Continuing my new series bringing you ideas for days out and excursions within easy reach of Paris
Driving down to the Loire valley to visit the châteaux makes for a great trip. It only takes about two hours to drive down to the château of Chambord so it can be done in a day, but it’s worth staying overnight and visiting more of the beautiful Loire valley while you are there.
When I visited Chambord recently, I didn’t have time to drive to any of the other châteaux, but I was happy to stay overnight at La Maison d’a Coté.
The hotel is home to the Michelin starred French chef, Christophe Hay, who is about to open his second restaurant, with more hotel rooms, in the tiny village of Montlivault, just a few minutes from Chambord.
Christophe trained in France and has worked in the United States too. We chatted after the meal about the passion that he puts into his work. He sources the fresh fish, vegetables and herbs personally, and his dishes are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat.
The kitchen opens directly onto part of the dining room and if you wish there is even a dining table partly integrated into the kitchen, where Christophe serves his guests who like to watch the magic happen before their eyes.
La Maison d’a Coté, a great address for châteaux hopping!
BOOK TOUR COUNTDOWN
In less than one week I shall be flying to the States for the start of my book tour. I am so looking forward to this, to meeting so many people and seeing so many wonderful venues.
Today I’d like to highlight the final three venues of the tour.
On the 29th June, I shall be in Kansas City at Nell Hill’s, the beautiful home décor store created by Mary Carol Garrity . Mary Carol has written many books and is a true influence in interior design, it will be a privilege to meet her and her team
If you would like to attend the event, you can RSVP here
By the 30th June I shall be in California at the fantastic French antiques store of Sarah Anderson, Château Sonoma. I have heard so much about Château Sonoma that I am impatient to see it in person. All the event details can be found HERE
Which brings us to my last venue, in Fullerton CA, where I get to see Jeni Maus’s brand new store, Found Shop. Jeni and I are good friends but this will be the first time that we meet outside of France! I know all about her sure eye when it comes to buying, and I’m looking forward to seeing her store.
If you want to come too then you can find the RSVP here
And finally I am proud to be sponsored for the tour by my friends at
Atelier Vertumne, home to floral art in Paris. Merci beaucoup!