Discover Normandy

There is something for everyone in Normandy! Boasting 350 miles of rolling coastlines, everchanging, verdant landscapes, a rich culture and history, and world-class food and drink, Normandy is definitely a region worth discovering on this unique 4-night cooking vacation. You will find a blending of maritime traditons and a rural way of life during your stay, and your hosts will provide a unique insight into the art de vivre à la française, where socializing and mealtimes are an integral part of everyday life, whether you are in the kitchen, the garden, on the beach or in the school canteen. Your cooking courses will be at an 18th-century restored farmhouse, located in the breathtakingly beautiful Cotentin Peninsula in a tiny, typical Norman village. You will be just a few miles from the nearest sandy beaches and less than 15 miles from the lively port town of Cherbourg. The nearest market town, Les Pieux (literally meaning ‘the Sticks’), is just a couple of miles down the road.

For history fans, Normandy calls to mind D-Day, and you will be just a 45 minute-drive from the first village liberated on June 6, 1944, Sainte Mère Eglise and Utah beach, and just over an hour from Omaha Beach and the US military cemetary. And yet Normandy is more than just a war memorial: its culture extends to its gastronomy, its people, and its intimate, country way of life. Apple orchards dot the landscape, the fruits of which appear in many traditional Norman dishes; its fertile interior yields a cuisine famous for its simple, good, hearty dishes, its fresh local produce, exception seafood, dairy herds, and presalé lambs— the so-called “pre-salted” stock that grazes on sand dunes near Le Mont St. Michel.

Discover Normandy

There is something for everyone in Normandy! Boasting 350 miles of rolling coastlines, everchanging, verdant landscapes, a rich culture and history, and world-class food and drink, Normandy is definitely a region worth discovering on this unique 4-night cooking vacation. You will find a blending of maritime traditons and a rural way of life during your stay, and your hosts will provide a unique insight into the art de vivre à la française, where socializing and mealtimes are an integral part of everyday life, whether you are in the kitchen, the garden, on the beach or in the school canteen. Your cooking courses will be at an 18th-century restored farmhouse, located in the breathtakingly beautiful Cotentin Peninsula in a tiny, typical Norman village. You will be just a few miles from the nearest sandy beaches and less than 15 miles from the lively port town of Cherbourg. The nearest market town, Les Pieux (literally meaning ‘the Sticks’), is just a couple of miles down the road.

For history fans, Normandy calls to mind D-Day, and you will be just a 45 minute-drive from the first village liberated on June 6, 1944, Sainte Mère Eglise and Utah beach, and just over an hour from Omaha Beach and the US military cemetary. And yet Normandy is more than just a war memorial: its culture extends to its gastronomy, its people, and its intimate, country way of life. Apple orchards dot the landscape, the fruits of which appear in many traditional Norman dishes; its fertile interior yields a cuisine famous for its simple, good, hearty dishes, its fresh local produce, exception seafood, dairy herds, and presalé lambs— the so-called “pre-salted” stock that grazes on sand dunes near Le Mont St. Michel.


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We were very, very pleased with the cooking lesson, the chef, her family, her home, and most importantly her generosity in sharing her knowledge, love of food, life, and family with us...the setting was in a fairly remote, quiet part of Normandy but conveniently located. We enjoyed being off the tourist path. Her home was a labor of love...She and her husband rehabbed an old farm and built a separate, very commfortable B&B...The aesthetics, land, and home were great.. Her kitchen was new and very well thought out. The menu she selected was reflective of local foods and provided us with a educational ands fun cooking experience. She is very hands on and user friendly as well as organized and a wonderful story teller. She seems to love what she does and it is apparent in her entire "production" from beginning to end. She and her husband joined us for dinner...They couldn’t have been more engaging. We were also fortunate enough to be there on their daughters birthday so we enjoyed some of the families tradition in celebrating...I would highly recommend this cooking school to anyone. Judy & Dennis, IL

Trip Details

Enjoy 3 hands-on cooking sessions with your hostess, Sinéad. Irish by birth, she and her husband Philippe, the local veterinarian, moved to Normandy over 20 years ago. Sinéad quickly realized that her culinary background transcended borders and she delved into the gastronomy and way of life of her new home: she learned to ride a horse, speak French fluently, raise chickens (and kids!), and embrace the simple yet delectable food traditions of Normandy. The results will be yours to enjoy, as she leads you on your culinary discovery of Normandy’s fresh ingredients and rich flavors. Sinéad and Philippe’s philosophy is simple: to share their experience of everyday life with their guests, to open their homes, hearts and kitchens so that you can get an taste of the local culture and the simple, authentic country life of rural Normandy. Their cooking classes and accommodations have been featured in numerous publications, including Lonely Planet, The Telegrah (UK), and Le Figaro magazine. Their culinary experience was also named as one of the most intriguing and delectable cooking classes around the world’ in the 2011 Qantas magazine.


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