The Château de La Caillotière presents themed stays during which you can immerse yourself in French culture while staying at the magnificent Château de La Caillotière.
Exclusive Rental of the Chateau – Loire Valley – Anjou
Watercolor painting in the Loire Valley
Discover the charming villages and markets of the region known as the Garden of France
Explore the banks of the Loire River and its vineyards
Savor the local food and cheese
Visit private castles and gardens, meet with their owners and local artists
Immerse yourself in French culture while staying at the magnificent Château de La Caillotière, a family-owned estate situated in a 70-acre French garden and arboretum
Enjoy all of this and more while sketching and painting with Barbara Jackson.
Barbara Jackson was born in New York and has lived in Europe, California, Hawaii and Texas. She currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she maintains a studio. Her work is held in public, corporate and private collections across the United States and Europe. She received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii and took post-graduate training in Florence, Italy, where she studied classical painting techniques and conservation methodology.
A dedicated teacher, Barbara has over twenty- five years of experience as a studio arts instructor at museums, art schools and universities in Hawaii, California and Texas.
Discover the wines of the Loire Valley
Day 1- South of Nantes to discover the Muscadet and the historic village of Clisson
Day 2- Taste the Savennières wines and meet with Viscountess de Pontbriand at the Château de Vaults
Day 3- Mid-week break to explore our estate or visit the nearby castle of Plessis-Bourré
Day 4- Sample the sweet wines of the Coteaux du Layon
Day 5- Visit the Saumur area and its troglodyte cellars
Day 6- In Angers to enjoy a guided tour of the Cointreau distillery
Diane Denham, a 30 year veteran of the wine industry and a wine journalist, is a Certified Wine Specialist and holds an Advanced level degree from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Her love of wine was incited during the four years she lived in France and her career has taken her to many parts of the globe while working for some of the most prestigious US and international wineries. As a Napa Valley vineyard owner, she learned the viticultural side of wine, and honed her business skills as the proprietor of an import wine company. Most importantly, as a native Texan, Diane knows about hospitality and is a fun and informative hostess.