A weekend escape to rural France for the foodie and wine lover in everyone. Wine tastings, shopping at a farmer’s market, a vineyard visit, a drop-in at a local artisan oil press, some hands-on cooking demonstrations, but most of all exquisite meals paired with amazing local wines. Eat, drink, learn, discuss. A gastronome's delight.
What is it? A chance to get away for the weekend, eat great food, drink fantastic wines, visit fascinating sites and learn a bit about what you’re eating and drinking. You can even try your hand at preparing a dish or two if the spirit hits you. We’ve designed this break as a chance for those who want to sample our extraordinary wine and food offerings with a bit more emphasis on the ‘relax and explore’ holiday aspect of it all. It’s not a course, it’s part culinary tour, part wine and food appreciation, part house party. Above all, it’s fun, relaxing and a little decadent.
- Anna (Langeais, France)
Course Length: 3 days/3 nights (Friday-Monday)
Schedule: Pick-up at Poitiers airport or train station at times below on Friday, visit to wine cooperative, Saumur market Saturday morning, cooking/food appreciation Saturday afternoon, vineyard visit on Sunday, cooking demonstrations Sunday afternoon, free time Monday morning, exquisite meals served throughout.
Travel Details: Free pick-up and drop-off at Poitiers Airport or Poiters Centre Rail Station (coordinated with the Ryanair London Stansted Flight) as follows:
Pick-up Poitiers Airport 13:30 (flight FR8474 London-Poitiers arrives 13:25)
Pick-up Poitiers Centre Rail Station circa 13:45
Drop-off Poitiers Airport circa 14:45 (flight FR8475 Poitiers-London departs 16:10)
Drop-off Poitiers Centre rail station circa 15:00
You can make your own way via train to Thouars (our local rail station) or drive to Misse (we will provide directions).
- Peter & Eva-Lotta (Stockholm, Sweden)
Accommodation: The Circle of Misse comprises two beautiful properties located minutes from each other on the Thouet River. The main Misse House, where all courses are taught and most meals are served; and River House, a lovely riverside villa with stunning views and immaculate gardens. Both properties have beautiful rooms with double beds, wardrobes and writing desks. Most share a bathroom. Due to the nature of how we schedule courses, we regret that we cannot take requests for particular properties or rooms.
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, including wine & cocktails. Coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks and snacks available all the time.
Cost: £495 includes all activities, three nights bed, breakfast and dinner accommodation (single or double occupancy); all meals (including wine and cocktails); beverages and snacks throughout the day; and any admission fees for local excursions. To secure a place a deposit of £165 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts.
Available Dates: Aug -
Cooking Courses in Pictures
Garganelli served with both fennel & tomato and pork ragus
A Wild Nettle (Stinging variety) Risotto
Writers reap rewards from the cookery school
Making Halloumi Cheese
Taking a break to taste a Sauvignon Blanc from Haut Poitou
A Misse speciality - Tagliatelli with Radish Leaf Pesto
Cooks Prepare White Asparagus Risotto
A Festive Ballotine of Turkey (Boned, layered and cooked in its original skin)
Peaches poached in Cabernet Franc Wine
Pasta Sunflowers stuffed with wild rabbit and dressed with a Girolle Sauce