Elegance, sophistication and a focus on indulging oneself - it’s the classic French way and the perfect starting point to curating a luxurious and relaxing retreat that will have clients booking their space in a flash. Here’s what a retreat at French Loaf could look like for you:
An arrival that sets the tone of indulgence
Imagine, your attendees arrive under glorious sunshine, they’ve just travelled through miles of green vineyards and now arrive at the quiet beauty of The Verger (our charming farm house property).
Once they’ve popped down their luggage and got settled, it’s all about refreshment and extra details to make them feel indulged. A glass of fine champagne and decadent Hor’s d’oeuvres. Roqueforte and peach on French stick is a favourite here! For non-alcoholic drinks a glass of French 75 Mocktail is delicious. Tonic water, lemon/orange essence, fresh lemon juice and plenty of ice.
On their pillows a quintessentially French welcome gift, perhaps a lavender soap or pillow mist, or our little lavender squares (see the French Loaf shop).
French style & finishing touches
Wondering how to make your retreat more French in visual style? Besides picking a venue which naturally infuses French character through architecture and surrounding scenery - it’s all about the finish touches. Fresh flowers as focal points. Muted colours and natural materials (wood, copper, open stonework) in the decor. Luxury cotton towels and crisp white bedding.
A French menu come mealtime
Keep the retreat experience French with local food taking the spotlight at mealtime. Fresh fruits and French pastries at breakfast. Cured meats, fresh seafood, olives and other French delights from the nearby markets for a light lunch. Perhaps a cassoulet with a side of crusty French loaf at dinner one evening and a lamb dish with seasonal greens and dauphinoise potatoes the next.
With a French Loaf retreat package, our personal chef will take care of all your catering so you don’t need to worry about the recipes - just enjoy the taste of France alongside your attendees.
Embrace outdoor spaces
There’s no better excuse than a retreat to stop, breathe deep, and do little else than enjoying being in the fresh air - not that we should need an excuse. Do like the French do with outdoor furniture to get comfy late into the night. Have blankets on hand to keep warm when the air cools and your attendees want to stay out late and sit beneath the stars. By day, bike hire is always a nice option to have available so guest can escape and explore the French countryside.
Pick a property with a pool
If you’re retreating during French summertime, pick a property with a pool so attendees have the option to cool off and relax waterside. At our La Verger retreat venue we have our heated salt-water pool with lounging area is always popular around yoga classes and other wellbeing sessions.
Soak up real France on your excursions
You don’t need to keep the retreat experience to your venue. Break up your schedule with excursions to soak up the local culture and revel in the relaxed pace of French life. If you’re booking a retreat in Dordogne, we highly recommend a stop at Issigeac market on Sunday morning (one of the biggest in the area) or a visit to Chateau Thenac vineyard where we are able to organise a lovely private wine tasting session for your group.
Want to find out more about our luxury French retreat package? Find more details here.