The Blue Dutch Barge, Magpies & Butterflies Thames Boat Stay
The Blue Dutch Barge, Magpies & Butterflies Thames Boat Stay. Magpies and Butterflies is a classic Dutch barge, lovingly restored to a boutique and unique holiday rental. Based at Bourne End Marina on a pretty riverside mooring, a stay aboard is a perfect escape from the every day. Being on the water and surrounded by nature, is good for the soul. 🦋
The boat has a (cosy) double bed in the front cabin and twin beds in the aft. It is perfect for a couple, but can sleep up to four, so a family of four or 2 x couples are welcome to stay aboard.
A moored stay aboard has a minimum of 2 nights and is £550 for 2 nights (plus £250 refundable damage deposit) and this includes a 2 hour skippered river trip during your stay.
We also offer skippered river trips alone, with no stay aboard, which are suitable for up to 6 people from your private group, as well as longer full and half day skippered river trips for staying guests. Another option is a skippered holiday which is where you cruise during the day and are moored in different locations each night.
Everything we do is bespoke and personalised for you. We will book restaurant’s, arrange lovely grazing boards or afternoon teas for you to enjoy onboard. We offer some super full day trips on the river where you can stop off for lunch at a fabulous restaurant. A particularly popular day trip on the boat is to go to Bray to one of the amazing restaurants for lunch and then head back upstream afterwards, taking in Bray, Cliveden and Cookham. It’s such a great day out and so very beautiful too.
We post lots of photos on Facebook and Instagram so do follow us. It’s always best to chat, so please don’t hesitate to call or WhatsApp me, Kate, to arrange your perfect stay aboard, day trip or both!
We have a sister classic Dutch barge called Eriska & Ischia which is our ‘romantic retreat’ barge for couples to stay. We also have a beautiful open day boat ~ the baby barge ~ which is very romantic and perfect for a 2 hour skippered cruise for two. 🥰