I first met Steph and Charlie whilst we were looking to relocate here and we immediately realised a mutual love of food and good cooking and I think from very early on in our relationship we realised that working together on a food inspired project was a given. I am really lucky that they have offered to accommodate all my residential course students so I can focus on cooking from my home, a very pretty 35 minute drive away.

The Courtyard at Sainte Catherine is a 4* award winning family friendly Gîte and Chambre D’hotes holiday rental in the heart of the Charente; a perfect base to discover the region and the wonderful historic towns of Jarnac, Cognac and Angouleme. Your hosts are Charlie and Stephanie May, thier ten year old son Finn, Lilah and Suzie the dogs and Jet the cat. They moved in 2010 to live a different life and create a beautiful place for people to come and relax  in the Charente – their favourite region of France

The buildings that make up The Courtyard were virtually ruins when they acquired them in 2004. However the location was so peaceful and the views so beautiful, that they took on the renovation. Despite the rural location there is everything that you could need on a daily basis just two minutes away in Rouillac – a pretty village which dates from before Roman times and is still host to one of the oldest and largest farmers markets in France on the 27th of each month.

Steph is a great self-taught cook and will provide delicious breakfasts as well as dinners. Each residential package includes B&B, a welcoming meal and then depending on the length of the stay a further 1 0r 2 dinners cooked by Steph.

For further information on your accommodation and directions please go to the website http://www.thecourtyard.fr

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