Villas near shops and restaurants in Gascogne
Take a look at our range of holiday villa's near shops and restaurants in Gascogne, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of your private gardens, pools, and beautiful surroundings, yet never be too far from a local French store or traditional restaurant, which is particularly handy for families.
Gascony is a regional area in the South West corner of France, nestled between the Dordogne and Midi-Pyrenees, and is the proud home of Armagnac brandy, foie gras, and tranquil countryside full of sunflower and poppy fields, gentle hills, vineyards and miles of quiet country lanes.
Take a look at our beautiful holiday villas in the Gascogne area which are near to shops and restaurants, chosen for their elegance, excellent facilities and idyllic settings, within or around the Regional Nature Park of Landes de Gascogne. Landes de Gascogne Park covers at least 315,000 hectares and includes the impressive Gascon Landes forest, the most extensive maritime Pine forest in Europe. The locals say that the forest does not open its heart to those who rush through it, so ensure a few day trips of cycling, walking and lengthy picnics in this magical natural environment.
Despite its relaxed and peaceful country pace of life, it was not always so in Gascony, as this part of Aquitaine was fought over by the English and French for 300 years in the Middle Ages. You can find a number of castles and fortified villages that remain today, one of the best and most unique being the village Fources between Nerac and Montreal, in which the Chateaux de Fources is now a boutique hotel with a charming, top-quality restaurant, considered one of the best in Gascony, and situated picturesquely on the tiny village square (or, in actual fact, the village 'circle'!).
Gascony's rich and fertile land means agriculture is a way of life here, and you will easily come across numerous farmer's markets in villages close by to your holiday villa in Gascogne. These flourishing markets sell the best local, fresh fruit and vegetables, wild honey, garlic, and artisan breads, cheeses and meats.
There are also many opportunities to see the making and producing of the prided Armagnac. Many of the Chateaux throughout Gascony show the process and hold tasting tours you can book whilst on holiday here. Just like the sweet brandy, Gascony is said to be famous for its 'douceur de vivre' (sweetness of life), and is the ideal French holiday destination for those who would like a slow paced holiday, in France's most unspoilt and peaceful countryside, wandering around the natural beauty, visiting villages, markets and restaurants, and soaking up the authentic French rural life.