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Spices [click to enlarge]Cookery courses are run by Louise [click to enlarge]The Aga [click to enlarge]
If you love France, great food, cooking and lots of laughs, you’ll love a

AGA France

Initially encouraged by our guests who enthused about our AGA-cooked meals, we decided to run AGA cookery workshops. Bois Bourdet is now an AGA France Accredited Cookery School and we are part of a small group of specialised and authorised AGA demonstrators. The aim of the workshops is to discover the tips, techniques and pleasures of cooking with an AGA - and to enjoy some of the many delicious local foods and the recipes which we have developed whilst catering for our guests at Bois Bourdet.

Whether you are new to AGA cooking, an experienced AGA enthusiast wishing to add a French flavour to your repertoire or just love good food and fine wine, an AGA cookery workshop at Bois Bourdet will not disappoint you!
Hands-on workshops [click to enlarge]Delicious starters [click to enlarge]Getting involved [click to enlarge]
Cooking with an AGA is effortless and produces absolutely superb results. Our approach to cooking with an AGA is both simple and unfussy, so whatever your previous skills or experience, you will discover new techniques and take away delicious recipes for recreating impressive dishes with a minimum of effort.
Warm bruschetta [click to enlarge]Sticky toffee pudding [click to enlarge]Sea bass with beurre blanc [click to enlarge]
Our style of cooking is wholesome, uncomplicated and unpretentious. We show you how to prepare and cook with the AGA, embracing the very best of traditional French country cooking. You will also learn how to present your delicious dishes with a modern twist so that they look stunning on the plate.
Farmers’ market [click to enlarge]Tasty goat’s cheese [click to enlarge]Meals made with homegrown produce [click to enlarge]
We are passionate and enthusiastic about cooking with good quality ingredients. We use the very best seasonal produce possible, either from our own organic garden or from local markets and suppliers, as well as wonderful seafood and meat from the region. We welcome vegetarians and people with special dietary requirements and will cover these specific areas of cooking if requested.
Tasty appetizers [click to enlarge]Baked salmon [click to enlarge]Vegetable gratin [click to enlarge]
We believe that cooking should be fun and we place great emphasis on finding enjoyment throughout all the stages of food preparation - from the garden to the table - with lots of laughs along the way!
Rural views from the kitchen [click to enlarge]Bois Bourdet’s farmhouse kitchen [click to enlarge]Traditional rustic charm [click to enlarge]
The workshops take place in our beautiful, well-equipped farmhouse kitchen where you can soak up the rustic French charm of the house, enjoy homely warmth from the AGA and lovely rural views from the windows.
Strawberry tarts [click to enlarge]Crème brûlée [click to enlarge]Baked chocolate cheesecake [click to enlarge]
The cookery sessions are run with a mixture of instruction and demonstration, but are predominantly hands on. A maximum class size of six guests per session ensures individual attention and that everyone gets fully involved.
Working as a team [click to enlarge]Time for coffee in the garden! [click to enlarge]Fun & laughs! [click to enlarge]
Our aim is to run workshops which are informal, relaxed, friendly, informative... and great fun!
Preparing for a cookery course [click to enlarge]The simmer plate [click to enlarge]The roasting oven [click to enlarge]
We offer one-day taster workshops and 2-day or 3-day breaks. All courses cover the main principles of AGA cooking and the use of the Roasting, Baking, Simmering and Warming ovens. During the sessions, a variety of delicious starters, main courses, puddings, soups, cakes and breads are made. The dishes are then eaten during a relaxing lunch or a candlelit evening supper.
A view of Bois Bourdet [click to enlarge]The Farmhouse : third bedroom [click to enlarge]Delicious breakfasts in the dining room [click to enlarge]
The cost of an AGA workshop includes accommodation in one of our luxury en suite bedrooms plus an evening meal with aperitif, wine & coffee on the night of arrival - a generous continental breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal with aperitif, wine & coffee during the workshop - and breakfast on the day of departure.

Programme for 2010/2011
to AGA Cooking
(2 nights)
AGA 2 Day Break
(3 nights)
AGA 3 Day Break
(4 nights)


DECEMBER  5th - 6th 1st - 4th  
JANUARY  22nd - 24th 25th - 28th    

23rd - 26th

MARCH  20th - 22nd

23rd - 26th

We have an exciting programme of cookery courses for 2010. If you would like to attend an AGA workshop but the dates above are not suitable for you, please contact us and we shall do our best to set up a workshop for your preferred dates. In addition, we are always happy to tailor a break to suit you personally, so please do not hesitate to contact us if there is something specific you would like to learn or discover during your stay.
 Prices per person
(sharing double/twin room)
Non-cooking companion
Introduction to AGA cooking
(includes 2 nights’ accommodation)
AGA Weekend
(includes 3 nights’ accommodation)
AGA Break
(includes 4 nights’ accommodation)
  • Non-cooking companions: non-cooking companions are always welcome. Bois Bourdet is a lovely place for a short break or holiday, with many interesting things to see and do in the local area. Your non-cooking companions will, of course, join you for breakfast, lunch and supper to savour the various delights you have created during the day.

  • Non-residential one day workshops: non-residential one-day workshops are also available – please contact us for more details.

  • Extend your stay: you are welcome to extend your stay beyond the workshop dates to enjoy all that Bois Bourdet and the local area have to offer. Our standard B&B guest tariff will apply.

    Please contact us for more information or to make a booking. We look forward to cooking with you soon!
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