What is there to do when we’re not cooking? Unless a trip is planned, afternoons at the cooking school provide unstructured time for guests to siesta, relax at the school, or stroll the countryside. The large ornamental garden has a pavilion perfect for yoga or reading, and the school has a library stocked with many English-language food books, cookbooks and novels. For guests inspired by the colors of the surroundings, watercolor materials and a portable outdoor easel can be rented for a small fee, but please let us know in advance if you are interested. For information about other optional tours click here.