Hotel Barging :: Families and Groups
A Hotel Barge Cruise is the perfect vacation or holiday for:
Barging is an activity that appeals across the generations. A barging vacation can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for grandparents, parents and children to spend the most wonderful, close and relaxed, time together – sometimes before the children ‘leave the nest’ although teenagers can get a great experience on board just as well!
With capacities of up to twenty four guests on a single barge – plus the real possibility of ‘tandem cruising’ (two barges booked together at a special rate) some couples, a group of friends, a bunch of buddies, or a party of co-workers can have the most fantastic time together. The hostess, guide, chef, crew and skipper deal with everything – leaving the group to strengthen the bonds of friendship, to indulge a shared passion for France, or wine, or cycling, or antique cars, or . . . ?
The essence of barging has a certain quality of serenity and of reflection, set amongst the most wonderful surroundings. Proceeding smoothly and quietly at a fast walking pace, the journey is punctuated by locks, villages, vineyards and cheery passers-by. There is nothing quite like sitting on deck, in the sunshine, one’s every whim being served by personable friendly crew members, watching the world go by. And there is nothing quite like the interest and stimulation to be got from the programme of fully guided visits and excursions, with every detail taken care of.
Whilst most barges inevitably have steps – below to cabins, up to sun-decks – they are usually well designed and manageable, as are the wide, gently sloping and stable access ramps from the shore to the boat. A very few barges have been created with the most minimal of changes in level and one has a guest lift / elevator down to the cabin deck.
Chefs on-board are professionals who delight in preparing good food – who delight in pleasing guests – and who also delight in accommodating preferences or regimes, with commitment, skill and imagination. For obvious reasons, it is helpful – we would say, very necessary – to confirm likes and dislikes, possibilities and impossibilities, and details generally, as early in the enquiry-booking process as possible.
That way the best possible guest service, which is what all the barges strive for, can be provided.