Having read the other reviews I'm finding it difficult to think of some other way of saying how excellent this Company and it's boats are , so I will just go with the flow and use words like luxury, spotless, welcoming, well organised, fun, beautiful, relaxing, friendly... the list goes on. This was our first family narrow boat holiday and I have to admit to being slightly anxious about it but I needn't have worried. From start to finish, even through some awful weather (one full set of waterproofs provided on boat) this was a fabulous, relaxing holiday. The locks are actually good fun and there is quite often a volunteer on hand to help if you want some. Everyone is friendly and happy and laid back, a real escape. Great food and service to be had at The Coach & Horses and The Bear in Crickhowell. Try and book ahead as the pubs en route tend to be busy. My top tip is to take a pair of gloves each for mooring up, the ropes can be a bit harsh on your hands, especially if they're wet. We will be doing this again and I can't imagine that we would be able to do any better than Beacon Park Boats...and I'm fussy! Thank you to Sarah, Alasdair and all of their hard working staff.
WE spent a long weekend on the kestrel boat. The boat had everything on it that you could ever need.
Everything was fantastically clean and of excellent quality. There was even a towel for the dog
The handover at the beginning was well presented and very well explained - having never done this before.
We enjoyed this so much we have already booked for next year - 2018.
Our first time on a narrow boat and what a surprise it turned out to be. Looking for something that the whole family, including the dog, might enjoy - we stumbled upon Beacon Park Boats in a part of the world that we already knew to be rather special.
I can report that not a single moment of this holiday was less than 100% enjoyable. Relaxing and active at the same time, we met lots of lovely fellow travellers and indulged in the luxury of what can only be described as a floating boutique hotel suite but without staff.
After a comprehensive handover you are let loose with a state of the art narrow boat with all mod cons (including bow thrusters normally reserved for plastic gin palaces) and quickly achieve a Zen like state of relaxation. Added to this, the Mon and Brec canal is simply breathtakingly beautiful. I doubt there is a better yard to rent from, nothing could touch the attention to detail and pride with which this service is delivered.
We wondered if this holiday could possibly live up to last years.....which was on the same boat! It did indeed! We had a great week and the changeable weather didn't really affect the enjoyment since we had wet proofs for the odd (warm) shower. It was great to revisit old haunts at Talybont (the Star) and Llangynidr (Coach and horses) and note the portion sizes were as huge as ever. The boat was immaculately presented and we were very well looked after from arrival to departure. Thanks so much and will be booking again for next year though will probably select a different boat just for the change!
We hired Hobby for a week in mid July and were blessed with excellent weather for 6 out of 7 days. Hobby was well kitted out and very comfortable to stay in. We had a great induction video before we set out and good guidance on how to handle the boat and navigate the canal, which is incredibly narrow and shallow. Within the first day I think I had reached expert level and so we had very few problems with grounding or collisions!
Can't fault Beacon Boats on anything. It was an excellent week.