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Romantic Break - 2 nights Bed Breakfast £180. Candlelit dinner for 2 £50.

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Chocolate Making Courses - Midweek, overnight stay, breakfast followed by a half or full day course in the art of the Chocolatier, lunch included.

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Truffle Making Extravaganza – 2.5 Hours £120 single person, £190 two sharing a double room

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting a freshly made truffle (or two) you will know that they are sooooo much better than their long life, factory made relatives. Starting at a minimum of 60p a pop in a Chocolatier shop, it’s well worth knowing how to make them yourself and with a little know how you can whip up a batch for that special occasion or gift without breaking the bank AND have the satisfaction of knowing you made them yourself. The secret is of course in the freshness and quality of the ingredients used and knowing how much of what to combine so you end up with a smooth sensuous truffle rather than chocolate sauce, mysterious grey lumpy stuff or chocolate concrete. We will be working with fresh, natural ingredients and producing some simply sublime truffles.

We will be covering:

* Which ingredients to use for a truly superb truffle

* What ratio of ingredients to use in order to get perfect truffles every time

* Hints and tips for success

* Flavourings

* How to increase the life of your truffles without using artificial preservatives

* How to finish and present your truffles so that they look as good as they taste

At the end of the session you will have:

* Experience of making superb fresh truffles

* A box of 18 truffles made by you to take away and enjoy (or even share)

* Simple clear instructions so that you can reproduce your masterpieces at home


The Chocolate Experience – 5 hours £155 single person, £260 two sharing a double room

If you love chocolate, you will love learning how to make it into beautiful, mouth-watering creations.

We will be covering:

* An introduction to chocolate, the good the bad and the ugly (with samples) we will be leaving the bad and ugly behind and using wonderful quality chocolate

* Truffle Making Extravaganza

* How to temper chocolate using simple equipment

* Handmade bark and medallions OR Making a Chocolate Shoe

* How to use different kinds of chocolate mould

* Flavourings and additions

* Hints and tips for success

At the end of the session you will have:

* Experience of working successfully with chocolate

* A box of 18 truffles made by you to take away and enjoy (or even share)

* A selection of chocolate bark, hand piped medallions and moulded chocolate OR a Boxed Chocolate Shoe made by you

* Clear and simple instructions so that with a little practice you can reproduce your masterpieces at home

Your trainer is Louise Walters a professional Artisan Chocolatier who runs a thriving chocolate business in Wirksworth. She supplies many local businesses with Handmade Chocolate and Truffles as well as selling direct to chocolate lovers at the Ashbourne Artisan Market. Louise combines training experience with a passion for chocolate and a desire to send you home with the experience and knowledge to make your own beautiful chocolate creations.


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Extras

Your stay tailored to suit you.

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Making your stay special. Whether it's a bottle of Champagne on ice in your room when you arrive, a packed lunch or a picnic hamper we can usually accommodate any special requests.

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