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3 Days Foie Gras Cooking Vacation in Southern France

  • Domaine des Clos, 911 chemin du mas de la Tour, Beaucaire, 30300 France

Cooking Vacations France

Spend your holiday on a gastronomic inducing event. Marvel at the beauty of the sceneries of France. Stay in a warmth and comfortable yet sophisticated boutique hotel. Breathe the French air, relax and unwind while looking at the countryside views. Later on join our amazing Cecile on her cooking class. Conducted with simple yet helpful instruction that will insure that you will learn something. Then enjoy the feast afterwards, feel heavenly full and amazingly relaxed, leave for your home energized, refreshed and more knowledgeable than ever.

Highlights

  • French cuisine cooking class
  • Learn how to cook Foie Gras with different sauces
  • Enjoy what you cooked for dinner with wine
  • Easy recipes to reproduce at home
  • Beautiful countryside location
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Double rooms

Welcome to a country home which offers the perfect blend of the charms of yesteryear and the comforts of today. For your comfort, there is a living room and a small kitchen at the guests' disposal. Each room is individually decorated and stylishly furnished in a vibrant homage to the colours of the South.

All bedrooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned. Each have an en suite bathroom with bth tub, hand basin, toilet, a hair dryer and a variety of toiletry products, a flat screen tv, free WiFi access, and a personal safe. The room can have one double bed of 180x 200 cm or two twin beds of 90x200 cm and offers views of the countryside.

Amenities

  • A sandpit
  • Awnings with deckchairs - ideal for relaxing
  • Enclosed swimming pool of 17m x 7m, with a shaded terrace, deckchairs and a pool house
  • Ptanque sets
  • Table football
  • Table tennis table
  • Trampoline

For 2 hours Ccile will give you a lesson in cooking simple, honest food. She'll show you how to prepare wonderful creative meals inspired by fresh seasonal and regional products where gastronomy rediscovers its roots.

Ccile offers a special foie gras class where you'll learn how to prepare foie gras with different sauces which are easy to reproduce in your own kitchen. eg Foie gras terrine with parmesan; Foie gras cooked in a bain-marie and flavoured with an alcohol of your choice; Roast quails with a foie gras sauce.

Afterwards it's the moment to enjoy the fruits of your labours dining either in the garden or in the Ecuries dining hall, we add a bottle of wine from the terroir, Costieres de Nimes to compliment the meal. A moment to be savored and remembered. All the classes are held in the kitchen of Domaine des Clos.

The Domaine des Clos is set in the very heart of the 'golden triangle', formed by the towns of Avignon, Arles and Nîmes. Within a 30 km-radius are other such jewels as Beaucaire and Tarascon, the Pont du Gard and Uzs, the Alpilles and Saint-Rmy de Provence, and the Camargue.

Activities
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Shop
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

Breakfasts

They are available every day from 8.30am to 10.30am in the Salon des Anciennes curies. During the warm months, the table is set up outdoors. Breakfast is set as an unlimited buffet. There are many types of different breads on offer: with nuts, cereals, figs, baguettes.

There are also Danish pastries, fresh orange juice, delicious jams made by Sandrine, your host, as well as a selection of yoghurts, cheeses, seasonal fruits and cereals. Coffee, tea, Nespresso, and hot chocolate are also available.

Guest dinners

We offer, dependent on the time of year and the number of guests, our special dners dhtes, or guest dinners. The rates are 28 EUR per adult and 15 EUR per child under 14. Provenal specialities are prepared with our home-grown vegetables and local fare.

There is a set menu with apritif, starter, main dish, dessert. Coffee, herbal teas and Costires de Nîmes wines are also included. Our apritifs are served from 8 pm before sitting down for what is always a very friendly occasion.

The dining experience

The Domaine des Clos is, in addition, fortunate enough to have numerous excellent restaurants in the vicinity: these range from top gastronomic establishments, to countryside inns, to the great many authentic bistrots which flourish throughout Provence. Each room has an information booklet featuring our favourite addresses.

Childrens activities

La Grotte des Demoiselles: (approximately 90 minutes from the Domaine des Clos); Visits of this cave last approximately one hour. The breathtaking dimensions of this huge grotto, which spans up to 120 metres, end to end, and up to 52 metres high, as well as the stupendous beauty of the myriad shapes and shades created by the stalagmites, stalactites and metallic and carbonate oxides have earned it the nickname of 'the Underground Cathedral'. It is located in Saint-Bauzille de Putois, close to Ganges, north of Montpellier.

La Petite Provence du Paradou: A faithful miniature replica of a Provenal village with santons.

Les Salins du Midi in Aigues-Mortes: in the heart of wild, unspoiled nature, you will discover the oldest salt works in the Mediterranean, with exceptional fauna and flora. A local guide will accompany you around the evaporation basins to the Salt museum.

"Le Vieux Mas" in the Beaucaire plain: A sprawling eighteenth-century building and gardens with live animals, ancient trades, numerous animations and shows.

The "Haribo" Sweet museum in Uzs.

The historic "Ugernum" park in Beaucaire: Recreates a medieval campsite, featuring gladiatorial combats, interactive workshops for children.

The Mill of Alphonse Daudet in Fontvieille and the Maison de Tartarin in Tarascon.

The small steam train of the Cvennes: Which leaves from Saint-Jean du Gard and arrives at the Bambouseraie dAnduze or the steam train of the Alpilles, linking the old Arles station and Fontvieille.

The Seaquarium in Grau du Roi: Come and discover the fascinating world of the sea.

The Zoo of La Barben (between Plisanne and Saint-Cannat): Where 120 animal species are housed over an area totalling more than 33 hectares.

Visits of the national Haras of Uzs: During the summer months, a number of evening shows celebrating the horse are organised here, the national stud farm of Uzs, with the participation, notably, of Lucien Gruss, the renowned equestrian artist in residence at the Haras with his team and horses.

Visits of manades in the Camargue: Such as those of the Manade Laurent - les Marquises, the Domaine de Pin Fourcat, the Domaine Paul Ricard, the Manade des Chanoines.

Cultural activities

Arles (19 km) and Nîmes (25 km): The two Roman cities, which feature arenas, an antique theatre, the Maison Carre.

Avignon (30 km): The sumptuous medieval walled city, with its entrancing Popes' Palace.

Beaucaire (6 km): Listed as a 'Town of Arts and History', it features superb town houses and a river marina. A visit to the Gallo-Roman farmhouse of Les Tourelles is an absolute must, with notably the reconstitution of a wine cellar as they existed in Roman times, and the troglodytic abbey of Saint-Roman

Eygalires (38 km): Eygalires and its beautiful Alchemist's Garden.

Fontvieille (19 km): Where you can visit the mill where the renowned author Alphonse Daudet wrote his celebrated collection of novels.

Les Baux de Provence (25 km): Listed as one of France's most beautiful villages, with its medieval streets and fortress.

Saint-Rmy de Provence: Home of Nostradamus, this is the village where Vincent Van Gogh found such inspiration.

Tarascon (12 km): Tarascon and its Royal fortress, Saint-Gilles, and the faade of its church abbey, featured on the unesco World Heritage list.

The Alpilles and its many attractive Provenal villages: Le Paradou and its santonniers, Graveson and its lavender museum.

The Camargue Regional Park (50 km): The Camargue Regional Park with Saintes-Maries de la Mer and Aigues-Mortes.

The Pont du Gard (30km): The Pont du Gard, Uzs and the Uzge valley.

Sporting activities

4x4 safaris in Camargue are an extraordinary way of exploring this magnificent area of unspoiled nature, with gems such as the tang de Vaccars, the bird park and the natural bird reserve of Le Vigueirat.

Boat trips in Camargue, departing from the jetties of Saintes-Maries or Aigues-Mortes.

Canoeing, via ferrata, caving in the Gardon gorges between Collias and Remoulins, with the added bonus of superb views over the Pont du Gard.

Hot air balloon flights from Uzs.

Karting track in Beaucaire for adults and children.

Nautical base in Beaucaire, offering courses and sailing lessons on catamarans and optimists as well as windsurfing, rowing and jet skiing - from the age of eight onwards.

Race circuit driving in Bellegarde and Ldenon.

Tennis courts in Bellegarde.

The golf courses of Nîmes-Campagne (18 holes), Vacquerolles (18 holes), the Baux de Provence (9 holes).

Treetop circuits in Saint-Christol les Als, near Montpellier.

Walking circuits, horse riding centres, and mountain bike circuits (bikes can be hired) are all plentiful in the Alpilles Park, the site of La Montagnette, between the Frigolet Abbey and Barbentane, or in the Camargue National Nature Reserve. Guided visits are also available upon request with the Office of naturalist guides of the Alpilles/Camargue.

Driving directions to Domaine des Clos

  • To reach the Domaine des Clos, take the D38, the road linking Beaucaire and Bellegarde.
  • Approximately 6 km from both towns, to your left coming from Beaucaire, and to your right coming from Bellegarde, you will see a sign to the Domaine des Clos; the route to the Domaine is signposted thereafter.

Driving directions from the North, Lyon and Paris

  • Exit the A9 motorway at Remoulins ('Sortie 23'), and take the direction of Beaucaire (D9861 road).
  • Before reaching Beaucaire, take the D90 road in direction of Bellegarde, Saint-Gilles, and then the D38 road heading for Bellegarde and Saint-Gilles.
  • 6 km on, the Domaine des Clos is signposted.

Driving directions from from Marseille, Aix-en-Provence

  • 90 k.m.
  • Exit the motorway at Arles ('Sortie 4'), then take the N113 road heading for Bellegarde (15 km).
  • Before Bellegarde, turn right heading for Beaucaire on the D38 road.
  • 6 km on, the Domaine des Clos is signposted.

Driving directions from Montpellier

  • Exit the motorway A9 at Garons ('Sortie 2'), then take the direction of Bellegarde on the N113 (15km).
  • After Bellegarde, turn right towards Beaucaire on the D38.
  • 6 km on the Domaine des Clos is signposted.

Arrival by airplane

Nearest airposts are in Nîmes (20 km), Avignon (40 km), Montpellier (75 km),, and Marseille (80 km).

Arrival by train

Nearest TGV train stations are at the Nîmes (25 km) or Avignon (35 km).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Domaine des Clos an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Chris H from Manchester, United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Lovely quiet spot. Nicely laid out grounds, good sized apartment - we had 'Le Sud' as we had friends join us for a night and it was very spacious. A good base to tour the surrounding area. Very friendly welcome and a nice relaxing start to our break. Very rural around and about but in warmer weather you could easily spend a few days doing nothing other than stay put, with the odd trip out to stock up on provisions. A good find."

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  • Review by Fernand R from Lausanne, Switzerland

    "The team is great and made everything possible to assist us with our needs. The rooms are well decorated and clean and the location allows you to visit several historical cities withing one hour drive."

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  • Review by Cathy B

    "My husband and I had the good fortune to stay at this beautiful hotel from October 8-11 2015. We had travelled for four weeks through France and when we arrived in Provence we had wanted to experience life away from the main stream, generic hotels. We were so impressed with this beautiful property and the staff who help run it so professionally. From the moment you walk through the hotel gates there is a sense of tranquility. It oozes charm! Breakfast was full of fresh, wholesome ingredients. Especially helpful and insightful was Lisa, a lovely staff member who suggested wonderful day trips to Saint Remy, Les Baux-de- Provence to see The Carrieres de Lumieres, the Brocante Market at Villeneuve and other helpful tips. She added such charm to our stay. Thank you to the whole team at this gorgeous establishment! Cathy and Phil B."

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  • Review by Yvonne Abbott

    "I just returned from spending an amazing week at this beautiful hotel. It really is quite "magical" with its dreamlike gardens and surroundings, beautiful rustic hotel and excellent homemade food. Breakfast is out of this world and of course, not forgetting, the beautiful swimming pool.It is a great location. There are lots of places to visit within one hour of the hotel. Great place. Great people!"

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  • Review by Tania M from Wollongong, Australia

    "I am so glad we found this place! Our stay started on Good Friday and I was very worried about finding a meal. I called ahead and the owner made dinner for us. They have the restaurant open for special occasions. And then, we were running late. I rang and it was not a problem to keep our food until we got there.The breakfast was fantastic. The surroundings are amazing. There is kids play area. There are plenty of free parking. You do need to have a car in this area. If you have lots to see, the owner and the lovely Australian woman (sorry I have forgotten your name) who works at breakfast were great with things to see and do.Now, the apartment was beautiful. We stayed in Le Pigeonnier, a 3-bedroom apartment with a good kitchen, no washing machine, no access to one on site, and 1 bathroom which was nice. It had no bathtub. It had stairs internally which are fine but for small children maybe not suitable. We knew this but didn't understand how the stairs were configured and found them not 100% for a 4-year old, ie night visit to the bathroom would have been difficult. So, all we did is sleep her on the large comfy lounge! The 10-year old had no issues with the stairs. The space is amazing in this place.I really recommend this place. We had a wonderful time. The only thing that I hope they improve in the future is the WiFi."

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