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🌟✨ Escape and Create ✨🌟

at a Private Castle Retreat!

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to re-awaken your inner main character?

Want to create magical photographs & videos, guided & captured by professional photographers in the French countryside?

Picture this: A week-long retreat set amidst the ancient walls of a majestic Château, where every moment is infused with possibility. ✨✨

August 24 - 31, 2024

Your Experience

Stay at a Private Château

Stay at a Private Château

Stay at the private Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of our castle. From cozy chambers with stone walls to the 16th century spiral stone staircase, every corner of the castle is waiting to be explored.

Themed Days

Themed Days

Daily Adventures: Get ready for a week filled with adventure and exploration! From daily content themes, to excursions, to enchanting walks through nearby forests and meadows, there's no shortage of magical moments waiting to be discovered. 🌳🌟

Community Connections

Community Connections

Connect with fellow adventurers and kindred spirits as you share stories, laughter, and dreams around the castle's grand dining room. Forge friendships that may last a lifetime, and bask in the warmth of a community united by a shared love for adventure and exploration. 🌟💖

Professional Chefs

Professional Chefs

​Indulge with meals inspired by the castle's rich culinary heritage, and prepared by two professional Chefs trained at Le Cordon Bleu. From hearty feasts in the castle's Salle à Manger to intimate picnics in the castle park, every meal is a celebration of good food and great company. 🍽️🍷

Quiet Time

Quiet Time

Take time to pause, reflect, and connect with your innermost thoughts and desires. Whether it's meditating in the castle's forests or journaling in the tranquil courtyard, you'll find moments of peace and serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. 🌿🌌

Chateau Rooms

Chateau Rooms

Be inspired by your surroundings! Stay in well-appointed rooms, with shared facilities (no more than 2 rooms share a bathroom). Enjoy all the common areas of the chateau, and 15 ha of grounds.

Download the detailed itinerary in PDF for more details!

Meet Your Hosts

Meet Rebecca
@aclotheshorse 

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A Clothes Horse is a different kind of fashion, travel and photography content created by Rebecca (that's me!). I share snippets of inspiration and slow-living from my tiny gatehouse and around Europe.

 

I want to help you find quiet in the wild and calm in the storm. 

Need tailored advice that considers your unique goals, creative voice, and skillset? Perhaps you know where you want to be but need help getting there, or you've found that your platform and growth is stagnating and need creative direction to re-inspire your work.

I will bring my experience of creating a following of over 2M people to help you discover ways to let your main character shine.

Meet Sasha
@sashaalsberg

I'm Sasha Alsberg, your #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga. But that's not all—I'm also a passionate painter and a digital influencer with a community of over 500,000 followers online.

I bring my wealth of experience in content creation, navigating the publishing world, and mastering the intricacies of the Internet to help you navigate the next stage of your journey.

 

Let's embark on this adventure together!

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Meet Valérie & Megan
Sel Hospitalité


We met at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Paris after both of us had left our respective corporate careers in the restaurant industry to pursue our culinary aspirations in France. Over glasses of wine during our first weeks of classes, 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.

After completing our diplomas - between us, we hold diplomas in Cuisine, Pastry & Boulangerie - we decided not to chase (Michelin) stars, but to chase our own venture instead. We knew that we were undeniably passionate about creating exquisite dishes and exploring the intricacies of gastronomy, but that we didn’t love the idea of the attitudes and negative pitfalls so often associated with working in fine dining establishments.

 

Et voilà, Sel was born. 

Live a Fairytale Week!

August 24 - 31, 2024

€2995 pp for 7 days, 6 nights.

Double occupancy. Inquire via email below for single supplement rate.

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We'll be in touch when a spot is available, or when we're full.

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What's Included

  • 6 nights accommodation at the Château, double occupancy

  • Guidance from professional content creators

  • Props for photo shoots (e.g. flowers for crowns, vintage books, etc)

  • All meals at the Château, prepared by Chefs trained at Le Cordon Bleu

  • Instruction from Chefs as part of itinerary

  • Our house wines served at meals

  • Excursion(s) to local markets and venues  

What's Not Included

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

  • Costumes and accessories (some may be available to borrow)

  • Baggage, accident, cancellation, nor travel insurance 

  • Passport and visa expenses

  • Personal expenses, such as store purchases, phonecalls

  • Meals and beverages not served at the Château

  • and any other items not specifically noted as included

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

Bring your typical bag for a week away. Please bring:

  • a white outfit for the all white picnic - princess or prince outfit or peasant and cottagecore

  • princess or prince attire for the princes(s) and paupers group shoot (gown rental available upon request in advance)

  • formal black, white, or red attire for the masked dinner - comfortable shoes for walking around the grounds and day trips outside of the chateau

  • main character props such as swords, crowns, masks, fairy wings, etc all will help enhance your content in addition to the props we will have on hand

  • any outfits and accessories you love to use in your photo shoots

Shipping to the Château in advance is an option - contact us via email below. Pack a good pair of walking shoes if you want to try the local trails.

Where are you located & how do I get there?

We are in the town of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine 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 & drop offs from Thiviers Gare, 15 min away, which has a direct connection to Bordeaux.  We also offer transport from Angouleme or Limoges.

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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?​

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Can I come alone?

Absolutely - all content creators are welcome to apply. Prices and meal planning are based on double occupancy, so you may be assigned a compatible roommate.

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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.

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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.

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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 (subject to change when we finalize dates). Travel insurance protects your investment, and helps alleviate disappointment if your plans have to change.

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What will the weather be like?

Day time temperatures in the late summer are around 28C (82F) with night time lows around 20C (68F). You can expect mostly sunny days, with average monthly precipitation less than 5mm (0.2 in). Of course, these are averages, so temperatures could be warmer or cooler, rainier or sunnier during your stay. ​The Château does not have air conditioning, but does stay cool due to thick stone walls. We will provide fans for extra comfort if needed.

Still Have Questions?

Drop us a line. We'll do our best to get back to you in 48 hours.

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