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Spend your holiday on a gastronomic inducing event. Marvel at the beauty of the sceneries of France. Stay in a warmth and comfortable yet sophisticated boutique hotel. Breathe the French air, relax and unwind while looking at the countryside views. Later on join our amazing Cecile on her cooking class. Conducted with simple yet helpful instruction that will insure that you will learn something. Then enjoy the feast afterwards, feel heavenly full and amazingly relaxed, leave for your home energized, refreshed and more knowledgeable than ever.
Welcome to a country home which offers the perfect blend of the charms of yesteryear and the comforts of today. For your comfort, there is a living room and a small kitchen at the guests' disposal. Each room is individually decorated and stylishly furnished in a vibrant homage to the colours of the South.
All bedrooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned. Each have an en suite bathroom with bth tub, hand basin, toilet, a hair dryer and a variety of toiletry products, a flat screen tv, free WiFi access, and a personal safe. The room can have one double bed of 180x 200 cm or two twin beds of 90x200 cm and offers views of the countryside.
For 2 hours Ccile will give you a lesson in cooking simple, honest food. She'll show you how to prepare wonderful creative meals inspired by fresh seasonal and regional products where gastronomy rediscovers its roots.
Ccile offers a special foie gras class where you'll learn how to prepare foie gras with different sauces which are easy to reproduce in your own kitchen. eg Foie gras terrine with parmesan; Foie gras cooked in a bain-marie and flavoured with an alcohol of your choice; Roast quails with a foie gras sauce.
Afterwards it's the moment to enjoy the fruits of your labours dining either in the garden or in the Ecuries dining hall, we add a bottle of wine from the terroir, Costieres de Nimes to compliment the meal. A moment to be savored and remembered. All the classes are held in the kitchen of Domaine des Clos.
The Domaine des Clos is set in the very heart of the 'golden triangle', formed by the towns of Avignon, Arles and Nîmes. Within a 30 km-radius are other such jewels as Beaucaire and Tarascon, the Pont du Gard and Uzs, the Alpilles and Saint-Rmy de Provence, and the Camargue.
They are available every day from 8.30am to 10.30am in the Salon des Anciennes curies. During the warm months, the table is set up outdoors. Breakfast is set as an unlimited buffet. There are many types of different breads on offer: with nuts, cereals, figs, baguettes.
There are also Danish pastries, fresh orange juice, delicious jams made by Sandrine, your host, as well as a selection of yoghurts, cheeses, seasonal fruits and cereals. Coffee, tea, Nespresso, and hot chocolate are also available.
We offer, dependent on the time of year and the number of guests, our special dners dhtes, or guest dinners. The rates are 28 EUR per adult and 15 EUR per child under 14. Provenal specialities are prepared with our home-grown vegetables and local fare.
There is a set menu with apritif, starter, main dish, dessert. Coffee, herbal teas and Costires de Nîmes wines are also included. Our apritifs are served from 8 pm before sitting down for what is always a very friendly occasion.
The Domaine des Clos is, in addition, fortunate enough to have numerous excellent restaurants in the vicinity: these range from top gastronomic establishments, to countryside inns, to the great many authentic bistrots which flourish throughout Provence. Each room has an information booklet featuring our favourite addresses.
La Grotte des Demoiselles: (approximately 90 minutes from the Domaine des Clos); Visits of this cave last approximately one hour. The breathtaking dimensions of this huge grotto, which spans up to 120 metres, end to end, and up to 52 metres high, as well as the stupendous beauty of the myriad shapes and shades created by the stalagmites, stalactites and metallic and carbonate oxides have earned it the nickname of 'the Underground Cathedral'. It is located in Saint-Bauzille de Putois, close to Ganges, north of Montpellier.
La Petite Provence du Paradou: A faithful miniature replica of a Provenal village with santons.
Les Salins du Midi in Aigues-Mortes: in the heart of wild, unspoiled nature, you will discover the oldest salt works in the Mediterranean, with exceptional fauna and flora. A local guide will accompany you around the evaporation basins to the Salt museum.
"Le Vieux Mas" in the Beaucaire plain: A sprawling eighteenth-century building and gardens with live animals, ancient trades, numerous animations and shows.
The "Haribo" Sweet museum in Uzs.
The historic "Ugernum" park in Beaucaire: Recreates a medieval campsite, featuring gladiatorial combats, interactive workshops for children.
The Mill of Alphonse Daudet in Fontvieille and the Maison de Tartarin in Tarascon.
The small steam train of the Cvennes: Which leaves from Saint-Jean du Gard and arrives at the Bambouseraie dAnduze or the steam train of the Alpilles, linking the old Arles station and Fontvieille.
The Seaquarium in Grau du Roi: Come and discover the fascinating world of the sea.
The Zoo of La Barben (between Plisanne and Saint-Cannat): Where 120 animal species are housed over an area totalling more than 33 hectares.
Visits of the national Haras of Uzs: During the summer months, a number of evening shows celebrating the horse are organised here, the national stud farm of Uzs, with the participation, notably, of Lucien Gruss, the renowned equestrian artist in residence at the Haras with his team and horses.
Visits of manades in the Camargue: Such as those of the Manade Laurent - les Marquises, the Domaine de Pin Fourcat, the Domaine Paul Ricard, the Manade des Chanoines.
Arles (19 km) and Nîmes (25 km): The two Roman cities, which feature arenas, an antique theatre, the Maison Carre.
Avignon (30 km): The sumptuous medieval walled city, with its entrancing Popes' Palace.
Beaucaire (6 km): Listed as a 'Town of Arts and History', it features superb town houses and a river marina. A visit to the Gallo-Roman farmhouse of Les Tourelles is an absolute must, with notably the reconstitution of a wine cellar as they existed in Roman times, and the troglodytic abbey of Saint-Roman
Eygalires (38 km): Eygalires and its beautiful Alchemist's Garden.
Fontvieille (19 km): Where you can visit the mill where the renowned author Alphonse Daudet wrote his celebrated collection of novels.
Les Baux de Provence (25 km): Listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, with its medieval streets and fortress.
Saint-Rmy de Provence: Home of Nostradamus, this is the village where Vincent Van Gogh found such inspiration.
Tarascon (12 km): Tarascon and its Royal fortress, Saint-Gilles, and the faade of its church abbey, featured on the unesco World Heritage list.
The Alpilles and its many attractive Provenal villages: Le Paradou and its santonniers, Graveson and its lavender museum.
The Camargue Regional Park (50 km): The Camargue Regional Park with Saintes-Maries de la Mer and Aigues-Mortes.
The Pont du Gard (30km): The Pont du Gard, Uzs and the Uzge valley.
4x4 safaris in Camargue are an extraordinary way of exploring this magnificent area of unspoiled nature, with gems such as the tang de Vaccars, the bird park and the natural bird reserve of Le Vigueirat.
Boat trips in Camargue, departing from the jetties of Saintes-Maries or Aigues-Mortes.
Canoeing, via ferrata, caving in the Gardon gorges between Collias and Remoulins, with the added bonus of superb views over the Pont du Gard.
Hot air balloon flights from Uzs.
Karting track in Beaucaire for adults and children.
Nautical base in Beaucaire, offering courses and sailing lessons on catamarans and optimists as well as windsurfing, rowing and jet skiing - from the age of eight onwards.
Race circuit driving in Bellegarde and Ldenon.
Tennis courts in Bellegarde.
The golf courses of Nîmes-Campagne (18 holes), Vacquerolles (18 holes), the Baux de Provence (9 holes).
Treetop circuits in Saint-Christol les Als, near Montpellier.
Walking circuits, horse riding centres, and mountain bike circuits (bikes can be hired) are all plentiful in the Alpilles Park, the site of La Montagnette, between the Frigolet Abbey and Barbentane, or in the Camargue National Nature Reserve. Guided visits are also available upon request with the Office of naturalist guides of the Alpilles/Camargue.
Nearest airposts are in Nîmes (20 km), Avignon (40 km), Montpellier (75 km),, and Marseille (80 km).
Nearest TGV train stations are at the Nîmes (25 km) or Avignon (35 km).