A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
T: 0033 (0)553 302405             M: 0033 (0)622 655789             Bombel, 24290, St Amand de Coly, Dordogne, France              Google Maps

A Christmas Cooking Course
in France

A great Christmas gift idea - a Christmas cooking course in France will give you a taste of a typical Christmas in France - and it has nothing to do with turkey!

Actually, it's seafood and shellfish that are often on the French Christmas menu, together with duck, goose, venison and wild boar. And what's more, it's Christmas Eve when the big meal is consumed and the Christmas gifts are opened.

With its mild climate (locals have been known to eat Christmas dinner outdoors) and beautiful rolling scenery, quiet roads and few tourists the Dordogne is a very lovely and tranquil place in which to spend Christmas.

As a bonus, the festive season is much less commercialised here than in the UK, but the towns are still bedecked with Christmas trees and decorations, and at the entrance to every village the roads are festooned with baubles, tinsel, ribbons and little parcels wrapped in gorgeous Christmas colours.

The Accommodation...

You will be staying in our magnificent, comfortable and spacious converted barn, which is centrally-heated throughout. The four large en suite bedrooms are either twins or doubles and all open independently onto the sunny (yes, even in wineter) courtyard. The impressive kitchen and lounge area are upstairs under the stupendous vaulted ceiling.

The perfect Christmas gift...

I know it's early yet to start thinking about gifts for Christmas, but if you are struggling to come up with a Christmas gift idea, then why not give your partner, best friend or cherished family member a really special Christmas gift - a five day/five night Christmas cooking course here in the heart of the Dordogne, SW France.

(all prices include VAT at just 5.5%)
How to pay 
Terms and Conditions
All inclusive Five Day/Five Night residential cooking holiday
(per person, based on two people sharing a room):

One, Two, Three & Four-Day multi-day courses
(Per person, per day.  Additional B&B accommodation available on request. Evening meal €17 per day - eat what you cook!):

Non-cooking friend or partner
(Five day/five night - lunch @ €12 & dinner @ €17 per person per day):

B&B accommodation
(1/2/3 Day courses - at venue or local B&B. Per person, per night):

Return rail transfers (Per person. Agreed times only - see below. Email us prior to booking tickets):

Single occupancy supplement (5 day/5 night) for an exclusive en-suite room all to yourself (waived when sharing):

Cooking & Painting holiday
(Five day/Five night residential.  Day courses from €130):

We pick you up in our own seven-seater vehicle each Monday afternoon and drop you off the following Saturday morning. Destinations include Limoges airport, and Brive la Gaillarde and Sarlat train stations (see details of our airport and rail transfers).

If you want a transfer at another time or on another day, please EMAIL US or Tel: 0033 (0)553 302405 in order to discuss the possibilities.

Transfers are conducted on a first come first served basis. Detailed dates and times are to be agreed with us prior to booking your travel arrangements, so please do not book tickets until you've agreed them with us.

Accommodation is normally on-site, but, under exceptional circumstances, 1 & 2 day guests may be accommodated at a very pleasant nearby B&B 5km away.

The optimum number of participants on a course is six, but sometimes we have fewer than that and have occasionally taken up to ten.

The itinerary may be subject to change according to the seasons and local weather and is variable in order to take advantage of regional festivals and holidays.


Because of the proliferation of cheap flights and ferry discounts we will leave return travel to France for you to arrange.

Have a non-cooking partner or friend..?

Non-participating partners of cooking holiday guests, and non-residents, are most welcome. Prices are per person for six nights on a five day course from 4pm Monday to 10am the following Saturday.

Non-cooking partners are welcome to have breakfast and lunch with us for, respectively, a small £10 and £15 per day supplement. The meal at the restaurant will also be charged, but is not expensive and is typically in the region of £15, including wine, per non-cooking guest (an example of the huge value for money that is eating-out in France).

Enquire about booking a Christmas cooking course in France , or ask for more information.















































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5 Day/5 Night Cooking Courses Include:

  • Expert hands-on tuition with British chef

  • All courses conducted in English

  • All cooking ingredients, equipment and aprons

  • A continental breakfast each day

  • Lunch each day

  • Dinner
    (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

  • Tea, coffee and wine

  • An evening meal on the day of your arrival

  • En suite centrally-heated accommodation

  • Recipe pack containing all the dishes cooked during your stay

  • Entrance fees to places visited

  • Private and secluded pool

  • Internet and Email

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    Some of the things you'll be doing on the cooking course:

    Learn how to cook pastries, breads and soups

    Select and prepare the best fish and shellfish

    Butcher common joints of meat

    Cook classic French and Italian sauces

    Construct modern dressings

    Master the art of stylish contemporary food presentation