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“The most luxurious canal boat on an exquisite and...”

Review of Beacon Park Boats

Narrowboat Grouse: One of our fleet of 5-star hand-built boats with lavish interiors.
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Narrowboat Grouse: One of our fleet of 5-star hand-built boats with lavish interiors.
Narrowboat Grouse: Beds have luxurious sprung mattresses, duvets and traditional Welsh blankets. Narrowboat Grouse: Impressively large kitchen with everything you'll need to cook a superb meal.
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Narrowboat Grouse: One of our fleet of 5-star hand-built boats with lavish interiors.
Narrowboat Grouse: Beds have luxurious sprung mattresses, duvets and traditional Welsh blankets.
Narrowboat Grouse: Impressively large kitchen with everything you'll need to cook a superb meal.
Narrowboat Grouse: Lounge with comfy chairs and log-effect gas stove.
Narrowboat Grouse: Front deck, with seating and table, can be enclosed to form a conservatory.
Narrowboat Grouse: Snuggle up to the fire with a good book for a relaxing evening in spring/autumn.
Narrowboat Grouse: For 2 couples. Has a large canopied front deck - perfect for al fresco dining.
Narrowboat Grouse: The beds are large and comfy for a great night's sleep.
Narrowboat Grouse: At the touch of a button, the beds glide away, providing more space for daytime.
Narrowboat Grouse: Spacious shower room.
Narrowboat Grouse: Ceramic handbasin on marble counter, with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Llangattock, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

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JonahMH
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The most luxurious canal boat on an exquisite and unique canal!”
Reviewed September 6, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Our family of four stayed 3 nights on Kestrel at the start of August this year. From the moment we booked, we knew we were in for a treat. All information and confirmations were sent by post including an instructional DVD before we arrived so we had plenty of time to see what we were letting ourselves in for. I must say, we were all a little nervous as to whether we would manage to drive this boat and operate all the locks, swing bridges etc. Suggested itineraries were included and I decided that we would do the super-busy itinerary with lots of boating and lots of locks! On arrival, we were greeted with hot drinks and cookies and allowed to board our boat and familiarise ourselves / unpack, before full instructions were given and we set off after half an hour or so. The boat itself was beautiful.....luxurious from bedding to towels and toiletries, together with lovely touches like fresh cut flowers in vases. We were all very comfortable and the kitchen was supplied with everything you might need. The Mon and Brec canal is amazing......miles of unspoilt countryside dotted with cottages and pubs.......there were other boats but as this is a closed canal, not that many. We chose to go up to Brecon and back again, giving us the full adventure of locks etc which we (and moreover the kids, 13 and 15) soon got the hang of. My only gripe if I had one actually turned out to be a blessing. The boats all have Wi-Fi but as they said when we arrived, the Wi-Fi is only as good as the mobile signal, which is pretty much non-existent. Kids were stressed out by this for all of about an hour and then turned their phones off and actually relaxed. Family fun....sing-a-longs, board games, even just talking! It was proper family time. Oh, and a word of warning.........having told the kids all weekend to be careful when traversing the length of the boat, a certain middle aged dad actually ended up falling in much to the amusement of the wife and kids........and I can confirm, the canal is only about 1m deep! Will definitely visit again......a weekend to remember for the rest of our lives. Well done Beacon Park Boats. x

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Management Response
Sep 15, 2017
Delighted to read about your memorable weekend and thrilled that you enjoyed all that Kestrel and the Mon & Brec canal has to offer. It's a lovely way for families to enjoy time together! Thank you for leaving this review and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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calvin40
london
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The most luxurious canal boats ”
Reviewed August 23, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Had a great week on the Grouse, one of the Brecon Park Boats. Fantastic service leading up to our holiday with lots of guidance and helpful advice.

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Lovely to hear that you had a great week on Grouse. Your comments about the 'fantastic service' leaving up to your holiday are so valuable to our staff who handle customer enquiries and bookings. Thank you. Hope to see you again.
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NurickP
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beacon Park Boats work their Welsh magic”
Reviewed August 21, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

What an incredible week my wife and I have just returned from! Every aspect of our holiday was of the highest quality. Harrier - the pick of Beacon Park Boats' fleet - was outstanding and drew many envious looks the entire length of the canal. She is THE boat to choose for a couple - the bath was sublime and, even on a late summer's evening, nothing beats lighting the wood burning stove and seeing smoke waft gently through the shafts of sunlight filtering between the trees. The bed was more comfortable than most luxury hotels and the boat itself was an absolute joy to steer. The purist in me was silenced the moment I used the bow thrusters - a fantastic addition that makes even the trickiest of corners, lock positioning or mooring the easiest thing in the world. The six locks as well as aqueducts, tunnels, lifting bridges and small marinas made for a varied cruising experience, all the time hugging the side of the deeply wooded valleys with magnificent views over towns and mountains beyond. I envy all those who have yet to experience the charms of the Mon and Brec, particularly on board the one of these beautifully designed boats built by people who really know their stuff. Book one immediately and look forward to enjoying what will be one of the finest holidays you will ever have. I promise.

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Thank you for letting us know what a great holiday you had on Harrier. It sounds poetic and idyllic. We hope to welcome you back to the Brecon Beacons in the future.
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Leonie S
Port Macquarie, Australia
2 reviews
“The Honeymoon boat....”
Reviewed August 18, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

What a delight to travel on the Brecon Beacon Boats in Wales in June this year on a trip to see family in the UK. We had a week on the Owl canal boat and only later found it was the 'honeymoon boat' but we didn't mind. It had a 4 poster bed, pot belly stove and a fantastic hot tub in the front of the boat. We were impressed with everything in the boat and the attention to detail, anything you could have wanted for a week trip was there. It was very comfortable and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a quiet scenically beautiful canal with lots of fun learning to open locks, bridges and a tunnel as well balanced with slow travel and lots of relaxing! A very professional outfit all round with great training sessions and videos to help the less confident sailors!

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
We are so pleased that a holiday on Owl formed part of your trip to the UK, and are glad that you enjoyed the stunning Brecon Beacons. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
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Hectordoo...
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tip-top”
Reviewed August 16, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

We have had a great family week travelling on the unspoilt Brecon canal at a wonderfully relaxing pace. As there were 6 of us we opted for one of the broader barges which offer more living/sleeping space (Puffin). There were no problems at all navigating the canal. The front bow thrusters make steering easy. There is only one substantive set of locks (a run of 5) but local volunteers were on hand to give guidance and we went through all of them in approximately 2.5 hours. There are plenty of canal side restaurants/pubs if you prefer to eat out. The boat itself is equipped to a very high standard. The Beacon Park Boats operation is very slick and professional. Would recommend to anyone. We take holidays seriously in our house and this is one of the best we have ever had.

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Wow - one of the best holidays you've ever had! That's praise indeed. We take great pride in trying to make every aspect of your holiday run smoothly, therefore our team is so happy to read that you think the operation is 'very slick and professional'. Thank you. Hope to welcome you back.
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GabeandBe...
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great boats, great service, pet friendly”
Reviewed August 16, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

Picked up our boat "Hobby" for a weeks holiday. Had a leisurely week travelling to Brecon and back with our two dogs. The canal is very dog friendly, loads of pubs very welcoming of pets, so no trouble finding somewhere to eat out. However the kitchen on-board the boat is fab and well kitted out, so we fended for ourselves a few nights. We have used Beacon Park Boats for quite a few years now and are never disappointed. We will be back again next year!

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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Lovely to see you and your dogs again, and thanks for leaving a review. We are thrilled that you had another great holiday on the Mon & Brec, which is such a fab place for dogs. Can't wait to welcome you back in 2018.
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JJonesGlo...
Gloucester
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful boats on the Brecon Canal for young novice family and dog!”
Reviewed August 11, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

A first time canal boat holiday (children 11&12). They'd always wanted to sleep on a boat and thought it would be very exciting. I was a little apprehensive that they and we would be bored as we are an active family. I needn't have worried! I think partly to the size of our boat, it was huge, and we had to manoeuvre it between the many bridges, locks, an aqueduct and a long dark tunnel not to mention the other narrow boats mooring on the canal and filling up our water each day, it was a joint operation! This added to the working together feel of the holiday. Runs along the canal are also easy as are plenty of dog walks. The canal is narrow in places and shallow so the odd 'getting stuck in the mud' happens but you have your poles and bow thrusters to get you out of trouble. We found plenty of pubs and a few shops/cafes along the way and if you refer to your information provided you can plan your journey and stops. The children were tired after all of the fresh air and exercise so we ate on the boat 2 out of 4 evenings. The kitchen is great with a full size oven, microwave, grill and fridge with a small freezer compartment so no need to go out if you don't feel the need. We also found BBQ spots along the way too.
Although WiFi is included the signal and that of the TV is poor. Take DVD's and family games for entertainment.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the boat in general, 2 bathrooms with good showers, fittings and 2 fixed double beds and linen. Looking at other boats on the canal we were pleased that we had booked with Beacon Park Boats. The staff were helpful and friendly and were genuinely interested to ensure that you had a great time.
A great experience for the family, it's one off the list and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending Beacon Park Boats.
Tips - if you want to navigate the bridges with ease, pick a smaller boat than we did it will be more relaxing but if you want the kids to be involved Puffing is great.
Stock up on supplies from Waitrose about 10 minutes away from the wharf.
If you want to explore the area then you will need a week on the boat as 4 night just wasn't long enough to get out and about.
Pick a boat with bow thrusters they can get you out of sticky situations!

Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Thank you for your review. It's lovely to read that you had a really enjoyable family holiday. We've always found boating holidays to be an excellent way of involving all ages and abilities, and taking home memories of a shared experience. Hope to welcome you back sometime.
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