Estang lies in heart of Bas Armagnac (where the best armagnac is produced) near Eauze, Nogaro (famous motor racing circuit) and Barbotan-les-Thermes renowned for its spa. Deep in verdant countryside 1.5km from the village you will discover this recently renovated gîte in an ancient farm dating back to the 17th century. The gîte is in the old stables, as the outer sliding door and the beams inside attest, but is bright and very well equipped and when you arrive the bed will be made and towels are provided. The village has a good range of shops and a restaurant. Enjoy breakfast on the east-facing patio or relax in the garden under the shade of fruit trees. There are many walks to discover, and the history and beautiful scenery of Gascony await you! The gîte adjoins the owners (who live above) but has a totally independent entrance and garden and so your privacy is ensured.
|Capacity||: 2 - 4 people|
|Size||: 49 m²|
|Animals||: Not allowed|
|Bordeaux||: 152km 2h05|
|Toulouse||: 141km 2h09|
|Pau||: 75km 1h09|
|Tarbes (Lourdes)||: 92km 1h39|
|Biarritz||: 152km 2h03|
|Bergerac||: 143km 2h46|
By car from Estang – pass the church on your left (on the road to Panjas) then take the first turn on the left, a single-track road signed “route de Minère”. The gite is on the left after about 1km. You can park next to the gite.
The location is known to GPSs (Minère 32240 Estang or latitude 43.8573, longitude -0.09196).
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- low season 200€ per week
- mid season 280€ per week
- high season 350€ per week
Weekend - low and mid season - 110€ (add 1/7 of weekly rate per day for long weekends)
"Forfait curiste" - low and mid season - 21 nights 490€
Estang is in the region of Bas-Armagnac, known worldwide for the quality of its armagnac and also now for its very drinkable wines – here Cote de Gascogne with Saint Mont and Madiran close by. The traditional cuisine revolves around duck and chicken but look out also for “croustade”, a delicious dessert made from many layers of fine pastry and apples and well dosed with armagnac. There are lots of fruit and vegetables grown locally too, and these can be found in the many markets in the region. The Thursday morning market at Eauze is one of the largest and has existed for many hundreds of years, Eauze being the capital of the ancient province of Gascony.
Numerous archaeological excavations have unearthed a significant Gallo-Roman presence in the region and the site of the Gallo-Roman villa in Montreal, the site of the Domus in Eauze and the treasure of Eauze, amongst others, are worth a visit. A more recent heritage of Romanesque churches is also waiting to be explored.
The countryside around Estang is one of gentle rolling hills, which preview the foothills of the Pyrenees just 100km to the south. It’s delightful walking country with lots of woods mixed in with the farmland and vineyards. There is a rich flora (many species of wild orchids) and fauna (roe deer, wild boar, hares, red squirrels). The spring here is announced not just by the cuckoo but also by the hoopoe (“hoop-hoop-hoop”) and there are more exotic visiters too - we've spotted bee-eaters in the garden a few times. There are many birds of prey: kites, buzzards, owls and a whole range of smaller raptors that sit on telephone wires and defy identification as you drive past!