You know those picture-postcard, golden-stoned manor houses in the Cotswolds that you occasionally dream about living in? Well, here’s another one for your fantasy bank. Thyme is an unusual country-house boutique hotel with its own cookery school. The luxury of being tucked away in a Cotswold village is that of space (class sizes range from 8–16). Under the exposed beams and painted brick of a medieval tithe barn, you’ll find a huge dining room and sitting area, attached to a contemporary teaching kitchen, gleaming with Bulthaup stainless steel, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Italianate herb gardens. It’s here that the Thyme team of tutors and visiting guest chefs deliver fun, friendly day classes in a broad range of culinary topics, from curries to cocktails, all founded upon skills, seasonality and sustainability. There are hotel rooms, cottages, a guest drawing room and cocktail bar ‘The Baa’, in addition to Thyme’s award-winning restaurant, The Swan at Southrop, so you can make a stay of it – and you most definitely should. Take the time to wander around 150 acres of manicured grounds, impressive kitchen gardens and productive farm to truly appreciate the sustainable nature of Thyme.
South East Asian Cookery: £185
The Instinctive Cook – Seasonal Dinner Parties: £185
Masterchef Masterclass – Rustic italian: £285
Cocktails, Cordials & Infusions: £75
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