Retreats 2024

Retreats at La Maison Trumeau will help you achieve something fulfilling from your holiday. 

  • Learn a new skill or develop (and indulge in) your existing hobby
  • Our groups are small and exclusive so you can get one to one guidance from our expert
  • Explore the beautiful historic town of Saumur and the surrounding region in the Loire Valley
  • Use of locations around us to inspire your projects
  • Stay in a comfortable, elegant townhouse, often referred to having chateau-esq style and proportions
  • Unwind and fully immerse yourself into the environment, feeling rested and invigorated by the end of the retreat
  • Meet like minded people who share a passion for the subject of our retreats. 
  • Tag our retreat onto a holiday in France and add something interesting and fun to your time here.

If you find a retreat below that you would love to do, click on the 'Book' button to see details for reserving your place and further information on the itinerary. 


Wine Retreats

Our wine retreats are tailormade to showcase some of the best and most innovative producers in the region. During our time in Saumur we have developed great relationships with many of the winemakers in our region. By personally handpicking wine producers for each themed retreat, we know you will get a fun and enjoyable experience exploring wines in the region. We will introduce you to high quality wines, show you the whole wine tasting experience where we will take you to the plots where the grapes are grown for each winemaker we visit, meet the winemakers at their domaines and hear about how they create their own expression in their wines, adapting their techniques according to the soils and environmental influences. With the inclusion of staying at our home, you will have the opportunity to further chat about the wines we tasted and compare the different vineyards, their wines and the characters that make the Loire the most innovative region for wine making in France. 

Our retreats aim to take all the stress out of organising your own wine tour and accommodation, enjoy the comfortable surroundings of our home, the tranquillity and beauty of the town of Saumur and above all our hope is that all our guests have fun exploring great quality wines, with less of the jargon.

Whether your are a wine enthusiast wanting to explore this region's wines for the first time or more experienced looking for a personal immersion into this region, our wine retreats will offer you the opportunity to experience the wine in a way you will feel most comfortable.


Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions before booking your retreat place: Terms and Conditions

Saumur's Hidden Gems Wine and Food Retreat 11th - 14th April 2024

For our Hidden Gems retreat, we will introduce you to stars in the region who's wines are not widely available outside of the Loire region. Included in this 3 day retreat, you will get to: 

  • Visit 5 amazing, local and innovative vineyards;
  • Stay in an ensuite double bedroom at the beautiful La Maison Trumeau in the heart of historic town of Saumur;
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served at La Maison Trumeau every day
  • A 4 course evening meal on Thursday 5th September, including a blind tasting of local wines as an introduction to the different styles of wine you'll experience on the retreat
  • Attend the Saturday food market in Saumur, a highlight for many visitors and locals alike, and sample some of the regions best local produce
  • Evening meals on Friday and Saturday night in 2 of Saumur's hidden gems restaurants.

Cost: £1,250

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Upholstery Skills Retreat, 18th May 2024

Led by Jacqui Jackson, an expert in traditional upholstery and French antique furniture. Jacqui has over 25 years experience in upholstering antique French furniture, after gaining qualifications at the London College of Furniture. Jacqui buys, repairs, upholsters and sells French furniture through her website, to private clients and interior designers and you'll often see her at various fairs in the UK throughout the year. 

You can find more information about Jacqui and her French antique items at:

Jacqui at Essentially French


Date: 18th - 23rd May 2024 (5 days/5 nights)

Group size: 4-6 people

Suitable for all levels of upholstery, from complete beginners to all levels of experience. We will have a call discuss your project with you in advance of the retreat to understand what area you would like to work on so you can get the most from your time on the retreat. 

Included: A welcome 4 course meal on Saturday night 

Healthy breakfast and lunch everyday (wine served with lunch and a glass of sparkling wine and nibbles at 5.30 at the end of the workshop)

Basic upholstery supplies 

Transport to the French Flea market in Chinon 

Half day leisure on Thursday morning for wine tasting/shopping as desired 

Cost: £1715 per person

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Loire Valley Art Retreat, 11th June 2024

Led by Marilyn MacGregor, a talented artist who creates art for design and illustration in her own distinctive style, with a passion for creating art that will make you smile and warm your heart. An experienced teacher and lecturer, her goal is to support you to explore your own creative expression, and help you break down barriers to creating art that is meaningful to you. Marilyn splits her time between Saumur and Philadelphia in USA and will often be seen in a local café, with pencils and a pad, capturing her view in the most delightful way. 

You can find more information about Marilyn and her Art at:

MacGregor-ART - MacGregor-Art


Date: 11th - 16th June 2024 (5 days/5 nights)

Group size: 4-6 people

Suitable for all levels of illustrative art, from complete beginners to all levels of experience

Excursions to beautiful locations to inspire your art (transport included)

Ensuite accommodation

Meals included, daily breakfast, welcome 4 course dinner on arrival, a celebration dinner on the last evening, group lunch at the gorgeous restaurant Auberge des Iles in the picturesque town of Montreuil Bellay. 

Cost: £1675 per person 

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The Grand Masters Wine and Food Retreat 5th - 8th September 2024

For our Grand Masters retreat, we have chosen 5 of the most highly respected, experienced winemakers of the region. These winemakers have a long family history in the art of winemaking, producing some of THE best cabernet franc and chenin blanc wines in the world.  

Included in this 3 day retreat, you will get to:

  • Private visit to 5 of the region's top winemakers; see their chateau/domaines/cave 
  • Stay in an ensuite double bedroom at the beautiful La Maison Trumeau in the heart of historic town of Saumur;
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served at La Maison Trumeau every day
  • A 4 course evening meal on Thursday 5th September, including a blind tasting of local wines as an introduction to the different styles of wine you'll experience on the retreat
  • Evening meals on Friday and Saturday nights in 2 of Saumur's best restaurants
  • Attend the Saturday food market in Saumur, a highlight for many visitors and locals alike, and sample some of the regions best local produce
  • Option to attend the Fete de Vendage on Sunday morning, a highlight on Saumur's annual calendar celebrating the start of the grape harvest season

Cost: £1,250

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