The ultimate gourmet Loire holiday
This seven day gourmand’s delight features lots of hands on cooking, exploring local sites and villages, artisan food makers, lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant and a cycling tour along a dedicated bike path through vineyards along the Loire River. Start on Friday or Saturday, wrapping up on Thursday or Friday and savour the full breadth and variety of every flavourful moment in-between. We truly share the best of what our gorgeous region has to offer during this amazing week. Arrive late afternoon/early evening on your first day to a tasting of local wines and then join us in the kitchen to prepare dessert before sitting down for a delightful three course meal. Relax with an after dinner drink in the lounge or library, then off for a pleasant night’s rest in your charming and cosy ensuite room.
After a farmhouse breakfast of local breads, pastries, yogurts, cereals and other delights the next morning we’ll head off for a tour and shopping trip to the farmer’s market in either Saumur (Saturday) or Neuville or Montsoreau (Sunday). Located in beautiful, inspiring surroundings, all these markets offer an abundance of visual delights, treats to sample and opportunities to explore history and culture. We’ll also give you time to wander around, have a coffee and daydream. We’ll return to Misse and lunch on the goodies we picked up. After lunch, we’ll menu plan for dinner and dive into a series of cookery sessions where we learn techniques and then prepare dinner. We’ll have an early evening break to freshen up and catch our breathes before sitting down together to enjoy our efforts.
After breakfast this morning, we’ll gather for a cooking session focusing on lunch dishes which we’ll then enjoy together. After lunch we’ll visit deepen our knowledge and appreciation of local products by visiting a local producer of nut oils, cheese, snails, mushrooms and/or a vineyard, depending on the season, for a tour and tasting. We’ll return to Misse in time for you to go for walk, chill in the library with a book or simply hang out with a glass of wine, before we enjoy a three course dinner.
After breakfast today, we’ll have a cookery session where we tackle a complex dish or technique that fits with your interests. After lunch, we’ll visit a chateau or fortress town such as Chinon or Villandry. If you have a car, you’re also welcome to have the afternoon off to explore on your own. We’ll gather again in the kitchen early evening and learn some new cocktail making techniques. We’ll sip our libations while watching and/or participating in some hands-on demonstrations of some ‘small plates’ that we’ll enjoy as part of an ‘Apero’ (French tapas) dinner party.
After breakfast we’ll do a cooking session focused on a specific aspect of French cookery that we haven’t covered such as pastry, fish/seafood, mother sauces, etc. and prep a dish for tomorrow’s dinner. We will then head out for a gourmet lunch at the Michelin-starred Le Restaurant Fontevraud and spend the afternoon after our 4+ course meal casually exploring the gorgeous and inspiring Fontevraud Abbey, the resting place of Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Isabelle of Angouleme, and famous as both an Abbey and a prison. We’ll return to Misse for a relaxing evening with a light dinner.
Today, after breakfast, we’ll embark on a Bicycle tour through the vineyards along the Loire on a dedicated cycle path between Saumur and Chinon. We’ll take a leisurely pace, visiting a vineyard and other sites along the way, enjoying lunch and a fun-filled afternoon on this very scenic route. We happily provide vehicle support for anyone not wishing to cycle. We’ll return for a cooking technique demonstration, followed by dinner.
The next morning after breakfast, we’ll have our final cooking session, followed by lunch and then farewells.
- 6 nights accommodation
- Welcome wine-tasting
- 5 half-day cooking sessions
- 4 hands-on cooking demonstrations (dessert/starter/cocktails)
- Farmer’s Market Visit
- Visit to an artisan food maker (cheese, nut oils, mushrooms, and/or a vineyard)
- 6 Three+ course dinners including all beverages (wine, waters, etc.)
- 5 multi-course lunches (including a scenic picnic)
- 1 Michelin-Star lunch experience at Le Restaurant Fontevraud
- Breakfast each morning
- Recipes and folder
- Complimentary Loire Kitchen Apron
- Complimentary Loire Kitchen Tote-bag
Cost: €1475 includes EVERYTHING except travel to France and transport to Loire Kitchen (we can arrange airport train transfers for a fee, please see our getting here page) and discretionary purchases at markets and other attractions. Deposit of €442 per cooking course participant is due at the time of booking. The balance, including for optional market visit and non-participant lunch if applicable, is due 7 days before the course start date.
Please note: The holiday schedule described above serves as a guide. We may occasionally need to change the order or location of certain events due to the season, weather or other logistical practicalities. If so, we’ll always aim to deliver the same experience and similar atmosphere.
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