Within easy walking distance from our farm, Les Sources Sacrées, there is a little village called Les Termes d’ Armagnac. It originally boasted a proud medieval castle of which today only the watch tower remains. Guests on our Walking and Wine Tasting Holidays stop to explore this site on the first walk of their holiday, on their way to Aignan, where they also get their first taste of our region’s exceptional wines.
The original chateau was built towards the end of the 13th century for Jean, Count of Armagnac. The watch tower, or keep, is 36 m (~118 ft) high and has six floors. The castle is strategically built on a ridge on the northern border of the valley of the Adour and the Arros rivers. The chateau is also called the Chateau de Thibault, named after its most famous inhabitant, Thibault d’Armagnac, who was a companion of Joan of Arc.
The Medieval Camp
Recently, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we went to Termes to attend the annual ‘Medievales de Termes’. During this weekend a medieval camp is erected in the grounds of the keep, showcasing typical medieval arts and crafts. There were loads of people including a very obvious police presence, something we are trying to get used to since the terrorist attacks in Nice.
As those of you who follow this blog may know, we also host ‘Connect with Horses’ Personal Empowerment Workshops, so we were very keen to see the jostling – especially as Iberian horses were going to be involved! We were not disappointed, the riders’ skill was remarkable. The horses were very well trained and it looked as if they were having as much fun as their riders.
It was really difficult to capture the action and great atmosphere with my camera. I found a video on Youtube that does so much more effectively – one really feels transported back in time when you watch it!
If any of you would like to join us for a walking and wine tasting holiday or for a Connect with Horses workshop during the ‘Medievales de Termes’, it usually takes place on the first weekend of August. August is a very busy time for us so please book in advance! Should you have any further questions or if you would like to make a reservation, please contact us at welcome2gascony[at}gmail.com.