Located on the beautiful farm that was the setting for the popular ITV series The Darling Buds of May, a new cookery school offers visitors a unique opportunity to relax while improving their baking skills.


Cookery inspiration and guidance comes from top chef Alex Studd, who has previously worked alongside Jamie Oliver, with menus inspired by Alex’s sister, the well-known cookery writer Ghillie James. Guests will be able to make the most of the expertise on hand during practical sessions where they can polish their skills, learn new techniques and then taste the amazing results of their work.


Visitors will stay in the accommodation provided in a number of buildings on the farm, with all meals catered for. Given that the exquisite location is less than an hour from London, the cookery retreats are likely to prove hugely popular with those looking to escape the city for some rural relaxation combined with some real culinary treats.


Alongside the cookery retreats, Darling Buds is also offering Bake Off style competitions, inspired by the hit BBC One programme The Great British Bake Off. The challenges are aimed at groups of friends or colleagues who fancy doing something a bit different, and they run on the same lines as the TV competition, with technical, signature and showstopper challenges.


The packages offer the sole use of one of the beautiful farm buildings, lunch and champagne breakfast if required. They make for a great hen party or corporate away day, and the unique location makes them extra special.



Perfick-Cookery retreat opens at Darling Buds of May farm