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4 Day Taste of Normandy Cookery Holiday in Manche, Normandy

The Old Farm of Amfreville, 7 Route du Hameau Flaux, 50480 Amfreville, France

French Cookery Holiday in Normandy

If you are in search of a crash course in French classics, look no further! With a maximum class size of 2, it is all about mastering the dishes you want to cook at your own speed. This cooking break is perfect for couples or friends looking to get to know Normandy’s rich gastronomic scene, but if you are going at it alone - perfect! There are no single supplements and you get the one-on-one hands-on professional attention from start to finish of the perfect three-course French meal.

Meet the instructors

David
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Highlights

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Half a bottle of wine or cider with your dinners
  • 2 cooking lessons preparing 3-course meals consisting of French classics
  • Visit to a local market and one excursion to meet a local producer
  • Your own souvenir apron and recipe booklet
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Caen – Carpiquet Airport (US$187 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet

You will stay in The Old Farm of Amfreville B&B during this holiday. The newly renovated accommodation is intimate and warm, with three gorgeous en-suite rooms, all tastefully decorated with modern comforts, a living and dining room complete with wood burning fires, and a patio out back with a fire pit to enjoy in the evenings as you stargaze.

Chef David and his wife Alyson spent five years restoring this lovely old farmhouse to the bed and breakfast they run today to ensure there is everything you need to enjoy your cookery break - from the cozy en-suite rooms to the Everhot range cooker in the kitchen.

Enjoy a stay at one of three comfortable gorgeous rooms, each beautifully decorated with every effort made to retain original features and charm but with very modern facilities

Each room has a spacious en-suite, tea and coffee making facilities, fine quality bedding, and fluffy towels and robes with complimentary handmade soap.

There are two double rooms and one twin which can be booked according to your needs.

  • Hairdryers and internet access
  • Courtyard with various seating and fire pit
  • Living room with a woodburner and TV
  • Dining room with a woodburner
  • Numerous books and games available

Program

You will be rolling up your sleeves and learning to prepare classic French dishes in a laid back environment of a bright sunny typical French kitchen in this charming Normandy farmhouse.

Offering a truly unique hands-on culinary experience, the cooking lessons aim to give a real insight into the seasonal local produce available in the area. You will even be visiting a nearby market and local producer to pick up the fresh ingredients you will need each day. All lessons are held in a delightful French kitchen, using the Everhot range cooker.

Whilst with your hosts David and Alyson, you do not need to worry about a thing - gorgeous breakfast spreads and four-course dinners are broken up with a light lunch of charcuterie and local breads and cheeses. Due to their local knowledge, they will also be able to help you explore the area and its wide array of historic sites.

Typical itinerary

Please note that the itinerary is for guidance only and may change your needs and wishes and availability of ingredients at the time of travel

Day 1: Arrival

You will arrive in the afternoon and settle in, then meet your hosts before dinner to discuss your menus and program together over a welcome drink. Afterwards, sit down and tuck into a four-course dinner.

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, you will head to a local market or visit a local producer to get the day’s fresh ingredients for your cooking lesson.

Enjoy lunch back at the farmhouse, then get ready to spend the afternoon in the kitchen preparing your three course delicious dinner.

You will have some time to relax before meeting up at 7 p.m. to handle some last minute prep, plating up, and enjoying the delicious food you have prepared.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will visit one of the local producers from the region; there’s a bit of choice, with either a ciderie, oyster farm, local dairy producers, a local confitures producer, or the Caramels D’Isigny museum, depending on the season.

You can learn all about the production and be invited to sample their produce before heading back to the Old Farm for lunch.

After lunch, join David again in the kitchen to prepare your evening meal

The late afternoon is yours to enjoy the farmhouse, garden, or courtyard before meeting back in the kitchen at 7 p.m. to complete and serve your evening meal, followed by a long enjoyable sit down meal.

Day 4: Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, it is time to say fond farewells. Do not forget your complimentary apron, and recipes so you can delight your family and friends back home.

Instructors

David Asquith

Location

A warm welcome awaits you at The Old Farm of Amfreville bed and breakfast located near Saint Mere Eglise. A perfect location, for you to discover all the Normandy D-Day landing beaches, museums, and so much more. Normandy is steeped in history, whatever your interests, there is something for everyone.

Food

Breakfast

  • Fresh baked pastries and breads, including croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche, baguettes, raisin or apple swirls, and homemade banana bread
  • Homemade preserves, marmalades, honey, local cheeses, ham, yogurts, cereals, and eggs cooked to order
  • Homemade thick hot waffles fresh from iron to your plate with butter or syrup
  • Speciality tea or a steaming cup of ground coffee made from freshly ground coffee beans, or enjoy a pot of frothy hot chocolate

Lunch

  • Lunches will be on the lighter side, with a selection of local charcuterie and Normandy cheese and breads

Dinner

  • Dinner will be a three-course meal prepared by you, with a fourth course of local cheeses

Starters

  • Chicken liver pate
  • Normandy oysters with camembert and apple
  • French style country terrine
  • Soupe de poisson
  • Normandy style french onion soup
  • Boudin noir aux pommes

Main course

  • Beef bourguignon
  • Coq au vin
  • Cassoulet
  • Blanquette de veau
  • Filet de porc à la pomme et à l’estragon

Desserts

  • Clafouti
  • Tart au citron
  • Normandie tart
  • Creme brulee
  • Apple tarte tatin
  • Poire belle helen
  • Homemade ice creams

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

La Vieille Ferme d’Amfreville bed and breakfast is centrally located at the heart of the Airborne liberation of Normandy.

The region of Normandy, is rich with military history including being a short drive from the D-Day landing beaches and also offers some stunning natural scenery, as well as some of the worlds most epic architecture.

Any history buff will be delighted, as you’ll be able to explore all the historic D Day sites of the area, with the town of Sainte Mere Eglise just 3 miles away.

Extra day or night of full activities is also available at an additional 210 EUR per person.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a twin/double room en-suite in the B&B
  • 2 cooking lessons preparing 3-course meals consisting of French classics
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Half a bottle of wine or cider with your dinners
  • Your own souvenir apron and recipe booklet
  • Visit to a local market and one excursion to meet a local producer

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Caen – Carpiquet Airport (CFR). Transfer from this airport is available at an additional 160 EUR.

Airport: Caen – Carpiquet Airport Airport transfer available: Caen – Carpiquet Airport (US$187 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

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