We are very pleased to include here the informative brochures in pdf format about all the visits including information about the Loire valley, the hotels, the optional dinners, the General Assembly and Conference at Serrant, the gala dinner at Brissac as well all the chateaux and estates we will be visiting.
Once again, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 22nd General Assembly of the Friends of the Countryside which will take place in the ‘Garden of France’, the Loire Valley. The event will take place from Thursday June 13 to Sunday June 16, 2019.
The Loire Valley is an extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site, steeped in history, with world renowned chateaux, fertile fields, and a rich tradition of wine making.
To make sure you have a deep dive into the history of land management and ownership in the region, the theme of the FCS Conference will be “Facing the challenges of a changing world - a French perspective”. The event will focus on the role and difficulties of landowners in France and the heritage of the Loire region.
The assembly will begin on Thursday June 13 with a welcome dinner in Angers at the Galerie David d’Angers, followed by the assembly and conference the next morning, June 14, at the impressive Chateau de Serrant. The Gala Dinner that evening will take place at the magnificent Chateau de Brissac hosted by Marquis and Marquise Charles-André and Larissa de Brissac.
On Saturday June 15 you will have a choice of 4 different tours including hunting, forestry, agriculture, vineyards, Natura 2000, and real estate – many of our tours include hidden gems that are not open to the general public. The tours will be followed by an informal dinner at the Jean Lurçat museum in Angers.
On Sunday we have arranged an optional Extra Day which will include a visit of the vineyards and vegetable garden at the chateau de Valmer owned by the de Saint Venant family. This will be followed by a prestigious guided tour of the unique Renaissance Chateau de Chambord, the first Wildlife Estates label in France, with dinner in the prominent hunting halls of the castle and a stay at the Relais de Chambord, a stone’s throw from the chateau.
The Post Tour, which includes the Extra Day, commences on Monday June 17, will include such prominent chateaux as Villandry, Cheverny, and the Abbaye de Fontevraud. The tour will begin with an exciting 4x4 tour of the Chambord grounds!
I hope that both our conference and exciting visits of private estates will ensure that you join us in France and reserve Thursday June 13 to Sunday June 16 in your agenda. For those of you who are able to extend your stay, the post-tour will treat you to an extraordinary, in-depth tour of the Loire.
As always, the General Assembly provides a chance for us to meet, see how others manage historic places, interact with the public while maintaining a private life, and prepare the next generation for managing our extraordinary estates and traditions.
We look forward to seeing you among the splendours of the valley of chateaux.
Michael zu Salm-Salm Thierry de l’Escaille
President CEO & Secretary General