Our Painting holiday retreat in France

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Holidays are held at La Salle, a beautifully restored limestone 'maison de maître', characteristic of the region and the home of hosts, Jill and Terry. The area is known as the Tuscany of France, where winding roads and tiny hilltop villages perch above rolling fields of Sunflowers and vineyards.

Situated in the Tenareze, centre of the Armagnac producing area of the Gers in South West France, La Salle is in a peaceful country setting, but only a 10 minute walk to the picturesque bastide village of St Puy and 20 minutes drive from Auch, capital of the Gers.

The area is renowned both for its beauty and history. There are 5 of the officially listed most beautiful villages in France, the UNESCO world heritage site at La Romieu and Lectoure and the Roman villa of Seviac with it's amazing mosaics only 20 minutes away.

La Salle is set in meditteraneaen styled terraced gardens with a sunny south facing seating and dining area where pots of geraniums, olive and lemon trees surround you.

The swimming pool is an ideal place to cool off after a day in the studio or to simply relax or sketch the valley below. 

 

 

Many historical and pictureque bastide (walled villages) often still intact are scattered about the landscape on nearly every high point.

 

The nearby 12th Century Chateau at Laverdens holds a variety of art exhibitions, including glass and sculpture and in summer night markets are held selling local artisan produce, goats cheese, wine, Armagnac, honey, confit de canard, and terrines plus lots of stalls selling traditional cooked food that can be eaten in the street at one of the many tressle tables while watching the world go by.

 

 

  




 


Artists at work in the Studio.

          



Dusk- the old 'Moulin de vent' in St Puy with the magical sight of the sometimes elusive Pyrenees, makes an inspiring subject for artistic talents.

 

 

 

    


Guests have full use of the large (5 by 11 metre) pool which is open from May - October.

 

   

For more inspiration or simply relaxation, an hour or two in a canoe on the river is highly recommended. The Baise is wide and slow and paddling is lazy in the shade of the trees where Kingfishers, Coypu and Dragonflies linger in the sunshine, quite magical.

 







Lots of inspiration all around us in the gardens of La Salle or in the ancient narrow streets of nearby St Puy. Magnificent Plumbago decorates the doorway to this village house.



      

 

The south facing rear terrace overlooking the gardens with many interesting semi tropical plants. Lots of quiet places to sit shaded or sunny where you may paint or (non painters) while away your time with a good book and a glass of Monluc.