About Us


After many years of loyal service at Fords Foundry, Leamington Spa an opportunity arose for Ian Bench aka Ben to quit the rat race and enable him to enjoy his passion for life on the canals. Ben had for a number of years successfully let Rose Mary Lock Cottage, Bottom Lock, Long Itchington as a holiday home

A number of visitors to Rose Mary Lock Cottage expressed an interest in a narrow boat holiday but found the tasks of navigating, operating the locks and mooring the boat a little daunting but still wanting the freedom and privacy of their "own'"boat. In an attempt to follow the success of Rose Mary Lock Cottage, which provided high quality accommodation and all the luxuries you enjoy at home, the idea of skippered cruising was formed. As soon as the idea of skippered cruising was discussed Chris gave up her job with a local housing association to enable the dream to become reality.

Ben has gained the Royal Yachting Associations Helmsman's Certificate so you can sit back and relax knowing you are in safe hands.

Ben and Chris get enormous satisfaction from knowing that they can contribute to your memorable and enjoyable holiday.