Fabulous France – Culinary and Wine Vacations with Katherine Frelon

Frelon’s Faulous France invites you experience the epicurean wonders of Burgundy, world-renowned wine, talented musicians, innovative art and Michelin-starred cuisine. Visit late summer and be swept away! Plan your visit July 17, July 24 or August 7 and you can enjoy wonderful culinary holidays and fascinating festivals including ‘Musique au Musee,’ featuring three exceptional musical performances. September 15–16: Early autumn is a time to delight in wine-tasting, art exhibits and performances at ‘Jazz a Beaune,’.  A perfect complement to all these activities is a stay at ‘La Ferme de la Lochere’ – a private estate with accommodations for up to ten, hands-on cooking classes, private wine tastings, insider access  to fascinating venues and a range of optional master classes and excursions. 

With training in the award-winning kitchens of Marc Meneau and experience cooking for a member of the royal family, Katherine Frelon invites guests to participate in cooking classes using beautiful seasonal ingredients from her own garden, as well as the local market.  Guests can enjoy the magnificent Abbey of Fontenay, wine tastings at renowned vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, a privately guided tour of the Hospice de Beaune, and lunch at Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne.  Tour the Vineyard of Flavigny, the town of which hosted the filming of Chocolat; lunch at the three Michelin-starred restaurant Bernard Loiseau; visits to the colorful markets of Dijon; and trips to the charming Chateauneuf-en-Auxois.  A demonstration and tasting at the local chocolatier, and a visit to a local cheese maker, are two delicious additions recently added to the itinerary.  Optional excursions ranging from a hot air balloon ride accompanied by a bottle of champagne to a cooking demonstration with award-winning chef Laurent Peugeot at Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne. 

Rates for the holiday include accommodation; all meals prepared on the property; culinary instruction and  ingredients; transfers to and from the Montbard train station; attractions specified in the itinerary; set menus designed with seasonal ingredients by the head chef – complimented with wines especially selected by the sommelier – at both Michelin restaurants; and a complimentary cookbook from chef and host Katherine Frelon.  Master classes and optional excursions are additional.

La Ferme de la Lochere is a 400-year-old private estate in the heart of Burgundy, located four hours from London and one hour from Paris, by train. The estate has been meticulously restored by the owners to reflect the rich history of the area while providing guests with modern amenities.  The property includes several charming courtyards, an extensive library, mezzanine lounge area, heated swimming pool, a spacious state-of-the-art kitchen and five individually-designed, airy bedrooms with gorgeous views of the mountains – each with private bath, fresh flowers, L’Occitane products and wifi.  Each itinerary is complemented by free time for guests to lunch on the rolling hillsides, bike along the Canal de Bourgogne, stroll through the scenic countryside, shop in the unique towns – and much more.

Frelon’s Fabulous France provides custom-made, luxury vacations in Burgundy from April through October. Information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from Frelon’s Fabulous France, 6 Rue de la Lochere, 21150 Marigny le Cahouet, France; +33 672 865 609; or, visit www.frelonsfabulousfrance.com

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