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Honeystreet Mill Cafe on the Kennet and Avon Canal

The Honeystreet Mill Café is officially here! What began as a vision of a canal side café has bloomed into a dynamic, ever expanding community hub, having quickly become the core of Honeystreet Mill. With its unique location and careful preservation of the buildings’ historic past, the growth of the café has brought to life a distinctive, quirky atmosphere, attracting visitors from all across Wiltshire- whether by car, foot, bus, bike or, of course, by boat!

 

Incorporating a visit (or a few!) into your Honeystreet Boats holiday is a must. Enjoy a light lunch before you set off, an afternoon tea when you return- or even take away some of our cakes in case you can’t wait until then! Marking the beginning and end of your holiday, Honeystreet Mill café is the perfect addition to round off your trip, as its ethos is consistent with that of Honeystreet Boats. We believe that friendly, personal service is essential to enrich any experience, whether on water or land, and therefore is a priority at the Honeystreet Mill Café. We also pride ourselves in being dog friendly, having developed a spacious and relaxed outdoor seating area, and wheelchair friendly, with two dedicated disabled bays in our free onsite parking.

 

All of our food is freshly made to order using locally sourced ingredients to ensure the finest quality, as well as supporting local businesses. We use organic milk, which is delivered daily, but are also proud to offer non-dairy alternatives, such as soy, almond and oat milk. The same inclusivity exists in our menu, where you can find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as special doggy ice cream for your pup – there really is something for everyone! You can find a range of impressive gateaux style cakes, with unique flavours that change every week, such as gin and tonic or chocolate orange. In addition, we offer a traditional cream tea, serving homemade scones with jam, clotted cream, and loose leaf tea. We are also fully licensed and serve ales from the Three Castles Brewery in Pewsey, as well as wine, cider and Prosecco for any celebration!

 

Make your way to Honeystreet Mill Café and see what all the excitement is about! We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Honey Rose ready for holidays

Our latest addition to the fleet is ready for holidays.

At a spacious 57ft long Honey Rose is a little bit different from our other three boats.

She is a luxurious two berth with the option of converting the dinette into an additional 2 berths whilst still having a lounging area available.

She is a real premium boat with a huge amount of space to cook in. 

Her full sized shower, with a curved sliding door is very swish.

For those of you who like to sit out on the fore deck (the front!) she is perfect, with a doorway leading straight back into the inside.

Whilst at the stern (the back!) there is plenty of room to enjoy the view and company of the Captain.

She is the equivalent of any of the more expensive luxury boats out there on the canal but as a launching offer she is available this year at the very special price as our other 2-4 berth narrow boat Honey Belle.

She is booked up until 2nd of July 2018 but is available any time after that this year.

So, give John a call on 01672 85 11 66 or 07484307577 and make your booking whilst she is available.

 

Honey Belle – a little movie from some happy holiday makers.

Honey Belle – The mini Movie

We were so pleased to receive this small montage of Honey Belle that we decided to publish it.

Honey Belle is such a sweet 45ft boat. Perfect for first timers and old hands a like.

With a massive king sized bed at the front of the boat she will give a good nights sleep aboard on the Kennet and Avon.

She is available for short breaks as well as for weeks at a time.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

 

Celebrity Carry on Barging….. the K&A on TV

What a brilliant TV programme the Celebrity Carry on Barging on Channel Five has been.

Here at Honeystreet Boats we have really enjoyed seeing our local waterway the Kennet and Avon being shown on prime time TV.

Its been great to see Magician’s assistant Debbie McGee, Chariots of Fire actor Nigel Havers, actor and musician Simon Callow and former model Lorraine Chase having fun on a barge holiday.

If you haven’t seen it yet it is available on the channel five catch up service.

What is great is if you have watched it and now fancy going up and down the Caen Hill flight, we are situated in the middle of a 15 mile lock free stretch of water, head West and Day Two is Caen Hill flight day, or you can head East from us and enjoy breathtaking countryside without having to do 29 locks in a day! You can venture through Wilcot, Pewsey, Wootton Rivers, Burbage, Hungerford as far as Kintbury and even enjoy the excitement of Bruce Tunnel in Savernake.

Either way you are going to have a wonderful holiday on one of our Canal Narrowboats or as some call them Barge boats or even long boats. 

We are here to make your exciting holiday as good as it can be so check out  the availability on our booking page or look at our prices page as this also shows which boat is available and when and for how much.

We all look forward to meeting you and hope you too will feel like some celebrities having a go at ‘Carry on Barging’

 

 

Dogs come too on the Kennet and Avon

For everyone who loves their dog, a canal boat holiday can be the perfect getaway.

Here at Honeystreet Boats we felt it was really important to welcome the four legged member of your family too.

We have welcomed lots of different types, from young to old, they all seem to have enjoyed.

We are now the proud owners of some dog life jackets, so if you are at all worried about your waggy friend diving into the canal, we can kit you out before you leave.

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The walks along the tow path are wonderful as is the wildlife.

We have had some amazing shots sent in by our first season happy holiday makers.

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The ducks, geese and swans are guaranteed to come and say hello.

The hatch in ‘Honey’ the narrowboat near the bow makes a perfect feeding position.

Be sure to bring a little something extra to give and they will be friends for life!

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Sometimes you can awake in the morning to ducks pecking at the side of the boat, cleaning any fresh weed growth.

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Fresh air, exercise and wildlife are all included in a honeystreet boats holiday.

There is a wonderful tranquillity in the Pewsey Vale as the canal winds its way from All Cannings through to Pewsey

So if you are looking to unwind, relax and enjoy with all of the family, then a canal holiday really is the answer.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to our favourite piece of England on the Kennet and Avon canal.

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Mobile Wifi for your canal boat holiday

Honeystreet Boats now with mobile wifi

We are so excited to have sorted the mobile wifi option for Honey. What is even greater news is it is included in the price of your holiday. We really are committed to the NO ADDED EXTRAS canal boat holiday.

With a clever piece of technology we can now include in your canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon in Wiltshire access to the internet.

So whether you are travelling down the Caen hill flight of locks or relaxing in the open countryside near to Pewsey you will still be able to send and check your emails or find out when the last orders for Sunday Lunch in the Royal Oak at Wootton Rivers are taken.

If you have booked for a week you will have 3GB of data to use, 3GB of data lets you send or receive about 3000 emails and browse the internet for 60 hours. 

If you have booked for two weeks we will give you 6GB to use, so pictures galore can be sent to show off your great K&A narrow boat holiday. In fact if you email them to us here at Honeystreet we will pop them onto the website so everyone can see what a great time you are having.

So even if, like most, you want to be having a totally relaxing time, away from phones and computers the mobile wifi may just come in useful for fact finding or checking in for your return flight home if travelling from overseas.

We are working all of the time to try to make Honeystreet Boats live up to its promise of being the Friendly Narrowboat Holiday company.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you aboard ‘Honey’ and seeing you off to enjoy a wonderful canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon.

Lock free canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon K&A

Never been on a narrow boat before?

Always wanted a canal boat holiday but worried about the locks?

Then Honeystreet boats is the perfect place to start

Based in the middle of a lovely 15 mile stretch of the Kennet and Avon or k&a canal in Pewsey Vale Wiltshire. It is possible to have a lovely week exploring the local area taking Honey the narrowboat with you. This can be described as the ultimate unwind and relax holiday.

Plan your week to stop by a different pub each day or plan your week to stop in a different stretch of peace and quiet.

An ideal route would be, start on Friday afternoon collecting Honey from the ever cheerful folk at Honeystreet boats, cruise for a couple of hours to Horton and moor up at the Bridge Inn for delicious food and great beverages. Wake up to peace and quiet cook your own breakfast in Honey’s galley and then gently cruise still lock free to Devizes. Explore the town, visit the Saturday market, shops, Museum and the amazing Wadworths visitor centre and brewery tour. Have a relaxing evening and good nights sleep. 

Sunday morning, church maybe, then a good hearty walk up and down the famous Caen Hill lock system, it is totally an amazing feat of engineering and enjoyed best whilst sipping coffee and eating freshly made cake from the cafe!

Back onto Honey turn around time and head east to All Cannings. Moor up and the Kings arm pub and local village shop is just a mile away. Relax until morning.

Monday and time to head to Honeystreet, stop, have a drink or lunch in the barge inn or the Honeystreet Cafe, a real treat. Then continue the day with the plan to moor up in the total peace and quiet beyond lady’s bridge. 

Tuesday and still lock free, your canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon continues to Wotton Rivers here is as far as you go. This is a totally picturesque village and the Royal Oak pub serves wonderful beer and great food.

Wednesday a small Cruise back to Pewsey. Here explore this lovely village, with a monthly Wednesday auction, pubs, micro brewery, proper bakery, supermarket, swimming pool and post office for sending your postcards. An evening in the canal side ‘Waterfront’ food and beers and great ambience. 

Thursday and time to cruise back towards Honeystreet. Moor up in Wilcot and the Golden Swan awaits…. Another fine Wadworths pub, you should now be an expert on their beers! Last night of fun, then it is back to Honeystreet in the morning to arrive at 9.00

30 miles cruised,7 days relaxed.

There is the most amazing and beautiful countryside all around waiting to be explored. Even crop circles in the summer. The stretch of water is just ideal for your canal boat holiday and Honey is the perfect boat to share it with.

The Kennet and Avon – Brief introduction for your canal boat holiday

The Kennet and Avon canal is among the loveliest waters in UK for a canal boat holiday. It rambles for 86 miles between Reading and Bristol, and passes via the historic city of Bath. It is possible to take a canal boat holiday on a narrow boat enjoying the canal and the adjoining area. 

The Kennet and Avon canal was officially opened back in 1810, although it was to be reopened again in 1990 by Her Majesty The Queen after undergoing some renovation. It passes through beautiful, unspoilt and tranquil scenery full of plant and wildlife. It also passes through picturesque villages, bustling market towns and past historic monuments. Along the way there are numerous inviting canal side pubs and restaurants. 

This canal includes the Georgian magnificence of the City of Bath, the pastoral delights of rolling Berkshire and Wiltshire, as well as unique engineering and architectural features of majestic bridges and aqueducts. The route begins at Brunel’s historic Floating Harbour located at Bristol, near the city’s shops, theatres and restaurants, initially taking the tidal River Avon to Bath. There is Roman remains and Georgian architecture in this spectacular World Heritage City that includes the famous Abbey, Baths and numerous historic attractions. 

Travellers get to cruise through the dramatic River Avon’s valley on top of the Dundas Aqueduct and then to a little town called Bradford on Avon that has a fascinating history. They will then pass through rolling farmland and land on the famous flight of locks at Caen Hill. It takes about a day to climb or ascend these locks.

The next step for travellers involves passing through historic Devizes, which happens to be home to the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust as well as its canal shop. Through a 15 mile pound, meaning no locks. Passing through the home of Honeystreet Boats in Honeystreet. After here, they will go via Pewsey onto Crofton, which is home to the well-known working steam beam engines, please check with their website for steaming days. The striking Hungerford town contains centre of town moorings in which visitors can browse around the numerous antique shops. The Kennet and Avon canal goes on to Newbury where travellers will experience a touch of Venetian charm, and after that meet the River Thames just after passing Reading. 

Honey has a little video taken

Well, we had a visit today, and a video was taken. We were kindly given the video and okayed to share so here it is. It is a small tour of inside ‘Honey’ so you know what to expect for your canal boat holiday


Shining Brass, for your Canal Boat Holiday

Just as the season of Canal boat holidays on the Kennet and Avon is  about to begin. I decided that all of Honey’s brass could do with a buff up……

Two days of elbow grease later it is gleaming… But what a process. There are just so many different pieces of brass on board. The mushroom vents on the outside were in most need, and here we got creative with how to remove deep set tarnish… This involved an overnight bath of vinegar, salt and bicarbonate of soda, followed by more rubbing… 35 polishing rags now in need of a wash, or a recycling bin!

To assist we converted a wood lathe with a cotton polishing mop, brasso, t-cut, polishing compound and finally some clear lacquer spray to try to preserve the shine.

Having cleaned and gleamed the brass fittings I then noticed the wood cup and screws could do with a spruce up. So a few hours later, these are now all replaced……496 of them!

I hope to welcome you on board soon, Honey is shinning bright, as will the Sun on the Kennet and Avon canal for your holiday.