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5 Days Jean-Christophe Novelli France Cooking Holiday

Culinary Vacations in France

Join chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and take time to enjoy a fantastic break while enjoying an unrivaled intimate cookery course with one of the top chefs Britain has to offer. Enjoy visits to local markets, prepare authentic french traditional meals, experience full-day master classes, and taste the flavor of France through its ingredients. Relax, unwind, explore the culture, and discover your culinary talents during this holiday that will take place in the amazing grounds of rural France.


  • French cooking classes
  • Visit local markets and enjoy a cooking master class
  • Learn about French cuisine with chef Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfer


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
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During this holiday, you will stay in a private room at the riverside farmhouse. This beautiful eight bedroom property has six double bedrooms and two bedrooms with twin beds for the little ones, with a further four bathrooms.

The master bedroom is very large and a perfect family room, comprising of a double bed with a single bed and en-suite. There are three "z" beds that can be moved around the property to suit your needs. There is a travel cot and highchair available.

A newly renovated eating area can be enjoyed with a pizza-oven, barbecue, and plancha area to cook for large numbers easily. A handmade table happily accommodates your party and overlooks the gardens and river, perfect for a get-together.

The heated swimming pool is wonderful for all the family to enjoy with a bespoke seating area built alongside for relaxing. There is Sky television and Wi-Fi connection.

The local village is a 15-minutes walk away with a bar, boulangerie, and a cave. This local village also has boat hire for those that want to explore the many canals and rivers in the area.

You can bring your partner or a friend, even if they do not want to take part in the cooking classes, but just enjoy the French landscape is a beautiful country-side escapade.


Day 1

Upon arrival, Jean-Christophe Novelli's chef assistant will meet and greet you with welcome drinks and a briefing of the course. A welcome dinner prepared on the wood fired grill will be served for everyone.

Day 2

This day, Jean-Christophe's assistant will join you for an excursion to an oyster farm and lunch with you at a fantastic local bistro. Jean-Christophe will be ready to meet you when you return from your trip. He will also do a demonstration and help you preparing the evening meal.

Day 3

This day, you will have an early start for a full-day master class with Jean-Christophe and his assistant.

Day 4

During this day, you will have a half-day master class with Jean-Christophe, followed by a visit to a local vineyard. In the late afternoon, dinner will be prepared with the help of Jean-Christophe's assistant chef.

Day 5

This day you will enjoy breakfast, followed by transfers to the airport, and depart.


This holiday will take place at a Farmhouse in Le Mazeau, France. Situated in the Marais Poitevin, this beautiful holiday home is simply stunning. It has been renovated to a very high standard with an exceptionally large sitting room area.

The house is set in a peaceful location with amazing grounds which lead down to one of the many rivers that are in the area. It is full of rustic charm and a perfect place for a well-deserved break.

Le Mazeau is within easy reach of all the local beaches along the amazing Vendée coast and the many beautiful villages of the Marais. Fishing is possible in the canal running alongside the property.

Nearby places

  • Benet, 8.5 kilometers
  • Caen, 436 kilometers
  • Calais, 696 kilometers
  • Cherbourg, 487 kilometers
  • Le Mazeau, 2.7 kilometers
  • Paris, 442 kilometers
  • St. Malo, 325 kilometers


During this holiday, you will enjoy a welcome dinner, a lunch, and an evening meal during the first two days. Then, you will enjoy a dinner and a breakfast before you depart.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can visit the Fontenay-le-Comte Aquarium de La Rochelle. You can also visit the amusement and theme park Puy du Fou.

What's included

  • 1 welcome dinner and drinks
  • 2 daily meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • A copy of the "Simply Novelli" book by Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • Master class with chef Jean-Christophe Novelli
  • Transfer from and to La Rochelle Airport (LRH)

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Rochelle Airport (LRH), Poitiers–Biard Airport (PIS), or Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE). Transfers from and to these airports is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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