Guest Reviews














“Our favourite vacation,a truly heavenly week, we look forward to returning for another voyage with our new friends, Peter, Wendy, Minnis and James”
Kathy & Brian, Santa Barbara

“Oscar Wilde said it was absurd to divide people into good or bad – people are either charming or tedious! We couldn’t think of four more charming hosts to spend a week with, you were true delights. Thank you for making this such a memorable trip.”
Jim and Cindy, Seattle

“My wife and I wanted to let you know that, very sadly, we are back at home in North Carolina. The time that we were allowed to be your guests on the Saint Louis exceeded our expectations by more than we could have imagined. While we were expecting/hoping for a wonderful relaxing time, the ministrations of both of you were fantastic and we could not have dreamed of how wonderful it was.Now that we are home, we are “dining on the memories” of our time with you. Our fondest desire right now is finding a way to make another journey with you with all three of our daughters. We know they would enjoy it as much as we did.
Neil & Barbara, North Carolina.

“What can we say that hasn’t already been said? Amazing. We really appreciated your attention to detail and sensitivity to our every need.”
Rick and Myrna, British Columbia


“What a MAGIC time we have had – thank you so very much.” AD – Cairns – Australia

“The most memorable holiday ever!” FU – Taiwan

“The cuisine and wine have been totally splendid … excursions to delight, each in its special way. What a lovely time, full of adventures and laughter.” CV – California – USA

“An amazing week. Everyone needs to be spoilt now and then and this was one of those times. Thank you so much for all the attention to detail. The meals were excellent!” CL – West Australia

“The most charmed and relaxing week we can remember. The barge – the crew – the sights – the food – the wine – all fabulous!” BS – Dallas – USA

“Thank you for this wonderful experience. The barge was so comfortable – the crew were very professional & very warm and great fun. Delicious cuisine. The week has been a delight in so many ways.” SG – Melbourne – Australia

“Amazing trip. The scenery, the wonderful food and wines, but most of all the crew treating us as part of their family & could not do enough for us. Thank you so much for treating us like royalty.” SB – Aukland – New Zealand


“A truly wonderful holiday – we couldn’t ask for more …. we have loved every minute.” DB – Berkshire – UK

“The experience was even beyond our high expectations – the scenery, the food, the wine, the tours and the service were exceptional.” JF – Ohio – USA

“What a fabulous week. Thank you to you all for making it such an experience to remember.” SK – South Lake – Australia


“This was quite simply the best holiday we have had in 40 years. Food and wine of the highest quality served gracefully and elegantly, and very interesting daily excursions made for perfection. We are enormously sad to leave.” JK – Toorak – Australia

“Second time round was even better – all fantastic!” JC – Victoria – Australia

“Wow – food, service, boat – Fantastic.” J+T, Thailand

“It was a dream from start to finish.” M+L, Scotland

“Wonderful wonderful trip!” AA – Bentonville – VA – USA


“Great holidays are those that live on in the memory in detail and delight. A week on the Saint Louis easily qualifies.” (from email sent after returning home, RR Australia, 2010)

“This was one of the most unique and wonderful experiences we have ever had. The food was exquisite.” CR USA 2010

“A holiday to remember – to recommend to all.” JB Scotland 2010

“A sense of harmony and peace as we passed through this wonderful landscape. This was the fulfilment of a long-held dream.” JG Australia 2010

“Thank you for a truly wonderful week aboard the gourmet barge Saint Louis. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the week – the food, the wines, the excursions” JC Australia 2010

“Words cannot describe how much we have enjoyed our barging experience – a delight from start to finish…… This is the most beautiful part of the world” KJ USA 2010


“Barbara’s cooking – superb! Alasdair’s skilful mastery of the barge was a pleasure to watch as well as impressive. The total experience was faultless. Thank you so much.” CW England 2009

“A wonderful, relaxing week …A holiday to remember! The wines were exceptional…. many thanks to our hosts for everything.” RM USA 2009

“A truly wonderful week that passed far too quickly. PS Great whisky!” LJ Australia 2009

“Thank you for a wonderful week – we have never been so spoiled!” FB Scotland 2009

“Thank you for one of the best vacations A and I have ever had! The food wowed us every day and the wines really set it off.” SI USA 2009


“This trip was excellent. The food, the excursions, the ambiance and the company, all more than exceptional.” FT USA 2008

“A wonderful experience! Everything we had hoped for was exceeded … probably the outstanding part of the trip was the food – a varied and exceptional menu with the food cooked perfectly!” AQ USA 2008

“Ah – the wine, the food, the vacation to remember!” JM USA 2008

“You exceeded the superlatives … who could ask for more?” MW England 2008

“The food was spectacular … we were treated as special guests and we loved it.” HW USA 2008

“Superb – food, wine, crew, boat – can’t put them in order!” JC England 2008

“We had high hopes for this trip + you exceeded every expectation. Beautiful boat – wonderful hospitality.” EB USA 2008

“This has been one of our most special family vacations – you have given us a vacation we will never forget.” HB USA 2008