Cuisine

A Unique and Indulgent Culinary Experience

Our experiences combine the art of French cooking with the tranquil beauty of the Cognac region of France. Our retreats offer a unique culinary experience that not only allows you to indulge in delicious French cuisine but also provides hands-on cooking classes and workshops led by our talented in-house chef, Maggy Paul-Martinet.

What to Expect

During our cuisine retreats, you can expect a variety of activities and workshops focused on the culinary arts, including:

Hands-On Cooking Classes

Engage in practical cooking classes, where you will learn to prepare authentic French dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients under the guidance of our experienced chef.

Local Market Visits

Explore local markets and learn about the region's seasonal produce and culinary traditions, while gaining insights into selecting the best ingredients for your dishes.

Mindful Eating

Experience the connection between mindfulness and food, as you enjoy shared meals with fellow participants, learning to appreciate the flavors, textures, and aromas of each dish.

Culinary Workshops

Participate in workshops that explore various aspects of French cuisine, such as food presentation, flavour combinations, and traditional cooking techniques.

Wine and Cheese Tastings

Discover the fine art of pairing French wines and cheeses, and learn about the unique flavors and characteristics of regional wines and artisanal cheeses.

Cultural Excursions

Embark on guided excursions to nearby vineyards, local artisans, and historical sites, immersing yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Cognac region.

Accommodation and Meals

During your cuisine retreat, you will stay in comfortable, French country-style accommodations set amidst the scenic beauty of the Cognac region. Our retreats offer a mix of private and shared rooms, each tastefully furnished to ensure a restful stay.
We take great pride in the meals we serve during our retreats. Our talented in-house chef, Maggy Paul-Martinet, prepares a variety of delicious and wholesome French dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. We cater to various dietary needs and preferences, ensuring that every guest enjoys a satisfying and memorable dining experience.

Who Can Attend

Our cuisine retreats are suitable for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners looking to develop their culinary abilities to seasoned home chefs seeking to expand their knowledge of French cooking techniques and traditions. We create a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages learning, creativity, and the joy of cooking.

Retreat Schedule

Our cuisine retreats typically span several days, with a daily schedule designed to provide a balance of structured activities and personal time for relaxation and reflection. Each day will include a combination of cooking classes, workshops, tastings, and excursions, along with ample time for rest and exploration.

A Wonderful Experience

We enjoyed a wonderful experience thanks to the exceptional care from Charlie and Olive, who looked after all our group’s specific needs and included many of our special requests in the programme. We would also like to mention the wonderful cuisine supplied by Maggie. Truly a memorable week.

George & Elaine Balmer

Like a Gathering of Old Friends

Olive and Charlie were so kind, generous and hospitable and really couldn’t do enough for the group and to make our stay as comfortable as possible. There was a lovely balance between our sessions and local trips. It became like a gathering of old friends after the first night at dinner...I’ll certainly be back!

Miriam Glynn

Genuinely Warm & Welcoming

This weekend exceeded my expectations. Olive & Charlie are wonderful hosts, immediately creating an environment which is genuinely warm & welcoming. Which in turn makes the group dynamic work effortlessly. I really cannot recommend it highly enough and look forward to my next trip to Olive & Charlie.

Jennifer Callan

Christmas Cuisine Weekend

8th - 11th December

Join us from 8th to 11th December for lots of fun in the kitchen as you learn from the wonderful Maggy some very special French recipes to dazzle your guests over the Christmas season. Enjoy the perfect balance between chilling and cooking as you pick up endless hints and tips to entertain and impress friends and family.

New Year Cuisine Weekend

26th - 28th January 2024

Begin the New Year with lots of fun in the kitchen as you learn from the wonderful Maggy some very special French recipes to dazzle your guests throughout the year. Join us from 26th to 28th January for a weekend of cooking and relaxation as you pick up endless hints and tips to entertain and impress friends and family.

Cookery & Cognac

18th - 24th February 2024

Join us for a delightful Cookery & Cognac Retreat from the 18th to the 24th of February, 2024. This immersive experience, returning by popular demand, combines the art of French cooking with the allure of the Charente region, home to the world-famous Cognac.

Register Your Interest in Our Upcoming Experiences

As we are in the process of fine-tuning the details of our autumn cuisine programme, we are currently not accepting immediate bookings. However, we recognise that you might already be considering such an experience for your future plans.
Once you express your interest, you'll be among the first to receive updates about our cuisine experiences. We'll keep you informed about when bookings will open and any exciting details or enhancements to the programme as they are confirmed.