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Wessex Rose to appear on TV

The new series of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ starts on 24th October and the building of the Wessex Rose is one of the projects to be featured on the show.  We do not feature in the first episode but will appear in one of eight to be screened this Autumn.  Our project is also covered ...

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Season Extended

September 4, 2013

Due to popular demand as they say, with an increasing number of people saying that they are looking for Autumn holiday breaks and with the glorious weather we have had through this summer we have decided to extend our cruising season into October. The Kennet & Avon is just as charming in autumn with the ...

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The Wessex Rose Backs Major Gliding Competition

September 4, 2013

The Wessex Rose was proud to sponsor the 2013 National Two Seater Gliding Championships which are held in August every year in at Pocklington East Yorkshire, home of the Wolds Gliding Club. Around 30 gliders from all over the UK compete for 8 days and follow pre-set cross country routes of up to 300km in ...

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Our New Home

July 18, 2013 by David_and_Karen No Comment

Following launch of the Wessex Rose near Braunston on 1st May and a week or so of moving in and preparation, we set off on our journey South. During the rest of May we made our way down the Grand Union Canal, joined the Thames at Brentford and cruised along to Reading where we arrived at ...

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The Wessex Rose launch date is set

April 25, 2013 by David_and_Karen No Comment

David and Karen are very pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work and dedication of the crew at Milburn Boats over the cold winter months, the Wessex Rose will be ready for launch on 1st May 2013! The launch will take place by kind permission of Kate Boats at Stockton Top Marina, after ...

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The Shopping List Continues….

February 18, 2013 by David_and_Karen No Comment

The Wessex Rose Hotel Boat build continues and as it does, so the shopping list gets longer and longer…… 13.5 tonnes concrete flags 700 square feet of underfelt 2600 feet of 2×1 wooden batons 700 square feet underfloor insulation 8 cubic meters of spray foam insulation 30 8×4 sheets flooring ply (18mm) 50 8×4 sheets ...

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A Very Unusual Shopping List

January 23, 2013

Where do you start? With a list of course! The Wessex Rose was born on the 14th of October at the workshops of Tyler Wilson, bespoke canal boat hull builders, and ended 2012 as a completed hull ready for her fit out at Milburn Boats who will turn her very traditional and business like hull ...

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A Little Piece of History

December 11, 2012

Pick any part of the Kennet & Avon and you will find a wealth of history behind it. Yes there is Crofton with the biggest steam driven beam engine in the world, Dundas Aqueduct a marvel of 18th century engineering, the architectural beauty of Georgian Bath and the lovingly restored Claverton Waterwheels, but it’s the ...

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The Kennet & Avon

September 19, 2012 by David_and_Karen No Comment

We have come to realise that it does not matter what time of year you visit the Kennet & Avon canal it always holds something new and always reveals something else to fall in love with. The canal seems to welcome the changing seasons and, in her own special way, adapt to each one to ...

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