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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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Why Go to Ireland? 16th Mar 2016

Ireland is a country that has so much to offer the visitor, young and old. Firstly, of course, there is the famous Irish welcome when you can’t help but warm to the people you meet, perhaps during a conversation in a pub over a pint of the ‘black stuff’.

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.  

A Holiday for Everyone 15th Mar 2016

We know that planning a holiday that matches everyone’s preferences can be difficult, especially when there is a mixed group of different ages. So chartering a hotel barge may be just the thing as it offers so much flexibility and freedom. It is a voyage of fun and exploration. 

Chef's Recipe: Guinness Cake 15th Mar 2016

We love this moist, rich cake and with St Patrick’s Day looming, it’s the perfect cake to celebrate Ireland’s special day. It’s another recipe from Olivia Power, the highly-skilled chef aboard hotel barge Shannon Princess. Try not to be put off by the Guinness as it is not the dominant flavour, but just gives more depth to the chocolate to make this cake really indulgent.

Destinations You'll Fall in Love With 11th Feb 2016

At this time of year, many of you may be thinking about places you’ve always wanted to visit – those “I’d love to go to” destinations which offer a rewarding and even romantic experience. Well, on any number of our hotel barge cruises, you will probably find what you’re looking for.

Chef's Recipe: Chocolate Truffles 11th Feb 2016

Chocolate is, of course, both delicious and indulgent and perhaps the most romantic gift after red roses. Olivia Power, the highly-skilled chef aboard hotel barge Shannon Princess in Ireland, is a self-confessed chocaholic and needs no excuse to cook with and eat chocolate! To make it as guilt-free as possible she is more than happy share this recipe for her chocolate truffles with us.

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