SAINT LOUIS

HOTEL BARGE


Welcome on Board


The Barge


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,

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In the Salon

A tastefully decorated space with a soft seating area, dining for six, open bar, music system, and library.

  • Fully stock open bar
  • Nespresso coffee maker
  • 10GBs Wi-Fi per week*
  • Dining space for six
  • Soft seating area
  • Small library and board games
  • Music system
  • Selection of CDs
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In the Cabins

Three double or twin cabins with modern, luxurious en-suite facilities.

  • En-suite shower facilities
  • 220V hairdryers
  • Retractable clothes lines
  • Heated towel rails
  • Bath robes
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Ample 220V power points
  • Full length mirrors
  • Good wardrobe space
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On the Sundeck

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.

  • Four full length reclining sun-loungers
  • Dining area for six
  • Ample sun umbrellas

The Crew


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.


Wendy is our pilot and safety officer responsible for your safety and that of the barge. She also works closely with Julia our hostess to ensure that all things front of house are maintained to the highest of standards.

Peter manages the business, is the main contact point for our guests, and is also your tour guide for all visits along our route! Gastronomy of the region is central to the Saint Louis experience and together with Martin, our chef, he takes a particular interest in bringing the very best this fabulous region has to offer, whether, food, wine or cheese to your table.

Our Hostess, Julia, is French and speaks fluent English. She started working in the hospitality sector in Montpellier six years ago before moving to Scotland to broaden her experience. There she worked with Michelin Star chefs Tom Kitchen and Dominic Jack and managed the front of house for their restaurants. She is a people person and, like Wendy, is quality driven and loves delivering simply flawless service with a smile and a little bit of what we Irish call banter!

Our chef, Martin, is in fact Julia’s boyfriend and is also French, speaks English and has grown up near our home base at Lacourt St Pierre so knows the region and its gastronomy well. Over the past 6 years he has worked with some of the finest Michelin Star chefs in France, Biasibetti and Pourcel. His training and extensive knowledge of French cuisine makes him a perfect fit within our team and his love of food shines through in every dish he prepares.




Gastronomy


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.

Our Food


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!

Our Wines


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.

Say Cheese!


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.

Your Table


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!