A two-story vessel tastefully furnished in an ultramodern style, the Enchante’s allure is that of classic barge cruising coupled with contemporary luxury.
Enchante is the brainchild of Roger and Louisa Gronow, who have been in the barging industry since 1995, and 1998, respectively. This delightful and energetic couple met as crew in 1999, and, in 2009, they purchased Enchante and introduced her on the Canal de Midi. Now mostly managing the barge from land, the Gronows oversee everything from the crew, cuisine, and excursions to ensure a flawless cruise.
This extensive background in boating and hospitality extends to the Enchante’s effortless balance of conventionally comfortable cruising with the convenience of premium amenities. The open kitchen, for instance, allows foodie guests to enjoy spontaneous cooking demonstrations from the Chef, while the especially large hot tub on the deck is a welcome feature on sunny days! As the only two-story barge on this charming waterway, Enchante also has bragging rights to the largest cabins on the Canal du Midi.
The route is deep in the heart of the Canal du Midi, where the tree-shaded towpath beckons for leisurely bike rides and relaxed strolls. A distinctive itinerary features visits to working wineries, tours of local landmarks, and stops at sites of historical interest.
Gastronomes are invited to sample the regionally inspired cuisine, created seasonally to fully showcase the area’s rich flavors, abundant produce, and fresh seafood. Wine pairings are specially selected to introduce guests to the Languedoc’s many vintages, both from established and emerging vineyards.
Last visited in 2018