California Dreamin' on Osea Island

Osea Island, England
August 22-26, 2018

5 days and 4 nights on a private island, just over an hour from London.

California Culinary Retreats are all inclusive. That means all your meals and drinks, your 5 cooking classes, accommodations, materials, and take home items are included in the price. All you have to do is get yourself to your retreat, and leave the rest to us!


The Retreat in Brief

Old world grandeur meets all the modern luxuries in this idyllic island getaway on the east coast of England. This spectacular Edwardian manor house is the crown jewel of Osea Island - a rustic private paradise surprisingly close to central London. The elegant seaside estate, with its original saltwater pool, sits serenely over the Blackwater Estuary commanding 4 1/2 miles of private beaches, orchards, oyster beds and pastures aplenty. What better place to come together to cook, relax, learn and explore in this 5 day/4 night all-inclusive culinary retreat. 

This unique retreat, our first in this extraordinary setting, will have five hands-on cooking classes. Each class will focus on a specific cooking technique, transforming seasonal ingredients into delicious meals in the California Culinary Retreats signature style. We will start with proper knife skills, stocks and broths -  then braise, sauté, grill, & roast. We’ll also hand roll fresh pasta, make risotto and gnocchi, make fresh cheese, and learn to perfect the flakiest pie. 

Whether you fancy yourself an accomplished home cook or consider yourself a novice, we think you’ll fit right in. Each class will begin in the late afternoon and culminate in a communal dinner, leaving time to enjoy the island during the day and creating a perfectly balanced experience. All breakfasts, lunches, and snacks each day will be prepared by your chefs Carol and Jill.

Transportation is not included.

Retreat begins Aug 22; arrival is between 4-6pm. 

Departure on the 26th is at 5:45pm.


10 guests

The retreat is all-inclusive - including your lodging, classes, all beverages and meals.

The interior has been lovingly restored incorporating style with modern comforts. All the bedrooms have luxurious linens and one-of-a-kind antique furnishings, and all the bathrooms have roll-top tubs and showers.

Premium Room w/private bath @ $4800 per couple ($2400 per person)

Standard Room w/shared bath @ $4400 per couple ($2200 per person)

Please inquire if interested in single occupancy - call 213-842-0810.  If calling from the UK please dial 001-213-842-0810.