Once you have experienced the delights of Sail 'n' Dine you'll want to tell everyone about it. You can tell us all about it in out visitor book on board the yacht or you can email us your very own 'Sail 'n' Dine Experience'. You can also send us any images of your time with us and we will include them in your gallery.

Personal comments from some of our customers who have sailed 'n' dined with us

 
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From:
Adele, Carl, Paul, Diane, Karen and Mark
Date:
5th June 2014
 
Few photos of a brilliant night.  We really did have an amazing night - great food and such a laugh.  Also loved the new location you took us too and the sun came out as ordered.  Thoughly enjoyed it and you know we will be back :)
Thank you very much!
 
Adele, Carl, Paul, Diane, Karen and Mark x

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Click here to view Adele, Carl, Paul, Diane, Karen and Mark's day with us

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From:
Aselle & Michael Wood
Date:
1st October 2013
 

Hello John,

Thank you so much for our unforgettable Sail and Lunch buffet on October 1. Genuinly it was one of the most enjoyable holiday events we have ever had. Our fellow guests were great fun and your patient calm proffesionalism put everyone at their ease. Lunch was good too!

I'm attaching a few photos: I think Aselle's smile sums up everyone's reaction.Best wishes,

Click here to view Aselle & Michael Wood's day with us

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From:
Adele and Carl Cowpland
Date:
18th July 2013
 

Hi John

Once again a great big thank you for an amazing evening, our first sunset (but not last) cruise - and we had the best weather we could have wished for, amazing sunset with some fabulouse cheese and wines, all had the best time and will be returning very soon.

Thank you very much

Adele and Carl Cowpland

Click here to view Adele and Carl Cowpland's day with us

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From:
Sue Whibley
Date:
11th May 2013
 

Hi John

Vicky has delegated to me the task of sending you a few photos of our trip with you on Tuesday morning.  Hope they might be of use to you for your web site.  Particularly like the ones she got of the duck taking flight and she said to include the one of you benevolently standing over me as I "drove" as it was such a nice one of you.

Thanks again for a really magical trip, the best Mother's day present ever!!

Best wishes,
Sue (Whibley)

Click here to view Sue's day with us

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From:
Adele and Carl
Date:
18th May 2013
 

Hi John

Had to say a big massive thank you once again for a wonderful evening with fantastic food and the sail as usual was amazing.  Doney and Tracey were absolutely made up and both Doney and Ronnie enjoyed driving the boat!  It went so fast and we enjoyed it so much.  Highly recommend and of course will see you again in August.  Thank you!

Adele & Carl

Click here to view Adele & Carl's day with us

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From:
Jenny and George
Date:
29th May 2012
 

just a note to say a big THANK YOU for a wonderful evening last Tuesday.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially George who was thrilled you let him 'drive' the boat!  The only problem is he now wants one of his own!  As promised attached is the sunset I took - thanks for organising the weather for us! 
  
Once again, many thanks and we would love to repeat the experience again one day

Click here to view Jenny's image of a beautiful Windermere Sunset

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From:
Adele and Carl
Date:
9th April 2012
 

Wonderful evening yet again, gorgeous views and food. Our friends had a wonderful time as did we as usual. This being our 4th time on board and hope to come again at some point in summertime. Thank you so much for making our evening so special!

Kind Regards

Adele and Carl


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From:
Pippa & The Girls
Date:
16th & 17th October 2011
 

"What a fantastic time we all had with Sail n Dine and would recommend for any occasion"

"What a great day out, a lot of fun! Thoroughly recommend it!

""This is the best day of my life"

"Poetry in motion"

Pippa and the girls from York

p.s quite a lot of the Christmas Cake cheese found it's way back to York!


Click here to view Pippa's day out with us

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From:
Tracy and Paul
Date:
27th August 2011
 

Thank you so much for the evening Sail n Dine experience on Saturday 27th of August for Paul's 40th Birthday.

We had the time of our lives and have not stopped talking about it since. You made us feel so welcome and were very chatty and informative which helped us feel at ease straight away. We loved having our drinks and starters out on the deck and really enjoyed the pleasant sail and the beautiful views. We continued to have a great time even though the rain meant we had to continue our dinner inside. The cabin was really cosy and the sound of the rain hitting the windows added to the atmosphere! The drink was free flowing and the food was plentiful. We both loved the meal. Paul especially loved the cheese board as I knew he would and the chicken was amazing! We hope you enjoyed your helicopter ride on Sunday. We saw a helicopter about lunch time and were wondering if it was you! We have attached a few photos.

Hopefully we will get the chance to sail with you again in the future.

Cheers

Tracy and Paul

Click here to view Tracy and Paul's pics

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From:
Aileen & Russell Rampton
Date:
26th July 2011
 

Thanks for a great time last Tuesday. We had a wonderful time and Russell has not stopped talking about it since, so I think we just about got it right (minus the Chinese Lanterns). The food was great and so was the company also the sunset. Once again thanks it was fantastic.

Aileen & Russell Rampton

Click here to view Aileen & Russell pics

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From:
Adele, Carl, Graham and Mary celebrating Carls Birthday
Date:
16th July 2011
 

Just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful evening on Carl's Birthday on the Sail and Dine, the food as ever was fabulous. It really is a lovely experience and this is our third time on board. Beautiful setting to just sit, relax, chat and enjoy the scenery. Cannot recommend the sail highly enough. We also had a good laugh!

It was Mary and Grahams first time (but not last) and they were most impressed. We shall see you again John in July, thank you again!

Adele and Carl

Click here to view image of Carl's birthday

 

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From:
The Fell Family
Date:
16th July 2011
 

The Fell family celebrated Neil s 40th and have sent a picture of the occasion, stating:

"A brilliant way to celebrate a special occasion'

Click here to view image of Neil's 40th on board Maddie Too

 

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From:
Gary and Helena Ashcroft
Date:
2nd May 2011
 

Dear John

Helena and I want to thank you for making our 30th wedding anniversary celebration a most memorable one!

The look of contentment on our faces after 2 hours sailing speaks for itself.

You are a very hospitable host and good company.

We can't wait to visit you and the Maddie Too soon.

Many thanks

Gary & Helena Ashcroft


Click here to view images of Gary and Helena Ashcrofts day out with us

 

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From:
Daniel Scott May
Date:
6th April 2011
 

For the ultimate Lake Windermere experience, you can't miss the unique opportunity to 'do it all!'

SAIL N' DINE offers an incredible, complete pampering package which includes pick up and drop off from your hotel.  A glorious sail on Lake Windermere before anchoring to laze on the upper deck with a drink as the sun sets (unless you do the lunch cruise) as John, Captain and chef Extraordinaire goes below deck to prepare a fresh, locally grown 4 course meal that is hard to believe was cooked on a yacht.  With a party of six, it makes an intimate setting and with the great food ( ... exceptional food....) and with both white and red wine flowing followed by cheeses and port, what more could you ask for.

We made great friends that night with the two other couples.  John is the glue and has the ability to make "everyone connect quickly".  All in all, being Aussies, we had the most incredible night and that night and it was a great finale' to our Lakes district vacation.  When it comes to value for money - 10/10.  don't miss the chance to create a wonderful life long memory, book a cruise on SAIL N' DINE.

Daniel Scott Mays, Brisbane, Australia

Click here to view images of Daniel Scott Mays day out with us

 

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From:
Pam and Keith Holroyd
Date:
6th April 2011
 

Hi John,

Just a few words to say that last Tuesday`s sail was fantastic. As it was our third year running that we had been out on Maddie Too we had a good idea what to expect but the company of Bill, Cathy, Joan and Ivy made an excellent evening . The food was very, very good,  even Bill who was an acknowledged fussy eater left nothing on his plate.

For us the highlight was the time under sail, not a sound heard and smooth gliding over the lake.

As host you kept us safe and helped to keep the conversation flowing all evening. Please can I have the recipe for the chocolate mousse?

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From:
Louise Chambers and Paul Simmonds
Date:
21st June 2010
 

Hi John

Sorry its taken me so long to email to say thank you for your part in what was the most brilliantly romantic proposal a girl could dream of.

On 21 june we had the most perfect weather for our exclusive use of your yacht for what I thought was  a birthday surprise and turned out to be the most romantic of proposals with the hills as a backdrop the sun shining and chilled champagne produced at just the right moment. Your cooking was very good and your hospitality was great.

For anyone else wanting a special evening Ii would recommend they experience a trip i will never forget.

Thank you very much!

Wedding is booked for next april and we plan to spend our honeymoon in the lake district too.

very best wishes Louise and Paul

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From:
Claire Lumley
Date:
22nd July 2010
 

We booked your sail 'n' dine for my dads Christmas present.

Four of us came and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a great day, the sail was fantastic and being able to have a go made the experience even better, the food was outstanding, overall we had an amazing time, we would recommend you to anyone, we have already told a couple of our friends.

I usually suffer badly with sea sickness and I was relieved to hear, once onboard, from the skipper, that I would not receive any sea sickness on a lake due to it not being tidal, I can certainly say I had no sea sickness at all. Thanks once again for such an enjoyable trip.

Click here to view images of Claire Lumley's day out with us

 

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From:
Louise & Mark
Date:
11th October 2010
 

What a fabulous way to spend my birthday!!! After months of anticipation the evening didn't disappoint! The weather was fabulous, John made us all feel at home, and the food......sublime!

I would recommend this as a great experience for anyone wanting a special night! We are looking forward to the next celebration so we can come back again!

Thanks John for a memorable evening!

Louise & Mark

Click here to view images of Louise & Mark Birthday day out with us

 

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From:
Sharon and Phil Egan
Date:
25th September 2010
 

Felt the need to drop you an email to say what a great time we had with you on the Maddy too yesterday.

We had a great time, it was fun and informative, although Phil didn't exactly show it outwardly!! (apparently he was observing closely)  he's waxed lyrical about what a great experience and the brunch exceeded our expectations.

Although we were a bit apprehensive about spending 3 hours with strangers, we had a really good laugh and it all added to the day. So my advice to other people is please don't let that put you off going on this trip.

We had a glorious day weather wise, the views are just stunning.

I would recommend this trip to anyone, its worth every penny, a pleasure to spend time with someone who is doing something they are passionate about (sailing, cooking and I supect meeting new people) its very infectious.

Thanks John and can't wait to do the evening trip

 

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From:
Rachel Daly - celebrating Sarah's 21st Birthday
Date:
20th July 2010
 

Please find my parents statement below

"HI JOHN, THANK YOU FOR BEING A WONDERFUL HOST ON SARAHS 21ST BIRTHDAY,IT WAS A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AND THE FOOD WAS FABULOUS! WE WOULD DEFINITLY VISIT AGAIN SOMETIME. CHEERS, DAVE AND LIZ."

Click here to view images of Sarah's 21st Birthday day out with us

 

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From:
Sharon, Gary, Rhiannon and Callum Shove (celebrating Gary's birthday)
Date:
20th June 2010
 

Thank you so much for a wonderful morning spent on Maddie Too. It was a fantastic surprise for my husband and he said it was his best birthday gift yet.

The weather was glorious, the lessons in sailing were amazing and the food was delicious. The children had a blast and keep asking me when they can go back on 'their' yacht! We are looking forward to another trip out on the lake soon we hope.

Again many thanks for a wonderful time, it was fun and informative.......

 

Click here to view images of Sharon, Gary, Rhiannon and Callum's day out with us

 

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From:
Lyn and John Mayne (celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary)
Date:
13th June 2010
 

Both myself and my husband John would like to thank the Skipper, John, for his hospitality, friendliness, sense of humour and informal approach on this special day for us hich made it even more memorable. Oh! and the lovely brunch :-)

May I just say that for anyone thinking about booking Sail 'n' Dine, dont think, just book!

Click here to view images of Lyn and John's day out with us

 

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From:
Darren and Linda Shaw
Date:
10th April 2010
 

Dear John

Tthank you for a lovely evening the views were amazing.

Food was great very tasty you did a great job. We met two lovely couples didn't think we would have so much fun with strangers.

The sunset was beautiful, best night of the year so far.

Click here to view images of Darren and Linda's day out with us

 

 
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From:
Joan and John Kendrew
Date:
9th February 2010
 

Dear John

Thank you for the wonderful experience on Tuesday night, the food, the boat and company was truly original. Your cooking skills are brilliant and your Mum's chutney, well she should market it!

We will certainly spread the word!!

Again thank you for a lovely experience

 

 

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From:
Rammah Shami
Date:
24th October 2009
 

One of the best experiences I have had in a long time! I was quite surprised at how much fun dining with strangers could be.

As part of a package deal when staying at Blenheim Lodge, we were picked up by John and taken out for the night on his fantastic boat. John is a brilliant guy and I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

My partner and I hope to visit John again in the summer!.

Click here to view images of Rammah Shami day out with us

 

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From:
Alison and Andrew Kirkham
Date:
25th January 2010
 

Thank you again for a lovely morning last week.  Hope you can use this for promotion

Freezing cold, not much wind, but what a day!   The views of the fells around the north shores of Windermere were clear,snowy and spectacular.  We saw lots of waterfowl, cormorants and buzzards.  The sailing was fun and John, as well as being the epitome of charm, is informative and instructive.   The boat is beautiful, the food excellent and just what was needed on a cold January day (home made veg soup, bacon butties and John's mum's teabread). 

We loved it and will repeat the experience, hopefully on a warmer windier day.

Best wishes,  Alison and Andrew(Horatio) Kirkham

 

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From:
Adrienne and Rob Evans
Date:
14th July 2009
 

Thank you very much for hospitality on Tuesday the 14th July, we had a fabulous evening. The food and drink was excellent, and the all round experience was superb.

The greeting that we received at our B & B when you picked us up made us feel relaxed and welcome, and we knew that we were in for a good evening.

We hope to see you again in the near future.

Adrienne and Rob Evans.

Click here to view images of Adrienne and Rob Evans day out with us

 

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From:
Mandy (to celebrate Mandy's 40th Birthday)
Date:
12th July 2009
 

We all had an excellent time, the food was delicious - we all recommend the chocolate mousse!!.  Even the thunder storm didn't put a dampner on our night.  Everything from start to finish was brilliant.

Thanks John for taking such good care of us all.  6 rowdy females can't have been easy.

Click here to view images of Mandy's day out with us

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From:
Tina and Mick Youngson
Date:
6th June 2009
 

A truly memorable evening for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We were collected on our doorstep, boarded Maddie Too and sailed around Windermere. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather after it having rained all day we then enjoyed a beautiful sunny evening accessing inlets hidden from many.

John our Skipper/host/chef/wine connoisseur/entertainer/chief bottle washer etc cooked up a delicious 5 star, 5 course meal. We ended the evening sailing by a glorious sunset over the lake. We booked this as a treat which we couldnt really afford but did it anyway! It was worth every penny and we would love to go again one day!

Thank you so much!!

 

Click here to view images of Tina and Mick's day out with us

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From:
Mandy and Dave Fogarty
Date:
13th May 2009
 

On our first day in Bowness, someone on the foot ferry, on the way over recommended that we look up Sail ‘n’ Dine. On our way back to Hawkeshead, waiting for us was a leaflet.

For somebody to take that much effort to recommend something, we thought that we ought to try.

So we called John – we had a problem because the foot ferry’s last service was at 5.30pm and wouldn’t be able to get back. Straight away, John made it easy for us by offering to drive us home after. There then followed a couple of days of working round the weather and other bookings – we felt like we already knew John by the time we met him on the jetty.

And so onto the boat, and out onto the Lake. We were accompanied by another couple who we had never met before – Graham and Elaine.

Dave and Graham both took turns in sailing the boat  -  Elaine and I were quite happy relaxing and taking in Windermere . We sailed into the wind, tacked and generally had a lovely time out on the water.

The weather was about to turn, and rather than take any risks, John took us back to port where we went below deck for dinner – as much as it was lovely sailing, it was a little windy and getting chilly , so this was most welcome! John ‘battened down the hatches’, turned on the heating and it was toasty.

It’s very cosy down there, and comfortable. The wine was poured (over and over) and conversation began – and between the 4 of us, plus John, there were no awkward silences and we had a really lovely time – football was the hot topic of conversation ( Graham for Everton and Dave for Chelsea )  but also holidays ( camping in particular) and rubber gloves and magic oven liners from Lakeland ! J

The menu is very clever – it has something for everyone on there – all good quality produce, cooked really well and presented beautifully. Starter, Main Course, Dessert (the chocolate mousse is to die for) and a fantastic local cheese board with port and coffee to finish. The experience was like having a wonderful meal round at a friends’ house. As I said at the end of the meal to Elaine – ‘you wouldn’t have kicked your shoes off and have your legs curled up on the sofa at the end of a meal in a restaurant!’

Sadly, it was then time to go home. Into John’s 4 wheel drive which whizzes round the windy roads of Windermere and Ambleside with ease.

I would recommend this experience to anyone – it is something very different, but also very very enjoyable.

 

Click here to view images of Mandy and Dave's day out with us

 

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From:
Kathryn and Mike Hutchinson
Date:
9th May 2009
 
Dear John
 
Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday such a special night.  It was a lovely evening with good company, fine food and wine with fantastic views of the lake - what more can we say.
 
John you were a wonderful host, Captain and Chef (and driver too!) - thank you for your hospitality - we will definately see you again and have already recommended you highly and will continue to do so.
 
With very best wishes
 
Kathryn and Mike 

Click here to view images of Kathryn & Mike Hutchinson's day out with us

 

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From:
The Perkins Family Celebrating a Ruby Wedding
Date:
10th May 2009
 

Thank you for such a lovely experience, which was even more special as we were picked up from 'our' jetty at Pullwood Bay! It was kept as a surprise from dad till an hour before, and was a perfect pressie. We didn't expect to take turns being skippers too! Food was delicious and John was very informative. Excellent value for money too - we would highly recommend to anyone.

Thank you!

Click here to view images of the Perkins' day out with us

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From:
Rog and Dee Sims and Chris and Suzy Williams
Date:
4th March 2009
 

We've ad a gret time
on't Sail n Dine
loads t'drink
and we didn't sink
we ad super food
in a right grand mood
we'll be back quite soon
before t'next full moon

Rog and Dee Sims and Chris and Suzy Williams

Click here to view images of the Williams' day out with us
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From:
Mark and Jen Leckey
Date:
2nd September 2008
 

Thanks for making our engagement such a special moment. Jen was completely overwhelmed and enjoyed every second. She's still buzzing now!

Thanks for playing along at the start and for organising the champers and rose. We both had a fantastic time.


Mark and Jen

Click here to view images of Mark and Jen

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From:
The Durant Family
Date:
20th August 2008
 

About the evening - Maddy Too was the perfect setting for an unforgettable celebration of our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

In John we had a friendly, likeable Captain, who also had the ability to provide us with a first-class meal.

Everyone should try it!

Click here to view images of The Durant Family

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From:
Mark and Paula Whalley
Date:
27th May 2008
 

Dear John (skipper)

On behalf of my new wife and I, we would like to thank you for a wonderful Honeymoon evening with Sail 'n' Dine. It was a very tranquil and romantic setting watching the sunset, with such fantastic views over the lake. It was the perfect location to be wined and dined aboard Maddie Too. With such tasteful menu options your cuisine was second to none. Once again thankyou for your hospitality and we look forward to our next Sail 'n' Dine.

Regards
Mark and Paula Whalley

Click here to view images of Mark and Paula's Evening

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From:
Michael Morton Family and Friends
Date:
19th May 2008
 
Of course, if you have the money, you could own your own yacht on Windermere and, like so many other owners, become a jetty-based sailor and visit it twice or three times a year!

Alternatively, you can visit beautiful Bowness, meet up with your superb host, John Haworth, board his luxury yacht and be treated to four hours of sailing and eating for a fraction of the cost and get much more enjoyment to boot!

That’s exactly what my family and myself did on a Saturday evening in late spring 2008.

We met Captain John at the Ship in Bowness and were led the few yards to the marina where we boarded his beautiful yacht. Once out in the middle of Windermere, we cut the engine and set sail. Oh! The peace!

There is nowhere on earth quite like the peace of Windermere on a balmy evening under sail.

We chatted and enjoyed a glass of wine (or two!) before mooring in a secluded part of this vast stretch of water, whereupon Captain John becomes chef and host John and cooks up a superb meal with some very good wines and we enjoy the convivial atmosphere of dining aboard a luxury yacht without the tedium of having to wash up and sail ourselves back.

A splendid evening and four hours of your life has gone as if a mere few minutes! – but what enjoyment.

We will certainly be going back.

It’s like having your own yacht but with no strings (or ropes) attached (if you will pardon the pun!)

Well done John, God Bless you and all who sail in your lovely vessel!

Click here to view images of Michael Morton Family and Friends

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