THE RENOVATION

The Renovation - The Story So Far...

Francie is a Montessori-trained teacher and started own her interior design business on our return from Paris in 1978.  It all started in one small room and grew from there www.franciereadmaninteriors.com

Francie’s family had owned a holiday house in Aldeburgh since the early 1900s that was finally sold after the tribe of owners grew too numerous. We thought about re-establishing the idea but, this time in France where it is mostly warmer for old bones.

Apart from annual skiing trips, our main holidays had previously been spent in the highlands of Glen Lyon in Perthshire. There was always a special magic in the remoteness, power and beauty of the hills and that of itself is a powerful recharger of the batteries. Le Pastoureau lies in an area with no pollution, stunning views, a peaceful valley and the majesty of the Pyrenees at hand.  It imbues the same magic.

We had spent a warm but disappointing week in the November sun traipsing round some 14 possible, 5-bed houses in the Gers, all of which appeared good value but, in each case, there was a good reason why not. On our penultimate night we stayed with Francie’s cousin who pointed us to a local agency in Castera-Verduzan run by two Brit ladies. They had nothing that fitted but insisted that we see an old 4-bedroom farmhouse that was exceptional.

Francie got out of the car, took one look and said, “This is it!”

And we have indeed landed on our feet.

The girls also found us an ingenious architect (a Brit) with 20 years of experience in the Gers. Tam has not only handled all the planning applications but has a comprehensive list of wonderful artisans to cover all aspects of renovation. Now, we also have an English chief d’Equipe, a regular gardener who knows all about trees and a lovely, smiley daily. Together, they manage every aspect of the house when we are in UK – which is be most of the time.

Below are a chronological series of photos of the most important parts of the renovation so far.

The Barn – secure store and games mezzanine

The new kitchen and snug area window.

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