Offering a traditional boating ambiance with the romance of a gentlemen’s yacht cruise, Randle is the perfect choice for two couples or a small family looking for a bespoke cruise experience.
The barge was constructed with all the modern conveniences by English craftsmen in 2001, yet showcases the varnished mahogany, leather furnishings, and brass fittings of a bygone era. Randle is captained by Tim Harrold, a British ex-pat who has welcomed guests since 2008. A classically trained boat-builder, Captain Tim is an expert in all things nautical. He is always looking for innovative ways to introduce French lifestyle, art, culture, cuisine, and wine.
Excursions such as Grottes d’Arcy-sur-Cure to view 28,000 year old Paleolithic cave paintings are always included, while creative “add-ons” (think horseback riding through vineyards followed by winetasting in a nearby village) are available at extra charge. Families are catered to with zip-lining, fishing, and bicycling on the aptly-named Family Adventure Cruise, while links lovers will enjoy the Golf and Gourmet cruise.
The two skylit cabins offer comfort and charm. The Master cabin features a Queen size bed and en-suite bath with tub/shower, while the Guest cabin has upper and lower Twin beds and en-suite bath with walk-in shower. Public areas include the wheelhouse, which doubles as a dining area; a demonstration kitchen; and a spacious deck with teak steamer chairs.
The Diners Cruise appeals to travelers interested in a hyperlocal gourmet experience. Longtime Chef Gael Acton-Bond comes in daily to serve hearty breakfasts, delicious lunch buffets, and one dinner, all crafted from products from local producers, boutique vignerons, market gardeners, small ranchers, and family farms employing organic and sustainable methods. The other five dinners are taken ashore (at guest’s expense) at restaurants personally selected by Captain Tim; venues range from authentic family-owned bistros to Michelin-starred establishments.
Gliding past dramatic cliffs and delightful villages, the Randle’s scenic cruise route is perfect for all levels of two-wheeled adventures, thanks to the selection of touring bicycles and e-bikes carried onboard. Guests also have use of a petite rowboat which is sometimes used to float, as the sun sets, across the canal to their evening restaurant. Romance is indeed all around on the Randle!