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The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...


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Themed Cruise Choices for 2016 8th Dec 2015

For those people wishing to combine a relaxing holiday with a special interest, we offer a wide range of itineraries and themed cruises to choose from aboard its fleet of hotel barges. In 2016, just some of the special interest themed cruises on offer include Golfing in Scotland, Flower Shows in England & Opera in Italy. 





The Dramatic Scottish Highlands 2nd Dec 2015

The Scottish Highlands are a place of magic and mystery, where green peaks loom over lonely valleys and dense fog lingers over the lochs. When you visit this untamed place, you understand how the brooding, restless landscape lends itself well to the backdrops of many a drama on the silver screen.  





Burgundy’s Cultural Landscape 1st Dec 2015

The gently rolling hills of Burgundy are famous for producing some of the best wines in the world – Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, and more. In the iconic countryside vineyards, the neat and lush green rows of grapevines stretch to the horizon, rising up slopes and down. Scenes like this are just one of the many you can expect to see on a leisurely canal cruise through this picturesque region. 





Family Charters - All Together Now! 30th Nov 2015

Many people have really hectic lifestyles these days, so a holiday when several generations of the same family, perhaps for a birthday celebration, can grab that rare opportunity to all be together is becoming more and more desirable.





Chef's Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon 29th Nov 2015

Cut the salt pork into strips and sauté for about 5 minutes until lightly brown. Remove the strips from the frying pan, leaving enough rendered fat to coat the pan. Cut the beef into 2-3" chunks and season with salt and pepper. Fry the chunks in the rendered fat, being careful not to crowd the pieces. Brown the chunks until well crusted on all sides. Remove browned meat to casserole.





Meet Mike Crowson – the ‘Barge Chef’ 6th Nov 2015

Mike Crowson loves to use his skills to create dishes using wonderful local ingredients for the guests on hotel barge Rosa which cruises the picturesque Canal de Garonne in southwest France.  





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