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

Learn to Cook This

A cooking holiday in France, where you will have a great time cooking, relaxing and seeing the sights.

These are just three of the dishes you could be creating, depending on your food preferences and level of skill. Each represents a divergent approach to techniques used in preparation and cooking.

Construct modern salads...

Learn to cook fresh Tomato Salad with Basil and Olive OilIn fact, the Tomato, Olive Oil and Basil Salad isn't cooked at all in the conventional sense: raw tomatoes are left to 'cook' in lemon juice and sea salt for a few minutes before being sprinkled with fresh basil leaves and served as a beautifully light starter.

Learn to cook fish to perfection...

Learn to cook Chargrilled Tuna with Chilli Oil DressingFresh raw tuna is marinated in lemon juice, fresh thyme and olive oil, then given a fierce brief searing in a cast iron ridged griddle pan.

This lends some great flavour to the outside, leaving the inside just cooked - exactly as tuna should be.  It's then served on a bed of rocket with oven-dried cherry tomatoes and drizzled with a mild chili oil dressing.

Unusual favour combinations...

Learn to cook Glazed Lemon TartGlazed lemon tart with basil ice cream.  Well, where to begin? Learn to cook a lemon-infused Crème Anglaise over a bain marie; classic blind-baked sweet pastry; glazing the top of the tart with the flame of a blowtorch.

The ice cream is special - learn to cook a classic ice cream base of Crème Anglaise, but this time infused with handfuls of fresh basil leaves. There, guaranteed to send you home from your cooking holiday feeling proud of your new-found cooking skills.

(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