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French House Party

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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 Your Life”.

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:

Gastro Academy - Masterchef cookery courses in France

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.

Creative Writing courses in France

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 all-inclusive courses.

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.

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.

Dean Friedman’s Summer Songwriting Course

Read the May 2014 interview with Dean Friedman at Songwriting Magazine Read Article

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 2015 European tour schedule includes staying with the French House Party for four days in August. 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.

Digital movie-making for beginners

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.

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.

Golf and Gourmet for groups

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.

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 special getaway celebratory weekend. Our group size limit is 16.

Creative Arts breaks for groups

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 extra cost.