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September/October 2008

This issue focuses on some of our members'
Special Offers and Discounts


SPECIAL OFFERS at Member Properties:

Looking for more to do than to simply stay in a beautiful château? 
Are you seeking that special experience that will remain with you
long after you have returned home?  Well, look at what some of our members
have to offer you on your next château stay in France.

Château de l'Isle-Marie. . .

Château de l'Isle-Marie

Château de l'Isle-Marie

. . . one of the "50 Most Romantic Hideaways Worldwide" according to Travel & Leisure magazine, offers American guests who book through au Château (use our Booking Form) a 10% discount and any guest who books a 3-night ' stay will receive a welcome of fresh flowers and Champagne!  See more of Château de l'Isle-Marie on our pages!

  Château Vaulogé in the Sarthe . . .

. . . has many special offers for its guests.  There are Italian Cooking Classes, Spa Treatments (including Massages, Facials and Hot Stone treatments), Zen Gymnastics, Yiseishindo, Wellness Packages and more!  To read the details and get prices, visit our Special Offers page today and take a tour of Château de Vaulogé on our site!

Château de Vaulogé

Château de Vaulogé

  Medieval Château in Cantal offers Cooking & French classes. . . 

Château de la Vigne  is a spectacular medieval fortress château set in the bucolic green hills of the Cantal in the heart of France.   Lovely guest rooms await you, and fine dinners can be enjoyed with advance reservation.   Now you can spend some time there enjoying Cooking classes with the Countess or French immersion classes with both Count and Countess de la Tour.

Visit our Special Offers page for details and pricing.

Château de la Vigne

Château de la Vigne

The Incredible Château de La Barre

The exceptional Château de la Barre, also in the Sarthe region of northwest France,  has been in the same family for centuries, and the Count and Countess de Vanssay, are eager to welcome guests to their historic and beautiful home.  They are offering the following packages to make your visit extra special:

  • Drive a vintage 1940s Citroën during their Loir and Loire Valley 'French Touch' package.
  • Take part in the 2008 French Language Immersion classes at the château.
  • Enjoy an exclusive 3-day rental of the château for a special event or gathering.
  • Discover the best of the region during their special Cuisine and Wine package.
  • Experience 'Three Days, Three Magnificent Gardens' within 18 miles of the château.
  • Fly above the valley in a Montgolfier balloon!
Château de la Barre

Château de la Barre

 Visit our Special Offers page today for more information on each of these special offerings.

Bordeaux Wines and Gourmet Cooking Courses...

Château Soussac

Château Soussac

... are yours at the lovely Château Soussac, a wine producing estate in the Entre Deux Mers region of Aquitaine near St-Emilion.  This refined château has elegant guest rooms, a magnificent park with swimming pool and pool house, and offers guests tours of the vineyards and free wine tastings.  Gourmet Cooking Courses are offered, taught by a professional chef.  Do visit Château Soussac on our site today and on our Wine Châteaux page.

Awash in the Groves and Vineyards of Provence. . .

Château Juvenal is warm and enchanting with its Provençal location and surrounded by its own vineyards and olive groves.  Sparkling in the sunlight of southern France, Château Juvenal offers fine guest accommodations, dinners of regional cuisine including wine, and a refreshing swimming pool.   And, they offer special rates for longer stays:  a 10% discount for three days or longer, and a further 5% reduction for stays of 7 days or longer.  We can personally attest to the fine accommodations, gourmet cuisine and delightful atmosphere of this fine property.

Château Juvenal

Château Juvenal

Châteaux of the Loire visits . . .

Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil

Here are special offers that are hard to resist.  In the Loire's beautiful Château du Breuil, you can experience 'Cocooning in the Loire' whereby two people can stay at the château for 305 euros per night.  The package includes a spacious guest room with its own en suite bathroom, a welcome Champagne or Crémant de Loire de Cheverny apéritif, a candlelight gourmet dinner including three wines from Cheverny and the surrounding area, continental breakfast, a meeting with the château's wine grower friends to tour their vineyards and visit their cellars, and two tickets to Château de Cheverny with a possibility to extend your visit to the park and Tintin exhibit.  Or take advantage of their 'Castle Life' package, which includes visits to nearby châteaux bicycles to explore the countryside and much more!  Finally, maybe you're more interested in nature and would enjoy exploring 'Castle Country by Bicycle'.  This includes enjoying any of the over 300 kilometers of cycling tracks to visit famous châteaux ending the days with a candlelight dinner, Cheverny wines and coffee!  All packages are described on our Special Offers page.

And, for those of you who find a château rental appealing, you might be enticed by the knowledge that four of our members offer catering in combination with their rentals, so  you can have meals prepared for you!  These properties are Château Charly, Château de Saint-Martory, Castel Merle and Château Robert.  Please visit them on our site at your next opportunity. 

[Photos courtesy of respective owners.  All rights reserved.]

French Quiz 88

Match the famous person(s) associated in some way
with a château or châteaus on our site:

  1. Robert Rauschenberg, Honoré de Balzac & Victor Hugo  a - Château du Fraisse
      2. The Black Prince (Prince Edward of Wales)                b - Château du Barthas
          3. Edith Wharton and Napoléon                                 c - Antigny le Château
              4. Général Marquis de Lafayette                              d - Château de la Ballue
                  5. General Eisenhower               e - Château de Vollore, Château de Reignac
                      6. Jean d'Albret                     f - Château les Hauts, Château de Caillemont


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
when you are roaming through the French countryside.

The Port at St-Cyprien

 St-Cyprien Port

 Let's wind down the summer of 2008 with a seashore photo, this
time of the Mediterranean port of St-Cyprien.  The harbor is filled with
pleasure boats as well as with picturesque fishing vessels such as this
one ~ nets awaiting the hard task of untangling 
and mending to ready them for another day.

St-Cyprien is a favored holiday destination for the French and offers
a lovely wide beach (St-Cyprien-Plage) as shown in the photo below.  Seafood
lovers should know that restaurants abound with fresh catches and lovely
Catalan menus in the coastal towns on the way south to the Spanish border.



[Photo credits:  © 2007 -2008 Cold Spring Press.  All Rights Reserved.]


EasyToBook online!

Finding a hotel in Paris can be daunting - where do you begin?
A click on the link above will take you to EasyToBook's Paris pages where you 
will find a selection of fine hotels all offered at the lowest prices available.
EasyToBook also offers hotels in other cities in France and Europe. 

   French Quiz 89  Where are we?

Win a package of our note cards!

au Château News - Quiz 89

This peaceful spot had a turbulent past.  Today, its soft, pink sands
offer a quiet pleasure for all those who stroll along this shore.  A hint
can be seen in the distance.  Can you guess? 

The first correct answer received by email will get a package of our twelve,
original Château Note Cards, so do send your mailing address
along with your guess to


You will find the correct answer in our November / December 2008 newsletter

 [Photo credit:  2007-2008 Cold Spring Press.   All Rights Reserved.]

Easy Recipe:   Chevre Chaud with Honey

Here is another quick and easy recipe taken from the recently published book entitled, The Paris Neighborhood Cookbook:  Danyel Couet's Guide to the City's Ethnic CuisinesRead a complete review of the book  in the August issue of the FREE newsletter, FRANCE On Your Own.  Discover Paris' ethnic neighborhoods and the marvelous cuisine to be found there!

This recipe is also from the chapter entitled Les Bistrots de Paris.

You will need 1 small baguette, 7 ounces of goat cheese (the author suggests Sainte Maure), 1/2 cup of orange flower honey, 1 orange (juice and grated peel), 1 teaspoon of chopped tarragon, 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon of chopped basil, 1 teaspoon of crushed black pepper, frisée lettuce (torn into small pieces).

Slice the baguette and cheese into 1/2" thick slices and place the cheese on top of the bread.  Mix the honey with the orange juice and orange peel, tarragon, parsley, basil and pepper.  Place the bread and cheese rounds on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until slightly golden brown.  Drizzle the honey mixture over them and garnish with the frisée

Serves four. Bon appétit!

The Paris Neighborhood Cookbook:  Danyel Couet's Guide to the City's Ethnic Cuisines 
is published in the United States by Interlink Books, 
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060,
ISBN 978-1-56656-723-7

Click on the Amazon Link to order yours today!

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The answers are: 
Quiz 88 - 1d, 2a, 3c, 4e, 5f, 6b
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