Testimonials 2019

2019 Testimonials

Sandersons Testimonial

Testimonial from Neil and Jen Sanderson

9 – 12 April 2019

What a lovely three days, a great experience to be introduced to canal boating.

The countryside, cuisine and the company were splendid. The food in particular was outstanding – Thank you.

Manning the locks was a good learning experience

                      –      Neil and Jen

+  Buen Camino!

Turners Testimonial

Testimonial from Ian & Pat Turner

28th March to 19th April, 2019   Warwick to Kingston-0n-Thames.

We have just enjoyed a wonderful 22 days on Kailani, as the route went right through from Warwick to Kingston-on-Thames.

It was like an adventure for us as we had never been on the Grand Union Canal before, but had only visited places on the canal on days out in the past.

This is the third time we have travelled on Kailani, and it is like visiting special friends when we meet Gordon and Dorenda again, and we also get 5 star treatment, so we get the best of both worlds!

Thank you both for making sure we had everything we needed to make our holiday perfect!

                    –      Ian and Pat Turner    Broadstairs, Kent   (formerly of Southwell, Nottinghjamshire)

White and Evans Testimonial

Testimonial from Gail & John White and Christine & Robin Evans

April 20 to 26th   London Ring

Excellent!   Best holiday experience. It was even better than we expected.  The beautiful weather at the beginning set the scene for 6 wonderful days.

We have had a lot of laughs, eaten too much exceptional food and seen the most amazing sights on the canals and Thames.

The voyage up the Thames was unforgettable, a unique experience.

We cannot thank Dorenda and Gordon enough for being the hosts “with the mostest”.  They have looked after us above and beyond any other hosts – the food, the wine, the friendship and the laughs!

We can’t wait to tell all our friends about what a great time we have had on the Kailani.

                             –     Gail and John White    Melbourne, Australia

                             –     Christine and Robin from Bradfield, Berkshire (a couple of miles from the K&A Canal @Aldermaston)

Flint Testimonial

Testimonial from Caroline & Giles Flint 1

1/5/19  London Ring.

I was so excited before coming on this holiday.  I thought that it could only be a disappointment. Not at all, it exceeded our highest expectations.

The beauty of the canals, the fresh green of the landscape, the bird song, the scent of hawthorn and bluebells, the gentle chugging of the boat and all this in the middle of the Metropolis.  Extraordinary!

Your kindness and consideration was much appreciated.  The food was amazing!  Huge variety, absolutely delicious, imaginative and profuse.  I’ve never eaten so well in my life.

The beds are comfy and it is so peaceful being rocked to sleep.

Thank you so much.

                         –     Caroline and Giles Flint (London)   –

Testimonial from Harmour's

Testimonial from Rog and Jen Harmour

8th May 2019

What an absolute treat 3 days of great company wonderful food and an ever changing vista of weird and beautiful homes and boats.

A slow gentle p[ace to be able to relax and unwind and take it all in.  A fabulous start to our English holiday.

Thank you both for working non stop to make everyone happy and especially Dorenda for having to work around everyone’s whims and peculiarities with food. You are a marvel.

Thank you again

                   –     Rog & Jen Harmour Australia   –

PS  “DD’s (Dorenda’s Dates)

Crisp's Testimonial

Testimonial from Philip & Jane Crisp

8th May 19

A fabulous 4 day break. Our hosts were amazing, with attention to detail second to none.

Food was “just like a hotel”.  We really could not ask for more.  Very comfy beds and lovely louynge.

We have seen parts of the Thames we have never seen before.

You both work so hard and have made our break so wonderful.  Words are not enough.

           –     Philip & Jane   Daventry   –

Dawn & Tony's Testimonial

Testimonial from Dawn & Tony Dennis

15th May 2019

What a fabulous few days fantastic weather, fantastic food and fantastic attention to details.

We had loved our week and could not have asked for more.

A huge “Thank You” to you both.

              –    Dawn & Tony     –

Sally and David's Testimonial

Testimonial from Sally & David Murch

15th May 2019

Well, what can i say – once again a hugely enjoyable holiday in every way.

We look forward to seeing you both again next year.

Thank you very much.

        –   Sally and David     –

Dawn & Tonys Testimonial for 2nd trip

Testimonial from Dawn & Tony Dennis for 2nd trip

25th May 2019

“Thank you” once again for a fantastic few days – once again nothing was too much problem!

Delicious food, wonderful weather, lovely company and amazing hosts.

A very enjoyable time – Thank You both again

Hope to return next year if you are here!

        –    Dawn & Tony Dennis    –

Alans Testimonial

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

25th May

“I’ve grown accustomed to it now – locking up and locking down” – the Golden Windlass (thank you so much).

Took us through 70 locks all the way across the watershed from Newbury to Bradford on Avon.

Will long remember the springtime flowers, glorious Wiltshire landscapes and bird song galore (including the cuckoo).  Red Kites soaring above, and ducklings and cygnets on the water.

Thank you D & G for making it all possible.

May Kailani long continue to give so much pleasure to so many people.

        –     Alan       –

Lynne & Petet and Anne & Andy Testimonial

Testimonial from Alan S

27th May – 1st June      Bradford on Avon to Bristol

Another superb break – great food and good company.

We said last year we would be back and are so glad we did.

Couldn’t ask for better hosts.

The diet starts tomorrow!!

     –     Lynne & Pete Searle ,  Anne & Andy Orchard    –

Restimonial from Ashton's and Fleming

Testimonial from Micky and David Ashton & Ruth Fleming

3 – 8 June 2019

We have travelled sedately from Bristol to Bradford on Avon, enjoying the beautiful countryside, the canal boat lifestyle, and the marvellous hospitality provided so well by Dorenda and Gordon.  I (David) have enjoyed being a lock gate “Slave”, helping Dorenda.

We’ve enjoyed it all so much that we’re coming back next year, for a voyage on the London Ring.

Many thanks

                                             –     Micky and David Ashton and Ruth Fleming from Melbourne, Australia     –

Judith's Testimonial

Testimonial from Judith Mead

9 – 14 June

1st experience on the Hotel canal boat.  The whole experience has been fantastic.  Cabin is superb, all the little touches make this an exceptional hotel experience. Food has been amazing, cakes – well words can’t describe how beautiful they all are.

The only negative part of the wholw trip has been the wet weather but Dorenda has been kindness itself drying the wet gear.

Many many thanks for giving me such a great holiday.

          –     Judith Mead, Poole Dorset     –

Chris and Jackie's Testimonial

Testimonial from Chris and Jackie Watson

9 – 14 June 2019

What a lovely (if wet) holiday.  1st trip on a wide beam and most luxurious.

Dorenda is like a pocket dynamo – cooking cleaning, doing the locks and nothing is too much trouble.  Travelling down the River Avon into Bristol was far more beautiful than we imagined.

Thank you for a wonderful time

         –    Chris and Jackie    Brighton    –

And thank you for the Birthday Cake !!

Angela's Testimonial

Testimonial from Angela Sleet

9 – 14 June 2019    Kailana

My first experience on a Hotel canal boat.  Would do this again – relaxing, though joining in with the locks is possible.

Excellent catering, especially the “light” cakes.

Nothing is too much trouble fpr this wonderful couple.

Thank you very much!

                       –   Angela      –

Joe and Sandy's Testimonial

Testimonial from Joe and Sandy Englehardt

22nd June – 30th June 2019

A great trip from Bradford on Avon to Newbury.  A real break to relax with excellent food and drink ,looked after by Dorenda and Gordon.

The weather ranged from cool to very hot.  Pumps on the Caen Hill flight failed which meant two days at Wootton Rivers.  What a beautiful place to be stuck.  We enjoyed a day in Marlborough and another walking locally.

Somehow Gordon and Dorenda then managed to make it to Newbury on time through a lot of impressive hard work.

A wonderful holiday.

Thank you

                            -Jenny and Barry Hunt  & Joe and Sandy Englehardt             –

Alan's Testimonial

Testimonial from Alan S

9 – 15 July 2019    Windsor to Abingdon


Add to that the many ‘charms’ of Kailani – from a soft bed to Eton Mess – and you have the recipe for a prefect holiday. (I don’t want to go home!)

So once again, Thank you Gordon and Dorenda, for another peaceful and enjoyable voyage.

I already look forward to completing the River Journey to Lechlade next year

                     –              Alan S     Cranbrook    –

John and Carol's Testimonial

Testimonial from John and Carol Fairbanks

The warm welcome we received on arrival made us both feel at home from the start.  Both of us were impressed with Gordon’s skill in finding good mooring spaces and Dorenda’s agility in leaping ashore to secure the boat.  They worked well as a team.

After being well fed throughout the trip the last dinner (Duck a la Orange) was particularly memorable.

                 –     John and Carol Fairbanks      –

Anne, Tony, Davis & Jean's Testimonial

Testimonial from Anne, Tony, David and Jean

14th – 23rd July 2019

Thank you so much for our 5th memorable week on Kailani.  Weather definitely mixed but ended on a hot sunny day.

As ever looked after magnificently by Dorenda and we all admired Gordons heroics during a deluge all day on Friday.

A most beautiful stretch of the Thames and very kind of you to arrange, wild water swimmers, kingfishers and lastly an airshow complete with the Red Arrows just for us.

A great time had by us all. (another one!) with thanks and best wishes.

      –      Anne, Tony, David & Jean    xxxxx    –

P.S. Enjoy your cruises and a happy special birthday Gordon.


Janet & Keith's Testimonial

Testimonial from Janet & Keith Burston

25 – 31 /7/19

This has been our fourth trip on Hotel Boat Kailani and we have thoroughly enjoyed our trip was Oxford to Abingdon and we’ve had mainly good weather.

Dorenda kept us well fed with her excellent cakes and meals throughout; Gordon with his boat skills have been good too.  Our travelling companions have been two ladies from the USA  and we’ve gotten on fine.

All the best Gordon and Dorenda in your future endeavours.

           –    Janet & Keith   xxx     –

Thanks for a great time

Shelle's Testimonial

Testimonial from Shelle Knutson

7/25 – 7/31/2019  Oxford to Abingdon

After last year’s trip that was PERFECT – I was almost hesitant to come again as – HOW?!  could it ever meet or exceed the last one.  IT DID!

Dorenda and Gordon you are THEE BEST TEAM.  Each detail was outstanding:  accomodation, food (each meal and 2 teas daily), ship handling, scenery, attention to every detail.

Just Can’t thank you enough.  Superb! EXCELLENT!  Such a 5*experience.

                    –     Shelle Knutson      Montana, USA      –

Dorothy's Testimonial

Testimonial from Dorothy Donohue

7/25 -7/31/19  Oxford to Abingdon

My Kailani experience has been everything my friends had promised it would be.  First class accommodation, exquisite meals and gracious hosts.

Glorious scenery each day, and laughter and entertainment as we fumbled our way through the locks.

Days filled with changing views and experiences and evenings spent reliving the sights and enjoying our fellow passengers.

And always delicious meas and teas.

Thank you Gordon and Dorenda, for a wonderful journey aboard Kailani.

                              –      Dorothy Donohue    California  USA     –

Hamm and Morgan Testimonial

Testimonial from Jane Hamm and Violet Morgan

Abingdon to Henley      2nd – 6th August  2019

Jane and I came on this trip after many years on other narrowboat hotel holidays and we have been delighted to be on Kailani!

Thank you Dorenda and Gordon, you are wonderful hosts and very professional.  We have enjoyed every minute of our trip. The cabins are so comfortable, the best ever and the food! is so wonderful Dorenda!

Jane joins me to express our appreciation for all of your kindness and thoughtfulness during our holiday.

Dorenda I am so glad I am coming back on the 14th to spend a few more enjoyable days on Kailani.

                            –     Jane Hamm and Violet Morgan      Leicester    –

Devereux's Testimonial

Testimonial from Dave & Janet Devereux

Henley – Guildford      7/8/19   –  13/8/19

This is our 6th trip and as always was superb – especially the Wey.  Thank you Gordon and Dorenda for looking after us.

The food, as always, Dorenda was exceptionally good!  Gordon thank you for the navigation – difficult at times – but better than I could have done!  Thanks for finding the benches!

Hopefully we shall see you again in 2020

      –      Dave & Janet     –

Todd's Testimonial

Testimonial from Michael Todd

First time with you.  Good company, good food, comfortable accommodation. Good weather overall.

Looking forward to next years trip already.

     –    Michael Todd    –

Harry's Testimonial

Testimonial from Margaret & Ken Harry

14th Aug – 20th 2019

Guildford to Henley.

Thank you both for all your care and attention in making this a very enjoyable trip. The food has been excellent and Dorenda seams to have limitless energy in coping with cooking, locks, house keeping etc.  Gordon, we have seen less at work because he’s nearly always at the stern!

     –      Margaret & Ken    –

Scrivener Testimonial

Testimonial from Jean Scrivener

August 29th – September 3rd

London Ring

I’m not often lost for words but I have run out of superlatives to describe this fabulous trip and our wonderful hosts.

      –    Jean Scrivener   St Leonards on Sea     –

Crisp's Testimonial

Testimonial from Philip & Jane Crisp

29th Aug – 3rd Sept

Our second trip and we were not disappointed.  Food second to none, wonderful hosts.

Absolutely amazing

      –     Philip and Jane     –

Hubbert and Liddle Testimonial

Testimonial from Angela, Michael, Stephen and Terena

6th – 12th September 2019

The third time we have been on the Kailani, everything was wonderful, as always.  Excellent food and service.

The trip on the tidal Thames was memorable and we didn’t get too wet!

                                –    Angela, Michael, Stephen & Terena     –

Greene and Devereux Testimonial

Testimonial from Judith, Ralph, Jackie and Ray

13-19th Sept 19

Judith, Ralph, Jackie and Ray

Kingston – Kingston

Amazing! Lucky with the weather.

Superb hosts – really fine trip – very relaxing.  Glad we came.

                        – J, R, J, R   –

13 – 19 September 2019

A fantastic trip with a fantastic crew, who made us very welcome with superb hospitality.

Your kindness and consideration for Ray was very much appreciated.

Dorenda, your food was amazing.

Kailani is 5 star [plus – you both worked so hard.   Thankyou

      –     Jackie and Ray Flack   _Grantham)

Englehardt and Poplar Testimonial

Testimonial from Pat Smith, John Englehardt, Audrey and Ray Poplar

Sept 21st – 27th, 2019

Excellent working historical vacation.  5* cooking @each meal and tea.  The week went by so fast!

The occasional rain, did not seem to bother us at all.

The Paper Mill tour in Frogmore very informative, and was a spontaneous tour thru a Church of England in Berkhamsted!

Thank you so much to out host and hostess!  See you on Facebook!

     –   Pat Smith & John Englehardt        Audrey and Ray Poplar      (Florida, USA)     –

Kanani family testimonial

Testimonial from The Kanani Family

Berkhamsted – Leighton Buzzard

Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2019

The Kananis Ruby Anniversary and Daddy Kanan’s birthday x

What a wonderful trip, we are completely blown away – a picturesque route, fun on the locks, special family time and exceptional food tailored to our needs.  HUGE thanks x

It’s been an interesting experience and thank you for being patient with me learning to work the locks and Gordon for letting me steer!

Wonderful experience.

        –      Kanani family   –

Brunwin and Bartlett Testimonial

Testimonial from Linda, Gary, Alf and Lynne

Linslade – Berkhamsted

2nd – 5th Oct 2019

Wonderful 3 day trip with Gordon and Dorenda.

Superb hosts and fantastic food.  Thank you Dorenda, every meal was delicious.

Great experience learning to work the locks and we even managed to miss the rain.

Thank you both for such a fab time. Hope to return in the future.

       -Linda, Gary, Alf and Lynne xx     –

Alan S Testimonial

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

As relaxing and as pampered as ever.

Thank you for the re-spray.

Berkhamsted to Wolverton

                        –    Alan S    Cranbrook     Oct 2019   –

Adrian & Kibby Testimonial

Testimonial from Adrian & Kibby Seldon

Dorenda + Gordon

We have waited 6 years to experience Kailani fully after seeing it in all her glory at Cassiobury – We have not been disappointed.

With an ‘old hand’ on board Alan S (see above) who was a pleasure to be our fellow traveller, weather could have been better , but even Dorenda and Gordon cannot arrange that but with everything else perfectly arranged, this break has been fantastic.

We both have a liking for cruising the ‘high seas’ and having experienced ‘Cunard Queen Mary 2’ I can honestly say (although not comparable) the service and food on Kailani was comparable if not better.

We have enjoyed it so much we have booked again next year and so looking forward to it already (Henley to Oxford) and hopefully June should be better weather.

Enjoy your travels this winter and wishing you both all the best for the future

         –      Adrian and Kibby    Luton Beds    –

Berkhamsted to Wolverton  Oct 2019

Paul & Paul's Testimonial

Testimonial from Paul & Paula McLoughlin

16-21 October 2019

Wolverton – Napton, what a away to spend a tenth anniversary, such a relaxing trip and with good weather (most of the time). Seeing Kingfishers was a thrill, more so when drinking Prosecco in the bow.

Gordon and Dorenda were wonderful hosts, and the food provided was simply fantastic.  We will be awaiting the publication of Dorenda’s cookbook.

Really enjoyed helping at locks, but the best thing was watching the world go by at three miles an hour.  If only life could be lived at this pace all the time.

Thanks for a wonderful break.

                   –    Paul & Paula     Romford   –

Tracey's Testimonial

Testimonial from Tracey Tarr

16th – 21st October 2019

This is my first ever canal holiday & it has been the most relaxing, fantastic times with amazing hosts.

I feel completely pampered and am so lucky to have spent the past 5 days on such a beautiful boat.

Thank you Dorenda & Gordon.

     –     Tracey xx   Kent    –

Hotel Boat Kailani