Private Chef - Seared Duck Breast
Private Chef - Foie Gras and Asparagus
Private Chef - Lamb Chops and Potato Au Gratin


A personal private chef is ideal for cooking for families or couples, dinners or lunches, birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, a one-on-one cooking class, or just for a relaxing delicious meal served in the tranquility of Les Hirondelles.

Imagine having a personal private chef cooking a gourmet meal that you can enjoy together in the peacefulness of your vacation rental home. Simply sit back and relax as gourmet meals are skillfully prepared for you, using the freshest localingredients. With a personal in-house chef, you can enjoy five star cuisine without ever having to leave the comfort of Les Hirondelles.

The focus is on local ingredients and Dimitri, who has worked at the property since 2010, tailors your menu around your favorite foods.  Your Chef Dimitri, prepares gourmet meals according to a pre-arranged plan, and according to specialdietary needs. Dimitri uses locally available foods, according to which ingredients are fresh and in season.  Dimitri does everything from planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning.

Interested in a cooking class? They come at no extra cost.

Dimitri can offer your family a one-on-one cooking class of how to make your favorite meal. On Sundays you also have the opportunity to explore our local open air market in St.Cyprien with Dimitri, and assist in choosing your own ingredients. Return to Les Hirondelles to prepare and enjoy a fresh delicious lunch.

The chef’s services at Les Hirondelles come on top of the rental rate and is tailored to the group’s requirements and requests. Less time cooking means more time for exploring the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne.

Speaking of exploring, Dimitri’s other passion and area of expertise is wines. He offers wine tours to private vineyards, for tastings in intimate wine estates. The Dordogne is at the heart of some of the finest vineyards in the world – Bordeaux, St Emilion, Monbazillac, and Bergerac. Let Dimitri plan a beautiful day of wine tastings paired with a great lunch for a complete gastronomic experience.

“Good food and great wines, that’s Paradise on Earth!”

Henri IV talking about Bergerac, 1594

Private Chef - wine tour and cheese tasting
Private Chef - assiette-escargots
Chef Dimitri Wine Tour

What our guests are saying about Les Hirondelles



Sophie K. said…
September 2016

“The best meal we’ve ever had (and that’s including Michelin starred restaurants!) – my soufflé and scallop starter was delicious, and the apple tart dessert simply divine! Dimitri is a must.”

Mark G. said…
September 2016

“We also booked Dimitri for a night on Linda’s recommendation – we were a little nervous at the idea of a private chef but Dimitri was lovely, and the food was the best either of us has ever eaten.”

Richard B. said…
Septmenber 2015

“Another first we had here in France, is a French chef, that comes and cooks for you at the house. Dimitri is amazing and is a must!! He cooked for our entire family even the kids. The kids ate first, and then the adults had their own separate meal which was really special. It was a wonderful night sitting outside watching the sunset, and having one of the best meals of our lives!!”

GrooveNIck said…
July 2015

“For our final evening, Linda connected us with a local chef, Dimitri, who prepared an unforgettable meal for vegetarians (Comte Soufflé), pescetarians (local whitefish, scallops) and carnivores alike (lamb, foie gras), capping things off with not one, but two desserts. He even does the dishes!”

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