Kailani Blog

Press Release

30 May, 2014

  FIVE- STAR HOTEL BOAT Owners of Hotel Boat Kailani are proud to announce the award of 5 stars by Visit England (previously English Tourist Board). Assessors Quality In Tourism awarded Kailani the highest rating for Hotel Boats in England. Owners Gordon Horry and Dorenda Wrigley said “We are delighted that QIT have made this… Read more »

Menus aboard Kailani

21 May, 2014

These are a few of the delights that I cook aboard Kailani for our guests.  They may not always be in this order but as well as the evening meal shown there is always a selection of cheese and biscuits and coffee afterwards. 1st Night Asparagus rolls with herb butter sauce Chicken Breast stuffed with… Read more »

Places to visit on the Grand Union Canal

09 May, 2014

WARWICK – Warwick Castle, built on the site of a motte & bailey, constructed by William The Conqueror in 1068. Lord Leycester Hospital, superbly preserved group of 14th century timber framed buildings, including the museum of the Queens Own Hussars. ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA – Royal Pump Rooms, museum and art gallery. A largely Regency town… Read more »

All Things Bright and Beautiful

25 April, 2014

Our guests on Kailani last week loved the outdoors and the different plants and trees that we see on our route.  The colours were truly beautiful from the Cherry Blossom trees to the Oil Seed Rape in the fields.  We passed a swan sitting on her nest, lambs frolicking around the fields, the usual herons… Read more »

Cruising holidays

18 April, 2014

Our season has now begun and we have already had 3 lovely people on board.  Cruise number 1 was for 5 nights from Norton Junction on the Grand Union Canal to Linslade.  The weather was good for us with plenty of sunshine and it only rained on the first evening. Our guests left these testimonials… Read more »

Springtime on the GUC

14 April, 2014

Our new season is underway and we have 3 wonderful people on board enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife along the Grand Union. Starting from Norton Junction on Monday afternoon, we headed down the Long Buckby flight of locks, where we moored for the night, luckily keeping dry as the weather was quite mixed. We… Read more »


05 April, 2014

We all know there are famous Castles at Windsor and Warwick but did you know that one of England’s most historically relevant Castles is in Berkhamsted? This ancient Motte and Bailey structure was the site of William the Conqueror’s offer of the English Crown in 1066. Much of the walls and buildings have disappeared but… Read more »

2015 Routes now available

28 March, 2014

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 routes are now available and can be seen on the website. For next year as well as travelling the Grand Union from Norton Junction to Brentford, we will also go up to Warwick and along the Paddington Arm to Little Venice, the hub of the London Waterways…. Read more »

Updated Routes

21 March, 2014

We have made some changes to the final routes of the 2014 season. We leave the Thames on 12 September, entering the Grand Union at Brentford. The journey up the Hanwell flight takes us to a long level stretch, and our next lock will be at Camden, 27 miles away. Turning at Bulls Bridge onto… Read more »

Wildlife on England’s Rivers and Canals

14 March, 2014

On our journey along the Rivers and Canals we come across some abundant wildlife.  For those who are avid bird watchers or just want to relax and enjoy the wildlife a boating holiday could be just what you are looking for. As well as the many swans with their signets mainly on the River Thames… Read more »

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