What's the view like?

Spectacular and unspoilt. In fact many people says it's the best thing about staying at Les Noyers. On a clear day the Pyrennes mountains are visible. The surrounding countryside is gently-undulating arable land producing in great profusion cereals and sunflowers. Attached to the house is a garden, with a newly laid lawn and flower beds. In front of the house is a field (belonging to the property) in the care of a neighbour and to the side a small copse (also part of the property.)

Almost total privacy is guaranteed. In season deer can be seen in the fields and birds of prey/raptors are very much in evidence.

Walking is about the most energetic pastime, although there is a swimming pool in Lectoure - and there's always the tennis/basket ball court in the hamlet!

What's the village like?

The hamlet has three other occupied houses, and the village about 150 residents. The village has a Marie (Mayor's office), public tennis/basket ball court, shop, Church, and little else but it sits atop a hill and is unspoilt. The only intrusion into this calm are the occasional French air force jet or helicopter on exercise. Behind the house at a distance of about 100 metres a small furniture factory (owned by the Mayor) makes the occasional sound as its machinery gets into action, but it does not last long and has never been known to be annoying.

Can I shop in the village?

Yes. There is one shop. It is a combined epicerie/boucherie/depot de pain one minute's walk away and is open daily 9.00-12.00, five days a week (closed Friday and Monday) but it has all the basic necessities - milk, excellent meat, fresh fish on Thursday, bread, wine, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables.

What's the weather like?

The great appeal of the south west of France is the mild weather. The warm summers boast long evenings, which last long into the autumn - perfect for dining outdoors. It is a mild summer with temperatures in the mid-20s to low-30s C (80s and low 90s F).

While it can be cold during the short winter, there is often sunshine during the day, and the evenings can be enjoyed around a roaring fire.

Spring begins at the end of February. With the spring rains, the countryside blossoms.

The Gers region enjoys a more continental climate than the Mediterranean South and there is very little wind. The mild climate and fertile soil has also meant that the region is famous for its wine growing. Its splendid Armagnac brandy is a regional speciality, plus there's Floc de Gascogne, a delicious apéritif which comes in white and red varieties.

With almost 8 months of sunshine, the region is particularly good for outdoor pursuits like hiking and cycling.