Staying at puyssentut
Puyssentut sits nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Gers in sunny, south-west France. The Gers is famed for D’ Artagnan, foie gras, Armagnac and the longevity of its population. While much of the region is turned over to (increasingly organic) commercial agricultural production you still see very old, tiny couples with characterful, smiley faces tending their crops and working their small farms. Probably it is the mix of good food and wine, fresh air, physical work and quiet life that leads to such good health.
We won’t be offering you foie gras or armagnac but we do provide extremely wholesome, tasty food, tranquil gardens in which to relax, plenty of fresh air and hopefully a good dose of sunshine too. If you are in the mood you are also welcome to do some light tasks in the garden or help in the kitchen, or alternatively there are plenty of walks if you fancy exploring a bit. We also add gentle yoga, soothing meditation, relaxing and healing treatments and inspiring workshops to our formula for a healthy and happy life.
The climate here is mild and sunny, it rarely gets too hot in Summer and when it does there’s nothing better to do than sit by the pool. For most of the year – April to October – the weather is just pleasantly warm and life is lived outside. It is a very simple but totally heartening pleasure to sit in the sun to eat, made all the more special when sharing a meal with others.
The Gers is not on the tourist map, which means you have an authentically French experience, yet it is very easy to get here. Toulouse airport is only a 50 minute car ride away and is serviced by a good range of major and low-cost airlines, and we will pick you up at the airport. Or you can hop on the train from Paris and we’ll pick you up at the train station.
Once you are here you will know exactly why you’ve come. Immediately daily pressures and treatment schedules feel a long way away. The air is fresh, the scenery is beautiful and all you have to do is relax. We are here to take care of you. So take a look at the calendar to find a retreat that suits you and book yourself a well-earned break.
STAYING AT PUYSSENTUT
"I really adored the treatments – truly wonderful. I felt very safe with your knowledgeable and professional therapists." -Zoe
"The food was divine, it made me feel great. I will continue with it." -Tulin
"My experiences at Puyssentut have been much needed fuel for my soul." -Shannon
"You have a very special place with the perfect ambience for helping people heal and find themselves again." -Sangeeta, Yoga Teacher
"I believe this whole week has worked in perfect harmony. Each part adding to the whole. It has been like a wonderful kaleidoscope of different elements making up a wonderful, complete healing experience for me." -Rosie
"Puyssentut is a magical place with incredible energy. As one of the retreat chefs, I can honestly say that cooking for people who are going through a healing process is a wonderful and rewarding experience." -Rebecca
"I really enjoyed the yoga. Each day built on what we learnt the day before and I will be able to incorporate what I learned into my daily life." -Nasiv
"Go do it - submerge yourself in the wonders of Puyssentut." -Lorna
"Puyssentut is the most caring and supportive environment I've ever experienced. It provides the optimum conditions for self healing." -Lizzie
"These are not 'detox retreats' or 'cancer cures'. This is something more profound and earthy. What people with a cancer diagnosis often need most is a calming space where they can relax, be nourished and reconnect with themselves. Puyssentut provides just that." -Kirsten (Nutrition therapist)