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Creative Adventures at a Private Chateau

June 20 – 27, 2024 (Spots Available)
October dates are SOLD OUT!


Your Invitation


Are you ready to unlock your inner artist in the enchanting heart of France? Whether you've wielded a paintbrush or not, imagine yourself in our private château, where judgment has no place, and creativity knows no bounds. Picture yourself leaving with your own creativity journal and the awe-inspiring fruits of your artistic endeavors, all while saying, 'WOW – I had no idea I could create that!'

With a team of six hosts, including two talented artists, two professional chefs trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and two dedicated chatelains, this is truly is a bespoke experience in an authentic French setting.

Your world of self-discovery and boundless creativity awaits!

Your Adventure Awaits!

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Our goal is not to teach you to be a painter or a writer but rather, to expose you to a number of different creative vehicles that allow you to figure out what really sparks your interest.


We will touch on the following activities:

  • Creativity Exercises: Dive into these engaging exercises that will ignite your creative spark!

  • Nature Walks with Photo Journaling: Transform your perspective and capture the world's beauty in a whole new light on nature walks.

  • Daily Journaling: Immerse yourself in the world around you, discovering inspiration at every turn through daily journaling.

  • Encaustic Painting: Unleash your inner artist by creating vibrant works with melted beeswax and heat.

  • Hand Painted Silk Scarves: Uncover the secrets of crafting your own exquisite silk scarves using professional techniques.

  • Abstract Painting: Explore the world of abstraction as you wield a palette knife, bringing your unique vision to life.

  • Handmade Paper: Craft your very own handmade paper book from natural fibers, a tactile journey of creativity.

  • Print Making: Discover the art of printmaking through various techniques, expanding your artistic horizons.

  • Market Day: Explore an authentic French market and select fresh ingredients with our Chefs for culinary experiences from the kitchen.

Please note: We might adjust this itinerary due to the usual reasons - weather, group direction, or unplanned opportunities!

Your Experience

Authentic French Cuisine

  • Champagne reception on evening of arrival!

  • Meals at the château, prepared by two professional Chefs trained at Le Cordon Bleu. 

  • Continental breakfast with pastries fresh from the boulangerie just steps away.

  • House wines served with meals, locally sourced from small producers & selected by wine expert

  • Non-alcoholic beverages of your choice. 

  • Tea & coffee all day, plus snacks and aperitif too!

  • Other premium wines available for purchase from our cave.

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Live the Château Life

  • Enjoy the château common rooms and 15 ha of grounds during your 7-night stay.

  • Bedrooms are generously sized, with a small seating area.

  • Mix of en-suite and shared facilities - max 2 bedrooms share w.c. or shower.

  • Rooms are first-come, first-served by reservation date.

  • Double-occupancy with two single beds, or single-occupancy for a supplement.

  • Stay with a small group of like-minded people - limit of 8 guests.

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Meet Your Hosts


Meet Kate

I'm Kate Taylor, an abstract artist originally from England, now proudly crafting my artwork right here in Toronto from my cozy studio. I earned my Fine Arts degree from Western University, where I was taught painting by the internationally-renowned artist, Paterson Ewen. 

My art is a joyful interpretation of nature.  Inspiration comes at the cottage with its evocative soundtrack of loons, water and wind. The very distinct feelings of grounded calm and dynamic movement that happens in the natural world resonates with me…positive & negative, energy & calm, push & pull.   I create with those seemingly opposing energies always in my mind’s eye.


Welcome to my artistic world – let's create together!


Meet Angela

Hi, I'm Angela Lane. From my studio nestled in Thornhill, I pour my heart into creating art that mirrors the nature I've cherished during hikes, tranquil kayak trips, and moments of tending to my garden. Encaustic painting spoke to me in a way nothing else did - an immediate connection.

I revel in the liberating dance of brushes and torch, as each piece carries me on a voyage of revelation. Organic shapes and hues ebb and flow in delicate layers, weaving together a tale of its own. These canvases are my visual love letters to those 'happy places', both visited and envisioned. They invite you to step into their world, let your imagination roam, and compose the rest of the story.

Together, let's embark on this journey of artistic discovery.

Meet Valérie & Megan

Let’s face it: French haute cuisine isn’t often associated with fun.

We started Sel Hospitalité - a boutique hospitality group specializing in one-of-a-kind culinary experiences - because we wanted to bring the two together in a refreshing experience that reflects who we are. So, who are we?


We’re Megan & Val. We’re two Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs hailing from Canada and Haiti, respectively. We met at the prestigious institute in Paris.  Between us, we hold diplomas in Cuisine, Pastry & Boulangerie.  Over glasses of wine during our studies - we were in Paris, after all - we traded stories, realizing we  shared the same views on food & hospitality and the joy that comes from sharing our love of food with others though cooking and education.  So, we decided to create Sel with the simple mission of bringing people together through the art of cooking and the pleasure of savouring exceptional food

We’re looking forward to doing just that at the Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés this coming season! Indulge, savour and learn with us during your stay through thoughtfully prepared meals, optional ateliers and our open kitchen policy.


Bonne dégustation! 


Meet Sara & Stephen

We are Sara & Stephen Cole, Canadians who dreamt of moving to France. We're excited to share our dream, our home, the Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. 

The tower of the château is from the 16th century, and features a broad spiral stone staircase. Built by a noble family nearly 500 years ago, the 'blazon' or crest of the family still shows on the tower.  

We created “Manor and Maker” to reflect the two sides of our adventure. One, to live as chateau owners with all the ups and downs and two, to pursue our passions as makers, creating art in all its forms. We invite others to come together, united by their passions, to share in this adventure.

We will be available on-site to ensure you have a comfortable stay.

Welcome to Manor & Maker.

Creative Adventure Testimonials


I was not sure what to expect from my first Creative Adventure....I am not creative; can't even draw a straight line but Angela and Kate were so supportive and I went home amazed at what I created. My painting now hangs proudly in my kitchen. I'm excited to continue my creative journey. -- S.M.

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I did the full day Adventure where I not only was introduced to the wonderful world of encaustics, we hand painted silk scarves. I was so pleased (and surprised) with my scarf that I wore it to work on Monday! --R.W.


I just retired and wanted to do something different from my former job - something more creative. It was really wonderful to see my original design transform into artwork! -- C.M.

Start Your Adventure Today!


Reserve your spot by completing the deposit payment below. Please select your preferred occupancy. Completing your deposit is your agreement to the Terms & Conditions.

We'll be in touch within 24 hours confirming all is well (don't forget to check your spam or junk folder). If you have any special accommodation requests, or are booking with a friend, you can send us a note as well.


Double Occupancy €3425 pp (Regular €3995)
Single Occupancy €3795 pp (Regular €4295)

Special Gift!

Something special you can use during your stay & take home after will be waiting for you!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation from your hometown to the pickup point, including airfare, train connections, or car rental

  • Baggage, accident, cancellation, nor travel insurance ('cancel for any reason' strongly recommended to protect your investment)

  • Passport and visa expenses

  • Personal expenses, such as telephone calls

  • Meals not served at the château

  • Alcoholic beverages not served at meals at the château

  • Any extra tours or excursions off the property, should you choose to roam

  • Shipping completed artworks home (there is a post office close to the château)

  • and any other items not specifically noted as included


Frequently Asked Questions



I don't have a lot of experience creating art - is this retreat for me?

Absolutely! This retreat is designed for everyone, regardless of your prior artistic experience. It's all about trying new things, embracing creativity, and savoring the journey rather than striving for perfection. Come with an open heart and a willingness to explore – you'll be amazed at what you can discover and create along the way! Kate & Angela will provide guidance and support throughout your journey.        



Is it suitable for solo travelers, or will I feel out of place without a companion?

Our retreat warmly welcomes solo travelers. Many participants join us individually, and you'll quickly find a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for creativity and adventure. Our supportive and inclusive atmosphere ensures that you'll feel right at home, making new friends and connections as you embark on this inspiring journey together. Come solo and leave with a heart full of beautiful memories and newfound friendships.



Where are you located & how do I get there?

We are in the town of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Dordogne, postal code 24160 (there are a couple of more places of that name in France!). Here's our guide on how to get to us. We offer pickups from Gare d'Angoulême. (may be scheduled with other guests' arrivals) or Thiviers Gare.  



Do I need to speak French?

No, your hosts can help you with all local needs. It's always nice to be able to say 'hello' (Bonjour!) and 'thank you' (Merci!) though, isn't it?​



Do I have to share a room?

While we offer a single supplement option for those seeking solitude, some guests find that sharing a room enhances the sense of community and creates wonderful opportunities for new friendships. Rest assured, we carefully match roommates based on preferences and interests, ensuring a harmonious and enjoyable co-living experience for all. Your comfort and connections are our top concern.



May I arrive earlier or stay later than the given dates?

Much as we love having guests, we aren't open as a B&B, so accommodation is only available on the listed dates. There is lots to explore in our area, if you wish to make your own plans to extend your holiday.



Can you accommodate my food sensitivity?

France is famous for its fine cuisine, fresh produce markets, delicious pastries and cheeses! Enjoy chef-prepared suppers all week; the taste of France is part of your immersive experience. Due to hospitality laws, we cannot offer restaurant style selections or service; unfortunately, severely restrictive diets and other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.



What if I get sick and can't come? (Cancellation Policy)

We strongly recommend 'cancel for any reason' travel insurance. We do not offer last-minute refunds for any reason, due to advance planning costs. Check out the terms & conditions for other timing. Travel insurance protects your investment, and helps alleviate disappointment if your plans have to change.



What will the weather be like?

In June, you can expect warm weather, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F). There may be occasional showers, but overall, it's a pleasant and sunny time for outdoor activities. It's advisable to bring light clothing for the daytime and a light jacket for cooler evenings.

By October, the daytime temperatures range pleasantly from 12°C to 21°C (54°F to 70°F). Rainfall slightly increases during this month, so it's a good idea to have an umbrella or waterproof jacket on hand. To stay comfortable in varying temperatures, pack layered clothing for your visit.

As always, these are averages, so weather may be warmer or cooler, sunnier or rainier during your stay. 



What should I bring?

We'll have your supplies ready at the château. You'll want to pack some clothes to be creative in, something that doesn't mind getting a bit messy. Bring an open attitude to try new things & new activities. Pack a good pair of walking shoes if you want to try the local trails. 

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