Cookery School


For those living further afield and abroad our residential Cookery School breaks start in late October through until June and are 5 night all inclusive breaks.

Our cookery courses are designed to demonstrate and teach how easy & relaxed entertaining is. In France many an hour is spent around the table enjoying local, fresh food, simple local wine and great company. We are not just teaching cooking; we are showing you our way of life, French life. We visit markets, wineries, chocolate factories, drink coffee in cafes and visit the beautiful Bastide towns and countryside of the Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France.

For example; The 1st cookery course teaches choosing ingredients at beautiful French markets, restauranty starters, main courses and desserts. Professional techniques and tricks of the trade You will leave the course with a new confidence and eager to show your friends what you have learned and the ability to reproduce many starters, 2 or 3 main courses & desserts in your kitchen. With a little forward preparation we will demonstrate how to spend more time relaxing with your guests & how easy entertaining is and should be.


Please sign up to our newsletter to get advanced notice our 5 day residential cookery school dates HERE.

For Vegetarian cookery courses please sign up HERE

Example itineraries

Easy Dinner Parties Course itinerary 2020

Fish & shellfish Course itinerary 2020

BBQ & Firepit Cooking Course itinerary 2020

Wine Tasting & Wine & Food Pairing itinerary 2020

New Vegetarian Course 2021

Vegetarian course coming Spring 2021

Course dates 2020
All courses are 5 days and are a Saturday arrival unless specified

7th March            Easy dinner parties course Full

21st March          Easy dinner parties course 1 Room left up to 2 persons

4th April              Easy dinner parties course Full

18th April            Easy dinner parties course Full

2nd May             Shellfish and Fish course 1 Rooms left up to 2 persons

16th May             Easy dinner parties course Full

23rd May             Easy dinner parties course Full

30th May             Easy dinner parties course Full

14th June             BBQ course Sunday Arrival Available 3 rooms up to 6 people

21st  June             BBQ course Sunday Arrival 2 Room left up to 4 persons

17th October      Easy dinner parties course Full

24th October      Wine course Available 3 rooms up to 6 people

31st October       Shellfish and Fish course Available 3 rooms up to 6 people


2021 course dates here


For cookery school reservations please contact us;

Emma’s passion is food and cooking and John’s is wine and all drinks. Emma worked as a chef all over the world and for many great chefs and John is an award winning sommelier working for some of the best hotels in the world. Having ran their own very successful restaurant for 15 years the dream of slowing down and living in a warm climate was too difficult to resist. We love to entertain and be entertained and people always commented on how relaxed our evenings were. We realised that people sometimes struggled when entertaining, found the whole experience exhausting and that they spent way to long slaving away in the kitchen and very little time with their guests.

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The 5 day courses are relaxed and informative, very hands on and the lessons are conducted around our large kitchen table or, weather permitting, out on the covered terrace. Together we prepare dishes, talk a lot, share experiences and we show you the tips of the trade. We sit down and eat together, enjoy the food, share opinions and sample the local wines and drinks.

What’s included?

5 nights’ accommodation in a room with super king size bed, Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TV English channels, en-suite bathroom with walk in showers;

All meals breakfast, nibbles, lunch & dinner.

Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes

All ingredients for the cookery course

All aperitifs & wine with meals.

2/3 days cookery classes

Bergerac airport transfers

Price per person start from £795. A 10% discount is applied for 2 people sharing a room.

3-6 persons on each course

What’s not included?

Flights and car hire not included.

Bergerac is the preferred airport.
We are 35 minutes from Bergerac airport & 80-100 minutes from Bordeaux.



For locals living around the Duras area we will be organising half day and full day courses. Please sign up to our local newsletter HERE to receive information about future courses.



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