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Our Street Address

The Walnut Grove Cookery School

9 Allée de l'aire


Saint Hilaire du Maine

Mayenne - France

Getting Here

Whether you are taking a train from Paris or Driving to the Farm on your own, we highly recommend these helpful websites::

  • If you are arriving by train from CDG Airport, you may find this link helpful. 

  • If you have not yet booked your train tickets and need to, we recommend this website. Gare Laval AKA Laval Station is the station nearest us.

  • If you are driving from Paris, you may find this link helpful. 

If arriving by car, kindly note:

The Walnut Grove is in the department of Mayenne, part of the Pays de la Loire. The property is situated between the village of Saint Hilaire du Maine and Ernée, on the D514 road. You drive through Saint Hilaire du Maine and it is 3km on the right hand side of the road. Follow the driveway down it is the 2nd house. Complimentary Guest parking is provided on site. 

Checkin / Arrival Times

For all guests, arrival time / check-in time is 5pm. Please schedule yourselves accordingly.  We are a small business, we may be organizing last minute details and unable to welcome you if you arrive before the designated check-in time. 

Check-out / Departure Times

For all guests, arrival / departure time is 10am. 

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What to Expect

Our courses are immersive & hands-on. You will be cooking! You will be in the kitchen working alongside our team. Expect to focus on learning through active participation. This means the majority of your time will be spent in our kitchen.


Depending on the course you've selected, when we are not in the kitchen, we want you to learn how we source ingredients from our farm - giving you a basket and the opportunities to extract directly from the soil wherever possible. Additionally, French markets and optional excursions to places like Villedieu les Poeles, Cancale, or Le Mont Saint Michel will round out your experience. Therefore, be sure to select the Beyond The Kitchen Cultural Tours that interest you most. 

What to Wear

As far as clothing is concerned, you will not be needing cocktail dresses and high-heel shoes, nor suit and ties. Additionally, although aprons are provided for the cooking sessions, you should be wearing comfortable clothes that you don’t mind staining (it happens!).  Closed toed shoes are required when in the kitchen. In case of rain, your shoes might get muddy if we visit a farm, so choose your footwear accordingly.  Lastly, for health & hygiene, persons with long hair will be asked to tie their hair back or up when we are working in the kitchen.


There is no real dress code for the evenings, people often freshen up a little before dinner, but because you are cooking and learning the presentation of the food there is no point being too dressed up.

Coursework & Recipes

You will be given a folder with all the recipes, Most people do take some notes for themselves. So feel free to bring a pen/pencil and notebook of your liking with you on the first day of class. All recipes and course materials are printed in English.  We invite you to view our sample itineraries and menus prior to arrival. 



Our Prices Include

Guest accommodations at the Farm or In the Village.  

All course instruction & equipment. 

Excursions, as noted, in the course descriptions. 

Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners as noted in the course descriptions.

Please Note: Most itineraries include a welcome Champagne & Canape' Reception; A Six Course Gourmet Dinner Prepared by Chef Duvin; Remaining Nights: Gourmet Dinners Prepared by the Students with Chef's Assistance.

Roundtrip transfers from Gare Laval 

Complimentary On-site Parking 

Complimentary Wi-Fi 

Our Prices Exclude

Guest laundry / valet  

Wine or spirits ordered on-site

Any gifts purchases on-site

Airfare, train or car rental fees associated with your travel

Our Booking Terms & Conditions 

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