CV Travel has picked a selection of holidays at home and in Europe, when the timing of the harvest makes the location particularly appealing.
Harvest at home – hunt, gather and forage
Herefordshire is brimming with food producers and guests staying at The Court, a stately home set in fifteen acres of formal gardens and natural meadows near Hereford, can take part in apple picking in local orchards, visit cheese making farms and take part in a wine discovery tour of local award-winning vineyards.
A weekend house party `food forage’ can be arranged at this stunning house, which sleeps up to 20 people until late November. Guests can join a walk through the estate and the countryside to find fungi and foliage, returning to The Court to learn about how to prepare and cook this naturally found produce. For a more manly take on a weekend in the country, The Court will also organise `hunter / gatherer’ weekends, which combine shooting, fishing, foraging and cooking.
A weekend stay at The Court costs £2,785 for a party of 12. A week’s stay for 12 costs £7,875 for up to 20 people in November 2012. The food foraging and hunter / gatherer experience is on request and payable locally, and can be organised upon booking through CV Travel, 020 7401 1086, www.cvtravel.co.uk
Truffle hunting in Tuscany, £215 per person
During the damper Autumn months when the ground is still warm from the long Italian summer, fungi and truffles are among the abundant harvests being cropped in Tuscany and Umbria. Guests staying at Borgo San Biagio, a magnificent and lovingly renovated hamlet 55 kilometres from Perugia, are invited to take part in truffle hunting on a local estate, and witness truffle-hunting dogs search out these highly prized tubers.
A morning’s truffle hunt in the wooded countryside can be rewarded with a truffle tasting lunch with local wines. Parties of 10, 16 or 20 can enjoy the hamlet’s extensive grounds and communal reception areas, formed from the original chapel and outbuildings, from £215 per person, based on 20 sharing. Borgo San Biagio’s individual private houses, set metres from each other, sleep from two to four guests and include a four storey medieval tower for two with a roof-top terrace and hot tub, each retaining the hamlet’s original rustic stone features.
A week’s rental costs £2,480 for 10 guests, £3,525 for 16 guests and £4,290 for 20 guests.
CV Travel, 020 7401 1039, www.cvtravel.co.uk
Hunting in North Wales, £5,250 per week, sleeps 14 guests
Chester and North Wales are packed with opportunities to explore the great outdoors and take part in country pursuits such as hunting, fishing and shooting. With such a stunning backdrop it would be a shame not to make the most of this beautiful part of the UK.
CV Travel’s Jacobean Manor is a fabulous stately home set in acres of beautiful gardens, close to the North Wales border and the medieval city of Chester. Jacobean Manor comes with its own resident gamekeeper, who will arrange Autumn pursuits such as archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry displays as well as pheasant shooting, on request.
A two night weekend stay costs £2,750 for 14 guests. A week’s rental costs £5,250 for up to 14 guests. The hunting experience is on request and payable locally, and can be organised upon booking through CV Travel, 020 7401 1086, www.cvtravel.co.uk
Wine festival in Florence, £2,130 per week, sleeps 9
Chianti is perhaps the best known of all Tuscany’s regions and is particularly known for its gorgeous hill top towns, rolling green countryside and great wines. Guests at La Crivellina have the opportunity to experience a wine festival in Florence, whilst staying at this stylish property with its own private pool, located on a countryside estate just 13 kilometres from the city.
The third annual ‘WineTown’ wine festival, taking place in Florence on 21st and 22nd September 2012, is a chance to experience the international meeting of the producers of high quality wines. The festival is a unique mixture of wine tasting and cultural performances. These musical and theatrical performances enliven the streets of Florence, with the tastings happening in the cloisters of some of the most historic buildings in the city, which makes for an extraordinary way to experience an already wonderful city.
A week’s stay at La Crivellina costs £2,130 per week for up to 9 guests, and can be booked through CV Travel, 020 7401 1039, www.cvtravel.co.uk
Olive harvesting in Provence, France, £7,985, sleeps 14
Those staying at CV Travel’s majestic country house, Notre Dame du Val in late Autumn will have the chance to join local harvesters raking ripe olives from gnarled olive trees on a 25 acre estate in southern Provence. This involves raking the olives from the trees into the nets around the base, joining the harvesters for soup and sandwiches and learning about how the olive oil is processed.
Notre Dame du Val is set in grounds of formal gardens, orchards, olive groves and woodland with the estate producing some of the highest quality olive oil in the region, with the coveted AOC Aix-en-Provence accreditation. When taking a break from all the harvesting, guests can enjoy the property’s heated private pool, tennis court and gym. Guests participating in the harvest will also be given a five litre container of olive oil to take home.
A week’s stay at Notre Dame du Val is currently reduced from £9,645 per week to £7,985 per week, saving £1,660, for up to 14 guests sharing and is available through CV Travel, 020 7401 1044, www.cvtravel.co.uk