the course the chef the house bookings travel

What about deposits?
I require a non-refundable deposit of US $400 (UK £325, Euros 365) per person at the time of booking. The full balance must be paid 6 weeks in advance of the start of your course.

What about cancellations?
If you have paid in full then cancel, your money will be refunded as follows:

Cancellation up to 6 weeks before the start of the course -
full refund of balance paid (loss of deposit only)

Cancellation up to 3 weeks before the start of the course -
refund of 50% of total cost

Cancellation within 3 weeks of the start of the course -
no refund.

What about payment?
I accept the cards shown at the foot of this page as well as international bank transfers. Card handling is through the WorldPay secure site. Cheques in sterling only can be accepted from UK bank accounts only.


Are air and rail fares etc. included in the price?
NO, but my car will pick you up free of charge on arrival at: Lyon St. Exupéry airpor; Lyon Part-Dieu rail station; Mâcon Loché TGV rail station; Mâcon Ville rail station, and return you free of charge at the conclusion of your stay.

Are all meals included?
YES, and all drinks, whether at the house, on visits or at restaurants. Partners' and others' meals and drinks are included except on activities undertaken outside the course


Are additional activities included in the price?
NO, activities undertaken by partners and others outside the course are entirely at their own expense and relevant insurance is at the responsibility of the participants. I shall be pleased to put you in contact with local activities and make recommendations. If a car is available, you can be driven you to your chosen location and picked up as a complimentary service. If this is not possible, I can call a local taxi at your expense.

What else is included?
All bed linen - guests are welcome also to use washing and drying facilities for personal items. Rooms without en-suite facilities share a bathroom with maximum two other guests.

Can disabled people attend?
I regret that there are no special facilities for disabled people.

Is there an age limit?
The minimum age limit is 18. There is no upper age limit.

How's the weather?
Spring in Southern Burgundy is magnificent - usually clear skies, cool at night. Summers can be very hot. Late Summer - the time of the wine harvest - is generally glorious. Bad weather is always possible, but the house is cool in summer and heated whenever necessary.

Are domestic pets allowed?

Is there a dress code?
NO. Dress is casual. All cooking guests will be provided with an apron.

On winery visits, is there an obligation to buy?
NO, and there are no 'tasting fees' payable.

Is insurance included?
NO. Guests are responsible for their own insurance arrangements.

Other questions
If for any reason I have to cancel a course, you can choose a full refund (including your deposit) or a booking on a different week if available. It is a condition of booking that I shall not be responsible in any way for guests' travel or associated costs in the case of cancellation, re-booking or any other cause.

Ready to book?
If the course you require is available and you wish to book, I'll hold your reservations for 72 hours while you make travel arrangements.

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