Hi, I’m Marie Peters and welcome you to my medieval home in southwest France.
For 18 years my family and friends have made long lasting memories while staying at La Forge in Montpezat. For me it is a place for reflection, relaxation, sharing happy times with friends and family and learning about a little known part of France.
The locals describe their area “the real France” and love to share the unique history and traditions of Aquitaine. In the 12th century France was a small kingdom, surrounded by counties and duchies that often fought each other. Aquitaine was the largest and stretched from the Loire River in the north to the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border in the south, and the mountains of the Massif Central in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The nobility of Aquitaine lived a more luxurious lifestyle than those in Paris. This is where the troubadours were born, poetry and music was held in courts and women were given greater rights than in other duchies in France.
The great rivers, the Lot and the Garonne, linked the Mediterranean and the Atlantic seas and witnessed the entire history of Western Civilization. Some of the earliest cave paintings know to man are found nearby. The Romans knew the area well, for its wine and food. Charlemagne traversed it North to South, and the Crusaders crossed it East to West, dallying too long for the health of the countryside, but leaving their forts behind.
The Hundred Years War started when Montpezat sacked St Sardos, two villages one English one French, built too close together for stable relationships. Napoleon’s troops left their marks of new roads, onion fields and newly planted shade trees.
La Forge is my second home and being there keeps me in touch with other cultures. The people are kind, hard working, loyal, generous and religious. Every activity from concerts in the local churches, walking through forests, markets with fresh local produce, fine restaurants, some of the finest wines in France, architecture from all ages and even children and adult zip cording are at your finger tips
But the best part for me is that I can take time to follow the advice of Rummer Godden:
We all have four rooms:
- the physical
- the emotional
- the intellectual
- the spiritual
We need to enter each room daily, If only to air it out.