Originally from the UK but we lived in the Isle of Man for over 20 years.
We arrived in France in 2002 and bought our home Burthes, in Aiguillon South West France here in the Lot et Garonne, the sixth house that we viewed.
The property Gone Fishin' and grounds were originally a tobacco farm, the property nestles on its own 22-acres and is over one hundred years old.
It was sympathetically renovated and brought up to date by the previous owners
Our contribution to renovation has been mainly cosmetic, making it a more "cheerful house" and adding more colour and character to a wonderful established garden and orchard.
We were ready for opening in 2005 with the approval of the Mairie in Aiguillon ( our local village).
Because our home, now named Gone Fishin' in the Lot-et-Garonne, is so large with a separate entrance to another part of the house, we decided to turn that part of the property into a self catering cottage and we installed a new bathroom and kitchen as well as doing all the decorating.
We have a productive kitchen garden, fruit orchard and six hens (which we call 'the girls'!).
We share the eggs and any produce from the kitchen garden or orchard with our guests, for free of course.
All this is for us a great source of enjoyment as our guests appreciate fresh food and a colourful and tidy garden.
If you are thinking about coming to live in France we would be happy to pass on any information you think you might find useful or you can just talk to us for a bit of reassurance... it's a lot easier than you might think!
We decided the name of the house should be Gone Fishin' it seemed so appropriate.
The name came from the song that Louis Armstrong sang with Bing Crosby as a guest on Bing's Chesterfield Show in April 1951. So, with the last verse in mind, do come and stay where a warm welcome awaits you. "We Gone Fishin' instead of just a-wishin"… Enjoy the music!