Our residential Cookery School breaks and Gourmet Weekends start in March through until July and then October & November. Our Cookery Courses and Gourmet Breaks are Saturday arrivals.

The 5 day Cookery 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. 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.

Our Gourmet Weekends are three night all inclusive breaks and a snapshot of our life in France. We eat and drink local food and wines, Visit one of Frances most beautiful markets, Visit a winery and relax.

All the itineraries are below.


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Gourmet Weekends & Cookery Courses 2021

Saturday Arrival2021 CoursesNo. of nights Rooms available
10th July –
23rd Sept
7 & 14 Night Holidays
Visit Holiday France Direct for details
25th Sept5 Day Cookery Course Easy Dinner Parties5 Sold out
2nd OctGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
8th OctGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
16th OctGourmet Weekend Scallop season
starts so a fish and shellfish weekend
3 Sold out
23rd OctGourmet Weekend Scallop season
starts so a fish and shellfish weekend
3 Sold out

Gourmet Weekends & Cookery Courses 2022

Saturday Arrival2022 CoursesNo. of nights Rooms available
5th MarchGourmet Weekend3 1 rooms left
19th MarchGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
26th MarchGourmet Weekend Fish & Shellfish new for 20223 2 rooms left
2nd AprilGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
16th AprilGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
23rd April5 Day Vegetarian Cooker Course3 Sold out
30th AprilGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
7th MayEasy Dinner Parties Course5 Sold out
21st May Easy Dinner Parties Course  Sold out
28th MayGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
11th JuneGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
18th JuneGourmet Weekend3 Sold out
25th JuneGourmet Lifestyle Weekend3 Sold out
2nd July5 Night Gourmet Lifestyle 5 Sold out
9th July5 Night Gourmet Lifestyle 5 Sold out
16th July –
2nd Sept
7 & 14 Night Holidays
Visit VRBO Booking site for details. Weekly rates are significantly cheaper when you book directly with us
17th SeptGourmet Weekend3 1 room left
24th Sept5 Day Cookery Course Easy Dinner Parties5 Sold out
1st OctGourmet Weekend3 3 rooms left
8th OctGourmet Weekend Vegetarian3 3 rooms left
15th OctGourmet Weekend Fish & Shellfish3 1 room left
22nd OctGourmet Weekend Fish & Shellfish3 1 room left
 29th OctEasy Dinner Parties Course fish 3 rooms left


Easy Dinner Parties


Dinner Parties Seafood


Vegetarian Dinner Parties


5 Day Gourmet Lifestyle


Vegetarian Weekend


Gourmet Weekend





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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