Welcome to the November/December 2020 edition of My French Country Home Magazine!
Our final edition of 2020 brings you the holidays in festive cheer à la française — from the glittering peaks of the ultimate skiing destination, Les 3 Vallées; to basking in the scent-filled delights of Provence in wintertime; to exploring the lesser-known wonders of the City of Light. We also visit the majestic horticultural project that is the Champ du Bataille in Normandy — a masterpiece of trompe-l’œil design. To help you rustle up a magical menu this Noël, we also have warming Burgundian recipes full of depth and flavor and decadent delicacies from Brittany and beyond. And, as always, our Holiday issue includes a comprehensive luxury gift guide for purchasing presents your loved ones will adore.
Read on to find out more!
MFCH Guide to Les 3 Vallées
For this issue of “Discovering France,” we thought: where better to enjoy a white Christmas than the world’s largest ski area, Les 3 Vallées? Comprising three valleys — Courchevel, Méribel and Les Bellevilles — it’s a thrillseeker’s paradise with 373 miles of ski-accessible pistes. Go for the endless panoramas covered in a velvet-smooth blanket of snow and the forest peppered by charming wood chalets. There are plenty of off-piste options, too, such as luxury shopping, tobogganing and dog sledding. Find out the very best places to stay and eat and all the things to do in this idyllic landscape.
The MFCH Holiday Gift Guide
Make present buying a triumph this Christmas with our luxury gift guide filled with thoughtfully chosen gifts for all your loved ones — they’re guaranteed to put smiles on their faces!
Christmas in Provence
Celebrate Christmas in the sleepy, pastoral beauty of Grasse, a town high in the hills of the French Riviera synonymous with perfumery since the 17th-century (with several major fragrance houses still calling the place home). We visit a cozy 18th-century cottage, lovingly restored by vintage enthusiast and local interior decorator Jean-Luc Charrier. With its soft, refined aesthetic of low-beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and weathered oak tables, you’ll be swept up by the bucolic romance of a quieter Noël in Provence.
Champ du Bataille
We take a tour of one of France’s most famous château gardens in winter, draped enchantingly in a fine layer of crisp snow. A collaboration between renowned architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia and the remarkable landscaper, Patrick Pottier, the duo carefully crafted nearly 100 acres of space with a mesmerizing effect.