The best of the Limousin Holiday

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Practically everyone would like to experience a luxury holiday in rural France, so we have put together a programme with the best of what the Limousin region has to offer. Your itinerary is filled with a variety of budget-friendly activities and excursions without compromising on the quality of your holiday experience. These 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. You will also get to explore some of the most beautiful landscaped gardens and a centuries-old castle. There will be cooking demonstrations and delicious food and wine. By special request, we are adding a most exciting add-on to this holiday. At the end of this luxurious week at Château de La Creuzette we take you to Paris where we spend a creative afternoon at the world renowned Maison et Objet Deco Fair.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette’s 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:


  • €2 750 per person sharing
  • Collection from Montlucon station and transfer to Boussac
  • Luxury half-board accommodation at La Creuzette (dinner, bed and breakfast; alcoholic and soft drinks included)
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations
  • Entrance badge to the Maison et Objet Deco Fair in Paris
  • Transport to Paris after the week at La Creuzette

A deposit of €1000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at La Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 applies for single occupation.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday, 3 September)

Pick up at Montlucon train station and drive to La Creuzette, your chateau holiday residence in Boussac village. You arrive at your cooking holiday destination in time for tea, coffee and migniardises (typically French confectionaries). Take some time to settle in to your room, explore the grounds and get to know your hosts. We meet in the ground floor salon at 7.30pm for a glass of champagne followed by a four-course welcome dinner prepared by your hosts. 


​Day 2 (Monday, 4 September)

Breakfast will be served at 9am. After breakfast we drive to the beautiful town of Aubusson, which is famous for the tapestries that have been woven there since the 15th century. We will visit the new Cité de la Tapestry where we will learn more about every aspect of this art form, which is practiced by very few people today. We will also take a glance at a restorer of ancient masterpieces and will have time to walk around the beautiful town and take a look at the many small shops. Later we return to La Creuzette and en route we will stop to take a look at how nougat is made (with tasting chance of course). When arriving at La Creuzette, we can relax for a few minutes before we put on our aprons and start cooking together from your hosts’ new top-seller The Story of a House. Dinner follows in the summer kitchen’s dining room. 


Day 3 (Tuesday, 5 September)

Today we visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Charroux, where we will visit several artisanal producers. There is a mustard producer, an award-winning soap maker, producers of scented candles, superb jams, and many more. Perhaps we enjoy a picnic under the enormous tree on the Belvedere overlooking the surrounding undulating landscape. We return to La Creuzette later for a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner.


​Day 4 (Wednesday, 6 September)

After breakfast, we travel to the picturesque village of Apremont on the banks of the Allier River. Known as one of the most beautiful villages of France, it is home to the romantic French folly gardens. Here you will find rare trees, floral borders, a Chinese bridge and a Turkish pavilion that seems to float at the edge of a lake. We have lunch in the gardens at Bistro de la Lavoir (lunch for guests own account) with time afterwards to amble through the rest of the village. We return to La Creuzette for cocktails and are joined in the kitchen by a guest chef who will prepare dinner for you tonight.


Day 5 (Thursday, 7 September)

Today is market day in Boussac and the village square is packed with local producers and stalls selling everything from live chickens to soap from Marseilles. We shop for ingredients for today’s menus and return to la Creuzette where lunch is served at the stone table under the massive trees in front of the summer kitchen. After lunch, we take a short walk to the 11th-century Chateau de Boussac. This privately owned Gothic castle is filled with an incredible collection of antiques and beautiful tapestries. We may have an opportunity to see the owners’ private apartments, which are not usually open to the general public. We explore the rest of the village (and its interesting history) and later return to La Creuzette for an evening cooking demonstration in the summer kitchen. This will be followed by dinner.


​Day 6 (Friday, 8 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 pottery and porcelain dating back several centuries. There are also antique glass and enamel works in their collection. Lunch will be at a local bistro (lunch for guests’ own account) and, later, we visit one of the contemporary manufacturers (but the visit will start in their former factory that will take your breath away). We will also visit a manufacturer where you can buy affordable porcelain gifts before returning to La Creuzette. We prepare for our farewell dinner in the summer kitchen’s dining room. 


​Day 7 (Saturday, 9 September)

After an early breakfast, we depart for Paris. Once in the capital city, we head to the Maison et Objet Deco fair for an afternoon of creativity and design.

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

Terms and Conditions apply

03 Sep 2017 - 09 Sep 2017

€ 2 750 per person sharing

  • Collection from Montlucon station and transfer to Boussac
  • Luxury half-board accommodation at La Creuzette (dinner, bed and breakfast; alcoholic and soft drinks included)
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations
  • Entrance badge to the Maison et Objet Deco Fair in Paris
  • Transport to Paris after the week at La Creuzette

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