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Elsbeth Hedges

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  • Quiet, rural area with some agricultural activity

Le Tonneau is a holiday accommodation in the old castle-farm Canel. The more than 500-year-old building consists of a main building with two wings and a large courtyard garden. Part of the estate are 20 hectares of organic farmland and 3 hectares of forest.

The room where the wine used to be made now houses a comfortable 4-person gite. On the ground floor is a living room with open kitchen and dining table, a hallway and a toilet. From the living room you walk through to the terrace on the east side of the gite. On the first floor are both bedrooms and the bathroom with shower and toilet. The total living area is 75m2.

Upon arrival, the beds are made and towels are provided.

20 metres from the terrace you can seek shade under the acacia trees, possibly in a hammock with a good book. The hammocks are loved by young and old alike. On the south side of Canel is the large swimming pool overlooking the bastide Tournon d'Agenais, 3.5km in the distance. For children's safety, the pool is fenced. In the old junk shed are a ping-pong table. This is a great place to play in the shade (or out of the rain).


  • No smoking
  • Local contact
  • Historic building
  • Safe for small children
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Internet
  • Hair dryer
  • With swimming pool

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Canel is an oasis of calm. For people from the city, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to "hear" so much silence. The birds, crickets, tractor in the distance. 23 hectares around the house are uninhabited. The nearest neighbours are 200m away and from the terrace of the gîte you look on the other neighbours of wine domain Lancement 400m away.

The 12x6m swimming pool has an extra shallow part of 3x4 built in especially for the little ones. This gives the pool 3 different levels: 0.5 m, 1.30 m and 1.70 m deep. Great for everyone to play in or even swim laps.

The cottage has its own terrace but there are many other places where it is also nice to sit and enjoy the view and silence. The house exudes immense peace and quiet without being completely remote from the outside world. Bring some good books, find a hammock or a lounger by the pool and enjoy doing 'nothing'. Take time to recharge. In our hectic existence, we often run from place to place without taking the time or occasionally doing nothing at all. And even though there are enough things to do in the area to have a great time for one, two, three weeks, it's also nice to come to Canel just to not do so much. Enjoy the simple but good life with: delicious wines, fresh produce at the local markets, historic towns, a dip in the pool, and lots of peace and quiet!

In Thézac, small bar is open in the evenings in July and August, run by volunteers, a lovely place to have a drink. Meals are also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. A little further away is Tournon d'Agenais 3.5km from us where there are several shops and restaurants. It is also very pleasant here in July and August.

Canel is next to "Vin du Tsar" which sells delicious and very affordable wines. Just a little further into the village is "Domaine de Lancement" with delicious organic wines. Both produce delicious wines, definitely worth trying!

  • Rural
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland
  • In or near a village
  • At the farm

Restaurants, food & wine

Canel is located between two wine estates. Upon arrival, you will drive past the wine cooperative "Vin du Tsar" with a large selection of delicious wines. Because Thézac is just in the Lot-et-Garonne and not the Lot, the local wines are not Cahors wines but in the IGP Thézac-Pericard category. However, the same grape varieties are used for the wines, so there are certainly similarities. On the other hand, these IGP Thézac-Pericard wines do not have to comply with the same rules of Cahors, and so it does happen that these wines use a little less Malbec and a little more Merlot - making the taste a little rounder. Well, so that's something to definitely go and taste. Between Thézac and Cahors you will find hundreds of wineries and at most of them you are always welcome and they are happy to let you taste the wines.

Under 10 euros, you can find lots of great wines, including wines that are good to keep. There are more and more organic vintners and so there is now a good choice of them too. For the wine connoisseurs, I don't really need to write anything here; you can naturally find which wines you would like to try from this region on the internet and in the books and wine magazines themselves. For others, you can also read up on the internet. On the site https://vindecahors.fr/ you can already read a bit about the Cahors wines. But the easiest way is to try the local wines at the various night markets. The prices of the wines at such an evening market are the same as in the shops and for 5-6-7 euros you can taste a bottle of rosé. And if you like it then you know where to buy a box.

What has been noticeable in recent years is that markets are increasingly offering locally brewed beer. So beer lovers can also taste something different here than at home. And on such a hot summer day, a cold beer goes down well!

The number of restaurants seems to be slowly increasing slightly with the increase in tourists. Slightly more in all categories: so from takeaway kebab/pizza/hamburgers to the "middle class" restaurants to the more upmarket restaurants. In most restaurants, one eats a 3-course menu at lunchtime for +/- €18 and a 3-course menu in the evening for €27. These are average prices and thus give a good idea. We have favourites and on Canel we have a list of many restaurants in the area.

Furthermore, the region is known for its duck products: foie gras, confit de canard, magret de canard, gésiers. And for the prunes of Agen, 'pruneaux d'Agen', dried prunes, and many plum orchards can be seen in the area. Meanwhile, lots of farmers have also planted truffle oaks, and more and more hazelnuts are also growing, fields full of them. And farmers who think climate change will make it very hot here have even planted olive trees.


Morning markets can be found almost daily in the area to buy your fresh produce. Locally grown fruit and vegetables, it doesn't get any more delicious! So for those who love good food and cooking, the markets are a must. There is also a small market in Thézac every Saturday morning.
The evening markets are also so special and cosy. In the months of July and August, there are "marchés gourmands" almost every evening. Here, local producers (farmers) offer their products, but now prepared as a meal on a plate. So you can buy delicious grilled duck breast from the duck farmer, tasty cheeses with salad from the goat farmer, fresh bread or pizza from the baker, now chilled rosé with glasses from the wine farmer, usually there are also chips and paella to be found, so there is something tasty for everyone. At these evening markets, very long tables are set up so everyone can sit down. Definitely worthwhile. A big advantage of these markets is that everyone gets to mingle and walk around a bit. The children can play and don't have to sit still at the table. Everything happens outdoors , so only when the weather is nice.
The tourist office has a nice map book with cycling routes in the area. This is a good way to get to know the smaller roads, away from the main road. 3 km from Canel there is a bike rental for both electric and regular mountain bikes/bikes. The Lot-et-Garonne has hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails mapped out. Hikers can sometimes walk here for hours without meeting anyone. A very crazy sensation for most Dutch, Belgian and English people. Welcome to the peace and quiet of the Lot-et-Garonne!
Agen is home to a large Walibi amusement park, with new attractions almost every year. This is fun for most children and perhaps parents too if we don't mind being flung over the head in the "boomerang".
A somewhat quieter activity for children and adults is a commercial fishing pond. Fishing is free, only the fish caught have to be paid for. Because there are so many fish in the pond, one actually always catches something. Although I must say I didn't really find it very easy, but I managed in the end! For more information on what to do with the children, we can talk to you in detail on location. It is also possible to fish in the river Lot. You will need to buy a fishing card (€13), valid for the day you want to go fishing.
There are two very nice lakes near Canel. One is in Montaigu de Quercy with a fine sandy beach and plenty of shade under the trees for picnics. There is also a restaurant so plenty of choice to spend a whole day there. Many French people bring their large cool boxes and spend the day by the water. A second lake is at Montcuq. There is a really fun climbing course for children in the water (€8/hour), a floating course, where you can fall off and climb back on all the time. Well worth a day and here too you can picnic or eat at the restaurant.
10 km from Canel is a riding school where you can go horse riding for a few hours. It is also possible to do day trips. Check with the tourist office for more information.
At 4km from Canel is a small airfield. Anyone who wants can take a flying trip over the Lot for 30-40 euros, or fly to the spectacular Chateau Bonaguil. Definitely worth it!
Every Monday morning and Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:15 in July and August, Elsbeth holds a yoga class. The classes take place in the yoga barn and the barn is equipped with equipment. You only need to bring comfortable clothes yourself. The price per class is €10 per person.
We haven't written anything about the history of the region yet. During trips out to markets, restaurants, castles, walks, etc., you will see history radiating from everywhere. The small streets, the old stone houses, how people used to live here so safely within the old city walls, why aren't all the city walls there anymore, destroyed by wars or collapsed by age or plundered by the villagers for renovations to their houses? The following towns are well worth visiting: Tournon d'Agenais (4km), Penne d'Agenais (20km), Pujols (30km), Montcuq (25km), Monflanquin (25km), Monsempron (10km), Puy l'Evèque (20km), Montcabrier (20km) and so on. Bordeaux and Toulouse are a 2-hour drive away. And Agen (40km), Villeneuve (30km) and Cahors (45km) are nice for a day of shopping.
The following courses are planned for 2024 at Canel: yoga (June), yoga and Pilates (June and September), watercolour painting (June), piano master classes (August and September), landscape photography (June and September). If you are interested please contact Elsbeth.

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding
  • Near theme park
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Flying and gliding
  • Yoga
  • Other courses

Further remarks

Prices are per gite per week. Outside high season, we gladly rent this gite to two persons for the price of our double gite, if already booked. Look under 'other accommodations' for gite l'Ecurie.

Prices apply:

gas, water, light

cleaning fee obligatory €75.00

children's travel cot €0/week
high chair €0/week

Please bring your own pool towels.

Additional price info and offers

Tourist tax is €1.20 per adult per night for the year 2024

Price includes

Towels, Bed linen

Price exclusive

  • Cleaning fee (compulsory) € 75.00

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Canel - le Tonneau has not received any reviews over the last 4 years.

  • Zuiderhoek from Utrecht,

    10 stars

    Met onze dochter (11 maanden) voor het eerst 3 weken op vakantie: een betere plek hadden we ons niet kunnen bedenken. We hebben 3 weken lang genoten!
    Prachtige omgeving met veel mogelijkheden voor uitstapjes. Thezac is klein maar de dorpjes er omheen zijn de moeite waard om te bezoeken. (Een auto is onmisbaar.)
    De gite was mooi, groot, praktisch en zeer schoon. Het zwembad was lekker al hebben we er niet heel veel van kunnen genieten omdat het toch een beetje te koud was om te zwemmen. Je kunt rond de gite heerlijk zitten en genieten van de rust en de stilte. Er is veel ruimte en er staan picknicktafels waar je gebruik van kunt maken om aan te ontbijten of te dineren met op de achtergrond het prachtige uitzicht en de ondergaande zon.
    De gastvrouw is geweldig, op onze vragen kregen we nuttig antwoord, ze dacht met ons mee en de tips die we kregen waren stuk voor stuk de moeite waard. We hebben ook genoten van het diner dat je bij haar kunt bestellen: HEERLIJK!
    Eigenlijk is zit er maar 1 ding op: reserveren en zelf genieten van alles wat deze gite te bieden heeft! Veel plezier!

  • Van Hecke - Stevens from België,

    9 stars

    Heel sympathieke uitbaters die je in een ontspannen sfeer laten genieten van de prachtige natuur. De gite is stijlvol en praktisch ingericht. Verder kan je heerlijk relaxen in het zwembad. De ideale locatie om te onthaasten!

  • H.R. Bracht from Haren,

    10 stars

    2 jaren geleden waren we een van de eerste huurders (het prachtige zwembad was er toen nog niet). We hebben een heerlijke vakantie gehad! De gastheer en gastvrouw zijn bijzonder, de gite gezellig en brandschoon. Alles is aanwezig. Uitzicht en omgeving zijn prachtig, vooral ook met de fiets, die we gelukkig weer bij ons hadden. De vijgen en bramen pluk je er warm uit de tuin. Wij komen zeker nog eens terug!
    Hartelijke groet,
    Familie Fischer-Bracht

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