Remarks, reviews and comments from our guests who have cruised on board the barge
Remarks, reviews and comments from our guests who have cruised on board the barge
We arrived home safely on Saturday evening at around 1900, and the dogs were delighted to see us!
Just a short note to pass on our grateful thanks once again to you and Max, Selby and Linzi for all your hard work in looking after us so well during our very enjoyable week on board Wine & Water. We will hold on to some great memories for a very long time, and to remind us of our time with you we opened a bottle of Burgundy wine last night to have with our dinner – see attached photo!
We look forward to seeing you in October, so do keep in touch.
Richard & Sharron
July 2017 ENGLAND
Thank you again for such an amazing experience. We can not say enough about the last week! Everyone went above and beyond and made it such a great time for us. Glad your new group is going well. Remember, we expect a trip to Florida. We know your winter can be cold;)
Lisa, Mark, Chuck & Jodi
UYSA JUNE 2017
What a fabulous way to spend quality time with great friends. We just returned from the Wine and Water cruise of the Burgundy Region in France. From our first meeting with Max, the tone of gracious hospitality was set. The beautiful barge is spacious and comfortable, the Reanu’s have built a lovely ship. Max, our captain, Chef Dave and lovely Becky made our trip informative, delicious, and delightful.
Your day is set from awakening to fresh pastries and coffee, we then walked through the beautiful countryside as the barge cruised along the tree-lined canal. At noon we hopped back on the barge and were greeted by Becky with a wonderful selection of wine from the area. Chef Dave followed with a 3 course luncheon on the deck. Chef Dave’s skills rival any top chef. After lunch, we would relax on the barge. The afternoon, always held great surprises for us. Max is not only a wonderful host, but a great tour guide. Max’s knowledge of the area’s wines, architecture and history was amazing!
We would tour wineries, chateaus, museums throughout our afternoons, then return home to our lovely barge. Once back on the barge, we beganmore wine tasting from selections chosen by Max. Dinner followed and we must say our 4 course dining was remarkable. Great conversations ensued and sometimes even dancing!
For a truly joyous vacation, we highly recommend Wine and Water. It is a great way to reward yourself.
All the Best, Nancy and Zach Zacharias
We totally enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you again in the future. Max: If you ever decide to try some of the canals in the South of France please let us know. I know that we will be returning to Burgundy so we will contact you. Maybe a cruise with our children. In the meantime we will keep telling everyone we meet about you two and Wine and Water. Cannot think of a better place to recommend.
Please remember if you ever come to the US the offer always available to stay with us.
Our best to Sasha and Sobie
Jeff (and Tami)
We arrived safe and sound back in Toronto and finally in Port Colborne.
We cannot speak of any sort of routine or “back to normal” just yet, although this will happen quickly.
It is with the greatest respect of your contribution as we try to re-tell our “barge” experiences to family and friends.
All three of you have in your own way contributed so much to the success of this extraordinary, calm and joyful time.
Max the elicit Wonder-Captain, entertainer, “all hands-on-deck-man”, driver, well sort of, and history buff who I am sure, surprised us all.
Selby, the singer, well sort of, but excellent chef, always presented us with his creations and pleased us immensely with his versatility.
Now you Bea, are the perfect hostess with a special talent in the decorum and fantasy of presenting breakfast lunch and dinner with such panache.
The cleanliness in all facets and selection of good towels and linen was appreciated.
Most of all we never “felt” as guest of a business, but rather like “in the home/barge of” friends.
Each one of you is to be complimented for your personal contribution to our well being.
Needless to say, nothing would have happen without the contribution and extreme generosity of John Marsh and his wife Rosanne.
Of course I personally am sidelined by the knowledge of wine talk by John, Sasha and Max, but I “enjoyed” the wine tremendously.
Furthermore when the talk involved boating, the 1950 engine and the manoeuvring of the barge or boat, again I could add very little.
Margaret and I enjoyed our stay in Europe immensely and every minute of the trip, thanks to all of you, sadly to say it ended too quickly.
If you take John and Rosanne’s offer on, which we hope you do, there would be another chance of meeting again.
We would be very happy to invite you for a “Hasenpfeffer, Spätzle and Blaukraut” a southern German and Alsatian dish.
In the hope that your season comes to a successful conclusion, that you have a restful time in Chamonix and Max get all his Barge plan upgrading realized and that Selby enjoys his experience in Chamonix, we remain hopeful to see you again,
fondly, Margaret and Emil
I really did have such a super time on your barge. It was the perfect balance of rest, adventure, food, wine (!) and family. You and Bea are such a great team and Shelby is a super guy. What a lovely life you have!
All the best.
Norman xxx & Lewis Bear xxx Cat face
England, June 2016
CRUISED AUGUST 2016
Max, Bea and Selby, Bonjour
Lois and I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience that we had aboard the barge.
The barge, food, wine and hospitality exceeded our expectations.
We also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet Johnnie.
Should you future guests ask for a reference, please feel free to have them contact us.
Best regards, Gary and Lois
Bentonville, AR 72712
Jeff and I both had such a wonderful time on the barge. You and Max are the consummate hosts – fun, professional, entertaining … ! A truly memorable experience we will treasure.
We hope our paths will cross again!
Tami & Jeff
The Allen, Robertson and Spalding trip
Kaye and I are now back in Richmond, Virginia, sad not to be on the Burgundy Canal. We had a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful trip. Having been on the Canal du Midi, we sort of knew what to expect, but our trip with you exceeded all expectations. All six of us felt that our hopes were more than met in every way.
The accommodations were superb. Your “luxury barge hotel” was true to its title. Your hospitality was the finest, from the moment we stepped off the train in Dijon to our departure 6 days later. You both made us feel so welcomed, and that goes for Becky and David as well. No request went unanswered.
Your knowledge of the people and the history of the Burgundy Canal was surpassed only by your knowledge of burgundian wines. I have long been an admirer of wines from Burgundy, but have never been introduced to so many grand crus and wines just not available here in America. Your friendship with the many vintners we visited was impressive and certainly paid off for your passengers in so many ways.
Please feel free to use these comments in your advertising literature in any way you wish.
And thanks again for your friendship. Both you and Beatrice are very special people in our book.
cruised end of September 2015
Bea and Max,
Thank you so very much for our wonderful vacation! It was better than imagined. We loved every moment and will absolutely recommend you and Wine and Water to all of our friends. We’ll send you some photos shortly. Meanwhile, should you ever find yourself in our part of the world, please reach out. We’d love to show you some of our favourite places. And of course, we hope you have a great spa vacation.Cruised October 2015
Below is the review that we just added to Trip Advisor:
The Best Burgundy Canal Vacation!
After looking at self-drive barges and barging trips offered through 3rd party barging companies, we booked our trip directly with the Wine & Water Barge for our dream vacation in Burgundy.
Water and Wine Barge is owned and run by long time veterans of luxury canal barging, Max and his wife Bea. Because they live on the barge in private quarters year round and are fabulous hosts, you feel like you are in the home of wonderful friends. Captain Max effortlessly navigates his beautifully restored barge through the tree-lined French countryside; and, he takes you on daily tours of villages and wineries where his passion and strong sense of humour are quite evident as he tells you about the history and lore of the region (in French or English). If you love wine, you’ll enjoy the fact that Max has developed great relationships with many winemakers so you have access to very special wine tasting experiences in private tasting rooms.
The 3-4 course meals prepared by Chef Dave surpassed most of the the meals that we enjoyed in some of the finest French Michelin star restaurants. Here are some of the dishes that Chef Dave served: Beef Bourguignon, Duck Confit, Sea Bass with Green Lentils and Beets, Prawns with Pastis Creme, and Creme Brûlée. Captain Max paired these dishes with over-the-top Burgundy wines (including cellar aged Premier Cru Pinots, Champagnes, and Chardonnays). Becky, our Barge Hostess, was a jewel. Her terrific smile is infectious; and she set a gorgeous table at every meal and presented a full selection of special cheeses daily at lunch and dinner.
Bea and Max have thought of every detail which made our trip a very special week that we’ll never forget!
Bring comfortable walking shoes for long walks or bike rides through the countryside along the tow paths.
The locks are spaced about 1K apart so you can jump on or off of the barge for a quick break.
Reserve early so you get your desired time frame.
Start your vacation a few days or a week in advance of the barge trip so you are ready to fully enjoy the most relaxing week of your life.
The Wine and Water Barge is a great value if you want an all inclusive personalized experience which includes all gourmet meals, fine wines, lodging, and tours.
Dress in layers. We were there during the first week of October and in a matter of hours the weather went from pouring rain to beautiful sunshine.
Remember to bring a swimsuit for an evening sit in the jacuzzi and be prepared to spend time unplugged and pampered by a great team of hospitality professionals.
As I sit here in the pouring rain thanks to Hurricane Joaquin, I am comforted and warmed by the memories of our recent experience on your Barge.
Thank you very much for providing a superior vacation highlighted by all of the usual trimmings of a 5 star hotel. The food and wine plus the side trips to castles and vineyards on top of the beautiful vistas along the Burgundy canal made for a wonderful time for all.
You and your crew of David and Becky are a treasure.
Keep up the good work.
Warmest regards, Whitey Robertson