About The Area

The Gers has a long and colourful history that stretches up through the ages from Roman emperors, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Hundred Years War, pilgrims on the route of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, the Gascon musketeers and on up to WW2 Resistance fighters and the SOE.
The Gers is famous for foie gras and armagnac. The whole area is peppered with beautiful old towns, their restaurants, churches, abbeys and chateaux.
The restaurants we have come to love the most are listed below:

La Falène Bleue
, – Our favourite restaurant. Often full so you would be well advised to book - 0562 657692. 20 mins from LP

The nearest chateau of interest is Lavardens (13 mins) which has a delicious restaurant (0562 662083) with shaded terrace in the summer and a night market.

Chex Vous, St Puy 0562 689852 (19 mins)

Larressingle 32 mins (& La Bar Pizzéria L'estanquet 0983 952023)


Perfect example of Gers fortified town.

Restaurant Le Bellevue, 0562 688006 (book table at back - stunning view)

Lectoure Hospital (1812) – now huge Bric-à-brac store

The house itself sits in a green valley surrounded by a 22-hectare field with small, quiet country roads around it suitable, if sometimes challenging for biking. Electric bikes can be hires locally!

Jegun is the nearest town 6 kms to the north-east and has the only genuine Irish pub in France run by Michael from Cork. Michael organises a music night every Friday which always a very jolly Anglo-French evening.

Right opposite is an excellent restaurant - Le Halle (www.restaurantlahalle.fr). 

Jegun also has an excellent new Vival food store with an interesting cave selling local wines.nts daily. Next to Vival there is a new butcher Boucberie Ben Minjat, Down on the D930 below Jegun, Papote & Grignote, is a family-run boulangerie with for a range of excellent croissants, fresh bread, tartes, pizzas and croques monsieur.

Castéra-Verduzan (10mins) has a spa, a casino and a small Carrefour express that offers an excellent selection of local (and other) wines and last-minute food.

Francie has a new best friend, Didier who runs an extraordinarily rammed Brocante shop as you head out south back to the house.

Children can enjoy the water park La Plage de Verduzan just north of Castéra-Verduzan on D42.

There are three golf courses nearby of which Golf d’Auch-Embats (15 mins) is the best and has a good restaurant for lunch. 

For the truly energetic, the centre of the Pyrenees is about two hours drive but has some stunning views and challenging climbing.

Elsewhere in the area: canoeing, riding, tennis, quad biking, gliding and a star-studded Jazz festival at Marciac in August.

Foodwise, the Gers is famous for its foie gras, armagnac and now increasingly for its wines too. All these are no doubt helped by the absence of heavy industry that affords extraordinarily clear star-scapes at night. There are Brits around and we have some delightful neighbours but the Gers is still comparatively untouched and certainly does not have an English daily newspaper!

It is still unspoilt, rural, old France.


Guest Comments

"One of the few places that exceeded expectations. A great two-week visit. Glorious house blissfully appointed. We never stopped talking and having fun."

T & J June 2022

"What a fabulous two weeks we have spent at Le Pastoureau. We particularly enjoyed going to the night market at Lavardens and visiting the fortified village at Larressingle where the children had fun watching and taking part in the demonstration of armoury. Much time was spent enjoying the pool and the peaceful surroundings. The house is so lovely and beautifully decorated and we hope to come back again."

C & J July 2022

"The children loved catching baby frogs, playing boules and table tennis and chasing each other around the garden and there was not a boring moment. The little ones never seemed to wear any clothes - they had to be forced into them for the photo. Despite the searing heat, the house remained relatively cool and we all slept well thanks to the electric fans. The night markets and the lake were a big hit, too."

C & V August 2022

"The most relaxing stay in a lovely place with special friends and family. What a treasure. Such a relaxing and peaceful place to reconnect and renew."

C & M August 2022

"A very hot fortnight spent at Le Pastoureau, great visits to the lake, golf at Fleurance and Auch Embats and cultural visits to the cathedral. Until next time!
What a wonderful place. Beautiful countryside, quiet and so comfortable. We had a really great time, extended by the French strike but tant pis. Great company, great food and drink and lovely outings. Sorry to miss the Irish pub but next time?"

H & V September 2022

"Had a fabulous four days. Lunch at Bellevue, Lectoure great – view to die for. Recommend driving back cross country for the views. Everything so peaceful, except the guests."

C & S September 2022

"It is the silence that brings such peace. Exercise in the pool and happy lunches in pretty places."

N & D September 2022

"Coucou tout le monde. Mega surprise: domaine phénoménal!

Nous avons découvert les magnifiques champs d’avoine de Xavier.

Merci pour ce superbe séjour dans votre belle maison. Tout etait parfait (literie, équipements, décorations) Nous avons passé une très belle semaine. Rien a redire! Merci a Jean Marc d’etre intervene dans le lutte contre les guêpes! Point positif en Bretagne: nos températures ne les intéresse pas!

Nous conseillerons votre domaine les yeux fermes."

Alban et son équipe France - August 2020

"Le Pastoureau est une merveilleuse maison alliant la tradition des vieilles pierres françaises et le charme cosy d’une belle décoration anglaise La campagne est très reposante , les villages alentours accueillants , la piscine de bonne taille et une cuisine très bien équipée Bien située sur le plan géographique , cela permet de découvrir les belles adresses des sites incontournables"

Brigitte, France – August 2020

"A true paradise this place is! All the rooms so beautifully furnished. We all felt comfortable and relaxed. Thanks so much for having us to stay in your beautiful place."

G-J and E, Netherlands - July 2020

"I felt very privileged to be your first guest at Le P. I was amazed how beautiful and tranquil it was, and I make no apology that we were not very adventurous. The weather was great, happy to be in a car only on the cooler day and while the pool may be heating up this week, I suspect it may be a little warm for me this week!"

Johnnie - July 2019

"Nobody in my family had been to that part of France before (we have done other parts of the south) but we really fell in love with it. The house is in such a beautiful position – you can’t help but relax.
We’ve had the most amazing week thank you - the house is beautiful and the children have loved the pool and playing hide and seek outside!! The beds are so comfortable too!"

Sarah - August 2019

"A short and sweet stay at Le Pastoureau, if only I could have stayed longer! A beautifully designed home, stunning countryside and can’t wait to go back to be surrounded by sunflowers, the chorus of frogs, hoots from the night owls with a glass of vino in hand"

Alex - September 2019

"Le Pastoureau is set is idyllic tranquil countryside with barely a discernible noise other than nature to disturb you. The house is incredibly well equipped from the dining room to thoughtful converter plugs throughout. Comfort is key to this wonderful house - deep sofa’s to sink into with a good book and the beds and linen that give you the chance to properly relax and have a truly restorative sleep….for me, it was some of the best sleep in years!

Great wi-fi keeps everyone very happy, but the pool is the jewel in the crown: a really decent size and temperature for everyone to enjoy all day long …and enough space for the squeals of games and delight not to disturb anyone else!

The only problem we encountered was that the bread from the local boulangerie left us with a serious addiction by the end of our stay! We have no hesitation in recommending Le Pastoureau for a family holiday or gathering of friends and cannot wait to return ourselves."

Penny - August 2019