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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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A Cake Fit for a Queen 19th Apr 2016

World Baking Day 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. 

500 Years of Royal Food and History 19th Apr 2016

Hampton Court Palace, sited alongside the River Thames and once King Henry VIII’s grand residence, celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. There are all kinds of events taking place to commemorate this milestone and at the heart of activities will be The Great Kitchen. 

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. 

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