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Food Hygiene Rating Renewed

Our local food health and safety officer visited this week to review our Food Hygiene Rating, and we’re enormously pleased to say he was extremely satisfied with the standard of our catering facilities and operating procedures and more than happy to renew our score of ‘5’ !  

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New Grand Union Routes for the Wessex Rose in 2018

So far our cruise routes have focused on the Kennet and Avon Navigation and the River Thames and in 2016 we introduced new routes from Bradford on Avon to Bristol at the Western end of the Kennet and Avon and from Oxford downstream to Kingston Upon Thames on the River Thames. These proved to be ...

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Our first Boat Safety Scheme Inspection

A big sigh of relief this week as the Wessex Rose passed her first Boat Safety Scheme inspection. The Certificate, which is the equivalent of an MOT for boats is required every four years and this is the first since she was launched in 2013. We were fairly confident that everything was in good order, ...

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Visit England 5 Star Rating for Wessex Rose Hotel Boat

We are thrilled to announce that The Wessex Rose has, for the fourth time, achieved a 5* Hotel Boat Rating from Visit England. Following a very positive and complimentary visit by the Quality in Tourism assessor, we received our 2016 Five Star Certificate and a glowing report on her findings. We are proud and happy ...

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Wessex Rose Hotel Boat Quality in Tourism 5 Star Award

        We are very proud and happy to announce the renewal of our Visit England 5 Star Rating for Hotel Boats. This week we received a visit and inspection from the Visit England Quality Assessor who confirmed during her visit that she was more than happy to renew our five star rating, ...

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Wessex Rose Six Page Review in Waterways World

In March we were delighted to welcome Mark Langley, news editor of the Waterways World magazine, to spend a day with us aboard the Wessex Rose as we ascended the Devizes Caen Hill flight of locks. The purpose of Mark’s visit was to review the design, build and fit out of a boat constructed by ...

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Lock Keeper of the Year Award Presented to Caen Hill Team

This week we were very fortunate to be involved with the presentation of the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators Hotel Boat Section Lock Keeper of the Year Award. The award takes the form of an engraved plaque presented annually in memory of a former long serving lock keeper Esme Dowling, who looked after the Napton ...

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Newbury News Out and About Magazine Feature

The Wessex Rose is featured in the April 2015 edition of the Newbury News Out and About supplement, a glossy A4 magazine covering Berkshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, published monthly with the Newbury weekly news and online on the Newbury Today website. We were delighted with the fabulous write up by the Arts Editor Trish ...

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Life Aboard – The Wessex Rose Autumn Newsletter

At long last the Autumn edition of our newsletter Life Aboard is out! With interesting tit-bits about canal life past and present, a ‘cruise focus’ on one of our most popular routes and of course a recipe giveaway in ‘cooks corner’ there’s plenty to keep you amused! Click here to open Life Aboard – the ...

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Wessex Rose 5 Star Hotel Boat rating renewed

We are delighted and proud to announce that following a recent review visit by the Quality in Tourism assessor from Visit England, the Wessex Rose has retained its 5 Star Hotel Boat rating.    The Quality in Tourism assessor’s report said: Following this assessment under the Quality Rating Scheme for Hotel Boats the Wessex Rose ...

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