July, 2011

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Weekend at La Cabro d’Or in the Alpilles

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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The deep blue Provence sky casts a fond eye on this marvel crafted by Jean-André and Geneviève Charial, a more pastoral but equally exceptional version of the Oustau de Baumanière (see previous page). La Cabro d’Or is a temple to tranquillity with its clear, spacious interiors and windows opening onto an intimate, quiet garden. An experience awaits which is sure to secure your enthusiasm for the colourful, sophisticated universe of this couple who show an equally creative flair for both the culinary and decorative arts. Dinners - disturbed only by the chirping of the crickets – are accompanied, of course, by the Charial’s own wine. Named “L’Affectif”, it has woody notes and is silky-smooth on the palate.

In the very heart of Les Alpilles mountains, ideally located between Arles, Avignon and St Rémy de Provence, the 5 star hotel La Cabro d’Or was conceived by Geneviève and Jean-André Charial as a haven of peace and quiet that offers the harmony and happiness of country living.Set in a magnificent garden at the foot of the sculptured cliffs of Les Baux de Provence, savour the unpretentious, informal luxury of this Provencal house for a privileged moment of relaxation, focusing on gastronomy and well-being in the land of cicadas, grapevines and olive trees.

Activities:
Golf, Tennis, Outdoor pool, Spa, Fitness, Hammam, Mud bath, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding

Want to know more: http://www.lacabrodor.com/

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Weekend at Chateau de Montreuil in Le Touquet

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Weekend at Château de Montreuil in Le Touquet. Lindsay and Christian German, the owners of this manor house just a stone’s throw from Le Touquet and the Channel tunnel, have combined the best of both worlds to make a visit to this property an absolute must. When English charm meets French fine dining, you are obviously in for a seriously enjoyable stay. A stroll along the ramparts of the town and some of the finest beaches on this Opal Coast await you. The hotel has 16 rooms and suites and is both intimate and luxurious. It is affiliated with Relais & Chateaux.  The other treat of the place is the restaurant, offering fresh and organic food. Seafood is particularly good.

Activities: Golf, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, sailing, canoeing, polo, delightful garden

Want to know more: http://www.chateaudemontreuil.com

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Cooking weekend in the south of France

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Enjoy a relaxing and gastronomic week-end at the heart of the Abbaye de la Celle, near Toulon. In the middle of the Coteaux Varois’ vineyards, treat yourself with a charming and gastronomic week-end in the 4* hotel belonging to the decorated chef Alain Ducasse, with a provençal design of the 18th century.

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The awarded chef Benoît Witz will welcome you in his kitchen for a gastronomic cooking class, in his 1* restaurant by the Michelin review guide. The cooking class is private and will take place on the morning of the second day for 3 hours. The menu is elaborated on the very day of the course, unless you desire to prepare a specific recipe. You will use fresh and seasonal products. The class is followed by a lunch in the restaurant, drinks included. This week-end is the ideal week-end for gourmets, and a recipe book from Alain Ducasse will be given as a gift.

The week-end includes for two:
- 1 night in a double room
- 1 breakfast for two
- 1 gastronomic 5 courses dinner at the restaurant of the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle, drinks not included
- 1 cooking class for two followed by the lunch you have just prepared, drinks included.
- 1 recipes’ book from Alain Ducasse offered

The hotel:
This 18th century hotel is located on the site of a Royal Benedictine Abbey. Its 10 rooms were named after personalities that made an impression on the hotel’s history. The rooms open onto the park, the market place or the Coteaux Varois’ vineyards.

The restaurant:
The restaurant is under the direction of the chef Benoît Witz. You will be served a food mixing both tradition and imagination, using products from the local market and the vegetable garden. The restaurant is a 1* restaurant by the Michelin review guide. From the awarded chef and Alain Ducasse, the dishes are created between tradition and innovation, with a provençal inspiration.

The room:
You will stay in a double room, with a large closet and a provençal design of the 18th century.

Leisure on site:
- Outdoor swimming-pool
- 2, 5 hectares park
- Shaded terrace
- free visit of the Hostellerie’s Garden
- free visit of the “Salle Capitulaire”
- free visit of the Clos du Conservatoire
- visit of the Abbaye Royale de la Celle (at a charge)

Things to do in the area:
- wine tasting in the closest vineyards
- Golf courses close-by

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