Laouarde

Vic Fezensac, Gers
Bed & Breakfast


Bedrooms bursting with character and breakfasts to die for; this 19th-century former wine estate offers city escapees a tranquil bolt hole

Bedroom

4 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The
Experience

In rolling Armagnac country: a former wine estate, an 1823 house with watchtower views. Simon and Catherine swapped London for warm limestone and blue shutters, beautiful sash windows and oak parquet, and 25 acres of meadows, orchards and peace. Wonderful breakfasts (compotes from the garden, delectable croissants) are taken by the open fire or on the pool terrace, and Simon’s dinners are mouthwatering. Up the beeswax-polished stair are delicious bedrooms full of personality, from country-pretty to elegant Bourbon. Read, listen to music, take an aperitif in the walled courtyard, explore this amazing region.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Dinner €35 (Sunday-Wednesday). Restaurants 1km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €65
2 Suites for 2
From €105
1 Twin
From €95
1 Single
From €65

Reviews

Laouarde is the quintessential example of a beautiful, elegant French country house imbued with a sense of history and tranquility. Simon and Catherine are wonderful, friendly and thoughtful hosts whose attention to detail and advice about the lovely area has made us want to live there! Already planning our 4th visit....

Alison, Aberdeen

This was my second visit to Laouarde, and it really is one of the very very best. Not only is the house big and beautiful, but the grounds are quite superb, with spectacular views of this glorious stretch of country. Simon and Cathie's welcome is extremely warm, and their kindness on this occasion even ran to providing first aid to the car! Among the top ten, I'd say.

Chris

We recently stayed there and the whole experience was simply wonderful. We stayed two nights and ate dinner there twice; such was the quality of the food and wine. Simon and Cathy couldn’t have done more for us. They are so friendly and their hospitality is low key yet well organised. Breakfast sets the tone; with wonderful homemade jam and many other home grown products feature on the dinner menu too. Both Cathy and Simon are accomplished chefs even watching them prepare dinner is a treat! Drinks and nibbles are served outside when possible and dinner can also be served there. The room we had was large and full of period features. Cathy and Simon offered advice about the surrounding area which we found a very useful addition to the information we had. We are already thinking of visiting them again later this year. We arrived very stressed as my mother-in-law had been in hospital for 9 weeks after breaking her hip. We left reinvigorated. As I said in their guest book: “We arrived as strangers and left as friends.” I honestly believe that. What greater compliment can I pay them?

Sam

Although English owned,it was delightful and extremely enjoyable. A lovely quiet home where the owners made you feel very welcome. Simon is a very good cook and we had a good evening in the courtyard garden. To be recommended.

Gillian

We joined our cousins, for dinner, who had stayed here for 4 nights and had the most lovely evening. They had had a memorable stay and our dinner was so well executed, super food, idyllic setting provided by 2 charming hosts. Highly recommended.

Jackie

A very peaceful B&B in lovely countryside, made exceptional by the delightful owners whose love of good homemade food and attention to detail stood out.

John

We spent a lovely week staying in the spacious Albertine suite. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Fresh fruit and homemade preserves, croissants from the local bakery, and coffee made for delightful breakfasts in the clean fresh air. Simon and Cathy are attentive hosts and also provide excellent and romantic evening meals in their courtyard on request. If you want advice on local restaurants or Armagnac tastings they are equally knowledgeable. My brother and his family liked it so much they came to join us, staying in the lovely adjacent Gite which luckily was available during our stay.

John

This is a most beautiful house in the middle of some really delightful countryside. Simon and Cathy offer a most warm welcome, and the evening meal outside in the courtyard was truly delicious, using the very best of local produce. A splendid breakfast on the terrace, a well-appointed bedroom, a most welcome beer on arrival, and an immediate ushering in to the living room to watch Andy Murray's triumph; all these made me wish I had more time to spend at Laouarde, and resolve to return quickly.

Chris

We stayed for two nights and wish it had been longer. A great property, lovely comfortable accommodation, a truly 5* meal, thank you chef, great tour guides and hosts. We loved the house and would take it off their hands tomorrow if they ever get bored, which they wont.

Leon

The house is beautiful, we enjoyed walking in the extensive grounds, especially the stunning views from the ‘look out’, a good spot for a romantic sun downer. Inside the house is stunning, luxurious and very special, yet feels like home. Simon and Cathy were welcoming friendly hosts, their attention to our needs and to every detail could not be faulted. The breakfasts were wonderful! Evening meals eaten outside in the beautiful courtyard were delicious, home grown foods lovingly cooked and perfectly presented; every meal is a treasured memory. We will most definitely return to Laouarde.

Liz

What a surprise this beautiful welcoming house was as we drove up the lengthy driveway into its gates! Everything was so thoughtfully and carefully arranged to assist with our stay with a 6 month old baby. A candle lit beautiful dinner under the stars in between two olive trees with the most delicious food all from their 'potager' perfect in every way! I cannot recommend this place enough - peaceful, inspiring, and romantic!

Rebecca

My wife and I recently stayed at Laouarde for 2 nights. Our bedroom was huge and beautifully presented. Simon and Cathy are excellent hosts (as is their amazing friendly and smiling dog, Papeet), and we were very happy with the meal we had in with them one evening. Much of the food was organically grown by them, and was cooked and presented with flair and imagination. We ate and drank handsomely, and it was very good value indeed. Laouarde is a gorgeous property in the middle of lovely, unspoilt countryside. There are great walks nearby. The nearest town is lively and pretty. We'll be back!

Clive

This was our second visit to Laouarde and it was every bit as good as the first. The house is beautifully decorated and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. The en suite is modern, well equipped and Cathy leaves exquisite scented shower gels in case you have need. We ate in the rear courtyard again, and the meal was delicious. Simon and Cathy are both outstanding cooks and both dinner and breakfast are always wonderful. The pool is wonderfully cool and a delight all summer. This year we came with friends who have enjoyed their stay just as much, and we will definitely be back.

Sharon

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Simon & Catherine Butterworth

  • Gascony is renowned for the excellence of its food. There are lots of local eateries, including some very fine restaurants, within easy reach of Laouarde, and of course we showcase local, and often home-grown, produce to create dinners here at the house.
  • Laouarde is at the heart of Armagnac country and several of the very best domaines are nearby. Most sell directly to the public and are happy to provide tastings. There are also summer wine festivals where you can sample from a range of producers.
  • In July, Tempo Latino sees the centre of Vic-fezensac transformed. Latin-American music concerts are held each day and there are also market stalls, a ‘beach’ and lots of dancing! Marciac hosts Europe’s largest jazz festival over 2 weeks in August.
  • This area is ideal for walking or cycling. You can go riding or even take a trip in a hot-air balloon. There are local lakes for swimming, or sailing and boat trips along the river Baïse from the port at Condom.
  • The Gers is full of beautiful villages brimming with history. The Roman villa of Séviac has magnificent mosaics and the Abbaye de Flaran, a 12th century monastery, is a cultural centre with a wonderful art collection.
  • Further afield, the breath-taking scenery of the high Pyrenees and the wonderful architecture of Toulouse, are each less than 2 hours away.