Balliol

Cruiser stern canal boat | Sleeps 2 – 8 | Monday and Friday start, full week and short breaks

Great boat for a family adventure…

Balliol Overview
BALLIOL IS A 57FT (17.1 M) LONG NARROW BOAT WITH A CRUISER STERN WITH SEATS ON WHICH TO SIT AT THE REAR WHILST YOU STEER OR JUST SIT AND ENJOY THE SCENERY. INSIDE YOU WILL FIND WELL PLANNED ACCOMMODATION WITH PLENTY OF FLEXIBILITY TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF YOU AND YOUR CREW, FROM 2 TO 8.
Detailed Description
Entering the boat via the rear stairs you will come into the first of the sleeping cabins in which you can choose to have; two single beds, four single beds as bunk beds, or one double bed. We have also fitted a wardrobe in this bedroom with hanging space and shelves.

Exiting this cabin, you move into the first of two bathrooms, containing a shower, wash basin and flush toilet. This walkthrough bathroom is the full width of the boat giving ample space. You then move into the second bedroom, again with plenty of storage for clothes, which can be arranged to have a double bed or two single beds. The second bathroom follows along the corridor, with a spacious shower, wash basin and a flush toilet. Both showers are fitted with shower doors and storage for all the bathroom bits.

You then enter the living section of the boat which is fitted with a large four burner stove, good size fridge with a freezer compartment and ample work surface. All our kitchens are very well equipped so cooking on board is not a chore but part of the fun of spending time on your boat. Our kitchens have lots of storage for all the food that always goes along with you, and Balliol’s new kitchen is no exception. We have also included a small breakfast bar at which you can sit and eat or just relax and watch the chief of the day create dinner.

The lounge area is fitted with an L shaped sofa, which can be made up into a comfortable double bed. The lounge has large windows so you can sit inside and still enjoy the passing countryside. A large dining table is supplied around which you can all eat, or a small table on which to rest a gin and tonic and a few nibbles .The TV is located on the wall and has a radio and DVD player included  Finally you exit the boat on to a front deck where you sit in comfort and peace while enjoying the oxford countryside drift past you.

Each cabin has a door to ensure privacy at night and both bathrooms can be accessed without entering other people’s cabins if you need the use of bathrooms during the night . The boat is fitted with a diesel central heating system making it very warm and cosy even on chilly spring or winter evenings. Also included is a 240 volt system so charging phones and laptops is not an issue. The wall sockets also have USB ports again making it straight forward to charge electrical appliances.

All the beds are very comfortable and will be made up prior to your arrival with your chosen layout.

We have designed the interior of Balliol to make it an ideal boat for both families and a group of friends.

Balliol Features
  • Length 17.1m / 57ft
  • Cruiser stern
  • Airy light boat
  • Ample storage and hanging space
  • Separate w.c. and washbasin
  • 240 Volt Inverter Fitted

All of our Comfortable Boats Include:

  • Fully equipped galleys.
  • Cooker, refrigerator, radio/CD, hair dryer, telephone charging point on all boats.
  • Bed linen provided and all permanent beds made up.
  • Radiator central heating all boats.
  • Wood burners on selected boats.
  • Choice of traditional, semi-traditional or cruiser sterns.
  • FREE Fuel.
  • FREE Colour TV & DVD.
Layout Options
Balliol can have up to 3 double beds and/or up to singles spread over 3 cabins.

We’ve shown some possible layouts below.

All fixed beds are made up to your requirements before your arrival.

OPTION A: 3 DOUBLES (6 PEOPLE)

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OPTION B: 1 DOUBLE AND 4 SINGLES (6 PEOPLE)

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OPTION C: 4 SINGLES (BUNK BEDS) AND 2 DOUBLES (8 PEOPLE)

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What's provided, and what to bring

Our boats are well-equipped with most everyday utensils etc. The following is a list of all the things you will find on board your boat. We have tried to provide you with everything we think you will need for your canal holiday. Please let us know if we have missed anything!

Outside your boat you find the following:
2 mooring stakes
2 piling rings
Hammer
2 windlasses
3 ropes [1 each end and 1 in centre]
Hose pipe [for filling water tank]
Boarding plank
Pole
Hook
Life ring
Opener for water cap and toilet cap
Keys for boat ignition, back door, and British Waterways key, (this is for locked water points, operation of lift bridges)
Set of waterproofs (for lucky person steering in the rain)

On the boat we provide:
Salt and pepper
Washing up liquid
Kitchen cleaner
Dish cloth
Pan scrubber
Fly spray
Air freshener
1 toilet roll per bathroom
Picnic blanket (please do not take soft furnishings outside)

In the kitchen you will find:
Kettle with whistle
3 saucepans with lids: small, medium, and large
Frying pan
Non stick saucepan
Stockpot (that can be put in oven for casseroles)
Baking tray
Pizza tray (please do not put pizzas direct on to oven shelves)
Knifes, forks, spoons, teaspoons for each person on board (plus spare)
2 serving spoons
Bread knife
2 sharp knives
General kitchen utensils
Corkscrew and bottle opener
Grater
Mixing bowls
Casserole dishes
Measuring jug
Chopping board
Pan stand
Dinner plates
Small plates
Cereal /pudding bowls
Mugs with saucers
Various serving dishes, all ovenproof
Wine glasses
Drinking glasses
Plastic beakers (for little people)
Egg cups
Fruit bowl
Teapot, milk jug, and sugar bowl
Cafetiere
Glass jug
Thermos jug
Place mats

On your beds we will provide:
Double /single duvet (all hypo-allergenic)
Pillows: 2 each, on double beds (more can be requested)
Mattress protector on each bed
Fitted sheet

Towels are provided free of charge for overseas customers, and are available for £3 per person for UK bookings (please let us know if you require these when booking).

For more information about what to bring – including an downloadable packing list – please follow this link: What’s provided and what to bring.

Take a video tour of Balliol

“A wonderful 4 days, stunning weather, the Thames at her best. The boat treated us very well, we cannot recommend you enough."

The Jolly Book Club – May 2018

“We had an amazing time... will come back and certainly recommend."

Laurence – May 2019

“This was our second visit. Very happy."

Sarah – August 2019

“Thanks... We all had an amazing time."

James Hatton – May 2018

“Loved every minute. Great company. Will definitely use again. Highly recommended."

Jools – August 2019

“Thank you... It was awesome!"

Lois – September 2019

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