French cookery holiday

Northern France, Brittany, France

7 days from
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About the location

The cookery school, where your French cookery course will take place, was built in the 16th century as the home of the tax collector for the nearby Manor of Plessy. Sadly, it fell into neglect during the French Revolution, and was abandoned for many years. In recent times, it has been home to a professor of Mathematics (Sorbonne), but again fell into a near derelict state in the 1990s.

The house was discovered on a holiday visit to Brittany by your host, Niall. Despite the jungle of nettles, brambles, thistles and ivy, Niall fell in love with the monastic stone entrances, grand fireplaces and royal chimney. Over the past few years, artisans have worked hard to restore the property and now the premises are used as this popular cooking school with a growing international reputation.

It is positioned within a few hours drive of two of the top tourist destinations in France; Le Mont St Michell to the north and Carnac to the south. Other exciting places to visit on your trip to Brittany include the famous walled town of St Malo, the medieval towns of Dinan and Josselin, and lastly, one of the best food markets in France (Marché des Lices) at Rennes on a Saturday morning. Prepare to be bowled over by the sheer variety of seafood and products on offer.

Your chef, Poul Jensen, has over 35 years in the restaurant and wine business, gaining a reputation by working at many esteemed restaurants worldwide. He trained and graduated from one of the best French restaurants in Denmark (Gammel Aalbyhoj - Relais Gourmand - Tradition et Qualitie). He will guide you through dishes that you will be able to master and recreate once your holiday is finished and you are back home. Poul believes in hands on cooking, so you will be getting fully involved in the cooking and plating up!

With regards to accommodation, you have the choice to stay in a lovely host family B&B or your own gite (private holiday home), or share a house with other cookery guests, try a local hotel or even a chateau! Most of the gites are within walking distance of the school. Choose the accommodation which best suits your needs and budget.

The school is located in a stunning unspoilt location. The gently rolling hills of Le Mené are delightful for both cyclists and hikers with their extraordinary collection of hidden medieval hamlets and friendly locals. You will not have a dull moment during any of your free time here! Enter any bar here, and males are expected to shake the hands of all other males present, and kiss all females twice on the cheek. You may come as a stranger, but you will leave as a friend after you’ve spent a few hours with the locals.

- About 1 hour from Rennes and Dinard Airports
- 16th century kitchen with log fires, good wines, friendly hosts
- Quality school facilities with WiFi, cable TV, video, log fires and culinary library
- Highly skilled Michelin trained & fully experienced chef
- Hands on cooking (7 hours of classes each day) so that you learn as well as enjoy yourself
- Small, intimate classes so everyone gets to know each other as well as the chefs and staff at the school
- Friendly relaxed courses
- Everyone is different, but we ensure all students gain significant skills and learning from the courses
- Fully supportive learning mediums; a variety of tools are used to enhance your learning experience at the school
- Lovely unspoilt countryside with plenty of interesting places to visit
- We offer advice on country walks every day as well as cycling options
- Cycle hire available with electric bikes
- Wine tastings, lectures & talks by arrangement
- Guests may join students for lunch or dinner by arrangement
- English and French speaking hosts also speak German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian

Click here to read more about chef Poul, chef and host for this holiday.