Gascony – a large swathe of South West France from Bordeaux to the foothills of the Pyrenees; from the pine forests of the Landes on the Atlantic coast, to the medieval fortresses around Auch to the East.  Under British rule for 300 years, it offers rolling hills scattered with small medieval towns. Night markets and farmers markets selling free range poultry, garlic, honey, melons and wine – all the ingredients of a gourmet holiday.  A region steeped in history where battles have given way to farmland and quiet roads lead to spectacular fortified villages.

Come to Gascony for peace and quiet, vineyards and honeysuckle hedgerows and sunshine from April to October.  A pleasant route down from Caen or Saint Malo or fly to Toulouse and head West.