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Circle of Misse Creative Holidays & Courses

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Address: Rue de l'Abbaye, 79100 Thouars, France
Phone Number: +33 2 72 64 38 57
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Description: The Circle of Misse house sits on one branch of the historic Pilgrim’s...
The Circle of Misse house sits on one branch of the historic Pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostelo. We continue the ethos of the Pilgrim’s way by being a way-station offering succour, guidance and encouragement as you venture out into your creative pursuits and projects. So come Cook, Write, Paint or just Be.
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Misse At The Beach - Incredible

In February this year I spent three weeks on writing retreat at San Juan des Los Terreros in Spain (nearest airport Murcia). Imagine mountains, desert, palm trees, a wide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

In February this year I spent three weeks on writing retreat at San Juan des Los Terreros in Spain (nearest airport Murcia). Imagine mountains, desert, palm trees, a wide promenade leading into the quaint Spanish town, marvellous accommodation a stone's throw from the Mediterranean, luscious food and you have Misse @ The Beach. Hosts Wayne Milstead and Aaron Tighe do... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We had a fantastic day with Aaron & Wayne in April. It was like hanging out with cool friends who have a neat place in the beautiful French countryside. They plan ahead really well for your visit - we filled out a questionnaire about what we were interested in cooking and learning. And we really did learn some excellent tips.... More 

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actisup, Owner at Circle of Misse Creative Holidays & Courses, responded to this review

Thanks Ansley and David. He also had a great time cooking, talking and tasting wine with both of you. And thank you for a great review, we couldn't have described the Misse experience better ourselves. We hope the rest of your trip was good. More 

Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Circle of Missé is a writing and cookery school like no other. A cosy, creaky old house bristling with character and swaddled in the aromas of its rural setting, and of the always-on fresh coffee, local wines and provisions and, of course, the magnificent feasts-in-preparation. I slept in a bed more comfortable than my own, in a room that fell... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had an amazing wine weekend with the gentlemen at Circle of Misse. They arranged absolutely everything and made our whole group feel so at home. We definitely didn't want to leave (and can't wait to go back!). We weren't really sure what we wanted to do or see, except that we wanted to learn more about wine and pairing... More 

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actisup, Owner at Circle of Misse Creative Holidays & Courses, responded to this review

Hey Joann Thanks so much for this review. Wayne and I had a wonderful time introducing all of you to the Loire and its wine, and I love the way that you summed a Misse weekend. More 

Perth, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What can I say, that I haven’t said already. This was my fifth visit to this very special writers' retreat in the Loire Valley. This time for three glorious weeks. I will continue returning until I am too feeble and old to fly from Australia to France. The food is luscious with many local specialities. The “lunch box” is a... More 

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Clonmellon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It does what it says on the tin. A retreat where if you want peace and solitude, you can get to grips with what you are doing - in this case writing a novel ( there are also painting and cooking courses ) The food is sublime, you will be part of a "family", you will shed a tear when... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Loved every moment! Artistic life can only be at its best when edited by Wayne and fed by Aaron and Allison.

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Describing Circle of Misse as a writing retreat is as inadequate as describing The Queen as posh. It's peaceful, remote and very lovely, but so much more. From the moment you are met at the airport, responsibilities are removed like a coat, and every care is given to ensure there's nothing to interrupt your writing. You are made to feel... More 

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Stamford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Amazing .... it was the most wonderful weekend from the moment we were picked up from the airport till we were dropped off. The area is stunning and the house were we stayed and the circle of misse were the course was, made us feel home from home. I went with my husband and we both learnt loads in lots... More 

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actisup, Owner at Circle of Misse Creative Holidays & Courses, responded to this review

Dear Rachel and Michael Thanks for such a great review. Wayne and I, along with all our visiting writers enjoyed every minute of your weekend with us. I am glad that you both got so much out of it; it was truly a joyous time. More 

Perth, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I have recently returned home from my 4th visit to Circle of Misse where I spent my time writing, thinking, and indulging myself in the luscious meals prepared by hosts Wayne and Aaron. Superb. Some evenings Wayne held literary salon – it’s like a book club with wines and local food. Friday was movie night with freshly prepared pizzas. What... More 

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