Spend an amazing time discovering the fantastic food, wines, Armagnacs, history, and culture of south-west France. This luxury tailor-made tour will take your breath away! You will stay at a private 180-year-old farmhouse set in 50 acres, where your every need will be met by the staff who are on hand to ensure an unforgettable stay for you. There will be plenty of free time to ensure your holiday is a relaxing and fulfilling experience. Enjoy wine and Armagnac from limited reserves, lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and explore all the best Gascony has to offer in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
During your course, you will stay in Baron-Figus which is part of a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse with three beautifully appointed en-suite twin or double bedrooms. One of the main attractions of this farmhouse is its large open traditional kitchen. This accommodation combines the wonders of rural Gascony, modern-home comforts of a traditional French farmhouse, and unbeatable food and wine experiences that will stay with you forever.
Arrive in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts
Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow guests over delicious aperitifs.
In the afternoon, you will cleanse your palate with a course about champagne and methode traditionnelle. Try whites and pinks, dry and sweet - all delicious.
Enjoy a social evening with a three-course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days.
This morning after breakfast, you will visit one of the local vineyards and sample their best wines.
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant or at the vineyard
In the afternoon, spend time discovering cheeses from the region and around France. Understand the different processes and tastes.
What is better to wash down your cheese than Armagnac? In the early evening, you will visit a family-run distillery (which Gascony is famous for), and learn how grape is processed in order to produce Armagnac. You will sample different vintages and even blend your own. You will be helped as you create your own personal blend of Armagnac - the only bottle in the world!
Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool. You can take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as pool, table tennis, or cycling.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will visit a local market. Visit the cathedral, mingle with the locals, sample the cheeses, meats, and fruits then relax with a cup of coffee and watch the world pass by.
Today, you will have a relaxing lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant
After lunch you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting and a walk through history.
You will then visit a family-run foie gras business where you will learn how foie gras is made and taste three different versions of it.
A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied by delicious local wines.
After breakfast, you are asked to check out by 10:00
You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day before being taken to the airport or train station for your return journey.
You will return home with fantastic memories and new skills to last for a lifetime.
Caroline and her husband, Adam, decided to leave their comfortable life in Kent and with their four young children, headed off on a new adventure to France. Summers spent holidaying by the Mediterranean had instilled in them a love of outdoor life, but looking back, this was probably madness, as they had little knowledge of the French and no real idea of what they were coming to. Caroline has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years and she loves her work in the precious metal clay studio in France.
After working in global consulting and finance, Adam jumped at the chance to re-balance his life more in favor of family. Adam's passion for food and wine was cultivated during these early years and he has honed his skills over the last decade living in “Garden of France,” an area rich in gastronomic delights, fabulous wines, and amazing Armagnacs. For Adam, cooking is a journey through the senses and you will understand how local produce is made and the traditions behind it.
Gascony is an undiscovered region of south-west France so theres no chance youll have to wrestle with crowds when you go to sample the wonders that make this region so special. While there, youll quickly learn why Gascony is famed for its sumptuous local produce and seasonal recipes, and you will realize that the locals take their food very seriously. And, if youre partial to a cheeky little treat, Gascony is one of the main producers of foie gras. Its not just mouth-watering food you have to look forward to, though. You cant visit Gascony without trying out the fruits of the vine. Wherever you walk, youll be able to see the many vineyards sprawling over the hills and valleys, and discover that the wines are individual, full of character, and exquisite.
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All extracurricular activities on your holiday are free. So, if you dont feel like taking a trip after your lessons you can try on site table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery and cycling, or you may just like to relax by the heated pool with a glass of soul-warming Armagnac. There is also a great selection of board games that will amuse you during the warm nights, and let you enjoy the company of other guests.
The closest airports are Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS), Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD), or Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC). French Holidays Plus can pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is at additional price.
The closest train station is Agen train station. French Holidays Plus will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.