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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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A Cake Fit for a Queen 19th Apr 2016

April 23 is St George’s Day, celebrating England’s Patron Saint and renowned dragon-slayer. It is an ideal occasion on which to bake that most quintessentially English cake, the Victoria Sponge, which first became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria and is a favourite of HM The Queen, her great, great, grand-daughter. 





Springtime Cruises - Some Great Options 15th Apr 2016

You may think of summer as prime time for holidays, but why not beat the rush and book a European canal or river cruise in the Spring? More comfortable temperatures and less crowded tourist attractions – not to mention the chance to enjoy a relaxing holiday in one of Europe’s prettiest regions as it wakes from its winter slumber – all make Spring cruising a delight.





Aboard the Rosa 14th Apr 2016

Our hotel barges are more than just vessels for getting from Point A to Point B. Each one has a unique history and personality – something you’ll recognise from the moment you step aboard. If you’re travelling with us in Gascony or in the Bordeaux wine-growing region of Southwest France, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time aboard a floating masterpiece – the Rosa.





A Magical, Musical Combination Verona, Venice and an Italian Opera Cruise 13th Apr 2016

Before the cruise from Venice to Mantua even begins, guests will visit the fascinating Arena Museo Opera museum, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant. And then the real highlight, front stall seats in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, to watch a magical performance of one of the best-known and loved operas, Bizets Carmen.





Take your Holiday Home with you along the Canals of Europe 7th Apr 2016

A hotel barge is really a floating luxury villa – with a doting crew at your service, an open bar and freshly cooked gourmet meals every day!  Chartering a hotel barge gives you the best of both worlds – a private, luxury setting for your entire group and personalised attention, so that everyone can spend quality time together enjoying themselves instead of worrying about the itinerary. 





Reliving History in Minerve 16th Mar 2016

France’s Canal du Midi cuts through picturesque, tranquil countryside – home to award-winning vineyards, fields of wild flowers, and animals grazing in the sunshine. Drifting along aboard a hotel barge during a cruise on this lovely canal, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this region, Languedoc-Roussillon, is a place where peace has always reigned.  





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