Gondola Hire and Venetian Boat Building
In keeping with one of Stratford's lesser known traditions Avon Boating are proud to own and offer trips on an authentic Venetian Gondola. At the beginning of the 1900's Miss Marie Corelli, the famous and eccentric, romantic novelist owned a gondola on the river here. We only thought it right that we restore the presence of her gondola on the river in honour of her eccentric lifestyle. If you have ever been in a gondola you will understand why she loved it so much and what it is that makes them so unique and unrivalled on the water.
History of our Gondola
We have just restored Marie Corelli's original gondola...
Our gondola seats up to 3 people and comes with one or two skilled gondoliers. Pick-up and drop-off can be arranged to suit either at our boathouse, by the theatre, close to Holy Trinity church or anywhere else requested on the river.
The gondola is also available for hire nationally and internationally and can be trailered to location as it has been in the past for both TV work and Advertisements.
Gondola Special Package
1 to 3 people: £100.00
Gondola Wedding Package
* Up to 1 hour on hire for the wedding
* A gondolier in full costume and the gondola decorated with white ribbon
Other packages are available or you are welcome to create something unique for yourselves. Please see our website or contact us directly for further information.
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Swans Nest Boathouse, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LS
Map reference: SP 205548 Lat: 52.19115 Long: -1.70065
Avon Boating Ltd is an outdoor visitor attraction. At no point do the general public enter a building. River bank is clearly marked.
The general public are assisted in entering any water craft by trained staff members. Due to the nature of our boats we are unable to take wheel chairs aboard any of our water craft. Any body with the ability to leave their chair is assisted safely into the water craft.
For further information on access please contact us on 01789 267073.