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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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Spring Savings are in Full Bloom in France, Italy & Scotland 13th Jan 2016

We are offering significant savings for cabins and full boat charters on select 2016 cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, and other destinations. Among the many specials, travellers can on hotel barges L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, Rosa in Gascony, La Bella Vita in Italy, and the Scottish Highlander in Scotland.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses 8th Jan 2016

To celebrate the Year of the English Garden, you can join us on garden and flower show themed cruises aboard the luxury hotel barge Magna Carta. 

Tiptoe through the Tulips 8th Jan 2016

Our tulip cruises aboard hotel barge Panache in Spring, offer a unique opportunity to experience the legendary tulip season of Holland. In addition to the fields of flowering bulbs, which cover Holland at this time of year, excursions include the Keukenhof Gardens, which treats visitors to 100 acres of stunning colour.

Chef’s Recipe: Tipsy Laird 23rd Dec 2015

Here’s a recipe for a delicious dessert – Tipsy Laird – a Scottish version of the classic sherry trifle which is often served on special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. It is deliciously sweet but less heavy than Clootie Dumpling or Christmas Pudding.

The Historic and Iconic Canal du Midi 23rd Dec 2015

For over three centuries, the Canal du Midi has been winding its way through southwest France, a meandering waterway of 150 picturesque miles stretching from Toulouse to Étang de Thau. Constructed between 1666 and 1681 to provide a link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Garonne River, the Canal du Midi exists today as a feat of incredible engineering.

Scottish Traditions 23rd Dec 2015

With Christmas and the New Year nearly upon us, you may be interested to know a little more about the tradition of Hogmanay on December 31st in Scotland. The origins of Hogmanay stretch back to the pagan practice of sun and fire worship in mid-winter.

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