The Region

The region is one of the most beautiful places in France,
the land of d’Artagnan and ‘The Three Musketeers’.

    • Even though we are tucked away in a rural location we are very close to local villages market towns and cities, Agen being only 59 km.

      Saint PE Saint Simon has a small shop and restaurant, our closest towns Gabarret and Eauze have supermarkets, banks and great restaurants. Within a two minute drive or short bike ride from the house is an outdoor public pool plus park.

      Each market town has a traditional French market selling local fresh produce every morning, Eauze being one of the best markets on a Thursday.

      Coast / Beach

      The coast between Bordeaux and Biarritz, with its many surfing beaches, is about 2 hours drive away.

      Gondrin and many nearby towns have their own swimming lakes with water slides, beach, snack bar and woodlands.

      The Gers boasts an astonishing 146 chateaux, one of the largest and most imposing of which is that of Lavardens, built on a limestone outcrop. One third of modern-day Gersois villages are original medieval bastides.

      These fortified villages have grid-patterned streets and central arcaded market places and were established at many strategic points all over south-west France in the Middle Ages.

      In Gers, some of these new villages took the names of prestigious cities, hence Montréal-du-Gers, Fleurance, Cologne and Barcelonne-du-Gers.

    • Places of Interest… plus many more!

      1. The Gallo-Roman villa and museum Séviac Montreal-du-Gers
      2. Abbey Flaran to Valence-sur-Baise
      3. The fortified village of Larressingle and Cité des Machines du Moyen-Âge (engineering in medieval times) you get to dress-up and take part in the firing of medieval weapons
      4. The college of La Romieu and arboretum “Les Jardins de Coursiana” La Romieu
      5. Eauze museum of Roman treasures
      6. The pretty circular bastide Fourcés
      7. The village of Lectoure (architectural tours: cathedral, former bishop, etc) and its thermal centre


      1. Castle Cassaigne
      2. Castle Montluc (where they product the Rapier shoot, a mix of their own Armagnac and their sparling wine)
      3. Castle Busca-Maniban
      4. Castle Lavardens

      The Tour de Termes d’Armagnac

      1. Auch, the capital of the department 32, its cathedral, pousterles
      2. Condom, its cathedral, cloister, the museum of Armagnac
      3. The double lock Graziac between Condom and Cassaigne
      4. Cruises on the Baise from Condom

      Local Markets

      1. Gondrin on Sunday morning in July and August and Local Products Fair on the second Sunday of August
      2. Eauze, Thursday
      3. Mezin, Sunday
      4. Agen, Sunday indoor