AV Boats

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Ines
Didcot, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We had two wonderful afternoons with the boats from AV Boats in Abingdon site. We hired a 2 seat kayak for 2h and a 4 seat traditional Indian canoe. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Viktor is very proactive and makes sure that safety rules are in place and customers are satisfied with their service. AV Boats has got an interesting variety of boats that suits different wishes and different numbers of people. Plenty to choose from. We will definitely come back and hire more boats in the near future.
Written June 4, 2021
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AKT
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
What a lovely organisation! We had a bit of an incident and managed to capsize our boat within seconds of getting into it, but Victor was so helpful. He immediately got us towels and a change of clothes, put us into a more manageable boat, gave us careful instruction and made sure we were ok before sending us off down the river. He even put our soggy clothes in the washing machine while we were out. Thanks to Victor, we had a great afternoon in spite of a very rocky start!
Written July 14, 2020
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daffodilcottage
Isle of Wight, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We have had two wonderful trips on the Thames from benson marina. First we hired a small motor boat & spent the morning enjoying cruising up the river towards oxford, we turned around before we reached the lock which turned out to be the perfect distance. It was such beautiful countryside & lovely to see other people enjoying the river on different craft, we even saw a kingfisher. We also took the opportunity to do pedal kayaks which as a slightly older mum I was a little apprehensive of doing, but they were really stable & effortless to pedal, & easy to control once we got the hang of it, we found ourselves getting nearly as far up the river as we had by motor boat. We were offered a wet bag for our valuables, & I would recommend taking a drink with you there was a place to put a bottle on the kayak & we really needed it to keep hydrated. We were really well looked after by the staff & they were very Covid aware & set up well with social distancing, cleaning & sanitiser. We are hoping to get another visit soon as my daughter loved it too. Many thanks.
Written August 25, 2020
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JG16
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
My husband and I booked a last minute few nights away on a mini complex here where AV boats are located. We saw a sign for motor boats saying you can hire for 1 hour at the price of £45. We arrived at the entrance and said is this the place we can hire boats and before I finished my sentence he said 2 hours minimum. We were a bit confused so went back over to the sign with pricing and it states you can hire for 1 hour. We went back and before we could ask he said it’s 2 hours as they can’t be bothered to clean the boats down due to COVID-19 after every hour. (Even though he was sitting playing on his phone) we just left it and went and sat at the cafe next door. 90 mins later the boat was still there. So instead of wanting £45 they wanted to continue to sit and play on their phones.
Later on in the evening we had been out for dinner and came back to the gate to drive back to our cabin where you have to drive past the AV boats. My husband got out the car to try and open the gate to then get shouted at by the man ‘don’t you break my gate’ then we drove through and they all gave us the dirtiest looks.
I never write reviews but never in all my life have I experienced worse customer service.
Written July 22, 2020
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Ukazza
Oxford, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We hired the new Hobie double and single paddle kayaks today and had an amazing time. Viktor was excellent explaining how they worked and the safety procedures. My sons aged 9 and 11 quickly picked up how to steer and change gears and in no time we were off flying down the river. It’s a great energy efficient way to travel, they steer really easily and with a bit of effort we even kept up with some of the big pleasure cruisers. My sons loved it. Thank you Viktor we will definitely be back!
Written July 23, 2020
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Helen J
Farnham, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We had the best day out at Benson Waterfront. We hired a small motor boat in the morning for two hours, had a lovely lunch in the cafe, then hired Kayaks in the afternoon. Victor was friendly and helpful and the peddle Kayaks were so much fun, we are definitely visiting again! Highly recommend.
Written August 29, 2020
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CAN
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Hired a 10 seater boat on Easter Monday. The boat was ready when we arrived, we were told how to use it and it was very straightforward. Abingdon is a lovely stretch of the Thames to boat along, pretty and not too busy. We hired the boat for 2 hours and had a 30 minute run to a lock which was fun to drive through before heading back. We thought it was excellent value for money and would definitely recommend AV boats.
Written April 19, 2022
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HilsAH
Henley-on-Thames, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We booked our morning on the boat in advance and when the much anticipated day arrived, the weather was atrocious! The gentleman who helped us on our arrival went above and beyond to help us enjoy the river despite the weather. He put all of the sides down on the boat and provided cozy blankets and waited whilst we collected warm coffees and hot chocolates from the adjoining restaurant. We cut the outing short, but was still good fun and we will definitely return in the near future
Written October 3, 2021
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Ian W
Rayleigh England80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Booked on the morning and 4 seater boat was available when we wanted it; easy to book; easy to find and boat easy to operate. Two hours was plenty long enough to go upstream and downstream to the nearest locks and around the marina a couple of times. Some rule about single boats and locks put us off going further afield - great fun but glad we didn’t book 4 hours
Written July 18, 2022
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pandisa
amersham13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We hired a 4 seater boat despite us only be 2 because of the canopy and this proved a great choice! James was really helpful and friendly getting us sorted and the 2 hours were a really memorable experience and one we will repeat. The boat was clean, in good condition. Parking on site was a bonus and the waterfront cafe made a perfect post trip place to eat. Many thanks - thoroughly recommend.
Written July 18, 2022
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