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Provence will delight.
This very spacious truly exquisite French house dates back to 1760 and was carefully restored by the designer.
Its outdoor entertaining area has been named “one of the 100 most beautiful outdoor rooms in the world” by Vogue Living magazine.
Experience the incredible artisanal fare, wonderful markets, cooking and art classes, museums, cycle routes, hidden vineyards and stunning landscapes.
“Located near some of the most spectacular, medieval hilltop towns in the world, this area is often referred to as the Tuscany of France.” “I love the views and the horse riding trails, but most of all the barn where we eat.
I wrote Summers In France, which captures the true essence and memories of La Castellane through photographs of family and friends enjoying the property.” - Kathryn Ireland
2015 Tarn et Garonne Tour Dates, based at Kathryn Ireland's House are now available. Please contact us for further details
Prices are FROM AUD 6895 AUD per person per week
Transfers from Toulouse or Montauban from 2pm onwards and arrive at La Castellane early afternoon. After settling in join us on the terrace for drinks and canapés followed by a welcome dinner of locally sourced seasonal produce prepared by our in house private chef in the Dutch barn voted by Vogue magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful outdoor rooms in the world.
After a leisurely breakfast served on the terrace, our co-host for the day is delightful Frenchman Laurent Cazotte. We start at a renowned 200 year old Gaillac vineyard and will have private tastings of some superb wines with a 6th generation winemaker. Lunch will be at Laurent's restaurant in Gaillac where we'll sample his excellent Poire William liqueur, one of the best in France. Later in the afternoon we'll visit Cordes Sur Ciel, widely considered the finest medieval fortified town in all of France and Laurent's speciality gourmet store in the village. If the fancy takes you we can arrange for a walking tour of this beautiful spot perched on a cliff. Dinner will be served on the terrace at La Castellane.
After breakfast our private chef will lead us on a guided tour of one of the excellent local markets. We will select some wonderfully fresh produce to take back to the house and have a private hands-on cooking class in the kitchen. We will then enjoy the fruits of our labours during a long lazy lunchin the garden with a table set up under the oak trees. Dinner in the evening will be served by candlelight in the Dutch barn.
We head off to flourishing Montauban on the banks of the Tarn river for the day. The history of this fortified town dates back 900 years. Spend the morning wandering around the beautiful arcades of the Place National, enjoying the famed Ingres museum or indulging in a spot of retail therapy in some of the excellent shops. We will stop for lunch at a lovely outdoor bistro in the old part of town. Later in the afternoon we head back to La Castellane to relax, ride bikes, or lounge by the pool. Alternatively come and visit a few of the local hilltop medieval towns with glorious views of the countryside. Dinner will be at the house in the beautiful Dutch barn, with some colourful invited local guests.
A visit to Albi and its cathedral, formerly the Bishop's Palace and one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in France. This truly imposing building in the centre of town, the largest brick building in the world houses the excellent Toulouse Lautrec museum. After time for some excellent shopping we will have lunch in town in the garden courtyard of a charming local restaurant and head back to La Castellane in the early afternoon for some relaxation time and chilling by the pool. The venue for cocktails this evening will be very special, we will be picked up from the garden and spend the next couple of hours high above this beautiful part of France in a hot air balloon.
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the house followed by an optional bike ride. In the early afternoon we head to a secret location with fabulous views for drinks and canapés and then to a private chateau, closed to the public. After some wine tasting and a tour of the chateau's incredible wine vaults we'llindulge in a fabulous picnic on the lawns and a tour of the gardens.
Get your creative juices flowing with an art and sculpture class by the lovely Madame Claude Palmier. We will head to her beautiful home after breakfast and spend the morning in her private garden studio learning the art of sculpting or painting, most guests end up in fits of giggles at one stage during the morning! Claude and her charming husband Jean will host lunch in their beautiful garden courtyard. Our farewell dinner will be just as extravagant and delicious as the others, prepared by our chef and served in the Dutch barn.
A hearty breakfast will be served in the garden, guests are free to relax until transfers back to Toulouse or Montauban beckon. All meals and beverages in this itinerary are included in the tour price. Those wishing to stay and relax at the house at any time are welcome to help themselves to light meal provisions from the pant
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