Your Accommodation aboard cruise barge Saint Louis
To cruise the canals and rivers of South-West France aboard hotel barge Saint Louis is to cruise in casual, exclusive, luxury.
The Saint Louis has just three spacious guest stateroom suites, each a generous 127 square feet in size. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a roomy fully-tiled shower and plenty of hot water. Each is insulated and climate controlled with air-conditioning and central heating. Besides beds (twin or queen-sized double) each cabin has a wardrobe, full-length mirror, dressing table and storage space.
The central saloon and dining room is panelled in hardwood and furnished in style. Windows look out over the water-side scene. There is a well-stocked bar that also features local aperitifs and liqueurs including Armagnac and Floc de Gascogne and – naturally (your hosts are Scots) – an excellent range of malt whiskies. There is a comfortable sitting area, well supplied with the latest international magazines and with Saint Louis’ small library of fiction and reference books close-by. And, of course, there is a generous dining table with six dining chairs!
Steps give direct access up to the sun deck. This is a large open area, carpeted under foot and with jolly parasols over head. There are cushioned chairs and sun-loungers to relax in, a spacious teak table for open air meals, with the whole deck bordered by colourful flowers.
The wheelhouse gives the skipper his critical all-important view of the line of the boat and what is happening all round. The wheelhouse has been fitted out with seats and cushions, and guests are most welcome to visit the ‘control centre’, to discuss with the skipper the ways of the world and of the canal in particular. You may even be allowed to take the wheel, under a very watchful eye, of course.