Our names are Sarah and Denis La Touche and we would like to welcome you to Plum Tree House (and Quince Cottage), Mapua,, a very special place.
We have an insatiable passion for sharing our long-standing love of food, wine and walking, both in France and here in New Zealand, and although we are quite new to this stunning region, we are not new to sharing our passion, hospitality and looking after people.
In 1992 we followed our dream and moved to France to create and run Les Mimosas. We discovered an exquisite ‘Plus Beau Village’ in the Languedoc where we bought the biggest, rambling old stone house in the village, transformed it into Les Mimosas, a welcoming Maison d’hôte de Charme (guesthouse) and cooking school, specializing in Southern French country cooking. Our guests came from all corners of the world, attracted by the relaxed atmosphere, gracious welcome and fabulous food. So we have been introducing people to the rich pleasures of France and its culinary culture, ever since.
In 2005 we returned to New Zealand and settled on Waiheke for a time before ‘finding home’ in this wonderful place. Here at Plum Tree House, we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to have ‘a second bite of the apple’ sharing our special place with others. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and comfortable haven where people can enjoy all the pleasures that this great Kiwi food bowl and adventure playground has to offer … so you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.
As well as sharing our in-depth knowledge on food and wine with you, Sarah is also holistic nutritionist, retired chef, and food writer with Denis, a talented landscape photographer. We are both unashamedly, self-confessed foodies!
We’ve co-authored several successful, books together, amongst them, ‘The Les Mimosas Cookbook’ and ‘Couleurs Vin’ - a photographic essay of the St Chinian Wine appellation, in the heart of the Languedoc where we lived for thirteen years. And instead of living in France permanently, to keep ‘topping up’ our love affair with France, we now return to France most Kiwi winters hosting small, bespoke food and wine, and walking tours in France.
Sharing this unique and beautiful part of New Zealand, the warm-hearted, welcoming people, its artisans, fruitgrowers, winemakers, and artists, the markets and the superb landscape and national parks with others, is much, much more than just a pleasure…please feel free to contact us to find out how we can make your holiday with us a memorable and special experience.