A 1 bedroom cottage with private garden area with views of open countryside
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About Christopher Palmer
My wife and I spent our working lives overseas in many different countries so we not only have a good understanding of international cultures but also of different languages and lifestyles, so we feel well suited to being hosts of a gite and helping people to feel what we felt when we first came to Le Gers looking for a home which had everything - a quiet rural environment but with lots sporting and cultural possibilities within a reasonable distance in a friendly community environment.
Christopher Palmer purchased this Cottage in 2019
Why Christopher Palmer chose J没-Belloc
There are many lovely properties in Gers but what attracted us here to Aou Roques was in the first place its traditional maison de maitre style with accompanying barns and a large garden. We love being able to look up and see the Pyrennees and the fact we can walk straight into the countryside from the house, while a short ride away (bike or car) we can be at a cinema, restaurant, bar or supermarket. In other words being close to everything we are interested in but not being too close when we seek peace and tranquillity. Le Gers is not as busy as some parts of southern France in summer but nevertheless, there is a lot going on, so we like the fact that everything is so accessible but it can appear distant when we are at home.
What makes this Cottage unique
What attracted us to Aou Roques was its rural yet connected setting, so while we are surrounded by farms, rivers, and nature, we are not far from the town of Plaisance with all its amenities. The main house itself has been well restored by the previous owners matching the traditional with the modern and this can also be seen reflected in the gite which has top spec facilities providing every comfort. Indeed, we lived in the gite when we first moved here. We love being at the heart of two wine growing areas (Madiran and St Mont), and not very far away from others such as Cotes de Gascogne and the famous Armagnac area. The local food is fantastic and Gascons are very proud of their gastronomy. The markets here are wonderful to explore and offer all sorts of local produce in the form of seasonal fruits and vegetables, cheeses and of course the famous duck products such as magret and foie gras. As a musician, I love the fact that Marciac with its world-renowned jazz festival (Jazz in Marciac) is so close. But since coming here I have discovered some 15 other music festivals going on in the summer with everything from latin to classical and country and western. These can easily be reached from the gite. One thing which appeals to everyone who moves to this area is not only the proximity of the Pyrenees with all its sporting and wildlife options, but also the relatively easy access to the coast around Biarritz and to Spain, the latter reachable via motorway or via the many mountain crossings. But for nature our immediate area is hard to beat with close proximity to two rivers and a nature park (with visitor centre) and kilometres of paths which can be walked or cycled along. Of course, some sections are popular with canoeists, starting from Plaisance or Aire sur l’Adour.
Pool / Spa
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The region has numerous music festivals throughout late spring and summer covering every sort of music from classical (organ festival in Plaisance, sacred music in Lourdes) to latin (Vic Fezensac Latin, Marciac for jazz, Mirande for American country and Tarbes for rock n'roll. See our website for full list.
We are very close (reachable by bike) to the villages of Madiran and St Mont both famous for their wine and with wine festivals (e.g. Saint Mont end March).
D'Artagnan came from a nearby village of Lupiac which can be visited with its famous museum, as can other sites connected to the famous musketeer (also reachable by bike).
Walking along the Adour river with its widlife and natural beauty is a must do and a circular tour of the nearest section starting and ending up at the house is a great way to spend a couple of hours or less on VTT bikes.
There are some excellent restaurants in the area and many culinary delights often connected to duck (foie gras, confits).A must read for those who love their food is Duck Season by American food writer David McAninch who spent a summer in a two hundred year old mill in the centre of Plaisance experiencing the wines and the dishes of the region.
For the more adventurous the sea is two hours away and some of the most rugged and deserted beaches can be found between Biarritz and Bordeaux with some very famous birdwatching areas and the best surfing in Europe. The Pyrenees are a wonderful place to cool off in summer with many numerous options for hiking, mountain biking and much more. In winter there is of course skiing with resorts such as Cauterets and La Mongie providing excellent opportortunities for the average to good skier if not for the expert. Cauterets is only 75 minutes away.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable things on offer is the Gers countryside itself with rolling hills populated by beautiful villages and historic towns. There are many lakes with beaches if you do not want to go all the way to the seaside. For example, after a visit to Lupiac and the d'Artagnan museum there is nothing better than to picnic by the nearby lake and take a swim to cool off.
On the subject of water sports canoeing is a popular activity in nearby Plaisance in summer and in the same area you can find the municipal swimming pool, crazy golf, tennis courts and more.