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Autumn 2015
In this issue . . .

   Our Newest Member:  Domaine de Biar

    Bidding Adieu to 3 Fine Properties

   Our Featured B&B:  Château de la Resle

   Our Featured Rental:  Le Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville

   News and Offers from our members

and more!

Now is the perfect time to begin plans for your visit to France in 2016!
We hope this newsletter gives you some ideas.

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Our Newest Member:
Domaine de Biar

. . .  a seductive getaway in Languedoc

Domaine de Biar   Photo copyright M. Bertrand Schmitt. All rights reserved.

Domaine de Biar near Montpellier

The contemporary yet classical architecture of the fine city of Montpellier is reflected in this beautiful château, Domaine de Biar ~ a romantic retreat in a very special region of France ~ and the pièce de résistance: those amazing Camargue horses!

Chambre Henriette.  Photo copyright Domaine de Biar.  All rights reserved.

guest rooms await you in this unique and comfortable bed and breakfast.  Rooms from lavish to contemporary are offered, each with its own spacious modern en suite bathroom.  This guest room, Chambre Henriette, offers a queen-size bed, a small desk, and an en suite bathroom with shower.  Of course, all the rooms have WiFi for the convenience of their guest.

In addition to the amazing Camargue horses that live on the estate, guests will enjoy the peaceful grounds.  Stroll along the banks of the River Mosson as seen in this photo or spend time relaxing by the lovely swimming pool.

Swimming pool   Photo copyrighted Domaine de Biar.  All rights reserved.River Mosson.  Photo copyright Domaine de Biar.  All rights reserved.
Map Herault.  Wikipedia
We hope you will include Domaine de Biar on your next southern France itinerary.  Visit their pages on our site today to read more and enjoy the photos of both the château and the gentle Camargue horses native only to France.  For information or reservations contact  We're here to help you with all the details.

[Photos © M. Bertrand Schmitt.  All Rights Reserved.]

French Quiz 124

Where are we?

Hint:  This metal 'portrait' is in the park in
the town that bears this famous Frenchman's name

Quiz 124   Photo copyrighted Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

Please provide the person's name.

The first person who sends us the correct answer will receive our exclusive
 French Château Note Cards with our artist's original drawings.  This quiz
may be difficult, but we hope it will encourage you to travel off the beaten path!

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 Winter 2015 newsletter.

[Photo © Cold Spring Press.  All Rights Reserved.]

Featured B&B:

Château de la Resle


The beautiful Château de la Resle

  Château de la Resle

Don't even think of going to Burgundy without spending some time at Château de la Resle in the bucolic Yonne département.  Located in a tranquil forested area, this classical château is the backdrop for the extensive and appealing art collection of the owners, while still exuding the charm and ambiance of a warm and welcoming bed and breakfast.

Salon in Vezelay suite

and suites in both the château and Gardener's Cottage are appointed with the comfort of their guests in mind.  En suite bathrooms with fine toiletries are part of each guest room, and the newly renovated Farmhouse offers self-catering suites, with spacious salons and small kitchens,  for those who would like a longer stay with more independence. 

A spa, sauna, exercise room and new heated swimming pool are provided for a rejuvenating holiday,  Copious breakfasts are served in the dining room, and dinner is occasionally offered at the château by advance reservation.  Nothing is left to chance at Château de la Resle.  The owners are always trying to improve upon their already excellent service, and a stay here will be very fondly remembered.

        New swimming pool at Château de la Resle.


The Yonne département.  Wikipedia
Be sure
to visit Château de la Resle on our site for more details and photos.  Conveniently located only a 2-hour drive from Paris, you will not be disappointed with the accommodations, amenities and friendly hosts at the château. 
Please contact us with questions, or to make a reservation.

[Photos © Château de la Resle. 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.

Ch6ateau d'Eau, Montpellier.  Photo copyright Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

Château d'Eau, Montpellier

In keeping with the location of our newest member, Domaine de Biar, our featured city is Montpellier.  This photo is of the classical Château d'Eau (water tower) found when strolling on the Promenade du Peyrou, designed to showcase a statue of Louis XIV on horseback.  The Château d'Eau and Arc de Triomphe extend into the aqueduct and are examples of the rich classical architecture found in Montpellier.

Sweeping architecture of Montpellier.  Photo copyright Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.   

architecture in Montpellier is most assuredly one of its claims to fame.  Sweeping forms of the newer buildings seamlessly combine the classical with contemporary design ~  your visit will be unforgettable.  Enjoy walking along the River Lez ~ both banks offer grand buildings that are elegant and dramatic.  Visit the Polygone, the city's commercial center, shown in this photo with the entrance to the Galeries Lafayette straight ahead.

Montpellier River Lez.  Photo copyright Cold Spring Press. All rights reserved.

a Mediterranean climate, the vast Place de Comedie (a gathering place for tourists and the students who attend its three highly-rated universities), and the lovely River Lez, time spent in unique and interesting Montpellier will be like no other experience you have enjoyed in France.  We hope that you will visit Montpellier on your next visit. You will find it friendly, fascinating and fun!



[Photos copyrighted Cold Spring Press.   All Rights Reserved.

It is with great sadness
that we bid adieu . . .

We know that some of you have had the great pleasure of staying at Château de la Motte d'Usseau near Châtellerault, at the amazing Le Prieuré du Château de Biron, or at the lovely rental property deep in Roussillon, Tournou le Haut.  It has been our pleasure as well, and we will miss the opportunity to revisit them in the future as all three have either been sold or are currently on the market ~ their owners are retiring or have moved to other parts of France after having spent many years greeting guests at these fine properties.

  • We will miss the charming Jean-Marie Bardin and his fantastic wife (and superbe chef) Marie-Andrée. . . the elegant dinners shared with them and their other guests, the eloquent storytelling by our host, and the fairytale Château de la Motte perched high on a hill to be seen from miles away.

  • Who didn't enjoy staying at Le Prieuré in Biron, steps away from that enormous, historic castle?  Spacious, beautiful en suite guest rooms, delightful dinners in the large but still cozy dining room, endless views of the Dordogne countryside, and Elisabeth Vedier, one of France's finest hostesses ~ all that will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Tournou le Haut, an amazing getaway in Roussillon, offered guests everything they could want, from beautiful accommodations to several delightful dining areas, and from a fine historic fortress château to spectacular gardens and views. Alison and Duncan made everyone welcome.

We wish these 'friends' much happiness in their future endeavors, and we hope that the new owners of all three properties realize what treasures they have acquired.  And, if the new owners decide to continue welcoming guests, we will certainly try to make them available to you again.


Château de Détilly.  Photo R. David Jones. All rights reserved.

Poolside at Château de Détilly 

Rent the amazing Château de Détilly in the Western Loire for your
weekend wedding or a week or longer getaway with family and friends.
The château and gatehouse can accommodate up to 25 people in 12 guest rooms.
A professional kitchen, spacious dining room, sparkling swimming pool and tennis courts
provide everything you will need for a relaxing and memorable holiday in France.

Click on the banner to read more,
and contact us at for your reservations!

Featured Rental:
Le Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville
  ~   near Normandy's Channel coast ~

Le Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville.  Photo copyright Cold Spring Press. All rights reserved.
                                                                       The Pavillon at Château de Tocqueville

There is so much charm in this guest wing of the grand Château de Tocqueville, that we don't know where to begin.  Whether it is the elegant yet inviting salon, the spacious tastefully appointed guest rooms or the stunning modern kitchen, it is difficult to say what impressed us most.  The grounds with a large lake and beautiful gardens are breathtaking, and the history behind the château is fascinating. 
Chambre Barnette.   Photo copyrighted Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

Barrett is one of five en suite guest rooms for your family and friends when renting Le Pavillon.  This room overlooks the lake where swans drift by.  When the property is not being rented by the week, bed and breakfast accommodations may be offered, so don't hesitate to inquire.

This sophisticated room has an original beamed ceiling, French paneling, wood floors, a king-size bed,  antique writing desk and a magnificent English Soho tapestry on the wall.  The en suite bathroom has both a tub and a shower, double basins, a towel warmer and plush bathrobes. 

Some guest rooms have canopied four-poster beds, and can be either king-size or twins. Every amenity to guarantee comfort of the guests is provided.

Your group will have the use of a large salon that offers ample comfortable seating and a large fireplace for those chilly nights.  At the other end is a dining room with a table that will seat up to twelve people.  WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player and Internet are available.  Outdoors, guests will enjoy the newly-renovated tennis court.

La Cuisine.  Photo copyrighted Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

For all your self-catering needs, this modern kitchen is at your disposal.  There is a large  American-style refrigerator, professional stove, a dishwasher, microwave and a washing machine.  This photo doesn't show the entire kitchen, so there is plenty of work and counter space to prepare meals.

Map Manche.  Wikipedia
Please visit Le Pavillon on our site today to read the history of Alexis de Tocqueville, the well-respected historian and 19th century author of Democracy in America and his life in this ancestral home. Read, too, about the history of the region from 1120 through World War II and how fortunate the château was to escape damage in that war and earlier during the Revolution.  Then contact us at with your questions or to make your reservations for an enjoyable and memorable French château experience. We recommend it!

[Photos © copyrighted by Cold Spring Press. All rights reserved.]

News from Our Members . . .
& other travel information

  • Did you know?  France has passed a law making rooftop solar or gardens mandatory on all new commercial buildings.  Environmentalists wanted this law to apply to all new buildings, but the government believed it would be more easily approved by Parliament if the scope was limited to commercial buildings only.

                                   Getting the news!

you are planning a 'destination' wedding and are looking for a venue in France, don't look any farther than our web site.  au Château has 28 member châteaux offering their facilities for either indoor or outdoor weddings at a wide range of prices.  Various amenities are offered as well, as some will arrange hot air balloon rides, others fireworks, and so much more.

Contact us at with your requirements and questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.  

Château de Courtomer's  and Château de la Vigne's owners have Paris apartments available for rent.  Very soon all the details will appear on our site, but for now if you are interested in more information, contact us at

Handicap access is available at both La Borde Maison d'Hôtes in Burgundy and Le Clos de la Garenne in the Poitou-Charentes of western France.   For those who would just appreciate an elevator to upper floors when carrying their baggage, the following châteaus have elevators:  Picomtal, Tesnières, Allure du Lac, Tocqueville, Grand-Lucé, Foltière, Monthairons, Reignac and Breuil.

We are emphasizing this once again:  Travel insurance is something we rely on each time we travel.  We won't travel without it.  Strikes are commonplace in France, so you will want to be protected if your train or plane is canceled or delayed.  For peace of mind knowing you are covered for delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage, coordination of medical care, physician referrals, prescription replacement insurance, passport & ticket replacement assistance, translation help, and more, visit their web site to see how easy it is to learn all about it and buy your coverage online at

Be sure to visit our Special Offers page often to see
what properties are discounting their rates or
offering guests a special bonus for booking with them. 

Remember that au Château gives every inquiry personal, prompt attention ~
 and we are here to answer your questions,
unlike the automated online booking services.

[Contact us at  for availability or reservations
 at any property
on our site or mentioned in this issue.
 Please be sure to put the property name in the subject line.]

Easy Recipe: Peach Sorbet 

This quick and easy recipe comes from one of our favorite little cookbooks, The Best of France - A Cookbook edited by Evie Righter.  Your guests will love this light dessert with a homemade touch.

Peach Sorbet.  Photo Courtesy of

You will need an ice cream machine, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 3 cups of peeled and diced peaches, 2 or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice or to taste.

In a saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar and water.  Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool, then cover and chill for 30 minutes.

In a food processor purée the peaches until smooth.  Transfer the purée to a large bowl and stir in the chilled sugar syrup and lemon juice.  Transfer the mixture to an ice cream machine.  Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. 

Makes about one quart of sorbet.  Bon appétit!

[Published by Collins Publishers San Francisco, a Division of Harper Collins,
 in 1992.  ISBN 0-00-255086-5 Hardcover]


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Answer to Quiz 123 - Where Are We?  from our  Spring 2015 issue

The photo was taken of the Château de Châteauneuf in
Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France.
   A correct answer was received from a reader in North Carolina.
Our thanks to everyone who participated.


Département maps courtesy of Wikipédia, France

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