The Ultimate Experience!

At our stylish, 200-year-old Carcassonne farmhouse, set in the stunning rural environment of South West France, we offer scheduled short-break tutored group holidays which you can join as an individual, or those which can be tailor-made for your own group during your selected dates.

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What We Do at French House Party

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.

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.

Britain’s Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph have both recommended our Gastro Academy cookery courses – headed up by Michelin-star chef Jean-Marc Boyer – as among the very best in the world, and certainly the best in France.

French House Party is also named Top Retreat in the National Geographic book by American travel writer Pam Grout: “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”.

Our many plaudits can also be seen on TripAdvisor.

Scheduled Learning Holidays

Book on these residential courses singly, as a couple or as a group:

Gastro Academy – Masterchef cookery courses in France

Cook in France! Join one of our Gastro Academy all-inclusive courses and you’ll discover that your tutors are first-class French chefs. 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.Find out more »

Creative Writing courses in France

Our popular and exciting Creative Writing courses, led by published author, poet and professional mentor, academic and creative writing tutor Dr. 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 (6 days), or her 7-day 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 summer courses are all-inclusive.Find out more »

Dean Friedman’s Summer Songwriting Course

Read the 2014 interview with Dean Friedman from Songwriting Magazine about the Songwriting course and the techniques he uses.

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.Find out more »

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.

Brush Up Your Bridge Holidays

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. Minimum group number: 12 people, sharing 6 double/twin rooms.

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.Find out more »

Venue for Corporate events

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.Find out more »

Golf and Gourmet

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.Find out more »

Special Occasions

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 great getaway celebratory long weekend. Our group size limit is 16.Find out more »

Tutored Breaks for Groups

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 air-conditioning units and en suite facilities with hairdryer and CD player. The house has Wi-Fi.  Find out more »