In my career, I had the chance to work for a family who owned a Château in the Loire vallee in France. This property is huge and five persons were there working all year long. Three of us who travel from the US to manage and help in summer as they invited some guests.
We would be there in June, Jully and September. Of course we did a few trips during the year as our base was in Philadelphia.
On site, we had an organic garden with not less than 30 different kings of tomatos from white to black ones. A barne for 8 horses with a fantastic ring. Their son was at the time a horse rider specialised in jumping. We had around thirty hens, chicken, guenea hens, quails and so on. None of the animals were for cooking but just for fun as they were rare for some of them, and of course for fresh eggs.
Horses were oftenly hosted, of course extremely nice champions.
The whole property is 74 hectares and the main part are woods where in the season we could find mushrooms and one year we got over 150 kilos of Portobellos.
We had to prepare a lot of flowers arrangements in this home and had a flower garden were all sorts were available. Of course regarding the season…
All the cooking was home made, pastries and sweets as well. Only the bread was not, but extremely good bakeries are in the village next to this place.
During our stay, some Nobles, ex President and lots of family and friends were welcome. Dinner was a bit sofisticated and lunch was not so casual.
As the owners were American, we use to celebrate the 4th of July with a big party for them and the whole staff. After the dinner, some nice fireworks at the ring to avoid a bad surprise…
Tables were always nicely organised and realy rich, Superb Fine China, some antics, cristal glasses and siver plates cutlery. Linen was very precious and I had so much various kind that changing tables stting everydays was easy.
It was a long and hard day everytime we stayed at the Château, but we had a lot of fun and every time we had no guests, my boss would take us out to restaurants around.
I must say that with twelve bedrooms , three alons and two dinning room plus a tv room we did have some work to do !
I had a two bedrooms appartement in the attic and three homes for staff were available for the permanent employees.
It is not possible to visit this superb Château as it is a private home.