Circle of Misse

Weekend Breaks

Saumur Champigny Tasting
Time to chill, a wine tasting outdoors 

We offer several opportunities throughout the year for you to escape to our French country house for a long relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. Whatever the theme, all our weekends feature our wonderful inspiring setting, superb food and warm hospitality. Come be our guest.

Foodie Weekend

For the foodie and wine lover in everyone. Wine tastings, shopping at a farmer’s market, a vineyard visit, a drop-in at a local artisan oil press, some hands-on cooking demonstrations, but most of all exquisite meals paired with amazing local wines. Eat, drink, learn, discuss. A gastronome's delight. Available as a three or four night weekend.


April 3-7,  17-21   |   May 1-4,  22-26   |   July 10-14   |   August 21-25,  29-1 Sep   |   October 30-3 Nov

Chill-Out Weekend

Just what it says on the tin. Come enjoy a long weekend in a French country house, eating fantastic food, enjoying great wines and soaking up the peaceful country vibe. Sleep in, read a book (we have a library brimming full of great reads), go for long walks, or simply sit in the garden with a cool drink and wile away the hours. And if you do find you’d like some distraction, we’ll happily provide a cooking demonstration, wine tasting, and a Sunday morning trip to one of our picturesque nearby towns where you can enjoy a coffee and croissant and saunter like a local through the monthly Marche de Puce (Flea Market) admiring gorgeous antiques and memorabilia. Escape the daily grind and leave refreshed and inspired.


April 3-7,  17-21   |   May 1-4,  22-26   |   July 10-14   |   August 21-25   |   October 30-3 Nov

Reader's Weekend

It’s the book club you always wished someone would ask you to join. Consider this your invitation. A good book, a roaring fire (inside or out, depending on the season), a nice glass of wine, fantastic food and stimulating conversation—this is the weekend past visitors begged us to offer. We obliged; it was a blast and now we want to offer it to everyone. We’ll mix guided discussions of two or three books and excerpts from others with time to chill out, go on long walks or simply gaze at the countryside. This is book lover’s heaven. We’ll have a lot of fun with our literary pursuits, drawing on our expertise as a centre for creative writing, we’ll visit local sites associated with Balzac and Rabelais as well as some Loire settings that feature in novels. We’ll certainly exchange reading lists before you depart. This weekend experience runs Friday to Monday only (three nights). Please drop us an email if you want to know more.


May 15-18   |   July 17-20   |  October 9-12

Festive Season Weekends

As the days lengthen, the weather grows cooler and shopping malls grow crazier, we offer you the chance to get away from it all, cozy up next to our fire and celebrate the holidays early; all while picking up some great new recipes and ideas for your own celebrations back at home. These weekends include cookery demonstrations and hands-on preparation of some stunning holiday dishes, as well as wine tasting and pairing ideas. We’ll also create some brilliant decorations and table settings together. Your home for the holidays!


November 20-24   |   December 4-8,  11-15


Offered Friday to Tuesday – 3 or 4 night packages available (Arrive Friday depart Monday or Tuesday, Arrive Saturday depart Tuesday, EXCEPT Reader’s Weekends which run Friday to Monday (3 nights)). For groups of 4 or more, we can make the weekend exclusive, tailored completely to your specific interests. Tell us what you want to do and we’ll propose an itinerary. Cost: £495 for three nights, £595 for four nights (includes accommodation, all activities and all meals and wine, pick-up from Saumur rail station, Tours Centre rail station, St. Pierre des Corps (Tours) rail station or Tours Airport at specified times.


To reserve places or to ask questions, call us on one of the telephone numbers below. Alternatively send an email to that includes your name, a contact telephone number and the dates you wish to come. We will confirm availability and arrange the deposit via PayPal or bank transfer.

+1-917-470-9927 (U.S. & Canada)
+33 (0) (France)
+44 (0)20 7993 4291 (UK)

Misse in Pictures

  • An autumnal sky captured in Misse

  • A Wild Nettle (Stinging variety) Risotto

  • A Misse Bedroom

  • Chilling in the garden

  • Taking Time to Taste Sauvignon Blanc during a Cooking Session

  • A Misse speciality - Tagliatelli with Radish Leaf Pesto

  • Visiting the Arms Room at the nearby Chateau of Oiron

  • A Festive Ballotine of Turkey (Boned, layered and cooked in its original skin)

  • Peaches poached in Cabernet Franc Wine

  • Pasta Sunflowers stuffed with wild rabbit and dressed with a Girolle Sauce