English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA
Cruising the Royal River Thames from London to Henley-on-Thames, England
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
The Magna Carta has two decks: the lower deck boasting four full-width luxurious staterooms each averaging 200 square feet; while the upper deck comprises the main salon and dining areas with large picture windows and stylish furnishings. Outside you have the sundeck with comfortable seating and the spa pool/jacuzzi.
Each suite (approximately 200 sq.ft or 91m2) has four opening windows, beautiful hard wood finishes to floors and walls, and are equipped with hair dryers, ample hanging and drawer space, writing desk, bedside tables, television with DVD, and comfortable beds with finest cotton bedding. Three suites can be configured as a King or Twins and the fourth suite (Christopher Wren) has a King.
The Henry VIII and Christopher Wren suites are at the stern end of the barge and are accessed from one set of stairs leading down from the saloon. The William Shakespeare and the Winston Churchill suites are at the bow end of the barge and accessed from a separate set of stairs leading down from the saloon. There are three steps between the level on which the William Shakespeare cabin is located and the level on which the Winston Churchill cabin is located.
The ceiling height of Winston Churchill Suite is 7ft 4” (2.25m) (we recommend this suite if you are tall).
SIZE OF THE BEDS:
As double beds they are 6ft x 6ft 6” (1.8m x 2.0m) and as Twin Beds each bed is 3ft x 6ft 6” (0.9m x 2.0m)
Each suite has an en-suite bathroom 9ft x 4ft (2.7m x 1.2m) All suites have showers, basin and W.C. The bathrooms are fully tiled with under floor heating and heated towel rail. There is a thermostatic shower in a large tray. Wall hung contemporary basin with a single tap. There is also a window, 110v razor socket and air extractor. Towels, washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, hair dryers and bathrobes are provided.
SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
The upper deck is the saloon with tinted picture windows offering the finest panoramic views to three aspects. Four Italian leather sofas provide extremely comfortable seating adjacent to fully stocked bar, library with many reference books, a compendium of games, comprehensive CD collection with music to suit many tastes and a fine fining area close to the fully fitted professional galley from which the most exquisite dishes are delivered. The saloon has air-conditioning for comfort when necessary.
Leading from the saloon are the split-level sun decks offering hard wood table with parasol, chairs, 4 steamer chairs, and 2 recliners. There are safety railings all round. There is a Jacuzzi on the higher front sundeck and a canopy cover on the lower level sundeck which has doors leading into the saloon.
WHEELHOUSE & CAPTAIN'S SUITE
The wheelhouse is the nerve centre of the ship and for anyone interested, another view of Magna Carta with the opportunity to hear river tales and gossip or even try their hand at the wheel.
The captains suite is an original part of the ship comprising living room, bedroom and shower room. The suite is fully panelled with mahogany, incorporating the finest marquetry and marble. For charter only this accommodation may be made available, thus enabling Magna Carta to carry 9 or 10 passengers.
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
WALKING & CYCLING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages along the river and then returning to the barge a little further along. The barge travels very slowly and therefore ‘catching up’ will not be a problem. Please advise in advance if bikes are required.
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
Our barge minibus is used for transfers to excursions during the cruise.
EXCURSIONS FOR PRIVATE CHARTER GROUPS
If you are booking a private charter, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group’s particular needs. If your chosen excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise our office in advance and the Captain can be informed.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or laze on the sundeck or in the Jacuzzi.
We can offer special itineraries for groups who wish to do Golf, Gardens, Theatre, Tennis, or Family Cruises - please contact us for more information.
Passengers who have chartered a “Golf Cruise” or are booked on selected departures that are designated as a “Golf Cruise” will need to be in possession of official handicap cards and/or letters of introduction from their golf clubs at home. (Either or both of these must be presented at some courses prior to play.). Equipment can be provided at a supplemental cost. Powered golf carts are not available on all courses.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Please advise in advance if a wheelchair is required. We can hire this for a small charge of approximately £70. Payment should be made directly to the Captain once on board. Magna Carta has 1 step from the Sundeck to the saloon. Once in the Saloon there is a flight of stairs (10 steps) to the guest cabins, with a handrail.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. We ask smokers not to smoke inside the barge as this may create offence to your shipmates. We categorically do not permit smoking in the cabins for any reasons. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
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