In this issue
Welcome Château de Moulin le Comte
Dordogne Garden Tours and more in 2014
Coming soon: Château de Sommesnil & Château Bouffémont
Our Featured Rental: Tournou le Haut in South Central France
News & Updates from our Members
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Meet Our Newest Member
~ a warm welcome awaits you in the Pas de Calais ~
CHÂTEAU DE MOULIN LE COMTE
Whether you are arriving in France from the port of Calais, driving south from countries in the north, or taking the Eurostar from London to Lille, Château de Moulin le Comte is the perfect place to stay.
Five spacious en suite guest rooms, apéritifs before dinner which is available each evening, and the lovely surrounding countryside to enjoy, all combine to make this historic guest house the right destination.
The charming town of Aire-sur-la-Lys is a short walk from the château, while day trips can include visits to Dunkerque and Lens where you can visit the recently-opened Lens-Louvre Museum. On the grounds you will enjoy the delightful River Lys as it gently wends its way through the estate.
Please visit the château on our site today for contact information and to see and read so much more about Château de Moulin le Comte. You will discover that it is the bed and breakfast you have been looking for near Calais, Boulogne, Dunkerque and Lille, with more to offer than simply a great location! Visit them on our site, and then contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to make a reservation.
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French Quiz 117
Where are we?
Name this prominent politician and church figure and the town of the same name.
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who sends us the correct complete answer
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See the answer to the last issue's Quiz at the end of this newsletter.
The answer to this quiz will appear in our Spring 2014 newsletter.
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~ Château de Sommesnil in Normandy ~
An historic château in the Seine-Maritime département of Normandy and convenient to Paris, Château de Sommesnil, has been recently restored to a high standard. It is offered as a weekly rental, and guests will enjoy the three salons, an elegant dining room that seats twenty, and nine en suite guest rooms. Additional bedrooms are being added and should be ready for high season in 2014. Initial construction was in the mid-1700s, but it has interesting history including in the 1940s when General Rommel occupied the château.
The new owner offers all-inclusive tours that can begin when he retrieves guests at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in air-conditioned coaches that seat 16 or 30 passengers. Each tour is designed to suit the interests of the group and can include Château de Chantilly, Monet's gardens and the D-Day beaches.
~ Château Bouffémont near Paris ~
Bouffémont only thirty kilometers north of Paris has just opened
in September to guests. This astonishing nineteenth century landmark
is fully staffed to welcome guests for weddings, seminars, family celebrations
and gatherings, or any group event that you want tailored to your specific
requirements. If you dream of a romantic French wedding, convenient
to Paris and guests arriving from outside of France, this château
is an ideal venue.
Its ten suites, multiple salons, professional kitchen, and terraces overlooking the Montmorency Forest will mean that your every need, both practical and esthetic will be met. No amenities have been overlooked, from concierge service and a butler to a private chef and chauffeur service.
courses at the nearby Les Ailerons Aviation Club or horseback riding at
the Bouffémont Riding Club are only two of the many activities available
to guests of Château Bouffémont. Water sports,
river beaches, hiking, mountain biking, boating, golf and tennis are also
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Featured Bed & Breakfast:
You will be immediately impressed when you proceed through the gates up the driveway to Les Vieux Murs ~ one minute you are in the village of Souvigny and the next you have emerged onto a beautiful estate with a stunning golden manoir to greet you. Les Vieux Murs (the old walls) is aptly named, and you will pass the remnants of those Medieval walls as you approach the main entrance. Best of all will be the greeting you will receive from the delightful owners, Laurence and Michel Louyot. They cannot be more accommodating, offering recommendations of local attractions, making reservations for dinner at some excellent nearby restaurants or just being there when you need them. Their bed and breakfast is a model of what a B&B should be.
Speaking of breakfast, it is superb - homemade custards and pastries, great coffee, yogurt, fresh fruit salad and so much more! The lovely dining room is adorned with paintings by an earlier owner and French doors lead to the back garden. In warmer weather, breakfast can be enjoyed in the garden as shown in this photo.
Set in a 5-acre park, Les Vieux Murs was built in 1902 after Le Petit Trianon at Versailles. The resemblance is amazing! There are three double bedrooms and one twin, all en suite. They are spacious, beautifully decorated and very comfortable with excellent beds and all amenities. Look for a special treat in your room when you arrive. Pleasant days trips to see some of the local Romanesque churches are very rewarding. Visit nearby Moulins, capital of Bourbon from 1327, and see its Flamboyant Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame de Moulins, the interesting Centre National du Costume de Scène et de la Scènographie (the only one of its kind in France) exhibiting costumes from the Comédie Française and the National Opera of Paris among others. Or, stay at the manoir to enjoy the sparkling swimming pool!
And, of course, there is the village of Souvigny where Les Vieux Murs is located and its church that evolved from the year 916 and the Priory of Saints Peter and Paul. Souvigny and the church were on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
Take a moment to visit Les Vieux Murs 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 at email@example.com.
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Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
Adjacent to Place de la Bastille in Paris' 4th arrondissement is the marina known as Arsenal. Private boats moor here for a very reasonable monthly fee. At the north end (not shown) one can see the Colonne de Juillet at the Place de la Bastille, while at the south end is the bridge, Pont Morland, seen in this photo. Sharing the 4th with the marina are the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St-Louis, while not far to the east is the Opéra Bastille.
At its north end, visitors will find restaurants, shopping and entertainment. At the south end, the River Seine. The marina's central location makes it very convenient for visitors arriving by boat to dock at the marina and have easy access to so many of Paris' attractions and transportation on land as both the Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz and the charming Bercy are in the adjoining 12th arrondissement.
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Featured Rental Château:
Tournou le Haut
~ an exclusive rental in the south ~
It was the eleventh century when a Cathar watch tower was constructed to oversee one of the secret routes to and from the Pyrénées. Today it is an appealing and enjoyable weekly rental property. But the intrigue isn't over! It is also the setting of the novel Almost Perfect by John Childress, the owner of Tournou le Haut. This is a wonderful year 'round destination ~ perfect in the spring, summer and autumn months for the temperate climate, and because of central heating and marvelous open fireplaces, it is cozy and comfortable in winter as well.
When you arrive at Tournou le Haut you will be greeted by the delightful and friendly managers, Duncan and Alison. They will show you the property which has six bedrooms (two are en suite), a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room that seats twelve, and family room with a computer and Internet access, television, DVD player and so much more. Of course, WiFi is available throughout the castle. In addition, there is a Great Room with a music system and piano and, on the top floor, a library ~ the entire castle encourages relaxation and a fun family gathering.
Guests will enjoy the infinity swimming pool, beautiful landscaping, dining terraces and a spacious balcony off the family and dining rooms where meals can be taken while gazing over the surrounding vineyards. Cycling is possible in the area, and there are many activities to fill your time and an abundance of interesting places nearby to visit. (See News from our Members below for more.)
It's time to head south for the sunshine, and Tournou le Haut is the perfect place to spend a week or more with your family and friends. To read more and see additional photos, please visit their pages today. And be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to make a reservation.
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Easy Recipe ~ Noix de Pecan à la Cannelle
Once again,we are borrowing a recipe from wonderful On Rue Tatin chef Susan Herrmann Loomis in Normandy who never ceases to amaze with her recipes, enthusiasm, wonderful cooking classes and cookbooks! This recipe for Cinnamon Pecans is perfect for the holidays! Do click on the Amazon link below to buy her book(s).
You will need 1 large egg white, pinch fine sea salt, 3 cups (350g) pecans, 1 cup (140g) almonds (coarsely chopped), ¼ cup (30g) sesame seeds, 1/3 cup (65g) vanilla sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, Fleur de sel – optional.
Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and the cinnamon. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg white with a pinch of salt just until it foams. Add the nuts and the sesame seeds, and stir to coat. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss with the nuts so that they are thoroughly coated. Sprinkle with the fleur de sel, if you like.
Turn the nuts out onto a jelly roll pan and place them on the center rack of the oven. Toast until they are golden and smell like heaven, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the nuts from the oven and let them cool on the pan. They will cool into clumps. To serve, break up the clumps. These nuts will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks. They can also be frozen.
Yields about 4 cups nuts
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Answer to Quiz 116 - Where Are We? from our Autumn issue
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