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If your criteria is an
outstanding gite in a
then, "Bienvenue à Blanchou Cottage!" Here you will find
yourself in a hidden part of France with fabulous views of
this breath-taking landscape - a landscape of
lanes winding past vineyards, orchards and sunflower fields to beautiful
old Bastide villages.
You will be living in a
tastefully-renovated, 250 year old traditional farm
cottage in this
and virtually undiscovered area of Aquitaine
where, some 100 kms south-east of Bordeaux, two of France's
principle rivers meet, so giving our
"Département" its name - Le Lot-et-Garonne.
Come to Blanchou Cottage and the Lot-et-Garonne
- where even the sunflowers have a welcoming smile!
is an area populated by welcoming country people to whom 'quality of life'
still has real meaning. 'Family values' is what
southwest France is all about. There's nothing the people of
the Lot-et-Garonne love more than making time for friends and family
- and of course enjoying some of the best food and wine in the
world; this is the home of the two-hour lunch!
On the subject of food and wine, almost every night of the
week throughout July and August you'll find the locals
partying at one of the marchés-nocturnes (food
night-markets) that are unique to this area. These are a
truly amazing experience. Take your own plates, mugs and
cutlery, find yourself seats at one of the hundreds of
tables supplied, then wander round the dozens of stalls
selling purely local produce, and prepare to be amazed.
Imagine it: you move from stall to stall, choosing your wine, fresh fruit
and salads, your pain or
baguette, your steak, cut of duck, or chicken - all
of which is excellent quality and great value and all
locally grown and reared - or if you
want to be really French, go for the oysters,
snails or moules-frites (mussels) in fabulous sauces!
Then join in with the music and dancing or simply sit-back
and strike up a comical 'Franglais' conversation with your
neighbours - they'll welcome it and love you for it! Now you're
experiencing real French country hospitality!
also an area
of history and discovery. For example, did you know that
Claude Monet found his famous water-lilies
here in the Lot-et-Garonne?
The nursery where he bought them and had them shipped
to Giverny still exists and is
just a 'stone's throw' away from Blanchou Cottage; it's a
beautiful place, perfect for a peaceful lunch and
tranquil afternoon visit.
When you come
to stay at Blanchou Cottage, you'll
a myriad places like this - places, vistas and vantage
points that you might never find without the helpful and
detailed guide notes we provide to all our guests. You'll
find that the area has something for all ages: cycling,
canoeing, horse-riding and fun-parks for the children.
And for those
days when you don't feel like venturing out, you can take a
walk through our ten acres of fields and woodland and watch
the black kites soaring overhead, or simply
relax in Blanchou Cottage's large, pleasant garden. Or enjoy
its fabulous views whilst lazing in the beautiful pool, and
then round off the day with a glass of excellent local wine,
sitting in the shade of the
pool-side terrace in perfect peace and tranquility. Could a
holiday get any better?