Day hire

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Day Trips on Rosette

A Traditional style steel narrowboat custom-built

for you to enjoy our inland waterways – just for a day!

What a great way to take a day out – stock up with plenty of picnic fare, and set off on a journey of exploration along the Oxford Canal. You drive, and you decide where to go, whilst Rosette provides all the facilities you need for the trip.


Day Boat Rosette
Rosette Day Boat Hire

Rosette, our 32ft tug style narrowboat (above), is available for self-drive day trips for up to 12 people. For your comfort during the day there is a fresh water flush toilet, a small gas cooker with 2 burners and an oven, a fridge, hot and cold running water a well equipped galley and even a radiator to keep the cabin warm on cooler days. The open sided front area has clear roll-down screens.


Click on the DAY ROUTES button to take you to some examples of routes that you can take for your day out on Rosette.

Rosette is only available on the days shown on the booking calendar below within the months of April to October.

Sorry no Sundays are available.

Please ensure that you have chosen the correct date as we regret that it is not possible to alter the date once the booking has been confirmed.

All prices are fully inclusive of fuel and VAT at the current rate.
We will also require a returnable security deposit of £250 (payable by debit/credit card on arrival).



Weekdays 10am to 7pm (or dusk if earlier)

Rosette £285 per weekday during school holidays

Rosette £245 per weekday  (Tuesday and Thursdays only)

Saturdays  10am to 7pm (or dusk if earlier)

Rosette £285 per Saturday

Bank Holidays 10am to 7pm (or dusk if earlier)

Rosette £285 per Bank Holiday

All prices are fully inclusive of fuel and VAT at the current rate.
We will also require a returnable security deposit of £250 (payable by debit/credit card on arrival).

Please make sure you read our Conditions of Hire below.

Booking a day out on Rosette couldn’t be easier

You can check availability and book using the online calendar below.

Start dates are in bold and underlined.

Once you have chosen your day out, it will be confirmed in an email.

If you are having problems booking please ring our office +44 (0)1788 832449 or email us

To secure a booking

The full payment amount is required to confirm a booking.

Please remember we have no hidden costs in our holidays – diesel, gas, VAT and parking are included.


  • Large front well-deck with plenty of seats
  • Roll-up side screens
  • Small inside seating area with heating
  • Sink with hot and cold water
  • Small gas oven, grill and 2 ring hob
  • Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery for up to 12 people
  • Fridge
  • Fresh water flush toilet
Rosette 2
Rosette seating
Rosette galley
Rosette galley


On Facebook 15th July 2018

Katie Ball reviewed Rose Narrowboats – 5 star

“We have had a fantastic day out today on the day boat, Rosette.
6 adults and 5 children aged 4-12.
3 smaller children were supplied with life jackets to wear onboard.
Rosette was clean and well equipped for a day out.
We chose to go South as we were able to go across an aquaduct and this also gave us the opportunity to try out a lock or 3.
We were met by a friendly gentleman, who gave us an excellent induction on the boat, and the saftey features etc.
As complete newbies to narrow boats, we felt confident and thoroughly enjoyed our day!!!
The route we chose was beautiful, and other canal users were friendly, there is a great community feel out on the canal.
We will be back to try out a weekend boat trip really soon.
Thank you so very much!!!”

Conditions of Hire

The full terms and conditions are available here. Hirers should note however that:
1. We will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused by events or circumstances beyond our reasonable control or not due to our own proven negligence
2. The hirer is in charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation
3. Hirers may themselves be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused by them or their crew
4. Vehicles and their contents are left at owner’s risk
5. The boat should be returned on time in a clean, tidy condition.
6. If for any reason the boat is not available or delayed on the day (e.g. damage, mechanical breakdown, late return of the previous crew etc.) we will endeavour to provide you with an alternative. Otherwise we will refund a suitable amount, but no more than has already been paid to us.
7. Whilst we take every care to service and maintain the boat, no responsibility will be accepted for loss of time or expenses through breakdown, damage or defects.