Wessex Rose Hotel Boat

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Review of "Wessex Rose Hotel Boat"

published 30/09/2014 | jo145
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Pro Relaxing
Cons None!
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"Floating luxury holiday hotel"

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Relaxation is something we all need and travelling at a few miles an hour sailing through pretty countryside is one way of doing it. The Wessex Rose hotel boat is a 5* floating haven, with everything you need for a relaxing holiday on the Kennet and Avon canal.

Launched on 1st May 2013 the Wessex Rose is the newest luxury wide beam canal boat in England and is owned by Karen and David, an energetic and hard working couple who are so enthusiastic, talented, helpful and friendly that we soon felt like friends or even family. They run the boat very efficiently doing all the cooking, cleaning, and steering as well as working the locks, and unless you want to help you can sit on top (in nice weather) and watch the world go by. The boat is 69ft long and 12ft 5” wide, and is prettily decorated with fresh flower tubs.

The boat has three double cabins, the beds are so comfy you get a brilliant nights sleep, and can be put together to make a king size or left as twins. The bedding is luxurious with smooth Egyptian cotton sheets. Robes, slippers and even buoyancy aids are supplied. There is under floor heating if needed, and a small wardrobe with shelving and some other storage. A good hairdryer is supplied, and sockets if you need to use other electrical appliances, and also a television. If you like an early morning cuppa, no problem as there is a kettle and tea and coffee in the cabin and each night Karen leaves a small flask of fresh milk which stays nice and cold for the morning. Fresh flowers decorate the cabin and on the useful shelf over the one bed are a jar of sweets and a useful torch and guide book of the canal. There is room under the bed for a small case or travel bag. The ensuite/wet room has a powerful shower, heated towel rail, small basin and a powerful flushing toilet like on a plane. No Elsan type toilets here, as we have had in the narrow boats we used to holiday on! Toiletries are supplied and they were a lovely quality which was appreciated. You soon learn how to manage in a small space and it helps if you are tidy!

The Saloon, is at the front of the boat, and has wide windows that can be opened fully, making it easy to take good photos from inside the boat, and there is also an automatic tilt and slide sun roof. There are upholstered arm chairs and a comfortable padded bench seat, plus little foot stools for people to use. There are two high stool type seats for people to sit and get a good view through the front window. There are cupboards with glasses, drinks etc either side of the television, and also a Home cinema with DVD and music system. There is even Wi-Fi providing you can get a good signal. There are books and games if you want to enjoy playing something in the evening. The tables fold away and are brought out for meal times and snacks. There is also a feature stove, which wasn’t needed whilst we were on the boat.

The Galley is fully equipped and has its own laundry too. The food was definitely 5* and so tempting that I ate more than I needed! Karen makes the appetising biscuits, cakes and scones we sampled at morning coffee and afternoon tea and David does a fine impersonation of a top class chef. The food he presented us with was worthy of Masterchef, and was beautifully presented as well as tasting delicious. We tried to encourage them to write a recipe book! Breakfast had a choice of cereals, juice, fruit and cooked, making the toast each morning for our fellow boaters was even fun! As I mentioned coffee was served with biscuits mid morning and then drinks before something tasty for lunch with fresh fruit for afters. In case we were hungry there was cake or scones in the afternoon, and in no time it was time for pre dinner drinks, sitting on top of the boat sipping a gin and tonic is very relaxing as we looked forward to another of David’s master pieces. Coffee and more drinks if wanted were all included.

Both David and Karen knew so much about the canal and the area we went through and were happy to tell us all about the things we saw, so we learned so much more than reading a guide book. We stopped along the way and visited small villages with beautiful thatched roofs, unusual churches and we had time to visit Hungerford town with its lovely shops.

Prices vary depending if you are sharing a cabin or have it for sole use and also the length of cruise. We went on a four night cruise, but have already booked for a longer one on another stretch of the canal, something to look forward to over the winter months! Next year a 3 night cruise would cost £445 per person, a deposit needs to be paid when booking. The regular cruises stop over the winter but the full boat can be chartered for a special celebration, what a great way to celebrate.

In my opinion this holiday isn’t suitable for young children, but can be enjoyable for older children; we were a family group so knew each other but it would be just as good making new friends. Not suitable either for disabled passengers as there are steps down into the boat from the steering deck, but you don’t need to jump ashore as if they can’t get close to the bank as they can put out a plank or a step if there is a deeper drop down. All things have been well thought out and a helping hand is always available.

We went by train and found it very easy as the boat moored at the start and end close to stations, or if you go by car you can get a taxi back to the car.

Would I go again? Yes we can’t wait! Would I recommend it? Yes definitely!
If you want more information I suggest you look at the website. www.wessexrose.co.uk

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  • dee7778 published 28/07/2015
    Another E review and E photos too! This sounds lovely
  • StewwyB published 23/11/2014
  • Sgathach published 03/11/2014
    Sounds delightful what a lovely idea and so relaxing.
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