In this issue
Welcoming Château Allure du Lac in the Pays de la LoireOur featured B&B: Château de Picomtal in Provence's Hautes-Alpes
Our Featured Rental: Château de Sommesnil in Normandy
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Welcoming Château Allure du Lac . . .
. . . a very special getaway in the Pays de
Allure du Lac
Allure du Lac is located
in the bucolic Pays de la Loire region not
far from the ancient city of Angers and within easy access to the
attractions of the Loire Valley. It is
is rented by the week, and the owner is happy to host special occasions
such as weddings,
family celebrations and seminars.
people can comfortably stay in
beautiful en suite guest rooms and the adjoining Manoir, for a relaxing
holiday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served in the dining
room or on the lovely terraces overlooking the lake. Picnic
lunches will be prepared for that special outing in the park.
to fish in the 22-acre private lake, swim in the sparkling pool, take
nature walks on the vast estate, or enjoy day trips to Loire vineyards,
the royal châteaux, or to watch Formula One racing at Le
The château is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator, and the owner is pleased to welcome children to the château. They will enjoy the games room, ping pong and a den for teenagers.
For those seeking just the right place for that special wedding or a family gathering, Château Allure du Lac is perfect ~ guaranteed by a warm welcome and reliable staff who can attend to your every need.
Wedding kiss on the balcony, bride in the chapel, reception hall, horse-drawn carriage ride.
And, remember that it is never too early to book your week or your wedding at the château. Reservations for 2015 and 2016 are now being accepted ~ to get the date you want, early planning is very important. Please visit the château on our site today, and contact us with any questions you may have.
SPECIAL OFFER: A 10% discount is being offered on all 2015 bookings
made on or before December 31, 2014. CONTACT US TODAY!
[Photo © Susan Stayne. All Rights Reserved.]
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Featured Rental Château:
Château de Sommesnil
~ in historic Normandy ~
château is exceptional is every way. First, those who
rent the property are able to participate in themed holidays offered by
the owner (art and painting, culinary courses, etc.) or they can design
their own themes suitable for their party. Second, transportation
in an air-conditioned coach will be provided for your group to reach
the château from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. This
added convenience ensures your time at Château
de Sommesnil is
off to a very good start!
in history, the château grounds boast an ancient wall
and fine dependencies. Very convenient to Paris, guests will find
themselves surrounded by so many interesting and important attractions
in Normandy ~ from churches and abbeys of the middle ages to charming
seaports and riverside villages. Painters will especially find
this part of Normandy appealing, as the Impressionists did before them.
Comfortably accommodating up to 18
guests in nine en suite bedrooms, plans are underway to add several
more guest rooms. Unlike many weekly rental properties, breakfast
is included in the rental rate, and dinners can be served
PLUS, there are currently some
To find out more, visit Château de Sommesnil on our site, and contact us with questions, or to make a reservation.
[Photos © copyrighted by David Daniel. All rights reserved.]
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
cloisters of Abbaye de St-Paul de Cormery
Auberge du Mail, Cormery
Abbaye de St-Paul de Cormery and Event Poster
Be sure to stay at Château de Reignac, just a few minutes from Cormery by car in the lovely village of Reignac-sur-Indre. This quality bed and breakfast has elegant en suite guest rooms, beautiful grounds and a lovely dining room for enjoying breakfast each morning and dinner by advance reservation. Contact them directly for reservations, and be sure to mention that you read about the château in au Château News.
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Featured Château B&B:
Château de Picomtal
~ in the Hautes-Alpes of Provence ~
Château de Picomtal
The classical Château de Picomtal is a holiday experience not to be missed. Not only are the comfortable en suite guest rooms tastefully appointed and furnished in accordance with the style and period of the château, but your host and hostess are interesting and friendly people whose love of their château is evident. A photo of Chambre Boniface is below.
From the château gardens, which took years of planning and work to create, to the historic rooms of the château, everything about Picomtal will fascinate you. A video taken during restoration by the current owners is awe-inspiring ~ watch them literally raise the roof and recap towers!
The château gardens are worth exploring, and the view of Lac Serre-Ponçon below the château is spectacular. Wander into the village, a brisk and easy walk, for a light meal or just to explore. From either the château or the village you can see towns across the lake and panoramic mountain views.
If you haven't visited the Hautes-Alpes of Provence, you now have the perfect place to stay while discovering what this region has to offer including outdoor sports, hiking, skiing and water sport activities. Visit their pages on our site, and contact us with your questions or to make a reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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from Our Members . . .
There are limited places left, so please contact us very soon for information and availability.
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Recipe ~ Lemon Curd
This rich, custard-like delight is easy to make and can be spread on toast or brioche for a real treat.
You will need 1-1/2 sticks of butter (diced), 1 cup of extra fine sugar, grated zest and juice of 3 lemons, and 4 egg yolks.
Put the butter, sugar, lemon
zest and juice into a heatproof
bowl. Suspend the bowl over a pan of simmering water - the bottom
of the bowl should not touch the water. The butter will begin to
melt. Whisk the mix until it is very smooth.
the egg yolks and whisk vigorously (for 10 minutes) until the mixture
begins to thicken. Pour the curd into ramekins or a jar, and
cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate.
Serve and enjoy! Bon appétit!
Michel Roux opened the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Britain and
a second restaurant held three Michelin stars for over twenty-five years.
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