When looking for accommodation for two nights around Triel-sur-Seine/Poissy/Cergy I was having trouble: I couldn’t find a nice Chambres d’Hotes big enough for us all whilst still on our rough route and the only options seem to be faceless Campaniles or similar. So when I found this Péniche I was very pleased it ticked every box – big enough; not a boring hotel; self catering; lovely location. On top of this it’s on the Seine and more importantly than that it’s a boat on the Seine.
Yes, we all got quite excited about this.
Having use of the whole of the upper deck of this Péniche was a great way to wind down after an enjoyable day’s cycling, drinking some wine and beer and eating a great barbecue cooked by Tim, whilst watching the sun slowly sink down. This stretch of the Seine is quiet with the occasional very large working péniches passing by.
A little information about “La Proue”
“La Proue” accounts for just under half of this péniche, with the other end being the family home of the owners and the middle section being used as an office by employees of the owner Pascal’s architecture company, PBO Architecture. It’s all very private and we only bumped into a couple of people when leaving the boat once or twice. With Pascal’s family and pets at the other end we were amazed that we never heard them.
The amount of space available to guests on “La Proue” is great, you get the lower deck where the bedrooms, shower and toilet are, the middle deck where the entrance and kitchen/lounge are and full use of the upper deck where the BBQ grill is.
We had thought that we would put our bikes up on the upper deck but I think this may have been a struggle because of the spiral staircase to it, so instead we left them at the entrance to the gangway to the péniche, safely locked together and behind the locked gates which secured the entrance to the gangway. The road outside is very quiet without any passing traffic and even if it wasn’t locked I wouldn’t have feared for the safety of the bikes.
This is a holiday rental, not an hotel, therefore towels/linen/etc are not provided by default but you can pay extra when booking for them to be provided. We also took up the extra option of paying for end of stay cleaning and so although we could have saved money but would have had to carry more on our bikes, it was a simple choice for us to sign up to the extras.