In this issue -
Welcome Château de la Caillotière in the Pays
de la Loire
Off to the Southwest:
Rental: Château la Roque de Bas in Bordeaux
Château de Rouffillac ~
setting for a suspense-filled novel!
News & Updates from our Members
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Bienvenue Château de la Caillotière
~ the perfect château to rent in the Pays de la Loire ~
CHÂTEAU DE LA CAILLOTIÈRE
From May through October, you and your companions can rent a week or two at this elegant and historic 19th century château just north of the River Loire. Set on seventy acres of woodland, lawns and gardens ~ including the jardin à la française at the front ~ guests will find the estate at Château de la Caillotière filled with many relaxing garden spots as well as a pond to enjoy some fishing. This peaceful location and fine château reminds guests that they are truly in authentic France.
There are six bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, along with fine common rooms including a games room, a salon, a brand new kitchen, and a luxurious dining room that seats twenty-two. Outdoor activities are also available. There is a newly-renovated tennis court, a sparkling swimming pool and, for those so inclined, a pony and a horse for riding around the estate.
Completely self-catering, this château will provide the ideal getaway from everyday stress and concerns. Here you will find calm and tranquility while having easy access to day trips to the royal châteaux of the Loire Valley, golf, antique shopping and discovering the beauty of the countryside and the charm of small French villages.
Do visit the château on our site today for contact information and so much more about Château de la Caillotière ~ enjoy a dream vacation in France with your friends and family.
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French Quiz 116
Where are we?
Name the waterway and the city.
The first person
who sends us the correct complete answer
Send your answer
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
See the answer to the last issue's Quiz at the end of this newsletter.
The answer to this quiz will appear in our Winter 2013 newsletter.
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If you are arriving in France by ferry from Britain, Château de Tocqueville is a convenient destination on the Cotentin Peninsula. It is equally as easy to reach by auto or train from Paris. The château is the family home of the descendants of Alexis de Tocqueville, a world-famous political thinker, historian and author of the 19th century. His most well-known work, Democracy in America, came after an extended visit to the United States, and it has remained important to this day.
The square Pavillon at the south end of the château, shown in the above photo, is rented as a self-catering accommodation by the week or mid-week for short breaks when available, while the château itself remains the family's home. Beautifully decorated, the recently renovated Pavillon offers five en suite bedrooms, a modern eat-in kitchen, an elegant dining room and salons for gathering with your traveling companions.
Although B&B accommodations are not offered, the owners will be happy to arrange a chef who will come to the Pavillon to prepare meals for your group at a reasonable cost. And, there are excellent restaurants in the immediate area of the château. The tennis court has been recently refurbished, and guests can avail themselves of conveniences such as satellite TV, Internet, WiFi, a washing machine and a dishwasher. Central geothermal heating is a plus in the cooler months. There is daily maid service as well.
Do visit their pages on our site to read more about the Pavillon and for information about all the historic sites and attractions convenient to the château. With the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2014, travelers will be descending on Normandy, so don't hesitate to make your reservations well in advance. Château de Tocqueville will be the perfect home base for exploring the coast of Normandy, so visit their pages soon to read more and hold a place for your friends or family at the château.
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Featured Bed & Breakfast:
Clos de la Garenne
Enter through the elaborate gate onto the estate of Le Clos de la Garenne, a warm and welcoming bed and breakfast in the Charente-Maritime, convenient to La Rochelle and the lovely Atlantic Coast of France, or reserve the self-catering apartment that can be rented by the week.
The historic village of Puyravault has a 2000-year history since it was founded in Gallo-Roman times, and Le Clos de la Garenne is itself a 360-year old residence brought into modern times for its owners and the guests they host. Two comfortable en suite bedrooms and a two-bedroom suite are offered in addition to the aforementioned apartment. Spacious, comfortable and charmingly decorated, windows overlook the gardens in this peaceful little hamlet.
A friendly welcome from owners Patrick and Brigitte François will make you feel right at home. Breakfasts are served in the large but cozy kitchen, and a library and salon are there for relaxation or reading. If you choose to have dinner at Le Clos de la Garenne, it will be enjoyed in the 17th century dining room with stone floors and a grand fireplace.
Day trips to the Romanesque town of Surgères or to Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron are easy drives, or you can enjoy golf or horseback riding nearby. Don't miss the owners' two donkeys who will come over to the fence to satisfy their curiosity about visitors to their home.
Take a moment to visit Le Clos de la Garenne on our web site soon to see more photos and to read about all it has to offer. For reservations or to check availability, please contact us.
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Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
Brightly colored restaurants, oyster farmer's huts converted to gift shops, awnings and table umbrellas create a rainbow first impression of sunny Île d'Oléron when you arrive in the village of Le Château d'Oléron. Approach by the three kilometer long free bridge, to this lovely island of beaches, oyster beds and charming villages.
This destination is a pleasant drive from Le Clos de la Garenne featured above, and the entire island is worth a visit. While in Le Château d'Oléron have lunch at the marina on the deck of a restaurant, and afterward take a pleasant stroll to the Citadelle built on the orders of Cardinal Richelieu between 1630 and 1704 to protect the southern end of the island. Later, it was updated by Marshal Vauban and became an important defense on France's Atlantic coast.
Le Phare de Chassiron Citadelle at Le Château d'Oléron
Drive to the northern tip of the island to the magnificent lighthouse, le Phare de Chassiron, in the town of Saint-Denis d'Oléron ~ surrounded by artfully designed gardens with walkways for visitors' enjoyment. Climb the lighthouse for a view of the coast and tidal pools. Île d'Oléron is France's largest island after Corsica, and a place that will remain in your fondest memories.
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Featured Rental Château:
la Roque de Bas
Gather your friends and family for a enjoyable stay at Château la Roque de Bas near Bordeaux. This five-bedroom château is a weekly rental complete with tennis court, a saltwater swimming pool and bicycles to explore the countryside. Surrounded by vineyards overlooking the River Dordogne, the château itself is elegant and refined with spacious en suite guest rooms and appointed in tasteful colors and fabrics.
A fully-equipped kitchen makes this self-catering property a pleasure. Meals can be prepared using local produce and regional products, and guests are welcome to help themselves to fruits and vegetables from the owners' kitchen garden. For those eager to learn the magic of French cuisine, a fine chef trained by Paul Bocuse is available for cooking lessons by advance reservation. He will suggest wine pairings during the classes as well as for the meals he may be asked to prepare for your group. And, for those who want the ultimate relaxing holiday experience, a qualified masseuse will come to the château for massages and beauty treatments for all the guests.
Enjoy the luxurious comfort of Egyptian cotton sheets, Fragonard toiletries and myriad other thoughtful touches your hosts have provided to make your stay at Château la Roque de Bas absolutely perfect. Please visit their pages on our site today for more information and photos, and contact us for your reservation.
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News from Our Members . . .
Château de L'Isle-Marie in Normandy has, regrettably, closed its doors to guests. This beautiful château, once called one of the 50 Most Romantic Hideaways Worldwide by Travel & Leisure magazine, will be greatly missed by us and by those guests who have enjoyed their time there.
de Chorey in Burgundy is still taking bed and breakfast reservations
for the remainder of September and October, and offers guests the
opportunity to have tastings of regional wines. The château
owners sold their vineyards, but their wines are still available for guests
to enjoy. The château will close in November and open next year as
a weekly rental. If you would like to reserve a few nights in a lovely
Burgundy setting, send us an email.
Saint-Philippe in the Savoie, offering dramatic alpine views and
crisp mountain air, has something special for those who book through au
Château ~ a 15% discount until December 31st.
Don't miss this opportunity to stay in a stunning, historic château
where you will be welcomed warmly by your host.
Don't forget, that the lovely Château de Prauthoy in Champagne country offers their guests chauffeured tours of wine country in one of their many luxury classic automobiles. Enjoy a visit to their grotto and take advantage of the gourmet cuisine offered at dinner. This is an experience you will not want to miss. Visit their pages on au Château for further information.
Château des Condé, an exclusive venue for weddings and corporate meetings, is changing its name to Château de Vallery after the name of the town in Burgundy's Yonne département where it is located. Very soon the name change will appear on our pages. This beautiful château offers a total of 28 guest rooms, lavish banquet rooms and dedicated attention to detail to make every wedding unique and perfect. We will be happy to check availability for you whether it is for 2014 or a year or two after.
We have several members who produce wine and Champagne, and some of them suffered damage to their vineyards this spring and summer due to heavy cold rains and violent hail storms. The bad weather in France's grape growing regions is causing vintners to face the poorest harvests in forty years. We hope that you will include French wines in your purchases to support this important agricultural contribution to the French economy.
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Romance & Suspense in the Périgord!
The Dordogne Deception by Sherry Joyce
Imagine that you are an aspiring author on an exciting holiday in France...you know that there is a book is inside of you just dying to get out, but you have yet to experience that magic something to begin your novel. Suddenly, here in the beautiful and mysterious Château de Rouffillac, a bolt of lightning, literally, gives you the inspiration for the perfect setting and the perfect story!
That's what happened to Sherry Joyce. On a stormy night, while she was a guest at Rouffillac, lightning struck the château. The Dordogne Deception was born ~ the story of an American divorcée who leaves her career and life behind to buy a château in France ~ Château Roufillay in the book ~ where she begins a new life as the châtelaine operating a luxury bed and breakfast. She is soon swept off her feet by a charming Frenchman with a shady past who is a guest at her château, while also becoming entangled in an unsolved crime whose string of clues led a British detective to her doorstep at Roufillay. Her once calm and ordinary life in America takes on twists and turns in France and becomes quite dangerous when she no longer knows who she can trust.
The author does an extraordinary job of bringing readers into the unique atmosphere of the ancient château. Early reviews are very positive with readers commenting on the well-written descriptions of the château, the countryside and how well the author built the characters and story line. Many said they couldn't put it down! Madame Isabelle Grassé, the actual owner of the château, is quite excited about the book and pleased that her château the centerpiece of this novel.
If you've stayed at Château de Rouffillac, a member of au Château for many years, this novel may hold a special meaning for you. If you haven't been a guest there, you might want to change that and make a reservation. Send us an email for information and availability.
In the meantime, do get a copy of The Dordogne Deception, a French château-lover's perfect mystery! Click on either of the links below to order in hardcover or paperback.
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Easy Recipe ~ Fingerling Potatoes with Cèpes and Shallots
once again drawing from a great recipe resource ~ Walnut Wine and
Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne ~ for this
issue's recipe. We repeat our thanks to authors Kimberley Lovato
and Laura Schmalhorst for allowing us to publish it. For a review of this
book which takes the reader on a gentle stroll through the Périgord
via its cuisine and its people, read the Autumn 2010 issue of FRANCE
Your Own. A special link to our web site is the extensive
mention of Le Prieuré
du Château de Biron, sold by owner Sally Evans (mentioned
in the book) and now in the loving and capable hands of Elisabeth Vedier
who has further improved upon this 12th century residence making it one
of the most delightful places to stay in the Dordogne.
You will need 2 pounds (1kg) of fingerling potatoes, 4 tablespoons (60g) of unsalted butter, 4 shallots sliced, 8 ounces (250g) of porcini mushrooms brushed clean, stemmed and julienned, 1 cup (250ml) heavy whipping cream, coarse salt (we prefer French sea salt), cracked pepper and 1/4 cup (15g) of chopped parsley.
Fill a large pot 3/4 full of salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender - about 10 minutes - and drain. Transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, cut them lengthwise.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat melt butter, add shallots and sauté until tender - only about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until they are tender - about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes to the pan and sauté until heated through - about 3 or 4 minutes. Finally, add the cream and simmer until it is bubbly and slightly thickened - about 8 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with parsley and served immediately. Serves 6. Bon appétit!
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Answer to Quiz 115 - Where Are We? from our Summer issue