Hotels Afloat & the letter “H”

While a lesson explaining the various forms of the silent ‘h’ in the french language is far too complicated, how about a simple recipe for french beans?
I guarantee you’ll love this!


  • Fresh green beans
  • One clove of garlic
  • Rock salt
  • Small pack of “Lardons”… Chopped pieces of bacon
  • 25g butter
  • Pepper to taste

Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil
Prepare the beans by washing them thoroughly, then cut into 4-5 cm lengths using a diagonal cut
Boil for 5 minutes: Do not over cook!
Plunge the beans into cold water, then drain
Melt butter in a frying pan and add crushed garlic;  Cook gently for 3 minutes
In a separate pan, fry the lardons until well-done to crispy, depending upon your taste;  remove from heat.
Add the beans to the garlic-butter mix, and warm through.  The beans should remain ‘crisp’.
Add the bacon,  a sprinkling of rock salt and ground pepper, and serve immediately
Bon appetit!

If you love great food and  boating, how about combining the two this year?
Admire fresh, brightly coloured produce at the lively markets, and enjoy tasty dishes in the bistros and restaurants along the way for a truly gastronomic experience.
If you join us in late August, you can visit the famous Fête de Cassoulet at Castelnaudary.

Book now before it’s too late!
This month we’re offering a 10% discount on all Le Boat self-drive cruises in August,  and 10% off all Nicols cruises in the Midi, regardless of dates *

If you’d prefer a more relaxed affair with a skipper and crew, how about reclining on the deck while sipping a glass of chilled wine aboard the stunning Saraphina barge?

They’ll be time to explore too: Chateaux, vineyards and more await you on this majical journey
Charter the barge for 3 or 6  nights, during the Fete de Cassoulet, or in June, July or October…

Availability is limited so contact us today!

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* Discounts can be combined with other promotions to a maximum of 15%, and apply to one-week cruises booked before April 30th 2016