The Secret Treasures of Normandy and the Pays d’Auge: Exemplary Private Châteaux, Norman Manors & Grand Collections
June 22-29, 2020
The ICAA is pleased to present this tour of Normandy's exemplary, historic private châteaux and Norman manors, many of which are never open to the public, offering a rare opportunity to savor unique architecture, decor, outstanding art collections, and stunning gardens. Throughout the course of the tour, participants will meet and enjoy significant exchanges with our eminent hosts, of notable and historic French families, during private visits at their historic and admirable residences.
Our unique discovery will be led by Pamela Huntington Darling and François de Bourgoing, Vice President of Bayeux’s regional “commune”, township, and General Councilor of the Calvados Department from 2001 to 2015. Borne in the family's 18th century chateau in Tracy-sur-Mer near Arromanches, François de Bourgoing has dedicated his life to the Calvados region. He is Treasurer of Calvados’ Tourism Committee; Secretary of the D-Day Landing Committee, in charge of the official D-Day commemorations; member of the Environmental Commission and the Costal Conservatory.
His father, Philippe de Bourgoing, was Senator of Calvados for 28 years, General Councilor of Calvados, and Mayor of Tracy-sur-Mer for 57 years. For services rendered to the United Kingdom during and after World War II, he was knighted in 1996, KBE, Knight of the British Empire, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
François will share with us his passion for Normandy’s 1,000 years of rich heritage; its wealth of architecture: from medieval, to flamboyant to Baroque châteaux, and timber-framed manors in the Pays d'Auge; remarkable gardens; as well as the history of the D-Day landing that freed Europe.
Exciting features of this tour include a luncheon with Count and Countess Guy de Vendeuvre at their stunning Château de Vendeuvre,a private visit and dinner with Didier Wirth, President of the Fondation Parcs et Jardins de France, at his marvelous residence, Château de Brécy, and a private visit and luncheon at the Château d'Alexis de Tocqueville with Countess de Tocqueville.
This tour is arranged by Pamela Huntington Darling, Consultant and creator of exclusive cultural travel programs. For more information, please email Pamela Huntington Darling ([email protected]), visit www.exclusiveculturaltours.com, or call +33 1 45 67 62 81.
Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Image: Château de Brécy (Wikimedia Commons/Pimprenel)
Château de Vendeuvre
The tour includes a luncheon with Count and Countess Guy de Vendeuvre at their stunning Château de Vendeuvre, with its admirably preserved original 18th Century architecture, decor, artwork, and furniture. Its park and gardens are spectacular, awarded the French label "Jardin Remarquable," featuring follies and sculptures by the famous Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and the Tartar Tent, inspired by Madame de Pompadour.
During the tour, participants will enjoy a private visit and luncheon at the admirable Château d'Outrelaise, listed as a French Historic Monument, with buildings dating from the 16th to 19th Centuries. Here, the group will be welcomed by the owners Jean-Louis Mennesson, artist, and Walid Akkad, creator of high-fashion jewelry. Here, the group will have a convivial lunch in the orangerie and a visit of this marvelous historic estate with the hosts.
Château de Brécy
The group will enjoy a private visit and dinner with Didier Wirth, President of the Fondation Parcs et Jardins de France, at his marvelous residence, Château de Brécy and its exquisite gardens, recognized as one of the most beautiful in Europe and awarded the French label "Jardin Remarquable." Among the most impressive gardens of Normandy, it was laid out in the 17th Century, reminiscent of the great gardens of Italy. The garden features sculptures, stone balustrades, and fountains.
Château de Boutemont
The tour includes a private visit and luncheon with the owners at the Château de Boutemont, a magnificently restored medieval fortress built between the 12th and 17th Centuries, featuring vernacular architectural elements and luxuriant gardens, considered among the most beautiful in Calvados. The gardens, awarded the French label "Jardin Remarquable," were redesigned in the 20th Century by the famous landscape architect Achille Duchêne.
Private 16th Century Manor
Participants will experience a private visit and cocktails at an admirable manor, welcome by the owners, which dates back to the 16th Century and is listed as a French Historic Monument. Its picturesque park and arboretum were awarded the French label "Jardin Remarquable." The hosts restored this historic edifice with the leading architect of the Pays d'Auge. Here, the group will also enjoy visiting the owners' distillery and tasting their delicious calvados, made according to the traditional methods.
Château de Canisy
The tour participants will be welcomed to the Château de Canisy by the hosts, the Count and Countess Denis de Kergorlay, where the group will stay for three nights. Surrounded by a stunning vast park, forests, and farmlands, it is listed as a French Historic Monument and is one of the seven wonders of the Channel.
Here, the group will enjoy cocktails and a candlelit dinner with the Count and Countess in Château de Canisy's historic dining room, specially prepared by its chef Nicky Hilyer with the best of the surrounding farmland's produce.
Chateau d'Alexis de Tocqueville
The tour includes a private visit and luncheon at the Château d'Alexis de Tocqueville with Countess de Tocqueville. Built and expanded between the 16th and 19th Centuries, it is unique for its harmonious architectural diversity and history. Owned by the Count and Countess de Tocqueville, it is listed as a French National Landmark. Here, the group will visit the remarkable archives of their ancestor, Alexis de Tocqueville, to discover his original work, Democracy in America.
- Three nights at the 5-star luxury Hotel Le Normandy Deauville, located in the heart of this fashionable seaside resort, created during France's Second Empire. Recently renovated, this luxurious hotel offers modern decor, fine hospitality, and beautiful views of the sea.
- Three nights at the Château de Canisy, welcomed by the hosts, the Count and Countess Denis de Kergorlay. Surrounded by a stunning vast park, forests, and farmlands, it is listed as a French Historic Monument and is one of the seven wonders of the Channel.
- One night at the Hôtel Le Saint in Paris, located in the heart of the stylish Saint-Germain-des-Prés in an 18th Century private mansion.