The location of Le Vieux Presbytère in the Gers is superb for a peaceful, de-stressing holiday and as it is situated between Eauze and Condom and west of Auch there are plenty of facilities nearby. Equally it is an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful countryside with its historic bastide towns, villages and chateaux. There is also a wide variety of sporting facilities and attractions to suit all tastes.

Eauze is the nearest market town with supermarkets, butchers, hairdressers and shops. A good museum with Roman remains found in the area and one of the best markets on Thursday mornings. Condom is a port on the river Baïse and is famed for armagnac producers and an impressive Cathedral. Auch, a 45 minute drive, is the capital town of the Gers and is dominated by the Cathedral of Saint Marie. Auch has everything expected of a regional capital with the charming old part of the town, plenty of shops and restaurants and two weekly markets. Closer to Le Vieux Presbytère is Vic Fezensac, which is well known locally for its bull fights and festivals (see Events) has plenty of shops and restaurants and a friendly market on Friday mornings.

The local bastide villages are interesting to visit. Larressingle is a 13th century fortified village, the smallest in France (the so-called Carcassonne of the Gers). The museum shows reconstructions of life in the Middle Ages and the Park Museum houses medieval machines of war. Fourcès - the only circular walled bastide village in the Gers with a good café/restaurant in the village and a superb chateau hotel on the river. Valence-sur-Baïse is a picturesque 12th century bastide village and river port. Nearby is the Abbaye de Flaran, a magnificent 12th century Cistercian abbey which runs excellent art exhibitions. Montreal, an attractive 13th century Gascon bastide village with a Gallo-Roman museum with Seviac nearby, a 4th century Gallo-Roman villa, which has been extensively excavated during recent years.

The Gallo-Roman town of Lectoure is famous for its melons, with many interesting buildings to see and several museums. Also Bleu de Lectoure, an old tannery where blue dye from woad is once more being cultivated. Lovely hotel with well known restaurant is the Hotel de Bastard.

There are several spa towns in the area where you can take the waters in the Thermal Baths. Castera Verduzan is a pretty 30 minute drive cross country and Barbotan les Thermes 30 minutes to the west. Two hours south, close to the mountains is Lourdes and another spa town Bagnères de Bigorre.

The Atlantic coast is easily accessible for day trips: 1 ½ hours to the pine forests, oyster beds, huge sand dunes and surfing beaches of the Atlantic coast. In a couple of hours you can reach Biarritz and St Jean de Luz; pretty seaside towns with lovely seafood restaurants, shops and beaches. Then over the Spanish border to the elegant San Sebastian . Towns such as Pau , Albi, Toulouse , Agen and Carcassonne and of course the Pyrenees are only within a few hours drive.