La Chouette Cruises


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Discover France the quiet way. Come for a holiday cruise on La Chouette and we'll show you a unique way of experiencing France and the French.

La Chouette is a luxury charter barge immaculately fitted out for just six guests and run by her owners,       Bob & Bobbie Marsland.

Our aim is to help you have a holiday to remember. Relax on board as we take you along the tranquil waters of a canal and river system steeped in history. Sleepy waterside villages will unfold their secrets to an enquiring explorer. Majestic chateaux will enthral the visitor. And the warmth of welcome you will receive from the friendly local people will captivate you.

If you feel the need  to

exercise we have mountain bikes on board. Go for a ride along the tow path, or  further afield to discover an off-the-beaten track village or monument, or just take a gentle stroll. You can meet up with La Chouette further along the waterway. At the leisurely pace we cruise we  are never far away.

The French take their food and wine very seriously and so do we.  On board La Chouette you will dine royally.  We'll also take you to our own selection of restaurants as we believe that is the sure way to enjoy the French way of life.

We welcome you on board La Chouette as our personal guests and hope you will enjoy being with us.
All  breakfasts are taken on board.  Lunches on board consist of a selection of home-made soups, quiches, salads, patés and cold meats and a variety of regional cheeses.  Five course dinners are of the highest quality, showcasing Bobbie's delicious home cooking.  Different wines accompany each meal.

Sample Menu on board

                         Luncheon                                                                         Dinner


                Cucumber and Dill Soup                                                 Roasted Red Peppers
                            ~~~~~~                                                                           with
                    Smoked Salmon                                                    Olive Tapenade and Tomato
                 Egg Mayonnaise Flan                                                               ~~~~~
                        Mixed salad                                                Leg of Lamb with a red Wine Sauce
                 Crusty French Bread                                                     Minted New Potatoes
                     Brie de Meaux                                                            Seasonal Vegetables
                            ~~~~~~                                                                          ~~~~~
                          Fresh Fruit                                                       Selection of French Cheeses


                                                                                          Baked Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream


                                                                                                       Coffee and Chocolates

Restaurant Meals

A speciality of a cruise on La Chouette is eating out.  One meal per day will be taken ashore, sometimes lunch sometimes dinner, included in the charter price.  Bob and Bobbie personally will take you and eat with you in a wide variety of typical French restaurants chosen for the quality of their food, wine and service.  Many are featured in guidebooks some are Michelin starred.  Help is, therefore, at hand with menu translation and ordering, should this be necessary.

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