Life at the chateau

Joyeux Anniversaire de marriage!

The hired Austin A135 Princess that threw a piston while en route to the venue. The Best Man who told those stories of your National Service that you hoped were long-forgotten. And in the evening, Coronation Chicken and Baked Alaska -  plus the hired local dance band...

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN

For those of us (all right, me) of certain imaginative persuasion, the phrase ‘meet me in the garden’ is redolent of any number of very bad crime films. It would be typically uttered sotto voce by Alan Tilvern or any other British B-feature “heavy” to one of his...

DAYS OF FROMAGES

To understand the culinary revelation that are the cheeses of France to Britons of a certain vintage it is essential to understand life in the 1970s. Younger readers may not be able to appreciate the sheer awfulness of food culture in the UK at that time, an era when...

THE ULTIMATE OMELETTE?

On the morning of the 21st April you may well hear the cry of ‘les cloches sont passes!’; the bells are passed!  As many you already know, one of the most charming French traditions is that on Le Jeudi Saint (Maundy Thursday), the church bells fly to Rome to receive a...

AN AFTERNOON OFF

There are times in this modern life when, to use the title of a certain Peter Sellers/Spike Milligan film, you feel as though the day’s routine encompasses running, jumping, but never standing still. And this why the blog will focus on the joys of lying in the garden...

Why I Crave a Citroën Ami 6

This year marks the centenary of Automobiles Citroën, and for many a car enthusiast, the task of selecting a favourite model is virtually impossible. For some, it will be the DS, the car beloved of Charles de Gaulle and famously described by the literary theorist and...

MARDI GRAS

As Shrove Tuesday falls upon the 5th March, you may feel tempted to create pancakes in the kitchen in Chateau de Bois Giraud; indeed all the ingredients may be locally sourced. Mardi Gras is, of course, “Fat Tuesday” before “Mercredi des Cendres” - Ash Wednesday -...

CANDLEMAS

‘Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.’ Today is Candlemas - known in France as a Chandeleur or Fête de la Lumière. It comes 40 days after December 24th and is...

DAYS OF TARTIFLETTE AND MUSIC

Ah, the post-Christmas, post-New Year’s Day period, which in the UK at least, has often been associated with melancholy, greyness and wondering why certain EastEnders cast members sound like Anthony Newley impersonators. Actually, the last-named is probably an...

Galette des Rois

As the Epiphany approaches, this writer is lying on his sofa, ravaged by the effects of flu and existential angst; some cruel types might confuse the last-named with self-indulgence.  To highlight the latter mood, Serge Gainsbourg is ordering his listeners to Laissez...

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Chateau De Bois Giraud

A picturesque nine bedroom self-catering chateau with heated pool, all set in the beautiful ‘garden of France’ the Loire valley.

The chateau is available to hire throughout the year and is a fabulous location to holiday with family and friends.