All the cooking courses are held at our home in Les Cardinaux, 16190, Aignes et Puyperoux (see the top map on the right hand side of the page) is about 25 minutes south of Angouleme, the capitol of The Charente department, in Poitou Charente.

The accommodation is at The Courtyard, Ste Catherine, 16170 St Cybardeaux  (see the bottom map on the right of the page). It is a very pretty 35 minute drive from our home and is a stunning property with wonderful hosts, Charlie and Steph May. For more details go to the accommodation link on the Home menu or check them out directly at


Getting to both of us is really simple and you have plenty of options either by car, ferry, plane or train. We do recommend you have a car even if flying as both properties are rural.

Travel options – you could catch the train in London and be here with a very simple change in Paris or Lille in as little as 5 hours with a very simple change in Paris or Lille. (The high speed tgv from Paris to Angouleme due to open in July this year will reduce this by almost 2 hours. Eventually this will continue on directly to St Pancreas  – we will keep you updated on this).

You will be able to pick up a hire car at the train station.

Nearest Airports;
Limoges – 11/2 hrs – Bordeaux – 11/2 hrs – Bergerac – 11/2 hrs – Poitiers 1hr 50 La Rochelle – 1.5hrs

You will be able to pick up a hire car at any of the airports, or we can pick you up for a small fee if you prefer.

Nearest Ferries:

Saint Malo – 5hrs, Calais – 7hrs, Roscoff – 6hrs, Caen – 6hrs

Also: If you book with Holiday France direct we can offer 20% off Brittany ferry crossings

Drive You can take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais and meander down through the beautiful French countryside with perhaps take an overnight stop halfway (we can recommend accommodation on route for you). The journey takes around 7 hours.