Life at the chateau

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...

Joyeux Noël

Being a chap of fairly basic tastes, a box of Newbury Fruits, or possibly a tin of Quality Street, often represents the summit of my seasonal dining - which is in somewhat marked contrast to le Réveillon de Noël. On the 24th December, it is a tradition for a family to...

HAPPY SAINT NICHOLAS DAY

As Saint Nicholas Day has only just passed, I like to think that almost all readers would have awoken to gifts of confectionary left by the Saint rather than being by-passed altogether on the advice of his side-kick Père Fouettard– aka “The Whipping Father”. However,...

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

November 15th 2018 was, as the saying goes, a Red-Letter Day for any devotee of French culture. Even those of us who do not drink alcohol could not fail to have ignored “Beaujolais Nouveau Day”, which is traditionally marked by any number of fireworks displays, music...

MEET MONTY THE MONTEGO

The bite of frost is in the air and grumpy middle-aged English types (all right, me) start their annual bemoaning about ‘the commercialisation of Halloween’, so it is a pleasant distraction to consider a critical issue – what is the best way to travel to Château de...

The End of Les vendanges

We are now in mid-autumn and the wine harvest - Les vendanges – is drawing to a close. Without being side-tracked into discussing the British wine-making tradition – it was introduced by the Romans - it would be accurate to suggest that it is an aspect of French life...

HALLOWEEN IN FRANCE

If you are British and of my vintage (born the year of the Renault 12 and the moon landing) you will probably remember Halloweens before the day became a marketing exercise, and other curmudgeon-like terms. The 31st October meant apple bobbing and re-runs of Carry On...

A TIME OF MISTS AND PUMPKINS

‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’ ‘Breeze blows leaves of a musty-coloured yellow So I sweep them in my sack Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac’. The first quote is, of course, from Albert Camus and the second was sung by Ray Davies in 1967,...

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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.