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About the French House Party

Our stylish, 200-year-old Carcassonne farmhouse is set in the stunning rural environment of South West France. In addition to 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, there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Take a look at our beautiful surroundings:

Food & Drink

At the French House Party, we pride ourselves on our culinary excellence: Whatever type of break you arrange with us, you’ll enjoy wonderful meals at no extra cost. Countless guests, marvelling as they are served yet another fantastic dinner, have accused us of being far too modest about the superior quality of our meals.

We don’t like to boast, but it is quite true that from the sumptuous breakfast spread with freshly-baked croissants, to the quiches and pastries at lunchtime and the lavish four – and sometimes five – courses at dinner, with each course accompanied by our choices of local wines, our gourmet spreads are always voted outstanding by guests.

Not only do our superb chefs provide gourmet meals but on our longer arts, cookery and leisure breaks, dinners with wine at superior restaurants are also included at no additional cost.

Additionally, we can always find the time – even on our 3-day course – to arrange a private wine-tasting at an excellent nearby vineyard, which is included in the package price. On our longer breaks, when the schedule can be more flexible, we can usually arrange an extra vineyard outing further afield, if desired.

Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or an aficionado with a higher knowledge of viticulture, it’s a chance to learn more about the production and assorted merits of the huge variety of wines grown in the Languedoc – a region which includes the Minervois, Corbieres and Malepere wines – and forms the largest vineyard in the world.

No matter what your level of expertise, it’s always great fun to enter into the hearty French spirit of gurgling-and-spitting.

Oh yes – and with our chauffeur on hand to drive you there and back, there’s plenty of swallowing, too!