Maison Tillac - Quality Gites with Pool
in a Medieval Village in Gascony, South West France

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Tillac is "a little medieval jewel consisting of a pretty single arcaded street of half-timbered buildings and a 15th century church"*.  Beginning as a support village for a military outpost of one of the local noblemen, it is now a pleasant community, rural in character, quiet most of the time but that comes alive for the Floralie (flower market), Brocante (antiques and bric-a-brac market), summer fete, its own and surrounding towns' music festivals and dinner dances galore.

For self catering the best butcher in the area is in Tillac and the local epicerie provides the tastiest croissants and bread, plus all your basic provisions and fuel for your barbecue. There are produce markets on Monday at Mirande, Wednesday at Marciac and Thursday at Mielan and twice weekly in Auch. Tillac also has its own bar/restaurant and a post point in the epicerie! There are several large supermarkets, petrol stations and banks a short drive away at Mirande and Marciac.  In the Summer there is a Sunday morning gormet foods and crafts market in Tillac. 

In Gascony, country food and cookingstill reign supreme. At 12 o'clock, midday, everything stops for lunch. You can't beat it, so join it. You will find many restaurants near to Maison Tillac, including one in the village, serving wholesome food and plenty of it at remarkably low prices. Four courses, including wine, for 12-13 euros is not unusual!

Gascon meals revolve around, but are by no means limited to, four things - duck, garlic, wine and armagnac. However, simple country food is not your only option. There are also gourmet restaurants for you to try, vineyards to visit and wines and spirits to sample and buy. The local wines include the tannic red wines of Madiran and Saint Mont and the whites of Pacherenc and Jurançon. Don't miss the opportunity to try the fiery spirit of Armagnac plus its two derivatives, Pousse Rapier and Floc de Gascogne.

Everywhere you will see ducks and geese, for this is foie gras country. Foie gras is the pride of Gascony and a delight for the senses. This is best sampled with a glass of sweet Pacherenc or Jurançon wine.

Your Hosts look forward to welcoming you to Maison Tillac.

*Gascony and the Pyrenees, D. Facaros & M Pauls, Cadogan Guides, www.cadoganguides.com

 Copyright: Madeleine & Tony Clifford-Winters © 2013