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The Lock-Keeper Blog


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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European Waterways Announces Early Spring 2016 Specials for Select Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises in France 16th Oct 2015

We are now offering 10% off per cabin and 10% off whole boat charters for select cruises in March and April 2016. Among the hotel barges offering 10% off per cabin is Art de Vivre in Burgundy; the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Rousillon region; and  Rosa in Gascony. These “specials” must be booked by December 31, 2015. 





Aboard the Anjodi 29th Sep 2015

With her sweeping sides and rustic, cosy interior, the Anjodi is a beautiful boat, and it was for this reason, as well as her unparalleled sense of character, that she was chosen as the ship to carry legendary chef Rick Stein on his seminal culinary expedition, the French Odyssey, 10 years ago this year. 





Barging for All the Family: Why Your Kids Will Love a Scottish Cruise 21st Sep 2015

Glenfinnan ViaductGliding gently over the water, some of your party below deck enjoying the elegant yet warm and comforting interior of the Scottish Highlander while others sit above the deck, sipping a cool drink and idly watching the purple-hued hills go by, it’s no surprise that many adults find a barge cruise one of the most memorable ways to experience Scotland.  





European Waterways Launches its 2016/17 Cruise Brochure 21st Sep 2015

This month has seen the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ 2016/17 Brochure, featuring a choice of luxury hotel barge cruises in nine European countries – France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.





Enjoy a Gentle Pedal on a Barge Cruise in Burgundy 10th Sep 2015

Many of those enjoying the perks of spending their holidays on one of our hotel barges like to combine peaceful cruising with a little bit of exercise. This is why we have bicycles available on all our barges, which can be used freely by our guests. Crew are always willing to make a stop at any lock to unload the bicycles and help you enjoy a gentle pedal along the canal towpath or somewhat more inland through the local surroundings. 





Charters Attracting Growing Numbers of Multi-Generational Travellers 8th Sep 2015

Burgundy and the Canal du Midi are among the most popular destinations for multi-generational holidays on our hotel barges. However, across all our destinations each cruise offers its own, unique rewards.  We’ll be happy to work with interested groups to find the best fit for them.





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