French inside design journalist, stylist, and set designer Christèle Ageorges and her husband Hubert Derlance fell in love with the small city of Lectoure, within the Gers, whereas strolling a stretch of the traditional Method of St James in 2017. Lengthy-time Parisians on vacation, the couple had no actual plans to maneuver till serendipity knocked on their door, ultimately main them to find a derelict 18th-century royal tannery which had been available on the market for ages. After quite a few transformations, the property had been transformed right into a retirement house within the Nineteen Sixties, then deserted for over 30 years.
Restoring the historic constructing to its former glory grew to become an all-consuming challenge for Christèle and Hubert. They moved to Lectoure completely and, working to French architect François Muracciole’s plans, slowly and respectfully introduced the spectacular tannery again to life with a workforce of expert artisans. Manufacture Royale de Lectoure opened its doorways to its first visitors in summer season 2022. Providing trendy, spacious mattress and breakfast lodging (two rooms and three suites) in addition to internet hosting workshops, pop-ups, retreats, culinary occasions, and photograph shoots, the couple will even be opening a personal trip wing with basin pool and backyard.
Final however not least, true to their ardour for strolling—and their gratitude for the route that led them to Lectoure—Christèle and Hubert have created a minimalist Pilgrims’ Cottage within the former tannery’s cellars. For a modest sum, households and buddies can break their climbing journey for a couple of days in a haven of peace.
Let’s have a look.
Pictures by Jérôme Galland, courtesy of Manufacture Royale de Lectoure.