Winter in the Gers

Bernis in the snow.

Every year, we find that it is relatively easy to rent Bernis for the summer. Come Christmas and New Year and the end of the festivities, we notice the bookings for the summer come in. Perhaps it’s at this chilly time of year when people need to look ahead to the summer months and visualise their summer holiday!

We have noticed, however, that Bernis seems to be less attractive to winter holiday makers which is a shame. So, I’ve decided to put this to rights and highlight a couple of lovely wintery Bernis must-dos.

What to do…

Winter in the Gers is a time to light the fires in the fireplaces – there are three in the house. There is one in the kitchen which makes the atmosphere very cosy. There is another in the lounge for those snuggling on sofas catching up on some holiday reading / watching a favourite movie / playing a board game. And, there is a third in the dining room to accompany those long, delicious Gersoise meals. The rest of the house has a warm ambient temperature due to the warmth generated by the pellet burner system.

If you’ve had enough of relaxing by the fire and want to explore the local area during your visit to Bernis, there’s nothing better than Gersoise dining especially during the winter months. Have a look at our list of favourite local restaurants and indulge knowing that you can very easily take a brisk walk after lunch to burn off those extra calories!

Out and about local to Bernis…

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Winter beauty in the Gers…

Bernis in the snow.

When most people imagine the South of France, they think of sun-drenched fields, outdoor lunches in dappled sunshine and afternoons splashing in the pool. The South of France is so linked with the idea of summer that winter is unimaginable and it’s an unknown and forgotten place. I, for one, think that that should be changed…

Winter here is magical…

Winter here is magical. It is cold, yes, but there’s a stark beauty in the leafless trees and the birds of prey are far more visible than during the summer months. By contrast, the deer are more difficult to spot with their tawny colouring blending into the colours of the fields and then, there is the occasional shock of colour of the male pheasant. They are strikingly beautiful, stupid but beautiful.

Not long ago, we visited a friend’s home. They opened the fridge to show the children their next meal – the pheasant, pre-plucking, beautiful plumage and all. Although I am adapting to the local way of doing things, I’m not quite ready for a pheasant in the fridge! Continue reading “Winter beauty in the Gers…”