The gite was originally a barn where the family would mature their Armagnac. Now it’s been tastefully transformed into cosy accommodation for 5 people plus a baby. But no Armagnac!
The front door opens directly into the cosy living/dining room which has feature beams and an exposed stone wall.
There’s a large wood burner which heats the property during winter months. One basket of logs is supplied for rentals during the winter months. There are two comfy leather sofas either side of the wood burner. The dining table seats six and there are also two children’s arm chairs. Sliding French doors open to the garden where you can sit and relax with your glass of chilled Côtes de Gascogne white wine that you’ve probably bought from one of the many local vineyards. There’s a supply of board games to keep the family entertained.
Opening off the living room is the spacious kitchen. It includes fridge/freezer, microwave, gas hob and electric oven. There’s also a WC and washing machine. It also has an electric radiator.
Upstairs there’s an office area on the spacious landing. The master bedroom which overlooks the garden has a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a baby’s travel cot. The second bedroom has two single beds and a large single antique day bed, plus a large wardrobe. The bathroom has a bath and shower. Also handbasin and WC.
Outside the patio doors is a small area where you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Gascon countryside. The rest of the garden is private property.
Please park on the lane beside the gite.
The village of Termes d’Armagnac has a Post Office with mini grocery. The heart of the village is the medieval tower which is open throughout the year. Climb the tower for spectacular views over the countryside and the Pyrénées. The village has a fascinating medieval festival each summer. In 2022, it is 6/7 August. https://en.tourdetermes.org/
The nearest town is Plaisance du Gers. It has two squares but it is in the larger square where the market is held on Thursday mornings. In 2022 Plaisance is celebrating its 700th anniversary so there will be lots of events in the village during the year. There is a small Casino supermarket, pizzeria, bar, and a variety of shops in the centre Plaisance. Just outside you’ll find an Intermarché supermarket. The village also has a crazy golf pitch, a swimming pool (open July/August) and “swing golf”.
The smaller village of Aignan is also about 10 minutes’ drive. It has a pretty medieval arcade with Carrefour mini supermarket, a bakery and several bar/restaurants. About 8 minutes outside Aignan you’ll find Aignan lake. It has a sandy beach and swimming area with a water chute (open July/August) and a bar/restaurant. You can walk through the woods. And for the adventurous, you can climb through the trees – and take a zip wire over the lake! https://www.parc-aventure-32.fr/
A little further away, in August Lupiac celebrates its local hero, d’Artagnan. The famous character, created by Alexandre Dumas, was based on a real-life musketeer, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan, who was born in the chateau just outside the village. Also just outside the village is a large leisure lake with bar/restaurant, sandy beach and swimming.
Nogaro is about 15 minutes away. It boasts several bar/restaurants and pizzerias. It has a small airport where you can sometimes take a flight in a glider or small plane. Nogaro is famous for its racetrack, the Circuit Paul Armagnac: https://www.circuit-nogaro.com/fr/manifestations-8. There are different meets throughout the year, the highlight of which is the lorry weekend in mid-June. Yes, they race lorries around the track! The decorated drivers’ cabs are paraded round the town on the Friday evening so you can admire their fabulous artwork and vote on the best cab. Outside race meets, you can also book a ride around the race track.
Not to be missed is the Marciac Jazz Festival, held annually from the last weekend in July for 3 weeks. There’s always at least one big name (recent headliners were Kool & The Gang, Joe Cocker, Sting) and a large variety of performers. There’s a stage in the market square where there are always free concerts to listen to. https://www.jazzinmarciac.com/
Also over the last weekend of July the “Tempo Latino” is a festival of Latin American music held in Vic Fezensac. Lots of atmosphere and lively dancing! https://www.tempo-latino.com/
The small town of Eauze, like many in the area, has Roman roots. A large Roman villa nearby at Séviac is well worth a visit as is the museum in the town itself.
Larresingle is known as “Carcassone of the Gers”. A tiny walled medieval village, adjacent is a display of medieval weapons of war. Not far from Larresingle is Fourcès – a pretty village that has a round “square”. Other places to visit include La Romieu, Lectoure and Condom.
Further afield, there are lots of walks in the Pyrenees – ski lifts will take you up, even in summer. Espelette is known for its slightly spicy peppers – the houses are decorated in them. And for a different day out, head to the Atlantic coast for the beach and surfing.
Le Guinlet at Eauze: https://www.golfdeauze.com/
Marciac (Pallane): https://domainedepallanne.com/
Monday - Aignan
Tuesday - Lupiac
Wednesday - Marciac
Thursday – Plaisance, Eauze
Friday - Vic Fezensac
Saturday – Nogaro
Gers Tourism Website: https://holidays-gers.com/