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The French House Party, Carcassonne:
Located near the beautiful and historic city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of South West France, the French House Party provides residential, all-inclusive experience holidays for adults from around the world. Recommended in the National Geographic book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, our summer courses for individuals, couples and groups include cooking, creative writing, and songwriting. Some of our scheduled cooking courses are also available in Spring and Autumn. For groups of 6 or more, we can also arrange tailor-made packages year-round. A range of corporate and team building breaks can also be provided.

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Idyllic Location in Southern France:

Photo of Creative Courses / Activity Holidays in France• The medieval castle stronghold city of Carcassonne is situated in one of the most beautiful and tranquil regions of southern France. This beautiful part of the Languedoc has a rich artistic, culinary, literary, and historic heritage.

• It is a geographical region of many personalities: plains and rugged mountains, lakes and breathtaking gorges, golf courses, elegant cities, numerous sprawling vineyards, and in summertime, sunflowers in field after yellow field. 

• Our 8-bedroom house is a 300-year-old stone barn which has been uniquely converted in Art Deco style - an idyllic venue in which to refresh the body and nourish the spirit.

• In a rural setting and enjoying incredible views of the Pyrenees, it has a tennis court, a pool, and large, open living spaces.

• Located just 50 miles from Toulouse with its international airport, Carcassonne is approximately 390 miles from Paris. Ryanair fly directly to Carcassonne from Paris Beauvais international airport, the UK, Ireland, and Belgium.

Residential Experience Holidays for Adults:

For individuals, couples & groups

Cooking Courses:
• Cuisine in Brief: 3-day course offered in Summer and Autumn
• Gourmet Explorer: 6-day course offered in Summer & Autumn
• Advanced Gourmet Explorer: 7-day break offered in Autumn
• Cancer-Kicking Cookery: 4-day course
• Just Desserts – Chocolate & Patisserie: 3-day dessert cooking course. 

Summer Creative Courses:
• Creative Writing: 6-day courses
• Songwriting Course: 4-day course

Residential Courses for Groups (6+) - Available year-round:
• Bridge
• Digital Film Making
• Books & Drama
• Art & Mixed Media
• Golf & Gourmet
• Belle Breaks
• Revitalising Retreats
• Corporate & Team Building Breaks
• Build your own French House Party Break: We can create a tailor-made package to suit your needs

Testimonials / Reviews:

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Residential Cooking Courses:

•  "So what did we learn from Jean-Marc and Robert? A huge amount. Watching these chefs prepare and cook is worth paying any money for."
Jeanne Quigley, Irish Food Writers Guild

•  ‘We chopped, braised, stirred, blended and peeled but, most of all, learnt loads in a few days. If you’ve ever been to a house party, this one will top the lot...The French House Party is an exceedingly well-run company...the attention to detail is simply superb’.
Hilary Scott, Reading Post

Summer Creative Writing Courses:

•  "As I said hello to my fellow classmates over a glass of Champagne as the sun set on the Languedoc, I knew I was in for a treat...Beautiful countryside, lovely people, amazing food and, above all, a really gifted tutor.’
Maria McGeoghan, Manchester Evening News

•  "The course run by Sarah was perfectly tailored for all abilities, and run in a professional but convivial manner."
Brendan Harding

Summer Songwriting Course:

•  "Nobody could come away from this French House Party workshop weekend without feeling inspired, enriched, enlivened and most of all grateful for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ... the others felt the same, and have since communicated these thoughts to me privately.

It promised to be the opportunity of a lifetime. It turned out to be much more; an unforgettable experience from which I have taken more than I could have asked, and which has helped me more than I could have hoped."

"Doc" Wallace

Updated: 2018-01-26

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Address: Carcassonne, South West France, France
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2018-03-13 were from:

Hertfordshire, UK & England;   Ireland;   Aquitaine, France;   UK & England;   Raleigh North Carolina, USA;   Suquamish, Washington, USA;   Toronto, Ontario, Canada;   South Australia, Australia;   Ukraine;   Gibraltar, Gibraltar;   and more.