Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend of narrow boating from Crickhowell to Brecon. The weather was sensational, the canal and countryside was beautiful and all on board had a memorable time. Would thoroughly recommend the experience to young and old and the locks were much easier than I thought they would be!
Very professional and well run holiday company. Our boat was "Grouse" a 60ft long custom designed canal boat. It provided two 5ft double beds with an on suite bathroom and additional WC at the stern. It had a seating area and a table plus four chairs for dining. The galley came with all modern accessories and was easy to use. The bonus for me was the bow area which during the day could be used as an open or closed seating place whilst in transit or stopped for lunch. The boat was 8ft 6in wide and only just fitted under some bridges and locks. The scenery was magnificent and wildlife was there in abundance from Llamas to Red Kites. The canal has a few pubs very near to it and some that require a walk. You need to plan each day so you can ensure you have food aboard or have a place to go for dinner. There are also a couple of cafes and even a fish and chip shop not too far from the canal. My only negative comment is that in places the canal is very overgrown which makes it difficult to line up the vessel to get through some bridges. It can also creates difficulties when trying to pass other boats. All in all however a brilliant holiday and even the Welsh weather was at its best.
Merlin, The boat we were given lived up to all expectations, It was beautifully presented and we were so impressed with all the equipment provided to ensure all our needs were met, The design and eye for detail was superb and the boatyard site was the most peaceful and attractive we have ever seen in all our years of boating, The only drawback of the experience being we know it can never be surpassed! The staff were a delight, Cannot recommend a boating holiday with this company enough..Many thanks.
This was only our second canal boating holiday and we also spent a weekend on one of the houseboats at Beacon Park in January 2017 having already booked our June trip.
The weekend alone was worth our time and money and it was a great chance to see what the Owners do out of season - basically build one new boat, returb one or more and do maintenance on the whole fleet.
So to our second ever canal holiday ... seems to us the two main criteria are "the boat" and "the canal" and in this case the boat is the star (well 5* actually) .... they are all different, very luxurious, very well built and beautifully equipped. Most of the boats are traditional style wood interiors but with very different layouts whereas the newest boat goes for off-white interior with stainless steel kitchen and an amazing shower ...!!!
We were on board Osprey - excellent 2 bed 2 loo/shower with galley and lounge at front - and me the driver at the back. Osprey like a lot of the boats has bow-thrusters - a real boon for first and second timers on this canal especially when passing under some bridges in particular. I won't give you the numbers - enjoy them when you find them!
The brochure and the online system are excellent; the booking process fine; the arrival day welcome and even the friendly departure day all worked well. On arrival day make sure you get at least 2 pieces of flapjack each if you can.
A word on the canal ... its a closed canal in that it doesn't link up with any others; average speed is 1.5mph given the bridges (we went under 95 of them - twice); the scenery is spectacular and will differ between the seasons as the foliage changes.
Beginner or experienced boater you will enjoy the boats and the canal.
We had wonderful time, the weather was really good, the canal not to crowded and the boat (Hobby) was just the right size the two of us and our two labs. On arriving at Beconpark Boats the handover to was fast and efficient allowing us a good start to our holiday, the return handover was just as simple and efficient. The owners and there staff were helpful, courteous and such a pleasure to deal with we have already booked for next year.