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Golf and Gourmet

j0316712-1Bring your group on one of the French House Party’s luxury golfing breaks and we’ll accompany your favourite sport with great gourmet French cuisine and the opportunity to sample some of the superb wines of the region.

Our Golf and Gourmet groups enjoy their golf at a variety of stimulating courses with spectacular scenery in the Languedoc and the Ariege – we help with the planning, book the agreed courses and pay the green fees in advance.

Clients also appreciate the exclusivity of having their own pool and tennis court at our peaceful private villa where they can wind down by the pool with a glass or two of something chilled after the day’s activity.

The carefree knowledge that dinner– either at home or at one of our selected great restaurants – has already been arranged, that a private chauffeur has removed the need for decision-making over who will drive (and navigate), and that wine with meals is already included in the price …. that, say our golfing clients, is a wonderful treat.

In short, they value the freedom from responsibility which comes with having absolutely everything arranged for them from the moment they step off the plane and are met by the driver to the time they are returned to the airport for their flight home.

Email or ring us to start the process of planning for your golfing group. We can accommodate 16 people and the standard five-day package including golf green fees at three different courses, all breakfasts and dinners with wine (two dinners at fantastic restaurants), all transport – and even our in-house wine tasting with our wine specialist – is £850 pp. For groups of eight or more, one person goes free.

If you require more days, more golf courses – or visits to courses which are further afield – we can custom-build your break to suit yourselves. We can also arrange a programme of interesting outings for non-playing partners on request.

* If you have non-playing partners in your golfing group whose passion is food and cooking, then why not make everyone happy by arranging Golf and Gourmet to coincide with one of our Gourmet Explorer cookery courses?

Guest Comments

“… a very warm welcome, a stunning house, lovely bedrooms and a comfortable bed …nothing too much trouble, staff who were a delight, charming, fun and very interesting, an excellent and enjoyable programme …. We can’t wait to get back … we are telling anyone who will listen that we have found a gem – a big thank you to you all. “ – Ann Miller.

“We had a superb break and cannot thank you and your team enough for looking after us so well . . . All your choices of golf courses and restaurants worked really well … we have very happy memories of ‘The Carcassonne Trip’ which will remain with us for years to come.” – Tim Walter

NB: All golf courses are 18 holes unless otherwise stated.

Carcassonne Golf Club

Carcassonne Golf Club

Travel time by car from the house: 20-25 minutes.

Website address: www.golf-de-carcassonne.com

Located just outside the walls of Carcassonne’s medieval city and with great views of the Pyrenees, we at French House Party are exceedingly lucky to have this golf course right on our doorstep.

With its spectacular views and expansive fairways, Carcassonne is always a huge hit with our golfing guests – especially after they’ve mastered that first tricky Number One hole – hitting steeply uphill and across a stream. Nothing like sorting the men from the boys right from the word “go”, is there? But then, just wait for Number 9 with its 110m descent.

Prepare to be challenged at Carcassonne!

Toulouse-Seilh Golf Club - Rouge Course

Toulouse-Seilh Golf Club – Rouge Course

Travel time by car from the house: 45 minutes.

Website address: www.latitudes-hotels-toulouse.com

Built in 1950, the Red course at Seilh provides a stern test for players and is used annually for international championships – the professional golfers of the European Tour’s Challenge play here.

The Red course occupies relatively flat and open terrain with a mixture of good quality bunkering and water hazards and a liberal scattering of maturing trees.

At Seilh, there is also the Yellow course which is slightly less tough, making it suitable for beginners with its easier-going par-64 layout.

Seilh is a golf club of some size, only a few minutes’ drive from Toulouse Airport and set alongside a large hotel complex. Aside from the superb course facilities, it also has an impressive club and restaurant, plus a tennis court, as well as excellent golf practice facilities.

Mazamet Golf Club

Mazamet Golf Club

Travel time by car from the house: 90 minutes.

Website: www.golf-mazamet.net/

Dating back to 1956, La Barouge club at Mazamet is in the picturesque heart of the Black Mountains to the north of Carcassonne. If you’re an explorer whose heart is stirred by stunning scenery, then this club – and also the journey there – will be a most memorable experience.

The reason it takes an hour and a half to get there is because the road from Carcassonne winds upwards through the mountains, with phenomenal canyons dropping away to one side and views to take your breath away.

Once at La Barouge, the golf is challenging and varied, an interesting mixture of par 3s and par 5s which demand accuracy and length.

Golf Des Etangs de Fiac

Golf Des Etangs de Fiac

Travel time by car from the house: 60 minutes.

Website: www.golfetangsdefiac.com

Fiac offers yet another quietly-spectacular environment for golfers seeking variety of play in the region.

Arranged around the lightly wooded grounds of the lake of Fiac, the first 9 holes of this golf course with its small, elegant clubhouse bar and restaurant were built in 1987 in the American style, followed three years later by an additional 9 holes. There is a swimming pool.

French House Party golfers frequently combine playing this course with a Saturday morning visit to the medieval market at Revel – a halfway point. The group then arrives at the club in time for an early lunch before playing.

The parcours is equipped overall with 11 water hazards alongside the fairways and to guard the greens. It is a short but demanding course with rather flat greens.

St Thomas’s Golf Club, Beziers

St Thomas’s Golf Club, Beziers.

Travel time by car from the house: 60 minutes.

Website: www.golfsaintthomas.com

A fairly-dull motorway drive east from Carcassonne towards the Camargue and the coast is more than made up for by the Mediterranean elegance and charm of this prestigious club.

St Thomas’s occupies an exceptional site of natural beauty where green open spaces and wild arid areas co-exist in harmony. The course is judged to be “moderately difficult”, which means that every golfer from the novice to the expert can enjoy improving their skills.

And the restaurant is said to be formidable, too!

NB Dress Code: Softspike shoes are required here.

Golf Club de l' Ariège - La Bastide de Sérou

Golf Club de l’ Ariège – La Bastide de Sérou

Travel time by car from the house: 80 minutes.

Website: www.golf-ariege.com

Situated in the mountainous heart of the Ariège Pyrénées in a setting of exceptional beauty, the Ariège Golf Club offers an 18-hole course of an astonishing variety that combines both agreeable playing conditions with a course which is also technically demanding.

There is also a 9-hole short course here that serves as a pitch and putt. A practice area is available with 26 mats of which 6 are weather protected. An approach green can be found in the practice area and a putting green is next to the clubhouse.

Golf de Castres-Gourjade

Golf de Castres-Gourjade

Travel time by car from the house: 50 minutes.

Website: www.golf-castres.com/

This course is 9 holes only – it is set in a lovely location, though.

The Castres course is graded at a difficulty level of moderate to hard, making it a challenge for beginners and experienced golfers.

NB Softspike shoes are required.

Please click the PDF link below for a suggested itinerary.