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3 Days Cookery Holidays in Dordogne, France

3 Days Cookery Holidays in Dordogne, France

  • Le Chevrefeuille, Pechboutier, 24220 Saint-Cyprien, France

French Cooking Vacations

Come join Le Chevrefeuille on a cookery experience in the Dordogne, starting with a full emersion into a local market, tasting and learning of the regional ingredients and the passion and care of the local producers followed by a fun session in the kitchen making the dishes. Learn how to select the best ingredients, prepare and cook local and traditional Perigordian dishes in a hands-on, friendly environment. Enjoy the comfortable accommodation offered with great options to explore the vast area of pre-historical sites.

Highlights

  • Market visit
  • Hands-on cooking class, recipes
  • Learn to prepare Perigordian cuisine
  • Five-course degustation with wine, tea, coffee
  • 2 breakfasts, lunch with wine
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Double room

The tower room is located on the first floor in the east tower. Newly decorated with private shower room, this large bed and breakfast room has two sets of windows which make it feel light and airy with lovely views of our garden and open countryside.

The double twin room is a newly decorated spacious twin bed and breakfast room consists of two large double beds; ideal for families or friends travelling together.

The garden room is a pretty newly decorated bed and breakfast room is located on the ground floor in our west tower, it is a light room due to its large windows which overlooks our walled garden.

Family room

The family suite consists of two bedrooms and one bathroom, situated on the first floor of the main farm house.

The courtyard room consists of a double bed and two bunk beds with a private shower room located on the ground floor of the main farm house. The children beds can be separated from the main double by a full length curtain which can aid sleep. This room is suitable for children under 13 years old.

The double twin room is a newly decorated spacious twin bed and breakfast room that consists of two large double beds; ideal for families or friends travelling together.

Amenities

  • Central heating
  • Fresh towels daily
  • Hairdryer
  • Maid service
  • Room safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Ventilation fan
  • Wi-Fi

This unique one-day cookery course starts on the second day of your stay. It kicks off at 09:00 with participants meeting each other over coffee in the beautiful salon at Le Chevrefuille. Then, the real food-fun begins with a visit led by chef Ian to a traditional Perigordian farmers market (either the market at Le Bugue or St Cyprien market).

At these colorful, bustling markets participants get to sample local produce, meet and participate in informative discussions with local farmers, and learn how to choose the best seasonal ingredients with which to devise a traditional five-course Perigordian menu replete with dishes to inspire even the toughest-to-please taste buds. For the less-inclined-to-cook, we offer the market visit without the cookery course, fees outlined below.

After the market tour its straight into the kitchen at Le Chevrefeuille where you will experience a fun, hands-on day of preparing, cooking and tasting famous regional dishes such as confit of duck, cabecou, tapenade, regional veloutes, cepes, foie gras and oysters. The dishes change according to the season to make the most of locally grown, seasonal produce at its best.

Ian is passionate about sharing insights on how to prepare, cook and serve consistently great food. He thrives on teaching participants how to showcase the natural flavors of the high quality, fresh local produce for which the Perigord Noir is famous. Participants leave with renewed insight on how to maximise natural flavours of ingredients along with a host of other great tips for cooking consistently great food.

The course finishes between 16:00 and 17:00. By this time, participants brim with renewed inspiration and knowledge of traditional Perigordian cooking. All participants receive a copy of recipes cooked on the course. Family and friends who prefer to eat rather than cook need not miss out on this superb degustation experience! We advise a light evening meal after this exciting and inspirational day of cooking and eating!

Le Chevrefeuille is a beautiful 18th century farmhouse bed and breakfast, apartment complex combining modern comfort with historical charm. Located in the picturesque and tranquil hamlet of Pechboutier, the location is ideally situated in the heart of the Dordogne. The Dordogne Valley famous for the castles and Medieval Towns and Villages, and the Vezere Valley famous for being the prehistoric capital of the world.

Just 5 kilometers from the market town of St Cyprien, 7 kilometers from the "prehistoric capital' of Les Eyziesand, 17 kilometers from the medival town of Sarlat, the accommodation provides the perfect location on which to explore the castles, rockart, caves and medieval villages which make up the vivid and diverse history of this region or simply to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Activities
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

French cuisine sample menu

  • Artichoke with vinaigrette
  • Chocolate fondant (works every time)
  • Confit de Canard
  • Creme Brule
  • Foie gras
  • Mis en bouches such as cauliflower veloute with truffle oil
  • Oysters Kilpatrick
  • Pate
  • Petit pois de franaise
  • Pomme salardaise
  • Red fruit Souffle
  • Tapenade
  • Venison
  • Warm cabecou and cherry sauce

Beynac: This delightful village on the bank of the Dordogne is built against a steep cliff and dominated by the famous castle from the 13th-14th century. The castle offers one of the most amazing views of the Dordogne valley. Several houses were built during the 15th to 17th centuries. Also visit the archeological park and the museum of primal-history. Paul Eluard came to this marvelous town to spend his last days.

Children activities: The kids will absolutely love it at Le Chevrefeuille, there are so many things to do and see in and around the local area it would be too much to mention them all. We have put together a very small list of childrens activities that will put a smile on every kids face (and the adults will love them as well).

Combarelles: Les Combarelles is a cave in Les Eyzies, which was inhabited by Cro-Magnon people approximately 1311,000 years ago. Holding more than 600 pre-historic engravings of animals and symbols, the two galleries in the cave were crucial in the re-evaluation of the mental and technical capabilities of these prehistoric humans around the turn of last century.

Comarque: The Beune Valley has been occupied for a very long time. Around Commarque, prehistoric man has left numerous traces of his passage. Not far from the site at Commarque, Paleolithic man left two female statuettes known as the Venus of Sireuil and the Venus of Laussel. On the other side of the valley, in the shelter at Cap Blanc, one can admire a frieze of prehistoric sculptures. Under Commarque Castle there is a cave where Magdalenian man carved animals on the wall, notably a very beautiful life-sized horse (not open to the public).

Domme: This settlement was founded in the 13th century on top of a lime plateau. Domme carries the nickname Acropolis of the Perigord. There is an asmazing panoramic view on the Dordogne-valley and the river. Dont miss the opportunity for a romantic walk along the steep cliff and on top of the town rampart. The public garden, the city hall built in the 17th century, several remarkable edifices from the 13th to the 17th centuries, the fascinating caves and the museum of Art and Traditions make Domme one of the must see places of the Dordogne.

Font de Gaume: The awe inspiring prehistoric cave of Font de Gaume is the jewel in the crown of the wealth of prehistoric sites. Located in Les Eyzies, on the Sarlat road, Font de Gaume Cave is a showpiece of Magdalenian engravings and paintings from around 14 000 BC. The flints (chisels, scrapers, blades) and other things found in the cave during the excavations testify to a continual occupation since the Mousterian age, or the age of the Neanderthals.

Forte de Reignac: A stones throw from the Vzre, across from a ford, prehistoric men settled here more than 20.000 years ago. Preserved in exceptional condition and fully furnished with period furniture, it is the only monument of its kind in France, a Chateau falaise fully intact. Listed a historical monument, this is the strangest, most secret, most extraordinary, and also the most mysterious of all the Prigord chteaux. Built under the escarpments, this refuge juts out from the rock into which it has been dug and conceals huge rock shelters that have witnessed some interesting events of our civilization for more than 20,000 years.

Lascaux: Lascaux is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne department. They contain some of the most well-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 16,000 years old. They primarily consist of realistic images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979. Tickets can be purchased at the Lascaux site during the season, with the exception of July and August where tickets are only available at the ticket booth opposite the Bureau de Tourisme at the nearby town of Montignac.

Le Bugue: Surrounded by wooded hills, built on the right bank of a bend in the river Vzre, the welcoming little town of Le Bugue, with its 3,000 inhabitants, is one of the main attractions in the Prigord Noir. Situated at the crossroads of the Prigord, Le Bugue dominates the southern entrance of the Vzre valley. Le Bugue offers numerous opportunities for holiday makers: modern sports facilities, excellent restaurants, interesting and unusual sites to visit, which, added to the 18th century architecture and the beautiful setting, make this a great destination for all types of visitors.

Limeuil: At the meeting of the Dordogne and Vezere rivers, Limeuil offers canoeing and a river beach, and a pretty little village that is well worth exploring. The village is still partly surrounded by its original fortified walls, and is another of the picture postcard pretty villages of the Dordogne, with cobbled streets winding between honey-colored houses and pretty gardens. Despite its picturesque location it is not usually completely overrun with tourists in the way that some places are, and the Parc Limeuil at the top of the town, while not spectacular as a park, has some fine views and is usually quiet.

Les Eyzies de Tayac: Les Eyzies de Tayac is located in the Vezere valley, famous for its pre-historical remains. It is one of the main centers in the world for research in this field. Numerous interesting objects and ancient works of art have been discovered in this town and the surrounding areas. Many of these can be admired in the museum, or by visiting local caves.

Sarlat: The capital of the Perigord Noir carries legimately the nickname the Medieval Jewel. There is a wonderful ensemble of narrow streets with restored Gothic and Renaissance buildings. A variety of street artists turn every walk through this city into an unforgettable experience. In Sarlat you can also visit: la Maison de La Botie (15th century), the cathedral built in the 16th-17th century (built on the remains of an old Latin church) and (for the enthusiasts) the museum of the motorcar.

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Cooking course
  • Five-course lunch
  • Ingredients
  • Le Chevrefeuille aprons (with option to buy at the end of the course)
  • Market tour
  • Recipes
  • Transport to and from market
  • Use of kitchen facilities and equipment
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Wine

Distances

  • Beynac, 14 kilometers
  • Combarelles, 7 kilometers
  • Commarque, 15 kilometers
  • Domme, 24 kilometers
  • Font de Gaume, 5 kilometers
  • Forte de Reignac, 13 kilometers
  • Lascaux, 32 kilometers
  • Le Bugue, 13 kilometers
  • Les Eyzies de Tayac, 7 kilometers
  • Sarlat, 19 kilometers
  • Limeuil, 19 kilometers

GPS

  • Latitude 44.9012, Longitude 1.0415