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I visited the French House Party for the 6 day cooking course and despite being a little anxious about traveling alone it was the best experience and holiday I've had! The food we made was incredible and the two chefs were very good at improvising if there was an ingredient we weren't too keen on. I don't usually like pork for example and although I could have said I wanted to change it I gave it a try and then ended up being so impressed I asked for seconds!!! I'm usually also very discerning about the accommodation at places etc but I cannot fault anything, which is rare! The breakfast spreads were also superb better than some 5* hotels I've stayed in, in terms of variety & quality - it's not a cooked breakfast but you couldn't manage it after 3 other courses for lunch + dinner and wine & canapes . The two chefs taught us a lot of really interesting skills from advanced presentation of a dish to preparing a whole fish/quail! It was great to see the difference between both chefs as we learnt more this way. We also shopped for fresh ingredients from the best French market I've ever been too with live birds and some of the more typical artisan produce. Moira and her team were fantastic too and were always offering us a coffee/tea or later on in the day canapes & champagne, we truly were spoiled. The bedrooms and facilities were great too and I loved the extra touches like having fluffy dressing gowns, wine in the room, slippers and tooth paste the later which I had forgotten to pack. As well as cooking meals ourselves we also went to two great restaurants, a chocolate making course and a vineyard. Essentially If you like good food and you want a holiday with a difference then I can't recommend this enough. For me this was more than I would spend on a holiday but my goodness I'm glad I did! I felt like I was knackered at the end of the week but I also felt that i'd actually learnt a great deal, had an amazing time (with no two days the same) and met such an amazing bunch of people! I can't wait to attempt some of these lovely recipes at home and I hope to come back again soon!
I was part of a song-writing workshop run by Dean Friedman. From the moment of arrival until the sad farewells everything was perfect. A friendly talented group of fellow aspiring/improving songwriters under the guidance of a master of lyrics (check them out) who is most friendly un-starlike star you're ever likely to meet. Moira and her family looked after us with five-star treatment, top class food and they even produced a surprise cake and champagne for my birthday. I cannot praise highly enough the whole French House Party experience, long may it continue!
From the moment I arrived I enjoyed wonderful relaxed hospitality, fantastic company, lots of laughs, five star cooking and some lovely wines, superb restaurant dinners and trips out. I learned some excellent writing tips too which have inspired me to get started on my long awaited novel. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic two weeks
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