RETREAT ACCOMMODATION & LOCATION
Chez Zen is a comfortable Retreat Centre with a boutique hotel style, located in the picturesque province of Gascony in the southwest of France, near Toulouse. Close to the Pyrenees, the 2.2-hectare estate stands alone on a hill and provides breathtaking views into wide valleys with poplars, vineyards and fields full of sunflowers. The beauty and endless expanse of nature all around create an ambiance of peace. Gascony is often known as the Tuscany of France, with rolling hills, a plethora of sunflowers, wonderful fortified hilltop villages and a multitude of vineyards, many producing the local nectar Armagnac. The least populated department in France and the whole of Europe, with empty roads, an almost total lack of mass-market commercialization, with the feel of a people truly at one with their land. This is an area of great natural beauty, very much rooted in its traditions and respect for its inhabitants, and was recently voted the second best place in the world to live in. Community life is still the norm here, with dozens of local markets selling provisions produced and sold directly by the farmers themselves, and each year, more of these products are organically produced.
The Centre is beautifully designed, with salt pool, terraces, big seminar room with fireplace, outer yoga deck, sauna, fully equipped kitchen, lovely decorated bedrooms, area for socializing, rest, contemplation, and huge garden around the main & guesthouses. It is the place for complete relaxation and reinvention of oneself. 🙂