Cooking Holidays in South-West France

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Image of Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne The French House Party, Carcassonne:
Recommended in the book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, the French House Party near Carcassonne, France offers residential, all-inclusive experience holidays.

Carcassonne is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France. It is only 50 miles from Toulouse with its international airport and approximately 390 miles from Paris. Ryanair also fly directly to Carcassonne from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, and Paris Beauvais international airport.

Location and Facilities:


Photo of Cooking Holidays in South-West France The Medieval City of Carcassonne:
The city has been used as the setting for many movies - most recently in Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves.

This beautiful part of the Languedoc, centred on the medieval castle stronghold city of Carcassonne, has a rich artistic, literary, culinary and historic heritage.

It is a geographical region of many personalities: plains and rugged mountains, lakes and breathtaking gorges, golf courses, elegant cities, numberless sprawling vineyards (Minervois and Corbieres wines are said to be de rigueur for the Noughties) and come the summer,  sunflowers in field after yellow field.

The house enjoys fantastic views of the Pyrenees - they can still be white-capped, even into May.

This region is steeped in the bloody history of the Cathar genocide by the Pope’s Crusaders in the 13th Century and there are numerous preserved hilltop castles within easy reach, the jewel in the crown being the astonishing Cité of Carcassonne, a a geographically-significant city dating back to the 7th Century.


Image of Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne Idyllic Location with Excellent Facilities:
Situated amid sunflower fields in a peaceful rural area on the outskirts of the medieval World Heritage site of Carcassonne, the 300-year-old stone barn has been uniquely converted in Art Deco style, with large, open living spaces within the house – and a raised dais – making it ideal for performance or team training events. There is also a digital grand piano.


Photos of Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne There are several terraces, a large private pool with a barbecue area for al fresco dining, an all-weather tennis court, a covered table-tennis area and a petanque (boules) pitch.

We also have an indoor games room with pool-table and a classic 1950s juke box. Bicycles are available for anyone inclined towards a gentle pedal along the shady towpaths of the nearby Canal du Midi.


Picture of Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne Indoor space.


Pool and terrace.


The 8 individually-designed, en suite bedrooms are double, twin or triple-sized. All have AC units, hairdryers, tea and coffee-making facilities and CD players.

Towels are provided for both indoor and outdoor use. Two ground-floor rooms are suitable for guests with mobility limitations. The house has a wireless broadband connection, available for guests to access at a small additional fee.

School / Office Address: Carcassonne
South West France
Email: Contact Us


Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2024-07-22 were from:

Cascais, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; LONDON, UK / GB; Oakthorpe, UK / GB; Bewdley, UK / GB; Ann Arbor, USA; Toulouse; oxford, UK / GB; Belgium; and more.