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Base of operations: England
Penny first worked on the barge as a chef in 1986, and has since played a major role in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere on it, where a feeling of calm and attention to detail is apparent as soon as one steps aboard. Giles Grenville took over as Captain of the barge in 1999 and is responsible for much of the major construction work on board. Having previously sailed his own barge, through Holland and Belgium and into France, with his wife Louise and their two children, Giles' knowledge and love of our area - now his home - are both immense. We are immensely proud of the reputation of our barge. With 14 guests on board, the barge reaches the very heart of France. To travel from Paris - where we meet our guests each week - is to be transported to another world.
Beautiful and historic, the waterway on which we travel provides a step back in time. Of all European barge cruise routes this must surely be the finest. Each curve in the route presents an exciting panorama, to be explored, should you choose, on a stroll between locks - or from the sun deck of the barge. Visits are made also to vineyards, market towns or chateaux, in a region where hustle knows no place. With our warm-spirited and expert crew of six, all of whom are British or English-speaking, we combine gastronomy and comfort with thoughtful personal service throughout each cruise.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
As an independent hotel barge operator since 1975. With our belief in attention to detail, year on year we are delighted to offer our passengers an experience of a life time.
2. What is your company's mission?
To give our passengers an insight into this most beautiful region of France.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Cruises on the Nivernais Canal. Our free return transfer form Paris to barge Luciole and our all-inlcusive rate, offers passengers the chance to explore France, but feel 'looked after' at the same time.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
John Liley is the founder of our company.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our cruises throughout our season offer an experience, not to be missed, for all our passengers.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
I didn’t quite know what to expect but everything has exceeded my expectations – such a relaxing week with a caring, delightful crew, food of the Gods and fascinating visits. I truly felt as if I was part of the family. A big 'Merci' to all.
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