This trip we decided on the Cotswolds in England. Never been there before and people generally have good commentary about this region. After searching the web, I booked into a place called The Wild Rabbit, in a village named Kingham. When I made the reservation the folk taking my call advised me it was a small village with only a couple of hotels and small store. Not much else. However, they advised, the hotel was only eight months old and featured a gourmet restaurant. Sounded lovely and certainly looked good on the website.
That happened, The Wild Rabbit was exactly the way to commence our holiday, that most suited us. Décor very much to our taste, food very much to our palette and certainly chilled out enough for us to groove into the zone !
So the story evolved that this establishment is part of a bigger plan of activity & lifestyle owned by Lady Bamford. Just down the road, we were advised, Lady Bamford owns the Daylesford Organic Farmhouse store. We decided to take a walk and visit the store, a relatively short walk of about three miles.
Along the way we come across the organic food production warehouse that is making food for the store and the outlets they own in London. We chatted to the Executive Chef there for a while and he gave us ongoing directions, to follow down the farm track. A short while later we came across a farm gate and entered the rear of a property, there is an exclusive spa and wellness retreat, a fashion store with some of the most exquisite cotton and wool clothes (way beyond my price range) and adorable accessories. We walked through a wonderful and very aesthetically pleasing garden and flower store to find the farmhouse store. Wonderful fresh produce, complete with food, wine, home wares, cafe…..and just about anything else you could think of store.
“Wow”, Tez and I say to each other, “this is amazing and it seems to be in the middle of a farm/property”.
Then we discovered it!! I have died and gone to cooking school heaven!!!!!
The Daylesford Cookery School. The most incredible set up, I actually don’t know how to describe it. It was the dream cooking school, if I had to dream and create another cooking school.
We go into the school and I have the class identified that I would love to do…..sadly the classes for the week had been cancelled. Just was not meant to be for me for that week. However, we chatted to Kathy and she provided lots of information and I just know that if it is meant to be – one day, I will be back there again. IT. WAS. AN. AWESOME. SET-UP.