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Bienvenue aux Trauchandières !

Comme nous sommes tous les deux totalement bilingues,
n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer des e-mails dans
la langue de votre choix & c’est avec plaisir que
nous répondrons sans délai.

Vous pouvez nous joindre – 

agnesfrancois@hotmail.com
ou
acfrancois@aol.com 

Par téléphone à

+33 2 99 81 38 30 ou +33 6 22 80 47 97

Bien cordialement 

Agnes & Claude

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Christmas is A-Coming In …

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The house is decorated,
the baking is done,
we’re looking forward to sharing our holidays
with our family & friends
& spending lots of time by the fireplace
relaxing a bit after
an incredibly busy & exciting year!

Les Trauchandieres Dinner

 All the best to you & yours
during the holiday season
& in 2015!

 

Agnes & Claude

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Our Delightful Guests…

One of the delights of having
guests join us in our home
is having the opportunity to see it through their eyes.

We find it even more exciting when they are
moved to create a work of art
inspired by our beloved malouinière!

painting by Dr. Henry Minz

Doesn’t this wonderful painting by Dr. Henry Minz
capture the warmth of our study?
Les Trauchandieres malouiniere St. Malo B&B Chambre D'hotes

Many of our guests have a leisurely breakfast
or cozy supper here –
try it with the sun bathing the room in soft glow
or by the light of a flickering fire
Divine!

Hope to see you soon!

Agnes & Claude

Happy Holidays !

Holidays at Les Trauchandieres

It’s that time of year again!

We are always so pleased to welcome
our guests during the holidays –
we like a house filled with happy sounds, beautiful sights &
of course, delicious scents!

Everything is quite traditional around here…
our tree is decorated with tiny wax candles waiting to be lit –

Homemade mincemeat pies - Les TrauchandieresAgnes has made mounds of
mouth-watering mincemeat tarts & dozens of cookies
using the finest local ingredients, including our
own apples & eggs from our chickens!

Come join us by the fire &
we’ll share some treats,
a few stories & a glass (or two) of cheer !

Christmas Kitchen - 16th century - Les Trauchandieres

Wishing you & yours a
wonderful holiday season & a happy 2014 !!

Agnes & Claude

Homegrown Talent

 

Porcelain Tea Set - Michel Francois

We have always been inspired by
simple, beautiful things ~

the gracious lines of our home,
the vast swaths of our lush, green lawns,
a perfect camellia blossom
& our son’s elegantly, restrained pottery.

This tea set was made by our very talented son, Michel, in Cornish stoneware and porcelain.  He has developed a rare master’s touch with glazes –  creating subtle, sophisticated colours from the simplest materials.  These pieces were glazed using ashes he made from the poplar trees in our OWN forest.

Michel Francois - Potter - Cornwall - Les Trauchandieres

After years of study & experimentation, he has perfected his own techniques which allow him to craft unique, sculptural pieces as well as functional vessels.

Michel Francois in his Atelier - Les Trauchandieres

Michel has exhibited his work internationally where it has been bought by devoted tea lovers & avid collectors alike.

Firing at Michel Francois'  Atelier - Les Trauchandieres

One of his largest projects to date has been a collaboration with the Eden Project to design & produce a complete line of tableware.  He is always eager to explore private commissions.

If you happen to be near Helston, Cornwall, Michel would be happy to show you his latest pieces or you can visit his Atelier HERE.

We are always proud to share Michel’s work with our guests – a hot cup of tea poured from one of his teapots is a true luxury.  

Come see us & we’ll have one together!

Agnès et Claude

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Summer Time Treats

 

Roses from our garden - Les Trauchandieres

Summer is here!

We are enjoying the first signs of a lovely summer this week !

Dolly in the garden - Les Trauchandieres

The garden is blooming & my “potager” is
overflowing with fresh greens & other treats.

Fresh greens - Homegrown - Les Trauchandieres

I think I’ll serve them with some of my special salad dressing tonight.

Our guests are always amazed at how
fresh our meals are – that’s just how we live…
we LOVE good food!!

Claude getting croissants - Les Trauchandieres

Claude goes out EVERY morning to buy croissants from the patisserie for our guests.
We enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or tea!

Come share some with us…

Agnès et Claude

“Is the spring coming?”

Spring Garden - Les Trauchandieres

We sure hope so !

While watching & waiting for the first signs of spring, Claude & I have been busy working in the garden every chance we get.  It feels so good to be out there with our hands in the dirt & our minds filled with thoughts of warm weather.

“Is the spring coming?”  he said.  “What’s it like ?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

This quote reminds us so much of what of life is like here in Bretagne !
Each day is filled with surprises & we know that even if it rains, it never lasts for long….

Hoping that you’re enjoying soft weather wherever you are.

Agnes & Claude

Holiday Wishes

Christmas 2012

It’s hard to believe that gentle autumn is almost over
& winter is beginning to howl about our ears.
Although some might quake at the thought of another cold season,
we find it refreshing & a time filled with many delights.

A warm, welcoming home
filled with good friends & dear family
enjoying great food
top our wish list.

Just like everyone else,
we are busy getting ready for the festive season.
The garden has been put to bed
& we’ve begun to spend more of our days inside.
Claude chops wood from a friend’s field
& stokes fire after fire in our lovely fireplaces.

Christmas Kitchen - 16th century2012

Meanwhile,
I love being in the kitchen
baking my decadent Christmas Fruit Cakes
& making jars & jars of my
new favourite Orange Marmalade.
There’s always a kettle boiling & treats for the tasting.

We decorate the house with
candles, evergreen boughs & cherished decorations.

Festive Library2012

The fresh tree in the library
is laden with ornaments we have gathered over the years.
After wrapping gifts for our
beloved children & grand-children…

Old Fashioned Christmas Tree 2012we settle down to cuddle in our salon –
a well deserved rest
after a long day.

Sending our
best wishes for a
warm, peaceful & happy
Holiday Season
&
a wonderful
New Year in 2013.

Agnes & Claude

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Quiet Holidays2012

Garden Delights

Now that Autumn is really here, I’ve been thinking back over the summer.  It was a busy one with lots of family & friends coming & going.

The highlight of the season was having all three of our children here (not an easy feat when they live on 3 separate continents), two son-in-laws & most of our grandchildren too !  The house was alive & swirling with activity – just the way we like it.

In the midst of their visits, Claude & I hosted the Annual English Garden Party for St. Bartholomew’s Church. Many volunteers spent untold days & hours baking hundreds of delicious cakes & treats for the tea (I lost count of how many chocolate cakes I baked…. when one came out of the oven, the next one went in).

Then there were all of the other tasks involved in entertaining several hundred people – setting up tents, tables & chairs; designing & printing posters,  running games for the children, sorting jumble sale tables and of course, decorating with flowers & balloons (thanks to Joyeaux Tables in St. Jouan des Guerets).

Our first ever Speed Knitting Contest was great fun. The winner, who was visiting from Germany was delighted when Claude congratulated her in German (many thanks to Fil de Lune in Dinan for the wool & prizes).

As ever, my dearest husband,
oversaw everything with a meticulous eye,
was his usual charming self
& was even an engaging MC & auctioneer, too !

The wonderful thing about this event is that
everyone has such a good time helping & then enjoying the day itself
(even if it rains – which it often does for a few minutes) & then cleaning up.

The community spirit is contagious.

Reflecting back on the day I wanted to remember a few special moments.

Thoughts from my heart !

Things I saw,
an elderly lady alone,  enjoying the music and company of everyone around her,
with a smile on her face.

The balloons going up in the air people looking up
with smiles on their faces.

My grandson Rowan as he stuck his hand in the bran tub and found a present,
a smile on his face.

My grandson Jules, age two, waiting under the tent
and coming out with a monkey balloon
with a smile on his face.

My next door neighbour coming for the first time
a smile on her face when she saw me.

My husband, Claude, as he got everyone into the mood of the auction,
a smile on my face!

Agnes

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