A CENTRE OF GASTRONOMY
In France, food is a religion, and the Midi-Pyrénées region of south west of France is one of the country’s culinary centres (along with Paris and Lyon). In every village and town around the château, you’ll find quaint country restaurants and lively town bistrots serving absolutely delicious food all year-round. In Toulouse, under an hour away from the investment properties here, there’s no end to the sophisticated dining on offer - with a wide range of Michelin-starred restaurants. That said, you won’t need to leave the château’s grounds to find the very best of local fare. The Bistrot and Bar can be found on the ground floor of the château, with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and gardens, and a unique glass table through which diners can peer down into what was once the château’s well. Here, some of the best and most inventive local chefs will be concocting mouth-watering menus with the freshest of ingredients. In fact, so seriously do we take cuisine at La Durantie that we’re fulfilling our dream of a formal ‘Jardin Potager’, a vegetable garden within the grounds that will provide our kitchens with a steady stream of the freshest vegetables, fruit and herbs. The gardening team will liaise daily with our chefs - to inform them of what is at its freshest on any given day, and they even have plans to grow a number of old-fashioned varieties of produce that are no longer available in local supermarkets. The result promises to be magical - traditional recipes with a modern twist, including succulent duck with prunes, boar flavoured with wild blueberries, freshly caught trout, intricate pastries and desserts - all, of course, accompanied by our pick of the finest wines from France and beyond.
The bistrot will be the largest of the dining spaces, but there will be plenty more opportunities to enjoy fine cuisine at the château. The bar, adjacent to the bistrot, will be serving freshly-made tapas - perfect with a cool gin & tonic or sparking white wine. The rose garden at Le Saladier will feature outdoor eating terraces, and next to the Artists’ Studios, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue with a covered terrace will host revellers for ‘al fresco’ meals around an open fire throughout the summer. Within the formal rooms of the Country Club, you’ll be able to wine and dine your guests in the private dining room.
The kitchens at the ‘dream properties’ at Durantie promise to make cooking a true pleasure. Each is spacious and very well appointed with the latest Bosche appliances. Whether you’re creating a four-course gourmet meal or throwing together a fresh summer salad, you’ll have the space and equipment you need to produce delicious meals. The design of the homes, with their strong emphasis on outdoor living, means you can share meals with friends in your garden or on your terrace and make the most of the warm Midi-Pyrénées weather. Each of the investment properties here comes fitted with an outdoor terrace barbecue. If you’ve not had time to cook, BBQ packages will be available to take away from the Bistrot. Similarly, should you feel like escaping for the day into the estate’s woodlands or beyond, the Bistrot will also prepare picnic hampers - brimming with everything from fresh patés and cold meats to crisp salads, freshly baked breads and, of course, a cool bottle or two of rosé.Read More