Mike Batt, Composer

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Summer Songwriting with Mike Batt – Available Now!

Mike Batt, Songwriter and Composer

Now we are pleased to announce the return of our fabulous 4-day Songwriting Course in June 2023. Better still, with a multi award-winning musical maestro tutor: Mike Batt!

Read about our all-new songwriting course here. Places will disappear quickly, so be sure to secure your place and develop your musical skills with a living legend!

Dates: 9th – 12th June 2023
Price: £995, £850 for non-participants sharing room and £60 single-occupancy supplement
(5% discount if you’ve attended a previous course!)

Book or enquire now!

We’re Back! – Cookery and Creative Writing 2022

Here Comes the Sun…

French House Party’s shutters have been closed for almost three dismal years.

But as governments open borders again, it looks like the end of the misery is nigh. Huzzah! Our fingers might still be lightly crossed behind our backs, but our eyes are firmly fixed on the horizon, and a new dawn of blissful normality.

Which means a big ‘Bienvenue’ from all of us on the FHP team. We can’t wait to welcome visitors once more, to visit Carcassonne’s super restaurants, markets, castles and vineyards, to swim in the pool, soak up the sunshine and gaze upon those sunflower fields of South-West France.

And naturally, our plans are in place for 2022’s residential learning courses at The French House Party, Carcassonne.

Gourmet Explorer – Michelin Star Cookery Courses

The first Gourmet Explorer break will begin on Friday 6 May and ends on Wednesday 11 May – six days of lavish and sophisticated creativity with our star chefs Jean-Marc Boyer and Gregory Legros plus extras such as outings to the top restaurants and vineyards of the region.

Already that course is almost full but there are still a couple of places left, and we have another course planed for September (dates tba). Within those 6-day courses we offer 3-day Cuisine in Brief breaks, or even a single session of instruction with lunch or dinner included. Plus, we’re in the process of scheduling another cookery course in September too. Click here to see all our course dates, and please let us know if you’d like to be informed about courses as they become available!

Creative Writing

And our amazing Creative Writing tutor Sarah Hymas will be back in June. Can it really be her twelfth annual visit? So far we plan just one week, from 13 – 18 June, but Sarah might be persuaded to stay on to operate a second week’s course, depending upon demand. Find out more!

Click here to book, for more information, or to get in touch… See you in France!


Cookery and Creative Writing – Autumn 2021

Has Lockdown left you lost for words?
Suffering from stimulation starvation?
Are you yearning for learning?

French House Party Carcassonne has the perfect quick-fix answer to all this. Raise a cheer because TWO six-day residential courses are on the horizon over the next month.

From 24 September our celebrated Gourmet Explorer cookery course will whet a few appetites – and as well as that on we simply can’t wait until 2 October when the first Creative Writing course in two years will take place. Hurrah for freedom!

There have been a couple of exciting tweaks in tutor line-ups for both courses (see details below) but the biggest new factor is that to ensure safety for everyone, in accordance with the law in France we will need all-comers to have proof of their doubly-vaccinated status. (For returners to the UK, we will help you with any PCR arrangements which are needed.)

Here are the facts:

Friday 24 – Wednesday 29 September 2021 Gourmet Explorer Cookery Course

Jean-Marc Boyer

Chef Gregory Legros

Gregory Legros

Leading the culinary team is our regular super-chef Jean-Marc Boyer, owner of the Michelin* Le Puits de Tresor in Lastours. It is now 12 years since the inspirational Jean-Marc began teaching at FHP (he’s had his Michelin star for even longer than that) – and he will no doubt be working his usual magic this month with guests whose desire is to raise their cookery skills to a higher plane.

Joining him will be another local star, Gregory Legros. Greg is a world-class chef whose career has taken him to the kitchens of some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the world. This year he returned from the five-star hotel in Oman where he was head patisserie chef; prior to that, he spent years in the same role at the impressive Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.

Now he’s back in the Languedoc with his wife and family and aside from his teaching role training other professional chefs in the region, his own separate enterprise is creating magnificent cakes to order.

Along with outings to restaurants and other food and wine production visits, guests on this course are guaranteed an amazing six days of using and learning about the region’s delicacies from French House Party’s masters of the culinary arts.

All-inclusive Gourmet Explorer price: £1390 pp (single occupancy supplement £200; non-participant sharing participant’s room £200 reduction). Click/tap here to enquire or book!

Saturday 2 October – Thursday 7 October 2021: Creative Writing Course

Whether you’re new to writing or an established author, whether you’re a poet or a prose-writer, this course offers the chance to write, play, experiment and share your work under the guidance of an experienced writer and creative writing mentor.

Creating character, atmosphere and coherent structures; studying plot, pace, dialogue, imagery, the power and economy of language – these are topics which will be explored.

Rosie Garland is the talented tutor for this course. Rosie writes poetry, long and short fiction and sings with post-punk band The March Violets.

Her work appears in The Guardian and elsewhere. Her latest poetry collection ‘What Girls do the Dark’ is shortlisted for the Polari Prize 2021. She has long experience of running workshops – notably with the Arvon Foundation – and is a creative writing mentor with The Ruppin Agency.

She’s written three novels: The Palace of Curiosities, Vixen, and The Night Brother, which the Times described as “a delight… with shades of Angela Carter.”

For more impressive information about Rosie, consult her website: www.rosiegarland.com

Rosie Garland

NB. Our regular Creative Writing tutor Sarah Hymas will be back with The French House Party from 11 June, 2022

All-inclusive Creative Writing course price: £995 pp (single occupancy supplement £60; non-participant sharing participant’s room £150 reduction). Click/tap here to enquire or book!



Creative Writing

  • July 7 – 13, 2023 ‘Inspiration and Space to Write’
    7 days – £1,175.00
  • Possible dates in May
  • Enquire/book now!

Songwriting With Mike Batt

Courses available for group bookings only

  • Books and Drama
  • Creative Art and Mixed Media
  • Film & Photography
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Cookery Course Dates

Cuisine in Brief (3 days)

Price £660.00

  • April 28 – 30, 2023
  • May 1 – 3, 2023
  • September 8 – 10, 2023
  • September 11 – 13, 2023
  • Enquire/book now!

Gourmet Explorer (6 days)

Price £1,460

Gourmet Explorer Advanced (7 days)

Just Desserts – Chocolate & Patisserie (3 days)