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Autumn 2012

In this issue - 

  Château Coulon Laurensac's October Wine Tour

     News from Our Members

   This issue's Featured Bed & Breakfast

and  more!


We will be keeping this issue of our newsletter brief 
as many of our readers are still away enjoying their summer holidays ~ 
and we are getting ready for our upcoming visit to France. 
But, we do have some special announcements for those of you
who might be considering a last-minute trip yourselves. 
We also want to let you know about a new member 
in the southwest who will join us soon ~ as well as draw
 your attention to our featured bed & breakfast château.

 Bordeaux Wine Tour
~  a few openings remain  ~

The Bordeaux Wine Experience, from the owners of Château Coulon Laurensac just outside of Bordeaux, has a few more spaces for guest for their 2012 Harvest Tour, September 26 to October 1.  The tours are high-end wine and culinary tours of the Bordeaux region for an English-speaking international clientele.

This is an all-inclusive wine tour for 6 days and 5 nights (land only) at €3995 per person with more Classified Growths than any other Bordeaux tour.  The 2012 Harvest Tour includes visits to the top châteaux like Haut Brion, Pichon Baron and Château Yquem.  Meals in Bordeaux châteaux and Michelin-starred restaurants, all with great food and outstanding wines, are included.  Your accommodations are at the privately-owned 18th century Château Coulon Laurensac.

The tours are in English, expertly (and humorously) guided by Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master.  Deluxe transportation during the tour is provided, and small groups (maximum 6 double/twin and one single) keep the tour comfortable for all participants with attention given to everyone's questions and comments.

For booking or to inquire about more details or 2013 tours, please contact us by email at and please put Wine Tour in the subject line.

French Quiz 112

Where are we? 

Exactly where would you have been standing if you had taken this photo?

Quiz 112 - Photo © copyright Cold Spring Press 2011-2012.  All rights reserved.

 The first person who sends us the correct answer will receive
a set of our twelve Château Note Cards.

Send your answer by email to

See the answer to the last issue's Quiz at the end of this newsletter.
The answer to this quiz will appear in our Autumn 2012 newsletter.

[Photo © 2011-2012 Cold Spring Press.  All Rights Reserved.]

Featured Bed & Breakfast:
Château du Bois Noir 
in the Corrèze

The 19th century Château du Bois Noir. Copyright Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

 19th century Château du Bois Noir overlooks the beautiful Corrèze

We cannot say enough good things about Château du Bois Noir and its friendly and charming host and hostess.  From tastefully decorated, spacious and comfortable guest rooms, to modern en suite bathrooms with the latest in amenities, this bed and breakfast is very special.

Located high on a hill in the Corrèze département of the Limousin region and adjacent to the Dordogne just to the south, guests will find Château du Bois Noir a tranquil getaway where they can enjoy luscious breakfast fare each morning and gourmet cuisine at dinnertime.

Dining room fireplace at Château du Bois Noir.  Photo copyright Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.Lovely bedroom window and view. Photo copyright Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

                                             Unique dining room fireplace               Jewel-like bedroom window and view

And, those dinners are incredible!  Your hostess, Henriette, is a superb and creative chef and prepares delicious and memorable dishes that are served with elegance by your host, Henk. These wonderful meals can be preceded with an apéritif on the terrasse or in the salon as your host tells you more about the history of this 19th century Renaissance château and their past six years as its owners.  Much has gone into redecorating the rooms, improving the gardens and completing it with furnishings suitable to the period of the château.  One can tell that attention to detail and much love has gone into these efforts, as it is more than a chambres d'hôtes ~ it is also their home.

Country view from a terrase of Château du Bois Noir.  Copyright Cold Spring Press. All rights reserved.
One of the distant views offered from the château 

Despite the château's country setting, it is easy to reach many attractions in the Dordogne and surrounding area.   Swimming, golf courses, and the Lac du Causse with beaches, rowing, water skiing and sailing are pastimes all can enjoy.  Prehistoric caves, the villages of Sarlat, Collonges-la-Rouge and Brive-la-Gaillarde and so much more is in the region to enjoy ~ and it is ideal for those who look forward to hiking and walking.

And, your hosts offer package stays that include a three-night Golf package, a two-night In Transit package to discover the surrounding countryside, and a 2010 Christmas package, also three nights, which includes 2 four-course dinners, a Christmas brunch and much more!  For nature lovers, there is also a four-night Culinary Hiking package that includes packed lunches to take along on your hike and fine four-course dinners upon your return. 

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact us at and mention Bois Noir in the subject line.  We look forward to hearing from you.

[Photos © 2011 - present.  Cold Spring Press. 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.

Dangé-St-Romain.  Copyright 2011-present Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.
Bridge over the River Vienne entering Dangé-St-Romain

It was a Sunday afternoon when we were guests at Château de la Motte Usseau near Châtellerault ~ we drove north along the River Vienne and stopped in the little commune of Dangé-St-Romain, shown above.  We enjoyed a light lunch of melted brie on baguettes at a little village gathering place, the only 'restaurant' open for miles.  As with most French villages, picturesque lanterns and flower baskets adorn the bridges or streets adding that always-present French charm one sees throughout the country.

River Vienne at Dangé-St-Romain. Copyright 2011-present Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.
The tourist office tells us that in the 5th century the town was occupied by the Romans, and a governor, Damius, gave his name to the right bank of the town while on the left bank, monks built the Priory chapel and a toll bridge. Saint Romain, a disciple of Saint Martin, eventually became the patron saint of the boatmen.  The River Vienne has always played a vital role in the life of those living in around Dangé, and there are many splendid walks to take along the banks of the river. 

[Photo © 2011-2012 Cold Spring Press.  All Rights Reserved.]


Paris Fractional Ownership

We want you to experience châteaux and country manors in the French
countryside, but for your weeks in Paris wouldn't it be wonderful to sleep in
your very own apartment?  You can own a piece of Paris - four entire weeks
a year - in a luxury apartment in a prestigious Parisian neighborhood.
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News from our Members . . .

Château Soussac, in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, has been sold by its charming owners, Joe and Nell Beattie, and will close to guests at the end of this month.

We were guests there last autumn and not only enjoyed our stay, but were quite impressed by Nell's fine cuisine and Joe's dedication to their quality wine production.  We are, needless to say, very sad to lose them as members of au Château, and we wish them the best in the future.  We are happy to know that they will remain in France, so perhaps we will have an opportunity to see them again.

Château de Rouffillac , a lovely château on the banks of the River Dordogne, is still available for weekly rental for the week of September 24th.

Château des Méouilles in Provence has much of September available.  They will rent the entire château or individual apartments in the château.  Please visit their pages on this site to see the many options!  This is a great, last-minute booking location for visits to both Provence and the Côte d'Azur.

Château Coulon Laurensac  invites you to join its 2012 Bordeaux Harvest Tour (October 1 - October 6) - only a few openings left!  This all-inclusive tour takes you to the top chateaux, with delectable meals in Bordeaux Chateaux and a Michelin-starred restaurant, and accommodations in their privately-owned 18th century chateau.  Tours in English & deluxe transportation during the tour.

Book now for CHRISTMAS AND WINTER HOLIDAYS at Château de Prauthoy in France's lovely Champagne country.  All nights except December 24 and December 31 are available.  What a lovely way to celebrate the holidays!

For information, answers to your questions or bookings, please contact and provide the name of the château.  Merci!

We will not be including an Easy Recipe this month. 

This feature will return in our Winter issue. 

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Answer to Quiz 111 - Where Are We?  from our Summer issue:

The answer to last issue's quiz is Château de Hautefort
in the Dordogne.  We had a few correct guesses, but the first
to contact us was a reader in New Jersey.  Congratulations to her!

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