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Forget the traditional restaurant setup: hotels are increasingly letting guests get their hands dirty in order to appreciate the provenance of their plate. From foraging to butchery to fishing, these immersive cooking experiences mean guests are guaranteed to return home with some serious culinary skills – in addition to some unique #foodporn shots for the ‘Gram…



Sitting pretty in the rolling Devonshire countryside, Huntsham Court is a Grade II-listed Victorian country retreat (with 34 incredible bedrooms, complete with those covetable roll-top bathtubs) that you can rent out in its entirety (we’re already planning our next landmark birthday with it in mind…). They’ve recently launched their brilliant F.E.A.S.T project, which stands for Finding Excellence Around a Shared Table. Guests get divvied up into teams and are sent out to find their supper within a 20-mile radius of Huntsham Court, with hunting, foraging and fly-fishing all within Exmoor National Park. When the work is done, participants return back to the manor and chefs Peter Mundy and Miguel Tenreiro work their magic, turning their efforts into a supper fit for kings.


Taking things Stateside and just an hour away from Miami in the Cayman Islands, Le Soleil D’Or is a luxury resort set within a lush 20-acre farm, providing the perfect place for farm-to-table dining with over 300 types of fruit and vegetables and a flock of 200 chickens on the property. Guests can dip into some of their food tours and cooking classes throughout their stay, from guided walks of the garden and farm where you can learn all about the seasonal produce, to getting stuck in and learning sustainable farming techniques before taking home jars of all the fresh jams and jellies they make.


Back on British soil and pairing food with art, prestigious art gallery Hauser & Wirth in Somerset combines a full range of contemporary artworks with a Grade II-listed farmhouse and six perfectly designed bedrooms. Roth & Grill is the name of its restaurant, which is a bit of a hidden gem. Dry-curing all their meats in their salt room (made from Himalayan salt bricks), Hauser & Wirth also offer Uncut & Unhooked courses to learn the basics of fishery and butchery.


Sara D'Souza
Sara d'Souza is a travel content strategist on the MSN specials team, contributing editor to the Travel Edit and travel writer for ELLE,, Red Online, Sunday Times Travel, MSN Travel and Upward Curve inflight magazine, Visit London, Jetsetter and Virgin.

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