French Leave

Chertsey, Surrey, England

Classy cruiser in Chertsey, next door to Thorpe Park on the Thames. Self-drive day boat included for 90 minutes for stays of 2 or more nights.

Key Points

  • Set on a peaceful and secure marina in Chertsey, close to Thorpe Park.
  • Discounted skippered cruises can be arranged for staycation guests.
  • Arrange for use of bikes.
  • 2 Double cabins, one ensuite, plus extra washroom.
  • Self-catering facilities onboard.



All 2+ night bookings include a complimentary 90 minute self-drive day boat (dependent on river conditions - and only available from Kingston-upon-Thames/not on site).



EXCLUSIVE USE, and available all year, this is a perfectly appointed self-catering 4-berth/2 cabin American cruiser.  Located right next door to Thorpe Park in Chertsey, between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.  


This is a very classy boat with beautiful wooden detail –  perfect for 2 couples or a small family.  The living space is spread out over 2 levels with a very comfortable saloon/lounge area providing a double sofa bed and armchair, dining area plus fully fitted galley/kitchen.  There are 2 double cabins/bedrooms, one at each end of the boat.  The rear cabin has a full-size en-suite shower room providing hot water, toiletries and toilet/head facilities and the smaller forward cabin has an adjoining washroom with toilet/head facilities.  The bow/front has space to lounge in the sun, there is further seating on the flybridge/upper deck.


Facilities include heating throughout, a fully equipped galley/kitchen (4-plate induction hob, full-size fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, caffetiere, crockery, cutlery, silverware, glassware, pots, pan, cooking utensils and basic kitchen ingredients), Smart TV, Netflix, PS3, WiFi, Alexa, books, board games, tea/coffee plus bedding with freshly laundered linen and towels also provided.


French Leave is based in Chertsey, a very quaint English town on the banks of the upper Thames - half way between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.  


There are plenty of places of interest to visit in the local area including historic monuments, market towns, museums, racecourses, theme parks and nature trails.


Direct trains to Waterloo take approximately 35 minutes should guests wish to sample the many tourist attractions in Central London too.  


Heathrow is only 7 miles away.  Parking is free.


This is, quite simply, the perfect base to kick back and relax after an action-packed adventure!  Or, just stay on board and spend your time reading, playing board games and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of watching river life go by.  


Discounted skippered cruises* and self-drive day boats* also offered so the staying guests can explore the local area by river.  


*  DEPENDENT ON RIVER CONDITIONS (usually between October to March inclusive).



• SKIPPERED CRUISES – up to 12 guests

£150/hour (minimum 1 hour)


Up to 2 guests:

£39/90 minutes, £59/4 hours, £95/8 hours or

Up to 6 guests:

£55/90 minutes, £85/4 hours, £135/8 hours



£15/hour - by arrangement in advance


Contacts with some amazing local businesses can be provided so the above services can be arranged with them - by you - directly!



• Cruises and self-drive day boats are subject to availability and dependent on river conditions (especially between October to March inclusive when currents can become dangerous).

• Pre-booking of cruises and self-drive day boats are recommended. 

• Water activities, swimming and fishing are strictly prohibited within the marina.

• ALL facilities are at the guests’ own risk.

• For your safety and that of the staff, some services or amenities may be modified.  

• Riverscapes endeavours to provide the advertised boat but this may change subject to availability but a similar/same standard boat will be offered.

• THIS ADVERTISED BOAT IS NOT A SELF-DRIVE and can only be skippered by the crew!




Enjoy the plenty of places of interest to visit in the area including historic monuments, market towns, museums, racecourses and theme parks.  Direct trains to Central London from Staines take approximately 35 minutes should guests wish to sample the many tourist attractions there too.  

Distances are measured from Chertsey:

•    Thorpe Park – theme park (approx. 0.9 mile)

•    Truss Island – uninhabited island and perfect spot to sit and watch the swans (approx. 1 mile)

•    Penton Hook Island – wood, uninhabited island used for nature conservation with many paths for viewing trees, squirrels, nesting birds & fish (approx. 1.6 miles)

•    St Ann’s Hill - wooded park set on top of a hill with an interesting history and marvellous views over the surrounding countryside and was used as a fort during the iron ages. It was also once part of a formal garden and several exotic trees and interesting features, such as the Nuns well, remain today (2 miles).

•    Runnymead Pleasure Grounds – riverside park perfect for picnics including a play area with modern equipment.  Paddling pool, children’s rides & amusements are open during the summer. (3.8 miles)

•    Magna Carta – charter of rights to the English agreed to by King John of England on 15th June 1215 (approx. 6 miles) 

•    Brooklands Museum – birthplace of British motorsport, aviation and home of Concorde (approx. 6.2 miles)

•    Mercedes-Benz World – ultimate car showroom for fans of the 3-pointed star (approx. 6.9 miles)

•    Eton College – boarding school famed for educating 19 British prime ministers (approx. 8.9 miles)

•    Windsor Castle - largest and oldest occupied castle in the world (approx. 8.1 miles)

•    Kempton Park Thursday Market - largest weekday market in the South of England (approx. 8.1 miles)

•    Sunbury Antiques Market – largest bi-monthly market in the country (approx. 8.1 miles)

•    The town of Windsor – historic market town (approx. 8.5 miles)

•    Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare – the world’s only shrine to honour the famous playwright (approx. 8.7 miles)

•    Hampton Pool – heated open-air pool/lido available 365 days/year (approx. 9.1 miles)

•    LegoLand Windsor – family theme park (approx. 9.2 miles)

•    Ascot Racecourse – one of the leading racecourses in UK (approx. 9.4 miles)

•    Hampton Court Palace – King Henry VIII’s lavish royal residence (approx. 9.7 miles)

•    Royal Bushy Park – second largest of London’s Royal Parks (approx. 9.9 miles)

•    "Astoria" – Pink Floyd’s recording studios (approx. 9.2 miles)

•    Wisley Gardens – one of the world’s greatest gardens (approx. 11.5 miles)

•    Windsor Great Park – sweeping historic parkland (approx. 11.6 miles)

•    The town of Kingston-upon-Thames – medieval market town and one of London’s liveliest boroughs (approx. 11.8 miles)

•    Chessington World of Adventures – family theme park (approx. 16.4 miles)

•    Twickenham Rugby Stadium – 4th largest sports stadium in Europe (approx. 17 miles)

•    Kew Gardens – world famous botanical garden (approx. 18.3 miles)



Search ‘Trip Advisor’ for restaurant recommendations in the local area (KT16 8PQ).  Or ask if Deliveroo, Just East or Uber Eats if they can deliver to the marina.



Please be forewarned, being on a boat is a very unique experience and many things are different to being a land lubber staying in standard accommodation (or a hotel for that matter) in terms of staffing, power and water supply, pumping out after showers and toilet flush systems, etc.  Everything will be explained prior to arrival and is also contained within the on-board 'HELP FOLDER'. 

Room Types

Double Ensuite



 Not suitable for those with mobility issues


 Additional toilet



 Hot water


 Shower room






 Dining area





 Ironing board

 Plug sockets

 Sofa bed

Paid Extras



 Decoration for celebrations





 Dining area


 Private entrance

 Seating area


Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks

 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub / Bar

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport



 Theme park



 Birthday parties

 Can arrange catering

 Family friendly site

 Hen dos

 No loud parties

 Quiet after 10pm

 Stag dos


 Board games


 Mobile - Strong mobile signal


 Sound system

 Space for outdoor ball games

 TV - Smart


On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Personal check-in

 Self check-in

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Deep Covid-19 clean

 Fire blanket

 Fire extinguisher

 First aid kit

 Lockbox / Safe

 Security cameras

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil


 Drinking water







 Kitchenware / Utensils


 Tea & Coffee


Young Children

 Take care - Near water

 Welcome all ages


 Guaranteed parking space


 Quiet location

 Small site (2-4 accoms)

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 28th October 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Natasha from French Leave