Burgundy canal & Nivernais
The hull design of the Saroche was the first commercial barge design to be purpose built to be driven by internal combustion engine power. Hence the word " Luxe " (luxury) motor. This style of hull was very popular in Holland during the 1920's and 1930's most of the hulls were built at lengths of 25 to 30 metres . Saroche is one of the few that were built to a length of 39 metres for trading and cruising in France and is one of a very few with the original length still afloat. These barges were built to carry various types of cargo, from food stuff such as grain and beets through to coal, steel, sand and gravel. Saroche was certainly used in dredging operations in her working life and hauled animal food in pellet form during her final years as a commercial transport barge.
Dimensions : Length 39,13 metres 128 feet 5 inches
The crew :
Dawn, your personal chef, is a graduate of the prestigious Concord Hotel and Restaurant Management Scheme. She applies her skills to delight customers with her unique twist on classic French cuisine.
Barge Captain Jason graduated from the famous " Ecole du Hotelier " on the shores of Lac Leman , Switzerland. After running hotels, restaurants, night clubs and bars in Switzerland, England and East Africa, he finally settled down in France where his skills as a wine enthusiast, gourmand and professional bilingual tour guide have come into their own.
Each season Jason and Dawn employ a young couple to join Saroche , assisting in the day to day running of the barge as Hostess and deckhand. Together we ensure that cruising the waterways of France aboard Saroche is a relaxing, comfortable, informative and truly unique gourmet experience.
The three staterooms : The staterooms are bright, luxurious and spacious. Each beautifully decorated, fully air conditioned, en-suite stateroom reflects the high standard of accommodation to which the whole vessel was designed. Each stateroom can be made up as either a queen size double or twin cabin and together with a large en-suit bathroom you'll find all the comforts of a luxury hotel aboard Saroche .
Lounge and dining area: The lounge and dining area was designed to reflect the colours of Provence. The lounge area boasts subtle burgundy and cream decor, highlighted with accents of terracotta and yellow.
The Deck & Hot-Tub : Saroche hotel barge has a large wooden sun deck with a six person hot tub for the best views of the passing countryside whilst we cruise. The barge has a 44m2 sun deck (470 sq ft), it has an awning covering part of the deck for those who wish for shade, a table and chairs for al fresco dining, sun-beds and arm chairs for relaxing. Bright flowering plants and shrubs including hanging baskets add the finishing touches.
Then at the end of the day, your stateroom will offer you a luxurious yet homely nights sleep.