A Little Luxury on The Thames

On the backwaters of the River Thames, moored in the beautiful historical village of Sonning lies a 'Grand Old Lady' celebrating her 104th year afloat. Built in 1911 of teak on an oak frame the Gentleman's launch 'Christobel' is a taste of Edwardian luxury. Once aboard she enables you to slow your pace, relax and rejuvenate whilst enjoying the natural beauty and tranquillity of the river Thames. You are welcome aboard for a couple of hours or for the whole day. 'Christobel' is ideal for celebrating special occasions, wedding transport, business meetings, corporate events, afternoon tea, an evening cruise, Henley Royal Regatta, The Henley Festival or just for time to relax together away from the pressures of life.

“ The river up to Sonning winds in and out through many islands, and is very placid, hushed. It is a part of the river in which to dream of bygone days. It is the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river ”

Excerpts from Jerome K Jerome Three Men in a Boat

Chartering Christobel

Whether enjoying all that the historical village of Sonning has to offer, including the wide variety of places to stay and food to savour at; The Bull Public House, The French Horn, The Ivy Indian Restaurant, The Great House, The Sonning Lock Tea Garden or the famous Mill at Sonning Theatre, You can be sure that a trip aboard Christobel will enhance your experience of this beautiful village. Time aboard can be spent as just a few hours a morning afternoon or full day, and we also offer the opportunity to Charter Christobel for 24 hours or more, enjoying travelling by day on a planed course, stopping at various café's and restaurants, with overnight accommodation arranged at the many wonderful hotel's along the banks of the River Thames. Christobel is also able to pick up guests from up and down river in order to end their experience in Sonning. We pride ourselves on personal service and work hard to make every cruise as individual as our guests.

“ What a beautiful boat, what a great crew and what a fantastic trip to Henley Regatta. Brilliant! ”

Liz Adams, Henley Regatta 2011


We provide a skipper and crew member for every charter, who will navigate Christobel on your cruise, as well as providing a good source of knowledge about the boat and area's you are visiting. She is an ideal launch to accommodate up to 8 guests comfortably, in her glass enclosed cabin, or in the forward canopied cabin and wheelhouse. As well as offering Edwardian charm and character, Christobel also embraces 21st century comforts, with a spacious toilet compartment, and a fully waterproof zipped canopied cover which can drop down over the forward cabin, to allow guests to enjoy all aspects of their cruise in comfort in a typical English Summer….. Luxurious fleece blankets and a tot of Rum are kept on board for guests encountering these treacherous conditions!

We welcome guests to bring their own refreshments on board but can easily supply or arrange catering for guests ranging from drinks and canapés, afternoon tea, picnic baskets, finger buffets and waitress serviced meals.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.