A weekend to discover and learn about beekeeping, staying in an old 12th century Benedictine priory, with a very welcoming family. The place exudes calm, all the meals are delicious and homemade, the honey is sweet... pure happiness.
La Mothe-St-Héray orangery !
We left Futuroscope at 9:00am, and 40 minutes later, we arrived at La Mothe-Saint-Héray. A charming village made even better by the Niort Sèvre, dotted with mills, bridges and washhouses, with a beautiful orangery built in the 17th century by Richelieu’s master builder. A romantic dinner at the water’s edge, in the restaurant Le Petit Courault in Pamproux was a real treat! At 2:00pm, we arrived at the Prieuré Saint- Barthélémy where we were welcomed by Caroline et Paul for a visit of the property and particularly the 12th century former Benedictine priory. The huge garden is a real floral haven of peace. We discovered the domain’s 20 beehives. Paul explains about the life of the hive and the bees, it’s fascinating. After a peaceful siesta in our enormous room, we descended the magnificent stone staircase for an aperitif and gastronomic dinner for two, cooked by the owner.
A fabulous weekend for two !
The breakfast, totally homemade, was generous and delicious! We tasted some of the domain’s honey and excellent cakes, made just for us. Paul then prepared us for an introduction to beekeeping. The buzzing of the bees is impressive and fascinating. We opened the hives, took the frames out, learned how honey and royal jelly are made, and then collected some. We had lunch with the whole family. We talked about the dangers that bees are facing and biodiversity. We took our leave from this lovely family at the end of the afternoon. All good things must come to an end. But we came away with some pots of honey, delicious reminders of this fabulous weekend for two.
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