Fennec Fox 5-9 June 2017
A big thanks to all at Foxhangers. Despite the weather ( 30 mile per hour winds and driving rain) we had one of our best holidays ever. The Fennec Fox was perfect for first timers and easy for 2 to handle in and out of the locks. Returning next year to head up the Caen flight.
Fennec Fox 26-30 May 2017
We chose Foxhangers mainly on location as we wanted a short trip to test out our ability to manage a boat through locks with a dog on board. Heading towards Bath gave us a reasonable test without over taxing us.
From the website on we were impressed by the attention to detail. The information on the boats, the canal, the history etc was better than most other hire companies.
On arrival, everyone was very friendly and helpful. They appear to be enjoying their jobs and all were fully briefed on what was happening.
The boat (Fennec Fox) was in excellent condition and, as we lived on board for those few days, we came to appreciate how well laid out it was; discovering more and more places to store things. Everything worked well.
We have no hesitation in recommending Foxhangers to others and will use them again if/when we return to the Kennet and Avon.
Mr Paul Morris
Fennec Fox 31 March - 3 April 2017
Lovely weekend spent on the Fennec Fox celebrating hubby's special birthday. Experience was brilliant. Helped along by fabulous weather, professional and helpful staff. Thank you all.x
Mrs S Hawkins
Fennec Fox 3-10 September 2016
Thanks for making this wonderful trip possible. We can not say enough your company.
John and Ellen Monten, USA
Fennec Fox 16-23 July 2016
Wonderful holiday, lovely boat, and at some point I will be back to do the lock stair!
(really good arrangement with Rowde Village Shop, having such a wide range of food available to pay by credit card and then have actually delivered to the boat - first time we’ve had that available and it was a great ‘add on’ detail to the holiday).
Mark & Sharon Chaldecott
Fennec Fox 4-8 July
Many thanks for a great boat and short break, Had a good time on Fennec Fox a really great boat. Have enjoyed dealing with all the staff at foxhangers. Look forward to seeing you again.
Malcolm Sue Kirkby & Harvey the dog
Fennec Fox 19-26 April 2014
To all at Foxhangers:
After a gap of some 25 years on a narrow-boat, (only in France, once), Gail and I were moved into action to try it again, after watching the Tim West/Prunella Scales TV programmes.
Luckily, (as it was a short time frame to try and find a narrow-boat to hire) we were able to find several companies on-line that had boats available in different areas. Due to our location in Guernsey, we wanted the least travel distance, so Kennet and Avon was ideal, only a couple of hours drive from Portsmouth or Weymouth, where the ferries arrive.
We chose Foxhangers over the others,for several reasons:
1. The times we wanted were available
2. The location was ideal
3. The price was competitive, and in some cases, was over £200 cheaper!
4. The boat layout was ideal for us
After the booking, we received in short time comprehensive details for our booking, including maps and guides, and a very helpful DVD, which gave us time to study and prepare.
At about 1445hrs, we arrived at Foxhangers and Richard advised us to load the boat with our stuff and then we went through the familiarisation for handover. Very comprehensive for the boat and good run through on handling the locks, (as we were a bit unsure about that). We were happy to set off at about 1700hrs. About an hour journey for our first overnight stop.
Everything on board was fine. Comprehensive inventory, great oven for the meals, all worked well and the beds were more comfortable than ours at home! We slept very well indeed.
During our journey from Foxhangers to Bath and back, we experienced no problems at all. Everything worked as expected and the central heating was beneficial to dry out our clothes during a rather wet Easter weekend!
We arrived back from a brilliant relaxing voyage at approx. 6pm night before handover, and spent an enjoyable evening ready for handing back next morning. All done and away by 0900hrs.
In a nutshell, Foxhangers: = “ Excellent boats, excellent service and assistance”.
Thanks very much. Yours sincerely,
Chris and Gail Murray, from Guernsey
Fennec Fox July 2013
To all at Foxhangers,
A big thank you to Foxhangers. My wife and I have enjoyed a fab two weeks holiday aboard the Fennec Fox from the 6th to 20th July 2013. We have never been on a canal or narrow boat holiday before. Our holiday was magic, the weather was hot and sunny, the people we met were friendly and helpful, especially the volunteers from the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust guided us up and down the Caen Locks with muscle and knowledge.
The Fennec Fox was well fitted out, with all the mod cons, as well as being attractively finished with wood panelled interior, making it attractive and functional. This was confirmed by other renters from different companies, that we met when sharing locks and looking in other peoples boats as you do!! So we enjoyed value for money as well as a great boat.
We thoroughly recommend a canal holiday on a Foxhangers Narrow Boat. We travelled East to Hungerford and then back west to Bath, before returning to Foxhangers wharf. A couple of the magic bits: Lock 44 at dawn, we called it the infinity lock, because of the view. The section between Bradford on Avon and Bath, which because of the aqueducts has no locks and follows the contours of the valley is both beautiful and surreal in that you are piloting a boat that is halfway up a hill, and you can see the river Avon below. The inspired creativity that built this some two hundred years ago, puts the modern developments to shame. Bucket List Stuff !!
Fennec Fox May 2013
I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our Foxhanger holiday.
The locks and bridges were harder work than I had expected, but I
managed nicely, while my husband expertly manned the tiller! We
enjoyed it so much that this morning, we bought our own boat, which we
plan to make our permanent home!
Once again, thank you..
Fennec Fox October 2012
Party of 3 adults & 2 large dogs. Duration 1 week which leisurely took us to Bath and back (with a full day to spend in Bath). Weather - typically British; wet one day, dry and mild the next. We are experienced at narrowboating but this was our first time on the Kennet & Avon and of Foxhangers. The Kennet & Avon is a pretty canal, well served with waterside (or very near) pubs, serving very good food. The locks and swing bridges are fairly easy to use but only if you’re fit and some could do with better maintenance. Getting water was a bit of a task as our end of the hose didn’t fit some of the taps. (Can the Water Suppliers not standardise this?) Our boat, The Fennec Fox could not be faulted - very clean, extremely well stocked (we particularly appreciated the wet-weather clothing supplied) and the layout was the best that we have ever experienced. I was very impressed with the ease with which the salon seats converted to a double bed without having to utilise or haul the table around. We found the on-board information folder very useful and, although we were warned that we may not receive a good TV signal in places, the supplied aerial booster did its job well and we experienced no problems. All the staff were very professional, courteous and friendly. We would recommend Foxhangers and we hope to return.
The Veal family, Cornwall.
Fennec Fox 27th August to 3rd September 2011
The boat was spotlessly clean and fantastically well fitted-out. We had a very thorough briefing on arrival and the staff were friendly and informative. An incredibly enjoyable week aboard a fantastic boat in some of the most stunning countryside that the UK has to offer. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending to friends and family.
Christopher Allen, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Fennec Fox 11 - 18 /09/10
Once again a superb holiday. From arrival to departure we had quality service and a quality boat for our holiday. The areas along the canal are beautiful and the locals including those that live on the boats are so friendly and helpful. We are already looking forward to our 2011 holiday with you. If only we could have stayed longer. Many thanks,
Fennec Fox 17 - 20th July
Thank you for your email re. refund notification of £200 damage deposit. We (my daughter and her family) had a fantastic time on Fennec Fox and I’ve now promised my son and his family that I will take them on it some time soon. When they have some dates I will contact you again and check availability of Fennec Fox. Thank you for an amazing trip up the Kennet and Avon canal - we all enjoyed it immensely and Fennec Fox was a joy to live on. Kind regards,
Pat Oldham The Dianthus Group
Fennec Fox April 2009
“We just returned from a tranquil 2-week holiday on the canal aboard the Fennec Fox in April 2009. The boat was well kitted out and very clean; everything works onboard. The canal passage to/from Bristol was nicely spaced out with serene countryside and busy Bath & Bristol. We particularly enjoyed the River Avon passage between Bath & Bristol, as it was a bit of an adventure. The sight of the Bath Weir and mooring just before it was truly an awesome experience. The one thing I’ve missed since returning to Singapore are the sounds of birds singing every morning…our wake up call.”
Mark & Jessie
“Just returned from a splendid week with the Fennec Fox. It was our first time on a narrow boat, however the comprehensive information pack, plus the hands-on initial instructions and tips meant we had no problems operating the boat, locks or swing bridges. Mooring up in Bath just below the weir on my birthday was magical. Looking forward to our next trip.”