Soirées d'exception: Château de Mirambeau
The Château de Mirambeau offers
more than just great accommodation: this month, it hosts two symphony
orchestras by Stanley Moss
photographed by the author
one of the finest small hotels in world, is known as an elegant
retreat of luxury and sophistication, located midway between Bordeaux
and Cognac in the heart of the Charente Maritimes. The historic
structurewhose foundations date back to the 11th centuryfeatures
nineteen opulently appointed rooms and suites, stunning public rooms,
indoor and outdoor pools, and a fine dining restaurant presided
over by the enigmatic chef Frédéric Milan.
Not so widely known is the fact that during
the high season the château transforms itself into a cultural
destination where world-class music can be appreciated in an exclusive
setting, what the hotel aptly calls Soirées d'exception.
This month, two fine orchestras can be experienced on the Château's
terrace. The intimate venue permits a maximum of only 300 seats
to be sold, while the orchestras may number as many as 100 pieces.
The performances can be appreciated in one of two ways: either in
a single dinner and music package priced at €90 per person
(dine at 7 P.M.,
concert at 9 P.M.),
or a remarkable three-night package which includes a deluxe double
room, breakfast, dinners, afternoon tea, an excursion to a St Emilion
cave and both concerts for €1,885.
The Symphony Orchestra of Prague (Symfonický
orchestr hl. m. Prahy) performs on July 22; two nights later, on
July 24, the Symphony Orchestra of Granada appears. This is an outstanding
opportunity to get to know a top property, explore the riches of
a legendary region, and hear music in truly romantic setting. With
the added bonus of Chef Milan's always-adventurous cuisine, an escape
to Mirambeau promises an unforgettable destination in a mythical
part of France.
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