Les Liaisons Délicieuses with Patti Ravenscroftand 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 savour these splendours 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.

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. We will taste many delicious local specialties such 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, Le Perche and the Château du Blanc-Buisson


Trip Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

A day at the Château de Blanc-Buisson, a private château owned by friends of Charles-Henry and Ségolène. It was built in 1290, and in the next 700 years belonged to only three families.

A day at the Château de Blanc-Buisson, a private château owned by friends of Charles-Henry and Ségolène. It was built in 1290, and in the next 700 years belonged to only three families.
Our day will include a private tour of the château and its exquisite gardens. We will also have a cooking class followed by lunch with the owners. Our afternoon will include a visit to a nearby Camembert Farm with a cheese tasting, of course.

Day 3

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.
Dinner at “home” in our château.


Day 4

A day in Le Perche, a Normand oasis filled with a dozen small villages, antique dealers and vintage shops. We will hunt for treasures, enjoy the unspoiled countryside and eat a delicious lunch in a local restaurant savoring the regional specialties. On our way home, we will stop for a visit to a small private distillery to taste the best calvados and local cider imaginable.

Day 5

Departure in the morning after breakfast.Transportation provided back to Le Mans (TGV station).


Accommodations & Cost

Trip Dates: The trip begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday.
Accommodations: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.
Cost: $3,400 per person in a double; $3,900 per person in a single; $500 suite supplement.
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

patricia.ravenscroft@gmail.com