What I love about travelling in my 30’s is that even though I still appreciate a shoe string trip with my backpack, I can also occasionally afford to indulge in a little luxury. But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, particularly if you travel as a group of friends.
I cannot rave enough about my trip to Gite La Fleurieu in Puy-L’Évêque in the mid-pyrenees in May this year. I went for my lifelong friend Rachel’s hen weekend. It was certainly the most civilised hen party I’ve been on for a long time but we still had an absolute ball!
Gite La Fleurieu is an absolutely stunning French farmhouse in an easy walking distance of a quaint little medieval market town on the Lot river and most importantly is absolutely surrounded by wineries! You can expect absolute luxury here – champagne on arrival, crisp white bed linen, roll top baths and stunning views in every direction. There is a beautiful swimming pool and decking area which the super friendly British hosts Sam and Andrew built themselves. They were even filmed for ‘A new life in the sun’ setting up this fabulous business.
We chose a food and wine break but they also offer running and cycling trips and it can be hired for accommodation only. I can highly recommend the food and wine break, our tastebuds were well and truly spoilt rotten! From the canapés and champagne on arrival to the 3-course French meal, the super tasty continental breakfasts which set us up for a day drinking vino! When we could tear ourselves away from our private pool and the views of rolling hills and forests, we went to visit wineries for a tour and we also had a personal wine tasting experience at the gite where 2 wine connoisseurs came to give us a private lesson on wine appreciation! So I can now talk the talk! Did you know for example the reason wine gets sloshed around the glass first is to release the aromas which as smell is so closely connected to taste allows for a more intense taste!
The area is as you can imagine, just stunning! Beautiful old French architecture, markets with the freshest ingredients, rivers and rolling hills. We took a pretty boat trip up the river Lot and visited a couple of local markets and wineries. But mostly we just relaxed, drank wine and recuperated from our busy lives back home.
So if I’ve inspired you to take a foodie trip to the south of France, I cannot recommend staying here enough! Details can be found at gitelafleurieu.com. A 3-night food and wine break with activities and all those culinary goodies will set you back just 350 euros per person and the gite can comfortably sleep 6 people. So what are you waiting for? Grab your foodie friends and get booking!
Have YOU been to the South of France before? Or can you recommend any other foodie holidays? I’d love to hear about it!