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There is much to see in the area, and you don't always need to use the car to see it.

Maybe you'd like to take a walk, or hire one of our mountain
Tonneinsbikes and seek out the local villages and riverside paths.

A cycle will enable you to take the path through the woods, following the river Garonne, and explore Tonneins (right ) or you could ride up the Canal Latéral (below) to the pretty little village of Le Mas d'Agenais and see the Rembrandt altar piece hanging in the nave of the church of St. Vincent (above, left).

Le canal Latéral
The beautiful Canal Latéral L'église St Juin

La Réserve Naturelle de l'Étang de la MazièrefalconJust a kilometre of so away is a nature reserve (left) where you may even be lucky and see a rare bird or mammal. (It is necessary to book well in advance for this). More details about the nature reserve can be found below.

You could even hire a boat or canoe for a while. Or, if you like fishing, why not have a quiet, restful day trying for some carp in the lovely Canal Latéral just at the back of the accommodation. We'll even hire you a rod and line.

And, with a car, the département is your oyster! Just click here to see what's available to photograph, sketch, paint, or simply sit and admire.

falconLa réserve naturelle de l'étang de la mazière is just 2 kms across open country from "Les Peupliers". This reserve represents the last vestige of the natural historic landscape of the Garonne valley (i.e. pre-Common Market agriculture). In fact,  the environment is unique in the whole of the region of Aquitaine.  This may not sound too impressive, until you realise that the region of Aquitaine covers a little over 41,000 square kilometres, an area roughly similar in size to Switzerland.

The reserve is home to 230 species of plants, 500 species of insects, 15 species of fish, 10 species of reptiles and 7 species of amphibians. 195 species of birds are either nesting or migratory/winter visitors here and 72 of these are protected species.

There are hides from which you can observe the wildlife.

Above, in a heavily shaded clearing in the woods, a "Les Peupliers" a guest singles out the individual call of a nightingale with a uni-directional, parabolic microphone whilst Jill receives an explanation on the bird's habitat from one of the reserve's guides.

Because the reserve is such an important and fragile environment and, because it is a haven for many protected species, public access is strictly prohibited, unless by prior appointment (when it is accompanied). If you would like to visit the reserve, please let us know well in advance and we will arrange a visit for you. If you have binoculars and have room for them in your luggage, please bring them!

Note for photographers
if you are contemplating taking photos of animals/birds at the reserve, you will need a 300 mm lens as a minimum.


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