It’s all about Sharing... The Best of La Creuzette in the late summer

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Overview

This is the perfect La Creuzette holiday that includes the best of what the Limousin region has to offer. Your itinerary include a visit to Aubusson to see the world-famous woven tapestries and a morning in Limoges- home of the finest porcelain on the globe. There will even be an opportunity to visit the Circuit de Mornay for an advanced driving course with former French Formula III champion Pierre Petit and some racing around the track at his private estate. Bring a special person with you to share the uniqueness of the La Creuzette experience.

(Optional bonus extra: visit the biggest Décor and Trend fair in the world, Maison & Objet in Paris)


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 at Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer from Paris to Boussac
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the 6 nights / 7 days
  • 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
  • Train or road transfer 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 (Sunday, 2 September)

Collection from Charles de Gaulle around 07h00 and road transfer from Paris to Château La Creuzette, your holiday residence in Boussac village. We stop for lunch at the famous l'Escale truck-stop. You arrive at your destination in time for tea, coffee and mignardises (typically French confectionaries). Take time to settle in, relax and explore the estate. We meet in the dining room of the summerhouse at 19h30 for champagne followed by dinner prepared by your hosts. 


Day 2 (Monday, 3 September)

Breakfast will be served at 09:00 in the main dining room. After breakfast, we take the short drive to the picturesque village of Aubusson where tapestries and carpets have been woven and restored for centuries. Our first visit is the new Cité de la Tapisserie where superb collections of ancient and contemporary tapestries are uniquely displayed. It also showcases every aspect of the manufacturing process. We enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants on the banks of the river and visit a master weaver’s studio, the carton (tapestry pattern) museum and a restorer of antique masterpieces. Back at La Creuzette, we meet in the summer kitchen for a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner.

Day 3 (Tuesday, 4 September)

Today’s excursion is to Limoges – the porcelain capital of France. Our first stop is at the National Porcelain Museum with its fabulous exhibition of ceramic and porcelain dating back several centuries. There are also antique glass and enamel works in the collection. Lunch is enjoyed at a local bistro in town and thereafter we visit one of the contemporary porcelain manufacturers. We will also visit another Limoges manufacturer where one can purchase affordable porcelain, before returning to La Creuzette. A special guest chef will prepare dinner for us.


Day 4 (Wednesday, 5 September)

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. We return to La Creuzette for cocktails and dinner.


Day 5 (Thursday, 6 September)

Market morning in Boussac. After breakfast, we meander through the colourful market stalls that 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 meet Louis in the dining room of the château for a session on French table etiquette and tips on how to set a magnificent table that will impress your guests. Louis will also take you on a visit to his art studio where you will have the opportunity to see some of the works that he is preparing for his next major art exhibition to mark his 70th year. As the sun sets, we enjoy cocktails and a French-style barbeque.

Day 6 (Friday, 7 September)

After breakfast, there is an option to either go to the nearby village of Montluçon. We can stroll through the beautiful medieval part of the village and along the way we visit our wine merchant for a tasting of local vintages. We also stop at a quaint cheese boutique that is listed in the Guide Michelin.  Lunch is enjoyed at the oldest bistro in the town. After lunch, there will be ample time for shopping (tablecloths, kitchen-ware, perfume, clothes and all that your heart may desire). Alternatively, we can spend the day at the Circuit Mornay where retired French Formula lll champion, Pierre Petit takes you around his private racing circuit. A picnic lunch is served at the Château Mornay and those who wish to experience the adrenalin rush of driving one of the mono-seat racing cars, will be treated to a short advanced driving course and a few rounds on the circuit. (This activity will cost each driver 350 Euros, which is not covered by the land arrangements). Later, we return to La Creuzette where you will have time to pack before we meet for drinks, followed by our farewell dinner prepared by our resident chefs.

Day 7 (Saturday, 8 September)

After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to Châteauroux station where you board the train for your return journey to Paris. 

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



Optional Extra: Maison et Objet Décor fair

€350 per person sharing and this includes:

  • Transport La Creuzette to Paris
  • Excursion and entrance fees to the two castles as per the itinerary
  • One night’s stay in central Paris in twin rooms on half board (dinner, bed, and breakfast)
  • Entrance badge to the Maison et Objet Décor fair


Day 7 (Saturday, 8 September)

For the guests who join the extra Maison et Objet part of the tour, there will be an excursion to the Château de Bouges. The last owners Monsieur et Madame Viguier (of BHV fame) restored and furnished this opulent mansion with taste and care. They later bequeathed the Château to the French nation. Our next stop is at Château de Valençay. We visit the magnificent castle, its manicured gardens and most importantly, the kitchen, where the first Star chef of France, Antonin Carême, cooked. He is the founder of the haut cuisine de France. We continue our journey to Paris. We book in at our hotel and later, we meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant.


Day 8 (Sunday, 9 September)

After breakfast at the hotel, the luggage is loaded up into the la Creuzette vehicle and at 10h00, we leave for the Maison et Objet decorating fair. Entrance to the fair will be arranged as part of the optional package cost. Lunch is at leisure at one of the stalls at the fair. At 18h00, guests are taken to Charles de Gaulle or should you wish to extend your stay in Paris, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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


Terms and Conditions apply

02 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

€ 3 500 per person sharing

  • Collection at Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer from Paris to Boussac
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the 6 nights / 7 days
  • 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
  • Train or road transfer back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette

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