We love coming to La Fraissinède in autumn and winter. If there’s a low season weekend available, we’ll be down there like a shot. It’s an entirely different experience to summer of course, but can be equally special. A winter break in the South of France with a large group of friends for a house party is always a great deal of fun.Read more
We love coming to La Fraissinède in autumn and winter. If there’s a low season weekend available, we’ll be down there like a shot. It’s an entirely different experience to summer of course, but can be equally special. A winter break in the South of France with a large group of friends for a house party is always a great deal of fun.
Last Christmas there was 14 of us. The smell of wood smoke hung in the air as we passed through the sleepy villages on the way to the house. It was late afternoon, and the long rays gleamed through the few remaining leaves on the vines-laser lights of crimson and gold.
The fireplace in the kitchen blazed and we were enveloped in its warmth as we dropped our things and took the glasses of red wine on offer. The heavenly aroma of dinner wafted through the pine from the Christmas tree - the setting was the perfect backdrop for the festive season.
The house is toasty throughout in winter and always have all the fires going. There is so much to do. We like to take quick walk up the hill to catch a glimpse of the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees, then make a trip to the market in the main square in Carcassonne for cheeses, delicacies and Christmas treats, stopping for a coffee (and something stronger) in the Café Felix in the square to watch the Christmas revelry. Then off to Hediard to buy more wine, then a couple of stops at vineyards on the way home for further grape insurance.
Always on the agenda are skiing and tobogganing (a couple of hours away in the mountains), some bike rides in the winter sunshine, a walk to the top of the Montagne Alaric for the inspiration and views, a trip to Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France, for vin chauds in the square, and the irony of walking on a Mediterranean beach in the winter time. Of course, we are biased but La Fraissède is truly magical in winter and offers great value for a quick weekend away in rural France with friends or family.
We're thrilled to announce that our first concept sculpture for La Fraissinède Sculpture Park has been accepted to Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of their permanent collection. This is the beginning of our vision for something truly special and unique at La Fraissinède, a sculpture park surrounded by the beautiful Corbieres mountains in the South of France, showcasing the most exciting new and established artists.Read more
Five years ago I was sitting by the pool with my friend from New York, the architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino, when we started discussing what fun it would be to design an extraordinary diving board that also was a sculpture and gave the opportunity to gain better views of the magnificent Pyrenees in the distance. Antonio delivered the concept drawings a few months later to my and Ted’s delight. Sadly the cost of production was prohibitive at the time. Fast forward to 2015 and I was living in Paris and had introduced Antonio to my friend Juliana Santa Cruz the renowned artist/producer/curator and she agreed to take on the project of curating a sculpture park at La Fraissinède and also representing Antonio. Juliana told me that for the diving board to gain recognition it needed to be in a permanent collection and we needed to have a maquette made. This done Juliana worked her magic and this week the Fraissinède viewing platform sculpture entered the permanent collection at The Centre Pompidou in Paris. Juliana is currently compiling a proposal for The Arts Council UK for a competition and residency at La Fraissinède and the start of what we hope will be a unique sculpture park in the future. We will keep you updated as it develops.