The Manufacture Royale de Lectoure, a former 18th century tannery, has been superbly transformed into a place of accommodation and events. After thirty years of abandonment and three years of total restoration, the new guest house welcomes its guests in sober spaces with contemporary elegance.
Its remarkable clock stands above the vegetation and tiled roofs of the steep village of Lectoure. It was during a hike in the Gers countryside, on the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle trail, that Christèle Ageorges and her husband Hubert Delance fell in love with an old neoclassical building for sale. Despite its advanced state of disrepair and a considerable surface area, the couple decided to acquire this historic residence, the starting point for a new life.
Three years of work will be needed to renovate the building. The owners want to infuse it with a stripped-down and refined atmosphere that echoes the history of the place. Christèle, interior stylist, opts for a refined decor with meticulous details, and highlights traditional craftsmanship and know-how. The waxed concrete floors and the walls stained with lime are available in soft colors, chalk, pink, cypress and dove, tones inspired by the immediate environment of La Manufacture, from the limestone and luminous stone of the old town to the sunsets. pink sun on the Pyrenean horizon.
Since 2022, La Manufacture Royale de Lectoure has offered visitors a vast living space made up of reception rooms, five guest rooms and a gîte, while an entire wing of the residence is open for rent for groups or receptions. The volumes are spacious and furnished in a perfect balance of vintage pieces and contemporary creations: the blond shades of the Midi benches and armchairs harmonize perfectly with the Woood ceramic pedestal tables and the curves of the Osaka sofa by Pierre Paulin, while the hanging lamps Knit-Wit woven lamps and Grès lamps match the chandeliers with antique tassels.
"A family walk on the way to Compostela in 2017 led us to Lectoure, this small town in the Gers that we did not yet know but which was going to house our new project, after 30 years of a Parisian life!"
The owners wanted to create a gîte for hikers on their way to Santiago de Compostela, just as they had been taken to Lectoure a few years earlier. Four cells with several beds and a kitchen installed in the cellars of the Manufacture welcome pilgrims in a monastic and milky atmosphere.
The residence revolves around an interior courtyard in the middle of which sits a bicentenary lime tree which shades holidaymakers and invites you to enjoy the sweetness of life. And to perfect the place, a swimming pool will soon come to refresh the hot summer days. Due to the tranquility and refinement it exudes, the Manufacture Royale de Lectoure attests that happiness is indeed in the Gers...
19, rue Claude Ydron 32700 Lectoure
from 280,00 € per night
picture credit © romain ricard © jérôme galland