Fancy a culinary holiday in France?

July 6th, 2011

 

Chef Di Holuigue's cooking class at La Combe

Imagine a beautifully restored 18th century country house in South West France, with 7 of your best pals.  An 8 day program of hands-on cooking with a top chef.  Daily guided trips to places you would have difficulty finding — like Edouard Aynaud’s truffle farm, the last working water-powered walnut mill or lunch in the grounds of a 10th century abbey.  Add to this the marvellous markets in 16th century town of Sarlat, lunch at a 1-Michelin star restaurant, visit some artists’ studios, buy antique linens for really reasonable prices … and of course lots of eating.

Francis and I spent a wonderful week at La Combe en Perigord in probably France’s premier food region — the Dordogne (or if you use the old name, Perigord Noir) in South West France.  The 3200 euros cost per person includes absolutely everything — accommodation,cooking school, all meals and wines, restaurants and informative guided tours every day.  Simply one of our best holidays ever.

Market day in 16th century town of Salat

Expat Aussie Wendely Harvey and husband Robert Cave-Rogers give you a very personal glimpse of life in France.  An editor of cook books for many years, she translated her love of food,  decor and the dream of living in France … into a business operating during the French summer.

Other highlights were a visit to a world-renowned prehistoric cave painting site, 18th century formal French gardens, foie gras farm and a walk through Limeuil, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.  For more information:  www.lacombe-perigord.com

Our culinary class have lunch at Michelin-starred Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat

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