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Three Day Culinary Weekend Escape

It is with great delight that we announce our Spring & Summer 2021 re-opening.

Due to on-going COVID-19 concerns we will be taking maximum precautions. Cooking holidays this year will only be held in the warm spring and summer months, when the windows of the house can all be open and the house fully ventilated (the windows have insect screens). We have both an industrial extractor in the kitchen and a household ventilation system which extracts and changes the air several times per hour. Whenever possible we will spend time outdoors, preparing food and cooking in the garden, we will also serve meals and snacks in the warmth and safety of the outside dining area.
On the east side of the manor house, we have two bedrooms rooms on each floor, and on the west side of the house, we have one bedroom with a lobby which can be used in the unlikely need for isolation.
Groups of four or more people can of course request exclusivity.

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This three day (two night) escape is the food lover’s perfect weekend escape with a Friday or Saturday start, wrapping up on Sunday or Monday. Arrive late afternoon/early evening on your first day for a tasting of local wines. Then we’ll move to the kitchen for a hands-on demonstration on dessert preparations. Then we’ll sit down to 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 of the farmer’s market in either Saumur (Saturday) or Neuville or Montsoreau (Sunday). All these markets are in beautiful culturally significant settings with lots of things to see and treats to sample. We’ll also give you time to wander around, have a coffee and daydream. We’ll return to Misse and lunch on the treats we picked up at the market. Afterwards, we’ll gather to menu plan for dinner followed  by a series of cookery sessions where we’ll learn techniques, recipes and work hands-0n to prepare our evening meal. We’ll have an early evening break to freshen up and catch our breathes before sitting down together to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

After breakfast the next morning, we’ll have a cooking session to learn some lunch dishes which we’ll then enjoy together. All good things must come to an end, so after lunch, we’ll pack up and say goodbye as the weekend comes to an end.


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Welcome wine-tasting
  • 2 half-day cooking sessions
  • 1 hands-on cooking demonstration (dessert)
  • Farmer’s Market Visit
  • 2 Three+ course dinners including all beverages (wine, waters, etc.)
  • 2 multi-course lunches
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Recipes and folder

Cost: €750 includes EVERYTHING except travel to France and transport to Circle of Misse (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 €150 per cooking course participant is due at the time of booking. The balance becomes due 30 days before the 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.


May June
 7-9  Fri-Sun |  8-10 Sat-Mon
14-16    ″    | 15-17    ″   
21-23    ″    | 22-24    ″   
28-30    ″    | 29-31    ″   
 4-6  Fri-Sun |  5-7  Sat-Mon
11-13    ″    | 12-14    ″   
18-20    ″    | 19-21    ″   
July August
 2-4  Fri-Sun |  3-5  Sat-Mon
 9-11    ″    | 10-12    ″   
16-18    ″    | 17-19    ″   
23-25    ″    | 24-26    ″   
13-15 Fri-Sun | 14-16 Sat-Mon
20-22    ″    | 21-23    ″   
27-29    ″    | 28-30    ″   

Please get in touch if you have alternative dates in mind.
September | October | November | December

– TBD – Get in touch if you have dates in mind


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