Jerry & Jackie Henderson took over The Billet Hotel Boat in late 2018 from the original owners Peter and Lesley Smith. The concept adopted by Peter and Lesley has been continued by Jerry and Jackie, namely that the entire cruise is fully inclusive (all wines, beers, minerals & spirits) and a professional yet friendly atmosphere is encouraged throughout the cruise.
Jerry and Jackie completely changed their lives as they gave up their jobs working for American-based companies when they saw an opportunity to combine their 2 passions – boating and cooking. They describe themselves as keen amateur cooks!
Jerry and Jackie will help to point out many of the places of interest along the canals and rivers as well as some of the beautiful flora and fauna that can be encountered en route. High amongst these is the birdlife including Kingfishers, Red Kites, Herons, Swans and many more.
Jackie says “The change from Corporate America to being self-employed and having to learn the ropes from scratch was a lot harder than anticipated but the payback we have enjoyed is being able to share the magnificent canals, rivers and some of the finest scenery that the English countryside has to offer with our guests. Last year the highlight for Jerry and I was the fabulous guests that we had on board. We were so lucky and very thankful to every one of them for making our first season such a treat for us.”
Jerry and Jackie are now preparing for and looking forward to their second season as hosts aboard The Billet Hotel Boat. They look forward to welcoming you on board this year and being your hosts for that special cruise. Click to visit The Billet Hotelboat website.