Cooking in Gascony
Situated in the heart of the Gers in South-Western France, this cooking school is the perfect setting for your initiation into French cuisine. The location has been specifically selected by your hosts for the region’s famed gastronomy and the area’s culinary prestige is rivaled only by the beauty of its landscape; a combination of rolling hills, meandering rivers and fields upon fields of golden sunflowers. In addition to the picturesque region’s gastronomic treasures, this corner of the French countryside is saturated with European history. Now one of the least populated areas in France (a fact which enables Gascony to proudly retain its core Frenchness’), Gascony was invaded by the Romans, the Vikings and the Visigoths, each civilization leaving behind remnants of their occupation. From forts and castles to beautifully preserved Roman baths there is a plethora of excursions and sightseeing activities to be enjoyed during your free time at the cookery school. Alternatively, the school is also in easy driving distance of Toulouse and Bordeaux and, for those wishing to extend their European exploration, you are only a train ride away from the Spanish city of Barcelona.
Your home for the duration of the five-day course will be the historic French commune of Gramont. The village of Gramont is a closely-knit community and boasts, in addition to its status as a national heritage site, the Chateau de Gramont, a well-maintained medieval castle and one of just six national monuments in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Your hosts for the week, David and Vikki, are an English couple whose long love-affair with French food and culture finally led them to renovating the old Gascon auberge in which you will be staying.
Cooking in Gascony Accommodation Information
Your accommodations at the chambres d’hôtes will be in one of the five classically furnished guest rooms (there are two double rooms on the ground floor; and, three double rooms, one room with a king-sized bed, and a room with a double bed and single bed on the upper floor). In true Gascon manner David and Vikki will make you feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in your new home from home.
Please note that not all the rooms have air conditioning. If this is a requirement for you, please let us know at time of booking and we will make every attempt to guarantee you a room with AC. Note also that in the Spring and Fall months the chambres d’hôtes can be cool and we recommend you dress in layers.