The Ws is a new hotel barge on the Thames offering unique, luxury all-inclusive holidays. She has been specifically designed for comfort, tranquillity and privacy whilst boasting a spacious and light environment with modern hotel facilities.
Your suite has one of the largest bedroom cabins on the Thames and also includes 2 private sun decks, an elegant saloon with bar facilities and a wood burner for those romantic evenings. During your exclusive private charter we provide unrivalled personal service from our dedicated and experienced crew.
Your tranquil cruise includes all on board food and drink and entrance fees to local attractions. We offer a delicious "create your own menu" each day or we can provide bespoke dishes to fit with your dietary requirements. We endeavour to source the majority of our ingredients from within 5 miles of the Thames.
The Ws is a wide beam English barge. She is 21.5 metres long and 3.7 metres wide (70ft x 12ft). She was specifically designed to be a hotel with an exclusive and extremely spacious private guest suite.
We expect all our guests to treat the Ws as their home during the cruise. Relax in the large, comfortable sofas with a cocktail from the bar, read a book from the library on one of your private sun decks or perhaps curl up together to watch a romantic movie.
Your suite has one of the largest en-suite bedrooms on the Thames and also includes 2 private sun decks, an elegant saloon with bar facilities and a wood burner for those romantic evenings.
Carefully chosen antique and modern furniture creates a special boutique hotel style and atmosphere. The bathroom offers a calm, spa like space to indulge in some personal pampering. Your fully equipped bedroom cabin includes:
Your experienced and fully qualified crew, Matthew and David, will endeavour to look after your every need and offer you a personalised service unrivalled on the Thames.
Jack is the friendliest member of the crew. He loves to sit on the roof making sure everything is ship shape.
We welcome you on board for your luxurious 2-night weekend at 1pm. You will be shown to the guest suite and invited to join your hosts for an introductory glass of champagne and an informal safety talk.
We will cruise to Windsor Castle where we will moor for the evening beneath the Royal residence. You will then enjoy your bespoke welcome dinner, with wines to match.
After dinner, you can relax and make the most of your unique and comfortable environment, taking in the sunset and swans, as everything else is looked after by your hosts.
On Saturday mornings we serve our "Royal" breakfast with ingredients from the Royal Estates. After breakfast, you have the option to join a tour of Windsor Castle – the Queen’s favourite home - or enjoy the varied shopping opportunities in this historic town.
On your return, you will be served your chosen three course lunch from our extensive “create your own” menu including selected wines and cheeses.
We will then take a tranquil cruise upstream where we will moor for the evening. You can choose to have a drink with your canapés before tonight’s dinner…
Another relaxing evening watching the sun go down and the river slip by!
Sunday mornings start slowly with a leisurely brunch. Our brunch menu varies from delicious, freshly baked pastries with an intense espresso, to Eggs Benedict with a chipotle hollandaise and a Bloody Mary. Go on! Spoil yourself!
We arrive back at the disembarkation point at around 1pm when, sadly, it’s time to say goodbye.
Our food philosophy is to provide fresh, local and seasonal food. We have been introduced to some incredible local producers in our search for the very best ingredients available in the region. Our aim is to source the majority of our ingredients from within five miles of the Thames, which greatly reduces food miles and our enviromental impact.
We have developed a unique concept where you will be able to “create your own menus” for your stay from a selection of freshly prepared, home made dishes. Here are some of our current favourites:
We have specifically selected wines to complement your food. We also have a range of beers, spirits and soft drinks available on board. All of these drinks, as well as teas and coffees are included in your stay.
If you have any specific food or drink requirements or special requests please let us know in advance.
We are part of the Virtuous Bread network - producing delicious, high quality homemade breads for our guests. We also offer bread making courses.
For our luxurious two night weekend break the cost is £1000. This includes all food and drink as well as entrance fees to the Royal residence of Windsor Castle. This is for two people.
Should you wish to stay with us for a longer period please contact us to discuss your arrangements.
We accept payments through our website or by phone, both of which are subject to a surcharge of 4.5%. Surcharges may be avoided if you pay by bank transfer. Please call or email us for more details.
The price does not include: