If you love French food, then a stay at Le Chevrefeuille in the Dordogne region of France, could be your ideal family holiday destination. With family cooking courses, demonstrations and tours on offer for the whole family to experience at this family-friendly holiday complex.
One half of the husband & wife team that own Le Chevrefeuille, is a chef. Ian trained at Le Talbooth in Essex before Sara & he decided to move their family to the gastronomic capital of France – Perigord Noir. They transformed an 18th Century Farmhouse into a stunning guesthouse with two gites and families have been enjoying holidays here since 2004. There is also a super pool, animals to feed, grounds to explore and the location is wonderful too!
In 2012 Ian opened an on-site cookery school – Cook Dordogne. Cook Dordogne offers cookery courses as well as cooking demonstrations & guided market visits.
Family cooking course – ½ day every Thursday
All ages are welcome to join the family course – children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ian will show you how to prepare & cook a delicious but simple two-course lunch.
This is a great activity for families & friends to enjoy together as a group – watch out parents, the kids might become better cooks than you!
All children taking part on the course will receive a ‘Junior Chef Participation Certificate’.
One day Culinary Course – Tuesday or Thursday
This course is aimed at adults – babysitting for your little ones can be arranged in advance.
The day starts with a guided market tour to find & select ingredients, Ian is very knowledgeable and will be able to give you lots of information about the best local & seasonal ingredients to use.
After a couple of hours at the market the rest of the day is spent preparing & cooking a wonderful three course meal, all under Ian’s guidance.
Depending on the time of year, the cookery classes are held in the outdoor kitchen (high summer).
If cooking isn’t your thing but eating is, a cookery demonstration would be perfect.
Ian will prepare & cook various local dishes with ‘tasters’ of every dish.
Guests are also welcome on the guided market tour where Ian will give plenty of tips on buying & cooking the local produce.
If you’re looking for a nice little winter break why not try the three-night food lovers package available from now until April 2020.
This little mini break includes; three nights B&B, welcome dinner cooked by Ian on the day of arrival, one day cookery course, Perigordine lunch at a local restaurant with a walk or farm visit, transfers from Brive or Bergerac airports, minimum of two people and the cost is €595 per person.
As well as the family cooking course there is plenty to keep children busy.
For animal lovers there are chickens, guinea pigs & rabbits to feed & cuddle. There is also a wonderful swimming pool to splash around in with sun loungers to relax in.
Outdoors there are swings, football nets, a petanque pit and table football & tennis plus an indoor playroom with lots of toys & games.
All the usual baby equipment is provided cots, highchairs, stair gates, steriliser, so that you can travel light.
Out & About
If your child loves horses why not book a one hour beginner lesson on a pony (from 5 years old) at the riding school next door.
The Dordogne river is close by with many activities to enjoy including canoeing or a boat ride.
Other days out include; Chateau Castelnaud, Jardin des Marquayssac, Le Conquil dinosaur parc and Le Bournat village.
If cooking or food is your passion Le Chevrefeuille is a great choice for a family holiday, with an onsite cookery school and two lovely gites to choose from, a 2 bed & a 3 bed;