In this issue . . .
Our Newest Member: Domaine de Biar
Bidding Adieu to 3 Fine Properties
Our Featured B&B: Château de la Resle
Our Featured Rental: Le Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville
News and Offers from our members
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Our Newest Member:
. . . a seductive
getaway in Languedoc
Domaine de Biar near Montpellier
The contemporary yet classical architecture of the fine city of Montpellier is reflected in this beautiful château, Domaine de Biar ~ a romantic retreat in a very special region of France ~ and the pièce de résistance: those amazing Camargue horses!
Luxurious guest rooms await you in this unique and comfortable bed and breakfast. Rooms from lavish to contemporary are offered, each with its own spacious modern en suite bathroom. This guest room, Chambre Henriette, offers a queen-size bed, a small desk, and an en suite bathroom with shower. Of course, all the rooms have WiFi for the convenience of their guest.
In addition to the amazing Camargue horses that live on the estate, guests will enjoy the peaceful grounds. Stroll along the banks of the River Mosson as seen in this photo or spend time relaxing by the lovely swimming pool.
We hope you will include Domaine de Biar on your next southern France itinerary. Visit their pages on our site today to read more and enjoy the photos of both the château and the gentle Camargue horses native only to France. For information or reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help you with all the details.
[Photos © M. Bertrand Schmitt. All Rights Reserved.]
French Quiz 124
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French Château Note Cards with our artist's original drawings. This quiz
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The answer to this quiz will appear in our Winter 2015 newsletter.
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Château de la Resle
de la Resle
Bedrooms and suites in both the château and Gardener's Cottage are appointed with the comfort of their guests in mind. En suite bathrooms with fine toiletries are part of each guest room, and the newly renovated Farmhouse offers self-catering suites, with spacious salons and small kitchens, for those who would like a longer stay with more independence.
A spa, sauna, exercise room and new heated swimming pool are provided for a rejuvenating holiday, Copious breakfasts are served in the dining room, and dinner is occasionally offered at the château by advance reservation. Nothing is left to chance at Château de la Resle. The owners are always trying to improve upon their already excellent service, and a stay here will be very fondly remembered.
Be sure to visit Château de la Resle on our site for more details and photos. Conveniently located only a 2-hour drive from Paris, you will not be disappointed with the accommodations, amenities and friendly hosts at the château. Please contact us with questions, or to make a reservation.
[Photos © Château de la Resle. All Rights Reserved.]
Villes et Villages de France. . . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
when you are roaming through the French countryside.
The architecture in Montpellier is most assuredly one of its claims to fame. Sweeping forms of the newer buildings seamlessly combine the classical with contemporary design ~ your visit will be unforgettable. Enjoy walking along the River Lez ~ both banks offer grand buildings that are elegant and dramatic. Visit the Polygone, the city's commercial center, shown in this photo with the entrance to the Galeries Lafayette straight ahead.
With a Mediterranean climate, the vast Place de Comedie (a gathering place for tourists and the students who attend its three highly-rated universities), and the lovely River Lez, time spent in unique and interesting Montpellier will be like no other experience you have enjoyed in France. We hope that you will visit Montpellier on your next visit. You will find it friendly, fascinating and fun!
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It is with great sadness
that we bid adieu . . .
We know that some of you have had the great pleasure of staying at Château de la Motte d'Usseau near Châtellerault, at the amazing Le Prieuré du Château de Biron, or at the lovely rental property deep in Roussillon, Tournou le Haut. It has been our pleasure as well, and we will miss the opportunity to revisit them in the future as all three have either been sold or are currently on the market ~ their owners are retiring or have moved to other parts of France after having spent many years greeting guests at these fine properties.
We wish these 'friends' much happiness in their future endeavors, and we hope that the new owners of all three properties realize what treasures they have acquired. And, if the new owners decide to continue welcoming guests, we will certainly try to make them available to you again.
Poolside at Château de DétillyRent the amazing Château de Détilly in the Western Loire for your
weekend wedding or a week or longer getaway with family and friends.
The château and gatehouse can accommodate up to 25 people in 12 guest rooms.
A professional kitchen, spacious dining room, sparkling swimming pool and tennis courts
provide everything you will need for a relaxing and memorable holiday in France.
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Featured Rental:The Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville
Le Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville
~ near Normandy's Channel coast ~
There is so much charm in this guest wing of the grand Château de Tocqueville, that we don't know where to begin. Whether it is the elegant yet inviting salon, the spacious tastefully appointed guest rooms or the stunning modern kitchen, it is difficult to say what impressed us most. The grounds with a large lake and beautiful gardens are breathtaking, and the history behind the château is fascinating.
Chambre Barrett is one of five en suite guest rooms for your family and friends when renting Le Pavillon. This room overlooks the lake where swans drift by. When the property is not being rented by the week, bed and breakfast accommodations may be offered, so don't hesitate to inquire.
This sophisticated room has an original beamed ceiling, French paneling, wood floors, a king-size bed, antique writing desk and a magnificent English Soho tapestry on the wall. The en suite bathroom has both a tub and a shower, double basins, a towel warmer and plush bathrobes.
Some guest rooms have canopied four-poster beds, and can be either king-size or twins. Every amenity to guarantee comfort of the guests is provided.
Your group will have the use of a large salon that offers ample comfortable seating and a large fireplace for those chilly nights. At the other end is a dining room with a table that will seat up to twelve people. WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player and Internet are available. Outdoors, guests will enjoy the newly-renovated tennis court.
For all your self-catering needs, this modern kitchen is at your disposal. There is a large American-style refrigerator, professional stove, a dishwasher, microwave and a washing machine. This photo doesn't show the entire kitchen, so there is plenty of work and counter space to prepare meals.
Please visit Le Pavillon on our site today to read the history of Alexis de Tocqueville, the well-respected historian and 19th century author of Democracy in America and his life in this ancestral home. Read, too, about the history of the region from 1120 through World War II and how fortunate the château was to escape damage in that war and earlier during the Revolution. Then contact us at email@example.com with your questions or to make your reservations for an enjoyable and memorable French château experience. We recommend it!
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from Our Members . . .
If you are planning a 'destination' wedding and are looking for a venue in France, don't look any farther than our web site. au Château has 28 member châteaux offering their facilities for either indoor or outdoor weddings at a wide range of prices. Various amenities are offered as well, as some will arrange hot air balloon rides, others fireworks, and so much more.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Château de Courtomer's and Château de la Vigne's owners have Paris apartments available for rent. Very soon all the details will appear on our site, but for now if you are interested in more information, contact us at email@example.com
Handicap access is available at both La Borde Maison d'Hôtes in Burgundy and Le Clos de la Garenne in the Poitou-Charentes of western France. For those who would just appreciate an elevator to upper floors when carrying their baggage, the following châteaus have elevators: Picomtal, Tesnières, Allure du Lac, Tocqueville, Grand-Lucé, Foltière, Monthairons, Reignac and Breuil.
We are emphasizing this once again: Travel insurance is something we rely on each time we travel. We won't travel without it. Strikes are commonplace in France, so you will want to be protected if your train or plane is canceled or delayed. For peace of mind knowing you are covered for delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage, coordination of medical care, physician referrals, prescription replacement insurance, passport & ticket replacement assistance, translation help, and more, visit their web site to see how easy it is to learn all about it and buy your coverage online at www.travelguard.com.
Be sure to visit our Special Offers page often to see
what properties are discounting their rates or
offering guests a special bonus for booking with them.
Remember that au Château gives every inquiry personal, prompt attention ~
and we are here to answer your questions,
unlike the automated online booking services.
[Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability or reservations
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Easy Recipe: Peach Sorbet
This quick and easy recipe comes from one of our favorite little cookbooks, The Best of France - A Cookbook edited by Evie Righter. Your guests will love this light dessert with a homemade touch.
need an ice cream machine,
1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 3 cups of peeled and diced peaches, 2
or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice or to taste.
In a saucepan over medium heat
combine the sugar and water. Bring the liquid to a simmer and
cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool, then
cover and chill for 30 minutes.
In a food processor purée the
peaches until smooth. Transfer the purée to a large bowl
and stir in the chilled sugar syrup and lemon juice. Transfer the
mixture to an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the
Makes about one quart of sorbet. Bon appétit!
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Answer to Quiz 123 - Where Are We? from our Spring 2015 issue
The photo was taken of the Château de Châteauneuf in
Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France.
A correct answer was received from a reader in North Carolina.
Our thanks to everyone who participated.