Michèle loves to cook, and her excellence in the kitchen was recognised recently when she was invited to be a member of the Collège Culinaire de France, following a visit by well-known food critic, Périco Légasse, who wrote an excellent review in French magazine Marianne. “It was quite an honour for me considering I am a thirdgeneration vegetarian,” says Michèle.
“The locals are now used to my not eating meat or fish, but at first they thought I would not be strong enough to keep going – it was especially hard for them to understand in this land of foie gras and magret de canard!”
The couple offer a table d’hôte service for guests who book in advance, but despite being vegetarian herself, Michèle manages to cook white meat and fish with the help of her husband. “One of my fortes is pastry; I love making puff pastry.”
Having transformed this historic property into a charming retreat where guests can enjoy a warm welcome, fine food and beautiful parkland, Michèle and Rob have ensured that the latest chapter in Domaine de Sengresse’s history is undoubtedly one of its best yet.
This page, from top left: A grand piano takes pride of place in the spacious entrance hall; Rob enjoys cutting the grass in the three hectares of park and gardens that surround the property; the candelabrum overhanging the dining table was inspired by a light fitting Michèle had seen in the abbey church in nearby St-Sever; Michèle was honoured to become a member of the Collège Culinaire de France