Set in a third of an acre, the house and fenced pool are totally private and a perfect venue for a family holiday, or just a group of friends getting together. Bonnet is a charming farmhouse which we have lovingly restored, keeping its character with a mass of beams and stonework. The rooms are all a good size so there is plenty of room for 12 people, everything is in good working order, and if there is ever a little hiccup, we are only 10 minutes away to deal with it immediately. The swimming pool is tiled with a dolphin mosaic, and is fenced to ensure the safety of the children. The house has a large shady garden and the property has no close neighbours. There is a large shady terrace for dining out of doors, or simply wiling away the hours with a book or a bottle of wine.
House in Maurillac, Lauzun, Aquitaine, Dordogne, France - In Totally Private Quiet Location
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About Tom Gawthrop
Tom and Maggie sold their pigs and smallholding and moved to France in 1990 with 3 year old Ben and 10 month old Matt. Where have the years gone? Restoring property in the summer and skiing in the winter, that's where. But we wouldn't change a thing. Beautiful Bonnet is now regarded by many friends and holidaymakers as their very own special corner of France. Why not make it yours too?
Tom Gawthrop purchased this Farmhouse in 1994
Why Tom Gawthrop chose Saint-Colomb-de-Lauzun
If you want to get away from it all.....honking horns.... barking dogs....traffic jams...the rat race.... and just chill on a sunbed by a tranquil pool or round a huge table under a shady terrace with a glass of local wine, then Bonnet is for you. The only problem you will have is remembering what day it is. If it is Sunday it is market day in the beautiful medieval town of Issigeac. Mondays it's Miramont de Guyenne. On Tuesday and Thursday nights Eymet has a night market where you can bag a table and eat and drink the evening away........
What makes this Farmhouse unique
What does everyone love about Bonnet? Plenty of space for everyone, peace perfect peace, all the stone walls and oak beams inside and out..... or is it the shady ash tree that beckons when it gets too hot by the pool. Barbecueing and eating the local duck breast round the table under the covered terrace while having a blind winetasting of numerous wines is our personal favourite. Buy a selection and throw in a few from other countries. Can you tell which cost €1.99 and which cost €19.99? By the end maybe you'll just be happy to have got the colour right........
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Lovely villa, great hosts. highly recommend
Had a brilliant holiday with extended family ages 12-70. Loved the pool and night market.
One of the best family hols we've had in years
Lovely place- very suitable for us , 2 families with 4 children under 5 and a pair of grandparents! each family was able to have their own area and own bathroom- all the rooms spacious and convenient. Everything very clean and all we needed in the kitchen. 2 really good large fridges- vital in hot weather. A great terrace - shady at lunchtime and a large table ideal for all your meals. The layout was great, the situation beautiful, very rural with loads of wild life: birds of prey, deer, lots of lizards, colourful dragon flies and the odd frog. Well equipped with very good cots and high chairs. The best bit was the safely fenced and delightful swimming pool which kept the children happy for hours on end. Well placed for chateaux, Chateau Bridoire great for kids, and Eymet a lovely place to mooch around and have coffee. Good supermarkets not too far away. Glorious countryside, sunflowers in every direction. One of the best family hols we've had in years.
Thanks to tom and maggie for yet another beautiful property.. totally fit for a queen.. this property cannot be faulted and to add an endless supply of wine is provided to purchase without leaving the house..maggie and tom couldnt do enough for us during our stay... totally memorable stay and look further to a return visit... highly reccommend this property
Perfect Space for a large Family Holiday
We spent two very happy weeks here in August 2015. With three generations meeting up, individual space is a must, as is a washing machine and wifi (well we did take two teenagers!) Bonnet met those needs and exceeded everything else. Enough bathrooms and bedrooms for all, enough indoor space for rainy days and enough outside space on sunny ones too! The best feature is by far the beautiful covered terrace - perfect for dining, breakfasting, reading, or just taking a mid day break from the sun.
Thank you Tom and Maggie for being wonderful hosts - many thanks!
Excellent in every way
Fantastic holiday, great house with the all important large pool. Many thanks to Tom & Maggie - nothing too much trouble - great hosts. The emergency supply of wine very welcome ! Keep up the yoga Tom ! Peter, Fiona, Thomas & Jack.
Our thanks to Tom and Maggie. Bonnet proved to be the perfect setting for our family holiday: lovely, quiet location, spacious accommodation (well equipped and spotlessly clean throughout) and a great swimming pool. We loved the shaded terrace, too, for those long, lazy, late breakfasts and for wine and barbecues in the evenings. Local markets and a range of restaurants were easily accessible by car, the open roads making a mockery of any distances involved. All in all, it was just as we had hoped. We won't hesitate to recommend it to our friends and we look forward to returning ourselves.
Biscarosse and Arcachon are both beautiful beaches and are two and a half hours away.
Bonnet is 7 - 11 hours drive from the Channel ports St. Malo/Le Havre/ Cherbourg/Calais. Flights into Bergerac include: Ryanair fly in from Bristol/Liverpool/London Stansted/East Midlands/Brussels-Charleroi.
Flybe fly in from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Southampton, and Leeds Bradford. Transavia fly in from Amsterdam-Schiphol. There are also flights arriving at Bordeaux and Toulouse.
The market town of Lauzun is 4km from Bonnet where there is a bakers, butcher, local bar and restaurant, there are large supermarkets at Miramont de Guyenne 15 minutes away. Bergerac is 20 minutes away from Bonnet. There are a wealth of Chateaux and caves to visit, wine tasting, canoeing on the Dordogne, horse riding in the village, Tennis at Castillonnes, and bastide towns to visit.
A quiet market town, Lauzun has 2 good restaurants, a bar, a baker, a butcher, a small supermarket, and a market on Saturdays. All the towns in the area have a market on different days which our guests love to potter around, or just watch the world go by with a glass of wine in their hand. For those who like a bit of fun in the evening, there is a night market during July and August in the town of Eymet, where you can buy local produce which is bar-b-qued in the streets, and you can sample some of the wines which are on offer by local producers at their own stalls.
If you are lucky, you might be holiday when the towns take it in turn to have their Bodegas, a night when you can roam around and sample food and wine, and listen to dozens of bands in the streets who play all sorts of music. The highlight for us are the drums that pound round the streets in the balmy heat of the evening, and with everyone joining in dancing.
We are very lucky to have a good choice of restaurants close by, all of which are child friendly, and good value. Bergerac and Villeneuve Sur Lot are a bit further away, but are worth the trip to see the architecture of the towns, and to visit their restaurants, as well as the shops for the girls!