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Welcoming Château de Courtomer in NormandyOur featured B&B: Château de Longsard in the Rhône
Our Featured Rental: Château de la Bourgonie in the Dordogne
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Welcome to Château de Courtomer . . .
. . . in Normandy's Orne département,
not far from Paris
Château de Courtomer
de Courtomer is less than 2 hours from Paris by train in the Orne département of Normandy and
is rented by the week or can host special occasions such as weddings,
family celebrations and seminars.
The château is also happy to
arrange wine tastings, tours of the D-Day beaches, area tours, hot-air
balloon rides or an on-site chef to prepare special meals for your
Fifteen en suite bedrooms allow for a
large group to vacation together in this classical 18th century
Guests will enjoy the vast estate
including the gardens, lawns and ancient moat ~ and they will
appreciate the historic significance of the estate that has been
thoughtfully preserved by the current owners.
For those looking for a venue for their family gatherings, weddings or corporate functions, the Orangerie provides everything one could want. Smaller groups can come together in the more private château meeting room.
Of course, above all the comfort of the guests is important. There are relaxing salons, lovely guest rooms, a fine dining hall and a modern, fully-equipped kitchen with all the modern conveniences.
A guest room The Salon Dining Room
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Featured Rental Château:
Château de la Bourgonie
~ in the delightful Dordogne ~
rural setting and Medieval exterior belie the warmth and
charm of the interior of Château
de la Bourgonie ~ a registered Monument Historique ~ completely
renovated to provide all modern conveniences without sacrificing its
authenticity and centuries of history. You may even want to take
a tour of the family's ancient home, the Medieval fortress of Commarque.
Comfortably accommodating twelve
adults and 2 small children, the château is a weekly rental (two
weeks minimum in high season) at very reasonable rates. The guest
rooms are sophisticated and spacious, as are the common rooms, and
everyone will enjoy that magnificent swimming pool with views over the
To find out more, visit Château de la Bourgonie on our site, and contact us with questions, or to make a reservation.
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Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
breathtaking village of Lautrec ~ its
Famous for its connection to Charlemagne (he built a church at the base of this wall), today it is still pleasantly off the beaten path so the few tourists who do visit can enjoy a unique and delightful stay without the busy activity of other hill towns.
Charming houses, a fine windmill at the top of some well-worn stone steps, a lovely church, and a village square right out of a French film all combine to make a visit to Lautrec one of the most memorable you will ever have. And, don't forget to buy some of its famous pink garlic!
The photo above was taken from the garden of La Terrasse de Lautrec, a very special B&B that you will find on our web site. They have five en suite guest rooms and a great self-catering gîte for rent by the week. With gardens designed by Le Notre and a host and hostess who have lovingly restored and preserved their village mansion, La Terrasse is a place you will enjoy and return to again and again.
La Terrasse de Lautrec
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Featured Château B&B:
Château Longsard in the Rhône
In the lovely Rhône region, not far from France's gastronomic capital, Lyon, is the elegant Château de Longsard, offering charming en suite guest rooms in the château and spacious apartments in their coach house. Open from March 1 until December 20, Château de Longsard can host small weddings, arrange for tours of the nearby Beaujolais vineyards, host wine tastings in its 18th century wine cellar, and provide a relaxing and memorable vacation getaway.
The château gardens are exquisite, and spending time admiring them will be very rewarding. For those who want to explore the region, and in addition to visiting Lyon for its history, charm and fine cuisine, guests of the château can also visit the Abbey at Cluny, take garden tours, enjoy the area's lakes, take river excursions or drive the country roads to see the local villages and their golden limestone houses.
Don't miss the opportunity to spend your next vacation in the bucolic Rhône and Château de Longsard. Please visit their pages on our site to see many more photos, and contact us for availability at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recipe ~ Red Potato Gratin
This dish is a fine accompaniment to any roast meat or baked fish main course. Although it is best to use potatoes fresh from the grocer, they can be kept in a cool, dark place for some time, preferably unwrapped. Remember to always remove the 'eyes' or sprouts growing from any potato before using as these are toxic.
You will need 2 1/2 pounds of medium-sized red potatoes that are not peeled, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme, 1 can (14 ounces) of chicken broth or 2 cups of homemade stock, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and fresh ground pepper.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash potatoes and cut into thin slices.
Coat a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cover the bottom of the dish with one quarter of the potato slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with some of the garlic, pepper and thyme. Repeat this process until there are four layers, ending with a layer of potatoes on top. Pour broth evenly over potatoes, cover with foil and bake for one hour.
After an hour, remove foil, drizzle with olive oil and bake uncovered about 15 or 20 minutes until potatoes are tender and the juice is reduced. Serves 8. . Bon appétit!
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