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Welcome to La Vie Du Château's 6-day French cooking holiday, where you'll go to markets, chateaux, vineyards, abbeys, bistros, distilleries, have lots of cooking and lots of fun! During this program you will learn to make some of the basics and standards of French cooking, such as coq au vin, and some other special and elegant dishes. You will always look to the market for seasonal inspiration!
You will stay at Château de La Barbée, an 18th century family castle.
Classes begin at 10:00 unless otherwise specified. Lunch at the château is usually at 13:00, dinner at 20:00.
After getting settled and enjoying a relaxed lunch by the fountain, you begin dinner preparations. You will then have a break to enjoy and discover the beautiful surroundings, and meet afterwards at the Orangerie for a cheese party with a nice variety of selected cheeses and some of the local anjou wines. Then, head back to the kitchen for your final dinner preparations.
Today you’ll be doing lots of cooking but take the time to discuss, laugh, take photos and relax a little too before heading out to listen to the monks' Gregorian chants.
Today you’ll start some dinner preparations before heading out to Angers where you will see the impressive fortress of the Kings of Anjou, have lunch in a bistro, followed by a guided tour of the Cointreau distillery. Then you'll go back home and finish up dinner preparations.
The local market is one of the largest in the region with the freshest of local produce, cheeses, meats and seafood. With baskets full and lots of inspiration, you will spend the rest of the day preparing meals, and enjoying them!
Today you’ll begin preparations for an elegant 4-course dinner that you’ll set up in the formal dining room. Then head to the Chateau du Lude for a guided tour and enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting right on the Loir river. After lunch you’ll finish your dinner preparations and set an elegant dinner table with all the details of French etiquette.
After preparing a delicious picnic, you head out for some wine tasting and guided visit at a troglodyte wine cellar and picnic lunch in the middle of the picturesque vineyard, followed by leisure departure afterwards.
This tour will take you to visit the markets, chateaux, vineyards, abbeys, bistros, and distilleries.
This cooking holiday takes place in the Loire Valley.
At La Vie du Château mornings begin with a breakfast of fresh croissants, assorted pastries, homemade jam and honey, cereals, homemade yoghurt, coffee, tea, fruits, and juices. Lunches and dinners are served with baguettes and wine. Dinners are followed by after-dinner drinks, infusions and chocolates. Following are examples of dishes you'll be preparing but it will always depend on market availability and freshness.
Bar au croute de sel
Coq au vin
Damandes fondant au chocolat Crme anglaise
Foie gras en papillote de choux (Foie gras wrapped in leaves)
Frise aux lardons
Gigot dagneau la sept heures (Seven-hour roast leg of lamb)
Haricots verts extra fines (Very thin French green beans)
Mary's get married vinaigrette
Mousse au chocolat (Dark chocolate mousse)
Mousseline de chou-fleur
Pêches rôties au cognac
Salade aux fines herbes
Tarte aux prunes et creme
Uncle Charlie's ratatouille
Glace a la vanille et anisette
Salade dendives, noix et roquefort
Saumon a lunilateral
Several high speed trains operate directly from Charles de Gaulle airport to Le Mans. Car rentals are available at multiple locations at the airport.
From Le Mans train station, taxis are available for about 50 EUR . You can contact us to make arrangement. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Le Mans train station to La Flèche for about 8 EUR . We will pick you up in La Flèche for transfer to La Barbe. You can also take a train from Le Mans to Sable then take a taxi to La Barbe. Car rentals are also available at Le Mans station.