At a glance:
- 2 nights accommodation in La Maison des Vignes, a detached stone house set in just over half an acre of gardens and overlooking a private lake
- Welcome glass of sparkling wine
- 2 continental breakfast picnic baskets delivered to your door
- 1 x 3-course lunch (with wine and coffee) in a local restaurant
- 2 dinners (1 x arrival cheeseboard supper and 1 x local food platter – both with wine)
- 1 day guided tour including visits to 2 different Châteaumeillant vineyards (including tastings) and a local cheese producer
Cost per person: 248€ (based on a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 people)
Travel is not included in the cost of your Wine and Food Adventure. Do not book any flights, trains or ferries or make any other travel plans until you have confirmation from us that your booking is confirmed.
If you need a transfer from the airport/train station, please let us know.
Available in April, May, June, July, August, September and October – weekdays and weekends.
Flexible experience: If you would like to book an extra night (or more), just let us know and we can create a break to suit your needs.
Wine and food adventure: in detail
Our French Wine and Food Adventure is perfect for those looking for a short mid-week break or a weekend away from it all in the French countryside.
After arriving at La Maison des Vignes, you’ll have time to settle in and enjoy the peace and quiet of the French countryside. The garden, which surrounds the house and is not overlooked, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy French-style outdoor living.
Apéro and dinner under the stars is the ideal way to while away the evening.
After you have settled in, you will be served a cheeseboard supper with a glass of wine. Feel free to help yourself to coffee and tea.
After you’ve finished your continental breakfast picnic basket (delivered to your door), which includes freshly baked bread and croissants, your guide will pick you up from La Maison des Vignes at 10:30am.
From here, you will head to a local cheese farm, where you will get the opportunity to see how the cheese is made and of course taste the produce.
If this has whet your appetite, you will be glad to know that it’s now time to tuck into your 3-course lunch with wine in a local restaurant, where you will get the chance to taste some of France’s most wonderful produce.
After lunch, your guide will take you for a stroll through the vines, where you will have the opportunity to find out about what makes the local terroir so perfect for making wine.
You will then head to your first vineyard, where you will learn how the area’s celebrated rosé gris is produced (as well as the wonderful ruby red) and get the opportunity to taste some wines.
Now, it’s time to head to your second vineyard, where you will get a chance to taste some different wines and learn more about what makes Châteaumeillant wine so special.
As the afternoon draws to a close, your guide will take you back to La Maison des Vignes, where you can relax or take a stroll through the surrounding picturesque countryside, before your light supper of a local food platter.
After a relaxed breakfast, it’s time to head home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay!
Accommodation will be in La Maison des Vignes, the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in the French countryside.
The ground floor of the house, which is filled with character in the form of original oak beams and stone walls, consists of a large kitchen/diner, a living room and a shower room/toilet/laundry room. A steep wooden staircase leads up to the first floor, where you’ll find two bedrooms – a double and a twin.
The garden, which surrounds the house and is not overlooked, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy French-style outdoor living. Apéro and dinner under the stars is the ideal way to while away the evenings. And with no light pollution at all, the night sky really is a sight to behold.
It’s also the ideal place to spot the local wildlife (Golden Orioles, Buzzards, Pine Martens, Herons, Woodpeckers and Deer are just some of the wildlife that has been seen here), making this gîte perfect for bird spotters and nature lovers alike!
You can cycle to the nearest dépot de pain to pick up your daily dose of French bread and croissants (or it’s less than 5 minutes in the car). Alternatively, only 5 minutes’ drive from La Maison des Vignes, in the famous village of Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre, where Jacque Tati’s film Jour de Fête was shot, there is a boulangerie, two restaurants, a grocery shop, a tabac, a butcher, a pharmacy and a variety of other little shops.
Why La Maison des Vignes?
You’ll be spoilt for places to relax and enjoy this wonderfully peaceful place. Watch the wildlife from the edge of the lake at the bottom of the garden, take a nap under the shade of a parasol or pick a few grapes from the row of vines in the garden – or the vine that’s hanging over the front door – the choice is yours.
When you arrive, you’ll find that the house is equipped with everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. There’s both English and French TV, lots of boardgames and books and even pingpong and babyfoot tables in the barn. Linen and towels are also provided. The house is free from WIFI, so you can choose to switch off completely from the modern world (although you can obviously use the data package on your phone, if you want to).
And, as the house is on the border of the Indre and Creuse departments (and indeed the Centre-Val de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions), there are plenty of things to do and places to see!
If you are booking the Wine and Food Adventure as a birthday surprise or even for a romantic proposal, please let us know and we can discuss how we can help to make your break even more special.
Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 4. La Maison des Vignes has 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin). You will never have to share the house with people you don’t know – if you book as 2 people, you will get the whole house to yourself.
Note: This trip does not include travel to La Maison des Vignes. It is up to you to book this separately.
La Maison des Vignes is ideally placed in central France, around 3.5 hours’ drive from Paris and just over 6 hours from Calais. If you would like to book La Maison des Vignes for a longer stay, with or without the ‘Wine and Food Adventure’, take a look at the website for more information.
It is possible to travel to Châteauroux (and Limoges – although this is farther south so it is quicker to go to Châteauroux from Paris) by train. You would need to get the Eurostar to Paris and then you can take a direct train to Châteauroux from Paris in around 2 hours 15 minutes. You would then need to rent a car to travel to La Maison des Vignes (get in touch if you need transfers, instead).
Flights to Limoges go from London Stansted with Ryanair or from London Gatwick with British Airways. You can also travel to Limoges from Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton.
You would then need to rent a car to travel to La Maison des Vignes (get in touch if you need transfers, instead).
Transfer time from the airport to La Maison des Vignes is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
How to book
If you would like to book a Wine and Food Adventure, either head to our booking form, email email@example.com or call +33 (0)7 84 95 75 88 and specify which dates you would like to come. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you have received confirmation from us, so do not book any flights, trains or ferries until this point. Please see out Terms and Conditions with regards to deposits and cancellations.