Discover the sights and secrets of Champagne while cruising with one of the most qualified and charismatic couples in barging, Captain Jason Ashcroft and Chef Dawn Coles.
Chef Dawn is a graduate of the prestigious Concord Hotel and Restaurant Management Scheme in the UK. Dawn’s passion for French cuisine is deliciously reflected in her gourmet menus and daily cooking demonstrations. Captain Jason earned his degree in hospitality from the renowned Swiss Ecole du Hotelier. In addition to serving as the Captain and Tour Guide for the Saroche, Jason is also an accomplished chef and trained sommelier.
The literate sightseeing introduces fascinating World War I and II sites; the magnificent cathedral at Reims where French kings were crowned; and a chocolate making lesson at the boutique chocolatier Thibaut. Of course, there is also a private tour and tasting at a boutique champagne house! The French festivities continue onboard when Jason introduces “bubbles du jour,” a different champagne sampling at each evening’s cocktail hour. Moorings at lively towns and delightful villages complete the introduction of this enticing region from the water.
Cabins and bathrooms on the Saroche were recently renovated in an Art Deco-inspired style. These cabins set a new standard for both beauty and comfort with their rich velvet wall coverings, thick soft pile carpets, and original 1930’s artwork. When not visiting Captain Jason in the wheelhouse or sipping craft cocktails in the salon, guests can lounge on the spacious deck. The Barge Ladies are especially delighted to announce two newly installed fire pits, offering the coziest of places to connect for after-dinner drinks and starlit conversations.