An exceptional site
We stay in a small castle located near Amboise, in the Loire valley, 10 miles from Tours and 160 miles from Paris. The castle is surrounded by a large park featuring some very old trees, each of a different species. A small river with waterfalls runs accross the park.
Accomodation is in the refurbished chateau itself. You have complete access to all of the castle, as well as to the grounds.
Please note that this workshop is not recommended for people looking for the comfort and services of a grand hotel. Comfort is basic and we are alone in the castle, there is no staff to clean up the rooms. Therefore, despite the outstanding location and building, do not expect to find yourself in a luxury resort.
The group is cosmopolite (to date, we have been lucky to having been visited by more the 40 nationalities, from Japan to Alaska), but the meals are definitely local, created using fresh produce, often brought up from the garden of our cook, who lives in the village. So of all these original international personalities gathered by art, we make a big family around the French home-made meals and desserts like "gratin dauphinois" or "profiteroles", and, naturally, like in any family, one can be served several times! (Because there is only a single menu, we are sorry not being able to satisfy the special diets.)
5h per day (see Teaching). If an outing is planned, it is possible that there will be an entrance fee to pay one or two times in the week (max. 12 euros). Thursday afternoon is free to visit other chateaux, vineyards, or simply relax.
Visiting the famous Loire Châteaux. Some are considered Renaissance masterpieces and are included as such in the World Heritage list of the UNESCO : Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Blois and Villandry are nearby.
The Loire Valley is also famous for its white and rosé wines, and numerous cellars offer free wine tasting around, you just need to stop by !
Each evening we sit down together for a delicious dinner and lively
conversation after which we either go our own way, to read in the
library for example, or we get together to go and explore Amboise, see
a sound and light show at its castle or visit the famous ice-cream
parlour. Board and quiz games are also organised and bikes and frisbees
are available for the more energetic !
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The great garden of the Castle