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Location

We have now sold our lovely old house, 'Willowgate', that you see illustrated on the website.  

However, as announced on the homepage, we are now the proud owners of a new old house, called La Tuilerie (meaning The Tileworks)

La Tuilerie is situated near to Nérac, roughly midway between Bordeaux (1 1/4 hours to the north-west) and Toulouse (1 1/2 hours to the east-south-east) and 1 hour directly south from Bergerac.  It is in the departement of Lot-et-Garonne in Aquitaine, on the border with Gers in Midi-Pyrénées.  This area is traditionally known as Gascony and is famed for its fois gras, armagnac, wine and duck dishes.  

The countryside is full of sunflowers, vinyards, and cereal crops all gently undulating over the soft hills with old and beautiful villages and towns complete with their traditional markets and architecture nestled in valleys or perched on top of hills and escarpments.  This region has been nicknamed Little Tuscany due to the landscapes and the architecture of the south.  

Nérac, just 5 kms to the north of La Tuilerie, is a medieval town with a chateau that was built in the C15th & C16th from an original building dating from 1088.  It was partly dismantled during the French Revolution but still boasts a wonderful museum in the remaining northern part which stands overlooking the river Baise.  One of the lovely features of Nérac is its horse-drawn dust cart!  Somehow you don't mind the rubbish being picked up during your lunchtime when it is a man with a horse-drawn cart doing the the collecting!  

12kms to the south of La Tuilerie is the town of Condom in Gers.  Famed for being the 'birthplace' of D'Artagnan, from The Three Musketeers, it has a vibrant market and is also a very cultural town.  Nearby is the Abbaye de Flaran, the collégiale village of La Romieu with its C14th cloister and tower (and a fetish for stone cats everywhere!) and one of the famed Les Plus Beaux Villages de France called Larressingle with a craft village often held within its ancient keep.