Classes: Join us in France
A TASTE OF FRANCE
Manna from Devon and our friends at Rural Gites have got together to bring you a memorable week of foodie experiences in the delightful northern Dordogne. The week is similar to our successful foodie trips to the Alpujarras in southern Spain and will include cooking, feasting, visits to vineyards, a market and artisan producers as well as a chance to relax in the beautiful French countryside.
Here’s a guide to what we’ve got in mind –
- Saturday: Arrive at Bordeaux airport by 8.30pm for transport to Chadenne for welcome drinks and a late supper. Unfortunately Easyjet have postponed the Bristol flight which is now due to arrive in the evening.
- Sunday: A leisurely morning with a walk round the hamlet and locale after breakfast. An introduction to woodfired cooking with the Manna from Devon team followed by lunch. The afternoon is for settling in, maybe going for a swim. After dinner, there will be a chance to test your sense of smell in Le Grand Nez, our fun quiz to see who can tell their grass cuttings from their gooseberries, their tobacco from their tannins.
- Monday: We’ll visit the Cotes de Bordeaux and Chateau Carbonneau where we’ll have a tour of the vineyard and a tasting with Wilfred followed by lunch served by Jacky and her team. Retail opportunities for those who’d like to! In the afternoon we’ll head to Pomerol, one of Bordeaux’s major wine producing areas and specifically Chateau Bonalgue, built by one of Napoleon’s general’s when he came back from the wars, for a winery tour and tasting. Then home for dinner.
- Tuesday: We’ll head to Moulin Veyssiere to be shown this ancient oil mill and taste their delicious walnut and hazelnut oils. The mill has been here since 1650 and in the same family for the last 150 years; the original mill workings are still used to create these unique oils, a truly fascinating process. After a picnic lunch, we’ll head off for the afternoon with Stephanie and her Pyrenean mountain goats. Stephanie will explain the cheesemaking process and then we’ll accompany her and her goats for their daily walk through the woods and meadows. A unique experience! Supper at Chadenne followed by our foodie film night.
- Wednesday: A leisurely morning followed by a cookery session creating lunch on the Morso Fornos. An afternoon spent on a traditonal boat on the river, a gabare, retracing the commercial arteries of the area. After supper and as long as the sky is clear enough, we’ll do some stargazing. A dazzling array of supernovas with hot chocolate and blankets provided!
- Thursday: Off to Saussignac to visit Chateau Feely’s organic vineyard with lunch at the vineyard overlooking the Bergerac valley. Caro and Sean have created a truly stunning place and listening to their tales makes you want to pack up and move to a vineyard to do it all yourself! Back to Chadenne for a rest before dinner then our fun foodie quiz night.
- Friday: Off to the market this morning to see what’s in season. We’ll take a picnic lunch and then in the afternoon we’ll visit Aubeterre sur Dronne and its spectacular underground church. Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France – see what you think! A final celebratory dinner with our friends at La Clairiere.
- Saturday: An early morning start to spend the morning in St Emilion, this iconic wine town before heading back to Bordeaux for flights home and drop off at the airport at 2pm.
We’re all very excited by this fabulous week and reluctant as we are to wish our life away, can’t wait!! We hope you are as excited as we are and if you are, here’s all the crucial need to know stuff –
Cost £1145 per person excluding flights
Numbers No more than 12 (so be quick if you’d like to book!)
Dates We have 2 weeks booked in 2018. The 2nd-9th June and the 15th-22nd September. One double room left on our September trip.
- Are flights included in the cost of the holiday? No flights aren’t covered nor any travel costs, including travel insurance, airport parking, travel from your home to the airport and back again.
- What time do we need to be at the airport for arrival and departure? We will pick you up from Bordeaux airport at 8pm on the first day of the holiday and drop you off at 2pm on the last day
- How long is the transfer to Chadenne? It is 1 hour from Bordeaux airport to Chadenne
- Do I need to fly? No you can take the cross Channel ferry and drive to us; we are 6-7 hours from the Channel ports. You can also come by TGV to Bordeaux to coincide with the pick up from the airport.
- What is the accommodation? Our guests will stay in Rural Gites’ own converted French farmhouse and gites Cepe and Sanglier – all converted to a very high standard by Annette and Peter. Communal space will be in Sanglier and the farmhouse and weather permitting we’ll have our dinners outside on the terrace where the evening sun falls.
- Will you supply towels or do we need to bring them? We have towels for you to use in your accommodation and separate towels to use by the pool so no you don’t have to bring them.
- Do I have to share a bathroom? Most bedrooms will have their own bathroom, either ensuite or private, so you won’t have to share with anyone else. We may put a group of 3-4 friends in Cepe Gite in which case we will ask you to share a bathroom.
- Are drinks included? Welcome drinks and the vineyard tastings are included in the price of the holiday but you will then need to cover your bar bill and any other drinks ie at cafés, bars on trips out.
- What meals are included? All your meals are included from arrival in the late evening on the first Saturday until breakfast on the final morning.
- Can you accommodate different dietary requirements? Yes we can although do be aware all meals will be cooked in the same kitchen. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.
- What will the weather be like? The weather in June and September is usually warm (20-30C, sometimes hotter) with clear days and nights so good for star gazing! We occasionally have thunderstorms but they clear quickly.
- Do I have to go walking? No you don’t; you don’t have to do anything. If you’d rather lie in or spend the day by the pool, that’s fine; just let us know.
- What type of clothing/footwear will I need? Summer clothes you can layer up in case of a chill are fine. Bring your swimming and walking clothes if you’d like to join in with those activities. Walking shoes or trainers are good for walking through the forest and when we walk with Stephanie and her goats. We want you to be comfortable so whatever you’re comfortable in.
- Is there a single supplement? There is a single supplement of £300 but come with a friend as some rooms can be made into twins!
- Is there Wi-fi? There is wifi but French countryside connectivity if frustrating at best. If you do want to ensure you can pick up emails etc, it’s best to get on to 4G.
ABOUT US –
Well there are 4 of us –
David and Holly run Manna from Devon Cooking School in beautiful South Devon and are renowned cookery experts. Much as they love where they live, one of their passions is to travel, to explore different countries and cultures by food and to share their experiences with their guests.
Annette and Peter own the stunning Rural Gites complex in Chadenne in the undiscovered northern Dordogne. They have transformed the old French farmhouse they bought on a whim nearly 15 years ago into a bright, welcoming and comfortable home. They are really living the dream and have embraced life in their new surroundings – their hospitality is legendary and they can’t wait to welcome you to their new home!
We are old friends and are very pleased to finally be working together. As these things do, it all came about over a glass of wine and someone saying “I’ve got a great plan!”
We are sure it is, a great plan that is, and think you’ll love what we’ve found here; great food and wine, beautiful surroundings and a warm welcome -a true Taste of France.
WHAT TO DO NOW –
To book your places or if you have any other queries, phone us on 01803 752943 or you can book online