The Lady Lena
The Lady Lena
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The Lady Lena is a beautiful, majestic, electric Victorian River launch available for exclusive private hire cruises on the tranquil Kennet and Avon canal in Bath. This is a family owned business , who are also the crew, so have in-depth knowledge of the canal and the boat's own story having rescued her from becoming a bonfire in 1980. She is fitted out to provide you with every comfort , fully carpeted, cushioned, where you can sit back with your glass of complimentary champagne on arrival and either enjoy the peace or listen to the stories of her restoration or the tales of life on the canals. The family have first hand knowledge as the captain's father helped save the canals in the first place. You can also order homemade cream teas, a speciality of the boat, where you have a choice of 5 different loose leaf teas to accompany this, 2 made by local businesses. The journeys can range from 2 hrs to 5 hrs and you have a choice of pick up places, either in Bath or at Bathampton,.
Bathampton, Somerset, England

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2022

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A-Wey
England22 contributions
May 2022 • Family
What a beautiful and special trip this was for my 40th birthday! The Lady Lena is a gorgeous boat with even more gorgeous owners! Helen and Jenks were the perfect captain and host duo, with the warmest welcome and brilliant stories and info to tell us. Our three generations had the best 2 hours cruising down the canal with the most gorgeous cream tea, champagne and a even a beautiful birthday card painted by the talented Helen herself.

Thank you Helen and Jenks, we couldn’t have had a better time and will definitely be returning.

Anna and family
Written May 8, 2022
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Thank you so much for this truly impressive review. You were a delightful family party and it was such fun trying to make sure you had the best time.
Written May 28, 2022
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moviestarCardiff
Cardiff29 contributions
Apr 2021
Many thanks to Helen and Jenks for a great trip aboard your lovely boat.
We can thoroughly recommend this. We met up with other members of our family for the first time since Covid in a totally safe environment . Parking is at the George pub if you board at Bathampton which is a very short walk to the mooring. We all arrived early so just got straight on with our trip which could not have worked out better. We were greeted with a glass of champagne or a soft drink. Helen was very informative with her narrative without being at all intrusive. We brought our own picnic and followed it with one of Helen's lovely cream teas.
The scenery is stunning and the boat just glides along. We had an age range of 8 to 88 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Thoroughly recommended.
Written April 26, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review us in this glowing way. We are enjoying getting back into the flow again, and love it when our joy of the boat and canal transfers to our customers.
Written May 5, 2021
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Padge222
6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
A joyous occasion onboard this majestic electric powered boat. We so enjoyed cruising silently through the water listening to the sounds of nature and Helen's educational snippets on the history of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Thank you Jenks and Helen for helping to make this occasion truly special, and for going above-and-beyond to help those unsteady on their feet board Lady Lena with grace and ease. We would love to do this again, and thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to experience a romantic/relaxing/cultural trip out of Bath and into the surround countryside, which is as beautiful as the Lady Lena is herself. Thank you Jenks & Helen. See you again!
Written July 10, 2021
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Oh what an enthusiastic review! Thank you so much. Now we feel as royal as we hope we make our customers feel. We would love to see you back again.
Written July 22, 2021
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PhantomSnapper
York, UK35 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We spent 2 lovely hours on a birthday boat trip for two with Helen and Jenks whilst on a mini break in Bath. The boat is beautiful and it is comfortable and silent as it glides through the stunning Kennet and Avon canal. We set off at Bath at a pretty location between 2 white bridges in a little park by the Holbourne Museum, only 10 mins walk from Pulteney Bridge. During the trip we managed to grab Helen for a while and she was so knowledgable about the area and the history of their boat, the oldest working electric boat in existence! The ghost stories added a little drama to the trip!! The scones were perfect, light and fluffy, the fizz was a perfect accompaniment, and the tea was hot and tasty (it WAS Yorkshire Tea after all). If you’re looking for something to add a special touch to a celebration or special occasion then you might want to check out a cruise on the Lady Lena. Jenks is charming and is the perfect captain and Helen will ensure you are comfortable, there are even blankets and hot water bottles for the colder months. All in all, it was a special part of our stay in this beautiful city. Thanks you two. We look forward to seeing the Lady Lena on the waters again next time we visit Bath. We will give you a wave!! Chris and Rebecca.
Written November 5, 2021
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What a great review and so clearly described. we love sharing our stories and anecdotes about the canal and the boat, she does have quite an amazing history, a real survivor. Glad you liked the tea!
Written April 19, 2022
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TravelBoy25
England32 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
We had the best time with the wonderful couple who run this boat. We enjoyed our picnic and bubbles as a group celebrating a hen party and the hosts were exceptional - warm, knowledgable, interesting and shared some lovely stories whilst we enjoyed the scenery and the peace and tranquility of the canal and countryside. 100% recommend.
Written August 29, 2022
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Lisa
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We booked the Lady Lena Boat Cruise for a family birthday celebration during our stay in Bath. Jenks and Helen were friendly and accommodating, and provided us with a welcoming glass of champagne and interesting facts and stories along the canal cruise. We complemented the relaxing and comfortable boat ride with some cake and extra bubbles. Overall, we would definitely recommend the experience for anyone visiting Bath or planning something special.
Written July 11, 2021
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Thank you for reviewing us, we really appreciate it when people have enjoyed our trip enough to recommend it to others .Plus the cake was very nice as well!
Written July 22, 2021
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freemanabi
Hertfordshire, UK43 contributions
May 2021
We had an absolutely gorgeous time on the boat.

We got on by the canal where Helen and Jenks met us with such a lovely warm welcome.

The boat glides through the canal in such a relaxing way and Helen told us little bits of history which was so interesting and added to our time. Definitely add on the afternoon tea, the scones were delicious and Helen took some fab pictures of us.

We saw swans with cygnets and a heron.

We were lucky it was sunny for most of the time, but if it even had a short shower the boat is covered over head so we would have been fine.

I thoroughly recommended taking a trip on Jenks & Helen's boat, as a couple, family or friends.
Written May 6, 2021
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Thank you very much for your kind review. we enjoy taking people out on our boat as much as you did. It has been especially rewarding at the moment as it is giving people their first taste of freedom in a safe situation. So thank you for taking the time to tell others about it.
Written May 15, 2021
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Sheila C
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A perfect afternoon to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary. A very comfortable, tranquil two hour round trip with a champagne welcome, delicious cream tea and friendly hosts happy to share interesting stories about a canal they have family history with. Parking was easy in Bathampton. We shall be back to share the lovely experience with friends and family. Thank you !
Written July 17, 2021
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We will be very happy to take you on a trip next time, and so glad that you enjoyed it enough to want to. We will look forward to it.
Written July 22, 2021
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Gem396
London, UK22 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Wow! What a wonderful way to finish a trip to Bath to celebrate my birthday with friends. Our trip aboard Lady Lena was the highlight of the weekend! Helen and Jenks are a pleasure to be in company with and Helen’s scones are delicious! Helen told us some stories of the area and the history of the boat. We were blessed with the weather too - it was so relaxing to just be quietly drifting along the river, eating scones and feeding the ducks and swans (Helen even provides bird food!) Don’t hesitate to book this if you are in Bath, you won’t be disappointed!
Written September 29, 2021
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J B
3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
I would highly recommend a trip on the Lady Lena. We opted for a 2 hour ride as part of a hen party and had a wonderful experience. Helen and Jenkyn were extremely helpful, polite and attentive during the entire process. All members of our party thoroughly enjoyed and it was their favourite part of the entire weekend. The perfect activity to make the bride's weekend really special and memorable.
Written March 21, 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind review and for taking the time to tell others about your experience. We really appreciate that.
Written April 19, 2022
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