double or twin cabin - Karnataka has a full width double
cabin with crossway king size bed. Kerala has a full width cabin which
sleeps two in a convertible twin or double arrangement providing either
two bunks of 2"3 width which run lengthways at a low level or a
crossways double with 4"6" width, also at a low level.
All our cabins
have full ensuite facilities with your own shower, toilet and wash basin
with hot and cold water, mirror cabinet and large sliding window. Each
cabin has thick woollen carpet underfoot and there are drawers for
clothing as well as hanging space and hooks in useful places for coats
or bags. Each cabin has a 240v socket for charging small items like
phones or camera batteries, however this supply is limited and we regret
the use of higher wattage items such as hairdryers is not possible. We
do have a hair dryer, which is suitable for use on board. Cabins are
We are proud to say that our cabins are
spacious by hotelboat standards and offer ample storage for your
belongings, however they are still bijou so a collapsible case or bag
will leave you more room than a large suitcase, (although there is space
for bags up to 12" deep under the beds) and wheels always come in handy,
especially if using public transport.
officially a fully ensuite hotel boat we do have what is normally a crew
cabin which can be made available to guests should we have no other
cabins remaining for certain cruises. It has all the comfort of a single
guest cabin and has access to the bathroom which is just next door, This
communal bathroom is available for the use by any guest but is, of
course, predominantly for the use of the crew.
All our single beds are a very comfortable 2"5" wide (compared to the
usual 2" of a narrowboat bunk) and our double and king size beds are
domestic standard sizes. All the beds are 6"6" long. We use thick foam
mattresses with memory foam toppers on all the beds (except the king
size which is a high quality pocket sprung mattress with cotton padding)
and have received many comments on how comfortable the beds are from
guests. We provide duvets which are 85% down and 15% feather (although
we do have hollowfibre duvets on board should you be allergic) with one
feather pillow and one hollowfibre so you can choose which you prefer.
All our waffle linen and sheets are 100% cotton as are the hand and bath
towels we provide. (We regret we are unable to offer a change of towels
or bed linen mid cruise as standard, due to limited space on board,
however should you require these, please just ask.)
Both boats have central heating with a radiator in each cabin for those
chillier mornings and both lounges have wood burning stoves which are
lit, should the weather take a turn. These also supply heat to radiators
further down the boat to spread the warmth and help ensure the lounges
don't get too warm.
THE ENGINE -
The engine room on Kerala is home to our Vintage Dorman 3LB. With 48hp
she is more than capable of traveling the canal network with butty in
tow. It can only be accessed from the side hatches and has been fitted
so as to minimize vibrations and noise through the rest of the boat with
extra sound proofing on a steel bulkhead between the twin/double cabin.
At the stern of each boat are the crew
cabins which are entered from the stern.
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