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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. 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.

Creative Writing courses in France

Our popular and exciting Creative Writing courses, led by published author, poet and professional mentor and 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. Choose between Sarah's regular tutored course for all writers regardless of experience, or her 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 6-day summer courses are all-inclusive.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.