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Discover life in Gascony from our 'Gascony Life' blog...

From garlic to Armagnac, from cooking to Jazz, all you need to know here!
GASCONY LIFE BLOG

WELCOME TO SIMPLY GASCONY - September 2021

For Special Holidays...

We are your best way to find a special holiday home in Gascony to rent at any time of the year. This is a truly beautiful, unspoilt and welcoming part of South West France. Each cottage, farmhouse, country house or Château on our list has its own individual character and charm. Gascony is great for families and groups of friends who want to relax, unwind, and slow down. Gascony is about proper countryside, wonderful local markets, fascinating architecture and delicious food and wine. Simply Gascony provides each Guest with personal service combined with deep local knowledge.

The Sunday Times Travel Section on 1 August 2021...

Showed Simply Gascony/Chateau Pélat as No 1 in a list of 'Ten no-fly French holidays for summer 2021'
Chateau Pélat still has some last-minute availability for this September...

5 Reasons why Gascony is the perfect place to go this year...

Travel both ways between the UK and France is getting easier. Both countries classify each other as 'amber' Covid-travel status, allowing fully vaccinated UK citizens to holiday in France without having to quarantine on their return home. So now is the perfect time to think about making the most of the rest of this year with a holiday in Gascony. Here's why:

1. You can drive direct to Gascony from the UK.

Gascony is very easily accessible by car - good for social distancing - especially using the Channel Tunnel. From Calais, where the Tunnel arrives in France, it will take around 10 hours driving to reach Auch, the capital of Gascony. There are also lots of ferry crossing options, with the shortest route also being to Calais. Gascony is also easy to reach by plane or train, going to major stations and airports such as Toulouse and Bordeaux.

2. Gascony has a healthy environment with low population density.

With practically no pollution, Gascony is one of the healthiest destinations in Europe - for both the mind and the body. The beautiful, unspoilt countryside of rolling hills and valleys offers plenty of scope for outdoor expeditions and exploring, the chance to enjoy an active holiday at entirely your own pace. Simply Gascony has a special relationship with Gascogne Bike Hire so we can arrange for bicycles to be available at your rental property. Gascony has one of the lowest population densities in the whole of France - it's certainly a holiday location that is guaranteed to be far from the madding crowds!

3. Gascony has great weather perfect for outdoor living.

Gascony has a great year-round climate, with warm and temperate spring, summer and autumn months. This makes for a great outdoor living environment, with days easily spent lounging by the pool, exploring local markets full of local produce and dining al fresco. There's plenty to see and do in Gascony, with activities ranging from browsing historical towns and cities, to opportunities to hike, cycle and surf along the Atlantic coast - numerous options for those who are looking to enjoy an active and outdoorsy holiday.

4. The food and wine are wonderful.

France as a country is a haven for foodies, but perhaps no region so much so as Gascony. This region is renowned for local delicacies such as the many recipes for duck. Flavours are generally rich and healthy, with gently reared tender red meat, really tasty chicken, the famous Toulouse Sausage, 'Cassoulet', a vast range of patés and 'charcuterie', and of course traditional foie-gras. Local markets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, croissants, bread and cheeses. Gascony is renowned for its wide range of excellent country wines, the intriguing aperitif 'Floc de Gascogne' and its signature brandy 'Armagnac'.

5. Low risk booking with Simply Gascony

We understand that booking and planning international travel is still difficult, and that's why we have created a special 'NO RISK' Booking Contract for 2021. This contract allows you to make a provisional booking well in advance for the Simply Gascony property of your choice. If you have to cancel your booking at any time because of official government travel restrictions and if you rebook the same or another SG property to rent during 2021 or 2022 (subject to availability), then no cancellation or other costs will be charged. You will find a copy of this Contract on our Booking Terms & Conditions page.

Travel between the UK and France:

More information can be found on these government websites:
www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france

Flexible Rents:

Our rents vary according to the Season and the number of people using a property. The rent quoted for each property on this website is the maximum Summer High Season Rent per week with full occupancy. Rents are lower in the Rest of the Year.

Seasons:

Summer:
26 June to 4 September 2021
Gascony is best known for its glorious Summer Season in July and August. This is when there are many festivals and village parties, street markets are larger, and everyone is on holiday. All our properties are available in Summer.

Spring/Autumn:
Outside the Summer Season, Gascony is quieter but still full of charm and there is lots to do. From April to June and September to November the weather is often lovely but a bit cooler than in high Summer.

Winter:
Many of our properties are available to rent during the Winter/Spring months, and these have wood fires and central heating. November/December can be very pleasant; Christmas/New Year are great fun here and for January, February, and March you have the extra option of some great skiing in the Pyrenees.

Please contact robin@simply-gascony.co.uk for further information.

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BED & BREAKFAST

La Traddure

Simply Gascony has arranged for this Bed and Breakfast accommodation to be available for clients who want somewhere to stay while looking at properties to rent or buy in Gascony... two double bedrooms and two shower rooms, private garden, lovely countryside, 1 hour Toulouse airport...

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