October 3 - 8, 2021 Private Group

A Château Adventure in Normandy


St. Paterne

St. Paterne

with Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray
Château de Saint Paterne

Normandy, the land of Camembert, calvados, cider, and cream, with its villages of timbered houses and picture-perfect rolling hills, is among the richest and most beautiful countryside in France. With miles of coastline bordering the English Channel, Norman cuisine abounds with the delicacies of the sea. Dover sole is king, but monkfish, turbot, and flounder are plentiful, as are oysters, scallops, and mussels.

Come savor these splendors with us at the lovely, 15th, 16th, 17th century Château de Saint Paterne, once the love nest of Henry IV. Charles-Henry de Valbray, a young man of “infectious enthusiasm and exquisite taste,” and Ségolène, his lovely wife, have restored the family’s château with great care.St. Paterne Salon

Tourte de Carottes

Tourte de Carottes

For six days and five nights, Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray will be our hosts as we visit farms and tiny villages, stopping to taste perfectly ripened Camembert and fresh cider made the traditional way. Our cooking classes will be in Charles-Henry and Ségolène’s delightful new kitchen in the château, where we will learn to prepare such delicacies as Tourte de carottes, Sole meunière, Souris d’agneau, and Tarte Tatin with Calvados. Our gastronomic exploration will be enhanced by visits to the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery,  Saumur and a tour of medieval Le Mans. Cooking classes are limited to 10 participants.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1  

• Afternoon rendezvous at the train station in Le Mans.
• Visit to the medieval town of LeMans with its celebrated cathedral and fortifications dating from the 3rd century.
• Aperitifs and festive welcome dinner at St. Paterne

Day 2

•  A full day on the Normandy coast.
•  Morning visit to the Peace Memorial in Caen followed by a visit to the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery with an English-speaking guide.
•  Lunch by the sea (not included).
•  Dinner at “home” in our château.

St. Paterne Dining Room

St. Paterne Dining Room

Day 3  

•  Morning cooking class at Château de Saint Paterne.
•  Lunch at Château Saint Paterne.
•  Free afternoon for relaxing, shopping or visiting the local town of Alençon.
•  Dinner at “home” in our château.

Day 4  

• A day in the Loire Valley visiting a local winemaker with a visit and tasting in his cave.
• Lunch included (fixed menu) including wine.
• Free time for shopping or exploring the charming town and castle of Saumur.
• Dinner at “home” in our château.

Day 5  

St. Paterne Pintade à la Normandie

St. Paterne Pintade à la Normandie

•  A visit to a local bustling market and food shopping.
•  Stroll through picturesque St. Ceneri le Gerei – listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
•  Lunch in Saint Ceneri at a local auberge (not included).
•  Cooking class at the Château.
•  Elegant Farewell dinner at St.  Paterne.

St. Paterne Breakfast

St. Paterne Breakfast

Day 6

• Departure in the morning after breakfast.

• Transportation provided back to Le Mans (TGV station).





Accommodations & Cost

Trip Dates: Trip will begin on a Sunday and end on a Friday.
 All participants stay at the Château de Saint Paterne, a beautifully restored 15th/16th/17th century château owned by Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray. Each room includes a private bathroom.
Included in the cost: 5 nights accommodations; all breakfasts (5); 2 lunches and 5 dinners,  including aperitifs and carefully selected regional wines, soft drinks, etc.; 2 full cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above.
Not Included in Cost: Train fare from Paris to Le Mans and return; alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program, and meals not specified.
Cost: $3790 per person, single supplement $500.  Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1000. per person.


Register for this trip by contacting Patti Ravenscroft at patricia.ravenscroft@gmail.com  or info@deliciousconnections.com — check-out the general information section about Les Liaisons Délicieuses trips — see what other travelers have to say — check for when this trip is scheduled or discuss a custom trip based on this itinerary.

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