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La Bastide In the an­cient vil­lage of Bar­b­otan, over­looked by its me­dieval church, and sur­rounded by Ar­magnac vine­yards, La Bastide is based in a for­mer 18th-cen­tury Carthu­sian monastery, with a spa and heal­ing wa­ters at its heart. With suit­ably lux­u­ri­ous, spa­cious rooms, there’s also a restau­rant un­der the three-Miche­lin-starred guid­ance of Michel Guérard. Dou­bles from £170. 32150 Caza­ubon,

00 33 5 62 08 3100, bastide-gas­conne.com

Les Bruhas­ses This 18th-cen­tury farm­house run by Hélène and Jean Royer is set in its own pri­vate gar­dens com­plete with pi­geon­niers (dove­cote tow­ers) and sur­rounded by sun­flower fields. Jean makes break­fast ev­ery day with an as­sort­ment of wild jams and pas­tries, in­clud­ing bread and but­ter pud­ding with plum jam. He also cooks when there are six guests or more. Dou­bles from £77. 32100 Con­dom,

00 33 5 6268 3835, les­bruhas­ses.fr

Château de Four­cès Found in a unique set­ting in Four­cès, one of the most pic­turesque vil­lages in the re­gion, this Re­nais­sance-style pri­vate château dat­ing back to the 15th cen­tury is lo­cated in its own wood­land. Own­ers Olivier and Maria Le­saf­fre serve break­fast and din­ner on re­quest and of­fer five bed­rooms, all with four-poster beds. The prop­erty also has a pool, plus a gite that can host six peo­ple. Dou­bles from £130. Rue du Château, 32250 Four­cès, 00 33 5 6229 4953, chateau-fources.com La Ferme de Flaran Own­ers Gérard and Michelle Tête sold their foie gras farm of 25 years and, hav­ing seen this once-renowned restau­rant turn to ruin, they de­cided to take it on, mod­ernise it with an outdoor pool and air con, and make it their own. The rooms are neat and the place is ideally lo­cated in the mid­dle of the re­gion – 8km from Con­dom, 35km from Auch. The own­ers are al­ways at hand and the food is heav­ily Gas­con-based. Dou­bles from £57. Route de con­dom, 32310 Va­lencesur-Baïse, 00 33 5 6229 3983, fer­mede­flaran.com

Hô­tel de France At the very cen­tre of Auch, with views across the square and to­wards the cathe­dral, lo­ca­tion-wise it’s im­pos­si­ble to beat. Once home to the great Gas­con chef An­dré Daguin, it boasts quirky, spa­cious rooms full of ec­cen­tric Sev­en­ties char­ac­ter (so don’t be sur­prised to find your bed over­looked by a faux-Ro­manesque bust). There are also two ex­cel­lent food op­tions: a grand din­ing room and a relaxed ter­race bistro serv­ing lo­cal fare at a very rea­son­able £20 for three cour­ses. Dou­bles from £72. Place de la Libéra­tion, 32000 Auch, 00 33 5 6261 7171, hotelde­france-auch.com

La Villa des Rem­parts In the vil­lage of Labastide-d’Ar­magnac in the west of the re­gion, the Ar­magnac en Fête takes place ev­ery Oc­to­ber to cel­e­brate the dis­til­la­tion of the epony­mous spirit. Host Ber­tand has four bed­rooms in this won­der­fully shabby-chic villa, of­fer­ing a home-cooked din­ner with plenty of ad­vice on lo­cal hotspots. Dou­bles from £60. Rue de la Chaussée, 40240 Labastide-d’Ar­magnac, 00 33 6 7296 6835

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