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!
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)
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)
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) –
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)
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
“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 –
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 –
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.
– Micky and David Ashton and Ruth Fleming from Melbourne, Australia –
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 –
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 !!
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 –
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.
-Jenny and Barry Hunt & Joe and Sandy Englehardt –
9 – 15 July 2019 Windsor to Abingdon
“THE THAMES HAS CHARMS TO OFFER WHICH IN THEIR VARIETY ARE UNSURPASSED” – so says my 1/6d guidebook of 1950!
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 –
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 –
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.
AMAMUS PARTES SUPERIORES FLUMINIS TAMESES x
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
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
First time with you. Good company, good food, comfortable accommodation. Good weather overall.
Looking forward to next years trip already.
– Michael Todd –
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 –
August 29th – September 3rd
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 –
29th Aug – 3rd Sept
Our second trip and we were not disappointed. Food second to none, wonderful hosts.
– Philip and Jane –
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 –
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)
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) –
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!
– Kanani family –
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 –
As relaxing and as pampered as ever.
Thank you for the re-spray.
Berkhamsted to Wolverton
– Alan S Cranbrook Oct 2019 –
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
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 –
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 –