T he Saint Louis is one of the most luxurious and best appointed barges on the canal network in France today. The team at Saint Louis spare no effort in bringing you the ultimate in luxury cruising,
A tastefully decorated space with a soft seating area, dining for six, open bar, music system, and library.
Three double or twin cabins with modern, luxurious en-suite facilities.
Saint Louis has the largest open sundeck of any barge of comparable size where you will be able to relax and dine whilst enjoying the peace and tranquility of this wonderful, secluded canal. The sundeck is easily accessed via wide stairs directly from the salon.
P eter and Wendy came to France in early 2014 from Ireland and have operated the barge since then, updating and transforming the barge to create an oasis of calm and tranquillity that is enjoyed by our guests today. On board we have 4 full time crew members looking after your comfort and safety.
S aint Louis cruises in the gloriously abundant South West France where the finest fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses and wines of great note are all produced. The Atlantic is nearby and the vibrant local markets here are bursting with varieties of fish, oysters and fruit de mer to tempt every palate.
W e have developed strong and lasting relationships with the best of the best local producers to ensure that we bring to your table outstanding locally sourced produce of the highest quality that truly represent this region, it’s culture and heritage.
Because of the outstanding quality of our ingredients and their freshness, our ethos in the kitchen is: cook it simply, cook it lightly, embrace seasonality and avoid heavy use of sugar, salt and fat, let the flavour and texture of the food be the focus – and our guests love this approach!
P airing wine with food is an art and we work closely with our wine distributor in St Émilion, himself an executive chef, to bring you a wide variety of wines of great quality from across this region that are specifically selected to complement our food. We have an excellent cellar and carry approximately 600 bottles on board.
F rance is renowned for its superlative cheeses and no dinner or indeed lunch if preferred, would be complete without an offering of examples of the cheese makers’ art. We select three new cheeses each day to create imaginative cheese boards that may include dried fruits, nuts and honey for you to share and enjoy.
T he enjoyment of food is central to what we do; it is not only a taste experience it is also a visual one. Each evening our guests sit down to a different table setting, we carry a wide selection of table cloths, jacquard linen napkins, candles and other decorative finishings that Wendy uses to great effect to create a variety of themed table settings throughout the week – she’s even been known to hold napkin folding classes with inquisitive guests!