The Microbusiness Weekend

Learn how we do it!

Visitors-Book-IICome to the glorious South Hams countryside, to our cottage on the edge of Dartmoor and just twenty minutes from the stunning South Devon Coast. Learn to bake a whole variety of organic artisan breads and pizzas, from simple yeasted to overnight sourdoughs, while we share everything we know about the practicalities of running a microbakery or a micropizzeria.

House front gardenThis is a really exceptional opportunity to cover all the bread or pizza making tuition  you need, plus the Microbakery or Micropizzeria Blueprint.   There will be a maximum of four in these classes to ensure we have time to focus on your individual ideas, and can tailor the baking practice to suit you.  Plus, there plenty of lovely local sights and activities for non-bakers to enjoy! It’s like a casual country cottage weekend with a serious baking theme, and suitable even for those who’ve never baked before.


KitchenFriday : Arrival at Old Home Cottage 6pm-7pm for welcome drinks, when you will meet your host-tutors Penny and Dragan and your fellow guests. Over a delicious supper with wine, using fresh local produce, we’ll discuss the weekend’s plans.

Saturday :  We start baking your first artisan creations, while going through the ‘anatomy’ of our bakery and our woodfired oven.  We will then toast your successes and have a chat about marketing over candle-lit dinner by the fire…

Sunday: Up early (-ish) to bake your overnight sourdough with Dragan, some ryes and/or gluten free loaves with Penny. We’ll also make you a ‘Next Steps’ list to take home!

house-Sitting-RoomThe weekend can be a busy one, but if you wish we can of course make you some  free time on  one of the days to stretch your legs, check out the beach, or chill out with a book.

Departure: With your arms full of beautiful breads, and your head buzzing with ideas, you’ll be on the road by 4pm and hopefully miss the traffic on the way home.

For more details on the Microbusiness Blueprint Courses please click Microbakery Blueprint Course or Micropizzeria Blueprint Course.


Old Home Cottage is around 300 years old,  and has in the past been a  post office as well as the home of the gardener for the Beechwood Estate. BedroomInside, the focus is the large, vaulted kitchen with central island for kneading on, the bakery leading off it and a big dining table for feasts. The living room is the perfect spot for cosy evenings round the fire. Following years of neglect, the rambling garden is still a work in progress, but offers plenty of privacy and space for relaxing outdoors.

Guest accommodation comprises two comfortable double bedrooms, one on the ground floor with en suite bathroom, and one upstairs, with large bathroom next door.  For larger parties, please ask us for information about local B&Bs.

Local information:

BedroomThe little village of Sparkwell is only eight miles from Plymouth city centre, but feels remarkably rural. It has one church, one school, one public golf course and one Michelin-starred pub, the Treby Arms, serving some of the best food in the country.  Sparkwell is also the home of Dartmoor Zoological Park, subject of the movie, “We Bought a Zoo”.

The South Hams is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Long, sandy beaches, towering cliffs, the famous Burgh Island, wildlife reserves and the awe-inspiring moors offer more than anyone could hope to fit into a single weekend. Historic gardens, abbeys and castles, Dartmouth, Totnes and Salcombe all invite you to explore, on foot or by boat. For maps and information, please ask us.

BathroomGetting here

We will send you directions and a map with your booking confirmation. Plymouth is well connected by rail and coach, and just a 15 minute taxi ride from Sparkwell.   It’s a good idea to bring a camera, swimsuit for the beach, walking boots for the moors or cliffs, comfortable clothes and an apron!
The emphasis will be on great bread, good company and a complete rest from everyday life  –  we look forward to meeting you!


Cost: £445 per person, including all tuition, great food and wine, and two nights very comfortable accommodation. Non-baking partners  are very welcome (£165 per person all inc.).

To discuss weekend dates, please email us including a contact telephone number, and we’ll take it from there.
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