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. Our chefs run their own prestigious
four-star restaurants in the Carcassonne area of Languedoc Roussillon. Choose from
1-day, 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 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. These are 5-day
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.
A rare opportunity to learn song-writing from a virtuoso! Legendary New York
singer-songwriter Dean Friedman reprises his successful 2012 songwriting course.
With international hits such as "Ariel", "Well Well Said the Rocking
Chair" and, of course, "Lucky Stars", Dean’s 2013 European tour schedule
includes staying with the French House Party for four days in late July. This exciting
and exclusive opportunity for individuals, couples or groups to
learn songwriting techniques from one of contemporary music’s most original musical
lyricists has limited availability - you can thank your Lucky Stars if you’re able
to enjoy this unique experience, described by participants as "heavenly", "uplifting"
and "a peak experience in my life"!
* "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. Golf
programmes can also be arranged for non-participating partners of those attending
our Masterchef cookery courses. 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.
Other short-break all-inclusive tutored holidays are only open to groups who
wish to arrange their own holiday event on their own selected dates. We have a professional
network of stimulating tutors who operate a variety of course options, including
Books and Drama, Creative Art and Mixed Media and Sketch, Paint and Stitch (painting
with textile embroidery).
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