The French House Party: Reach for the Ultimate Experience
- The Ultimate in residential holiday learning courses
- The Ultimate for skilled and award-winning instructors
- The Ultimate in outstanding customer care
What we do at the French House Party
The French House Party is named Top Retreat in the National Geographic
book by American travel writer Pam Grout: “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich
We provide superior all-inclusive experience holidays, assuring the very best
of personal attention to people whose expectations are high.
Without exception, our clients praise our great accommodation, fantastic food
and wine, the excellence of our tutors and our exacting attention to detail.
At our stylish, 200-year-old Carcassonne farmhouse, set in the stunning rural
environment of South West France, we offer some scheduled short-break tutored holidays
which you can join as an individual, and others which can be tailor-made for your
group during your own selected dates.
Groups with no tutor requirements - or who are accompanied by their own instructor
- can, with our help, create a bespoke break in the calm knowledge that it will
run smoothly - we can arrange everything you need, from buses to banquets.
Scheduled Learning Holidays
Book on these residential courses singly, as a couple or as a group:
Cook in France! Join one of our Gastro Academy all-inclusive courses and you'll
have a top 4-star French chef as your tutor. Choose from 3-day, 6-day and 7-day courses. The cookery classes are conducted in English
and French. These courses can accommodate non-participating partners who would like
to have a golf programme arranged for them.
Our popular and exciting Creative Writing courses, led by published author, poet
and professional mentor and creative writing tutor Sarah Hymas, promise the exploration of
new techniques to kick-start your imagination or to polish up works of writing you
are involved in, helping you to work with renewed vigour and joy. Choose between Sarah's
regular tutored course for all writers regardless of experience, or her Writer's Retreat "Pen and
Think" which presents a wonderful opportunity for experienced writers to devote themselves to
their work and receive individual focussed advice from Sarah. Both of these 6-day summer
courses are all-inclusive.
Brush up your Bridge with a unique fun holiday in an exclusive private villa
with a pool and its own tennis court in the sunshine of southern France.
Whether you are a raw beginner or just want to improve your play, our all-inclusive
Bridge breaks provide a blend of good play, excellent daily instruction from an
experienced tutor, organised tournaments and a programme of outings, such as a vineyard
or restaurant visit – and of course, a trip to the spectacular medieval City of
Carcassonne – a World Heritage site.
Read the 2014 interview with Dean Friedman from Songwriting Magazine about the Songwriting course and the techniques he
A rare opportunity to learn songwriting from a virtuoso!
Legendary New York singer-songwriter Dean Friedman began running his unique 4-day
summer course with us back in 2010 and he has reprised it ever since. His annual trip to
France (and the gig he performs while he's with us every year), slots neatly into his UK and
European 40-city summer tour schedule. With international hits such as "Ariel", "Lydia", "Well
Well, Said the Rocking Chair" and, of course, "Lucky Stars" (and now the creator of two
successful children's musicals), Dean is regarded as one of contemporary music's most
original musical lyricists. This exciting and exclusive opportunity is for individuals, couples or
groups to learn songwriting techniques from a master.
* "Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant,"
- Adam Bell, Edinburgh Festival concert review in Three Weeks, August 2010.
Our groundbreaking Digital Film-making Courses are for adults and young people
over the age of 12 (with accompanying adult), operated by a qualified British instructor
who works in UK schools and with groups of adults. Taking the mystery out of the
technology, this is an all-inclusive 6-day holiday containing five days of instruction.
Short-break Holidays for Group Bookings Only
Whether your group is arty, smarty . . . or just in search of somewhere
singular to party, we can provide a unique solution.
The French House Party has the ideal exclusive private venue for team training,
management breaks or personal development courses, accommodating up to 16 delegates.
Our professional organisational team fully facilitate your personalised event to
ensure the smooth running of everything from buses to banquets. We can also arrange
private wine-tasting visits to vineyards and visits to some of the exceptional gourmet
restaurants in the Carcassonne area.
Our Golf and Gourmet breaks have the Wow factor. From arranging all your chauffeured transport,
your green fees at a variety of super courses, plus fabulous food and wine at fine restaurants and
also chez nous, we will plan a personalised all-inclusive break for your group of golfers from the
moment you arrive at the airport. And if you have non-golfers in your group, take a look at our 'Golf
and Gastro Academy' combination break which enables golfers to head off with our chauffeur in the
mornings for play at some of the great courses in the region, while non-players remain at home for
some hands-on cookery tuition with our award-winning chefs - Michelin stars and all. With our own
private tennis court, we can also offer the same bespoke service to groups of tennis players.
Brides-to-be in search of somewhere chic for their pre-wedding girls’ celebration
can build their own bespoke break, incorporating fitness and beauty options, trips
to markets or private visits to vineyards. We can also arrange a DJ for a special
party, if required. We’ll do the same for any group searching for somewhere really
special for a special getaway celebratory weekend. Our group size limit is 16.
If you are a tutor or group leader who wishes to arrange your own holiday event on your
own selected dates, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Or if you are a group looking
for a learning break in France with professional tuition, we can oblige - we have a professional
network of stimulating tutors. enabling us to offer a variety of course options from Books and
Drama, Creative Art and French immersion courses.
Our residential group size limit is 16.
French House Party events take place at a rural 8-bedroomed house with a tennis
court, swimming pool and boules-pitch, on the outskirts of Carcassonne. All the
bedrooms are double or twin, and all have en suite facilities with hairdryer and
CD player. The house has Wi-Fi, which can be made available to guests at a minimal