French Cooking Vacation: Cooking School in Lorgues, Provence
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Chateau De Berne - BEST SELLER
Lorgues, Provence

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About the location: This wonderful estate is nestled in the heart of Provence, between Nice and Marseille and just outside the charming village of Lorgues. The estate is surrounded by vineyards and forests, and at its heart is the Chateau's 5-star "auberge," your home for the week, along with the cooking school and the winery, both key ingredients your culinary adventure. It really is like a bit of heaven on earth!

The Chateau de Berne and its 5-star Auberge are a luxurious, calm, and sophisticated place, having hosted events for such large international companies as Mazda, L’Oreal, Ferrari. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated with elegant accents, and has its own balcony or sun terrace. The grounds are complete with a luxurious outdoor pool, gardens, tennis and boules courts, and miles of wonderful biking trails. Or, if you prefer, there is workout equipment in a glass enclosure by the pool, where you can watch TV or simply soak in the glorious vistas. Chateau de Berne also has a newly renovated spa, set inside the ancient cellar and dedicated to beauty and wellness, that features a panoramic terrace overlooking the vines and outdoor pool. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is a relaxation area that includes a sauna, herbal tea room, steam room, light therapy shower, and jacuzzi (VIP lodge). Every part of this spa is designed for pleasure and relaxation! Other new additions to this amazing estate include a gorgeous new restaurant in the auberge, and a charming bistro in the winery (complete with a Provencal boutique filled with enticing local products). And in the afternoon, enjoy a stop in the lounge by the fireplace for afternoon tea! Although due to the size of the property this is a somewhat isolated setting in the beautiful Provencal countryside, you will have the feeling of spending time in one of the little charming spots throughout Provence.

About the cooking classes: Chef Louis and his team will introduce you to his own style of cooking, in which he turns simple local produce into astonishing and tempting dishes. Louisloves spending time in the kitchen's vegetable, herb, and flower garden, where he finds his inspiration for his seasonal menus. He chooses the best and freshest ingredients from the garden as well as from the famous market in Lorgues for the hands-on classes that take place in either the garden among the olive trees or inside the wine cellar.

Chateau De Berne - BEST SELLER Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday (or Wednesday)

Order of activities and cooking themes may vary.

  • Arrival at hotel.
  • Dinner (beverages not included) at the gastronomic restaurant le Jardin de Benjamin.
  • Overnight in a Deluxe room.

Day 2 - Wednesday (or Thursday)

  • Breakfast at leisure.
  • 10.00am to 2.00pm, your culinary instruction takes you into the early part of the afternoon when the result of your day’s work will be served for lunch (wine of the domain, mineral water, and coffee are included) at the Cookery School or in the gardens.
  • 4pm: Guided visit of our cellar followed by a tasting of three Chateau de Berne wines (1 hour)
  • Dinner on own.
  • Overnight in a Deluxe room.

Day 3 - Thursday (or Friday)

  • Breakfast at leisure.
  • 9.00am: Guided visit of the traditional French vegetable garden of Château de Berne, as well as their animal farm, where they have hens, rabbits, and more. (Please note that the visit to the French vegetable garden can also be done another day depending on availability, to be confirmed by the reception on arrival).
  • 10.00am to 2.00pm: cooking class followed by the lunch (wine of the domain, mineral water, and coffee included).
  • Afternoon on your own to relax, or perhaps enjoy a spa treatment.
  • Overnight in a Deluxe room.

Day 4 - Friday (or Saturday)

  • Breakfast at leisure.
  • 9:30am to noon: Transfer to Flayosc to visit an olive oil mill, and then transfer back to the hotel. (Or, morning cooking class and afternoon visit of the olive oil mill, depending on the specific week.)
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Some time at leisure; take time to lay down by the pool, to work out in the gym, or enjoy a spa treatment.
  • This afternoon, take part in your next cooking class
  • Dinner on own.
  • Overnight in a Deluxe room.

Day 5 - Saturday (or Sunday)

  • Breakfast at leisure.
  • 10.00am to 2.00pm, cooking class followed by the lunch with beverages included.
  • Afternoon at leisure, you can take time to lie by the pool, to work out in the gym, enjoy a spa treatment. Do not hesitate to contact the reception if you need some information about the activities.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in a Deluxe room.

Day 6 - Sunday (or Monday)

  • Breakfast at leisure.
  • Departure.

Sample Menus

Sample entree menu:

  • Provençal vegetable terrine with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Courgette flowers stuffed with Mediterranean fish mousse
  • Fillet of sea bass roasted in its skin, lemon vinaigrette
  • Terrine of foie gras, rosemary biscuits and country bread
  • Salad of veal sweetbreads on puff pastry flavoured with celery
  • Fillets of Red Mullet simply pan-fried, salad with olive oil and chives

Sample dessert menu:

  • Lavender crème brûlée
  • Baked fresh fruits with orange-flower water sabayon sauce
  • Cherries baked in batter pudding with vanilla sauce
  • Puff pastry case with pears and rosemary honey caramel
  • Mousse of plums from our orchard
  • Baked figs with thyme ice cream
  • Pears baked in wine and cinnamon