Testimonials 2017

Dawn & Tony's Testimonial

Testimonial from Tony & Dawn Dennis

Yet again a fantastic trip!  There were so many highlights – the tunnels, Stoke Bruerne Museum, the antique centre, the Peace Pagoda, Bletchley Park and of course Stoke Hammond!!  Lovely to see Bonnie again.

But most of all a big THANK YOU to Dorenda and Gordon for fantastic food, comfort and brilliant, unstinting attention. We hope to be back – Thank you again

P.S. Not forgetting the lovely Kailani !!

–   Dawn & Tony Dennis    28th March 2017   –


Alan's Testimonial April 2017

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

A Grand Union of Kailani comfort.  Culinary delights, and Spring times colourful creations – not forgetting unbelievable weather – have combined to a crowning conclusion that this canal cruise, across the Chiltern Hills, has been the best ever!

10 out of 10.  Thank you – and here’s to the next time (at Ware)

– Alan Sanders  Cranbrook Kent    5-8 April 2017  –




Celia and Bobs Testimonial

Testimonial from Celia and Bob De Vekey

Thank you for a splendid 3 day trip Linslade to Berkhamsted.  The warm sunny weather made a good back drop to everything else ie lovely food, attentive care, pleasant company.

Your kindness and hospitality has been much appreciated.  Hopefully we will be back

–   Celia & Bob De Vekey, Watford, Herts     5-8th April 2017




Elizabeth's Testimonial

Testimonial from Elizabeth Kiddle

Berkhamsted – Little Venice

Just moved house so this was very welcome, totally spoilt and explored the Grand Union Canal along the side of Berkhamsted unknown to me.

So different from the A40 route more familiar to me.

Many thanks and every good wish

–   Elizabeth Kiddle   14 April 2017   –


Hillyards Testimonial

Testimonial from Trish and Stuart Hillyard

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday on Kailani.  This was a well furnished meticulously clean craft.  Our friendly and knowledgable hosts Dorenda and Gordon served delicious and well timed food.  For me this adds up to the basis of a good holiday.

We found out so much about London you never see: at a leisurely pace.  The great advantage of Kailani is the Thames route. Limehouse, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament etc then back on the canal route at Brentford.

We would highly recommend this trip fpr a different special break.

–   Trish and Stuart Hillyard  15th – 20th April 2017  –


Testimonaila from Robertson and Bevan

Testimonial from Barbara and Ian Robertson & Karen and John Bevan


A wonderful trip through busy Camden lock to Limehouse and a cold but sunny voyage up the Thames to Brentford and back to Little Venice.

A well designed and comfortable boat and ecellent catering together with good company made a great holiday

–     Barbara and Ian Robertson and Karen & John Bevan   23 – 27th April  –



Lorimer Testimonial

Testimonial from Leonie and Nick Lorimer

Nick and Leonie Lorimer have much enjoyed our short trip, ‘on the cut’, starting at Battlebridge Basin 9Lings Cross, London) and finishing at Ware, a most charming little town with good facilities.

All was very organised by Dorenda and Gordon and Kailani and is a comfortable and well fitted out vessel

Many thanks from us both

–  Nick & Leonie Lorimer   May 4th – 8th 2017



Edwards Testimonial

Testimonial from Ann & Mike Edwards

We did both the London loop followed after a day by the River Lee trip to Ware. We loved the contrasts all the way along and the remebrances the trip brought back of us.

Ann trained at St. Thomas’s and some of our nurses homes were near the River in the Chelsea area and Mike knew the area around the River Lee very well.

Thank you from us both for a happy two trips – one on our own and one with Leonie and Nick

– Mike and Anne Edwards  April 28th – May 8th 20178  –


Sanders Testimonial

Testmonial from Alan, Kate and Helen

In just 4 days we have drooled over patisserie in .. you know.  Ware:   Visited King Harold;  left a bounty bar for Alfie;  viewed a floating penthouse; played sandcastles on the beach at Wapping;  been under Tower Bridge;  got drowned at Waterloo;  and (so Gordon says) boated with a seal near Brentford.

And all on the best hotel boat ever.  Thankyou  Gordon and Dorenda for looking after us so well.

–    Alan, Kate and Helen   May 9 – 13 2017 –

PS  The external shower was a novelty!

PPS  And I have had a bullet everyday!!  My new fruit diet! in contrast to the lovely cake feasts twice a day!

Thanks for a lovely break.

Bowers and Frankenberry Testimonaial

Testimonial from Pauline Bowers and Jim Frankenberry

Jim and I enjoyed every minute of our river trip, except the rain.  Dorenda and Gordon could not have been more welcoming, pleasant and easy to talk with plus the great service, good food and welcoming atmosphere.  There I have written it twice.

We enjoyed the scenery and palaces, the views from the boat.  All was as advertised and more.

Thank you both

–   Pauline Bowers and Jum Franknberry  – May 20th 2017  –


West testimonial

Testimonial from Derek West

What a terrific experience to join Gordon and Dorenda aboard Kailani!  Wonderful to rediscover the joy of the river cruising; the easy pace, the relaxation, and the brilliant service delivered by these two waterborne hoteliers.  The easy pace of course, only happens because of the professionalism and attention to detail of two people dedicated to their craft (pun Intended).

Many thanks for an excellent time – its been absolutely great to meet you and share an all too short part of your adventure!

–  Derek West (Newsquest Columnist)   May 23 2017  –


Burns Testimonial

Testimonial from Sue and John Burns

To Dorenda and Gordon & Bonnie

Made us feel so like family


– John and Sue from Newcastle Australia  –  June 1 2017  –




Buston Testimonial

Testimonial from Janet & Keith Burston

Our second trip with Dorenda and Gordon on their Hotel Boat.  Loved every minute.  Our travelling company John & Sue from Australia a great couple.  We also enjoyed the scenery, locks and swing bridges.

Looking forward to our next trip in 2018.

Thanks Dorenda and Gordon

–  Janet & Keith Burston  June 1 2017  –



Murch Testimonial

Testimonial from Sally & David Murch

A wonderful trip through the lovely Wiltshire countryside much enhanced by Dorenda’s delicious meals and Gordon’s skillful navigation

Variable weather but consistent

5* hospitality and good company.  Looking forward to meeting again in 2018.

–   Sally & David Murch   June 8th 2017   –














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