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West Country Adventure  2023

".....thank you so much for my recent trip on "Snark"........

It was really a treat to be on the water enjoying the south west coast........ You both made me feel like I was on holiday straight away, and very relaxed on board.  Delicious food at every meal, waiting on me hand and foot - what more could I ask!?  I was hoping to see dolphins too, and sure enough, you laid those on too. The little trip on the steam train to finish it off was a delight, so many thanks to you both and best wishes for the rest of the season."




Round Britain Voyage 2022

‘What a lovely holiday, thanks. Brilliant crew... Hoping to sail again in Snark’   

Janet D, 


‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and a privilege for us to be onboard for the last leg of your voyage, which culminated with the magical day sailing around Lands’ End and seeing our dolphins. ‘ 

Lorna W. 


‘It was a wonderful trip with great company.’ 

Helen S. 

Sailing Cruise 2020

 " Spent 4 days sailing and/or drifting along the south Devon coast learning the ropes (literally), sunbathing, reading on deck, meditating on the ocean view, espying dolphins and seals, and waving to other sailors/harbourmasters who all seemed very impressed by this boat. Very relaxing break away from the COVID madness.

Bunk beds below are long enough for tall people; menu was excellent and on-deck dining great; great company and chat with Paul and Qiao about sailing and the state of the world in general, would highly recommend. "
  Sophia P.

Sailing Cruises 2019

I had such a great, relaxing weekend and the sailing experience on the Thames barge was fascinating.'

Yoga Retreats 2019

'A memorable break - the combination of the sea, Devon, yoga, good company and great food.'

B&B 2019


“Qiao and Paul are fantastic hosts which spend the whole year on their beautifully and self-renovated bark. Qiao responded quickly to my requests and they were very accommodating since we checked-in later than originally expected. They served fantastic breakfast with self-made bread and local food and we a also had the chance to have a brillant dinner with them. The ‚Snark‘ is beautifully renovated with a large dining room. Our ‚cabin‘ was not really spacious (well that’s how it is on a boat) but we worked it out with the 4 of us. We enjoyed the time on the Snark very much and we would definitely recommend to stay with Qiao and Paul. It‘s great experience with great people.”   Micheala

“We spent an exciting night on the sailing boat Snark. When we arrived at the boatyard (FULL ADDRESS in sat nav will get you there, postcode alone will take you elsewhere) we turned the corner and our eyes fell upon the imposing mast and folded sails which dominated the creek. The weather was wild and choppy on the Dart estuary so there was a change of plan and we boarded the boat in a small beautiful creek alongside the boatyard. That was preferable to us. The boat interior is the handy work of a pair of architects, Qiao and Paul... beautifully designed in pale wood with white interior, uncluttered and spacious. The photos don't do it justice. Plenty of room in the cabin though the mattresses were firm. One of the group slept in a hammock in the communal room and it was made private by a curtain. Before dinner, we enjoyed a bottle of bubbly on the deck in the evening sun. Paul cooked us all a full English breakfast in the galley, accommodating our every need. A wonderful finish to a memorable trip.”  Amanda


“We’d been left in a spot of bother when our boat needed some fixing.....what better place to stay than Qiao and Paul’s fantastic ‘Pirate Ship’!! My two children were very excited at this turn of events! (Although, slightly disappointed we didn’t see any actual pirates!!) Qiao and Paul are absolutely fantastic hosts, very friendly. We loved hearing about how you have transformed the amazing barge. The barge really has more wow factor than you can see from the pictures. The beds are a really good size-the four of us slept very well. Breakfast was such a lovely touch too. Really delicious. Unfortunately, we weren’t really onboard to enjoy all of the yoga or relaxation that can be offered but if you are then you’ll be in for a total treat I’m sure! Good luck with everything guys and thanks again. Jo, David, Kitty & Hugo.” 


“Thank you for a lovely stay, I was originally apprehensive as I was staying on my own but you both made me feel so welcome and comfortable”   Abbie

"I spent 4 nights on the Snark, and I'm so glad I did. Qiao and Paul were amazing hosts - their kindness and hospitality were exceptional! They were so helpful with getting me around the harbour (or helping get a water taxi) and giving tips for great things to do. The Snark is an amazing and unique boat and it is clear that Qiao and Paul have put a lot of love and hard work into making it a wonderful, special place to be. The views of the harbour and river were stunning, and watching the daily comings and goings of a harbour town from the deck of the Snark was truly unforgettable. The food was great as well, and the atmosphere always so relaxed and peaceful - a perfect holiday!  Lacey Helmuth     July 2019

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