A relaxed friendly hands-on cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France
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The Cookinfrance FAQ's

Here are our visitors' frequently asked questions...

If you are still none the wiser after browsing this website and reading these FAQ's, please email us, or even use a good old telephone: 0033 (0)553 302405

How much does it cost?

€845 Euros if you are staying with us and taking part, €795 Euros if you are taking part, but staying elsewhere, and €445 Euros if you are just here for a holiday while your partner (or children) do the hard work in the kitchen.

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Do I need to pay a deposit, and when should I send the balance?

An initial deposit of 30% is required straight away in order to secure the booking. Please send the balance two months prior to the start of your cooking holiday.

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Is there a damages deposit, as is normal with renting a gite for instance?

No, but if you break something, you'll be on spud-bashing duty! :-)

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How do I pay?

In Sterling or Euros, by cheque or BAC (Direct Bank Transfer). Email us your desired dates and preferred method of payment.

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Where are you?

We are situated in the Dordogne region of south west France near the pretty market village of St Genies. We are 200km east of Bordeaux, 50km west of Brive le Gaillarde, 15km north of beautiful medieval Sarlat and 10km south of Montignac (where you can visit the famous Lascaux cave paintings). The nearest hamlet to us that is recognised by the Michelin road atlas is Brégégère. That's about 2km north of us.

Limoges airport is 1hr 30mins away by car, and has Hertz and Avis car rental outlets on the doorstep. We do run a return transfer service, but, do to limited availability (we use our own vehicles on a first come first served basis) we require that you discuss flight times with us prior to booking flights.

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How long does the course last?

Your holiday starts on Monday afternoon, whereupon we will get you settled in and show you around. Join us later for a complimentary evening meal.

The course looks like this:

  • Tuesday is a busy day spent cooking our lunches and evening meals

  • Wednesday morning we have a break and go to Sarlat market to shop for our lunch.  The afternoon and evening is your time to relax and gather breath.

  • Thursday is another pretty full day in the kitchen, again cooking our lunch and dinner.

  • Friday is again another busy day, but this tiome you'll be preparing the evening meal yourself (see the Friday Challenge)!

  • Saturday, sadly, is departure day.

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What are the arrival and departure times?

We ask you not to arrive earlier than 4pm on the Monday, and leave no later than 10am the following Saturday. This is because we need time to prepare for your, and the next group's holiday.

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What do I need to bring with me?

Everything you would normally need in a kitchen - aprons, knives, utensils, etc - is already here. Just bring your normal holiday gear, although we would suggest some comfy shoes or trainers as there will be a fair amount of standing.

All bedding and towels are included.

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You say "hands-on" - what does that mean exactly?

At certain establishments, such as at some formal cookery schools, you are only allowed to watch the chef demonstrating his talents. We think that's like being back at school, which isn't our philosophy at all!

"Hands-on" means getting your hands dirty! We will all be preparing the ingredients together, then cooking it - together. The chef (that's me, Jim Fisher) will waft around prodding this and that, seeing that all's well and generally guiding and aiding you.

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What if I'm squeamish about certain foods?

Don't worry - we'll all just laugh at you!

Seriously though, when you book we will phone you to have a chat about what you would like to cook and what, if anything, you would definitely not want to cook.

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Talking of certain foods - what kind of food will I be cooking?

Classic French, contemporary English (the kind of food being cooked by the likes of Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes and Rick Stein), mediterranean, Pacific rim or fusion cuisine (lots of lime, coconut, chili, mango, lemon grass, etc), Italian and Mexican.

If there is anything that you're itching to try, let us know and we'll give it a whirl.

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Is it safe?

Yes, but you will be cooking in a semi-professional kitchen where the knives are sharp, and there will be equipment and machines with which you may not be familiar. However, we take safety very seriously here - there is a fully equipped first aid kit, and advice is always close at hand.

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Can I take a copy of the recipes home?

Yes - we give you a farewell pack containing the recipes you've cooked, as well as some photos of your time here (though we keep the embarassing ones to show future guests...).

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But, won't I get fat eating all that food?


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I am worried that the other students will be way ahead of me in terms of skill and knowledge of food.

Have no fear - we don't populate our courses with people of wildly different skill levels.  This is a cooking holiday and is meant to be relaxing. Each course is tailor-made to suit all our guests on any particular week, so you will all be of more or less similar aptitude and competence.

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Should I bring towels and bedding, etc?

Included in the cost of your cooking holiday are: gas; electricity; heating; towels; bedding. There is also free Email and Internet access.

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I want to cook, but my partner/family doesn't - what is there in the area for them to do?

Well, apart from the extensive grounds and pool at Bombel, we are perfectly situated for exploring the valleys of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, with medieval Sarlat, Beynac, Montignac (where you will find the famous Lascaux cave paintings), and the colossal fortified church of St Amand de Coly all within half an hour's drive.  

We are surrounded by an abundance of easily accessible recreational and practical facilities such as: horse riding, fishing, golf, canoeing, cycling, walking, cinema, open-air markets, pre-history sites and museums.

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I'm looking forward to the various included visits to food-related places, but what if my partner/family want to come too?

No problem, but please let us know in advance. If there's room, they can hop in with us. However, they will have to pay entrance fees, etc.

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(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.



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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