off for a walk around the town both times. Joyce made us some fabulous meals- you definitely won’t go hungry! There was a wide range of cereals, juice, yoghurts, croissants or a cooked breakfast. Lunch was equally lovely and filling and the three course meal for dinner was far better than any restaurant food. Our bedroom was larger than expected and very comfortable. We also had an ensuite with a shower.
We had such a wonderful time and would love to go back next year and continue cruising further down the river. Treat yourselves and book- you will not be disappointed.
Fantastic two night stay
by Lucy Jarvis
on June 4, 2018
We had a fantastic two night stay on the Art Deco. Dave and Joyce were the most accommodating hosts who went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The food was brilliant (Joyce is a fantastic cook) and I don't think we felt hungry for the entire two days. It was a very relaxing break for us and the beds were most comfortable. We felt it was very good value for money and will definitely like to do it again.
Thanks for having us onboard Joyce and Dave and for a brilliant weekend.

Lucy & Danny
2 day break
by Matt&Sam
on May 13, 2018
We spent two days on the barge with Dave & Joyce at the beginning of May this year, and had the best time (on the hottest days of the year so far!)
There hospitality was exceptional and nothing was too much trouble at all for them. The also have expert knowledge of the local area (including which riverside pubs to stop at for a drink, which was on our list
by Nicola
on May 9, 2018
What a joy! Dave and Joyce welcomed us on to their barge and and helped make our mini break one we will remember and recommend. Dave entertained us (and is wonderful company) while Joyce prepared our lovely food. In fact, it was so lovely I think we came home half a stone heavier! A fabulous time spent with this lovely couple. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, and rather special home with us. Wishing you both all the best, Nicola and Darren xx
Lovely weekend away
by Che and Byron
on December 5, 2017
Excellent food, lovely company, beautiful boat with spectacular views. Dave and Joyce have mastered the art of balancing rest and relaxation with exploring the local area and interesting conversation.
The food in particular was a standout, great homestyle cooking, amazing to see what Joyce could prepare on a boat! We love eating out and this was on par with any fantastic restaurant meal, and always more than enough food.
We would 100% recommend for anyone looking for a weekend away from it all and a chance to kick up their heels and relax. Thank you for having us Dave and Joyce, we had a marvellous time.
Overnight Stay
by Tony and Liz
on December 4, 2017
Great overnight stay for my husband's birthday. Dave and Joyce were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much for them. Joyce's cooking was 5* and she even baked a cake for my husband ! The barge itself was modern, cozy with a lovely coal burner ! The cabin was clean with a swish wet room. Dave was very informative about the river trip which was very relaxing.
Plan to book a Spring/Summer stay too !
by Moira and Colin
on October 5, 2017
Last week we enjoyed a four-night cruise on the Art Deco. We wanted a complete rest and that was what we got, gliding through the beautiful countryside and enjoying Joyce’s wonderful cuisine. We joined the barge at Staines and returned from Henley having enjoyed seeing so many places en route. Nothing was too much trouble for Dave and Joyce and we are recommending the Art Deco to our friends. If you want a leisurely, unusual break, a trip with Dave and Joyce on their beautiful barge is perfect.
Wonderful, relaxing break
by Pete and Lynn
on August 9, 2017
Thank you Dave and Joyce, we had an amazing and relaxing couple of days aboard the lovely Artdeco.

Dave and Joyce were the perfect hosts, we felt so relaxed in their company as soon as we met them, and they looked after us so well. Special mention to Joyce's incredible culinary skills, our meals were fantastic. Our accommodation was really comfortable, and we couldn't have asked for more. Hope to be back!
Our return visit onboard Art Deco.
by Keith Skeggs
on July 15, 2017
Keith&Margaret Skeggs returned again this year to cruise Art Deco, Oxford to Sonning, returning to Reading for our train home.
Most enjoyable 5 day cruise. Glorious weather, lovely cuisine and wonderful company of Dave and Joyce.
Considering our options for our 3rd visit, possibly this year. Cruised 3/7/2017 to 7/7/2017.
A relaxing break
by Mick & Val
on June 20, 2017
Last week we spent 4 nights onboard the Art Deco with Dave & Joyce travelling from Reading to Windsor. Experiencing life on a barge was brilliant & Dave & Joyce could not have done more to make the holiday truly memorable. We certainly hope to return in 2018.
Five days in beautiful countryside
by Charles and Liz twigg
on June 17, 2017
Although space was understandably limited, our on suite bedroom was more than comfortable. The wet room was super, the bed excellent and storage plentiful.
The lounge very comfortable; the food was just out of this world.
The hosts, David skipper, very friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming, whilst Joyce the deck had, was a wonderful chef and super warm home maker.
I after basic tuition acted as deckhand number 2 and enjoyed myself immensely.
We received a grand example of Yorkshire hospitality.
by Jayne
on June 1, 2017
I took my partner for a birthday weekend to the Art Deco Barge. We had an amazing time. Dave & Joyce were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Joyce is a fantastic cook and made so much delicious food.
We cruised for 2 days from Henley to Windsor and enjoyed helping out with the locks
The evenings were spent after dinner drinking and chatting with Dave and Joyce and it felt like they were old friends.
I couldn't fault anything and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting time out in the slow lane
A Trip To Remember!
by Rachel & Jared VanArsdale
on June 1, 2017
The Art Dec Barge experience is just lovely. Dave and Joyce are amazing hosts and go above and beyond to make your stay on the Art Deco one to remember. We had a lovely 3 day cruise along the Thames from Reading to Staines. Experiencing the UK from the Thames is a unique experience. The locks and history alone are worth the adventure. Dave and Joyce were great at recommending stops along the way like Clivedown House, Runnymede and lovely mooring locations for lunch. We also spent a night in Windsor with the castle lit-up on top of the hill, which was just gorgeous. The trip was relaxing & beautiful, yet full of new things to see.

Dave is a wonderful driver and even let us help with the locks, which my husband loved. Joyce is the hostess with the mostest. She should be cooking in a 5 star restaurant. Her meals from breakfast to lunch were delicious and made from scratch. Her empanadas are WOW. My husband was quite sad to leave her cooking.

We highly recommend staying on the Art Deco Barge! It's a trip you will remember for a long time to come. We hope to enjoy it again one day!

Rachel & Jared
Watch the world go by ....
by Ben and Sam
on May 12, 2017
I organised the weekend on Art Deco Barge with Joyce and Dave as a birthday surprise for my husband.

The experience exceeded our expectations. Joyce and Dave are a wonderful couple with kind hearts, they looked after us the whole weekend, so we could sit back and chill.

The food that Joyce made was better than the restaurants and the cakes were amazing!

My husband and I both enjoyed sitting on the front of the barge and soaked up the scenery and literally just watch the world go by. The experience gives you a wonderful opportunity to pause, reconnect and recharge.
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.
Great company.
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.
by Johnnie
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.