Gourmands and gastronomes are in for a treat aboard this boutique barge! Owned and operated by Captain Tim Harrold, the Randle offers terrific value for casual travelers seeking an authentic dining experience.
Delivering an immersive and accessible itinerary to those for whom local culinary experiences are of special interest, Captain Tim has been welcoming guests aboard the Randle since 2005. Along with an introduction the delightful Burgundian countryside, he brings to the Randle a background in hospitality, sailing, construction, and restoration of ancient buildings.
Chef Gael, a longtime crew member, comes in daily to serve Continental breakfasts and sumptuous buffet lunches. Furthering the Randle’s dining program, one dinner is served onboard, featuring Premier Cru wines of the region, with the other five dinners enjoyed ashore, at the expense of the guests. Dinners ashore feature a selection of venues ranging from Michelin starred auberges to informal bistros. Captain Tim makes the dinner reservations and provides transportation to and from the restaurants.
Back onboard, the wheelhouse functions as a both salon and dining room, with breakfast and lunch taken at a comfortable round table. Down below is a small lounge and open kitchen, perfect for visiting with Chef Gael, perhaps while enjoying a glass of the local Chablis. Two charming staterooms hold up to four guests; one of them even features a darling bunk bed, making this this cabin configuration an ideal option for families with children, or more casual travelers.
Active passengers will enjoy walking and bicycling along the miles of manicured towpath, while those wishing to relax are always welcome to just watch the scenic countryside float by. Captain Tim serves as an attentive host and trusted resource to the many facets of Burgundy, including activities, architecture, and attractions.
Last visited in 2017