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 ‘la ferme de la lochere’

lunch in the courtyard

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‘la chambre rose’

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Brendan in the Vines

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heirloom beets and goats cheese starter

Special Spring Offer

CELBRATE SPRING WITH A CULINARY & WINE VACATION AT LA FERME DE LA LOCHÈRE

Early Booking Savings Available – 10% by Jan. 31, 5% by March 31

 

New York, NY, December 2011 – Leave a dreary winter behind and embrace all things spring with a seven-day culinary and wine luxury vacation at Frelon’s La Ferme de la Lochère, a 400-year-old private estate nestled in Burgundy’s countryside, with accommodations for up to ten.  Both seasoned chefs and culinary novices can learn from host owner/chef Katherine Frelon’s hands-on culinary instruction, which focuses on incorporating spring offerings from the estate’s own garden – such as crisp asparagus and aromatic Gariguette strawberries – and locally-sourced ingredients into classic French recipes.  Aside from her culinary expertise, Katherine’s years in Burgundy garner yet another benefit: an insider’s knowledge and connections.  Guests are privy to a number of exclusive opportunities, from private wine tours and tastings at vineyards normally closed to the public, to dinner at the Michelin three-star Le Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu.  An array of optional excursions, which range from golf to spa treatments to private cooking lessons with a Michelin-starred chef, can be added to personalize the itinerary.  The holiday, regularly priced at 2,600€ ($3,483*) per person, double, is offered with an early booking discount of 10% for guests booking by Jan. 31, while those booking by March 31 receive a discount of 5%.

 

Guests arriving at Frelon’s La Ferme de la Lochère are greeted with a flower-filled courtyard, bountiful garden, state-of-the-art kitchen and spacious, meticulously-designed rooms, all tucked away in a landscape of undulating farmland, canals and vineyards.  A welcome day wine tasting led by renowned wine aficionado Brendan Moore, paired with a Gougère demonstration, sets the tone for the days to follow.  As the week progresses, guests are introduced to Katherine’s innovative take on classic French cuisine with three spring-themed, hands-on cooking lessons – the core of each Frelon’s itinerary.  The holiday navigates the unique gastronomy of the region with a visit to the Dijon Market, where handwritten labels adorn wares ranging from artisanal cheeses to rare cuts of meat; a croissant making lesson with a local baker; a cooking demonstration by Chef Laurent Peugeot at Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne; and a choice between visiting a local snail farm or indulging in a private chocolate tasting.   Guests learn about the region’s rich wine culture with a visit to Flavigny, where the film Chocolat was created, and exclusive tours at Côte de Beaune, where owners offer access to rare wines and barrel tastings, and Côte de Nuits, a mecca for pinot noir enthusiasts.  The holiday ends with a sumptuous farewell dinner at the Michelin three-star Le Relais Bernard Loiseau.

 

A selection of optional excursions allows guests to customize their spring holiday by delving further into the unique culture of Burgundy.  Guests can get a bird’s eye view of the patchwork landscape of canals, vineyards, farmland and rolling hills dotted with white cattle during a hot air balloon ride, accompanied by a bottle of champagne; receive a private cooking lesson with Jean-Michel Lorain, who received three Michelin stars at the record-breaking age of 27; or play a round of golf at the Château de Chailly.  Prices start at 100€ ($134).

 

Spring weeks are based on the estate having a minimum of four guests and include accommodations; all meals prepared on the property; culinary instruction and ingredients; transfers to and from the Montbard train station; attractions specified in the itinerary; set menu at Le Relais Bernard Loiseau designed with seasonal ingredients by the head chef and complimented with wines selected by the sommelier; and a complimentary cookbook and apron from chef and host Katherine Frelon.  All itineraries are subject to change and availability.

 

La Ferme de la Lochère is a 400-year-old private estate in the heart of Burgundy, conveniently located four hours from London and one hour from Paris by train, and has been meticulously restored 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 hillside – each with private bath, fresh flowers, L’Occitane products and Wi-Fi.  Each itinerary offers free time for guests to lunch on the rolling hillsides, bike along the Canal de Bourgogne, stroll through the scenic countryside or shop in the unique towns.

 

Frelon’s La Ferme de la Lochère provides culinary and wine 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.lafermedelalochere.com.