All prices include seven nights accommodation in your own en-suite room, transfers from and to airports or train stations (see Terms and Conditions), breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal, plus teas, coffees, beer, aperitifs and wine taken 'chez nous'
Wine, beer and coffee in cafés and restaurants is not included in our pricing. However very drinkable wine here is exceptional value and so, unless you're a 'Fine Wine' aficionado, we find that even the 'happiest' diner will normally be paying only around 20 to 25 euros for dinner wine for the whole seven nights!
Most evenings we will take you to a different restaurant in the area so that you can experience a variety of local 'ambience'. **
One or two evenings during the week you may dine "Chez Nous" (Jill is an excellent cook).
And on one very special evening, dinner is cooked and served in the home of one of the most respected chefs in the area, Yvette Pompele (or "Vétou" to all who know her) **
An expert in the cuisine of southwest France, Vétou was featured in Episode 3 of Rick Stein's television series 'A French Odyssey' which was broadcast by the BBC in the UK.
In his Times newspaper feature on the subject of his series, Stein said
"There are restaurants beside the canal, too - not as many as you’d think, but one in particular stands out, in Lagruere, with a lively cook called Vétou. She cooked a beautiful magret de canard for us, with a really good red-wine sauce made from a Côtes du Marmandais, from the Cave Co-opérative de Cocument"
Vétou has since retired from La Halte Nautique but we are delighted that she has agreed to act as your chef for one of the nights you're with us. Indeed it will be the very meal that Vétou cooked for Rick Stein that she will be cooking for you!
** Notes: Vétou's availability is always subject to her own personal and domestic circumstances.
Restaurant visits depend on restaurant availability and numbers of guests present.
Lunches are not included for non-participating guests. See below right for details
Prices and Available Dates - 2018 ( Note there is no single occupancy supplement )
non-painting/photography spouses/partners are eligible for a 30% discount
All prices quoted are PER PERSON Flights are not included
Our holidays are for one week - Arrival and departure is on a Saturday
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A deposit of 25% is required from all guests to secure the booking (see our Terms & Conditions)
Payment details will be advised to you when you take the decision to book
A green week means, "We have two or more rooms available"
A red week means, "No availability, sorry"
Spouse/Partners wishing to "do their own thing" and not wishing to participate in any sessions are eligible for a 30% discount. Lunches for "non-participating" guests are not included but meals may be had at the local Halte Nautique on the banks of the canal just a few minutes walk from the house. Or, if we are lunching "Chez Nous" a supplemental charge of 10 euros will be payable. Alternatively a superb picnic lunch can be supplied at a cost of only 8 euros (if ordered the day before).
Children under 16 may share parents' rooms at a 50% discount. Please ring us to discuss your requirements. (Note: Only one discount may be applied)
Some rooms can be converted from double to twin by the addition of a single bed at no extra cost if preferred
Group rates are available (maximum 8 persons). Contact us for details
UK-based guests are requested to pay us in pounds sterling (GBP). Guests living in any other country are requested to pay us in Euros.
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