We have been invited to stay with Elaine and Mick Toft in their beautiful six bedroom traditional French home in the rural village of Chateauponsac within the picturesque Haute Vienne region.
Elaine and Mick will meet us at the airport and transport us to their lovely home and provide refreshments on arrival prior to settling you into your rooms.
Once settled you will have the opportunity to explore the gardens which are close to the village but also surrounded by beautiful countryside.
There is a covered outside eating area where you can relax with your sketchbook.
Additionally we will have access to one of the outhouses for use as a studio space where we will be able to complete our paintings.
In the Garden
In the House
French Culinary Experience
Fridges will be stocked in a shared kitchen with freshly made bread and local produce. You will have all your meals provided but there will always be access to this area for refreshments and snacks.
Breakfast will be a selection of freshly made bread and local produce.
Packed lunches will be made available during excursions or sketch days and Elaine or Mick will provide transport to our chosen locations.
Elaine loves home cooking from scratch and has a delicious menu for Dinner which she will be serving in the dining room. Each night there will be three courses accompanied by local French wines and you can see examples of what will be on the menu below.
Croaque Madame Muffins, Pate, Baked Camembert, Flammekueche, French Onion Tart, Garlic Mushrooms, Fruit Salad, Nicoise salas, Spiced Prawns and Courgette Fritters
Chicken with Lemon and Oregano, Chicken Breasts with Mustard Sauce, Beef Bourgeneon, Large Whole Shoulder of Pork, Lamb Tray Bake with Mediterranean Veg, Coq au Vin, Moule Frites, Fish Pie
Lemon Posset, Crepes, Chocolate Torte, Creme Caramel, Tarte Tatin, Melt in the Middle Chocolate Pudding and Gin and Tonic Cheesecake.