What should I bring
- You come to relax, spending some time outdoors - we do not expect
you to 'dress for dinner'. (We just change to clean ordinary clothes
after a days work.) You will want comfortable clothes which do not matter
if you pick up mud etc. from being outside, remember it can get chilly
in the evenings, even in the height of the summer, it also may rain
so remember a waterproof coat.
- Bring shoes which you do not mind walking on muddy towpaths with,
and which will not slip on metal decks. A pair of slippers is an idea
to relax in for the evening and to change into when you take off your
- Your case or bag will go under a bed but it will need to be soft sided
to ensure it fits the restricted space.
- All bedding and towels are provided.
- We also have a varied library of books, DVDs and CDs for you to use.
- To add to your enjoyment bring binoculars, a camera or a camcorder.
We have 240 volt sockets for recharging batteries on the motor and there
is a 12 volt socket in your cabin.
Are there any restrictions?
Unfortunately for the benefit of all our guests we have to point out
- Although we love pets, we generally are are not able to accommodate
any pets at all on the boats for the safety of everyone. If however
it is part of a booking by one individual for the whole butty certain
well behaved pets are possible. In that case please talk through your
needs with us.
- We can not accept bookings which include children under 14 years of
age, unless it is part of a booking by one individual for the whole
butty. In that case please talk through your needs with us.
- No smoking is permitted inside the boats, although, with the agreement
of your fellow guests you are welcome to smoke in the well decks of
How, where and when
do I join the boats?
- Detailed joining instructions and a map will be sent with your final
- Our mobile telephone can be used to tell us of any last minute travel
problems or for urgent calls. Please give us a number to contact you
in the week prior to your arrival just in case we have any last minute
- On arrival you can claim your cabin any time after 4.30 p.m. If you
wish to explore, then it is often possible to drop off your bags earlier
by prior arrangement. Dinner will be served at 7.30 p.m., however we
will not normally move off until the next morning, and your dinner can
be kept warm if you are delayed!
- You will normally depart by 9.30 a.m. Often bags can be held in our
store room to be collected later in the day if you wish to take more
time at our final destination, again by prior arrangement.
I am not very mobile,
is this holiday for me?
We welcome guests with some physical disabilities, and in fact these
holidays are ideal for those who can not walk far since all facilities
are within a few yards and you can join in by just sitting and watching
life pass by.. But remember that ...
- There is not enough room to use a wheelchair or a walking frame on
the boats although there is always a wall close enough for support at
- You will need to be able to climb, very slowly if need be and with
ample willingly offered help, up two steps and down five steps to get
onto the boats at the start of your holiday. If required you can reserve
one of the cabins on the same boat as the lounge and dinning room so
you do not have to cross between boats during your holiday.
- We can fit a small folding wheelchair or mobility scooter into storage
in the engine room to be used ashore. (Those made to fit into car boots
are suitable.) But many towpaths are not suitable for pushing a wheelchair
along, it would only really be usable in a town or village away from
- When you join and leave us we can position the boat so you only have
a few yards to walk from your car/taxi to the boats. (If this isessential
pleaselet us know before-hand.)
- We cannot offer assistance with dressing or toilets/showering, and
in fact the cabins, except for the twin cabin, do not have the room
for a helper. However no one will rush you, you can do things slowly
at your own pace.
If you are uncertain please phone us to discuss what you require. It
should be possible to arrange for you to come and look over the boats
before you book to settle any questions.
N.B. We have had guests arrive on cruthches, in wheelchairs, on a mobility
scooter and lead by their guide dog! They have all enjoyed an adventure
holiday not normally available to somone restricted in mobility.
What will a typical
day be like?
- 8.00 We will wake you up with a cup of tea or coffee.
8.30 Cereals, toast, fruit juice and a wide choice of cooked breakfasts
available, daily papers too, when possible. At Breakfast we talk about
our route for the day and what to look out for.
9.30 We move off. You can ride and watch the scenery slowly pass
by, perhaps with some music or with the help of a book. If you are
more energetic you can help work locks or walk along the towpath.
The choice is yours, you are on holiday! We will do the work.
11.00 A cup of coffee, (or tea or chocolate
) and biscuits
will be brought to you wherever you are.
12.30 We stop for at least an hour for lunch and to allow you to
explore. We may serve Soup with bread rolls, or our own Pizza, all
home made. Followed with freshly baked cake and fruit.
2.00 We continue leisurely on our way. The whole essence of the holiday
is in the travelling rather than rushing to arrive.
4.00 Afternoon tea, (or coffee
) and cake.
5.30 We moor up for the night to give you the chance to explore the
area, carry on with your book, have a quick sleep or a refreshing
7.30 Dinner. Many guest are pleasantly surprised by the variety and
quality of the food we serve freshly cooked each day.
9.00 You could have a drink from our bar, or go to the local pub,
sit and read, listen to music or watch a DVD. With two separate lounges,
and your cabin which is always available, the choice is yours.
There are foods
I do not eat, is this a problem?
Because of restricted space unfortunately we can not offer you a choice
of menu, so we ask you on the booking form to list any dietary requirements
and any foods you strongly dislike. We will not accept the booking unless
we are sure we can cope. If we are uncertain we will ring you to clarify
points, and of course you are welcome to ring us to resolve any such uncertainties.
What sort of food
do you serve for dinner?
We serve no package meals and we do not have a microwave on the boats!
- The starter might be Brittany Mushrooms, home made Pate or Stuffed
- Main courses include Chicken in Red Wine, home made Steak and Kidney
pudding, Stuffed Trout, Drunken Pork Chops
.. all served with vegetables
cooked in imaginative ways such as Broccoli Au Gratin, Welsh Mashed
Parsnip, Glazed Carrots, Duchess Potatoes etc.
Included is a glass of wine or beer.
- We then serve two sweets, one hot such as Baked Jam Sponge, Spotted
Dick or Brown Betty, the other cold such as Marinated Pears, Sherry
- We finish with fresh coffee and a choice of teas, some Cheeses and,
of course, after eight mints.
Visit Britain says in their independent assessment "The meals have
a wide choice of quality items, freshly cooked from good quality ingredients."
Can I come on my
own or do I have to book the whole boat?
- Most people come on there own or with one or two friends. We then
continue to take bookings from other people to fill the boat for that
cruise. However we will still cruise even if the boat is not full. Your
holiday is safe.
- It is also possible to charter the boats for your family or friends.
There are several benefits when you do this, see the Routes and Prices
How can I really
be sure what it's like?
It is only human to want to know what the boats are like and to be sure
that you will enjoy your cruise. There are four ways you can ascertain
- You are very welcome to come and have a look over the boats at any
time. Just give us a phone call to find out where we will be. Obviously
on a change over day or in the winter we have more time to talk to you,
but during the summer you can meet other guests.
- However if you can not come along, then you can be assured that an
inspector from 'Visit Britain' has given the boats a very strict
examination and she says we met their standards and has awarded us four
stars. You can read all about this on our Quality
- You can also read the comments previous guests have made. If you visit
us ask to look at the Visitor's Book. Or read a selection here.
- In 2008 we had a correspondent for the Sunday Times on the boats.
Read what he wroteabout us here.