2 - 5 Berth Narrowboat, Foxy Class
Foxtail is a smaller boat often favoured by couples or young families. A member of our superbly equipped Cruiser style Foxy Class.
A 2+3 berth with a large permanent private double cabin located aft, followed by the bathroom and galley in the centre and the saloon and dining area at the front which easily converts at night into another double and single berth. This traditional layout allows the main sleeping cabin to be out of the way from the social areas in the saloon and outside bow deck as well as offering the best tranquil views through the windows and front doors.
A light and bright Ash veneered wooden interior combines well with carpeted floors giving a modern warm and welcoming feel. Facilities include a toilet and shower, a fully equipped galley and central heating that provides great comfort from March to November.
At 50ft(15.2m) long she has a bow deck with space to socialise and a Cruiser stern deck which is popular with young families and the less mobile as it offers easier stern access and a seating bench around the stern safety rail for up to 4 people to enjoy during non-cruising times.
Standard breaks for this narrowboat
- Weekend breaks (3:00pm Fridays to 9.00am Mondays)
- Midweek breaks (3:00pm Mondays to 9.00 am Fridays)
- Weekly,10/11 day & fortnight breaks (3:00pm Monday/Friday afternoons to 9:00am Monday/Friday morning)
The Stern Deck
This is a “cruiser” style deck with a safety rail around the stern. There is seating for up to 5 people when moored, making it a lovely outdoor sociable area. This is also where the helmsman (driver) will steer the boat from.
The Double Bedroom
A permanent double bed with a comfortable good quality mattress which is 4ft (122cm) wide x 6’3” (1.91cm) long. The bedroom has internal cabin doors ensuring privacy, there is also wardrobe hanging space, drawers, vanity unit and more storage below and above the bed.
The Shower and Toilet
There is a standard flushing toilet, the waste is stored in a large holding tank with capacity usually suitable for 1 week. There is a shower with dimensions of 2’6 (76cm) x 2ft (61cm) with headroom of approx 6’3 (1.91m). There is also a small washbasin with cupboard beneath.
There is a domestic sized gas cooker with a two-shelf oven with a separate grill. There is also a gas hob with four rings and a domestic sized electric refrigerator with small freezing compartment fitted under the worktop. The galley is equipped to suit the maximum capacity of the boat.
The ‘L’ shaped dinette will seat 3-4 adults around the table which is stowed beneath the gunwale when not in use. The dinette will also easily convert to a double berth approx. 4ft (1.22m) wide x 6’3” (1.91m) long. There are two single seats separated by a table, the tables will drop down overnight to make a single berth approx. 2’ (61cm) wide x 6’3” (1.91m) long. Extra seating is provided by two folding chairs.
The Entertainment & Storage
A 15” flat screen TV/DVD plus an FM Radio/CD player are fitted. There is a hanging rail, drawers and storage located in a half height cupboard in this area.
The Bow Deck
Outside sociable area where on board folding chairs can be positioned to allow full enjoyment of the tranquillity of your surroundings.
Foxhangers were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Pre-holiday correspondence and information was supplied in good time, with ample opportunity to resolve any outstanding issues. We arrived slightly early, (as I’m sure many do), but the boat was ready for us to board. The boat was clean and well presented, with just a few minor decorative issues – redundant switches, panel repairs etc. However, we felt that these added to the ‘canal boat’ ambience, we would not have wanted perfect. Bottled water was provided as the onboard fresh water tank had been ‘winterised’ and therefore had a slight taste, which would disappear with time. We were met by Kevin, who gave us time to embark bags and park the car before starting the handover. The handover was comprehensive and professional; Kevin has a pleasant, easy going manner which made us feel comfortable from the outset. He provided a walk through of the boat and a practical demonstration of lock operation, with plenty of useful tips. He was kind enough to acknowledge our prior boat handling experience and send us on our way – we went west! Our first evening meal was at the Barge Inn. It was ok, but we got the impression that they don’t try too hard as they have a premium location, and punters will come to them regardless. It was made worse because they had no ice, and all beer coolers had failed! Perhaps the Brewery Inn would have been a better bet… By the time we had reached our ‘half time’ point, (2 days), we had got as far as Dundas aqueduct, a lovely spot for lunch, turn round and head back. Our last evening meal was at the Three Magpies so that we could have the boat returned in good time the next morning. The berthing/return process was again very easy, Kevin met us and was keen to know how we had enjoyed the week, and wished us a safe onward journey. I can thoroughly recommend Foxhangers, and would definitely use again if we go back to the area.
Captain Cpt Ian Letts, Foxtail May 2022
We appreciated the initial input from Patrick, which was professional and clear. He gave us an update to refresh our skills but took into account the boating experience we did have. The information he gave out turned out to be useful all week. A good start! Foxtail is a charming boat, well fitted out, comfortable with good central heating, a neat little table, tv with DVD player, and a nice hot shower. The boat is good to steer, and its controls are straightforward. We went down to Bradford on Avon and had a lovely day there. We had a walk every day from our mooring places. The Wiltshire countryside is beautiful, and we enjoyed the wildlife - we saw whitethroats, meadow pipits, a mistle thrush. Thank you to all at Foxhangers for the good communication, warm welcome, and solid and reliable boat. We had a super holiday!
Captain Cpt Dr Lyn Mercer, Foxtail May 2022
An enjoyable first time experience on the waterways, everybody very friendly & helpful. Coasting along relaxing. Manoeuvring quickly mastered.
Captain Cpt Kay Wilton, Foxtail April 2022
We had a family holiday, the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, the boat was well appointed with everything we needed, information provided about where to eat etc made things easy and was correct, all the places recommended that we used we would also recommend. I would recommend using Foxhangers to anyone wanting a narrow boat holiday and would return for any future breaks.
Captain Cpt Mark Heather, Foxtail October 2021
Excellent week. Friendly welcome and an efficient hand over of the boat. The boat met all our requirements, Thank you.
Captain Captain Ray Abbott, Foxtail August 2021
What a great weekend. The weather it must be said was amazing. The canal and surrounding countryside was spellbinding. We have lived on the Eastern edge of Wiltshire for 50years. Never ventured West, oh what we have missed. The boat was brilliant, beautifully maintained and the handover advice from Andy was superb. Great fun, perhaps a little daunting attempting a lock for the first time, but so worth the experience. The pace of life at canal level and the wind down value of a weekend away like this is priceless. Bradford on Avon a hidden jewel to which we will return, the cheery waves and smiles from those walking or cycling or on passing boats made it a holiday to remember and cherish. Thanks for your help and we look forward to seeing you again.
Captain Cpt Steve Hart, Foxtail July 2021
It was our first time on a Barge, and we thoroughly enjoyed our week. It was hard work with just the two of us having to negotiate the locks and steering the barge through strong winds, but we did it! Everyone was very helpful at Foxhangers with full instructions before we set off and the knowledge that someone would be on hand to help if we needed them. Being able to slowly make our way up the canal at a very gentle pace was relaxing in the knowledge that we were in no rush to get very far and to just enjoy being on holiday. We would do it again but next time maybe a bigger barge with some friends who can help.
Captain Cpt M Green, Foxtail May 2021
We are a retired couple in our 70’s and very much enjoyed a welcomed week away in the midst of the COVID uncertainty on board Foxtail. Our plan was to go to Bath (and back) in the week and we achieved our goal. Foxtail was the ideal size for the 2 of us (and our 7 month old Sheltie) and provided us with every provision, facility and comfort we needed for a worry free relaxing week. Good layout on the boat, particularly the kitchen. Foxhangers were helpful and efficient throughout. Thank you.
Captain Sarah Hughes, Foxtail October 2020
Again we were impressed with their friendliness and efficiency. The boat was well prepared including extra Covid provisions and arrangements. Compared to other hire boats we saw on the ‘cut’, and in conversations we had with other hirers Foxhangers is definitely a cut above. Despite awful weather at times we enjoyed our second booking with Foxhangers.
Captain Alan Gaskin, Foxtail October 2020
Testimonial Really enjoyed our first experience- not without its challenges but found everyone very helpful. Very impressed with how smoothly we were handed the boat and given information. No criticisms and would definitely do it again next year.
Captain jane Houghton, Foxtail September 2020
The service when we arrived and when we departed was slick and well organised. The Staff we met were very friendly and helpful. The narrow boat (Foxtail) was sparkling clean, well laid out and well equipped. Perfect for 2 people, OK for 4/5 if you do not mind making up beds at night. Information provided in advance was very useful in planning holiday, just a shame someone got their boat stuck in Lock 12 so we could not get as far as we intended. But on the up side it gave us more time to explore places we would otherwise of just passed through and my crew (wife) was quite happy to have less locks and swing bridges to manage per day. Would certainly consider using Foxhangers if we are in that part of the country again
Captain Peter Freeman, Foxtail September 2020
3 grown up teenagers (19 and 20 years old) and their dad for a week on a canal boat ( never known the existing of it as we don't know this in Holland), how would that be? I can tell you, we loved it! What an experience! The boat itself was fantastic, everything works. And the trip became better and better as the locks and swing bridges were professional taken by the young crew. What a quality time we've had all 4 of us. And what a great country England is, the nice Bradford on Avon, Bathampton and Bath were very interesting. Next time we come with even more people, of course we need a bigger boat by then but that should be no problem, after a few days boating we consider ourselves as experienced boaters, it was that easy. Thank you Foxhangers for a great holiday.
Captain Mr Hans Van De Ham, Foxtail August 2020
This was a weekend break planned to celebrate significant birthdays and anniversaries across three generations but was held on tenterhooks by Covid-19 and the cautious lifting of lockdown measures. Foxhangers couldn’t have been more helpful through all the uncertainty, offering us four quality boats so that all four families could enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime get-together as we emerged out of lockdown. The knowledgeable staff, the training and handover all gave us the confidence to make the most of our time which we did, leaving us with unforgettable memories and the pleasure of being able to recommend such a generous, efficient and considerate company.
Captain Donald Hunter, Foxtail July 2020
We have had a wonderful few days on the canal, the boat hand over was excellent, Richard explained everything very well before we set off, the boat was very comfortable and easy to use. Our experience right from booking until handing back the canal boat has been very professional.
Captain Mark Blatchford, Foxtail September 2019
Once again Foxhangers have come up trumps. Just returned from 4nights on Foxtail with two friends who had never tried Canal holidays before and were very impressed with both the organisation and standard of boat and facilities. They were particularly impressed with the hand over and instructions advice given.
Captain David Leadbeater, Foxtail
We had an amazing first canal boat holiday on Foxtail, which was just right for us. She was well equipped and comfortable and was a good length at 50ft –not too long to steer but long enough to fit everything in. After an initial short panic at steering a boat that was nearly three times as long as our Drascombe, it soon became second nature and thoroughly enjoyable. The community spirit on the canal was lovely and there was always someone to help if you needed it. There were places to explore en route and the sunrises and sunsets and misty mornings were a joy, as was the wildlife, with kingfishers, swans, ducks, moorhens and much more. We are now planning to go on another canal boat holiday next year, and looking at other operators’ sites I realise how good the information provided about the boats etc by Foxhangers on their site is. We did not want to leave our boat at the end and could happily have stayed on her for extra weeks!
Captain Mrs Parsons , Foxtail
What a great holiday! A warm welcome from the team, tuition from Duncan was very good,1hr1/2 later were on our way. Our boat was nice and clean and very well kitted out, everything was there including waterproofs! Luckily our week was the hottest in June, so no need for the waterproofs! It takes a couple of hours to get the feel of the boat, just remember slower is better, there’s no rush you’re on holiday, and try to pair up on the locks, it makes it a lot easier, and you can pick up tips from more experienced boaters. We made it to Bath and back, our last night at the 3 Magpies, excellent food and only about half hour from foxhangers, Overall a great holiday at a slow pace.
Captain Duncan Welsh , Foxtail
Another holiday with Foxhangers and again excellent attention paid by all staff. This time a smaller craft Foxtail lovely boat well maintained and prepared. I cannot fault Foxhangers for their attention, service and quality of craft. Highly recommended.
Captain David Leadbeater , Foxtail
We had a wonderful relaxing break aboard Foxtail. We found it comfortable, clean, well laid-out and maintained to a high standard. Staff were very welcoming and helpful. We will definitely do it again.
Captain Mr & Mrs Phillips, Foxtail
Had a great week, Staff were friendly & helpful would definitely go back
Captain Mrs Bryson, Foxtail
Just a quick e-mail to thank you and all your staff for a lovely holiday on Foxtail. Rachel and I found the whole team at Foxhangers extremely professional and very helpful, especially with the flowers! (Which were arranged to be onboard as a surprise for Mrs Keith).The whole experience was very enjoyable and we would not hesitate to recommend you. Many thanks again,
Captain Steve and Rachel Keith, Foxtail
We had an excellent time with the Foxhangers narrow boats on the Kennet and Avon. This is an exceptional canal (we have cruised many), with lots of moorings and terrific pubs. We were lucky with the weather which helped. The boat was in excellent condition. Lovely people at the canal yard and bottle of wine was a nice touch.
Captain Mrs A Alexander, Foxtail
We spent a weekend on Foxtail in March 2014 and had a lovely/relaxing time. We had two small children with us who really enjoyed the experience, helping with the locks and swing bridges. The handover was thorough, the staff were friendly/helpful and the lock demonstration useful. The boat was clean and well equipped and we had everything we needed. The wine and chocolates were a lovely touch, albeit they didn’t last long! We would highly recommend Foxhangers and will definitely be going again.
Captain Mrs L Saunders, Foxtail
I found the staff at Foxhangers to be very polite, welcoming and of great assistance all the way from booking my boat hire to collection return etc. The information provided was very helpful. I would recommend Foxhangers and will be booking a week’s holiday with them again in 2015. An overall, very satisfied customer
Captain Mr Collman, Foxtail
Wow - Incredible break yet again from all the staff at Foxhangers, not going to name individually but they know who they are. Also the gang behind the scenes, getting boats refuelled, cleaned and ready to go again in a tight timeframe. We had a great time making our way down to Bath, a great City, which we all enjoy visiting this time by water. Thanks again everyone at Foxhangers, keep up the great work you do
Captain The Turner Party , Foxtail
This was the first time we ever tried a narrowboat holiday and our experience means we will definitely be doing it again! Foxhangers were excellent in every respect - friendly, very helpful and the boat, Foxtail, was extremely well equipped with everything on board that you could need. The whole experience was great from start to finish.
Captain The Webb party , Foxtail
The staff at Foxhangers are friendly and helpful, we couldn’t have asked for better customer service. The boats were clean, tidy and well presented with everything you could need on board and more. The hand over of the boats to us at the start of our holiday left everyone in our party feeling confident that they could operate locks, bridges and the boats well. Added to that the fact that Foxhangers is located on a truly beautiful stretch of canal we had a really relaxing, interesting and comfortable family holiday which we hope to repeat some day!
Captain Jemma Nicholls , Foxtail
Four of us spent a week on one of Foxhangers barges. We were all totally satisfied with the experience. We found the staff at the beginning of the holiday helpful and accommodating. We loved the small touches of a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates waiting for us a lovely touch. The barge itself was very much to our satisfaction. Plenty of room for us all. The barge was lovely and clean and well appointed. All in all it made for a very pleasant vacation. We will all recommend Foxhangers to other people.
Captain Andrea Seymour, Foxtail
"Foxtail" was perfect for the two of us. Homely, with everything we needed, but small enough to be easily handleable by a couple travelling alone.
Captain Sarah Lurcock , Foxtail
Great weekend break, good handover, quality boat and even the teenagers had fun!
Captain O'Connor Family, Foxtail
I thank you for a wonderful trip and vacation on the canal. You and your team, boats and canal are amazing. We look forward to coming back to the canal and perhaps taking on Caen Hill!
Captain Mr & Mrs Wiesner-Hanks, Foxtail
We had Foxtail, anyway 5berth and a really tidy boat that handled really well. Very well equipped, superb tele and radio reception and comfortable beds and bedding. Generally very well laid out making the best use of space and obviously not skimping on any of the gear. The training was very professional and relaxed which inspired confidence. We had a great time. Thank you Foxhangers!
Captain Pete Anderson, Foxtail
Dear Sirs. Thanks for Damage Deposit cheque. Excellent few days which we all enjoyed. We thought the Foxhanger staff were all very friendly, professional and competent and the boat in first class order. We would certainly do it again and by the way, would we get a discount for a return visit? Thanks again.
Captain John Wilson , Foxtail
Just a quick note to say how much we all really enjoyed our Easter weekend on Foxtail! The boat was really well kitted out and very spacious for 4 and had everything we needed for a great trip. I think the glorious weather helped, but we had a fantastic time and would certainly recommend you to anybody who asked - I've already sent your web-link to a friend who also "has always wanted to try a narrowboat and never quite got round to it". Many thanks once again.
Captain Emma Beckett and others, Foxtail
Super service, thanks you all were great to work with and run a darn good service. The boat was very fine and made us feel proud as we passed the other guys.
Captain Gary and Barbara, Foxtail
We were pleased with the boat - lots of nooks and crannies for storing. The boat was easy to handle, a very pleasant holiday.
Captain , Foxtail
Can’t fault anything, you must take great pride in your boats and it shows.
Captain , Foxtail
Fantastic, well equipped boats, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful surroundings, attention to detail, nothing was too much trouble, we had a fabulous week on Foxtail!
Captain Julie Wolf, Foxtail
Once again enjoyed a wonderful 4 days on Foxhangers Foxtail. Our friends who came with us had never experienced a canal holiday and were full of praise both for Foxhangers and the Canal Trust for making it a unforgettable experience. We visited 3 pub/restaurants. The Somerset Arms at Semmington, the George at Bathampton and the Three Magpies at Seend and highly recommend them all. Thank you Foxhangers for all the help and advice and we look forward to returning in the future.
Captain David Leadbetter, Foxtail