FOOD & NATURE RETREATS

Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, every season at Hazelnut House has its own magic. In the early hours of the morning the concert of birdcalls begins. The air is clear. The kitchen smells of freshly brewed coffee and Hazelnut House welcomes you. The breakfast table is already lovingly set. There is homemade wholemeal bread, French brioches, delicious jams, cheese from the Müllertal valley and many other delicacies! 

 

After breakfast we slip into our rubber boots depending on the season and go to the kitchen garden together. Harvest the vegetables and fruit with our own hands, carry them into the house and later prepare them in the kitchen with a lot of love. What a pleasure! On the meadows we learn a lot about edible herbs and flowers. Together we follow the hiking trail and go out into the forest. Listen to the rustling of the leaves and see the colours of the mosses and lichens. Embrace a tree. We feel the throbbing of the heart, hear our breath and recognize the extent of happiness. Welcome to an unforgettable journey. 

 

A loving picnic in nature awaits us. Whether in the spring under the white blossoming fruit trees, in the summer with the butterflies or in the autumn under the multicolored leaf canopy of the beeches, on the green Tweed blanket we take a seat. For this moment we can dive into the world of Jane Austen. The English picnic basket is filled with scones and homemade delicacies. The breathtaking landscape could also be in England or Scotland at this moment. 

 

With gifts from nature and a warm heart we return to the house. Everyone can make their own personal diary. For the most beautiful words. A treasure trove of all the little things that make us happy. A book of gratitude. To take home and accompany.

 

After a cup of tea and a piece of the famous Hazelnut Cake in front of the crackling fire we start cooking together. We gather around the large cooking island with a view of the orchard meadow and cook a delicious menu together. Always suitable for the season and according to Theresa's philosophy: simple, loving, natural. The menu becomes heavenly. It reaches from a greeting from the kitchen over a starter variation and a main course up to a fine dessert. Small mignardises round off our festive menu. In the cooking school of Hazelnut House passion meets noble design and traditional craftsmanship. The gas stove and the ovens make cooking and baking with the greatest professionalism possible. Beginners are also welcome.

 

The long table in the former barn is festively covered and shines in bright candlelight. The candles on the piano in this room are also lit. After dinner we slowly let the evening end in the fireplace room with a glass of wine and shared stories. When the moon rises in the sky, the starry sky shines in the most beautiful light above Hazelnut House. Perhaps there is even a shooting star. We carry the warm atmosphere in our hearts. What an unforgettable day!

My Food & Nature Retreats are very exclusive and very special. For the best experience I limit the number of participants to a maximum of eight. After booking, a loving surprise letter will be sent to your home to get you in the right mood and to look forward to your visit. Your personal invitation to Hazelnut House. Our common day starts early in the morning and lasts into the evening hours. Each participant gets his own individually embroidered Hazelnut House apron, so that the good clothes for our festive occasion in the evening will also remain pure as a blossom. There is so much love in every Food & Nature retreat. My goal is to give you the most wonderful day with the best people, the best food, great enjoyment and a little smile. I would like to welcome you to Hazelnut House!

 

The journey to Hazelnut House at Echternach and overnight stays are not included in the price. A list with overnight accomodation possibilities I pass on gladly. A pick-up from the airport with transfer to the hotel is possible.

RETREAT  I:

SPRING AWAKENING

 

Spring is the magical time of awakening in nature. At no time of the year do the leaves on the trees and the grass on the fields shine in such bright green. Small delicate white petals fly through the air. How beautiful it is to have a picnic under the white flowers of the fruit trees!

 

The hilly landscapes in front of Hazelnut House remind us of the world of Beatrix Potter. Foxglove blooms on the stone walls, the first rosebuds open in the garden and in the damp grass it smells like wild chives. The edible wild herbs from the walk now taste just so good and from the raised beds we harvest the first vegetables. Inspired by nature our food comes along with a lot of ease. Lush and in light pastel colours we decorate the large table in the former barn. What a feast of spring!

RETREAT  II:

SUMMER SERENADE

 

It's summer at Hazelnut House. Outside the crickets chirp, the redstart sings in the tree and the fruit trees carry sweet mirabelles and cherry plums on their branches. The air smells of freshly cut hay. The vegetables in the raised beds now appear in their greatest abundance. Yellow and green courgettes grow in the garden. Red peppers, fennel, peas and colourful tomatoes in various colours and shapes fill our basket. Stroke your palms over the basil, discover white cauliflower between the cabbage leaves. Roasted in the oven it is such a delicacy!

 

With a bunch of edible flowers in our hands, we return to the kitchen. We must definitely try the mozzarella cheese and burrata from the small Luxembourg manufactory. Their taste is incomparable! The harvest and our menu become a celebration of colours. The cuisine is refreshingly Mediterranean. What a pleasure to cook with open doors! In the middle of the orchard we cover a long, white, festive table. Champagne sparkles in the glasses. 

RETREAT  III:

FALL FOR YOU

 

The golden autumn at Hazelnut House is magical. Dew lies on the dry grasses. The cobwebs in the seeds of the meadow flowers glitter in the morning sun. It smells of late summer and thanksgiving! A plum jam with the last fruits from the garden is simmering on the stove. The leaves of the surrounding forest slowly turn gold, yellow and brown. As if nature had put together the most beautiful colours in a watercolour box. And these cloud formations, the bright sunlight! Like a golden yellow stripe it emerges from the morning mist on the horizon. Rustle your feet through the dry foliage in the beech forest. Touched listen to the call of the wild geese. Find large nuts from the old walnut tree on the ground. He spreads his arms wide. Those who are here in autumn should definitely hike along the Müllertal Trail from Echternach to Berdorf for another day.

 

The pears and apples on the tree are now ripe in the garden. We take the first fruit from the branch and eat it just like that. Back in the house we combine it warm with goat cheese from the nearby Balteshof. What a taste! From the vegetable bed we bring beetroot and pumpkins. We might even find some mushrooms in the forest. The menu at this time of year is heartwarming. In the big fireplace the fire burns crackling. Later in the evening we will grill our meat here.

RETREAT  IV:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

 

What a sparkling introduction to the most beautiful time of the year! In Hazelnut House it smells of decorated fir green, resin and sealing wax. The fire crackles in the fireplace. After the Advent breakfast we set off for a short hike. Laughing we stomp off. How beautiful the winter landscape is! Father Frost has covered the garden with delicate ice crystals. With red cheeks and happy at the same time we return. The house is warm. On the stove it smells ready after cinnamon, cloves and anise, after fruit cake and apple punch.

 

Together we tie wreaths and create opulent decorations for the Advent season from a variety of natural materials. We light the beeswax candles and bring out the old smoking man. Frankincense rises from his pipe. A delicious fragrance emanates from the oven. Today we cover the table in festive splendour. The Christmas menu is full of inspiration and ideas for a delicious, relaxed family celebration. What unforgettable magic moments!