Beacon Park Boats
Beacon Park Boats
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Traveler61758982911
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Marvelous scenery, fantastic boat, best hire boat & company we have used in 45 years!
Already booked another week's holiday!
Written 13 May 2024
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Thank you for your great review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your holiday with Beacon Park Boats. We hope to see you again!
Written 16 May 2024
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Roger H
Mountsorrel, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We've just returned from a fabulous week aboard Buzzard. The customer experience from Beacon Park Boats, was second to none, warm, friendly and helpful from booking through to arrival and then at the holiday end. Their fine eye for the detail was clearly noticeable. The boat itself was comfortable and well equiped and the route of the Mon & Brec canal through the Powys countryside is glorious. Whether you are new to canal boating or an old hand on the cut, we have no hesitation in recommending Beacon Park Boats.
Written 13 May 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again!
Written 16 May 2024
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Sussex_nomads
Cuckfield, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Every detail of our holiday was so well thought out and delivered. The service was exemplary, every one we dealt with was friendly, and the boat….
The boat was perfectly designed, everything thought of, and it all worked perfectly. Coot is a hybrid boat, and generally we ran on battery each morning and then diesel in the afternoon. Gliding along, on a 55 foot barge, almost in silence, was a great experience.
We found the MonBrec canal to be a beautiful location, typically either surrounded by trees, or fields full of lambs. One unexpected bonus, particularly for us as newbies, were the volunteer lock-keepers on the five Llangynidr locks, inspiring confidence.
Finally, our black lab really enjoyed himself, particularly on the tow paths, and he only went in once!
Written 6 May 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you all had a good time aboard the lovely Coot. We hope to see you again.
Written 16 May 2024
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Tom R
London, England, United Kingdom32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was our first time on a canal holiday and this first thing to say is that these aren't just any barges, these are the creme de la creme, the Fortnum and Mason, the Ritz of barges. Nothing flashy - although the top of the range cordless Dyson (fully charged obviously) was quite bling - just high quality, perfectly specced interior that made relaxing easy. Egyptian cotton bedding? tick. Nespresso? tick. Neatly filed instruction manual for every single electronic piece of equipment? tick. As amateurs, it's hard to overstate the simple pleasure of knowing that every eventuality had been thought of and catered for aboard.
It would be remiss not to mention the welcoming and friendly staff who offered prosecco on arrival and completed an efficient briefing before sending us on our way. Equally helpful when returning the boat at the end of our three night break.
We struggled to find one piece of constructive criticism to help improve what was really a faultless 'home from home' in the most stunning location - and all we cane up with is that an electric car charger in the car park would have been a bonus, but that's really picking hairs.
Congratulations too all involved in this well run, high quality operation - we look forward to returning.
Written 1 May 2024
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Thank you for your great review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay on one of our narrowboats. We'll show you where our two electric car chargers are located, when you come next time. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Written 4 May 2024
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simon d
Edenbridge, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My first canal holiday was in 1976. Since then, we were hooked and over the intervening years we've probably had about 15 more!

The Mon and Brec canal always fascinated me, but I thought it might be a bit dull, as it doesn't feature many locks or civil engineering such as large aqueducts and exceptionally long tunnels.

I now appreciate that the canal is one long engineering wonder, cut into the side of mountains, built into the side of steep escarpments. The hurdles they overcame to mine, make and transport lime to the docks from mountainous regions instead of using horses and carts are staggering.

Today, the civil engineering scars of 200 years ago have long vanished, the views are simply wonderful, the towpaths are exceptionally well maintained too.

Unlike some other canals, there's no graffiti or litter, the whole area is unspoilt by us humans. Wildlife and farming proliferates all around.

Where you do pass through villages, there's often places to eat and drink, we were struck by how friendly and welcoming the locals were. The pace of life on a canal holiday is usually a great way to unwind, this is another level. It is a shallow canal, so you won't travel faster than 2.5mph, so it is unlikely you will see the whole thing in a week. There are few boats too, because the only way to meet the rest of the UK's canal network is on a lorry.

So, the Mon and Brec was undoubtedly an engineering masterpiece in its day.

Fittingly, the Beacon Park boating fleet sets a standard unsurpassed in canal holidays, in design, engineering and service.

Is there another canal hire company that fits a bow thruster to every boat? A bow thruster turns you from a novice to an expert, negotiating sharp bends after bridges like a pro, silently correcting the bow direction. People on the bank complimented me on the boat and my skills; the latter sadly not down to me, but the bow thruster.

Every Beacon Park boat is intentionally unique, they build every one themselves.

Ours had electric beds that extended into the aisle and rose up to be double size, all electric and hydraulics. Twin fridge freezer, commercial kitchen, five burner hob? Yep.

Ours was an 8'6" wide boat, this is wider than a conventional narrowboat, which is just under 7'. Beacon Park offer both types to choose from, the canal will accommodate the larger boats and while they can be a tight fit in places, the canal was designed for them.

Other boats have features such as roll top baths, inbuilt hot tubs. Each and every one unique. Lots of recessed LED lighting, oak joinery, fuel burning stoves. Even the kettle is a Le Crueset!

Google a picture of their boatyard building to see how this company does things, it is custom designed by the owner to act as a dry dock, internal build and hire base.

The staff are so helpful, every boat is immaculately prepared for you, the paint is all touched up.

This is a 5 star review, and they deserve it.
Written 25 April 2024
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Thank you very much for your fantastic words and glowing review. It is very pleasing to hear that you enjoyed everything about your experience with Beacon Park Boats and that you appreciated not just your luxurious boat but also the beautiful scenery and fascinating industrial heritage in this area. We hope to see you again.
Written 30 April 2024
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Silverton31
Melbourne, Australia69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Every part of the Beacon Park Boats experience is outstanding. The customer service is first class and the whole thing is incredibly professional from start to end. They have thought of everything. The canal is beautiful and the boats are magnificent. There are also some lovely pubs to visit along the way. The staff go out of their way to be helpful. We cannot be happier with our 7 day canal boat experience.
Written 22 April 2024
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Thank you for the great feedback, we hope to see you again.
Written 30 April 2024
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Carol P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Every bit of our weeks holiday exceeded our expectations . We are experienced boaters and were delighted with the craftsmanship and presentation of our boat Kingfisher . The staff at Beacon Park Boats were exceptional from the start to the finish . Thank you and we hope to return .
Written 18 April 2024
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What a lovely review, thank you. We look forward to welcoming you back to Beacon Park Boats.
Written 30 April 2024
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Pat H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We hired Puffin for a week and we weren’t disappointed! The Narrowboats were all beautiful and definitely luxurious. The staff were all friendly and very helpful.
The views of the mountains were stunning when the weather was good.
Written 13 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write a lovey review. We are pleased to hear that you had a great holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 30 April 2024
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ingridk
Isle of Wight, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We’re just back home after a wonderful week away on board the very lovely Owl with Beacon Park Boats. We were warm and comfy in a home from home below decks and thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring the length of the canal and using the locks and drawbridges. We loved the freedom of mooring up in a different spot along the way - taking our two lurchers for walks in the wonderful surrounding countryside - cooking up a storm in the evenings - and using the hot tub! The Beacon Park Boats’ team are a well oiled machine and very professional bunch. Changeover day is an impressive hive of activity. Everyone involved was warm, welcoming, helpful, friendly and hugely knowledgeable. Definitely a highly recommended holiday by us.
Written 13 April 2024
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Thank you for your great review. We are pleased to hear that you had a lovely holiday aboard Owl , we hope to see you again soon.
Written 30 April 2024
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Coastal36160959284
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic holiday
The boat was beautiful, the quality of service was outstanding, every personal touch was fantastic, very enjoyable holiday
Written 30 March 2024
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Thank you for your great review. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 13 April 2024
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