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Our residential cooking courses and classes are fully inclusive, with breakfast, a light healthy lunch and delicious diner with some excellent local wines. Enjoy our Country Cooking School workshop series: The Pig from Field to Table and discuss your itinerary. Staying with us, in our historic, comfortable stone built hill farm you will learn the techniques and skills needed to rear and care for pigs. To butcher and prepare for the kitchen every last morsel, how to prepare air dried hams, bacon and gammon and to make fresh and preserved sausages.
The New Forest Lodge is first and foremost a family farm where people and animals coexist in a mutually beneficial environment. We are a family concern, not part of a large, faceless holiday company and deal directly with our guests. We have only a few guest rooms, which are harmoniously sited within the original farm buildings.
Youll stay at the New Forest Lodge or one of the nearby superbly restored foresters cottage. The Lodge is home to a herd of carriage horses and riding ponies and a small organic farm. 50 acres of woodland and paddocks surrounding the beautiful farm yard gardens and vegetable plots, which are shaded by colourful sub tropical flowers and shrubs.
We love our pigs. We love their contented grunts, their companionship and above all we love and appreciate the major role they play in helping us maintaining a balanced environment. We do however, also love the smell of a mouthwatering tender loin roasting in our wood oven with the irresistible sounds of crackling crisping in the heat, almost as much as bacon and our own sausages sizzling in the pan.
The giant air cured hams, slumbering contentedly in our rafters, waiting to treat us to the most delicious projunto ever tasted. Not a chemical or E number in sight. The satisfaction of eating our own produce safe in the knowledge that we know exactly what they have eaten and that no strange chemicals have been added into our very privileged food chain. We can not measure food miles, maybe they should rename the phenomenon food meters.
Most of the produce used in The Country Cooking School is grown, reared or caught on or very near the farm. At the New Forest Lodge we are all dedicated to preserving and maintaining the traditional methods of local agriculture and country life. It is our pleasure and privilege, to share these skills and the very best of the regions country cooking with our guests.
Unlike most of our other workshops and holiday courses that can start at any time, our Pig, from field to table, workshops and courses have to be pre-programmed. These are very hands on workshops so space is very limited and our supply of suitable aged pigs is not totally within our control. If you are interested in joining one of these events, get in touch with your preferred dates and duration and we will let you know the likely program for the next few months.
You will learn basic butchery and knife skills, you will work with Frances, learning to prepare a whole range of dishes using every part of the pig and some of our favourite traditional recipes. We will visit a local farmers market and see how local small producers offer an amazing range of preserved pork products.
The Country Cooking School is housed in The New Forest Lodge on the edge of the Cabo Vincentina National Park, an incredible, almost traffic free, natural reserve, a peninsular, enclosed by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Your accommodation overlooks the sparkling Atlantic both to the south and west.
Just a 15 minute drive from the ancient harbour of Lagos where you can find boatmen to take you dolphin watching or a short voyage, past the cliffs and caves, to Cape St Vincent, the south west tip of Europe. This helps to explain or extraordinarily mild climate with well over 300 day a year sunshine.
We are about an hours drive from Faro Airport, 3 hours from Lisbon and 15 minutes from Lagos, a cosmopolitan harbour city so all amenities are to be found close at hand. We usually encounter more horses and bikes than cars and our silence is only disturbed by bird song.
Many friendly local villages and the quaint market town of Aljezur that can be visited by horse, carriage or even on foot, but a car does increase your range. The beach is 6 miles on the map but a very long walk! The number of spectacular surfing beaches and cliff top paths makes our farm an ideal center to explore the Southwest tip of Europe.
Riders & Drivers on our farm trail. From the New Forest Lodge we offer horse riding and carriage driving facilities for both the experienced rider to complete novice. We have stabling for a dozen horses. Our carriage barn holds five comfortable well-sprung vehicles of differing designs. We usually have at least one cart or carriage in the workshops for restoration and subsequent sale. We accept horses at livery or for breaking and training to harness.
We also train drivers of all ages. It is a surprisingly easy sport to start; we have had students from 5 to 85 and they have all enjoyed themselves, bringing horse, carriage and passengers safely home. We offer guided horseback trails of differing lengths from 1 hour to 1 week. We are a small family enterprise and can be very flexible. Our hospitality is second to none; we speak several European languages and are waiting to hear from you.
We also arrange horse riding and carriage driving adventures together, a great advantage for groups of differing abilities and fitness. These guided trails often end up at a picnic or barbeque site and riders and drivers can sample some of the mouthwatering products from our famous Country Cooking School.
Our stables and horses, together with our unrivalled catering facilities and large comfortable dinning hall, part of an historic stone built long barn, form an unforgettable theme for parties and other events. We have hosted birthday parties for young and not so young and several corporate hospitality and team building events.