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Optional Excursion
Villeudieu les 

A Culinary and Cultural Journey to Villeudieu les Poeles

10:00 AM: Depart from The Walnut Grove Cookery School, embarking on a scenic journey through the rolling hills and picturesque villages of Normandy.

11:00 AM: Arrive in Villedieu-les-Poêles and step back in time as you enter the medieval heart of the town. Discover its captivating history linked to the Knights of Malta, with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and hidden courtyards.

11:30 AM: Immerse yourself in the world of copper craftsmanship at a historic foundry like Cornille Havard. Witness the mesmerizing process of molten copper being transformed into beautiful pots, pans, and other objects, and even try your hand at hammering copper under the guidance of a skilled artisan.

12:30 PM: Savor a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, indulging in regional specialties like crêpes, cider, and Normandy cheeses. Afterwards, explore the charming shops lining the main streets, where you can find unique souvenirs and handcrafted treasures.

2:00 PM: Visit the Musée de la Poeslerie et Maison de la Dentellière, a fascinating museum dedicated to the town's copperware and lace-making traditions. Learn about the intricate techniques and tools used for centuries, and admire exquisite historical pieces and contemporary creations.

3:00 PM: Take a leisurely stroll through the Cour aux Moines or Cour Bataille, beautiful courtyard workshops where artisans continue to practice their craft. Be mesmerized by the rhythmic hammering and clanging, and peek into the workshops to catch a glimpse of the creative process.

4:00 PM: Enjoy a refreshing afternoon treat at a traditional tea salon or bakery, sampling local pastries and sipping on hot chocolate or cider. Relish the quaint atmosphere and soak in the town's timeless charm.

5:00 PM: Depart from Villedieu-les-Poêles, carrying treasured memories and perhaps a unique copper souvenir, and relax on the comfortable journey back to The Walnut Grove Cookery School.

6:00 PM: Arrive back at The Walnut Grove Cookery School with unforgettable experiences and a newfound appreciation for Normandy's rich heritage and exquisite craftsmanship.

Price:  550 Euro Single Person  (Occupying own room)

             650 Euro Two Persons (Sharing a room)

Price includes:

  • Overnight accommodation at The Walnut Grove Cookery School

  • Roundtrip transportation & parking in Villedieu-les-Poêles

  • Breakfast and chef' prepared three-course dinner at The Walnut Grove Cookery School

Price does not include:

  • Lunch in Villeudieu les Poeles

  • Cocktails or wine served with dinner at The Walnut Grove Cookery School

  • Guide services

  • Entrance fees to museums or foundry. 

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