“These are the keys to paradise” were the welcoming words when Château de la Creuzette was handed over to residing hosts Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Hardy Olivier in 2001. This idyllic estate prospered over the years into an acclaimed and sought-after luxury holiday destination. A wide range of themed breakaways are on offer every year: rouse your inner artist, awaken the writer in you or become the chef you always wanted to be. Or join one of our experiences specially tailored for lifestyle enthusiasts and Francophiles.
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At La Creuzette, we offer a creative collection of exciting seasonal itineraries. These ever-evolving week-long courses are constructed with experts presenting hands-on, interactive classes and lifestyle experiences. Every holiday is carefully planned and built around guests’ expectations. Exquisite attention to detail makes each La Creuzette package a unique and stimulating event, often referred to by guests as life changing.
We introduced short-stay visits to the La Creuzette itinerary by popular demand. Guests may visit La Creuzette as a tranquil getaway for a few days, add on extra days after their La Creuzette experience, or just stop over for an overnight stay en route to the south of France. These options are offered on a bed-and-breakfast basis, but can also be customised.
Cooking, painting and lifestyle experience
French lifestyle experience 27 Apr 2018 - 02 May 2018
Our favoured spring holiday, the annual French Lifestyle experience, is composed around two of the most important and biggest local brocantes (antiques fairs) in central France. All you could wish for is included: hands-on cooking demonstrations with celebrated chefs, selected tastings from the first of the wine fairs and excursions to beguiling sites.
Iris painting, beautiful spring gardens and the best of La Creuzette 10 May 2018 - 15 May 2018
This holiday focuses on our annual Iris painting course with the irises in full bloom this time of the year. In combination with the painting course, for guests who wish to not paint, we visit beautiful spring gardens in our area. Limoges, famous for fine porcelain, is also on the agenda.
Wellness week at La Creuzette 24 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
It is spring time in the French countryside. We witness the tender awakening of the kitchen garden and the blossoming orchard. This might be the time to consider a period of wellness and health at the beautiful Château de La Creuzette. Our program is based on an energizing holistic approach that includes yoga and pilates sessions.
Exquisite Gardens and Châteaux of France 06 Jun 2018 - 12 Jun 2018
Spring has just changed into Summer and the glorious gardens are in bloom. Experience a magnificent overview of French garden styles with the La Creuzette team. Your exciting program includes guided visits to the Château de Chenonceau, Limoges the porcelain capital of France, Apremont, and a visit to the historic village Aubusson, famous for the rich history of tapestry weaving.
‘n Kursus in Skryfkuns en Kreatiewe Denke saam met Riana Scheepers 21 Jun 2018 - 26 Jun 2018
Verras jouself! Ontdek jou verborge talente as skrywer, filosoof, kritikus of kok... of net as waarnemer en waardeerder van skoonheid. Gedurende die kursus word opwindende en uiteenlopende reeks letterkundige tekste onder die bekwame leiding van Dr. Riana Scheepers ondersoek.
Bastille Day Celebrations 10 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
A feast for the senses. Discover the best that the region has to offer. Daily excursions to Aubusson, Limoges, some beautiful gardens, beguiling castles, and sumptuous markets full of delights.... La Creuzette has become famous for the mini music festival that we organise every year. Several exciting house-concerts and recitals are being planned for this week.
Paris sales and the most beautiful gardens of France 28 Jul 2018 - 03 Aug 2018
Summer in France presupposes the famous Summer sales and the heady scent of Summer gardens. We combine the two French passions into one pleasurable adventure. Enjoy the Paris sales where every item is marked down up to 75%: get your designer slippers or perfume at a fraction of the price and lose yourself in the splendor of a summer garden.
Portrait painting course with Marie Stander and Louis Jansen Van Vuuren 12 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Marie Stander present this creative approach to portrait painting. Explore an exciting range of new techniques in pastel, chalk, ink, charcoal, and acrylics. Work in different formats and on a wide selection of substrates.
It’s about Sharing: Mothers & Daughters, Friends, Family or You & your alter ego! 04 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018
Share the uniqueness of the La Creuzette experience with someone special. It is difficult to explain the magic that happens at this very special place in only words and snapshots, thus the idea of Mother’s and Daughters program that includes all the highlights of what La Creuzette Holiday has to offer came to be. (Optional extra: visit the biggest Décor fair in the world, Maison & Objet in Paris)
La France Magnifique: ‘n De Kat en La Creuzette Duette 16 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Hierdie spesiale vakansie op die Franse platteland word deur gashere, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier en gasvrou DeVerra Auret aangebied. Die program word saamgestel uit hoogtepunte van die La Creuzette portefeulje. Besoeke aan: Aubusson, die wêreldbekende hoofstad van die ryk Franse weef tradisie; Bourges wat spog met een van die mees indrukwekkende Gotiese katedrale is ook ‘n kulinêre brandpunt van die streek; Limoges, waar porselein in al sy skeppende fasette ontgin word, is steeds die toonaangewende middelpunt van Franse porselein ontwerp en styl.
Eat your Heart Out: Advanced Cooking at La Creuzette 01 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018
At La Creuzette we take cooking seriously and we have built a healthy reputation for being a frontrunner on the culinary scene without disregarding the rich and valuable aspects of traditional French cuisine. We share our kitchen secrets with you and show you all the tricks of the trade: some molecular gastronomy, we take you to harvest saffron and cook with it and we teach you foolproof recipes that you will replicate with ease and confidence.
An Autumn Concerto: The best of La Creuzette 09 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Autumn is here – the leaves have turned to ochre and gold and the wild mushrooms are in abundance on the mossy forest floor. Join us for a dream holiday where we eat produce from our organically grown potager and visit beguiling places.
Tickle your tastebuds with our
Food and dining offerings
Pull up a chair, unfold your napkin, take a bite and close your eyes: at La Creuzette we take the art of dining seriously. When you sit down at an imaginatively prepared table, you are in for a festive treat. The crockery, crystal and flatware are never used twice during your stay.
Host your event at
The magnificent park at La Creuzette is the perfect location for a festive celebration, be it a graceful wedding, a stylish cocktail party, an exquisite formal dinner or even a music concert! We have hosted a television promotion at La Creuzette and are delighted to accommodate any special events or launches.
Explore the French countryside around
Boussac is a small village in the Creuse area in central France's Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is often referred to as La France profonde – the authentic “deep” France where time seems to stand still and inhabitants routinely stop to say a friendly bonjour to passers-by. The village, with its stone houses on the banks of the Petit Creuse river, has been a tight-knit community since Roman times. Join us for unforgettable experience here in the French countryside with its booming markets and nearby historic cities and towns such as Aubusson, Limoges and Bourges.
Take home your memories
Of La Creuzette
From time to time, we place some exceptional items in our virtual shop window: be it a set of embroidered antique French serviettes, a small pastel drawing, antique Limoges porcelain or bespoke ceramics and table cloths by Louis Jansen van Vuuren. You might even find a restored Aubusson tapestry cartoon.
“Life is so startling, it leaves time for little else.” A quote certainly applicable to La Creuzette. Every sense catered for 24/7! Thank you, thank you, thank you.Penny Dobbie 25 June 2011
Being at La Creuzette is pure luxury and a necessity for the soul. Hope to keep returning for the company and the learning!Sheila Kaplan 19 September 2012
Amazing house, food, company. Can’t wait to return!Perelandra Wait 13 October 2013
In my lewe het ek nie so ervaring gedroom of verwag nie. Dankie vir prentjies wat my vir ewig sal inspireer en aan die gang sal hou.Therese Benade 12 September 2014
Dankie vir al die skoonheid, gasvryheid en bederf. Dit was heerlik.Lynette Steele 30 May 2015
Words just aren't enough. Every aspect of our week here exceeded expectation. We sincerely hope to be back before long. Thank you, thank you.Sandra & Ray Crewe-Brown May 2016
Quel plaisir de passer ces quelques jours dans cette merveilleuse maison avec un accueil des sympathique. Merci cela restera un trés beau souvenir.Pascale Sourie 13 June 2016
Merci de nous avoir permis de connaitre votre si joli demeure est d’aussi garder un souvenir inoubliable du mariage de Charlotte et Benoit. Merci pour la gentillesse des personnes qui nous ont acceuillis.Laurette & Pierre Michaudel 13 June 2016
Merci pour cet excellent séjour dans votre très belle demeure où tout est raffinement. Au plaisir d’un prochain séjour en Creuse que nous découvrons.Véronègue & Francois Delalandre 13 June 2016
Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise in Boussac with us. We saw unforgettable gardens and enjoyed delicious food served in exquisite settings.Laurie & Rita Chiappini 27 June 2016