6 Days French Patisserie Vacation in Southern France

  • Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France, Lieu-Dit Filou, Anzex, France, 47700

Delicious Patisserie Courses France

French pastries are world renowned and can become an art. You are invited to join Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France for a patisserie and baking course in France, to learn about the basic techniques that will enable you to create at home beautiful classic French pastries, such as croissants, bread, puff pastry, chou pastry, creme patissiere, and mousses, for the delight of your loved ones. During your little food outings, you will make little detours to explore the local villages and countryside so you can get a feel of the area.

Highlights

  • 4 days of intensive hands-on training
  • Learn to make prepare classic French pastries
  • Visit and enjoy a delicious tasting in a local chocolaterie
  • Enjoy a private guided visit of the towns of Vianne and Nerac
  • Welcome 3-course dinner and drinks with canaps
  • Stop at a patisserie in Casteljaloux for tasting
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Despite the derelict state of this 1850 stone farmhouse, when Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France was first saw in 2004 by its actual owners, it was love at first sight! It was renovated it for 3 years, keeping all the original features and eventually opening in 2007. Bedrooms are situated on the first floor; four spacious and comfortable double bedrooms of an average size of 22 square meters (227 square foot), all with private en-suite facilities.

The Pantagruel room has twin beds, while the Gargamelle room and the Grangousier room have a double bed, and the Melusine room has a four poster double bed. Furnishings and decoration are of traditional French country style. The house and bedrooms have bags of character, with exposed stonewalls and sloping ceilings, showing original oak beams. The perfect mix of rusticity and elegance.

Day 1, Sunday

Upon arrival, settle in and make yourself at home. Enjoy a welcome drink with canaps, followed by a three-course dinner.

Day 2, Monday

After breakfast, you will go to a patisserie in Casteljaloux, to sample a few classics with a nice cup of coffee. This will give you a precise idea of the textures and presentations you will be aiming for when you produce them in the kitchen. Come back for lunch. At 13:00, you will meet in the kitchen to create your own pastries, which will be served for dessert that very same night. Be back in the kitchen until about 16:00. You will get some time to relax before 19:00, when you will meet for an aperitif followed by dinner.

Day 3, Tuesday

After breakfast, you will start baking. Stop for lunch and get back to the kitchen to finish the pastries. You will then again get some time to relax before the aperitif and dinner. Once again, your creations will be served for dessert that very same night.

Day 4, Wednesday

After breakfast, you will go to a chocolaterie in Nerac. Have a little taste of their chocolate and bring back what is needed for the preparations. You will explore Vianne and Nerac, which are the most beautiful places of the area. Stop for a coffee, then come back for lunch. Meet at 13:00 in the kitchen to start baking. Your creations will be served for dessert that very same night. Be back in the kitchen until about 16:00 You will get some time to relax before 19:00, when you will meet for an aperitif followed by dinner.

Day 5, Thursday

After breakfast, you will meet in the kitchen, to start baking. Stop for lunch and get back to the kitchen to finish your pastries. You will then again get some time to relax before the aperitif and dinner. Once again, your creations will be served for dessert that very same night.

Day 6, Friday

  • Today is the day of your departure. You can sleep in or wake up to catch an early train.
  • Visit a patisserie in Casteljaloux
  • Visit Vianne and Nerac
  • Marlene Weinberg

    French-born, Marlene, welcomes you in the heart of the Gascony countryside, for a fully hands-on cooking course in English. Marlene was born and raised in Calais, where she was a wine buyer. She has always been a food lover, whether it involved making it or eating it. Cooking is her passion and she love to share it! She is

This retreat will take place in Gascony, Anzex, France. Lot-et-Garonne is known as the garden of France, the landscape is quite unspoiled, nature and wildlife are preserved, and agriculture is thriving. The surrounding colors are the ones of wheat and sunflower fields, vineyards, and the deep green of the pine forest of the Landes de Gascogne. It enjoys a very pleasant climate, mostly dry and sunny. This is a land of eventful history, featuring Richard the lion heart, the musketeers, and Henry IV. Many old stones still stand, silent witnesses of the region's historical heritage. Discover the Gallo-Roman relics, Romanesque churches, the impressive castles, and the old wash-houses.

Nearby places:

  • Atlantic Coast - 1 hour 40-minute drive
  • Chteau Imaginaire in Barbaste - 20-minute drive
  • Landes Forest, 3 miles Lake of Clarens, Casteljaloux - 10-minute drive
  • Park of La Garenne, Nerac - 25-minute drive
  • Walibi fun park, Agen - 30-minute drive
Activities
  • Beach nearby
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Cafe
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning

People of Lot et Garonne, and the south west in general, love their food, and love it traditional. The local cuisine is probably the most diverse in France, as it was influenced by the nearby cuisines of the Basque country, Perigord, Limousin, Languedoc, Pyrnes Mountains, and the Atlantic Coast. The closest to an accurate description of the local food is a hearty, peasant, tasty, beautiful for its simplicity, satisfying, interesting, and honest, without compromise.

Lot et Garonne is known as the land of the geese, the fat ducks, and their foie gras. But it is also known as the land of game, cpes mushrooms, prunes, gariguette strawberries, sweet melons, white asparagus, and Marmande tomatoes. Your daily continental breakfast will consist in bread and croissants, fresh fruit, coffee, English tea, cereals, yogurts, home-made jams, and local honey. Lunches and three-course dinners will include wine.

On the wine side, this is the region of Buzet, Ctes du Marmandais, Ctes de Duras, Ctes du Brulhois, Vin de Pays de Gascogne, and Vin de Pays de l'Agenais. The first vines of Buzet are about half a mile away from Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France cooking school. Local markets are exceptional for the abundance, variety and quality of the produce. They are so lively, and the traders care about their food very much. It is such a pleasure to walk round, smell, feel, and even taste the food!

You will learn to make: chou pastry like clairs, religieuses, paris-brest, saint-honor or croquembouche, crme patissiere, short crust and sweet pastry, tarts, macarons, millefeuilles, bavarois, tarte tatin, croissants or puff pastry, and bread or brioche. Visit and enjoy tastings at a patisserie in Casteljaloux and chocolaterie in Nerac. Of course, enjoy your creations serving them as dessert after dinners!

Your time off will basically be from 16:00 to 19:00, after the cooking sessions, so you can relax in your room, or in the lounge, or even in the garden, with a good book for a little siesta. Of course, if you have a car, you can explore the area, there are nice places to see not far from the location. There are some bikes on site that you can use across the surrounding countryside.

Atlantic Ocean Coast

Grab a picnic and spend the day on the coast. Nature parks, water theme park, and near Arcachon, you can see and climb the highest sand dune in Europe: Grande Dune du Pyla, 107 meters high. There is a breathtaking view from the top, on the ocean, Landes forest, and even the Pyrenees Mountains, if the sky is clear enough.

Bordeaux

Of course everyone recognizes the name for being one of the best known wine appellation in the world. But Bordeaux is so much more! A breathtaking city, listed as world heritage. There are so many different faces to Bordeaux, that everyone can be charmed. Stunning architecture, great shopping, beautiful food, and wonderful museums. Although Bordeaux is the fifth largest city in France, it has a real village feel to it, and you will love wandering its old cobbled streets, or walking the beautiful promenade along the river.

Casteljaloux

It was one of the four capitals of the region. It is bordered by pine forests and it is a pretty market town. Discover the charming Maison du Roy, used by the office of tourism, the impressive church Notre Dame and the original 15th century colombages, with timber, stone and bricks faades, as you wander down the narrow back alleys. Spend a day on the beach at the lake of Clarens, enjoy the colorful farmers market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, have a little fun at the casino, play a round of golf or get pampered at the thermal spas.

Lud'O Parc in Nrac

Several pools, each with their own features - jets, relaxation, paddling, bubbles, and slides - in a roman style, surrounded by greenery and mineral beaches; you will find a snack bar on site.

Golf

The southwest of France is the ideal place for golfing, it has it all: beautiful settings, lovely weather, and great courses. You have a choice between the following 2 local courses:

Casteljaloux

With 18 holes, par 72, 6468 yards long, putting green, and driving range. It is located next to the charming lake of Clarens, bordered by the pine forest of the Landes, and offers panoramic views.

Golf d'Albret, Barbaste

With 18 holes, par 72, 6384 yards long, putting green, and driving range. Also surrounded by the Landes forests, this course is very hilly. You might see deer or hares between the mature oak and willow trees. Magnificent views of nearby villages, vineyards and forests.

Hiking and biking

Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France will be happy to provide you with maps of the hiking and biking trails, approved and maintained by the tourism authorities. It is a superb way to discover the region. There are many loop circuits around here, and bike rides are particularly nice along the canal latral, in the shade of the secular plane trees.

Horse riding

There are two riding centers within 15 minutes away from the house. They organize rides in the country, in the forest, and outings with horse and carriage.

Monflanquin

Superb 13th century fortified village, selected as one of the prettiest villages in France. Take a stroll around the square under the arcades, and admire the condition of this exceptional historical legacy, as well as the breathtaking view from the top of the fortification.

Nrac

This beautiful town became the capital of the Navarre region in the 16th century, under the influence of the royal family of Albret. Nrac is surrounded by the vineyards of Buzet and Base River runs through it. Nicely preserved and maintained, a walk through the old town takes you back in time. You will also find in Nerac the chocolaterie La Cigale which inspired the author Joanne Harris for her best seller, Chocolat, lately transformed into the film starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Take a stroll in the royal park of La Garenne, visit the remaining wing of Henry IV's castle, now a museum, the imaginary castle, the fortified four-tower mill in nearby Barbaste, or go for a cruise on the river.

Saint-Emilion

This stunning medieval city is listed by UNESCO world heritage; a must-see for its location, its historical monuments, its vineyards and numerous Grands Crus. There is plenty to do and see. You will be particularly busy if you like a bargain, as there are vide-greniers (boot fairs / flee markets) in the nearby towns and villages several times a week in the summer. Most towns and villages have their own celebration day with all sorts of games and events and the day ends with a big banquet, which is generally a themed one like snails, sardines, paella, and barbeque.

Swimming

You can vary your swimming locations in Casteljaloux: the lake of Clarens and its sandy beach, the thermal spa center with its various heated pools and finally the public open-air swimming pool, which is open from June to September and its four Olympic pools (25 meters, paddling and diving).

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Aperitif before dinners
  • Cooking classes, ingredients, equipment, and apron
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Daily lunch with wine
  • Daily three-course dinner with wine
  • Free bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Homemade cookies
  • Linen and towels during your stay
  • Outdoor tastings
  • Recipe book to take home
  • Transportation between Tonneins train station and the house
  • VAT and local taxes
  • Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks throughout the day
  • Welcome drink and canaps
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Train fare

Driving directions from A62 motorway, between Bordeaux and Agen

  • Get off the motorway at exit number 6 (Aiguillon)
  • Follow the sign to Casteljaloux on the road D8
  • Get onto the D11 to Casteljaloux, for about 8 kilometers (5 miles)
  • Turn right onto the D120 towards Anzex / Villefranche (do not turn to left into Anzex)
  • The house is on that very road, about 2 kilometers from the junction, on the left hand side

Driving directions from Casteljaloux

  • Follow the sign to Agen
  • Take a left onto the D11 towards Damazan / Anzex, for about 5 miles
  • Turn left onto the D120 towards Anzex / Villefranche (do not turn to left into Anzex)
  • The house is on that very road, about 2 kilometers from the junction, on the left hand side

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports are Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD) and Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC). Rental cars are available from both these airports.

Arrival by shuttle

There is a shuttle service between Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD) and Bordeaux train station, called Jet Bus. Departing from terminal B (arrivals level) at the airport, the Jet Bus shuttle connects Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux train station, via the city center every hour, 7 days a week. The ride from start to finish lasts around 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Arrival by train

You can catch a Eurostar from London to Paris, or a fast train from most cities in Europe to Paris. You then need to get to Paris Montparnasse station, to catch a train to Bordeaux or Agen. Lot-et-Garonne local train station is Tonneins. There are TGV (fast trains) or slower regional trains coming to Tonneins from Bordeaux or Agen. There is approximately 1 train every hour.

Distances

  • Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC), 80 kilometers - 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD), 110 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Toulouse - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Gisela Mej√≠a
    10 out of 10

    "My experience at Le Gargantua was just amazing, everything was perfect! Marlene and Tom are really excellent hosts, everything was perfect, they take care of every detail, their attention is incredible. Marlene is an excellent cooker, and teacher as well. The house and location are lovely, I fall in love of it. Just an extraordinary experience, different from any other holiday! A unique experience."

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  • Review by Cecile Eastman from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

    "My husband and I attended a cooking class in early June. Our hostess and instructor Marlene picked us up in Tonneins and took us to our lovely accommodation. The welcome dinner with other cooking enthusiasts was lovely and it was fun to meet new people. Marlene is an absolutely lovely individual and her instructions were easy to follow and the food was amazing. We could not believe that we could make food that was not only appealing to look at but absolutely delicious. The breakfast and lunch provided for us were always delicious. We have about 10 pounds to loose now that we are home! Our room was very comfortable and spotless. I would recommend this experience for anyone who wants to experience something different. Merci!"

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  • Review by Ephrat Abisror
    10 out of 10

    "Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. Some flow past you hardly touching you at all, some rub you the wrong way. But occasionally, if you are lucky enough, you stumble upon encounters that touch you deeply, no matter how short they are. This was definitely one of those and we were definitely lucky to have been there. Yes, the patisserie course was great and yes the house, and room - is clean and pleasant, yes the trip to the chocolate producer was dreamy and the food was totally gourmet and I mean totally! but at the end of the day it’s all about the people. Tom and Marlene are warm hosts, lovely and funny, smart and interesting, knowledgeable and helpful, and their hospitality is out of this world. The experience couldn't have been better. My daughter (14) participated in all of the activities from beginning to end, and said that the only difficult part for her was the free time, she enjoyed it so much she couldn’t have enough. The local Wi-Fi was pretty weak, so if you have better arrangements than local Wi-Fi it is recommended that you make them. There is not much to do there if you don’t have a car, so, take the books you were forever planning to read and never got the chance, plan to relax, enjoy the view of endless fields, meditate, whatever. We went on a walking excursion to the nearby village, and were caught by heavy rain. Marlene surprised us and came to the rescue on her own account! The kitchen is very nice and roomy, and the techniques are local and traditional. The work in the kitchen is personal therefore adapted to your capabilities whether you are an amateur or a professional. All in all it was a great retreat, wonderful quality time, a chance to meet interesting people and for me an opportunity to spend precious alone-time with my daughter. If you are coming from a different country I recommend that you throw in a couple of nights in Paris or Bordeaux to add a little sightseeing if you’re already there. So, life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. The best goodbyes are the hardest goodbyes. This was certainly one of them. Thank you for everything, Marlene and Tom, we learned a lot, we had fun, we ate well and relaxed. Totally recommending."

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  • Review by Jean and Hilda from UK

    "Memories of our visit to your lovely home will stay with us and brighten many a long winter's evenings. How would we forget laughing until our sides ached and the sheer fun and enjoyment of cooking with such a talented and inspirational cook. Thank you, Marlene! Thank you! We have learnt such a lot from you. We will enjoy sharing our experiences with our friends and family when we return home - they will be so envious. We want to thank you both, Marc and Marlene, for your warm welcome and lively hospitality. It has all been wonderful. Merci pour tout."

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  • Review by Andrew from Basel, Switzerland

    "The two days I have spent in this idyllic place have far exceeded my expectations. The course has been exactly what I wished for (but hadn't expected). Real French farmhouse cooking packed with knowledge and insight under Marlene's instructive guidance. And as if that itself weren't enough, all accompanied by charm and pampering by both Marlene and Marc. I left with memories of a wonderful holiday. Thanks so much!"

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  • Review by Claire from Toronto, Canada

    "I can't imagine that I will say anything that hasn't been said before - nevertheless I will still say it. I have had a wonderful week with you. I have learned and I have rested - there is no better combination. You have taught me skills, with patience and kindness that I will take home with me and utilize. You have also made me feel welcome in your beautiful home and that is a gift that not everyone can offer.It takes special people to be able to pull that off. And speaking of special, I'll need to mention the food. What a constant and beautiful feast! I don't know when I've had a week full of such brilliant meals. The quality and attention to detail was truly superb. I have enjoyed myself immensely. The chance to meet you and experience your hospitality was very special indeed. Thanks to you both!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Shrewsbury, UK

    "So Xmas arrives and what do you buy the lady who has everything? Well, I thought, let's be adventurous and do something which could be fun. So I booked a five-day French cooking course at Le Gargantua... never imagining that I would have to be part of it. Full English breakfast is my limit. Boy, am I glad I took part! It was brilliant fun every minute. Marlene and Thomas are amazing. Every morning continental breakfast was laid up for us, followed by a trip to market or some other adventure. Back for the ready prepared lunch (many thanks, Thomas) including copious supplies of wine. Then, in the afternoon, we worked all together at our work stations preparing and cooking under the watchful eye of Marlene whose sense of humor is brilliant (her English is superb). Amazingly, I filleted fish (enjoyed that as I don't like them anyway!), cooked soufflés, made bread, baked desserts and tarts, built sauces... great fun all the way. In the evening, you eat whatever you personally have prepared, cooked... plus more wine. There were five of us and it really was fun all the way, but you will learn a lot and work pretty hard in the afternoons. The deal includes all food and wine and transport. The location is idyllic - you literally can hear a pin drop. Bedrooms are more than adequate and the two dogs and cat are friendly. What more could you ask. Just do it! You'll never forget it."

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  • Review by a traveler from Chester, UK

    " just spent two wonderful days doing the patisserie course with Marlene. She has a real passion for food, and obviously loves sharing her knowledge. Not only were we shown what do do, she explained clearly the science behind the processes, but in such a way that it was great fun. My non-cooking husband spent his time either cycling round the delightful neighborhood or relaxing with a book in the garden, before we all enjoyed delicious lunches and dinners prepared by our hosts, followed by the desserts we had made. If you want to learn about food and cooking, then go to La Gargantua."

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  • Review by Jane Lewyckyj

    "I attended the 3-night seasonal cooking course in August 2015. The house is in a lovely quiet area and at this time of year was surrounded by sunflowers - idyllic! The rooms were of a high standard an very comfortable. Marlène was a brilliant teacher and host. The first day we went to a plum farm which had a museum. This was really interesting to discover how they turn these gorgeous plums into the famous Agen Prunes. The following day we went to a market in the town of Castelajoux to buy our produce for the cooking lesson. On each outing Marlène pointed out many things of interest like the tobacco barns, the history behind the use of pigeonnaires and the fact that this area has strong connections with the musketeers. We spent the two afternoons cooking up a storm. I was the only one on the course (two other people had cancelled at the last minute), but that was to my benefit as Marlène was able to spend more time in explaining and passing on her skills and knowledge. The flow of the cooking hours was perfect. Marlène had her schedule of things to cover, but if we deviated a little, that was fine too. In conclusion, I can’t express enough, how much I enjoyed this break and would highly recommend it, equally, to those who can cook but need to break out of the routine meals scenario and also to those of have never cooked but want to."

    "Can’t wait to visit again. Thanks again!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, England

    "I challenge anyone to find a more generous naturally warm welcome than from Marlene and Marc. They are such a refreshing couple to this solo traveler; attention to detail, relaxed yet efficient - the bar is high, people! Their home mixes soft luxury guest accommodation with that personal homeliness with all the right touches. For the value here its awesome. I felt pampered but also like it was my own space at the exact same time. It is perfect.I honestly did not know what to expect form my seasonal cookery school so was wowed not only that I produced the level of cuisine that I achieved but the effortless style of Marlene's instruction. The kitchen set up is just wonderful big bright great equipment to your fingertips all the gadgets to make you envious also quintessentially what you'd envision typical French Farmhouse kitchen being the heart of the home - hats off guys well done.The family area / home is completely separate & private but it only adds to the perception of exclusivity. Even eating my produce from my lessons of an evening (as Marlene and Marc eat their meals privately with their girls) by myself was very natural - both at times kept me company and were excellent company even if they did not eat themselves. As you can tell I had a great experience, highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Amanda from Weybridge, UK

    "I thoroughly enjoyed it all. The market visit, learning about the local area from Marlene, cycling along the not-so-flat terrain, watching the stars, teaching Marc some clean vocabulary and seeing Bordeaux from several trams, but most memorable was the passion shown in the kitchen. Especially making pasta and jointing a rabbit. All in all, a superb experience. Thank you and "I will be back"

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  • Review by Christina from USA

    "Dear Marlene and Marc, wow! Where do we begin? First, thank you for welcoming us into your home and introducing us to your girls. We felt like family. Second, everything was amazing, from the food to the lovely rooms (best food ever). This was truly amazing, above our expectations. We could not have asked for more. Learning to bake classic French pastries the correct way was a dream come true! Lastly, Marlene, thank you for being so patient teacher and making baking so enjoyable. We value your wisdom! Marc, thank you for the amazing meals and entertaining us all week! We hope to see you again for cooking classes. Cheers."

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  • Review by Kristy from Melbourne, Australia

    "How can I ever thank you enough for this experience. All the food was absolutely amazing. I don't think I'll ever eat this well again. The hospitality was superb and the cooking classes were the best thing I've done all holiday. Marlene, your patience and knowledge is outstanding and I will forever be a better home baker for coming here. Thank you for welcoming me into your home, I will remember this experience forever (and I'm guessing so will everyone I know). Thank you."

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  • Review by Chris from Seychelles

    "Marlene and Marc, You have been great hosts and I have been most welcomed here in your home. I have definitely enjoyed the patisserie cookery course but wished I could have stayed longer and master more techniques. All said I also had the pleasure of baking alongside two wonderful ladies from Essex. They have been nice to be with and talk to. I think what you are doing here is great, keep it up and wish you all the very best. P.S: Expecting you all to visit Seychelles!"

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  • Review by a traveler from UK

    "Just brilliant, as soon as we arrived it felt like a home from home. The cooking we did with Marlne was delicious (we got to eat everything we made!) and I learned a lot of new skills. A great few days with very welcoming hosts in a beautiful part of France. Thoroughly recommend it."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We recently had the privilege of spending four days learning new cooking skills with excellent chef Marlene at this wonderful cooking school near Bordeaux in France. Not only was it incredibly informative but it was so much fun. We had the opportunity to learn about the local area, visit the village market and local prune producers as well as having a very hands on cooking experience.Marlene's husband Marc looked after us during our stay with his amazing attention to detail and quick wit. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with our friends and family as we trek back now to our corner at the other side of the world. A "must do" experience!"

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  • Review by Alyson from UK

    "This is not just a place to stay, but a first class fully inclusive cooking holiday. I spent a fun 3 days doing the patisserie course. I learned to make chocolate eclairs, croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, macaroons, raspberry tarts and a beautiful peach and chocolate mousse dessert. I stayed in a large room with ensuite shower room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all freshly prepared, tasty and well presented. The farmhouse is situated in picturesque countryside a hour south of Bordeaux. Marc and Marlene are friendly, helpful and very professional. I had a great time here and hope to go back again to do the Seasonal Course."

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Lot-et-Garonne, France

Le Gargantua Cooking & Patisserie Holidays in France offers cooking and patisserie courses in France with a French cook, for an authentic experience.

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