We don't just market properties in Gascony, we live here and we cherish it too! The restaurants, the air, the markets, the light, the sheer beauty of the place.

On this microsite we share what we know. It's a guide to the best of Gascony and we hope you will find it informative and entertaining.
 Some places you will know, but we hope you find something new. 

If we have missed anything off or something new comes along that should be here, then do please contact me at mark@championsfrance.com

Jazz in Marciac

32230 Marciac

The annual Jazz in Marciac festival, is held over July and August. A marquee ("le chapiteau") capable of seating 6,000 is erected on the rugby field, with concerts hosted there every night for the duration of the festival. Stalls selling a variety of related and non-related merchandise are erected in and around the centre of the village square, where free concerts are given during the day.

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This years festival runs from 27 July - 16 August 2015 with headline acts including Melody Gardot, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and Wynton Marsalis Septet.

jazzinmarciac.com

Kustak Gallery

32250 Fourcès

'Réflections - Réfractions' an exhibition of recent work by Florencia Cairo at Gallery Kustak in Fourcès, from 24 July to 15 September 2014.

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Nuits Musicales en Armagnac

32100 Condom

'Nuits Musicales en Armagnac' presents a wide range of genres from symphonic music to jazz, opera to classical dance, chamber music and solo recitals to choral repertoire.

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Eleven concerts and stage shows hosted in accoustically-spectacular venues in Condom, Lectoure, Abbey de Flaran and Terraube with highlights including the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the dancers of the Paris Opera. The 46th Nuits Musicales en Armagnac ran from 20 July - 13 August 2014.

For program information and tickets
nma32.com

Les Musicales de Montréal

32250 Montréal du Gers

Celebrating 10 years of concerts, this year's concerts are to be performed at the Villa gallo-romaine de Séviac and feature two evening concerts, both starting at 20:30. On Saturday the soprano and viola duo Voce in Gamba perform 'Love' and Sunday features the Romanian, Russian and Hungarian influenced gypsy music of Quartet Nicola Bratescu.

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This year's concerts were held on 3rd & 4th August 2013

Information/reservations: 05 62 29 42 85

L'ancienne fortification de Larressingle

32100 Larressingle

The walls of Larressingle rise up amid the vineyards in Armagnac country, just a short distance from Condom. The ochre and grey stone houses still with their mullioned windows and arched doorways are clustered around the castle keep and its twin-nave church.

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Bio Gascogne

32100 Condom

This year's Bio Gascogne exhibition takes place in the cloisters of Condom cathedral on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August and features over 60 exhibitors specialising in organic produce, environmental textiles and initiatives and alternative therapies. Highly recommended.

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L'Abbaye Cistercienne de Flaran

32310 Valence-sur-Baïse

Founded in 1151, in the valley of the River Baïse, the Cistern Abbey of Flaran is one of the best preserved in South West France.

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La Bastide Gasconne

32150 Barbotan

Guarded by the medieval church of the village and the shade of century-old plane trees, this beautiful eighteenth century chartreuse is arguably Gascony's finest spa hotel. The stone arches of the façade lead to a succession of elegant rooms for dining, drinking, reading and relaxing. Spend an afternoon by the fireplace in the library, or perhaps a summer evening sipping Armagnac cocktails on the terrace but be certain not to miss the restaurant; under the creative guidance of Michel Guérard, and offering seasonal cuisine that reinvents the French "classiques".

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Villa gallo-romaine de Séviac

32250 Montréal du Gers

Paved with beautiful mosaics these remains allow us to understand what life was like living within a large and luxurious country villa of the Gallo-Roman era. 

Excavations started here in the nineteenth century and took over thirty years under the leadership of Paulette-Launet Aragon, who spent most of her life on the site. Every summer since 1966 and until 1996, the Gallo-Roman villa was excavated by volunteers from all over Europe.

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T. 05 62 29 48 57

700 year old house complete with turret and coat of arms!

For sale - 32100 Condom

Full of history and character, this 700 year old maison particular boasts many period features including arrow slit windows set into massive stone walls, exposed oak beams, oak studded doors, medieval stone sinks and stained glass windows.

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Although essentially medieval, the property benefits from all the expected modern facilities, which have been skilfully interwoven in order to retain the original fabric and spirit of the building.

For more information:

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Lamarque

32250 Montréal du Gers

Lamarque is a secluded and romantic 18th century property accessed by a 500 metre allée and set in ten acres of beautiful park with century old trees and wonderful hidden corners, walkways meander through the woodland. The Chartreuse is adjacent to the manor house, has been completely refurbished, sleeps six and is available for year round rental.

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The accommodation comprises a comfortable reception area with TV, DVD and a sound system, a spacious fitted kitchen-come living area with country fireplace and a table seating six comfortably, three large and well proportioned bedrooms with period fireplaces and two shower rooms. 

lamarque32.com

Maison Gelas

32190 Vic Fezensac

The Maison Gélas, created in 1865 by Baptiste Gélas, a barrel maker’s son, has been a family business for 150 years, and is Gascon heart and soul. Today Philippe Gélas will take you through the different crafts and trades that have given birth not only to outstanding, vintage Bas Armagnacs, aged in casks in its chais or special storehouses, but also to a range of eaux-de-vie resulting from both know-how and a love of perfection. The Maison Gélas shop is a treasure chest where you will not only discover wonderful Armagnacs, but also one of the best collections of quality whiskies and local wines in the area.

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There's always a treat to discover here - do not miss Cordialor Orange Armagnac Liqueur, oh and the Dom Papa Phillipino rum is out of this world!

Maison Gélas
46-48 Av. Edmond Bergès
32190 Vic Fezensac

Tel: +33 (0)5 62 06 30 11
gelas.fr

Condom Sunday Market

32100 Condom

In a hectic household like ours, thoughts of Sunday lunch occasionally don't enter our heads until shortly after rising on Sunday morning! Thanks to Condom's Sunday market however that is never a problem. The market is open every Sunday morning, come rain or shine, and features everything you might need to prepare a seasonal feast. Or if you're headed out to lunch at friends and need something to take, then make a quick stop and pick up flowers, duck pâté, saucission, wine or Armagnac! Perfect!!

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Seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked hams and spit-roasted chickens, saucisson, foie gras, pâtês and prepared duck dishes, bread, nuts, olives and dried fruit, wines, Armagnac.

From 9h00 to around 12h30 every Sunday morning - Boulevard Saint-Jacques.

And if you still insist on cooking, the excellent Boucherie Philppe is just around the corner, at 7 rue de la Répulique, and is open every Sunday morning too.

Hotel Lous Grits

32700 Marsolan

Situated in the preserved and authentic Gersoise village of Marsolan is a hidden treasure - a small but refined and luxury hotel; an enchanting manor renovated in keeping with tradition. Refined and elegantly decorated featuring a tasteful choice of designer fabrics, artfully painted family furniture, paintings and engravings.

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Lous Grits is a lovely village home, perfect for sharing share with family or friends: celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays.

hotel-lousgrits.com

Château de Lavardens

32360 Lavardens

The Château de Lavardens cannot fail to impress by its sheer size and bold architectural lines. Dominating the surrounding lands, the castle remains a stately colossus, the elegant protector of the Castelnau houses nestled in its shadows.

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During the spring and summer seasons the castle welcomes high-quality exhibitions on the theme of cultural heritage. Allow at least 90 minutes for a visit, the history and architecture of the castle are provided in English. Open all year.

chateaulavardens.com

Armagnac

Spirit of the soil, spirit of Gascony

Armagnac, the oldest known wine based eau-de-vie in France is produced in Gascony by a single distillation of white wine in an alambic (still) and then left to age for many years in oak barrels. Armagnac is a hand crafted product, produced in small quantities by the winemakers and negotiants, custodians of the time-honoured savoir-faire. The diversity of the different terroirs and grape varieties give this eau-de-vie a rich and diverse character that reflects the nature that surrounds it.

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Click here to download the excellent 'Escapdes en Armagnac' leaflet (4Mb), which will introduce you to 120+ producers who will welcome you to their properties with open arms, share their knowledge and introduce you to their remarkable brandies. Remember - all Armagnac is brandy but not all brandy is Armagnac!

armagnac.fr

La Table des Cordeliers

32100 Condom

Eric Sampietro's Michelin starred establishment within a converted chapel is everybody's favourite table in the market town of Condom. Each visit is...

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a carefully crafted, sensory delight and a guaranteed pleasure from the moment you step through the door.

latabledescordeliers.com

Poissonnerie Patarin

32100 Condom

The mobile fishmonger Patarin, supplies the biggest range and best quality fish I've managed to find in the area.

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Boulevard Saint-Jacques, Condom.
Every Tuesday and Friday morning.

L'Alamboutic

32250 Fourcès

My favourite new shop! 100% made in Gascogne and featuring a great selection of local wines, Floc de Gascogne and Armagnac, all at cellar-door prices. In addition to wines and spirits there's a great selection of local delicacies from specialist oils to honey, pâtés, prunes, biscuits, juices and saffron. Let the friendly and knowledgeable Cécile guide you towards a few new heavenly delights.

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Open every day. Each Monday evening from 6pm there is a wine-tasting with a local producer.

For more information and hours of opening:
lalamboutic.com

Bernard Daubin

32250 Montréal du Gers

Situated in the heart of Montréal du Gers, ranked amongst the most beautiful villages in France, you will find this very special Gascon restaurant.

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Informal and relaxed Bernard and Véronique serve up an array of seasonal and local specialities with passion and focus - our favourites are the home-cured salmon, the home-reared pork, the sweet peppers stuffed with duck confit and the decadent foie gras macaroni.

T. 05 62 29 44 40