We are excited about our newest Foodie destination. We will meet in Bordeaux / BOD Airport. Our home for the week is a 17th century Chateau, nestled in a 184 acre estate in the heart of the Dordogne Region / SW France (nestled between the Loire Valley and Pyrenees mountains).
The property has been beautifully restored to its former glory and will provide us 10 luxurious guest rooms w/ private baths, 2 kitchens to utilize for cooking classes, an outdoor cooking area, fire pit for relaxing in the evening, Indoor & Outdoor dining area, heated pool, extensive gardens (flower / vegetable) and a private lake stocked w/ Trout for fishing. Available Games: Table Tennis, Boules, Badminton, croquet and board games. An assortment of living rooms and lounge/ bar will provide our guests with many secluded areas to relax. For more information on the tours and to reserve a room, please email us at MaryJoBrink@me.com
Dordogne, France Availability - October 7-14, 2022
Please note the Dordogne property is closed in 2023 for major renovations and we hope to return there in 2024. We will keep you informed.
Dordogne Weekly Itinerary
Day 1: Meet at BOD Airport – 11am – Sight seeing / lunch in St. Emilion, wine tasting Chateau Bernateau. Arrival Villa late afternoon.
Day 2: A Prehistory Day in the Vezere Valley
Explore the village of Les Eyzies, visit to the PIP (Pole International de la Prehistoire), presentation of prehistory in South West France, particularly in the Vezere Valley, drive up the Valley with commentary on remarkable sites en route. Lunch in Montignac, followed by afternoon visit to the Lacaux IV Cave replica.
Day 3. Bastide and a Walnut Farm.
Morning visit to the Castelnaud Walnut Farm and a pause for lunch followed by a walking tour around the village of Bastide village of Domme.
Day 4: The Wonderful Dordogne River and Valley:
Morning visit to the village and Medieval Fortress of Beynac, then on to the village of Roque Gaga’s for an afternoon excursion on the Dordogne River on a flat-bottomed boat known as “a Gabarre”, a replica of the boats used for transporting goods on the Drive to Castelnaud.
Day 5: Morning market Le Bugue for mystery basket menu afternoon visit to the historical town of Sarlat / walking tour around the old town with free time in the afternoon for exploration or shopping.
Day 6: Relaxing Day / Dinner off property Restaurant de la Poste.
Day 7: Josephine and a Goose Farm
We’ll end the week learning all about the regions geese and the afternoon visiting the estate and gardens of Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker (an American Born French Dancer) received the Resistance Medal for her heroism during the German occupation of France and recently received the Paris burial honor. Her Chateau des Milandes was the recipient of the “Madison des Illustres” in 2012.
Day 8 Depart Villa 8am – to Bordeaux BOD – book return flights after 11:30am
Dordogne Weekly Dinner Menu and Cooking Classes
Day 1 –
Chef Michael’s Welcome Dinner
Day 2 –
Filet of Beef – black truffles, Bergerac wine reduction, buttered crouton
Local Greens – shallot-walnut dressing, goat cheese, homemade thyme crackers
Honey Seared Duck Breast – Pommes Sarladaise, sauce Monbazillac
Day 3 – (Sous Vide Day)
Sous Vide Chicken “Coq-au-vin”
Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin – sauce Perigueux (truffles, Madeira, foie gras)
Day 4 –
Dinner Off Property
Day 5 –
Beet Puree – goat cheese ice cream, asparagus and seasonal vegetables
Duck Leg Confit – Monbazillac poached fruit, Anna potato crisps
Day 6 –
Mystery Basket Dinner – ingredients from a trip to the local farmers market
Day 7 –
Salade Perigourdine – smoked duck breast, foie gras, potatoes, baby greens, vinaigrette
Walnut Crusted Cod – beurre blanc
Strawberry Charlotte – lady fingers, custard, whipped cream