With amazing places to stay and eat in Gascony, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this hospitable part of France. Here are some of our favourites. Note: This article is part of a bigger magazine feature called “Two Classic Road Trips Through Historic Gascony.”
Where to stay
Château de Fourcès
The Château de Fourcès offers charming accommodation in a medieval castle in one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. Maria and Olivier Lesaffre will welcome you with open arms. The château has five bedrooms and an adjoining gîte which can accommodate up to six people, making it perfect for a romantic stay or a family vacation! Olivier recently opened Le Boubou’s bar just outside the château, serving organic tapas and local platters, alongside biodynamic, natural wines in the early evening.
Château Belle Époque
Set in a 4-hectare park, this 18th-century castle is 8km from Lac de Léon and 11.2 km from the beaches of Mimizan. There are five rooms, apartments and cottages, plus a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, fishing pond and children’s play area. Guests can also enjoy billiards, table tennis and pétanque. You simply won’t want to leave…
Château Les Bruhasses
The charming Les Bruhasses Bed & Breakfast in the Gers is set in an 18th-century estate surrounded by a 5-hectare park and vineyards. The continental breakfast consists of homemade jams and French pastries, fruit, tea, coffee and orange juice, served on the terrace or in the dining room. Evening meals (reservation only) include local wines and dishes prepared the utterly delightful Hélène Royer, the daughter of a renowned winegrower from the Gers, and served by her husband, Jean.
Parador de Hondarribia
Located 3km from the beach, this elegant hotel is set in Carlos V’s castle, which dates from the 10th century.
Château du Fréchou
This testimonial from a happy visitor highlights the best of Château du Fréchou: “What an absolutely beautiful place. Magnificent gardens and surroundings. The views are breathtaking. Château du Fréchou is a hidden gem. Jean-Michel was a wonderful host. He met us on arrival and made sure our stay was perfect. The château is wonderfully restored and full of antiques and wonderful artwork. You really feel like you are living and breathing history. Very comfortable beds, fluffy towels, great coffee and breakfast served in the herb garden.” What more could we possibly say?
Where to eat
Le Moulin de Moissac
Here you will taste classic, imaginative, regional cuisine using 100 per cent fresh, local products that change with the seasons. Michelin-starred René Bajard’s menu, from starter to dessert, is simply exquisite.
There are two restaurants at the Monastery of Saint-Mont, La Petite Table and Le Béret Noir. The former offers a menu of French classics using the finest regional products, while the latter, a bistro/wine bar, pairs lighter dishes with Plaimont wines. And it’s all in the middle of the Saint-Mont vineyards – delightful.
Restaurant Henri IV
Restaurant Henri IV, tucked away in the small square behind the Luperc Cathedral in Eauze, serves delicious, creatively-prepared local specialities and one of the best vegetarian offerings in the Gers. Dine in the charming indoor space or out on the patio during the summer.
Le Bonheur est dans le Pré
This is a very small restaurant with an equally small gourmet menu, but don’t let that put you off. The food is delicious and there’s always one vegetarian dish each day. They also offer take-out meals for picnics.
+33(0)5 62 29 67 81
L’Auberge des Roses
A gourmet restaurant nestled at the foot of the Jurançon vineyards with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. Fish specialties, vegetarian and traditional dishes are prepared to perfection.
From France Today magazine
Lead photo credit : A panoramic view of the city of Auch, the capital of Gers and the historical capital of Gascony © shutterstock, All images © Sue Aran, L’Auberge Des Roses|facebook, Landes
By Sue Aran
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