Exploring French Garden Styles with Keith Kirsten and La Creuzette

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Overview

Experience a magnificent overview of French garden styles with Keith Kirsten, the guru of gardening and world-renowned horticulturist. From the wonderful garden of Monet just outside Giverny, and the incredible gardens at Chateau de Courances to the world-renowned garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. At La Creuzette we focus on the variety of garden styles of Central France and in the evenings we sit down at beautiful tables and enjoy delectable meals.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:

  • €3 500 per person sharing
  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer via Giverny and the Loire region
  • One night’s stay in Giverny in twin rooms
  • One night’s stay in a Hotel in the Loire in twin rooms
  • Road transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the remaining 4 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transfer to Chateauroux and train back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette


A non-refundable deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at La Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 for the week applies for single occupation.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday, 15 June)

Early morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle where you are collected and transferred to our breakfast venue at the Golden Tulip Roissy (just 10 minutes from the airport). This will be the meeting point for all guests who may be transferring from elsewhere this morning. Around 08:30, we drive through to central Paris where guests who are already in Paris will join us at the Musée de l’Orangerie. We will do a special visit of Monet’s famous Nymphea cycle before we continue to Giverny where we visit the breathtaking garden of Monet. Late afternoon we check-in at our Hotel in Giverny and enjoy an early dinner at the Hotel.

Day 2 (Tuesday, 16 June)

After breakfast, we load the luggage and depart for Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. This architectural phenomenon is one of France’s finest examples of a Baroque château and regarded as the most beautiful castle in the world. We enjoy lunch at the Château restaurant. Afterward, we continue exploring the castle complex and its gardens that made André Le Nôtre famous. We continue to the Château de Courances, a French Renaissance water garden with five centuries of history. Courances is celebrated for the waterworks, fed by 14 natural springs, that grace its magnificent park. Late afternoon we drive to the Loire region where we check into our Hotel. Dinner will be enjoyed at a nearby bistro.


Day 3 (Wednesday, 17 June)

After an early breakfast, we start with our first excursion to the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. Here you will see fresh and exciting renderings of new generation landscapes and experimental gardens. After a light lunch, we continue a little further downriver to enjoy the visual pleasure of the world’s most famous kitchen garden at Villandry. We continue towards La Creuzette and dine at the famous l’Escale truck stop. As the sun sets we arrive at La Creuzette, your chateau holiday residence. Relax and unwind and settle into your rooms.

Day 4 (Thursday, 18 June)

Breakfast will be served at 9am in the main dining room. Today is market day in Boussac. After breakfast, we meander through the colourful market stalls which are laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, fragrant soap from Marseilles and other artisanal products from the region. Here we find inspiration for our lunch menu. Using the fresh ingredients selected at the market, lunch will be prepared and enjoyed at the long stone table in front of the La Creuzette summer kitchen. After lunch, we drive to the beautiful Priory garden at Notre Dame d’Orsan. This was the inspiration for the garden design at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. We spend the afternoon in this magical garden. Later, we return to La Creuzette for a moment’s repose. We meet in the dining room of the summerhouse at 19h30 for a glass of champagne followed by dinner.

Day 5 (Friday, 19 June)

After breakfast, today’s excursion takes us to the picturesque village of Apremont which is located on the banks of the Allier River. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is home to the romantic French Folly Gardens filled with rare trees and floral borders; a Chinese bridge and a Turkish pavilion that seems to float at the edge of a lake. We have lunch at the Bistro de la Lavoir. Afterward, we amble through the quaint village before heading back to La Creuzette. Later, we meet for a cooking session by a guest chef, followed by dinner.


Day 6 (Saturday, 20 June)

After breakfast, we drive to Ainay-le-Vieille, often referred to as ‘little Carcassonne’. Here we visit the rose garden and the 18thCentury Chartreuse gardens. We continue to Bourges where we enjoy lunch at La Gargouille. This small bistro is right next door to the famous cathedral and the beautiful Bishop’s garden, which we will visit after lunch. We return to La Creuzette late afternoon where you will have some time to pack before we meet for drinks, followed by our farewell dinner.

Day 7 (Sunday, 21 June)

After a leisurely breakfast, we have some time to relax at La Creuzette before we depart for Châteauroux where your fast train to Paris awaits.


Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.

Terms and Conditions apply

15 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020

€ 3 500 per person sharing

  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer via Giverny and the Loire region
  • One night’s stay in Giverny in twin rooms
  • One night’s stay in a Hotel in the Loire in twin rooms
  • Road transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the remaining 4 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transfer to Chateauroux and train back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette

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