At the heart of the Bas-Armagnac AOC region, the Domaine Départemental d'Ognoas organises stays in former tenant farms which have been renovated and decorated...
Entirely open to the public, the Départemental Domaine d’Ognoas covers more than 650 hectares of forest, vines and crops. You can observe the flora and fauna along the banks of the River Midou while a pond and a fortified house guarantee a total change of scenery.
Hiking fans will discover changing sceneries where the traditional pine forest of the Landes meets the rolling Armagnac hillsides punctuated by vines and original stands of oak. The former railway, now transformed into a 32-mile green way connecting Gabarret and Mont-de-Marsan, offers you the chance to explore the forest on foot, by bike or on horseback, revealing the riches of the natural and architectural landscape.
Ognoas, historical heritage
The manor house in Ognoas
In 1240, Ognoas manor house belonged to the Viscount of Marsan. By 1274, the owner of the property was one Arnaud Bosquet, the first known lord of Ognoas. In 1770, the Domaine d’Ognoas became the property of Etienne Lormand.
The fortified house in Tampouy
In 1775, Nicolas Lormand, son of Etienne, acquired another 13th-century fortified house overlooking the banks of the River Midou (protected historic monument).
The Ognoas still
The Lormand family developed the production of Armagnac on the estate and built the copper still in 1804. This wood-fired construction is the oldest working still in Gascony (historic monument since 2004). Every year, together with the 1936 SIER still, the 1804 still helps to distil some 2,800 hl of white wine.
La Gaube mill and the tenant farms
The “Lagaube” mill appears on the 1771 list of Etienne Lormand’s possessions. It was in use until the end of the 1950s.
In 1847, Nicolas’ son, Jacques Taurin Lormand, bequeathed his holdings to the Diocese of Aire-sur-Adour. The Law of 1905 transferred the Domaine d’Ognoas to the Landes département when it became public property.
There are a number of quite remarkable sites in the Armagnac Landes region. History lovers, aficionados of unusual sites and anyone with a healthy dose of curiosity should not hesitate to visit the museums, chapels, stately homes and walled villages which offer a genuine journey through time.
A patchwork of environments essential to biodiversity, the Domaine is an observatory and a haven of peace where deer, wild boar and wood pigeons abound!
Ponds circuit: discover 4 picturesque ponds in the canton of Villeneuve-de-Marsan.
Local products grown, processed and prepared in the Landes. Gourmet cuisine dreamt up by famous chefs… Gastronomy occupies a special place in the local art of living and this is certainly the case in the Armagnac Landes region.
The farms of the Landes
Duck preserves, foie gras, cheese, kiwis… Producers will be more than happy to open the doors to their farms to offer you the chance to discover their quality products “Made in Landes” and you can rest assured that they will share their passion with you.
Foie gras, rillettes, confits, Floc de Gascogne, vintage Armagnac, local pastis… There is so much to choose from in the local boutiques either as a gourmet souvenir of the Armagnac Landes region or simply to offer yourself a well-deserved treat.
The local farmers’ markets are an absolute must! In Labastide d’Armagnac, Saint Justin, Villeneuve and Roquefort, farmers serve up gourmet selections to taste on the spot.
Gourmet restaurants, inns, farms, traditional local cuisine, pizzas or crêpes... there’s more than enough to satisfy every taste!
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Central site accessible to visitors with reduced mobility
Fishing in the étang de la Gaube: belonging to the Domaine Départemental d’Ognoas, the étang de la Gaube boasts a number of picnic areas. The Association of Angling and the Protection of Aquatic Environments of Villeneuve-de-Marsan sells fishing permits for the site and is responsible for managing the fish (Mr Michel ROUMEGOUX, President: +33 (0)5 58 45 82 74)