Discover a Hidden Gem of France: Le Gers

by olivia hoffman
Photo by © Jerome Galland

Everyone knows about the beauty of Provence, the glamor of the Côte d’Azur, and the magnificence of the Pyrenees all in the south of France. However, one of France’s most stunning jewels – and best-kept secrets – is actually in the most rural region of the south: Le Gers. 

Nestled amongst verdant landscapes and rolling hills in the western part of the Occitanie region is a timeless and charming place brimming with rustic elegance. Often overshadowed by its more renowned neighbors, Le Gers remains a pristine destination to only the most discerning travelers in-the-know. 

Unfolding like a picturesque canvas, the bucolic landscape is painted with emerald green fields, golden sunflowers, and miles of vineyards interspersed with quaint villages and medieval bastides, inviting exploration at every turn. Gourmands delight in the rich gastronomic scene in Le Gers – one of the most renowned and finest in the country. Likewise, antique aficionados revel in some of the best authentic vintage shopping in all of France. 

Beyond its natural beauty, culinary delights, and shopping opportunities, Le Gers is a hub of cultural richness and artistic expression. Visitors are instantly immersed in the work of local artists and craftsmen, whose creations reflect the region’s heritage and creativity. From pottery and textiles to traditional woodcarving, Le Gers is a haven for art lovers and collectors alike. 

We know that traveling to a lesser-known destination can be a little intimidating, but we have simply fallen in love with this region and want to share it with the My French Country Home community. We are certain you will appreciate it just as much as we do. 

That is why, to make this region’s discovery a little more accessible, we have created a week-long MFCH Tour to Le Gers this May. And luckily, we still have a few spots left!

The MFCH May 2024 Tour to Le Gers in southwest France will be magnificent. The itinerary will include a careful mix of exploring the region, meeting talented and inspiring artists, touring a magnificent garden and discovering the local traditions in gastronomy. 

The tour will be accompanied by Camille Chamignon, a charming young French chef who is about to publish her first cookbook, and who will share the secrets of authentic French home cooking. Camille will cook for the guests of the tour each day, and those who wish will have the opportunity to get involved in making the meals and learn how to prepare them at home. 

The luxury accommodation will be at la Manufacture Royale de Lectoure, a breathtaking small hotel, created from a former tannery, that sits at the heart of the small town of Lectoure, where there are ample opportunities to shop for antiques. (You can read more about the Manufacture Royale de Lectoure in our cover feature from the September/October 2023 magazine.)

Guests on the tour will commence their adventure when we collect everyone from the airport of Toulouse with our private chauffeurs. The short flight down from Paris is simple, and we will advise the best flight time so that our guests will all travel on the same plane.

Each day of the tour will include an excursion to the surrounding villages and points of interest. Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to meet some very impressive and surprising artisans and artists, and discover the beautiful landscapes of the Gers.

With just a few spaces still remaining, we would love to welcome you to this lesser known region of southern France. If you are interested in learning more about the tour and receiving the brochure, please send an email to Alizée at

In a world of bustling cities and fast-paced living, Le Gers offers a sanctuary of serenity and authenticity, where time slows down and every moment is savored. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, culinary delights or cultural immersion, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery and embrace the magic of southwest France’s best-kept secret. So pack your bags, leave the ordinary behind, and let Le Gers cast its spell upon you. Your unforgettable adventure awaits.


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