Cookery Courses & Culinary Holidays in France - La Vie Du Château -

French Cooking Courses & Holidays in an 18th Century family château in France. English speaking.
Opening at 9:00 AM
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Welcome to our 5 Days French Cooking Course –that includes accommodations at our family's 18th Century château, excursions to local food markets, chateaux, vineyards, bistros, distilleries, lots of cooking...and lots of fun!

At La Vie du Château mornings begin with a breakfast of fresh croissant...

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Welcome to our 4 Day French Cooking Course–a mixture of cooking, open markets, laughter, good food, and good times.

At La Vie du Château mornings begin with a breakfast of fresh croissants, assorted pastries, fresh eggs from our own chickens, homemade jam and honey, cereals, homemade yoghurt, c...

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3 years ago
What an absolute pleasure it was to spend 5 days in the French countryside cooking with Mary. Right from the beginning she could not have been more helpful. She sugggested all of the best ways to arrive at the Chateau, and even picked me up from the bus. The Chateau itself was just charming; the real-deal French country house that it appears in the photos. Xavier, Mary and their housekeeper Ella was so incredibly attentive to all of our needs and made our stay so welcoming. We had a lovely few days cooking a wide variety of beautiful sweet and savory dishes, and covered lots of basics like the perfect mayonnaise and vinaigrette. Every meal was a true feast, with all of the amazing food we had cooked, accompanied by locals wines that Xavier was able to give us some real lessons on. Mary was an excellent teacher, and keeping the classes small and fairly relaxed was a great way to help us learn but also make us feel like it was a holiday too! I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Chateau...
- Annabelle C
3 years ago
This past summer my friend and I enrolled in the cookery course at Chateau de la Barbee. On arrival we were enchanted by the chateau , made immediately to feel at home by our hosts Mary and her husband Xavier as well as Ella, Mary's very efficient assistant. Our days were spent reviewing French recipes , then to hands on preparation , and cooking. We enjoyed our culinary delights served on dishes and crystal from the early 1800s in this most wonderfully historic and lavish French setting , and , with the accompaniment of the best of wines. Our lovely double room with a small balcony, was on the second floor and decorated in the fashion and period of the chateau. We felt completely immersed in tradition. Xavier was a wealth of knowledge both historical and present. We lacked for nothing. I highly recommend Chateau de la Barbee and thank Mary and Xavier for a wonderful experience.
- Trish N
3 years ago
Absolutely charming!! It was like being in a fairy tale the whole 3 days. Mary and Xavier are gracious hosts and Mary taught us so much about classic French cuisine. Needless to say, the meals were incredible and served beautifully. I would love to return some day to savor more!!
- Nancy H

About La Vie Du Château Cooking Courses

La Vie Du Château's French culinary holidays are all-inclusive with no hidden-fees.

Prices include:

  • All food and drinks (wine, champagne, cognac, etc)

  • All entrance tickets and transportation for excursions

  • Accommodations at Château de La Barbée

  • Cooking tuition

  • Recipes booklet

  • A complimentary Château de La Barbée” apron

    For more information and to book courses, please visit our website:

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Château de la Barbée
72200 Bazouges sur le Loir

Business Hours

Mon:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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