About Bridge House

The house sits at the end of the bridge over the river Viaur, leading into the centre of Laguépie. This is one of two bridges in Laguepie, the other is over the Averyon, that gives its name to the nearby departement (county). The two rivers converge in Laguépie, and their bridges conduct traffic in and out of the village. Getting to the picnic and paddling area on the beach or to the swimming platform on the Viaur is literally only a few paces!

Originally medieval – possibly a toll-house – La Maison sur le Pont du Viaur or Bridge House was completely refurbished in 1798 (see the plaque over the front door) in the elegant style of the day with long windows and high ceilings. A shop was added later that became a bank, the Caisse d’Epargne, which closed in the 1990’s. The house has undergone modernisation from 2012 to the present day.

Its thick walls ensure it remains cool inside even when the temperatures soar. This major advantage is helped by having large ceiling fans in the dining room and on the landing. There are electric fans in all bedrooms. For safety, we have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide alarm. There is no TV but very good broadband, so bring your laptop.

Inside Bridge House

The house flows beautifully: it’s spacious with lots of storage. The bedrooms are all doubles, light and airy with comfy beds and good linen. Upstairs there is a lounge that easily converts to a third double bedroom and we also have extra single airbeds. There is a downstairs cloakroom, an upstairs family bathroom with a powerful walk-in shower and an ensuite in the master bedroom with an elegant, double-ended bath with a view to the river and castle.

The kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven and a good quantity of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment. Whilst there are restaurants on the doorstep, you can also eat in the house at the large hand-made ash dining table or on the balcony while watching the beach scene. See the dedicated pages for facilities and shops and restaurants.

The house, traditionally French in style, was bought in 2019 by Nick and Tracy, not as a rental property, but as a home. We visit frequently, and much time has been spent refurbishing, renovating and improving it. It’s a bit quirky and not perfect. Actually, perfection was not what we were seeking: we wanted to keep its character but add beautiful practical facilities and make it comfortable. We think it works.