In this issue -
Châteaus with Last-Minute Availability
Our newest member: Château de la Poujade
Coming Soon: Château de Picomtal
This issue's Featured Bed & Breakfast
Our featured Château Rental
and much more!
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Last-Minute Availability . . .
firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the château & its offer.
to Château de la Poujade
We are very happy to welcome Château de la Poujade to au Château. Owned by Count and Countess de Commarque (who also own Château de la Bourgonie), this 17th century chartreuse, a listed Historical Monument, is available for rent by the week for gatherings of family and friends, special celebrations or just a lovely holiday retreat to have all to yourselves.
Guests will appreciate the peace and quiet while being only a few kilometers from all the region's important sites and attractions. The Dordogne is famous for being the birthplace of modern man ~ the grottoes and cave paintings allow visitors to enjoy prehistory through the art left behind by Cro Magnon society. Now in modern times, those who come here not only experience the amazing history of the region but they also enjoy the regional cuisine, appealing culture and delightful villages that have made the Dordogne a favorite destination for many decades.
If luxury and elegance are what you desire in a place to stay, then Château de la Poujade is the perfect choice. Guest rooms are beautiful and spacious, bathrooms are modern, and the common rooms are extraordinary and authentic.
[Photo Credits: © 2011 Château de la Poujade. All rights reserved.]
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Coming Soon. . .
Château de Picomtal
A magnificent château in the heart of the southern French Alps is coming your way! With a history going back 1000 years, Château de Picomtal is today a luxurious chambres d'hôtes surrounded by beautiful gardens in a spectacular location. For those interested in cooking courses, day-long workshops and evening demonstrations are organized throughout the year. In addition, concerts are hosted at the château in the vaulted hall. There will be three concerts in July and August, beginning with a Celtic Music Concert on July 12.
Regular guided tours are scheduled in the summer and on European Heritage day in September. Guided tours for groups are possible throughout the year by reservation.
Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed with all the authentic charm of this historic château left in tact. This photo is of chambre Le Morgon, a sunny room facing west with both mountain and forest views.
Do visit the au Château web site soon to see more photos and read about all that this fine château has to offer. If you are interested in booking a room at the château prior to its appearance on our web site, please contact us at email@example.com
[Photos are property of M. et Mme Peureux, Château de Picomtal. All rights reserved.]
French Quiz 107
Where are we?
Name the building and the village where it is located.
first person whose email is received with the correct answer
Send your answer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
answer to last month's Quiz at the end of this newsletter.
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Bed & Breakfast:
Words are not always sufficient to describe a place that has left one with indelible happy memories ~ La Terrasse de Lautrecand the tiny village of Lautrec is such a place. We made it our destination in 2007 as a stopover point on our drive north, and we spent two wonderful nights and days in this tranquil location enjoying the activity at the covered market, the tiny Place du Monument outside our window and the incredible endless views from La Terrasse's magnificent gardens.
The village, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages of France, is filled with winding lanes and little surprises around every turn. Fine examples of medieval architecture are today the homes of the La Terrasse's gardens border the medieval ramparts, and it is across the lane from a fine 14th century church.
has it that Charlemagne laid the foundations for the church of Saint Rémy
which was just outside the rampart walls, allowing it to fall into disrepair
and collapse. It was rebuilt in the 14th through 16th centuries in
the village a few steps from La Terrasse.
enjoyable activity is to climb the stone steps to the 17th century Moulin
du Vent (what views you will see from there!). Another
is to stop at the tourist office to see the ancient convent bake house
and a model of the village as it once was. You can even visit a clog
maker's workshop or stop in at the little gift shop that sells the region's
amazing pink garlic (ail
We encourage you to consider a stay at La Terrasse de Lautrec when you next visit the Tarn département of the Midi-Pyrénées. It is convenient to both Toulouse and Albi, and the region is authentic France in every way.
[Photos courtesy of Dominique Ducoudray and Cold Spring Press © 2011 All Rights Reserved.]
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
As we drive through France we are always discovering little towns and villages purely by chance, and we are always impressed by how tidy they are. It brightens our day to see their carefully tended flower beds, overflowing flower baskets hanging from lampposts and flower boxes under all the windows. A pleasant fountain in the plaza is a common feature as well.
Bonny-sur-Loire, a commune in the département of the Loiret (45), is designated a Ville Fleurie with trois fleurs for obvious reasons. The architecture in villages throughout France is dependent upon the age of the building, the local materials, and regional traditions. A glimpse of the Mairie (village hall and mayor's office) can be seen at the left.
This commune has a population of just over 2,000 inhabitants, is on the River Loire, and just south of the city of Gien, one of the faïence centers of France, on the D952/D2007. What a lovely place to visit or to live!
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Our Featured Château Rental:
Château Robert near Bordeaux
Who doesn't love Bordeaux...the wine and the region of southwest France? Not an hour's drive from Bordeaux in the Landes (40) département, with easy access as well to Pau, Biarritz and Basque country, is the stunning and elegant Château Robert. It has ten spacious bedrooms, nine of which are en suite, and a sparkling swimming pool and tennis courts. This is the ideal getaway for a group of family or friends who want an unforgettable week or two in this sunny part of France.
You can live a life of luxury at Château Robert and even have a personal chef prepare your meals. Imagine a lovely meal in this beautiful dining room! All the common rooms are spacious, comfortable and decorated tastefully in keeping with the architecture of the château. The bedrooms are elegant, and the use of rich fabrics and fine furnishings make them tranquil and restful retreats.
For those interested in cooking or wine appreciation, courses are available at the château ~ as well as optional extras such as driver 24/7, babysitting, airport pick up and drop off, and more. Visit the château on our web site today for information about all the amenities offered and for more photos of the château.
Remember that Château Robert still has two weeks left in August. Send us an email soon for further details and booking at email@example.com.
[Photo: © 20011 Sabrina Franzheim. All Rights Reserved.]
Did you know . . .
that Domaine de Moulin Mer, a member of this web site, is featured in the large format Michelin FRANCE 2011 atlas? In the category Michelin's selected addresses, under Where to stay and eat in Bretagne, Le Domaine de Moulin Mer is listed. The Michelin review says: "On the coast road, in a garden strewn with palm trees and magnolia bushes, this early 20C abode conceals a beautifully looked after interior. Antiques and ornaments embellish the charming rooms. Menu of the day prepared by the owner (out of season only)." The review is accompanied by Michelin's symbol for 'The Most Pleasant Guesthouses'. We could not agree more. Our stay there in 2009 was delightful, as were our host and the cuisine!
Next we were pleased to discover two more of au Château's members listed under Where to stay and eat in Normandy. First, there is Château de l'Isle-Marie about which Michelin said: "This lavish medieval caslte set in an immense estate has belonged to the same family for centuries. A unique mix of comfort, romance and authenticity." It, too, received a 'Most Pleasant Guesthouses' designation. Mentioning 'romance' is appropriate as this château was named one of the '50 Most Romantic Hideaways Worldwide' by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Friendly owners wait to welcome you.
Please visit each of these properties on our web site to read all about them and to see the photos of their rooms and gardens. You can contact the owners directly by phone or email from their pages on au Château.
Easy Recipe: Mousse au Chocolat with Grand Marnier
This is a basic recipe for this very popular French dessert flavored with the orange liqueur Grand Marnier and without any added sugar. It makes six servings.
You will need 1/4 pound of bitter or semi-sweet chocolate, 4 egg yolks, 4 egg whites, 4 tablespoons of butter (softened), and 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier liqueur.
Break chocolate into little pieces and melt it by putting it on a small plate, covered with an inverted plate of the same size, and put the plates over a small pot of simmering water. Leave for about 10 minutes until the chocolate has melted.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the egg yolks until they are quite thick. Fold in the softened butter, Grand Marnier and melted chocolate. Then beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites with a wooden spoon.
Divide the mixture among six small serving dishes and chill for four hours before serving. You can serve with a topping of chocolate shavings and a dollop of whipped cream.
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Answer to Quiz 106 - Where Are We? from our Spring issue: