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7 Days Normandy Cooking Vacations in North West France

  • Wilde Kitchen, La Blonderie, 50340 Benoistville, Normandy, France

Cooking Holidays in France

Indulge in a unique insight into a French country cuisine. Enjoy the real taste of the food culture of Normandy, l' art de vivre la française. Try out some new recipes, learn a little and share the passion for cooking while spending some time in the relaxed ambiance of an 18th century farmhouse kitchen. The moment you enter, you will feel the warm welcome of open-hearted people. A gastronomic delight and a wonderful sharing of French tastes and cultures. This is definitely a beautiful holiday experience that you will not get anywhere else!

Highlights

  • Visit to farmer's market
  • Welcome supper of cheese and wine
  • 3 hands-on, fun cooking classes followed by an after-class tasting meal
  • Bread making in an 18th century bakehouse
  • Visit to organic cider farm and tasting
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • French, English
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La Porte Bleue

The 18th century property, La Blonderie, offers two stylish bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms as well as a self-catering apartment. La Porte Bleue is situated on the ground floor and has its own front door and patio. Equipped with a kitchenette with microwave oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge, sink, and dishes for two people as well as a dining area, La Porte Bleue may be rented on a weekly basis for one / two people.

La Chambre de Bonne

The romantic Maid's Quarters' is located on the first floor, also with its own front door at the top of a granite stairs, typical of the area. It has a double bed and ensuite bathroom as well as a mezzanine area with a single bed - little house on the Prairie may well spring to mind! The quarters are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and have free Internet access.

Le Fenil apartment

Le Fenil is a two-bedroom apartment where four people can sleep comfortably (there is a possibility to rent an additional guest room in the same building, perfect for larger groups). This living quarter is equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, DVD, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, barbeque, picnic table and so on. La Blonderie is perfectly located for exploring Normandy with its D-Day beaches and museums, Bayeux, Le Mont St. Michel, and much more.

Day 1

Sunday afternoon arrival at La Blonderie. Time to relax a little and explore your surroundings.

A first taste of Normandy follows for Sunday night supper in the form of a Norman cheeseboard with salad, crusty bread, pastries, and wine or some locally produced organic cider. While you enjoy your food, youll also meet with your fellow cooks - a perfect introduction to the course.

Day 2 - Monday

08:00 Continental breakfast consisting of croissants, bread, cakes, homemade jams and jellies, artisanal apple juice, cereals, fruit, and youghurt

09:00 Off to Bricquebec, a beautiful medieval town, for the weekly market where youll absorb the ambience, pick up some fresh produce for your lunch and sample whatever youre offered before your first cookery session.

13:30 pm Lunch at La Blonderie

15:30 pm Visit to Le Pre Mahieu Ciderie where the best of Normandys organic apples are transformed into the most delicious drinks in the forms of cider, pommeau, calvados and apple juice. After a guided tour of the distillary and a walk up to the orchards (weather permitting), you will sample the various ciders, calvados, pommeau, and apple juice.

Evening free restaurant recommendations and reservations are made for you where necessary.

Day 3

09:00 Continental breakfast

Discover the best of Normandy with its rugged coastlines, historical sites, museums, gardens, beaches, villages, and much more. Sinad will share her extensive knowledge of the area ensuring that your trip to Normandy is a truly memorable one. Explore at your ease, armed with maps, ideas, and restaurant reservations.

Day 4

09:00 Continental breakfast

10:30 Food preparation Serious food prepartaion is required for the final cookery (and history) class. Vegetables will be prepared, pork loin will be prepared into Orloff, starters discussed and decided upon and whatever else is necessary for the unique foodie adventure which follows.

12:30 to 14:30 Lunch in local restaurant (formule du midi)

15:00 Excursion number 3, a full meal is prepared and cooked in an authentic post-revolution (1789) boulangerie oven (bread oven) chez Franois at La Ferme Auberge. While waiting for bread to rise and the food to cook, Franois will give a talk on the history of the boulangerie and provide lots of anecdotes for a fun-filled, educational afternoon over a glass of his home made apple juice or cider a serious treat for lovers of history, terroir and food.

Day 5

Same as day three, you may decide to chill out or explore the area. Whatever the case Sinad will certainly help you make the most of your stay in Lower Normandy.

Day 6

08:00 Continental breakfast

09:00 Trip to the local farmers market in Les Pieux where youll stock up on fresh produce for your morning cookery class

Day 7

10.30 Cookery class

13:30 Lunch

Suggested afternoon visit to La Maison du Biscuit, picerie fine where some last minute gifts and souvenirs may be purchased.

  • Market visit in medieval town of Bricquebec
  • Trip to the local farmers' market
  • Visit to an authentic post-revolution boulangerie
  • Visit to Le Pere Mahieu Ciderie, an organic cider farm

Explore the magic of Normandy, with its rolling green countryside, sandy beaches, historical monuments and museums and renowned gastronomy. A visit to Normandy is an experience that one never forgets. Luminous greens dominate the countrys breathtaking landscapes, while magnificent sites and monuments abound throughout. Mild winters and warm summers define the climate here, which generally experiences a lack of temperature extremes.

There truly is something for everyone, ranging from historic monuments and museums, vibrant towns, beautiful chteaux, spectacular gardens and lots of activities. Make Benoistville your base and stay in our self-catering apartment, studio apartment on the grounds of our 18th century farmhouse, or in one of our stylish guest rooms (B+B) and explore this hidden treasure of France's beautiful North west.

Normandy cuisine sample menu

La Blonderie (day 1)

  • Pommeau Apritif
  • Roasted Goat's Cheese with Vegetable Escabche
  • Pork la Normande
  • Apricot Tart
  • Tea/coffee

La Ferme Auberge (day 3)

  • Kir Normand
  • Homemade Black Pudding Terrine and Onion Jam served with freshly-baked bread
  • Pork Orloff Normandy-style
  • Teurgoule (Normandy Rice Pudding)

Combine cooking with history. Only 44 kilometers from Sainte Mre Eglise, immortalized in the movie "The Longest Day", 90 kilometers from Omaha Beach and the US Cemetery, and 13 kilometers from Pegasus Bridge, Wilde Kitchen is perfectly located for exploring Normandy with its World War II museums, beaches, monuments and much more.

Le Mont Saint Michel, the second most visited tourist spot in France, (the Eiffel Tower is the first) is a mere 146 kilometers from your bed and breakfast inn, along the spectacular coastal road, known locally as "la touristique." While Bayeux, famous for its almost 1000-year old, world-famous tapestry, depicting the defeat of England by William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, is 99 kilometers away - all potential day-trips. You also visit La Maison du Biscuit, epicerie fine where some gifts and souvenirs may be purchased.

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All excursions - market visits, organic cider farm, boulangerie, epicerie fine
  • Arrival supper consisting of Normandy cheeses, wine, crusty bread, and dessert
  • Daily breakfast
  • Recipe folders
  • Tasting meals
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Ricarda
    10 out of 10

    "Remembering the awesome cooking experience in February, I ordered the tart rings today to be able to reproduce the lovely pastry we had made during the cooking class with you. The time we've spent exploring the French kitchen is still vividly in our minds and frequently shared. We highly recommend taking one of the offered courses - it's been fun and great food!bThanks again, Sinead, for sharing your kitchen and hospitality with us."

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  • Review by Cheryl from Indiana
    10 out of 10

    "It was like walking into your dream kitchen, garden and dining area with a chef who obviously loves to teach and eat great food! My husband and I spent the day with Sinead, our chef, and four ladies from Australia and we had a delightful day with all of us studying the menu, preparing the many dishes and joyfully eating the spoils of our labors! Sinead is very open to share her ideas and opinions and open to hearing others'. It was delightful!"

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  • Review by Scott
    10 out of 10

    "Well worth a day when visiting the Normandy area of France if you love great food, and want to see the countryside and want to shop in an authentic outdoor French market."

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  • Review by Andrew M.
    10 out of 10

    "We booked the one day cooking course with Sinead but decided to stay in her gite for 3 days to use as a base to explore Normandy. Couldn't recommend both the course and the gite - and Sinead's delightful company and Irish hospitality - more highly."

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  • Review by Susan O
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing! Wonderful atmosphere, location, and cookery. We had a great trip and would definitely do it again. We have invited Sinead to bring her kitchen to the U.S. for a benefit/charity event - can't wait"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I wanted to do a cooking class in northern France and, after a search, "Wilde Kitchen" popped up and looked promising. We arrived one September afternoon and Sinead was there to welcome us to a lovely gite, a self-contained apartment. Breakfast each morning consisted of delicious croissants and baguettes, home made jams, juice and coffee - a perfect leisurely start to the day. Sinead is very knowledgeable about the area and gave us great recommendations for places to see and restaurants to visit, including an amazing Michelin rated one, "Le P'tit Bourg"."

    "On the morning of the cooking class we set off for the market in the main town. Sinead introduced us to some of her favourite stallholders and explained many foods we were unfamiliar with. After purchasing ingredients we returned to the main house for our cooking class in a spectacular dream kitchen. Under Sinead's expert guidance we cooked a delicious three-course meal, gathering many suggestions and valuable tips along the way. I have overcome my fear of Creme Anglaise and have even managed to reproduce it at home, including the chocolate fondants! We greatly enjoyed our stay in La Blonderie and the cooking class enhanced the whole experience. Thank you to Sinead and her family for making us feel so welcome and making our holiday in northern France really memorable! We hope to return one day soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, from USA
    10 out of 10

    "For four days, we ate and cooked and laughed and learned all kinds of things. Sinad and her family were wonderful hosts. I was traveling solo, and she helped me weeks before I arrived, answering emails and making me feel welcome.Sinad customizes the class as she gets to know you, targeting your interests and introducing you to Normandy cuisine and culture. Stay as long as you can! It is an amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Ana Laura from Bayeux, France
    10 out of 10

    "My mother and I passed a 3 day course at Wilde Kitchen. The cooking classes were great and we learned a lot, Sinad and her family were amazing hosts and we had an excellent stay at La Blonderie. Definitely a holiday we won't forget!"

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  • Review by Claire L from Virginia, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I spent five fabulous days the Wilde Kitchen cooking, eating, and laughing. Sinad is a wonderful teacher and an accomplished cook, the cooking classes at the Wilde Kitchen and staying at La Blonderie was the highlight of our trip to France! We learned a lot and were exposed to the charming local culture and fabulous cuisine.If you want to go to a cooking school in France, this is the place to go. In the near future, we hope to return to the Wilde Kitchen with our entire family for cooking classes. My only regret is that we didn't plan to stay longer. Be sure to extend your trip so you have time to visit the local sites."

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  • Review by Niamh O'Toole
    10 out of 10

    "La blonderie is a wonderful and magical place, not to mention Sinead & co who make the entire experience so unique - a totally unforgettable experience and some serious good food (and fun!) to be had!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was one of the best places we stayed during our entire trip! Its a great place; clean, perfect home away from home. Sinead was an amazing cook and teacher and the food was fantastic!"

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Normandy, France

The Wilde Kitchen is where you'll learn to cook with Sinéad the French way, where the best of Norman cuisine is always on the menu during your cooking holiday.

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