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Well, I think Spring might be on it's way back to Gites de Laprade.   After the wettest few months  most of us can remember, the sun has come back and things seem to be coming back to life, we even had a butterfly round today!!  
In the view you can see both gites, Weir cottage is partly in the trees on the left and River Cottage is the red roofed building. Everything looks so much better in the sunshine, even if the trees aren't back in leaf yet but, it won't be long not if the Quince (pictured) is anything to go by.  Hope to see you soon.

New Options

Hi, Got a couple of new options for our customers, we hope they'll be of interest.

Firstly; we are offering a final day cleaning service for you, this means that you don't have to spend your last hours cleaning the gite! We will do it for you for  just 40euros.

Secondly; We are happy to offer evening meals to our guests. For just 25euros per person we will supply a 4 course meal and complementary wine!! 

We would appreciate some feedback on these offers ie; would you be intersted and do you think that they are a good idea?

Special Offer for Spring 2013

Happy New Yeareveryone, we hope it's a good one for you.
To help banish the winter blues, flu and viruses that seem to be abundant at the minute, we are offering a very special price for our gites in February and March.!!!!!
Instead of the normal £265 per week, we are offering a week, including heating, linen and towels for just £195.   So, if you're totally fed up and fancy a change of scene and total relaxation, why not come and visit us here in south-west France?
Just get in touch at;, or check out the website ( for other ways of getting in touch) and we'll do our utmost to ensure you have a lovely holiday. N.B. We are also happy to take bookings for longer or shorter breaks, please ask about prices.


OOOppppssss. Very sorry, I forgot to say thankyou to everyone for their kind comments on our Blog and, also for kind comments on our mobile website. Please keep up the viewings and any comments you may have.


Well after a busy season we've had a chill out and now getting ready for Christmas. We have had a couple of good trips this year,  one to St Cirque Lapopie  (picture on right) and another to Chartres and the cathedral.  It's pretty cold here and I think that winter is definately here.  Anyway, after a quick trip back to the UK, we'll be on with the Christmas lights and decorations, I'll try to put some pics on when they're done. Our Christmas tree is about 50ft high now and, thanks to a good friend, we have lights almost to the top. We hope that you all have a fantastic Xmas and a Happy and Healthy 2013. Hope to see you for a visit next year.

River Cottage September Discount

Hope you're not all being washed away with the torrential rain. It's been really hot and sunny here but, last couple of days we've had a few showers.  Anyway, the point of this blog is to let you all know that, as we still have a couple of dates left in September for River Cottage, we are offering a £35 discount, making a week's holiday then just £275. So, if you fancy a break in September, get in touch and I will do my best to sort out a date for you.

Weather and Picture update

Frozen RiverMagnoliaPeregrine FalconNight HeronWe got hail as well. The lake looked like it was boiling!!!Frozen LakeLatest additions, Mallard and 12 chicksWell after the February freeze, we've had every sort of weather you can imagine, from beautiful hot sunny days in March to the wettest April anyone can remember.  But this weather has given me some good photo opportunities, hope you like the ones I've chosen.


Well Spring is definately here, at least Mrs Mallard thinks so!  She very proudly showed off her brood of 12 chicks the other day, in spite of the wind, rain and hail. The weather has been very wierd this year, we had a very mild January and everything started to grow and then WHAM, February arrived and we had
-23 and temps not above -7 in the day, funnily enough averything was killed off, the lake froze and, for the first time since we've been here, the river froze as well.  March arrived with soaring temperatures, into the 20s, and lovely sunny days then, April came and we've had everything from sun (not much), rain, hail and very strong winds. Never mind, things are supposed to get back to normal next week with the return of the sun, we really hope so as, I'm sure the water table must be back to normal now.
Work has been on-going at Gorge de Loup, with some tree felling and the imminent installation of the solar panel, then all stations go for testing and ensuring everything is ready for our first guests of the season in June.
So, hope to see you soon at Gorge de Loup or, here at Gites de Laprade.

Is winter over??

Poor little Robin with his feathers puffed out, trying to keep warmFrozen lake and shuttered house, trying to keep warmThe first time we've had the river freezing up!!                                                   Well, after we have had the coldest winter/February since 1985, temperatures got down to -22 during the night and didn't get much above -5 on a good day!! I think that Spring might be on it's way, I have seen the first of the Cranes over the house, heading north for the summer so, they definitely think it is, lets hope they've got it right. We hope that, now we are thawing out, we get to welcome some of our old friends back again soon and, obviously we are looking forward to meeting all our new guests that are booked in for their first visit. ost here.

Jan, Feb, March Discount

DISCOUNT:We are happy to announce a discount for any bookings in January, February and March 2012 at 'Weir Cottage' or 'River Cottage'!!! Instead of the listed £285 we are offering a £35 discount making a week's holiday just £250!!!!
So don't miss out, get in touch now and enjoy an early break.