Welcome to Elisabeth – a “floating country house” barge cruising along the idyllic Burgundy Canal.
Owners David and Matthew bring a unique set of talents to creating a contemporary and convivial experience. Their backgrounds and interests provide the perfect combination to deliver hospitality, warmth, and charm to the French canals. David, who captains Elisabeth, previously operated a successful hotel barge on the River Thames in England, while Chef Matthew is an internationally renowned musician and passionate foodie who is dedicated to showcasing locally sourced ingredients.
In fact, David and Matthew live along the route and seek out the region’s best food and wine purveyors, some of whom are invited aboard to meet the guests. From the first round of canapes to the farewell Captain’s Dinner, Matthew’s creative cuisine is fresh, flavorful, and original. Homemade terrines, jams, and sauces are among the many gourmet treats enjoyed by Elisabeth’s lucky passengers!
The pastoral route on the Burgundy Canal features varied sightseeing, intimately introduced by Elisabeth’s dedicated Tour Guide. An escorted excursion to the unique Renaissance chateau of Ancy-le-Franc, renowned for its 16th-century frescos, is a cruise highlight. Gourmet pursuits include both winetasting and Champagne sampling, as well a visit to a lively local market. The canal meanders through rustic scenery, offering many opportunities for active guests to stroll the towpath or explore passing villages by bicycle.
Originally built in 1930 to transport cargo, the vessel was converted into a hotel barge in the 1980s. New owners David and Matthew have updated the décor with a stylish mix of antique and modern furnishings, always with hospitality in mind. Thoughtfully designed common areas include the comfortable salon, the welcoming wheelhouse, and the shaded deck, while the three cozy cabins feature deluxe linens and premium toiletries.
The Barge Ladies are pleased to bring the Elisabeth into our collection as an attractive option for casual travelers who wish to taste and tour their way through Northern Burgundy. Adding to the onboard ambiance is a petite canine crew member, Lily, an English Springer Spaniel. While many guests may enjoy her four-legged company, please note her presence is completely optional.