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November /December 2008

A new member in Normandy (Manoir de Berthouville) joins us - 
Château de Pomiro and Château du Guerinet offer unique holiday packages 
you won't want to miss - visit Château Vaulogé for spa and wellness offers- 
Château St-Michel de Lanès has special low season prices - 
- and Castel Merle adds a pool!  Of course, there's more  . . .


Special Holiday Offers . . .

Château de Pomiro

  Château de Pomiro in Gascony

Imagine yourself at the lovely Château de Pomiro in the southwest of France for the holidays!  Their special Christmas package includes a Reception Vin Chaud (hot wine) upon arrival, and there will be a four-course welcome evening meal with apéritif, regional wine and Armagnac (the local brandy), a leisurely Christmas Eve breakfast, Christmas Eve Revillon, a five-course Gala Christmas Dinner and so much more.  There is even a Boxing Day treasure hunt around the estate!

The New Year's package includes many of the above features plus a St-Sylvestre dinner to welcome in the New Year, a New Year's day breakfast with Champagne cocktail, a four-course lunch with apéritif, regional wine and Armagnac, and New Year's day fireworks with BBQ on the grounds.

For complete details including prices, please visit our Special Offers page.  Contact information to make your reservation can be found there as well.  Visit the château on our site to view the rooms and read all about it.  Happy Holidays!

[Photo courtesy of Château de Pomiro.  All rights reserved.]

  Castel Merle adds a swimming pool. . .

This lovely château in the Dordogne is yours to rent by the week, and may be the perfect place for your next summer vacation especially now that a magnificent swimming pool has been added. 

Castel Merle

Castel Merle

Castel Merle is offered as a fully self-catering property, but arrangements for a chef and housekeeper can also be made.  The rooms are elegant and spacious with lovely salons, a dining room and en suite bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests.

The new pool at Castel MerleThe Dordogne region of southwest France has always been a favorite of travelers  ~  and Castel Merle's location near Monpazier, a bastide town with an incredible market, and convenient to such places as Domme, Beynac-et-Cazenac, La Roque Gageac, Sarlat, Bergerac, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac and the Grotte de Lascaux, makes it even more tempting.

The new swimming pool is an added bonus.  It is beautifully constructed, and guests will find its location ideal for swimming or lounging ~ with the château as a backdrop and lovely countryside views all around. 

Please visit the château on our site (click on the link above), and contact us for booking.  It's never too early to plan next summer's getaway!

[Photo courtesy of Simon Hirst.  All rights reserved.]

French Quiz 90

Match the famous person(s) with their life spans:

                 1. Charles de Gaulle                   a: 1916-1996
                   2. René Descartes                     b: 1840-1917
                     3. François Mitterand                 c: 1745-1799
                       4. Auguste Rodin                       d: 1890-1970
                         5. Claude Monet                        e: 1638-1715
                           6. Jacques Montgolfier                f: 1596-1650
                             7. King Louis XIV                       g: 1840-1926
                               8. Joan of Arc                           h: 1412-1431


You will find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.

Château de Vaulogé Getaways . . .

Italian Cooking, Wellness Packages and More in the Peaceful Sarthe . .

Château de Vaulogé  is pleased to offer its guests exciting travel packages.  There is something for everyone ~ in addition to the wonderful bed and breakfast accommodations at this historic country château.

Château de VaulogéItalian Cooking Classes

Two nights in a suite or junior suite, welcome champagne for two upon arrival, Italian Cooking lessons for two in the morning and afternoon, dining at lunch and dinner on the food prepared in class.  Cost: 700 euros for two people or 560 euros for one person

Massages, Facials, Hot Stone Treatments

Spa treatments including Chinese Massages, Body Harmonization with Essential Oils, Chair Massages with Essential Oils, Hot Stone Treatments, Tibetan Treatment Detox and Relief of Tension, Facial Reflexology, Facial Oxygenating Treatment or Facial Lift with Dr Renaud, and more!  Per person prices range from 30 minutes for 37 euros to 120 minutes for 150 euros, depending on the treatment selected.

Zen Gymnastic Yiseishindo

Zen Gymnastic, mixing Tai Chi and Qiqong - One hour, 75 euros per guest

Wellness Packages

Two nights, three nights and five nights.  Details and rates shown on our Special Offers page.

Make your reservation or get more information, email

[Photo credit:  Château de Vaulogé.  All rights reserved.]


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Need a cell phone while traveling in France? 
Click on the above banner to learn all about Call-In-Europe, an American-based
company that provides cell phones for your vacation in an easy and economical way!

Villes et Villages de France

 . . . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
when you are roaming through the French countryside.

Barfleur, Normandy
 Barfleur, Normandy

 On the east-facing coast of Normandy's Cotentin Peninsula is Barfleur,
designated one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France.
Tall homes with steeply-pitched roofs line the road facing the marina where
small, functional boats and many pleasure craft are anchored, safe
from the Channel tides.  It's a charming, off-the-beaten-path place 
to park your car, take a stroll, and stop for something to eat or drink.

Farther up the coast is Pointe de Barfleur, which like the village, has
a lighthouse to warn boats of coastal dangers.  This is not the part of
Normandy most tourists visit ~ they are more likely to go to the landing
beaches of World War II ~ perhaps all the more reason for you to explore
the many interesting towns and villages of the Cotentin.  Enjoy
such little-known places as Goury, Sémaphore, Pointe de Querqueville
and, of course, Barfleur!  Be sure to take your camera!

Where to stay:  Manoir de Bellauney near Valognes.  An easy drive
to all the coastal attractions.  Incredible décor in the spacious guest
rooms and a copious breakfast to start off your day!

[Photo credits:  © 2006 -2008 Cold Spring Press.  All Rights Reserved.]

Le Prieuré in Biron has a new owner . . .

Le Prieuré du Château de Biron

The historic and inviting priory in the hilltop Dordogne village of Biron has a new owner:  Elisabeth Vedier found it as enchanting as we all have, and when it became available to purchase, she took advantage of the offer.  The village is quite special, and visitors will appreciate a visit to the Château de Biron only steps away from the Le Prieuré.

Renaming and redecorating some of the guest rooms, Madame Vedier is eager to welcome guests from April until November of 2009 in one of her five double rooms or self-catering apartment.  The addition of a swimming pool is planned, and guests can also participate in cooking courses offered at various times during the year. 

Please do visit Le Prieuré du Château de Biron on our site and see for yourself what a delightful experience awaits you!

[Photo:  Cold Spring Press.  Copyright 2008.  All rights reserved,]


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Paris Muse takes you to the museums of Paris!

For your next visit to Paris, why not be accompanied by a guide with an art history 
background who knows all the museums of Paris?  Your visits to those museums
will be all the more enjoyable and rewarding.  Click on the above banner for more information.

Low Season Specials  . . .
in the Aude of Languedoc-Roussillon 

Château de Saint-Michel de Lanès, a most lovely small château at the edge of a charming village in the 'other South of France', offers two of its guest rooms, Béatrix de Die (twin) for €105 per night (normally €129) and Bertrand de Born (double) for €119 per night (normally €149), including breakfast.  The proprietors, Vicomte & Vicomtesse de la Panouse, also offers
a special low season rate for four guest rooms for a small group (8 persons).  Please contact us for availability and more information at

Skiing this winter?

Please keep in mind that several of our member properties are near the ski resorts of France. 

In particular, in the Savoie you could stay at the wonderful bed and breakfast, Château des Allues, not far from Chamonix and Albertville, the latter the stunning resort made famous by the Winter Olympics of 1992. 

If you want to rent an entire château, only minutes away from Château de Allues is the magnificent Château St-Philippe with ten double en suite guest rooms ~ the ideal self-catering accommodation for a week or longer near the slopes.

Find them both on our web site, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at

   French Quiz 91   Where are we?

Win a package of our note cards!

au Château News - Quiz 91

Perhaps, we have been making this quiz a bit too difficult, as
there are never many people sending in their guesses.  This time, we
 believe many of you who have been to France will recognize
this famous building.  Please try!!  We're waiting to hear from you!

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 

Quiz 89 answer: 
Omaha Beach, Normandy
We had a winner from Louisiana.

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

Château Lodging + Wine Tours!

Château Coulon LaurensacWine tours are a new and popular addition to the repertoire at Bordeaux's Château Coulon Laurensac, so guests who want to know more about the Bordeaux region and its wines will find themselves in good hands.  Considering the beautiful guest rooms, the opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine at the hosts' table, and as well as suggestions freely given for independent wine country visits, Château Coulon Laurensac is a 'must' destination in southwest France. 

But, beyond that, if you want to participate in scheduled wine tours in 2009, with your hosts as your guides (they are certified wine experts!), three tours are planned for Spring, Summer and Autumn:  May 25 - May 30 / August 31 - September 5 / September 21 - September 26. 

Contact us to get details and pricing of the tours.  Send an email to us with Bordeaux Wine Tours in the subject line at

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Quiz 90 - 1d, 2f, 3a, 4b, 5g, 6c, 7e, 8h
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