There’s magic in the air. It’s that time of year again: wooden huts, sparkly lights and mulled wine are everywhere. Not to be left out, the Châteaux of the Grande Maison Younan Collection are in the Christmas spirit too. Delicious dishes are served in a magical atmosphere, full of Christmas cheer. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner with family or friends for a truly extraordinary experience.
At the Château de Beauvois, near Tours, enjoy the delights of French cuisine. Chef Régis Guilpain has given the traditional Christmas menu a twist to create elegant dishes, full of magical combinations. Why not order the pheasant terrine with foie gras and sweet potatoes or the scallops with winter fruit and root vegetables? Enjoy a seasonal dish of capon, served with chestnuts, parsnips and chanterelle mushrooms: perfectly balanced and utterly delicious. A local cheese board is the perfect pause before a festive dessert. Experience a mouth-watering end to the meal with a combination of exotic passion fruit, melt-in-your-mouth macarons, fruit and chocolate.
Christmas at the Château de Beauvois: €80/person, excluding drinks
Dinner on December 24 and lunch on December 25
Bookings: +33 (0)2 47 55 50 11
The Château la Perrière near Angers will be serving up its Christmas menu throughout December. A veritable temple of hospitality, this incredible 17th-century building and historic monument creates exquisite cuisine all year round for its guests. Treat your taste buds to a first course of green risotto and griddled scallops. Perfectly prepared, they’re followed by a mouth-watering veal steak and shiso sauce. Incredibly tender and beautifully pink, the veal is served with truffade, a traditional accompaniment from Auvergne made with potatoes, and chervil root for a dish with a beautifully silky texture. Cheese and dessert follow: a dizzyingly delicious Mont Blanc features mandarins and chestnuts for a sumptuous way to finish the meal on a high.
Christmas at the Château la Perrière: €52/person
Valid throughout December: lunch from Monday to Sunday, dinner on Friday and Saturday
Bookings: +33 (0)2 41 27 37 47
Close to Niort, the beautiful Hôtel Saint-Martin is getting ready for a full week of festivities. From December 25 to 30, Le Logis will be serving its elegant, subtle and sophisticated Christmas menu. The first course: a mild, tangy dish, combining smoked salmon, ginger and ricotta for an undeniably delicious starter. Next: turkey takes its rightful place as the star of the Christmas show. Stuffed with mushrooms, served on a bed of crushed chestnuts, this seasonal dish’s texture works perfectly with crunchy sunchoke chips. Enjoy a plate of aged cheese and before you know it, it’s time for dessert! The bavarois with tangy raspberries and velvety smooth mousse is a delight for all the senses. With a delicious menu to tickle everyone’s taste buds, Le Logis has plenty of sparkle this Christmas.
Christmas at the Hôtel Saint-Martin: €42/person
December 25 to 30, for lunch and dinner (excluding Saturday lunch)
Bookings: +33 (0)5 49 05 58 68
There’s a magical feel at the Château Le Prieuré. Chef Richard Prouteau has created an incredible Christmas menu for the holidays, cleverly combining new ingredients and subtle flavors. New life is breathed into the traditional starter of oysters with the addition of mooli: a particularly surprising combination. Pan-fried foie gras and black olives create a warming, flavorful dish which melts in the mouth. Zander takes center stage too – served with a sprinkling of beautifully crisp hazelnuts, guests can enjoy a balanced combination of the subtly bitter, gently salty and tangy lemon flavors of this genuinely stunning dish. Next, enjoy goose served with celery purée (and a touch of vanilla) and orange gel – incredibly subtle tastes. A cold goat’s cheese sorbet is served before dessert brings the meal to a close, with an outstanding take on the traditional vacherin iced dessert, with chestnuts and blackcurrants: a sure-fire winner.
Christmas at the Château Le Prieuré: €75/person excluding drinks
Lunch and dinner on December 24, lunch on December 25
Bookings: +33 (0)2 41 67 90 14 – email@example.com