In Gers, the revival of the royal manufacture of Lectoure

In the middle of the Gers landscape, behind high limestone walls, the small town of Lectoure purrs in the sun, refreshed by underground springs. On a clear day, the Pyrenees range stands out in the distance. In this cape town on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Christèle Ageorges, set designer and decorator, and her husband, Hubert Delance, succeeded in transforming a former royal tannery from the 18th century.e century abandoned in a monastery and refined guest house. Both walkers cover part of the Puy route every year.

In 2017, when they discovered a long stone building under Lectoure that has been for sale for several years, they were immediately won over. “The outside of the building was great, but the inside was devastated, very dark and damp behind the bricked up windows. Strangely, we immediately felt good there, says Christèle Ageorges. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to move on. This place offered me a nice site. » And five years of colossal work on transformation 1 200 square meters in poor condition in a comfortable and elegant residence.

“I was inspired by the surrounding nature, these are my favorite colors: faded pink, lichen or artichoke green, hemp beige or dove gray. » Christèle Ageorges, stylist

As soon as the funds were secured and the craftsmen at work, the stylist began to post pictures on Instagram and the place began to exist. Studio Foltzer – friends – sketched the visual identity and website. The couple eventually sold their apartment in Paris to settle in a tannery full-time. And finally, at the beginning of the summer of 2022, the family home began to welcome its first guests to the residence who joined the community: their children, Léonie and Théodore, in their early twenties, and their friends, photographers and decorators.

The entrance is through the northern porch. Double spiral stairs lead to the upper courtyard, below: under a huge linden tree, in front of the main building with royal facades and two convex pavilions, deckchairs are arranged in a circle around wooden logs. “Maybe a glass of homemade lemonade?” » Christèle Ageorges receives simply, with black hair in a ponytail and a linen apron cinched at the waist. We can imagine the energy and persistence invested in the implementation of the project. Everything exudes order and harmony here. We are amazed by the beauty and tranquility of the place.

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