La Maisonnette Romantic Getaway GIVEAWAY

• 13 October 2010

Well folks...this was officially the most popular giveaway on this blog EVER. I guess we are all ready to hop over to France for an idyllic vacation, and who can blame us? And even if everyone can't win a free week, you can still enjoy La Maisonnette this Fall/Winter/Spring for the same price as a Holiday Inn Express for a week. Not too shabby for the chance to hunt for truffles with the former personal chef of France (who by chance uses Napoleonic maps to scour her 30 acre property for these delicious treasures); or to stroll the cobblestone streets all bundled up in the crisp air. You may be interested to know that our cooler-month-guests have nothing but great things to say about staying in Beynac at this time. And since the price is right, I hope we see more of you!

And the lucky winner, according to Random.org, is:







Congratulations Tate Family! Please contact me at stephmodo@gmail.com to start planning your lovely vacation! Thank you all for participating and for your comments. I appreciate them immensely!























Just one year ago we completed the renovation of La Maisonnette du Coteau (see top right). However, in many respects it feels like forever ago. I guess major life changes--like having a baby, moving, and a new job--kinda do that to you. It seems like we are inadvertently making it more and more difficult to get ourselves back to the beautiful village of Beynac, which we love so much.

This time of year I yearn to don my winter coat and scarf, and walk the quiet, cobblestone paths through Beynac before heading back to the cottage for hot chocolate by the warm fire. A crisp bike ride or hike through the countryside might be fun too, or perhaps a jaunt through the local market trolling for fresh truffles to bring back to La Maisonnette and cook on the gorgeous La Canche. Oh, and how can we forget that tub--the one that overlooks the lazy Dordogne river and the surrounding valley. Now that sounds cozy, doesn't it? Don't even get me started on the thought of being there for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or for Les Soldes (one of two times per year there are sales in France). I hope I've lured you into my La Maisonnette spell because I'd like to offer you something very special--a week at La Maisonnette for you and a guest!

Why, you ask? Well, this year has been eventful to say the least, but you've been so supportive through it all. I've appreciated the emails and the comments so very much...more than you'll know! In addition, you've generated publicity about La Maisonnette for which we are grateful; and those of you who stayed at La Maisonnette took darn good care of this sweet place, and that means the world to us. Since we have a bit of vacancy during the cooler months, we are in a position to offer a free week during November or February (think: Valentine's Day!). Picture yourself in southern France, enjoying this unique time of year and all the Perigord Noir has to offer. If you want to add to the moment, you can complete a refresher on La Maisonnette right here.

Excited?!! I hope so. I'm excited FOR you. Bonne chance dear readers!

p.s. Before leaving a comment, and therefore entering yourself officially into this giveaway, please read the guidelines below as they are specific to this giveaway. Merci!


















































Giveaway Guidelines:


- You have 6 days to enter this giveaway (closes Monday, October 18th at midnight).
- Make 1 comment on this post to enter.

- Anonymous comments will be ignored so make sure we know who you are!
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The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday, October 19th at the
top of this post.
- The prize (one free week) is for you and a guest. (you will still be required to send in a deposit of 500 Euros, which is fully refundable after your stay)
- The prize is non-transferable. Please enter for you and not someone else.
- The free week is only good during the following weeks: November 19-26; November 26-Dec 3; February 4-11; or February 11-18. Please make absolutely sure you'll be able to get over to France during one of these weeks before entering the giveaway.
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Winners, please respond within 48 hours of the announcement to secure your romantic getaway for 2 (!!).



Again, I'm so excited for you all! Thank you for everything you've done for this blog (and for me), and I wish you the best of luck in winning this fantastic giveaway.


xo


images 1, 6, 7 - Sigfrid Lopez / images 2, 4, 5- moi / image 3 - Ooh.com

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Whitney said...

I'd love to go!!!

elisa said...

Wow! Looks magical. Life is but a dream.

L said...

Yes Please!!

Kristen said...

Wow, wow, wow.
What an amazingly generous giveaway. My heart is literally beating faster at the prospect of a romantic getaway with my husband...we are 4.5 years overdue. Going away alone, sans kiddos, has been on my list of things to do, my big life list, since January.

Wow.

DS said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! Fingers are officially crossed :)

Jinjer said...

Count me in! What a romantic Valentine's Day getaway that would be.

Randy and Danielle said...

That sounds wonderful!!! Such a gorgeous spot!! Thank you for this opportunity! Danielle Lindberg
Lindberg2358@cableone.net

Jacqueline said...

Yes please! This would be the perfect babymoon we've been wanting so much to go on!

jacmorant(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy D said...

We wanted to go in May but you were booked!

Melia said...

What an opportunity! I would love to win!

Kathy said...

Wow! It looks sooo beautiful there. I would love to take a little trip with my hubby. What a generous giveaway!

Melany said...

um, yes please! thanks for this chance to win this amazing giveaway!

TN said...

We live in Paris so easy getaway for us!

Please enter me in the giveaway!

Thanks

Chantal Laberge said...

Hi Steph! I just wanted to say that I've been dreaming about La Maisonnette since its opening. I stumbled on your blog just over a year ago, and have been following religiously since! I just have to say that your possitivity, creativity and overall adorable-ness have put a smile on my face many a time. Thank you for all that you do, and this amazing chance!
chantalaberge@hotmail.com

em said...

Dreamy!! This is all I have ever wanted!

Christy said...

Oh my goodness! My husband and I would LOVE to go! What an amazingly generous giveaway. WOW WOW WOW!!!

bibliophile said...

Wow! Sounds absolutely dreamy.

I watched your renovation project enviously from abroad and have dreamed of renting your beautiful cottage one day.

Fingers crossed!

Knudson Family said...

Oohh la la! What a dream it would be to stay at La Maisonette. I'm wishing....

EE said...

Oh I would love it!! It looks so beautiful!

Heather said...

Hello, week in France?! Count me in!

Rachael said...

This would make my decade--with three kids (and one on the way), plus having been in school since we were married 8 years ago, this would be the honeymoon we've always wished we could take. :-)

Kirsty said...

I have been dreaming about this place since I first saw it on your blog. Oh please, please pick me. One of the weeks covers my birthday-I can't think of anything more amazing. What a generous giveaway!

Alyssa Coberly said...

um i think i will pack my bags and leave them by the door just in case!

Jacinta said...

Ooh-la-la! All of these weeks work for me (and correspond with occasions I simply MUST celebrate at La Maisonnette, i.e., my wedding anniversary, my favorite time of year, my birthday, and my grandmother's birthday!) Fingers, toes, eyes, and knees crossed!

sarah cool said...

Wow! This would be so great!

Sarah Bray said...

Ooooh, I would so LOVE to win this giveaway! I am a complete and utter Francophile but between raising 2 boys and running a full time photography business, a trip to France has only been in my dreams :-)

Kristine said...

how generous! what an amazing getaway this would be!

Julia said...

Wow! What more can be said.

Marcene said...

This would be perfect! Our anniversary is in January, but for this we could postpone a bit :) Thanks for all you share with everyone!

Louise said...

This is SO so generous. After a stressful year for my husband and me, a break in your beautiful French home sounds wonderful!

Posh Petals said...

Wow opportunity of a lifetime. How generous! I would love to win this:) I've never been to France what a way to experience it.

Nicole said...

What an amazing giveaway! Here's to hoping.....

Nadine said...

I would love to go over the Christmas holiday. It would be the perfect graduate school graduation present =)

lulu+bobo said...

Oui Oui!! You are going to make someone very happy........here's to hoping it's me!!

anne said...

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. I have been following your blog for a year now and have really enjoyed your posts. Thanks.

Janelle-a-belle said...

I have been obsessively following your blog after I saw pictures of your beautiful La Maisonette on another blog. I love your posts, and I especially love this giveaway :)

Meaghan said...

Love it! My husband and I keep talking about how we need to book your house for an upcoming vacation.

-Meaghan
www.2sisters2cities.wordpress.com

Nina said...

Ahhhh! I had to read this post TWICE because I couldn't believe the give-a-way!

Going to France has always been a dream of mine. Would love to finally take our honeymoon there--6 years late. ;)

Fingers, toes, eyeballs all crossed for luck!!!

(lots of) enjoyable moments said...

As soon as I started reading your blog, I read through all of the posts on La Maisonnette and have been trying to convince my new husband that is where we should go for our honeymoon that never happened! Hopefully numer 37 or 38 is lucky with random.org! :)

Suzanne said...

I can't think of a more ideal way to see Europe for the first time!
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Athena said...

I'd LOVE to visit France, and I can't imagine a better location!

Gretchen said...

Holy cow. This is amazing. Consider me entered!

Gretchen said...

Holy cow. This is amazing. Consider me entered!

city squirrel said...

I've been dreaming about traveling abroad recently. I would love to stay at La Maisonnette and eat croissants and drink wine for a week :)

SuzQ said...

Please pick me!

Leslie said...

i could totally make any or all of those dates happen. thank you, stephanie! how generous of your family to give away a week!

Sarafina said...

Oh my! This is the greatest giveaway I've ever seen! The photos of this place make me swoon...I'd love to see it in person!

janet said...

Wow, this is amazingly generous. I would LOVE to go in February!!

Meghan said...

This looks like a fairy tale! I can already smell the crisp air and hot chocolate! Hope you and your family get back soon!

c r a f t r a b b i t said...

My husband and I honeymooned in Paris and each time we go back, we like to explore a different town outside of Paris...La Maisonnette has been calling my name ever since you posted about it.

sammyw said...

Yes please, this would be a perfect babymoom ;)

Heather said...

Holy amazing! I would love, love, love to win this.

Calee said...

What an excuse to take the grandparents up on their babysitting offer!

brooke said...

omg, this is the most beautiful giveaway ever!

Jennifer Wilson said...

The perfect anniversary gift for my amazing husband!!!! Fingers crossed.

Better Living said...

If there was ever a reason to de-lurk, this is it! :)

lime said...

Are you kidding me?! This is my DREAM vacation! Thanks for the chance!

Megan+Taylor Dicou said...

Yes please! I need a vacation!

Taylor Reese said...

I'd love to go

Cristina said...

My husband and I would LOVE to spend our first year anniversary there! Thanks for such a fantastic giveaway!!!

Taylor Reese said...

Yes, please.

suzanne said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Pick me! Pick me! The perfect place to celebrate our 8th anniversary.

Mariela Gala said...

Wow, it has been a DREAM of mine to visit France. My husband of 37 years would be beyond excited as well!

Melissa Br. said...

absolutely amazing! I'd love to Go!

Cramerifico said...

Sounds like the perfect getaway!

Andy Sonia said...

Why not? Thanks for the opportunity!

Camie and Rich said...

This would truly be amazing. A dream come true! Thank you and love your blog. ~Camie

Kate said...

What an amazing giveaway! You've got some good karma coming your way!

The Carranza Family said...

Oh - the honeymoon we never had! What a dream come true that would be!

Abbey said...

France for my birthday? Yes, please!

Whitney said...

Oui, oui! Moi, s'il vous plait! Merci!

Heidi said...

My daughter introduced me to the site when you were renovating your wonderful French Home! It looks gorgeous! I hope I win! Thank you for the opportunity!

Lindsey said...

oui, oui

Kristin said...

Husband just graduated and we've been trying to decide how to celebrate. I think we just figured it out. Fingers crossed!

Neil said...

Sounds fun. This is my comment.... yup.

Catherine said...

How romantic!

catherineshearer @ comcast . net

Kelli Salter said...

Feeling lucky...

carO__ said...

what a dream!!!

David said...

My wife would love this!

ouroneoath @ yahoo . com

tracey said...

How amazing....what a great idea to do this giveaway...incredible generous!

Bekki said...

This would be absolutely AMAZING!

mary elizabeth said...

Yes please steph! You have done such an amazing job on your magical home there ... I would love to experience it in person.

ps Banana bread recipe was awesome!! Only memories remain!

Frei Family said...

What a great and generous gift!

Jamie said...

My husband and I would love this! What perfect timing!

jodie said...

omg this is way too good to be true!

Geneveive Ford said...

I miss France and have been following your amazing restoration project. If my husband and I don't win this giveaway, we will surely be paying guests someday :) Thank you, Steph! Your post is like my morning coffee.

Abby said...

I would love to visit La Maisonnette!

Abby - Bright Yellow World said...

I would love to win this prize!!!! Please pick me!

Lauren said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and your description makes it feel so close. My sweetheart and I would be more than delighted to go.

Tenille said...

Wow! Dream come true for sure!

Juana @ SweetVisualAids said...

wow is just gorgeous the Maisonnette!! would love to stay thee :)

Peebs said...

Wow, I would love to win this. I've always wanted to go to France. (fingers crossed)

Maggie said...

what an incredible gift! I cannot imagine a better trip.

elle b. said...

Oui, s'il vous plait!

liso. said...

uh oh, women are going to be walking around dreamy eyed all week, imagining themselves in Beynac.

as will I.

cheers!

Angie said...

Would LOVE to go back to France!!!

Meghan said...

oh! i never win. but here's to throwing caution to the wind! i hope, i hope, i hope this is that one time...

lenny said...

I'll be leaving on my mission next year and would love a good vacation before I go. Who knows, maybe I'll be called to France!!!

Stacey H said...

Gasping for air! I cannot imagine anything at all that I would rather do! I studied French all through high school and college but still have never been to France. I think Grandma has been craving some time with the kids, right?? ;)

Doraemma said...

I've been dying to go since I first started reading your site!

The Gray Clan said...

I would be in heaven!

sallyavena said...

We have some frequent flier miles itching to be used. Hoping with fingers crossed!

Jeffrey T. said...

I would love to go and take my wife! What an amazing 6 year anniversary present that would make!

beth ann said...

I have become completely enchanted by La Maisonnette and can't think of a better place to sneak off to with my hubby. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Andrea Jolene said...

I'm needing to brush up on my French! Doesn't hurt to bursh up at a fairytale villa. Sign me up!

autumn said...

How fun! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Renee said...

Mon Dieu! This sounds absolutely wonderful. Sign me up!

Georgie said...

How my goodness - how generous of you! I will keep my fingers & toes crossed. Even though I live in England, I never seem to make it across the Channel to France and would L.O.V.E the opportunity to go to your gorgeous house. Good luck to everyone.

Jordan and Jandee said...

This has to be the most fantastic giveaway I have ever seen in blogland, so generous of you. I'm pretty sure this would be a year maker for the lucky one, I know it would be for me!

Becki said...

How wonderful! Winning would be a terrific excuse to vacation.

Paul said...

I need to win this.

Jenny said...

What a fabulous giveaway!! I dream of relaxing in France...
Thank you for the possibility!

tanvi @ now craving said...

Can't imagine a more lovely getaway!

Miranda said...

For a moment, my heart stopped...

How charming. Yes, please!!

prudence said...

What a dream!

Natalie said...

oh la la - pick me, sil vous plait! the feb 2-11 is over my 33rd birthday, so how perfect would that be?! here's hoping!

Jessie said...

I can't even explain what an adventure this would be for my husband and I! Neither of us have ever left the country!!

wilkinson_fam said...

Next year marks our 10 year anniversary. I would LOVE to celebrate in France with my sweethearts (sans 4 kids). Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Claire Roach said...

I check your blog every single day, Stephmodo. So of course I saw your posts on the restoration of La Maisonnette and have dreamed of going there ever since. Since I live in Germany it would only be a hop, skip, and a jump away and my husband and I are certainly overdue for a couple getaway. Bonne chance everybody!

Laura said...

What a great giveaway. The winner may never want to come home!

emmaproctor said...

this is the best giveaway that i've ever seen on a blog!!

laura said...

So gorgeous...what a generous offer!

Matt said...

My wife and I would be in heaven!!

abby said...

wow this is dreamy.

Unstoppable Lindsey said...

How incredibly generous of you to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you for all you do! Here's to dreaming!!

StaciB725 said...

This woudld make the perfect valentine's getaway!! Beautiful!

Tess said...

Best giveaway...EVER!

Jordan said...

This would be a dream come true!!!

keely steger said...

Babymoon, here we come!!!!

Kim said...

Wow what a generous giveaway. I have looked at the pictures online of La Maisonnette a million times. It would be a dream to go there.

Sam said...

Come on Random.com!!! I'm your girl!!!

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Amy Eagleston said...

If ever the random number picker where to pick me I hope it will be this time. Please oh please.

Leigh Anne @Your Homebased Mom said...

I went to France for this first time this past year for my 50th birthday. I went to Paris with my daughter. My sweet husband gave the is to me for my birthday. I would love to take him back to France for a romantic getaway!

maddie said...

i already have butterflies! i would die to visit france, my husband's mission stomping grounds, before we have a baby this spring. ahh. already dreaming.

The Funny Farm said...

Whoa! Awesome.

Toria said...

wow- what a fun giveaway- in fact if we don't win- we may just have to check out the reservation calendar.

fyi- we share many common friends and I'm sure we've met before, I've just never introduced myself on your blog- so hello! This is a beautiful site.

Jennifer M said...

My husband and I would take good care of your beautiful place. Fingers crossed that the random stars align.

Ariel said...

Wow! I moved back from France 7 years ago and haven't had the chance to get back. I would love to go!

Michelle said...

I would love to stay in your cottage with my husband. I have been dreaming to go to France for years, but never had the opportunity or should I say money? :) I hope lady luck is on my side.

mdepane@gmail.com

Chris said...

Sounds fantastic! Please?

AC said...

What a generous giveaway! My husband and I wanted to rent your place in September for our 10th anniversary, but it was not available on the dates we needed. To win this would literally be a dream come true! I am beyond excited!

Victoria Portnoy said...

I can't even tell you what this would mean to me and my hubby, it's official - we haven't spent any vacation time together since our first child was born 5 years ago!!!, yeah, we would die to have an opportunity like this. Thank you for an amazing blog!!!

Patti said...

Wow! You and your husband are so kind and generous. Somehow, I feel guilty for leaving a comment because I haven't commented before. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with your move by the way. We love Seattle....the West Coast has a special spot in our hearts. We lived on the west coast for 4 years. We moved east a year ago and still miss it dreadfully!

Laura said...

How fun! The best giveaway ever. Thank you!

Kirsten said...

What a sweet, kind thing to do. It's got me thinking of ways to show more gratitude today.

Also, my fingers are totally crossed.

flora said...

oh my! what an amazing giveaway! Your blog is too wonderful!

suz said...

How generous of you! Merci!

suz said...

How generous of you! Merci!

suz said...

How generous of you! Merci!

Caroline said...

This is probably the most beautiful place I have EVER seen. I suddenly feel like fairy tales are real!

Sonia Segovia said...

Would die to go there and stay at your beautiful La Maisonnette. Pick me, pick me, please?! XO

Through the Looking Glass said...

Good golly. This is amazing!

Allison and Jonathan said...

SVP. Merci.

6th Graders said...

I've read your blog consistenly for the past year and I love it! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Aly said...

What a magical experience this could be! I would love it!!

alg79@rochester.rr.com

Melanie Scheer said...

Looks lovely!! What a generous offer to your readers. Merci!

Denise Welch said...

Sounds like a dream come true!

Megs said...

Yes yes please!! Or maybe I should say Oui oui s'il vous plait!

Tanya Gough said...

After reading the comments left - I can't say I deserve such a great giveaway, but I would most definitely be grateful for it (so much). My husband would be thrilled at even the prospect of winning (served his mission there and is getting his Ph.D. in French literature). Thanks for offering such a generous gift. Random.org - pick me!

Heather said...

Magical! I would love to go to France! Merci for this amazing chance for a romantic getaway!

Emily said...

Who needs a refresher course on La Maisonnette? I think those photos are permanently etched in my memory and I have reminded my husband a few times we ARE going there. We would LOVE this getaway!

Shannon in UK said...

What an amazing giveaway. The perfect way to escape the grey UK winter!

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J Hayley B said...

Oui Oui!

meg in mirth said...

This is amazing. Hope hope hope hope!

julie said...

Wow what an awesome giveaway!! We would love love to stay there!! It's beautiful!!

dfg said...

We'll miss you here in SLC! And oooh la la please pick me:)

Phoebe said...

I was scrolling through my Google Reader, and those pictures literally stopped my in my tracks. I did a double take! It's so beautiful that I got shivers! haha I love France, and it's been too long since I last went, which was 7th grade. With my parents and brother. Definitely not a romantic trip! haha

chefmike said...

France at last....hope It's me and my love.

blythe said...

Um, wow! I can't even imagine staying in such a beautiful place.

Leslie M said...

I still want to go but with hubby this time!

I think I am deserving of going although the winner will be determined by random. I orchestrated a girls' trip here in April and only two of the five of us made it over the pond because of the volcano erupting. My friends who made it had a fabulous time and I hope to get there in time and do all the fun things I planned.

Tim said...
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Tim said...

This looks incredible! I would love to go

timnoce@gmail.com

Lindsey said...

best giveaway ever. what a dream it would be to win!

tiff said...

Thank you!

Sara said...

These photos struck me as exactly what I'm hungry for right now. I would love to go!

Madame Awesomepants said...

This is so generous of you! Totally a dream vacation.

lawryde said...

Awesome.

Becky said...

ahhh...how serendipitous...i've bookmarked this as a future vacation rental...this would be a dream. i need a dream about now.

K said...

Oh Stephanie! After a long, challenging year, my husband and I have recently committed to making one of our dearest-held dreams come true this year and finally (finally!) visit France together. To spend a week at La Maisonnette would be more than we ever could have hoped for. And the timing of the weeks? Impeccable! Thank you for the chance to win such a remarkable and generous gift.

Erin said...

This would be awesome!

M said...

Beautiful...

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Megan said...

Goodness gracious, I LOVE this giveaway!! I need this bad!

Joanna said...

It would be such a lovely treat!

Sarah said...

This would be beyond fabulous! My fingers are crossed.

conntess said...

I can't believe that there are only 185 comments to date! So here I am, 186th. Going to France is a lifetime dream. Thank you for giving me a chance.

Whits said...

swoon! I would love love to go. what a magical place. :)

Mary said...

Oh, I would love to win this! It looks beautiful...and perfect for our 20th anniversary which is coming up.

tawnya said...

Holy cow! Both of our birthdays are in February. What a lovely treat that would be.

The Ruckers said...

My dream! I watched as you step by step renovated the adorable place...to stay there would be fantastic!

for now said...

I've never heard of such a giveaway, this is amazing! Count me in :)

Julia E said...

I would love to visit that part of France and see your lovely home!! You've done such a great job and I've loved following the process.

Natalie said...

Wow, this is amazingly generous! Hope I get lucky!

Fancy Nancy Chronicles said...

All I can say is Mercy! Or Merci! Fingers crossed ... if you only knew? Many thanks for your generosity! <3

Melissa @ A Simple Nest said...

man, this would be a dream come true!

Emily said...

Wow, I can't believe your generous offer. Thanks for letting us all daydream about it.

I've never been abroad and this would be quite a way to start!

MariaIsabel said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

Annie P said...

DREAMY! What a perfect giveaway.

Lulu Belle said...

Yes yes please!!! After a few quick stops along the French Riviera these past 2 years, I'm ready for the French countryside!!! lisa.emery78@gmail.com

iamwoman said...

This would hands down be the best 10 year Anniversary gift we could get!

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