HOTEL BARGES / RANDLE
Burgundy Nivernais ?
|Ideal for families||Romantic|
The Randle is a beautiful recreation of a classic luxmotor river boat, built in 2001 but with all the modern facilities demanded by our cruising clientele. Air conditioned, centrally heated and with en suite cabins, all complimented with a varnished hardwood interior and with granite and marble surfaces.
The Randle is powered by a slow running vintage engine for relaxed canal cruising, and crewed by a company of three, Captain, Pilot, and chef/host our priority is to make every voyage as enjoyable and safe as possible. Taking the helm is a great experience and is open to all our guests under the expert supervision of the Captain.
The Randle is operated and managed by the owner, and a professionally qualified English crew, with traditional values in service and style.
All of her beautifully appointed cabins are en-suite which is exceptionally rare in such a vessel, and this feature provides that extra level of luxury so important and yet so often missing. Each cabin is connected to the wheel house by wonderful and original antique voice pipes with solid brass mouthpieces, which really add charm and character. Individually controllable air-conditioning and central heating is available to each cabin.
The gallery area is well designed and fitted and would rival any found in an apartment of similar size. Being open to the saloon area, it creates a warm and friendly environment for entertaining as well as being cosy and well planned.
The wheel house is of such size to provide very comfortable seating for 8 persons, providing excellent viewing whilst the vessel is underway. A major feature of the wheelhouse is the very clever and unique design of the folding uppers panels. These can be removed leaving the roof in place to provide a canopy for shade. Alternatively this can be removed to make the wheelhouse completely open air.
Cruise in comfort and style; if you enjoy traditional yachting ambiance and boating style then The Randle is a real treat with brass fittings, leather seating, and a varnished hardwood interior.
- Brass and hardwood fitting and fixtures throughout with marble and granite tops.
- En-suite cabins with bath and shower.
- Central heating and air conditioning with individual cabin climate control.
- Internet for keeping in touch.
Double, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk, opening skylight. En-suite bath, shower, toilet and hand basin set in marble. air conditioning climate control.
Twin in bunk formation, desk, wardrobe, opening skylight. En-suite toilet, shower, and hand basin set in marble. air conditioning climate control.
Open plan with large fitted sofa seating for six. 1.9m headroom throughout the lower deck level.
Semi-circular leather seating for six with all round views of the countryside. circular table, teak flooring, ipod player and WiFi. The sides to fold down for cool cruising on sunny days.
Fully self contained crew accommodation situated in the bows with own entrance.
Perhaps the single most endearing feature of the magnificent vessel is her wonderful fully restored Kelvin engine, it has an exceptional & individual character being slow revving it produces a sound unlike any modern engine. She also has a twin screw auxiliary engine to enable safe coastal cruising and channel crossing and provide the same performance as the main engine.
Guests Arriving on M B Randle are welcomed aboard with by the captain’s Champagne reception, and the bar remains open 24/7! Unless health and safety consideration is applied. Continental or English breakfasts tea and coffee are served aboard in the mornings. Delicious light lunches are prepared and served aboard too, or taken as a picnic ashore depending on location and weather.
Lovers of French food will enjoy the region's specialties; cheese, Charolais beef, mustard sauces, blackcurrants and escargots. Visit the markets and fine shops, go wine tasting, tour the vineyards and try out recipes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Gougères . Explore the chocolatiers , épiceries , pâtisseries and fromageries where the recipes have been handed down through generations.
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape gives Burgundy wines their exquisite and evocative nose and flavour .
All evening meals are taken ashore at excellent local restaurants dotted along the route, or by excursion to other towns and villages in the local area and are not included in the charter rate.