based on 4 reviews
Geoff Downing (Shefford, Beds)
A Truly Memorable Week

The country came out of lockdown and the weather suddenly looked fabulous for a week in October and we were so fortunate that we managed to find Candlewood still available for a week on the River Thames. The boat is fantastic. It is really luxurious, the double bed in the main bedroom is superbly comfortable, the double sized shower is really spacious, the facilities are fantastic. Who has ever had a working dishwasher on a boat?? After some expert tuition from Sham, we slowly ambled along the Thames looking at the beautiful houses and stopping at the lovely places along the way. When we were moored each evening sitting out the back with a glass of wine, I think everyone walking past was really really jealous. If you want a lovely luxurious boat on the Thames then Candlewood is an excellent choice.

Mature couple  |  stayed in 10/2020

Jon H (Pleshey )
Wow! What a Superb ‘Ship’

We have just returned from a week on board Candlewood with friends. As a group of seasoned Canal Boaters owning our own Narrow Boat, we were completely blown away with the extremely high standard of furnishings and equipment on Candlewood. Sham has put so much thought and effort into making Candlewood stand way above even the very top end of the hire fleet market. To say that staying on board is ‘home from home’, is a massive understatement. With a floor space larger than many modern day luxury flats, Candlewood is airy, light and so very luxuriously comfortable. Attention to detail has obviously been Sham’s driving force behind designing and fitting out Candlewood. Previous reviews echo our thoughts entirely, so no point in repeating but would like to add that Sham gives a personal touch to everything about the boat, from booking it to being welcomed on board and addressing any queries or issues that may arise. We hope to hire Candlewood again in the future but in the mean time have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Candlewood to others looking to hire a top of the range wide beam boat and to use her to discover the beautiful River Thames.

Group  |  stayed in 9/2020

Ewan (Qatar)
The nicest boat on the Thames

We took Candlewood for a 2 week self isolation and had a ball. After 14 days exploring the Thames up to Abingdon and down to Windsor we simply did not see a nicer boat, and got so many compliments. Reasons she is a better choice than most: - As a wide beam she is an order of magnitude more comfortable than a narrowboat, - She feels like someone’s home - think AirBNB rather than travel hotel. - She has luxuries like dishwasher, freezer, washing machine and X-Box that are almost unheard of afloat. - She has a spacious stern seating/dining area that is very rare even on other wide beams. - She has powerful solar panels that reduce (but do not eliminate) the power costs of all those toys. There are things to manage (keeping batteries and water full, rubbish and toilets empty are your main concerns as ever) and she is more of a handful to steer in close quarters than smaller boats, but overall she is absolutely worth the extra cost compared to the mass market alternatives. Just look at that kitchen!

Thanks for your review Ewan. Glad you had such a good time!

replied by the owner (9/3/2020 8:29:57 AM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 8/2020

David & Sally (Oxfordshire)
A wonderful break!

A beautiful very well equipped and sparkling clean boat meeting all our needs. Sham could not have been more welcoming and helpful and added lots of personal touches which made a real difference. Had a great week and were blessed with great weather. Thank you

Family with older children  |  stayed in 8/2020

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