Laouarde has a magnificent L-shaped swimming pool, sheltered on all sides by the walls of what was once the chai, the building where the estate’s wine was made and stored. The pool area also contains a raised sun terrace and an honesty bar area where guests can help themselves to cooling drinks. Pool towels are provided.
In the gardens and meadows surrounding the house there are plenty of spots to sit and relax, in sun or shade. A particularly romantic view across the rolling Gers countryside towards the Pyrenees, is from a secluded bench on the site of the ruined medieval watchtower from which Laouarde takes its name.
Continued use of traditional farming practice means that the Gers, and the grounds at Laouarde, are a haven for wildlife that has all but disappeared elsewhere in Europe. Wild flowers, including four types of orchid, abound along with the butterflies and insects they attract. Red squirrel, hare and wild deer are a common sight and there are numerous bird species.
Laouarde has its own extensive areas of traditional natural meadow, harvested for hay just once a year after flowering has ended.
Lack of heavy industry also means that the Gers has some of the cleanest air in Europe, and on a clear night the sky is a star gazer’s paradise.