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DAY BOAT PRICES AND DETAILS

Day Boat pricing 2020

ROMAN, VIKING, NORSEMAN & SAXON

(Priced for 5 people but can hold up to 10 – each additional head is an extra £10)

                                                April May Sept Oct                       June July August

Sat/Sun Bank Holidays                £220                                                 £250

Weekdays                                        £180                                                 £230

DOT

(Priced for 4 people but can hold up to 6  – each additional head is an extra £10)

Sat/Sun Bank Holidays              £200                                                 £230

Weekdays                                      £160                                                  £210

To book a boat you must be over 25yrs old,  and a refundable security deposit of £150 (this can be done by card) must be left with us on the day of hire, and this will be returned to you on the safe, clean and tidy return on the boat on time (5.30pm) with no damage or third party claims against you.

In line with Government Covid 19 guide lines, we ask that you bring a face covering for use during your demonstration for yourself, and at least one other crew member. Currently as of 4th July bookings can be made up of two social households of any size. Please remember to follow all of the Covid 19 measures i.e. social distancing and washing hands/ sanitising and above all, have a lovely day out.

We are happy to provide you with –

Bottle opener, kettle, toilet rolls, matches, washing up liquid, jay-cloth and a small hand soap.

So please bring everything you will need for your day out with you, tea and hand towels, plates, glasses, cups, outside cushions to sit on, hand sanitiser and a spoon to stir your tea…. (We’re sure you’ll bring lots of other stuff as well) we know its a pain, but its just safer to avoid cross contamination and to protect our staff.

We will have cleaned and sanitised the boats in line with guidance before every hire to ensure your safety, but we would appreciate it if you could leave the boats tidy and your rubbish bag removed and tied at the end of your hire, and left on the bankside ready for swift removal to the bins.

We hope this covers most things, but feel free to email us or call if you have any questions.

 

 

Finally we can start our 2020 hire season, but its going to be a bit different from now on thanks to Covid 19.

We will be starting with our Day Boats from Saturday 4th July, and Holiday Boats will follow shortly after once we have read all the paperwork from the Government and British Marine, and we will also get the rowing boats and canoes back up and running just as soon as we can get everything in place to keep everyone safe, so please be patient, we are doing our best.

DAY BOATS – The dayboats will no longer have kitchen inventory aboard, so no crockery, glasses etc. We are removing them to reduce the risk of cross contamination for both customers and staff,  so hirers will need to bring anything they wish to use and perhaps bring picnics or book and visit the pubs in Guildford. We will leave a sanitised kettle and bottle opener aboard – we know that might cheer you up.

During your boat and lock demonstration our staff will wear a  face covering when appropriate social distancing can not be met, and we would be grateful to our hirers if they could bring and wear a face covering to wear under the same circumstances. We all need to do our bit and look after each other.

We are also trying to send forms for you to ‘e-sign’ to avoid pens and bits of paper but it remains to be seen how well Russ and Steve will adapt to this new system. (Fingers crossed!) To avoid handling cash, the security deposit of £150 per boat can now be left on a credit card for 2020.

We very much look forward to seeing you all again and have missed everyone-boaters, staff, customers, dogs…  Hoorah! We are open, roll on 4th July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid 19 has knocked us all for six and pretty much everything we’d like to do is either not allowed, or now requires a great deal of thought and preparation. We’ve all been shut indoors for months and are looking forward to the day when we can finally get together with friends, family and loved ones.

Farncombe Boat House remains closed due to the Government restrictions and we are awaiting guidance of when we can return and how to do so safely. For our seasonal business 2020 has been disastrous so far and has yet to even start. For those who don’t know, the tumble weir in the centre of Guildford collapsed on 2nd November 2019 and as a result there has been no navigable river between St Catherines and Millmead locks ever since. There was initially a plan to have it open for the beginning of April ready for Easter, but due to unforeseen circumstances and prolonged flooding this idea sank without trace, and then Covid19 arrived. Thankfully work has continued on the weir during lockdown and fingers crossed, by mid June we may have access to the river beyond St Catherines – Hurrah! BUT only when the Government gives us the green light to re-open can we resume boat hire, which is hopefully at the beginning of July.

When we do reopen it isn’t going to be the same. We may have to start by opening up the dayboat booking first and we may not be able to provide inventory, tea-towels, handtowels for dayboats for example, you may need to wear face-coverings during demonstrations.. at this stage we just don’t know, but be assured that when we can open, we will because we are missing our way of life.. people, dogs, boats, kids, boats, ducks, boats, phones ringing, boats… you get the picture.

Please watch this space, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, ‘follow’ us on Instagram and Twitter (although I’m really bad at twitter) WHEN we can open we will shout about it on those platforms and here of course, until then, stay safe, be alert and save lives (May the force be with you)

Love and socially distant hugs from Lynn, Russ and Connie Chase

 

 

 

 

 

Just a little thankyou….

We at Farncombe Boat House would like to thank all of our wonderful customers who have been incredibly supportive and happy to move their holidays and dayboat booking to later in the year when things get back to normal – it really does mean a lot to us so THANKYOU, your are all amazing!

Spring is in the air and we’re itching to get back to work and see you all out on the river enjoying yourselves, so lets all do the right thing for now, stay home, stay safe and we’ll see each other very soon..

Very best wishes from all the team at Farncombe Boat House

 

 

Christmas and New Years Hours for 2019/20

We’ll be popping in and out to check on water levels, boats, post deliveries etc. but not officially working on closed days.

From us all at Farncombe Boat House, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in 2020.

No Increase for Mooring Prices for 2020

As is the norm at this time of year, boaters are thinking about a change of scenery so why not come and take a look at the River Wey? Our lovely quiet moorings are a delightful spot even if you decide to go no where at all, but with Godalming just up the road or a 10/15 minute cruise with its shops, restaurants and pubs to mooch around, and Guildford a couple of hours down stream, you can enjoy both as well as all the other delights the Wey has to offer. There are train stations at Godalming, Farncombe and Guildford, and we are on the main bus route to Guildford as well so we are well connected. We are holding our mooring prices again so no surprise increase for 2020 – give us a call to reserve your new mooring soon.

It may be January and cold but don’t despair, it will soon be spring but while we wait why not book something to look forward to? We’ve been quietly beavering away down here at the boathouse preparing the boats for 2019, and we’ve made a few changes to our holiday boat fleet as well.

If you have a special date in mind, we advise you to book early as we are already filling quickly on some dates – Give us a call

 

Recreational Moorings available for 2019 at our 2018 price

We will not be increasing the prices of our recreational moorings at all for 2019, they will be maintained at our 2018 rate. If you are considering a change of scenery (ours is VERY pretty) please pop in, give us a ring or drop us a line and we will be happy to give you further details or meet up for a chat and a look around.

Mooring at Farncombe Boat House

We Have Mooring Availability

The project to re-profile and pile the mooring island finished in March this year and we have spent all Summer making it beautiful, so it is now well and truly ready for new moorers. Our moorings are strictly NON -RESIDENTIAL and are double breasted narrowboat moorings. We have water, electric hookup available with Ts&Cs, a tearoom, diesel, pumpout and gas available. If you’re looking for a quiet spot not far from town, the shops, the station and with a very pretty view Godalming is perfect. We guarantee our mooring fees will remain unchanged for 2018 and 19 and will not be reviewed until at least March 2020.

If you’d like to have a look around or have chat, please give us a call – we love to chat!

 

Day Boats are booking up quickly

Narrowboat VikingCoorrr! We have five day boats,  but we  are booking up quickly now and weekends are very nearly full (although we do have midweek dates available). We currently have one day boat available on Sunday 10th June and three on Sunday 17th June. After that in July we have one Sunday 1st July, one on 8th and one on 22nd.