Imagine an unspoiled paradise isolated from train lines and main highways, with the purest air. Imagine white clouds languishing in deep blue skies, rolling, velvet-green fields, and rows of grape vines stretching to the horizon. Imagine a cornucopia of luscious fruits and vegetables, a culinary heartland of garlic, foie gras, duck confit and Armagnac (France’s original brandy) artisan-made and sold at farmers’ markets and behind farmhouse doors every day. Such is the nature of Chez Moi (my house), where I live, in the Bas Armagnac region of the Gers départment of France. Tucked into the farmland of the southwest, my house is located one and a half hours southeast of Bordeaux, one and a half hours west of Toulouse, one and a half hours north of the Pyrénées, and one and a half hours east of the Atlantic Ocean, making it an ideal location.
The charms of the Chambre d’Hôte (bed and breakfast) have been a tradition in the rural French countryside for generations. Stay at Chez Moi and/or enjoy unique private tours with me as your host and guide. There is something deeply healing about this corner of the world, something I am privileged to experience daily.
Chez Moi also offers Table d’Hôte, a fixed price, multi-course dinner. I have a deep and abiding passion for all things culinary, and would be happy to prepare a French country meal for you using local, organic and seasonally grown food. These multi-course meals are offered for 25 € per person, including wine. A one day notice is required for shopping at the daily farmers’ market.
Please visit my airbnb site to make reservations.
“I was so thrilled by the meal prepared by Sue Aran in her lovely country home in the Gers in Southwest France as an addition to her B&B accommodation that I want to tell the world about it. Sue is a vegetarian and I had some expectation that the meal would follow suit. Not so. In her charming great room kitchen I was warmed by her artful presentation and delighted by the lasagna she made with spinach and another containing chicken. Both were wonderfully crispy and light and were attended by a simple, fresh salad with a delicious vinaigrette dressing. Her choice of local, quality wine was inspirational. This was followed by soft French cheeses and her wholesome home-baked bread. The icing on the cake, actually it was homemade whipped cream, was the chocolate tiramisu for dessert. My soon-to-be wife and I ate with gusto and good humor. If the setting and service of a B&B appeals to you, Sue’s offerings of her carefully prepared meals are a treat not to be missed.”
– David Fletcher, retired business consultant, Perth, Australia