A spectacular château has joined our family of members,
Château du Grand-Lucé in the Pays de la Loire
and we also bring you
great ideas for other accommodations in the
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Château du Grand-Lucé is here!
Château du Grand-Lucé
What words are there to adequately describe this phenomenal property? Grand French gardens, a pleasant little lake, an ideal location not far from Paris, and a truly sensational interior recently renovated to create a sublime vacation getaway.
Rented by the week, Château du Grand-Lucé offers eleven luxurious en suite bedrooms and beautiful salons and dining rooms for the use of guests. Owned and decorated by American interior designer, Timothy Corrigan, the château is the epitome of elegance and style. A week or longer spent here will take you to another place and time ~ and château life will be an experience you will never forget.
The entire estate is listed as a French National Landmark, and you will understand why when you visit it on our pages or see it for yourself. Set on 65 acres (30 hectares) of gardens, meadows and woodlands, the estate offers plenty of room to meander on daily strolls, visit with the swans and geese in the lake or swim in the heated pool. Bordering the small town of Le Grand-Lucé, those who stay at the château will have the added benefit of seeing French village life. Walk into the town, sit at a table at one of three cafés, stop in at a boulangerie, or pick up a paper at the convenient newsstand. For history enthusiasts, there is a fine 12th century church worth visiting.
region of the Sarthe where the château is located offers incredibly
charming villages, the gentle rivers Sarthe and Loir, and it abounds with
historic attractions, fine cuisine and wines. Not far from the grand
châteaux of the Loire, Château du Grand-Lucé
is the perfect home base for wonderful day trips in the area.
Rent this magnificent château with your family and friends for as little as $1818 US per week per couple! This is an amazing value, and promises to be the travel experience of a lifetime.
Please visit Château du Grand-Lucé on this site today, and consider it for your next holiday in France with friends and family. You won't be disappointed!
[Photos courtesy of Timothy Corrigan 2009. All rights reserved.]
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Château de la Barre
invites you for Easter!
Take a break ~ in France! The spring holiday is coming and Château de la Barre has some ideas for you.
The warm and welcoming Château de la Barre
daVinci invites you and your family or friends to celebrate an authentic
begins on Thursday, April 9th with a Champagne welcome, continues through
Good Friday with a visit to the gardens of Château Villandry, and
is followed by a tour of Château Chenonceau on Saturday. Attend an
exceptional Easter Sunday Mass, visit a market and enjoy a fine gourmet
dinner. Easter Monday is equally as interesting as you tour the gardens
This is a spectacular short break in France. Contact the Château now for all the details.
[Photo courtesy of Château de la Barre. All rights reserved.]
Visitors to Paris will want to see . . .
. . .the Italian Primitives exhibit at one of our favorite Paris museums, the incredible Musée Jacquemart-André, where you will find amazing treasures in an authentic mansion just a stone's throw from the Champs Elysées. Open every day!
A special exhibit you won't want to miss is coming in March. If you will be in Paris then, please be sure to visit the Museum ~ and see the wonderful permanent collection of art left for visitors to enjoy by Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart.
Then enjoy the collection of Baron Bernard von Lindenau (1779-1854) of Italian Primitive art on loan to the Musée Jacquemart-André from The Altenburg Museum Collection in Germany.
For more details about this exhibit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Quiz 94
Wines of France...match the grapes with the region
a - Burgundy
You will find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
very end of the D901, at the northwestern most tip of the Cotentin
protected marina is perfect for boat owners who ply the Channel or sail
Blanchard, one of Earth's strongest and most dangerous tidal currents,
peaceful village of Goury, however, and the magnificent sunsets as one
Some Places to Stay nearby:
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Château Life at Cottage Prices
Le Cottage at Château de la Barre
The owners of Château de La Barre in the bucolic Sarthe département have just completed a total renovation of Le Cottage, the extension of the château shown at the right in the above photo. This three-story building houses two separate apartments; one is on the ground floor and offers a living room/bedroom with a king-size bed, a great stone fireplace, a brand new Italian walk-in shower, a WC, an equipped kitchen, and a door out to the garden. This apartment is available for 350 euros per week plus end of stay cleaning.
The first and second floor apartment, with its own private entrance offers a living room/twin bedroom on the first floor, where you will also find a kitchen, a second stone fireplace, a bathroom with an en suite shower and WC, an infrared sauna, and the stairway to the second floor. On this floor is a spacious double bedroom with a Jacuzzi bath and WC. This apartment is available for 600 euros per week plus end of stay cleaning.
There are few places where you could spend a week in France ~ at a château ~ for such a reasonable cost. In these difficult economic times, why forego that holiday in the French countryside or stay in an ordinary rental villa when you can be at the beautiful Château de la Barre?
Contact Count and Countess de Vanssay today at email@example.com for your château stay at cottage prices!
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Green Vacations from au Château
We are pleased to introduce a new designation for some of our member properties ~ that of a green accommodation. This means that properties with the above symbol on their au Château page may provide guests with hypoallergenic bedding or linens made of natural fibers or heat their properties in an Earth-friendly way or provide organic foods or organically-produced wines from their own estates. . .or any combination of the above.
Please take some time to visit each of the properties below to see what they offer to provide you with a greener holiday in France:
Le Pavillon de Galon in the Vaucluse of Provence
If we've missed any member properties, we do apologize. If you find that we have, please let us know.
Live like Royalty at Château de Challain
The opportunity to stay in a fairy tale château in the Loire region of France is not beyond your reach. Exquisite Château de Challain, professionally decorated by its owner, awaits you with guest rooms as enchanting as the Tower Suite in this photo.
Known as the 'Petit Chambord', this strikingly beautiful château was built in the mid-nineteenth century in the Neogothic style. Gardens and a two-hectare lake are part of the estate, and it is the perfect location for a French château wedding. A gazebo will be added this spring for garden weddings.
Each bedroom is luxurious with an en suite bathroom complete with robes, slippers and a hair dryer. Breakfasts are copious and delicious and are included in the room rates. Dinner meals taken at the château include fresh local produce, wines from the château's extensive cellars, and cuisine prepared with culinary expertise by a trained chef.
Please visit Château de Challain on this site ~ perhaps it will become the dream destination for your 2009 visit to France.
© 2009 Château de Challain. All Rights Reserved.]
French Quiz 95
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Easy Recipe: Vanilla Flan
This recipe will serve eight to ten people and comes to us from Danyel Couet's The Paris Neighborhood Cookbook. There are two things quite special about this recipe: first, it is his grandmother's and, second, the pudding itself contains no sugar or cream but allows the caramel to provide all the sweetness.
You will need 4 cups of milk, 1 vanilla bean (seeds scraped out), 6 eggs and 2-1/4 cups of sugar, water.
Boil the milk and vanilla bean, then remove from heat. Allow to cool for ten minutes. Stir the eggs into the vanilla milk. Strain. Pour 2/3 cup of water into a pan, add the sugar, and boil for about 15 minutes or until it turns a golden brown caramel. Do not stir during that time.
Next, stop the cooking process by adding an additional 1/2 cup of water. Distribute the caramel among 8 to 10 individual three-inch ramekins. Let set for five minutes. Distribute the milk and egg mixture among the dishes.
Pour boiling water into a deep baking tray or heatproof glass baking dish. Place the individual ramekins into the water, and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven (170 C) for about 15 minutes until the crème has set. Remove from the oven and cool in the refrigerator.
Turn the puddings over onto serving dishes and serve! Bon appétit!
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