For years Cheryl & I have fancied holidaying on a canal boat, but none of our friends were interested in joining us. With only the two of us the cost of hiring a boat is pretty steep and handling the locks looked as if it could be labour intensive, so we never made it. Then I came across this website: www.tragara.co.uk .
Tragara is a narrowboat designed as a floating hotel that accommodates just two guests. It is owned and operated by Glynn & Ann Evans, a retired couple who do this more as a hobby than a business. We’ve just come back from four nights with them on the Kennet & Avon canal – and it was a real treat. Not only do they operate the boat, but they also provide all meals – and do so at a price that is considerably less than just hiring a boat. They are totally flexible and will stop at every pub along the way if you fancy eating ashore.
They are interesting company with many a tale to tell of their lives and travels. Ann is a talented artist who writes short stories.
We were very lucky with the weather. It was simply delightful to potter through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside gazing at the flowers and wildlife – swans with their cygnets; geese & goslings; ducks & ducklings; kingfishers; barn owls; swallows; wagtails – and a grass snake that swam across the canal in front of us. It proved an excellent introduction to narrowboating and put our minds at rest about coping with the locks – so we’ll be off on our own soon. It’s so peaceful on the canal that I couldn’t help thinking that a prolonged stay would be very good for writing productivity. The idea is forming that 12 months touring the country on a narrowboat could be a very interesting and productive experience.