While the setting – a small house in the grounds of the 18th-century Lucknam Park estate near Bath – screams Jane Austen, the state-of-the-art kitchens of this cookery school are entirely up to date. Hands-on experience is the deal here, whether you’re staying in one of the 42 guest rooms of the country-house hotel or simply visiting for one of the many inventive courses on offer. With Michelin-starred chef Hywel Jones and his personable team at the helm, you can expect full- and half-day classes that focus on mastering new techniques and celebrating local ingredients, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned cook. The syllabus takes in the full gamut of skills you actually want to learn, be it mastering bread, designing simple suppers, mastering the art of barbecuing, cooking with wild food and game, or learning how to balance Asian flavours. Participants are welcomed with coffee and pastries on arrival with all produce set out, ready to be cooked. A day is ended with lunch and a chef’s whites presentation. Kids’ classes are also available. Go for the expert, practical advice; stay for the dreamily idyllic surrounds.
Michelin Star Cooking at Home: £195
Fish Knife Skills: £95
The Perfect Steak: £70
Glorious Game: £185