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We'd love to hear from you if you've just got back from your stay with us. Simply click here to send us an e-mail - and tell us what you felt about everything you experienced at Chateau de Laumière. We look forward to hearing from you.

David & Amanda Sareen
Date of stay: October 2019

Many thanks to you, Chris and Tanya for a wonderful week of riding, walking and eating! We appreciated everything, especially the personal attention from you all ( and the use of the teapot!) and Michael has never enjoyed a riding holiday as much nor learnt so much. I loved Nao and felt bad to reject Hope but today at home, my back has barely troubled me at all so I think it has been good from that point of view too.

Thanks are also due to Tanya for the suggestion of Pech Merle, we were the only ones to turn up for our tour and as our guide happened to be English, we had no problems of translating technical terms either. It was a fascinating visit and we had some lunch there too - having got used to eating well in the middle of the day. Having seen St Cirq Lapopie and taken some photos, we decided that we will make a lengthier visit to fully appreciate it next time.

We hope you are enjoying your quiet week and wish you all the best.

Kind regards Amanda and David

Laura Hirstwood
Date of stay: September 2019

Thank you all once again for another wonderful stay - Laura

Kathie Yodern
Date of stay: September 2019

Chris, Lynda, Tanya & Chico

A million thanks for an unforgetable experience! I hope to return one day, but even if not, I will always carry the memory. The gorgeous countryside, brilliant rides and sublime meals - and of course the conversations. You made me feel so special and at home.

Kathie Yoder, Anchorage, Alaska

Shirley Hinds
Date of stay: July 2019

Tanya, Lynda and Chris THANK YOU. I was very apprehensive about coming alone after my partner couldn't make it at the last minute but I absolutely shouldn't have worried. From the moment I arrived and you welcomed me into your home I knew it would be fine. The whole experience of staying with you all at chateau de laumiere including the riding, my lovely room, the fantastic food and the friendliness of yourselves and the other guests made my stay magic. I have told everyone about you since I returned home and my partner is soooooo jealous I'm afraid he may want come without me next year to catch up - not going to happen. Until I see you all again good luck with the rest of this year and I'll definitely be in touch before Christmas. Very best wishes Shirley

Caroline & Wendy
Date of stay: June 2019

Hi all. Will keep this short - horses & riding stunning, food amazing, accommodation 5*, and most of all welcome and hospitality absolutely ace! You are all so friendly we really felt like part of the family. Thank you so much Caroline and Wendy xx

Hiba Hawada
Date of stay: June 2019

Hello from Beirut :)Finally after flight & luggage delays am all settled and back to my daily routine!

I hope all is well at your end!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for the lovely stay and great experience I was able to get from my stay with you. I took with me memorable memories for a lifetime. After a week back, all i can say is that i miss the chateau and miss everyone of you! It was like a dream!

Tania, thank you for all the horsemanship tips and training you gave me, my trainer was shocked about my leg position??! Everything you taught me was very interesting and very important for me to understand.

Everyone is noticing how fresh I came back! And all my friends showed interested in visiting chateau next year! I hope we will be able to come for a vacation together next year!

I send you all my best, please keep in touch

There is no such word as i ? can?t? , ill remember it always :)

Best, Hiba

Hannele Tanskanen
Date of stay: June 2019

Just to say quick thank you! I had wonderful 3 days with you all! “All inclusive”; food was amazing, accommodation was great, I had very good 3 nights sleep! The most important thing for me was, that the horses were looked after well!!!! There are 9 tracks for hacking in a beautiful French country side! My horse Avya was great, very gentle and perfect for me, as I am not the most confident rider during hacks. I can clearly see, why people are returning for more, it was perfect! I will be one of them too. Cheerios x

Caroline Horsley
Date of stay: May 2019

Thank you so much for yet another splendid holiday. I had a fantastic time hacking through the wonderful countryside on some great horses. Food and hospitality great as always. I will look forward to seeing you again.

Laura Hirstwood, Rachel Alsop
Date of stay: October 2018

Fantastic riding with wonderful hosts. Lynda, Chris and Tanya are so welcoming you feel totally at ease. The horses are all lovely and incredibly well cared for. 

Lynda's food is fabulous and the chateau is beautiful.

5 stars isn't enough for this holiday I wish I could give it more! 



Liz Hall
Date of stay: October 2018

Hello Lynda, Chris and Tanya


We had the best time with you - what a great week, we really enjoyed it.  I've been telling everyone about my lesson in natural horsemanship, my sister was so interested - what a great experience.  


We're definitely interested in returning next year.   We're going to look at some dates - probably similar time to this year.  

Pass on our best regards to everyone.


Best wishes,


Liz and Chris

Emma Pearson
Date of stay: October 2018

Amazing place, amazing food, amazing people and horses, were made to feel welcome and felt like we were part of the family. After riding in the morning in the idyllic countryside with historical information alone the ride. First time riding for over 25 years and I can only say, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with any other person and well trained horses. Your safety and her horses are Tanya’s main concern. Lynda - Tanya’s mother has fed us with delights every day, and Chris kept us very adequately topped up with wine! Thank you all for one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. We will be returning, if they’ll have us!!!! Thank you

Tor Davies
Date of stay: October 2018

Just returning from a truly memorable stay at Chateau de Laumière and I can’t say enough good things about it. The food was amazing, and the hospitality couldn’t have been better. Tanya, Lynda and Chris truly welcome you into their family and their chateau. The rooms were immaculately clean and then to the horses and the riding....to say I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to ride in such a beautiful area on such well-trained, well-looked after horses would be an understatement. Tanya values the welfare of her horses and the safety of her riders above everything. You can feel 150% confident in her skills and horsewomanship as well as on whatever stead you may be lucky enough to ride. She’s the most experienced and knowledgeable rider that I’ve ever been lucky enough to ride with. Finally the countryside is stunningly beautiful and the chateau is located in perfect tranquillity. The only sounds you can hear are the neighing of the horses and the birdsong - it’s perfect. I cannot recommend this place enough. I’ve been on quite a few riding holidays before and this one stands well and truly head and shoulders above them all. I will 100% be returning.

Jane Basham
Date of stay: September 2018

I wanted to thank you, Chris & Tanya for such a special week. As hosts you get it just right. Welcoming us into your beautiful home. Clean spacious accommodation, cleaned & tidied thoroughly every day- we are generally quite untidy guests you know! Catering for our every need- wine & other refreshments available at all times. Being there as our hosts, but in an unobtrusive manner. Humouring us politely with the occasional strange request (campervan on the lawn moment!) and laughing with us, not at us. Chris- that man with the tray - was so polite, entertaining and gracious. 


Lovely thoughtful touches like the birthday fizz, lunch in a traditional local restaurant and providing a massage.


Great riding - despite the hard ground- through beautiful scenery on well schooled much loved horses. Tanya’s patience with people like me who want to snog & cuddle horses & whose ‘tacking up’ skills leave a lot to be desired. Also Tanya’s understated & gently supportive style when giving out riding tips. 


 And then there’s the food. What can I say. I’ve been a vegetarian for 45 years. I’ve never been served such a variety of amazingly delicious generous vegetarian meals before ever. Astounding.


I can’t think of anywhere else I’d like to return to to ride horses so I do hope to see you & that handsome boy Chico again some day.



Best wishes to you all for a successful and stress free rest of the season.


Love your home - Love your horses Jane x

Christine Varley
Date of stay: July 2018

A stay at Chateau de Laumière is a must for any keen rider. You will be greeted with a warm welcome by the family, served delicious food, experience wonderful hacks in idyllic settings. Off the saddle, the region abounds in historical sites to visit, caves, numerous chateaux etc. The gouffre de Padirac & Rocamadour are worth a detour. This spectacular setting is home to Lynda, Chris and Tanya who endeavour, with kindness and thoughtful gestures, to make your holiday a memorable one.



Hannah Cheater
Date of stay: June 2018

This is the second time I have had the privilege of spending endless happy days in one of South West France's most sensational settings. There seem to be few adequate words I can find to describe the splendour of a holiday at Château de Laumière. For me, to write a review is often a chance to revisit a place all over again, so I endeavour to paint an accurate picture to help anyone considering visiting this small corner of paradise.

The building itself is certainly aesthetically impressive both inside and out. The bedrooms are immaculate, spacious, comfortable, full of wonderful character and thoughtful touches. 

If it weren't for the fact that there were over twenty-two horses to tempt me out of bed every morning, I am certain I would be perfectly content travelling the continent for the marshmallow-like beds alone!
That said, the family who welcome you as guests into their home certainly play a huge part in every guest's stay. Lynda's cooking is some of the best I have ever had, I left every meal feeling full and wondering how on earth I would make it up the original stone staircase to my room on the second floor. 

Chris is fantastic company (as everyone is) and pours a generous glass of wine, accompanied by fascinating tales from rural France when sat in the spacious salon for the evening aperitifs. There is so much local history to discover and Chris certainly knows a lot of it.

Now to the main focus of my holiday - the riding. 

I came here for the first time in 2015 to regain my confidence and then returned in June 2018. I can honestly say that there is not one person on the planet I could ever have imagined trusting in more than Tanya. Her expertise and experience are exceptional, she has most certainly seen a fair variety of abilities in her equestrian career and is indeed an inspiration and is the reason I am still riding to this day. 

Tanya will always offer constructive comments about your riding, if you would like them and I so enjoyed chatting to her as we rode around the beautiful French countryside. Just like Chris, she tells such brilliant stories of life both in and out of France (and even picked some delicious ripe cherries...my attempt to do so was less successful the following day!). 

Her bond with the horses is incredible and she knows and loves each and every one of them, it is extremely clear to see.

The horses are brilliant. Forward going, yet safe and friendly. They are happy, healthy, responsive (and have coats that could probably shine even the sun into the shade!) 

It is so special to be allowed to spend so much 'real time' around them. Equine lovers among you will know what it means to simply be around horses, as well as the enjoyment and fulfilment one gets from riding them. 

The rides themselves are varied, picturesque, shaded, and wind through some beautiful French villages. There is no better feeling than cantering up seemingly undiscovered tracks and through mossy woods that some people only ever read about in stories.

Rose, who is spending her summer at the Château is just as delightful and how wonderful it was to see yet another smiling, welcoming face down at the stables each day.

A cliché would be to say that this feels like a home away from home, however, I am unfortunately and most certainly unable to sustain such luxurious living as I have done during my stay at the château both this time and last! 

I know I will return, but until then I am spending most of my days in a daydream (as Tanya will certainly be able to vouch for!) of a life in a French castle with over twenty horses to choose from and two kittens to play with. I'm still pinching myself daily. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it can become a reality once more in the not too distant future.

Caroline Horsley
Date of stay: May 2018

Chris, Lynda and Tanya - thank you for a lovely holiday yet again. I thoroughly enjoyed the horses and the riding, and the food was as always excellent. Thank you for your company and a very relaxing holiday.



Hiba Awada & Rawan Al Kilani
Date of stay: May 2018

I returned home fully charged with positivity thanks to you! 


Tanya, I learned a lot from you on many dimensions...Not only the technical part of riding, but you tuned my attention on many levels to details that I was totally unaware of... I am grateful for the time you invested in sharing your wisdom with us, and the human side of you as well...

Not only were the riders treated like Kings and Queens, but most importantly, the horses as well...


Many thanks to both Lynda and Chris for your great hospitality, excellent food and accommodation as well, it was all much appreciated.


Too bad our trip had to end, but my mind and heart will always take me back to your Chateau.


Hiba joins me in thanking you,


Until we meet again!

Helen & Betty Entwistle
Date of stay: May 2018

Firstly, thanks to Ursala for letting me ride you this week.

To Tanya, FABULOUS EXPERIENCE thank you very much for an amazing riding experience and even more for the advice which I will take with me and keep at thee front of my mind.

To Lynda, AMAZING food, especially thank you for all the extra effort in catering for no meat.  Every plate of every meal has been delicious.  Felicitations to the chef.

And not to forget Chris who was so charming and lovely to us.  A real gentleman.  


Overall a perfect and faultless experience and stay for both of us.  MERCI BEAUCOUP! Bonne continuation.  Helen & Betty

Richard Parker
Date of stay: April 2018

Thank you all very, very , much , for another cracking holiday, Reunited once again with great friends in a wonderful location , partnered once again with my other woman , who I know loves me dearly , Ursala . 

Cathy Tapp & Co
Date of stay: October 2017

Chris, Lynda and Tanya - thank you for the most amazing five days stay in your beautiful chateau. An idyllic setting, beautiful food, most welcoming hospitality, the most well behaved horses (obviously Lena was the best) and topped off with brilliant sunshine. Already I have cheese withdrawal symptoms! Look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future if we can organise the rabble of a group fondly known as the Golden Girls. X 

Anne Johnstone
Date of stay: October 2017

Dear Tanya, Lynda & Chris -     I loved my holiday with you.  First class riding, cuisine and accommodation.  Just the perfect break I needed.  Thank you.  Anne

Anne Peteerson
Date of stay: October 2017

Hi Everyone  -   Thanks for a superb holiday.  Food exceptional, hospitality wonderful.  Made for a special time with Amy

Paul & Jenny Kirby
Date of stay: September 2017

Just back from a wonderful weeks holiday. excellent riding, good food and company. cant recommend this place highly enough. already looking at returning next year.

Marilyn Farnham-Smith
Date of stay: September 2017

Dear Tanya, Lynda & Chris,


I want to express how much we appreciated our visit to you for our riding holiday. For me it was a first, suggested by Hilary who had been talking about a riding holiday at least a year ago. All her horsey friends were unavailable so I was asked – having had riding experience on and off all my life but certainly no expert – just helping to exercise various horses as and when. Ursala was a good choice, responsive, steady and safe with plenty of go when it came to cantering – which I loved. Well done Tanya for all the useful & friendly tips guiding me to understand various skills and techniques I clearly needed. The 3 hour long rides were a challenge for my arthritic knees (and bladder!) and now appreciate that perhaps 2 hours a day with a day off in the middle might be more comfortable in the future. Never-the-less I certainly achieved something new and it was a great & memorable experience.


Apart from riding in tranquil, beautiful countryside, the afternoon trips out to visit the quaint, historic villages and castles in Lot were a real treat and, being a lover of water, the kayaking on the peaceful river a definite highlight. There is so much to discover and explore around your chateau that I feel I must bring Alan, my husband, to the region to see for himself the amazing places to capture with his creative photographic skills. Chris, your interest in local history and suggestions for places to visit were so important in making our visit very special. Actually we managed to pack in 4 villages on Saturday before arriving at our Toulouse hotel quite late. I did wonder whether you might compile a folder of these villages with your expert descriptions, a mileage from your Chateau and photos. I certainly wished I had done more research before I came and might not have spent a couple of afternoons by the pool when it was a bit dull had I chatted to you earlier. I do realise though that you are a very busy man ( mending, harvesting, supporting, creating, woodworking, serving ……etc ) but maybe out of season this might be a wet night project which your guests would really welcome at their arrival.


The terrific cuisine was certainly a 5*gourmet experience and a very important part to each day. Lynda you pulled out all stops to prepare and cook the most tasty and attractive French dishes. Thank-you for all your efforts which Hilary and I certainly appreciated fully. You were right Tanya –ample but with no weight gained! However it is a bit of a come down to return home to my normal every day fare – even though I love cooking. You have enthused me to try new delights & to extend my repertoire. Tanya, Lynda and Chris, we were very impressed with your calm, friendly, helpful manner throughout our stay, which was more than comfortable and offered new experiences both in and out of the saddle! How you pack in all that you do in a day is worthy of gongs galore – it is very much appreciated.


Thank-you for a brilliant time!


Best wishes for a great future at Chateau de Laumiere, Marilyn

Hilary Franzen
Date of stay: September 2017

I am still savouring the wonderful experience that is Chateau de Laumiere - the whole package of bonding with and riding beautifully bred and schooled horses through woodland, forests, hamlets and beside lakes in rural France, while staying in a beautiful chateau with Five Star food and copious amounts of wine! Tanya, a top class horsewoman in her own right, is also a patient and confidence-giving teacher with high standards of horsemanship. The immaculate stables with deep straw beds and the love and care Tanya lavishes upon them mean her horses are fit, healthy and very very happy! She also has a sixth sense for matching horse and rider, is interested in her guests and is adept at pointing out historic and archaeological points of interest on the rides. Lynda, meanwhile, who really should be out there on 'MasterChef', is back at the ranch creating top class meals for lunch and dinner. The evening aperitifs were a lovely welcoming touch enabling guests and hosts to get to know each other. Chris is a mine of useful information on the most beautiful historic places to visit, and now is the time to quiz him! If someone could type out Chris' suggestions and place them in a folder for the lounge I am sure it would be very well read! If we had known at the beginning of the holiday what Chris had told us at the end we would have made the effort to go out more in the afternoons. Altogether Chateau de Laumiere provides everything you would want from a luxury horsey holiday, right down to the very relaxing massage!

Elaine Harrison
Date of stay: July 2017

Hello Lynda Chris and Tanya


I am home safe and sound my flight was delayed coming back ! Just a quick note to say thank you so much all of you for a wonderful holiday it was perfect blend of horse riding and relaxing by the pool the horses were fabulous and Ursala was lovely and every meal was a real treat ! May I please book a place for next September as will be great to return.



Jill & Neil Thomson
Date of stay: July 2017

Chris, Lynda and Tanya, thank you for another wonderful holiday. The food, atmosphere and, of course, the riding all make for the perfect holiday. We appreciate the opportunity to ride different horses each with their own individual character. There is also plenty to keep Neil occupied in the afternoons too! Can't believe this was our 6th year, looking forward to more to come.


Best Wishes Jill & Neil

Lisa Lubin
Date of stay: July 2017

Have just returned from a wonderful week in France staying with Chris, Lynda and Tanya at their fabulous chateau - and I fully intend to return. With a group of friends that have been on many riding holidays, for me this was one of the best. The horses were lovely, all well schooled, willing and beautifully looked after by Tanya. Our meals, all freshly prepared by Lynda were the best we've had on a riding holiday. Along with plenty of local wine every meal was a treat. With the combination of riding in the mornings and relaxing by the pool in the afternoons I found the chateau and it's beautiful surroundings made for a very relaxing holiday.


Thank you all very much for making us so welcome.

Caroline Horsley
Date of stay: June 2017

Hi Lynda, Tanya and Chris I wanted to thank you so much for my holiday. I think it was the most enjoyable holiday I have ever had.


Great horses, great riding country, fantastic food and great hospitality.


Many Thanks. I will be in touch to book again.



David Barnes
Date of stay: June 2017

Just a line to thank Chris, Tanya and yourself for organising and hosting our visit this week. We enjoyed it.


We were also interested to meet other horse riders and their partners, and also to see something of the Chateau, equine set-up and local area.


Regards David.

Julie Rose
Date of stay: June 2017

Dear Tanya Lynda Chris and Ayva My sojourn at Chateau Laumiere in the Lot was way beyond expectation..............from the moment of arrival it was the beginning of a beautiful experience in a tranquil part of 'france profonde'............the countryside is breathtaking …....the horses and ponies are a testament to the dedication and love of their 'chatelaine' Tanya.......who leaves nothing undone to ensure their comfort and well-being.


As a very novice rider ….......Tanya ensured I was looked after by Ayva – who stood stock still whilst I very inexpertly groomed her ….......... and subsequently 'rode' her [in truth she 'carried' me] through the myriad of beautiful trails and by-ways of this wonderful area. Tanya always ready with information regarding flora [we saw wild orchids – pyramid/bee/serpent are just three I can remember] and archaeology of the area – Dolmans – Lavoires - Windmills etc etc


However, riding maybe the raison d'etre – but Lynda ensures our gastronomic desires are not forgotten – lunches and dinners are a delight – the latter being delightfully precursed with an apero with Chris and Tanya in the sejour …........ when we get to know a little of the lives of our hospitable hosts ….............Chris also ensured we never 'got thirsty '!!


My difficulty with a certain 'bit of kit' called Numnah – has subsequently been explained - it derives from Urdu !!!! To you all a heart-felt thank you …………………Julie x

Lisa & Paul Markham
Date of stay: June 2017

Dear Tanya, Lynda & Chris. We had such an amazing time last time, that it would have been hard to top it but you did. It felt like we were visiting friends, who made us feel incredibly welcome in their home and who looked after us extremely well. The riding as before was fabulous and the lessons with Tanya have really helped me with something I thought I was just going to have to put up with. For me the best part of my holiday was having the privilege to spend time with the beautiful Dunka, she was so lovely to not just ride but spend time with. I'm working on Paul already to get the next trip booked. Lisa & Paul xxxx 

Marilyn Volante
Date of stay: May 2017

We had a brilliant time and hopefully we will return next year – my husband seems quite keen to come with me so I’m working on that!


Thanks to all of you for looking after us, and especially to Tanya for showing me how to care for Ursala, which was something I’ve always wanted to do.


Kindest regards Mal

Paul & Jenny Kirby
Date of stay: May 2017

Thank you Tanya, Lynda and Chris for yet another memorable holiday.


Every visit the 'expectation' bar is set a little higher and every visit you exceed it easily. This year's boot camp was especially enjoyable and Tanya has given us lots to work on (and we'll have to work on it as we are back in September to do it all again). The food, wine and company (even Richard) were perfect and how Tanya managed to arrange dry weather for all the rides is beyond us. Our first time on Dunka and Chico were amazing and exciting, especially sitting astride Dunka in full gallop (she can shift for a big girl).


We are both looking forward to doing it all again in a couple of months.


Many thanks again Paul

Mindy Randell
Date of stay: April 2017

Dear Lynda Tanya and Chris

In no particular order as each one of you make my holiday special in your own way I can't actually recall the year I first came to the chateau !!

Blame it on my advancing years or the excess of wine that is plentifully supplied when there !! But I continue to return year after year and most years a few times Apart from the fabulous riding, food, and beautiful surroundings I have made lifetime friends of people I have met on my weeks away so much so that we now coordinate our weeks so we can meet up.

Can't wait for my next visit in October and of course week 1 next year Mindy Randell

 Caroline Shooter
Date of stay: April 2017
Just returned from what I believe was my 8th time at the Chateau (I'm losing track)! for which was the first week of the season and the first time I've visited in Spring which was so beautiful in a different way to Summer and Autumn. My favourite holiday in the world ever, I would change absolutely nothing and one of the most special things are the lifetime friends I've made at the Chateau. Looking forward to October. Caroline Shooter xxx 
Richard Parker
Date of stay: April 2017

Thank you all so very much for another brilliant holiday. A big thanks to everyone for hosting the week 1Challenge , without you our fun times would not be possible. Thanks again . Take good care of yourselves .  Richard 

Kate & Lizzie
Date of stay: October 2016

Lizzie and I had such a wonderful time at Chateau de Laumiere. We both enjoyed riding your beautiful horses through the gorgeous Lot valley. We had sunny autumnal weather every day - perfect for riding through all that lovely countryside. We also loved your fantastic hospitality; such tasty food and a very welcoming atmosphere. We would love to come back!

All the best, Kate

Jill Baughen
Date of stay: October 2016

Good Morning

Thank you all for a great 5 days. We had a good journey home and I feel ready to face the winter!

Best wishes Jill

Bev Keith
Date of stay: September 2016

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tanya, Thank you all for another wonderful holiday. Each year I enjoy my week of bliss at your lovely Chateau more and more. Lena was a very comfortable ride, took good care of me and was a character ( especially on returning to the Chateau on the Tuesday! ) It was great to eat at " Moniques\ at long last, I could have dined out on the soup and bread alone. Thanks to Jenny and Paul, Lisa and Russell and Julia for being such good company. Take care , love Bev

Caitlin Crawford
Date of stay: July 2016

Best holiday of my life, people & horses were lovely. The rides are beautiful & the lessons, if you choose to have them, are exceptional. Will definitely be going back next year !

Jill & Neil Thomson
Date of stay: July 2016

Hi Lynda, Tanya and Chris Thank you all once again for a wonderful holiday. The food, hospitality and, of course, the horses and riding were all fantastic. We enjoyed the new rides this year, particularly the one with the long canter. Best Wishes Jill & Neil

Olivia Kelly
Date of stay: June 2016

Château de Laumière is a great place for people that genuinely love horses and the outdoors. The chateau is in a stunning location providing plenty of beautiful riding routes through the local countryside. All the animals here have the best of care and Tanya has buckets of expertise for anyone willing to learn more or improve their riding. Tanya has a great selection of horses including some native French breeds to add to the fun. If that isn't enough, the food is fabulous and it is always great to meet people with a similar passion for horses. Thank you to Tanya, Lynda and Chris for making my stay very enjoyable and I definitely hope to return soon! Olivia

Anne & Jill
Date of stay: May 2016

Thanks for a really lovely 4 days last week, Jill & I so enjoyed it, as usual the horses were great, good company & amazing food. Sorry we left without saying goodbye to Lynda & Chris, we will see you again next year ! Have a good summer Anne & Jill

Pippa Teall
Date of stay: June 2016

Hi Lynda, Tanya and Chris, Thank you for a fabulous holiday in a stunning location which I have now seen from the best possible angle, the back of a kind and forward going horse, the lovely Chico. The accommodation, food and company were marvellous and your garden and swimming pool a delight. An extra bonus - which I hope to repeat - were the lessons that Tanya provided as an add on. Her analytic approach was very and helpful. Most of all I like the way she works with her horses and the superb care they receive. Au revoir, not goodbye Pippa

Jill and Anne
Date of stay: May 2016

Hi Lynda - sorry we missed saying goodbye to you and Chris last Thursday. What a lovely lunch to send us on our way! We really enjoyed our stay with you - great food, company and of course horses. We are hoping to return next year and will keep in touch - all the best, Jill

Jason and Sara
Date of stay: May 2016

Well what can we say, THANK YOU all for the most wonderful holiday. We are certainly back to reality with a bump and missing the peacefulness and tranquillity of your beautiful chateau. Missing the horse rides through the most wonderful countryside and Lynda's top notch feasts.

From start to finish it was the perfect holiday. There was not a thing you could have done to make it better apart from letting us stay. We would definitely like to come back and have been promoting it amongst friends so fingers crossed some more guests.

Jason and Sara Fraser

Clare and Alison
Date of stay: May 2016

Thank you Lynda, Chris and Tanya for giving my friend Alison and I a 50th Birthday Holiday of a lifetime. It was so much more than a riding holiday. The Chateau and setting were stunning and the food 5*. Your company and the other guests was so special. All very different people drawn together by their passion for horses. The stables and happy horses so quietly and professionally directed by Tanya and her team. I will never forget this special holiday and hope I can return one day.

Beverley Keith
Date of stay: September 2015

This holiday should come with a warning....."It is highly addictive"!! I wonder why? Could it be the beautiful Chateau set in the lovely Lot country-side, or Lynda's delicious but healthy cooking,(each year I indulge freely, especially the cheese,bread and wine at lunch and yet return home to find I've only gained a few pounds in weight !)


I'm sure that Tanya and her lovely horses play an important part in the magical mix. I for filled an ambition to ride Hope this year and also enjoyed riding Trevor. A holiday at the Chateau would not be complete without Chris, who has carefully sourced wine from local vineyards for our indulgence. This is VERY important as it means no preservatives therefore no hang-overs the morning after.........which is extremely beneficial considering the next three hours are to be spent in the saddle enjoying being one with your equine buddy! That so many of us guests return year after year for our annual "fix" of all that is the "Chateau -de-Laumiere " is just further proof of the spell it casts over us.


Each year I come I know I will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed, having made new friends and possibly have met up with some old ones! So thank you once again to Lynda,Tanya and Chris for another wonderful holiday. To Theresa The, Sarah and Adam for their company, laughs and Adam's muscles (much needed for moving trees after the Monday night storm - an experience in itself !)


To old friends Gillian and Louise, good to catch up and glad I could be of service getting in the "G&T"! So I'll end by saying very nicely........" can I book again for next year please?"


Love to everyone, Bev Keith xxx

Katie & Claire
Date of stay: September 2015

Hi All

Just to say a belated “thank you” to you all at Laumiere for yet another lovely four days of great riding, fabulous food, good company, wonderful relaxation and lovely weather. Both Claire and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I think there is a the distinct possibility we may be back again in the not too distant future!

With best wishes to you all


Katie and Claire

Jill and Anne
Date of stay: September 2015

The horses were happy and so were we during our stay with you. The rides out in beautiful countryside lived up to our expectations and Tanya was an informative and helpful guide.

It is obvious that the horses are very well cared for and the same goes for the guests.

Lynda and Chris you are great hosts and Lynda's cooking is a treat indeed. We are now planning our next visit.

From Jill and Anne, Yorkshire

Lisa & Paul Markham
Date of stay: September 2015


Paul & I had an amazing holiday! Lynda, Chris & Tanya you are incredible hosts and have thought of everything anyone could possibly want and more. The Chateau is beautiful, our accommodation perfect, the food delicious but most of all the horses and riding are wonderful. The time I spent riding with Tanya and also the lessons I had were not only great fun but have also increased my confidence & improved my riding skills. Our only problem now is working out how quickly we can return.


Thanks again Lisa & Paul xx

Leigh Houston
Date of stay: September 2015

Hi everyone,


Lynn and I got back safely. Thank you for a fantastic time staying in your beautiful château, eating the best food ever!!! Not forgetting the amazing horses you have, the miles of tracks thru stunning countryside.... Thank you for making us feel very welcome.


We will be back. X

David & June Livie
Date of stay: September 2015

Hi Lynda,

Thanks again for another marvellous holiday, beautiful countryside, great horses and fabulous food but the best thing about the Chateau is you, Tanya and Chris, you all really care and you’ll do anything you can to make our holiday the best it can possibly be and that’s very special...

David and June

Gill Downie
Date of stay: August 2015

Hi all - just a note to say how much I enjoyed my third holiday - just as much as the first two!! Rocco and the rest of the horses just get better and better. The food and wine cannot be faulted (not that one would want to try!). Loved the company this year too - such a laugh - my sides are still sore!! And the routes are just glorious. Loved the donkey themed rides too.... Can't wait to come back next year! Looking forward to seeing Atila's progress too. See you soon xx

Teresa The
Date of stay: August 2015

Dear Lynda, Tanya and Chris,

Thanks for a wonderful holiday at Chateau de Laumiere. I appreciate very much the riding experience given by Tanya. It was exceptional! Lynda's attention to detail to provide comfort and Chris' humour added so much pleasure to my stay there! It makes the long journey of thousands of miles well worth it!


Thank you very much,
Teresa from Hong Kong

Hannah Cheater
Date of stay: July 2015

Dear Tanya, Lynda and Chris,


Just wanted to thank you SO much for such a fantastic week of riding (as well as sunbathing, gourmet dining and a fantastic meal in Bach!) I enjoyed it so much and definitely intend to return. Your hospitality was amazing from the very beginning and I loved every minute of my stay with you all. Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome and for getting me back into riding, my confidence has returned! Lots of love and thanks to all.



Susan Ann Kidd
Date of stay: July 2015

I had a great stay at Château de Laumière. Good riding on well schooled and well looked after horse. Fantastic food!

Terry & Shirley Graves
Date of stay: July 2015

Many thanks for all your support on our first riding holiday. It was the most relaxing holiday we have had, we are definitely returning. Special thanks to Tanya for all her time and boosting my confidence.

I started the week very nervous but as the week wore on I became much more confident in my ability. Thank you Lynda for the delicious food, and Chris for your company and serving the wine.

PS. Neil, Jill, Nicola and Lewis made our holiday very special.

Jill & Neil Thomson
Date of stay: July 2015

Thank you all for another fantastic holiday. This was our 4th visit and, once again, we enjoyed every minute. Wonderful riding, delicious meals and a lovely relaxed atmosphere allowed us to switch off, relax and recharge our batteries - just what we were needing. Hope to see you all again.


Best Wishes Jill & Neil

Pam, Jim, Diane & Gill
Date of stay: June 2015

Dear Chris, Lynda, Tanya & all the horses

Thank you for a fantastic holiday. My first but definitely not my last visit to the château. Please give Nao a big pat from me. Love Gill

Message for Chris - I'm still waiting to make my hay in the UK!! Oh for those long hot days in France. Thank you all so much for a fantastic holiday AGAIN!! Love Diane

We are watching Gill's 5 hour footage from her head cam this evening, bringing back lovely memories! Love Pam

Looked forward to coming back & looking forward to coming back again! Loved every moment. Jim

Linda Bohin
Date of stay: June 2015

Sending you all a very big thank you for yet another wonderful stay. Everything about our break was brilliant the horses are all so lovely, food fantastic and the rooms are so comfortable and relaxing. The pool was a welcome retreat with such lovely weather!!!! Thank you again to Tanya, Lynda and Chris for making the stay so lovely. Linda x

Paul & Jenny Kirby
Date of stay: June 2015

Thank you all for another fantastic holiday. It was heavily anticipated and once again exceeded our expectations. Now counting the days until we return in September.

Sandra Jenkins
Date of stay: June 2015

Myself and 6 friends have just returned from yet another fantastic holiday at Chateau de Laumiere. Every year it gets better and better if that's possible. The horses and riding are fantastic, the food is fantastic and Tanya, Lynda and Chris great hosts. I would just like to say thankyou to you all for making our holiday so special. Hope to see you next year so Give Mollie a big hug for me.


Sandra xxxxx

Hilary Butcher
Date of stay: June 2015

Hello Sorry to have taken so long to send my feedback ... Work was full on when I got home ! Wanted to say what a brilliant time I had , a really wonderful holiday. I look forward to coming back again. Fab food , wonderful horses and a beautiful environment ...


Thank you all ... Best wishes, Hilary

Marjorie Stratton
Date of stay: June 2015

I challenge anyone to leave your lovely home without claiming that they have made three good new friends. You are all so welcoming, knowledgable, caring and helpful. We had a great holiday with you.

The horses, tack and yard were all in excellent condition and of good quality. Tanya is experienced and capable. I particularly appreciated how she looked after my husband, who, although he has ridden all his life, is now 82 (with the knees and hips that go with it) and needed help mounting and dismounting. She stayed by him when we were cantering in case he did not want to go on as long as the rest of us. The rides were very pleasant and quiet, with the interest of farmsteads and small villages, chateaux and cart ponds. All the local people we met were cheerful and friendly.

The chateau was attractive and comfortable, as were the bedrooms, which were kept really clean. The gardens were great to explore and relax, and the pool a bonus for some of us.

As for the food...well, I cannot speak too highly of Lynda's prowess in the kitchen. A three course lunch and supper without any duplication and all so attractively presented. I think there must have been 120 clean plates! We loved the bowl of fresh juicy fruit and the ad lib wine, beer and 2 sorts of water.

A lovely touch was the drinks before dinner "en famille" in the salon, presided over by Chris, a fount of knowledge of the local flora and fauna, history and geography, and great fun too!

I don't suppose you have had such a group of "golden oldies" before (82, 75, 70 and the baby of 57) but we had such a great time, thank you all so much.

Marjorie Stratton

PS. Entirely forgot to say how much we enjoyed our massage with Nadia, she is a lovely girl, and of course our memorable visit to Monique's auberge - that was such a treat and an entertainment. Thank you. M

Paul & Tovah
Date of stay: June 2015

Hello Chris, Lynda & Tanya,

Just back home and wanted to say thank-you for a wonderful week with you. We loved everything! The horses, the location and accommodation and the truly wonderful food. The main reason for booking was riding - which was awesome - but in fact the whole experience was first rate. The great thing was also being able to explore a wonderful area with so much to see and do. Kayaking on the one hand and sightseeing (and shopping) at St Cirque La Poppie on the other. I could go on! Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. Give our love also to Nao, Chico and Ayva :)

Take care, Paul & Tovah

Lynn Doughty
Date of stay: May 2015

Hi Tanya, Lynda and Chris,


What can I say but what a fantastic place you have. Tanya you are so amazing with horses. The rides were fantastic. Chico was just a dream. Lynda you are an amazing cook and got Adrian to eat things he had never tried before. Chris, what a brilliant host. We both felt so special. For all those considering going here, don't consider it do it. You wont find anywhere better. Hope to be back at some point.

Many thanks,


Mindy Randell
Date of stay: April 2015

Dearest Lynda Tanya and Chris,


Home safely and missing the chateau already.


Thankyou for once again for a wonderful wonderful time counting the days till I can return.


I have given haggis and Cato your kisses I've not got round to giving Paul his yet


Lots of love. Mxx

Beverley Keith
Date of stay: August 2014

Dear Lynda , Chris and Tanya

Thank- you all for another wonderful holiday , after six years it really feels like a home-from-home , as you take such good care of all your guests – no wonder we keep returning ! To Tanya for the lovely long hacks , words of advice and hilirious tales of transporting cows in horse – trailers . To Lynda for her delicious cooking (as always ) and to Chris (aka “Stewart Granger”)for just being lovely.
Thank -you to Gillian and Louise (aka “Lost Luggage “) you made the week one to remember for all sorts of reasons !!! See you both next year , same time , same place . Last but not least thanks go to Chicco and Nao , although Boysie always will have a place in my heart.
Take care , lots of love Bev xxx

Louise McCormack
Date of stay: August 2014

Hi Tanya, Lynda and Chris

Louise here! Back safe and sound in sunny Kirkintilloch! What a fantastic week guys! I can’t thank you all enough! (Do you think those are enough exclamation marks for an opener?). It was a seriously brilliant holiday and made the whole debacle of lost luggage etc., pale into insignificance. You were all smashing from start to finish. I love your attitude, care and respect you have for your horses, Tanya, and your knowledge seems to know no bounds! Your scary stories were also a bit mind blowing, to say the least!!

Well folks, I will seriously try to come next year and I have two brilliant friends ( both of whom have some riding experience and who you would love, who are highly interested ), so I will assess my finances and do my best. Best holiday I’ve had! I hope poor Lulu is on the mend. Give a special hug to Boysie please Tanya. He was very patient with me. All for now. Would love to keep in touch. Take care. Lots of love, Louise ( of the Gillian and Bev holiday! ) x

Steve, Sally & Issy Ford
Date of stay: July 2014

A big ‘Thank You’ to Tanya, Lynda & Chris for looking after us so well during our weeks stay in July. Our daughter (age 13) had a wonderful time riding her horse, Touman, every morning while my wife & I explored the Lot on our road bikes. Chris gave us great advise on where to cycle to see the best of the area, while Tanya gave fantastic horse instruction to our daughter. Lynda’s cooking was exquisite and our rooms in the Chateau worked out just right. All in all, the holiday was ’5 star’ and we definitely plan to return next year!

Caroline & George Shooter
Date of stay: July 2014

Well it was our 4th time at the Chateau and it just seems to get better! Thank you for such a lovely holiday…again. It is almost impossible to put into words, but our time there just seems to put the world to rights. See you next year! Caroline and George x

Jill & Neil Thomson
Date of stay: July 2014

Hi Lynda, Tanya and Chris,

Just wanted to thank you all once again for another super holiday. From the moment we arrived we were both able to switch off and relax; just what we were needing. Thank you too for helping us to celebrate our anniversary, we always look forward to 8pm at the Chateau! As usual the food, hospitality and of course the riding was superb.

Kath Hearnden, Josie & Lyn
Date of stay: July 2014

Lynda, Tanya and Chris
Thank you all once again for such a perfect holiday. We have been coming to the chateau for many years now and it never fails to impress. Such a beautiful area, excellent food, wine, horses and good company. We will see you again next year!

David & June Livie
Date of stay: July 2014

Hi Lynda, Chris and Tanya

Once again thanks for a great holiday at Chateau du Laumiere; fantastic food, horses, scenery and company. We’ve come home suitably chilled out after our stay with you and are already looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

As long as the Chateau’s open for business, we’ll keep coming back.

A special thanks to Tanya for our magical “first gallop”, that one will stick in our memory for ever !!

Highest regards

David and June Livie

Mindy & Paul Randell
Date of stay: July 2014

Dear Lynda chris and Tanya

Thank you so much for yet another wonderful holiday I was quite tearful to leave so soon

I will be in touch later in the year to sort out my days with you next year

Love to you all


Karen Whitehouse
Date of stay: June 2014

The most excellent experience………what a magical place….felt like part of the family as soon as we arrived…..undivided attention to detail in all areas. Tanya…your dedication to the horses is impeccable and knowledge overflows …Lynda your mouthwatering delights have added pounds, I would like some of the recipes and Chris,… Keep the magic alive.

Until the next time


Katie & Bruce Ridge
Date of stay: June 2014

Dear Lynda, Chris, and Tanya

Once again thank you all for yet another fantastic holiday. The horses, food, wine, and weather were great and we were even able to enjoy the pool – something we couldn’t do on our last visit. Also thanks to Sylvia, Peta and Helen, and Deborah and Justin for your very entertaining company – oh how we laughed!

Here’s to the next time….

With very best wishes to you all

Katie and Bruce

Sandra Jenkins’ group
Date of stay: June 2014

Dear Tanya, Lynda and Chris.

Once again we have had a fantastic time, we are made to feel so welcome. The food, horses and Chateau are out of this world. Thank you to everybody for such a fun, relaxing break. Tanya the horses are all brilliant and the rides are stunning. We can’t thank you all enough.

Peta Bardsley
Date of stay: June 2014

Third time and every bit as lucky. Had a brilliant week and beautiful weather. Food as usual was excellent. Thanks again to Chris for sorting out bikes for our own t’tour de France! Tanya – Najac was lovely will definitely visit there again. Horses as ever were good as gold. Thanks also to Katy and Bruce and Justin and Deborah who were great company. Love to all. Peta

Craig & Pauline Adair
Date of stay: May 2014

I have had my best holiday ever and have fallen in love with this part of France. Chateau de Laumiere is a stunning location and the family make you feel so welcome that it was like visiting old friends. The horses are beautiful and so well cared for. Tanya is so professional and treats her horses like any proud mother would treat her own children.
The food was unbelievable in both quality and quantity! Lunch at Moniques restaurant is an experience you will never forget…
Thank you Tanya, Chris and Lynda (and Nadia and Ivet) for making this holiday so special.
This was the our first visit but only the first of many…

Elizabeth Caswell
Date of stay: May 2014

I LOVED this place. The food was fantastic. The horses were wonderful. Amazing treks on horse-back. Highly recommended!

Richard Parker
Date of stay: April 2014

Many thanks to Lynda for providing the Haute Cuisine , to Chris for providing the sommelier service , to Tanya for being wonderful company on our rides out and of course lovely Ayva who carried me around all week . Yet again a brilliant holiday , thank you all so very much.

Beverley Keith
Date of stay: October 2013

Dear Lynda, Chris & Tanya

Thank you again for another wonderful holiday. Everything about yourselves, your home and horses never fails to relax me the moment I get there.

It was lovely to ride Boysie again and completely chill out by the pool enjoying the lovely weather in the afternoons.

Don't change a thing - you truly don't need to!

I hope to see you all again next year, take care,

Lots of love Beverley xx

Ophelia and Patrick
Date of stay: October 2013

Dear Chris, Lynda, and Tanya,


We just wanted to say thank you so much again for such a lovely couple of days. You were brilliant to accommodate what we were looking for at such short notice, and our stay was just what we had hoped. The Chateau was beautiful, the food delicious (and beautifully presented!), and your welcome on the first night really lovely. Most importantly, the horses were fantastic, and we were particularly grateful to Tanya, Rocco, and the amazing Boysie! It is no mean feat to produce such forward going but well behaved horses, and to offer rides so enjoyable for both a rider and a 'non rider'! Patrick is now hooked, so I think it is safe to say mission accomplished!


Many thanks again


Ophelia and Patrick

Katie & Bruce Ridge
Date of stay: September 2013

Dear Chris, Lynda, Tanya, and Nao

I just wanted to write and thank you all so very much for a fabulous 4 days last week. Both Bruce and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you. The riding, food, wine and company more than made up for the slightly naff weather which was a tad disappointing, it certainly didn’t spoil the holiday. You all looked after us royally and spoilt us rotten. We have both agreed that we would love to come back for a return visit, possibly next year if you will have us. I have checked out your new website and it looks great - have saved it in my “favourites”. And you are right Lynda the “kitchen garden basket” photo looks particularly good, congratulations Chris!


I had a nice ride out on Sunday on Foxy with my friend Claire although mortified that I had to thank about 10 cars for slowing down in space of about 3 minutes of leaving the yard L - oh to be back in France…

Once again a huge thank you to you all and already looking forward to seeing you again next year all being well. We will keep in touch.


With very best wishes


Katie and Bruce xx

Gillian Downie
Date of stay: September 2013

Hi Lynda,


I'm home and back at work (pooh). Just thought I’d drop you a note to say thanks for a great week. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be back next year (god willing!) – I might even bring a friend or two

Thanks again and love to you all (two and four legged!)



Deborah Pengally
Date of stay: August 2013

Dear Lynda,


Just wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable stay and lovely horses.

Best wishes


Eliza Compton
Date of stay: August 2013

Dear Tanya, Lynda, Chris & Rocco

Thank you again for a lovely week at Château de Laumière. The welcome, the riding, food, countryside and sheer peace were perfect. I only wish I could have stayed longer!

Kindest regards


Julia Jaeger
Date of stay: July 2013

Dear Tanya, Linda and Chris,

Many thanks for the lovely break with you last week. As always very relaxing and great fun despite the rain. Hope it won't be so long before I'm back again!!!

All the best,


Jill & Neil Thomson
Date of stay: July 2013

Hi Lynda,


We just wanted to thank you, Tanya and Chris once again for a fantastic holiday. The warm welcome, great food and wonderful riding combined to make a truly relaxing break where we were both able to switch off and unwind.


Many Thanks

Hope to see you all again soon.

Jill & Neil

Charlotte & Jakob
Date of stay: July 2013

Dear all,

I'm finally ready with the photos from our amazing stay at Château de Laumière a few weeks ago.

After our stay at the Château we, Charlotte and I, had another week in southern France where we had a wonderful tour followed by a week's holiday back home in Copenhagen.

We are now both back at work and we can only think back to the fun and exciting conversations and many good hours we spent together with you and the very good and talented horses. – I must say I miss Mac a bit ;-)

Especially for Tanya, Chris and Lynda, We will thank you very much for your professional, but still casual, comfortable and familiar approach to everything that you do. – That meant we had a super lovely and relaxing week, and would highly recommend a stay at your Château.

Kindly regards

Charlotte and Jakob

Dave & June Livie
Date of stay: July 2013

Hi Lynda

Thanks to you Chris and Tanya for a truly wonderful holiday, an idyllic location, superb food and fantastic company. We loved the Chateau and the horses and the general pace of life whilst we were there. We'll miss our 8 pm gathering for our aperitifs' and a chat about what we'd done during the day and, life in general. Thanks especially for what you laid on for our anniversary, we were very moved by this.

We have never eaten so well, and healthily, during our ten day stay but I've must confess that when we got home yesterday at around 9:15pm, we were too tired too cook so we just brought in a KFC; sorry to undo all your good work. Don't tell Chris, he'll be ashamed of us !!

We'll be back but next time as better riders (I hope !!).

Kindest regards to you Chris and Tanya

Dave and June

Paul & Jenny Kirby
Date of stay: June 2013

Tanya, Lynda & Chris

Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for making our stay at Chateau de Laumière. so special.
As complete novice riders your patience and understanding were very much appreciated and the rides perfectly judged for us, helped along with the beautiful weather you managed to arrange.

A work colleague had put us onto your website and had told us how fantastic her holiday was with you so we had high expectations, all of which were greatly exceeded. From the fabulous food to the lovely horses and the great accommodation we were blown away and will be booking up soon for our next visit. We just need to get some more lessons under our belt so we can cover more ground and we can see even more of the wonderful countryside.

Many thanks and we look forward to returning next year.

Paul & Jenny Kirby

Peta, Sylvia & Helen
Date of stay: May 2013

Dear Linda, Tanya and Chris,


Just a quick note to thank you all so much for a second and equally great time we had with you all last week. As usual the food was fantastic (and the wine) and the horses a delight to ride. Even though the weather wasn't particularly kind to us it didn't spoil anything about our stay


PS Linda, I made the asparagus soup and it was very nearly as good as yours!!

Many thanks again and I am sure you haven't seen the last of us!!


Best wishes to you all


Peta xx

Mandy & Len
Date of stay: May 2013


Dear Chris, Lynda and Tanya

A belated thank you for a fabulous weeks stay at Chateau de Laumière. Len and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the week certainly exceeded our expectations.

Every aspect of our stay was fabulous . . .

1. The chateau - so stunning and in such a beautiful, peaceful setting
2. Accommodation - we loved our twin room. And we are missing that power shower already!
3. The food - fabulous meals and wine
4. The riding - great horses, excellent rides (especially the last day)

But best of all were the people. We thought your hospitality was outstanding, hard to fault. And we really enjoyed the company of the other guests - Helen, Sylvia and Peta were great fun.

I am sure we will be back.

Best wishes

Mandy & Len
Victoria & Julian
Date of stay: April / May 2013

 Dear Lynda,

We really did enjoy our stay as I think you knew(!) and do hope to come back.  ... I really hope so!

Thank you for the picture. Does she have a name yet?! I do wish we had seen her born. She is incredibly beautiful but then her mummy was! 

I hope you're all well and the season is good for you. Please say hello to Tanya and Chris and 'we' hope to see you all again soon!

Best wishes


Richard Parker
Date of stay: 27 Apr-4May 2013

Thank you for another lovely holiday.


I really look forward to my week of respite care all year and I love it just as much every time. Thank you Lynda, Chris and Tanya. The excellent meals, the comfy bed and Nao taking me around the countryside every morning – you just can’t beat it. Yes it can be a bit moist at times , but , who cares I’m on holiday , it was only week 1 of the season and it was still much, much warmer than England. Must also thank Lola for her efforts in the stable department and partners for the week Victoria and Julian. It’s a shame I missed the arrival of Dream de Laumière. , but Luciole obviously does not like men around at birth time and waited for me to go home. I did’nt need a sat nav , the route between Promilhanes and Calais is embedded in the cars memory.


Thanks again everyone , see you next year




Michelle & Katie
Date of stay: September 2012

Katie and I had a terrific holiday - a massive thank you to each and everyone including all the wonderful horses. Everything surrounding our holiday was above expectation, the accommodation, the exquisite food, and our very relaxing rides out. Katie was very nervous getting back in the saddle and Tanya matched her up with a perfect confidence giving horse, Katie came away inspired to continue riding (thankfully!)

We shared our experience with two other guests staying at the Château, Pam and Jim, they were terrific so a big thank you to them also, we very much hope to keep in touch…..

Château de Laumière is definitely somewhere we would both love to return to and I very much hope that we can, a truly enjoyable holiday, thank you!! xxx

Mindy & Paul Randell
Date of stay: July 2013

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tanya


We are now safely home with no dramas thank goodness on the way home. We just want to say yet again, thank you so much for a wonderful week, once again everything was perfect and we almost feel like family now J.


Fondest regards


Mindy and Paul

Alison Curry
Date of stay: August 2012

Hi Lynda,  


I hope all is well and you're not run off your feet with too many guests with special food requirements like me. I know vegetarians with an aversion to mushrooms can be a challenge but you dealt with it amazingly! I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, Chris, and Tanya (and Kitty!) for making my holiday so fantastic. And a special thank you to Seamus who was the most elegant, responsive and sensible horse I have ever had the pleasure to ride.


I am so glad that I chose Château de Laumière as the place for me to unwind. It was everything your lovely website promised. As a "lone guest" I was immediately welcomed, made to feel at home and enjoyed being part of what became a close group of guests - so much so that the 8 of us chose to have dinner out together on our free night! The hospitality, accommodation, food (delicious veggie inventions for me), wine (and more wine), company, surroundings, pool, hosts, countryside, extra tuition and the HORSES (wow!) were all just spot on. You will definitely be seeing me again!

Thank you,

Catherine & Richard
Date of stay: July 2012

Dear Lynda, Tanya and Chris,


Thank you for an excellent week at Château de Laumière. We had a terrific time, and would like to take this opportunity to add some comments to your already thriving guestbook. From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the Château, and were extremely sorry to be leaving a week later. Most of what we wanted to say is already on your page in some form or other, so we’ll keep it short and sweet.


The good bits:


the horses – beautiful, and extremely well schooled; the hacking – beautiful countryside, interesting rides; the lessons – excellent; the food – super; the hosts – delightful; the Château itself – lovely; the location – marvellous.


The bad bits: none.

We had a delightful, fun and relaxing holiday, and do hope to return at some point.

With best wishes, Catherine and Richard Dampney

Vicky & John
Date of stay: July 2012

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tania,

Our thanks to you all for a really wonderful holiday last week at Château Laumière. Not only were we accomodated so well, your welcome was warm and hospitality generous. As John cooks so well, it is always a little difficult to find somewhere that isn't at best a little disappointing, but Lynda's cooking was superb, and we really enjoyed the restaurant meal too.

We both loved the riding and exploring around the Château. The horses were splendid, and exceeded expectations. We stand in awe of Tania's skills with horses and people, and it was also fun!!

It was lovely to meet you all, you clearly enjoy your life and the work you do at the Château, and this must be one of the ingredients that has given us a truely unforgettable holiday.

Once again, our thanks to you all.

Kind regards Vicky and John Hayes

Mindy & Paul
Date of stay: July 2012

Dear Tanya Lynda and chris


What can I say other than wow !!! We loved every single thing about our holiday with you, Paul who is very difficult when it comes to holidays has declared to everyone that it's his best holiday ever and can't wait to come back !!! Being a total novice who had visions beyond his abilities Tanya was very patient with him Thankyou for that.

For me the riding was on a horse that I could only dream of in past years when I had my own and wished that he was as well schooled as boysie .

Your hospitality was truly amazing the food mouth watering.

Waking up in the morning to watch the horses walking up from the fields passed our door just brilliant.

We need to check out diaries but hope to book for next year if you will have us.

Our very kind regards,

Mindy and Paul Randell

Jill & Neil
Date of stay: July 2012

Chris, Lynda and Tanya,

Just a note to thank you all very much for our lovely holiday with you. Where do we start?! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, the mix of riding and relaxation was just what we were looking for. Your well schooled horses were a pleasure to ride and we loved exploring the beautiful countryside with you, we also learned a great deal from you Tanya which has given us plenty to work on now that we are back home. The relaxed, family atmosphere, lovely meals and little touches like the aperitif and chat before dinner and cool drink after our rides made it so easy to relax.

We hope it won't be too long before we can visit again.
Best Wishes
Jill & Neil

Liz & Chloe-Jayne
Date of stay: June 2012

We have enjoyed our holiday so much with you and your guests! It has definitely been a great holiday to remember... The horses are amazing, so well looked after and ready to go, the gite was a lovely little place; we both enjoyed our peaceful time resting by the 'shady tree', the garden is beautiful and we found the pool a great place to be!

Thank-you so much for a fantastic time, we will definitely look forward to see you next year,

Liz & CJ x

Caroline & George
Date of stay: June 2012

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tanya,

It is difficult to find anything to say that hasn’t already been said by your guests.  I think that to sum it up for us - firstly it is the only holiday that we have ever been on where absolutely nothing could have been improved upon and secondly for me personally, I arrived stressed, tired and tense and returned completely relaxed and with the world back in perspective.  The calm, peace, beauty and tranquillity of the Château and the area, the fabulous massage, the riding and the joy of such beautiful, well cared for horses, the pleasure of the company of both yourselves, our fellow guests and riders and the fact that for my son (tell Tanya)! – it was very definitely a “result”, made it a holiday to remember.  We are so looking forward to returning in August.

Thank you for everything.

Caroline and George

Heather & Bill
Date of stay: June 2012

Dear Lynda Chris and Tanya,  


This was our second visit to Château Laumière last year we came for a 'recce'  in a very small car with no space for riding kit, however this year we came in a larger vehicle to ride.... We were not disappointed in the lovely horses who took such care of us, Boysie and Nao, although Boysie much much larger than my usual Highland neds I felt so safe on him and the fantastic location with those enviable, seemingly endless tracks to ride on with Tanya's descriptions of the local historical features and also her riding tips. The rides timed to enable us to get back for a cold/hot drink before a delicious 3 course lunch and the afternoons free to laze by the pool, sampling the ample supplies of drinks in the cold room above the pool, or to explore the local countryside, tasting/buying the wine aided by Chris's instructions then off for an aperitif and canapes to be followed by an excellent  3 course dinner professionally prepared with regional dishes of local produce and even some home grown vegetables we ate royally thanks mainly to Lynda's expertise. All accompanied with local wines delicious! We truly felt like honoured guests welcomed into their home and very much appreciated all the hard work that went on behind the scenes.   We had the pleasure of Marilyn and David's company during our stay which contributed greatly to our enjoyment. We shall not forget our trip and hope to return soon. Very many thanks to you all for our wonderful visit.  


With very best wishes Heather and Bill

Marilyn & David
Date of stay: June 2012

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tanya   


Just got back from the motoring holiday that we built around a 4 day stay at your Château. It was the high point in a memorably good fortnight.   Thank you all for making us feel like honoured guests. Wonderful old house and gardens with super horses and unique countryside to ride them in. But above all it was your hospitality, whether it was Tanya's relaxed considered leadership on the rides, Chris's knowledge of the area and its customs or, and not least, Lynda's wonderful food. Marilyn is reliving every meal by consulting the copious notes she took.  


We hope very much to come and do it all again.  


Regards Marilyn and David

Tracy, Harriet & Sarah McCarthy
Date of stay: June 2012

Dear Lynda, Chris and Tanya,  


Thankyou so much for a fantastic holiday that will be remembered for a very long time!   We were not really sure what to expect but could not have been happier with our stay.  Everything was exceptional from the horses (who were just fab) to the food, the accommodation and the company.  We were made to feel very welcome and would love to return in the not too distant future.    We had a brilliant ride every morning and were looked after by your lovely horses Boysie, Ayva, Rocco, (and Jojo).  The rides were great and the views were beautiful.  After a great mornings ride we would come back to the delicious food cooked by Lynda, then enjoy an afternoon lazing by the pool before aperitifs and canapés followed by another lovely meal in the evening.  We all felt totally relaxed and it is definitely a week worth recommending to anyone who is thinking about a riding holiday.   Once again thank you for everything.  


Love from Tracy, Harriet and Sarah xx

Richard Parker
Date of stay: April/May 2012

Once again absolutely marvelous, thank you all for another lovely week, see you again soon.

Philippa Morrell
Date of stay: April 2012

Dear Tanya, Lynda and Chris,  


Just about settling back into real life after a great week’s holiday at your lovely Château.  The horses, well schooled and forward going, were just what I was looking for when I booked the holiday.  The area is beautiful and feels like a piece of countryside that time forgot.  The food is exceptional and the welcome extremely warm.  I look forward to seeing you all again.  

Love   Philippa