The sleepy, peaceful department of the Gers came into being during the French revolution and was created from parts of the ancient provinces of Guyenne and Gascony.
The area is largely agricultural and food-lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice with local specialities including Armagnac brandy, the (mainly white) wines of Cotes de Gascogne, Floc de Gascogne (an aperitif similar to the Pineau of the Charente department), foie gras and wild mushrooms.
Don't-miss towns in the Gers include Larresingle, one of the official most beautiful towns in France, Lectoure, an ancient town perched on a rocky outcrop and Condom, an important town on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.
Dating in parts from the 13th century, this 4 bed chateau sits at the end of a private driveway surrounded by 5 hectares of simple grounds.
Presented for sale in excellent order, this is a light-filled and charismatic home just waiting for its next guardian.
An ideal artist or writer's retreat, just 45 minutes drive from Toulouse.
Guest or staff cottage, swimming pool, lake, pasture, mature trees and simple gardens. Long private approach.