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The village of Tillac

The village of Tillac surrounded by fertile hills of maize and cereal crops - farms raising ducks, 
geese and turkeys. The abundance of inexpensive local ingredients make this region 
one of the best eating areas of France.

The entrance to the village with the arch beside the Bar/ Restaurant - only the arch and tower 
remain from the former 13C mediaeval castle. Our cottage is just through the arch.

- and right beside the arch is the cheery little Bar / Restaurant, Chez Gorka. 
         Guests staying here enjoy having somewhere to eat out only 50 metres from the cottage.
They are open for lunch and in the evenings and usually have a Menu-de-Jour for around 12 euros. 
Tillac - after you walk through the arch - showing the church and tower set in the
garden behind - our cottage is middle left with window boxes of red flowers.
 

- our cottage second from the left with the red geraniums.
   
Left - looking back the other way through the arch towards the front garden and the shop.
There are plenty of car parking spaces here under the trees. Right - this village and the gardens are always kept
in immaculate condition by the village Communant and people enjoy sitting outside the bar.
The Bar / Restaurant Chez Gorka now specializes in Gascon food under the popular owners
Corrine and Renaud Gorbéa. Above, Corrine is busy in the bar -
  

Inside, the restaurant is having a very busy day during the Brocante fair, so their absolutely
delightful young daughter, Mayanna - 10 years old in 2013 - is doing a totally professional job of taking orders
for food and drinks.


Looking through the historic 5 metre wide arcades at our front door with all the flowers baskets
Although Tillac is a quiet village there are usually tourists pottering or taking photos.

  
There are also quite a few classical music recitals performed in the church, just across from our cottage.
We have been there forseveral concerts there and it is fascinating to see the Steinway piano arrive,
to hear it being tuned, then to enjoy the performance in the evening, followed by a free aperitif under the acades.

Tillac on a very busy day with the special Brocante Fair 2013. Unfortunately the day was showery,
but everything kept pretty dry under the wide arcades.

This was the scene right outside our front door with everything from old linen and china, rare books,
kitsch galore, but great fun for all.
The Pyrenees can appear and disappear like a phantom backdrop - on a clear day 
they are suddenly visible. This photo was taken just a few kms from Tillac.

Our street from the reverse end near the church looking back towards the arch, clock tower and the cafe. 
There is a back garden with the small summer Office-de-Tourisme
- and gardens with seats and picnic tables.
  

Left - the village enjoying the Brocante Fair several years ago. .
Right - a photo taken out of our kitchen window on that happy day. 
 

Tillac en fete right outside our front door - shown here is the annual lunch for
The Chase held underneath the arcades.


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The village of Tillac


.Tillac, (pronounced Tee-yac), is perhaps the most unusual and interesting of all our villages. 
Originally a tiny fortified 13C-14C settlement built earlier than the bastides, it has a unique little principal 
street of beautifully arcaded and overhanging houses, quite symmetrical on both sides. 
This street has an historic arched clock-tower gate at one end, and an immaculately kept communal 
garden with the church and 13C tower at the other end, the only remnants of the original castle. 
Our cottage is in the middle of this double sided terrace of ancient houses.
 
Scenes from the Hollywood film D'Artagnan starring Catherine Deneuve 
were filmed right under our windows in Tillac during 2000
        
Tillac is a small and perfectly kept little village.
There is a Marie, a small information office, Bar / café and a primary school.
        A grant given by the Government enabled our courtyard and street to be restored and paved, 
including the 12 foot wide arcades under the houses to make a shady eating out place during summer. 
        Tillac is is set in a valley surrounded by rolling hills studded with beautiful old Gascon farms 
producing maize, wines or cattle. 
All shopping at Miélan 6 kms, Marciac 10 kms or Mirande 10 kms away.


 
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