LOCAL AREA

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 on up to WW2 Resistance fighters & the SOE.

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

But the whole area is peppered with beautiful old towns, their restaurants, churches, abbeys and chateaux.

The house itself sits in a green valley surrounded by a 22-hectare field (green in summer) with small, quiet country roads around it suitable, if sometimes hilly, for biking.

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. Right opposite is an excellent restaurant - Le Halle (www.restaurantlahalle.fr). Jegun also has a small Casino food store that makes its own baguettes and croissants daily. Down on the D930 below Jegun, Papote & Grignote (see below), a family-run boulangerie is where to go for a range of excellent fresh bread, tartes, pizzas and croques monsieur.

Children can enjoy the water park La Plage de Verduzan just north of Castéra-Verduzan on D42 or further on www.parcagen.fr for serious waterpark or funfair enthusiasts.

There are three golf courses nearby of which Golf d’Auch-Embats (15 mins) is the best. Elsewhere in the area: canoeing, riding, tennis, quad biking, gliding and a star-studded Jazz festival at Marciac in August.

Castéra-Verduzan (10mins) has a small Carrefour which offers an excellent selection of local (and other) wines. Francie has a new best friend, Didier who runs an extraordinary Brocante shop as you head out south back to the house.

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 but the Gers is still comparatively untouched and certainly does not have an English daily newspaper!

It is still unspoilt, rural, old France.

Weather

Guest Comments

"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