Testimonial 2018

2018 Testimonials

Marlene and Reg Testimonial

Testimonial from Marlene and Reg

Our 4th Kailani cruise – and it has been right up to our expectations – sunny when we arrived followed by 5 wet days, then bright and sunny when we’re ready to leave!

2 tunnels, both started at 7:30am, a visit to the Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes (very unexpected), then the wonderful fascinating Bletchley Park, where we spent a very enjoyable afternoon.  We will return!

Dorenda’s meals were again a delight – and Gordon got wet!

See you in 2019

–    Marlene and Reg    26/3 – 1/4/18   –

Chris and Caroline Testimonial

Testimonial from Chris and Caroline Rebbetts

This was our first cruise on Kailani from Leighton Buzzard to Berkhamsted in early April 2018.  We were not sure what to expect but our expectations were exceeding in every respect.

Gordon and Dorenda are wonderful hosts providing good company and wonderful food.  The boat is well appointed, comfortable and beautifully maintained.

We have had a wonderful holiday and hope very much to be back again for another trip on this lovely boat.

–    Chris and Gordon Rebbetts   4/4/18 – 7/4/18  –

Knutson Testimonial

Testimonial from Shelle Knutson


Berkhamsted to Little Venice

I absolutely love to travel and have very high expectations. But even I couldn’t/didn’t expect this truly first class week on the rural canal.  From the moment I, adult daughters and I boarded the Kailani, absolutely five star plus attention.

Gordon & Dorenda are expert boat handlers! Kailani is spotlessly kept.  Every detail is spot on – top quality towels and sheets. Truly gourmet menus and 4 courses. Freshly baked tea sweets twice a day.  All this and entertainment with Gordon’s sense of humour and Dorenda’s cuteness and knowledge of the countryside.  There is no doubting our return is only when!

Thank you !!!!

–   Shelle Knutson,  Montana, USA – May 02,2018    –

Knutson 1 Testimonial

Testimonial from Kamee Knutson

Gordon & Dorenda

We had a wonderful time on our adventure with you.  Thank you for putting up with all of our silly questions, laughter, endless appetites!

Your cooking was amazing!  Gordon’s “charm & wit” were unmatched.  I cannot wait to plan another trip with you.  If you ever find yourselves in the Central Coast, would like to tour a winery, please give me a call.

Thank you

–   Kamee Knutson   Paso Robles. CA    –

Thomas Testimonial

Testimonial from Kalee Thomas

Gordon & Dorenda

Thank you for the most incredible trip!  I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself quite so much.  The beautiful scenery was only matched by your gorgeous boat and your warn hospitality.

Thank you for your conversation and joining in all the laughter –  it was a most memorable voyage!

–   Kalee Thomas   Charleston, South Carolina   –

Verner Testimonial

Testimonial from Linda & Richard Verner

Little Venice to Ware

What a wonderful way to spend the warmest five days in 2018 so far.

Dorenda and Gordon looked after us so well that we’ve been thoroughly spoiled……   And Janet & Mike’s company was great fun!

We hope to come back again soon – time and family permitting.  Sorry we couldn’t write a poem, though…

–   Linda and Richard Verner  (Cold Ash, Berkshire)   03/05/18 – 08/05/18   –

James Testimonial

Testimonial from Janet & Mike James

3 May – 8 May 2018

4th trip with the best hosts and providers of wine!!

Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality.  Dorenda – your food is great

Looking forward to our next trip in September.

–    Janet & Mike Jamesd   Worcester UK   –

Sanders Testimonial

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

9 – 13 May 2018

Ware to Kingston

A lovely repeat of my trip last year – [plus that intriguing circle around the Olympic Park – but just as enjoyable, if not better.

Food, more food, a cosy bed, red-headed pochard, and comfrey; all things to remember.  And some nice chats about canal things!

Thank you once again

–   Alan S    Cranbrook   –

Robertson Testimonial

Testimonial from Cheryl & Rick Robertson

A lovely introduction to barging and the rivers and canals of South East England.

Excellent hospitality by Dorenda and Gordon, and delicious food!

Thank you both.

–   Cheryl & Rick Robertson    13/05/18    –


Raywood Testimonial

Testimonial from Sandy & John Raywood

14/05/18 – 19/05/18

Kingston to Henley

What a wonderful trip, weather great, company even better.  God food and comfortable bed.

Gordon and Dorenda make you very welcome as always.  See you both again

–    Love Sandy and John    Littlehampton, West Sussex    –

Kenwood Testimonial

Testimonial from Louise & Gary Kenwood

May 14 – 19, 2018

Kingston to Henley

For years, whenever we visited Britain we talked of a canal and river venture – and this first time certainly did not disappoint!  but wanting more!!

A wonderful five days – sunny weather, calm waters, fascinating happenings along the river.

Gordon & Dorenda are excellent hosts and the gourmet fare is first class!is a must do, whether you aer a Brit or a visitor from the colonies!

–     Louise & Gary Kenwood    Vancouver,  BC,  Canada    –

Sefton & Fish Testimonial

Testimonials from John & Jean Sefton and Stuart & Nola Fish

In 1948 two nine year old boys met at Prep School in North Wales and maintained a friendship throughout the intervening decades.  To celebrate 70 years of friendship we have spent a wonderful few days on Kailani with their respective wives, canal cruising in sunshine and luxury from Henley to Newbury.

Thank you very much indeed Gordon and Dorenda for your care of us all and helping so well to mark for us both a special milestone.

–    John Sefton & Stauart Fish   –  23rd May 2018      –


A delightful few days through rural England.  We were looked after wonderfully well with excellent meals and hospitality.

Thank you Gordon and Dorenda

–     Jean and John Sefton    –

Motley Testimonial

Testimonial from Christine & Andrew Motley

May 25th – 30th    Newbury – Devizes

A secong wonderful trip on Kailani for us.  From the wondeful scenery, to beautiful reflections on the water, to wildlife watching, to fine dining, to feeling pampered, to good company – Kailani has it all.

Thank you Dorenda and Gordon for making our holiday so special

–     Christine and Andrew Motley   Grimsby     –

Burston Testimonial

Testimonial from Janet & Keith Burston

1 – 10th June 2018    Devizes – Bristol

This has been our third time on the Kailani and we have thoroughly enjoyed out stay.  We have, as always, enjoyed the meals that Dorenda has prepared and cooked to a very high standard.

The scenery encountered between Devizes and Bristol has varied greatly and Gordon has steered us along gracefully.  The weather has been reasonable, with the exception of 2 days, that were considerably cooler.

We’ve already booked for 2019 and will look forward to seeing Gordon and Dorenda again.

–    Janet & Keith Burston     –

Turner Testimonial

Testimonial from Ian & Pat Turner

25th to 30th May 2018 Newbury to Devizes also 1st to 9th June 2018 Devizes to Bristol

Our 2nd time on Kailani which was just as wonderful as the 1st.  Gordon and Dorenda looked after us very well.  They have served us delicious meals every day.  It is marvellous how Dorenda has to attend to so many different tasks with such precision, and still cook those lovely meals.

The trip along the Kennet and Avon canal was lovely and peaceful and there were lovely spots along the journey including places where we moored.  We enjoyed the company of all our fellow travellers, Christine & Andrew, Janet and Keith, as well as Gordon and Dorenda themselves.

–           Ian & Pat Turner,   Broadstairs, Kent  (formerly from Nottinghamshire)    –

Testimonial from Tony & Anne Brereton & David & Jean Adlington

Testimonial from David, Tony, Anne & Jean

12th – 18th June 2018

Bristol to Bradford on Avon (trip No. 4)

We’ve all had a fabulous time

But we’re beginning to run out of rhyme

We’ve eaten and drunk and been merry

And sailed the Bristolian Ferry.

The showers were hot, or sometimes quite cool

But the welcome is always so warm

Whatever the trip, it’s always a hit

On our Hotel Boat called Kailani

Here’s to trip number 5 – July 2019

Thank you both!

–        David, Tony, Anne and Jean xx         –


Testimonial from Anne & Andy and Lynn & Pete

Testimonial from Anne & Andy Orchard & Lynn & Pete Searle

19th – 23rd June

Bradford on Avon to Devizes

Wonderful boat in pristine condition, Fantastic Food: Gordon and Dorenda are great company and perfect hosts; what more can we say

We had a great time!

–         Anne and Andy, Lynn and Pete          –

We will be back!!

Testimonial from Rob & Jan

Testimonial from Jan & Rob Shadbolt

25-29 June

Devizes to Newbury.

This was our second trip on Kailani, Gareth (Dorenda) and Gordon made us very welcome and looked after us superbly.

The food was excellent and we enjoyed helping with the locks, even getting a 3 out of 10 from Gordon!!

Many happy memories of a great trip, thank you so much for all your kindness and patience.

–         Rob and Jan,            Langport, Somerset           –

Testimonial from Kennedys

Testimonial from Marilyn & Nick Kennedy

25 – 29th June

Devizes to Newbury

Thank you so much Dorenda & Gordon – we have had a wonderful week on Kailani.

Your organisation of wall to wall sunshine for us was fantastic!  All going home with lovely sun tans.

To echo Rob & Jan you have looked after us, cooked for us and enjoyed plenty of banter – TOP CLASS!

The peace and quiet of the canals was just what we needed – lovely

–     Marilyn & Nick       Radley, Oxford      –

Testimonial from Devereux

Testimonial from Janet & David Devereux

1st July – 7th July              Newbury – Windsor

Thank you Dorenda and Gordon

A brilliant trip as usual!

Exceptional food – service and friendship

Congratulations on your Gold Award – well deserved!

Thank you for looking after Janet

Very best wishes

–     Janet & Dave    –


Good luck & good cruising!

Hope to see you in 2019

Testimonial from Edwards

Testimonial from Ann & Mike Edwards


We were on the same trip as Janet and Dave and we couldn’t agree more.  We all got on so happily together.

A memorable experience which would like to repeat – to make our 5th trip

–      Mike and Ann     –

Testimonial from Alan

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

8th/15th July 2018

Thank you to Kailani for taking me on a lovely exploratory cruise up the Wey Navigation to Dapdune Wharf and Guildford.  Lots of memories, wild flowers, a steam boat, and just a tiddly bit of the Basingstoke.

The sherry with ice was nice too!

I look forward already to Newbury next year

–    Alan S     Cranbrook     –

Testimonial from Val, Pat and John & Jen

Testimonial from John & Jen Tyler and Val & Pat Torpey

17th July – 23rd July

To Gordon and Dorenda ( and of course Kailani), for taking us on this wonderful trip to London and back to Kingston.  It has been super to journey with you, and we are so sorry to have to say “Goodbye” this morning.

We will badly miss your superb meals Dorenda plus your little treats in the mornings and afternoons.

We all hope that we will be able to travel with you again in the future and are already looking forward to it!

Very best wishes to you both

–       From Val & Pat and John and Jen      –

Testimonial from Murch and H-Waddington

Testimonial from Sally & David Murch and Virginia H-Waddington

24th – 30th July

Thank you so much Gordon and Dorenda for a wonderful six day trip.  I have never done anything like it before and have enjoyed it enormously, as I know Sally and David have, though they are seasoned travellers with you!

We all appreciated your delicious meals Dorenda and will find it difficult to come down to earth and cook for ourselves!

Also Gordon we much appreciated your skill on the day when the weather was bad and conditions were difficult for you.

With all best wishes to you both

–      From Sally, David & Virginia    –

P.S.  I hope to travel with you again one day

5*  Crew

5*  Food

5*  Boat

5*  Holiday

Testimonial from James's

Testimonial from Iris & Peter James

16th August, 2018

Five star boat, five star meals, Dorenda and five star steering, Gordon

Thank you both for such an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

–   Peter and Iris James


Testimonial from Copeland's

Testimonial from Ann & Dick Copeland

We were on the same trip as Peter and Iris above and can only echo their comments.

It was a glorious 10 days

–    Ann & Dick Copeland    16th August    –



Testimonials from Jewels and Parish

Testimonial from Jo Jewels and Bryan Parish

17 – 24 August 2018

Seven days to ‘Stand and Stare’

Seven days of Wonderful Food

Seven days of Brilliant Seamanship

Company – stimulating conversations, stories, memories

Hosts – brought caring to a fine art in every way

Scenery – a thousand shades of green plus birds and animals in various shapes and sizes

Friendliness from passing boats and silent fishermen

The occasional helicopters and aeroplanes to remind us that our normal world was still out there.

I feel rested and refreshed in Body, Mind and Spirit.  Thank you Gordon and Dorenda for all your care

–     Love Jo Jewels     –

One of the best holidays I have ever had, very good luck and success in the future

–    Bryan Parish     –

Testimonial from Rowsell

Testimonial from Raymond Rowsell

24th August 2018

A memorable (and for me, a nostalgic cruise0 with scenic beauty and historical relevance.

Perhaps the excellent ship could be called HMS Brittannie!!

Thanks and praise to our caring and attentive hosts.

–      Raymond Rowsell     –

Testimonial from Ladies from the Sun

Testimonial from Helen, Charlotte, Amanda and Dawn

27th August    Abingdon – Caversham

A truly relaxing few days getting to know the river.  We thoroughly enjoyed Gordon and Dorenda’s hospitality – especially the fabulous meals and cakes.

We came on a girlie weekend and had fun learning about locks and how to (just about)  steer the boat.  Lots of laughter and a really nice change of pace.

Many thanks

–    Helen, Charlotte, Amanda and Dawn     –

Testimonial from Gibson

Testimonial from Rosemary & Neville Gibson

3rd September 2018

Rosemary and Neville Gibson always travel first class and we certainly did this on Kailani.

The Thames cruise was superb from the moorings of great places to the supreme cooking from Dorenda.  Gordon’s choice of spots to stop and his craftmanship was “first class”.  We enjoyed their company and hope to do so again.

Best wishes   Neville

Agree!  agree!  agree! – unusual?    Rosemary

Bright Testimonial

Testimonial from Paul & Amy Bright

5th – 11th September 2018

We came to see Limehouse Basin and we enjoyed our night there.  We walked around twice.  I enjoyed the chance to do locks again.

The boat was beautiful.  The food was so well cooked and it seemed to be so very varied.

The trip from Limehouse to Kingston was excellently steered.  We saw many sites from our past and ran the Boat Race course.

Thank you, best wishes and great journeys in the future.

–     Paul and Amy Bright      –

Scrase and Amor Testimonial

Testimonial from Sue Scrase & Mo Amor

Gordon and Dorenda      16/9/18

We have had the most wonderful 5 day cruise.

What else can I say that hasn’t been said before!   Everything was perfect, not least our fellow guests Carol and Michael – right from our first meeting we clicked and had such great fun.

The work put in by Dorenda and Gordon was incredible and the whole cruise was exemplary.

And, if you can help with the locks – fantastic!

–     Sue Scrase and Mo Amor     –

Sutton's Testimonial

Testimonial from Carol & Michael Sutton

Gordon & Dorenda

16 Sept 18

Once again, the last 5 days have exceeded our expectations!

Dorenda’s cooking (of course) and the trip down the tidal Thames were the icing on the cake.  And with our travel companions Sue and Mo, we couldn’t have had a better trip.  We just cant say enough about how wonderful and relaxing it is to come aboard the Kailani and spend 5 days cruising with you!

Thank you so much!

–     Carol & Michael Sutton        –

Ken & Faye Testimonial

Testimonial from Ken & Faye Diamond

Sept 23/18

Rain, rain go away

Came again another day…..

Preferably on someone else’s holiday!   LOL

Thank you both…..we are glad you have been a part of our lives.  We wish you well in all your future “adventures” and hope you sail smoothly, through life.  Goodbye and good luck!


–    Ken & Faye Diamond     –

Horry Testimonial

Testimonial from Pete & Margaret

Sept 24/18

We don’t want to go home.  Holiday was excellent as usual.  The food was second to none, we where really spoilt.  Pete enjoyed helping Dorenda with the locks, and is certainly fitter than he was when he just boarded the boat.

As we leave the sun is shining, wish you both the best of luck, you both work very hard to achieve excellence, and you certainly succeed in doing this

Many thanks   Love

–      Pete and Margaret      –

James's Testimonial

Testimonial from Mike & Janet James

11-Oct-2018  –  Kingston to Napton on the Hill.

Kailani’s homeward trip to winter mooring.  Wonderful trip again.  Magnificent scenery on GUC (Grand Union Canal).  Weather was very kind apart from 1 wet day.

Gordon and Dorenda are wonderful hosts and great companions.  Thank you for everything including our “Gold” Gifts.

–     Janet & Mike xx     –

PS See you in 2019







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