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Happy new year to all our readers!  The festive season is behind us and we start the new year – and in this case the new decade!  Many of you will agree that it can be a somewhat bleak time of the year; the weather is not great, that wonderful time of the year is behind us until later this year – and for most it’s back to work!

So what do we do to cheer ourselves?   We do what we always do? We look forward to the next festive occasion – St Valentine’s Day!  If you go into the card shops you’ll see the racks are already stocked with hearts and flowers, after all with only 38 days to go it’s time to start planning!

St Valentine’s Day this year is on a Friday, so why not plan a weekend away with your partner?  How about a weekend in a French Chateau? A quick trip across the channel will bring you to the Château de Vaudezert in the beautiful Normandy countryside which is offering an amazing – and very intimate (just 4 couples) three nights ensuite accommodation, breakfast, and three evening meals with wine for the amazing value of £545 per couple!  Try staying in a stately home in blighty for £182 per night including breakfast and dinner!

The Château de Vaudezert is conveniently situated 90 mins from the ferry port of Ouistreham (Caen) and 2.5 hrs from Cherbourg.  Nearby to the Château you can enjoy the beautiful spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne (11 mins by car) and medieval Domfront (14 mins by car).  For full details or to book this amazing weekend escape go to https://chateauxescapesfrance.com/chateaux/chateaux-de-vaudazert-normandy-orne.  Go on – treat yourself and your partner to a very special weekend.