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Sunvil’s Edwardian riverboat, Genevieve, celebrates her 100th birthday

12th June 2014 Print

Enjoy a private river cruise on Genevieve from Hurley during June and early July. Celebrate her birthday with her and enjoy £100 off the usual charter price – day charter now from just £600 (for up to ten people) including captain, crew and five hours’ charter time – just £60 pp. Take Genevieve up stream and arrive in style at the picturesque riverside village of Henley-on-Thames. Or head downstream with a picnic basket (drinks and canapés to order, in addition to the hire charge) and arrive at the riverside entrance to the impressive country estate of Cliveden.

There is still availability on Genevieve during the Henley Royal Regatta (2 to 6 July), a highlight of the British summer sporting and social calendar. The Edwardian-style event features almost 90 rowing races a day and oarsmen dress in dazzling blazers, boaters, outrageous socks and club ties. Price is now just £999 total – £99 pp (ten passengers) during the regatta including captain, crew and five hours’ charter time (excludes 4 July).

Sunvil Holidays commissioned the extensive and painstaking restoration of Genevieve by Peter Freebody’s excellent boatyard. She is a unique, very rare and fine example of an historic saloon launch. Her restoration means she can now be enjoyed by future generations. Chris Wright, Managing Director of Sunvil Holidays says: “We were very excited and honoured that Genevieve was invited to be a part of The Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 and, in 2014, Genevieve is happily celebrating her own centenary. It’s a wonderful re-birth of the river launch which was found rotting away in a canal only a few years ago.”

Vintage Genevieve would be perfect for celebrating a special party or anniversary with a small group of friends, and Sunvil Holidays is glad to quote on request for special occasion hire and to tailor-make arrangements to suit the event.

All trips are accompanied by two members of staff – a captain and an assistant to help navigate the locks and serve refreshments. Catering of any kind can be arranged on request. For more information or to book a river cruise on Genevieve – evening trips are also possible, as well as half or full-day hire - visit