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Gourmet Cooking Holiday in Dordogne

Château les Merles invites you to join. This is the perfect holiday for every gourmet lover who wants to broaden his / her expertise about the famous French cuisine, aspires to become a specialist of the Périgord region, and wants to discover the exquisite taste of truffles. The holiday includes a culinary trip to the Southwest of France, full of culinary delights and discoveries, on an idyllic chateau from the 17th century surrounded by nature and vineyards. This will be a culinary experience that you will never forget.


  • 2 cooking lessons
  • Field trip to truffle cultivator
  • Wine tasting of Château les Merles wines
  • Visit of the famous truffle market in St. Alvère
  • 2 3-course dinners, 1 5-course dinner, 2 2-course lunches
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffets


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Château les Merles is a luxury hotel between nature and wine yards. Château les Merles offers four different room types and three spacious villas to accommodate you.

All of the rooms were recently renovated and combine contemporary design with the elegance of the 17th century Château.


Sunday: Arrival

Sunday is your arrival day on Château les Merles. They will welcome you with a glass of local champagne and appetizers. In the evening, they will invite you for an aperitif in the restaurant and serve you an exquisite three-course suggestion du chef menu with truffle elements in the restaurant Les Merles.

Monday: Truffles’ market Sainte-Alvère and cooking lesson

The breakfast buffet will await you at 09:30. Afterwards, Château les Merles will take you to the famous truffle market in Sainte-Alvère, where you will have enough time to stroll around and discover all the typical French offers and truffles. Les Merles will serve you a two-course lunch menu and the chef de cuisine will instruct you to cook a delicious three-course lunch menu, which you can taste yourself during dinner.

Tuesday: Truffle cultivator and cooking lesson

Tuesday will start with an early breakfast buffet at 08:00 as you will start the field trip to a local truffle cultivator at 09:00, where you learn all that is to know about the famous truffles. The lunch will consist of a two-course menu in Les Merles and afterward, your cooking lesson for an exquisite five-course dinner menu with truffles is starting, which you can taste yourself during dinner. Before your dinner, you will have a wine tasting of Château les Merles wines.

Wednesday: Departure

In the morning, you can enjoy the delicious breakfast buffet for the last time and afterwards, you will say goodbye as your tasteful stay at Château les Merles comes to an end.

In brief, the daily itinerary will be:


  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 19:00 A glass of champagne and appetizers
  • 20:00 Three-course dinner menu with truffle elements (drinks included)


  • 09:30 Breakfast buffet
  • 10:30 Truffles’ market Sainte-Alvère
  • 12:30 Two-course lunch menu
  • 14:30 Cooking lesson three-course menu
  • 20:00 Three-course dinner menu (drinks included)


  • 08:00 Breakfast buffet
  • 09:00 Truffle cultivator
  • 13:30 Two-course lunch menu
  • 14:30 Cooking lesson five-course menu
  • 18:00 Wine tasting
  • 19:30 Five-course dinner menu with truffle elements (drinks included)
  • -Wednesday
  • 08:30 Breakfast buffet
  • 10:00 Check-out

Included excursions

Truffle cultivator

The field trip to a local truffle cultivator lets you learn all that is to know about the famous truffles and you can even go on search yourself.

Truffle market St. Alvère

You will visit the famous truffle market in St. Alvère, where you have enough time to stroll around and discover all the typical French offers and truffles.




  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting


  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding


During the program, you will be served three buffet breakfasts, two two-course lunches, as well as three-course dinners and five-course dinner along with truffles. The drinks that are included in the price are coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, orange juice, bottled water, draft beer, white-, rosé-, red Château les Merles wines, and one digestive after each dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

  • Bike circuit VTT
  • Canoe
  • Country houses tour
  • Gardens tour
  • Golf initiation
  • Local product markets tour
  • Medieval castles tour
  • Prehistoric caves (Lascaux, Maxange) tour
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Vineyards tour

What's included

  • 2 cooking lessons
  • Wine tasting
  • A visit to truffle market in Sainte-Alvère
  • Field trip to a local truffle cultivator
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • A glass of local Méthode Traditionnelle and appetizers
  • Drinks

What's not included

  • Transportation during activities

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
4 days / 3 nights
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Pricing information

A shared double room is available for 650 EUR per person.

Wednesday December 8, 2021
(4 days / 3 nights)

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