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This is the perfect holiday where you can you can relax and rejuvenate with treatments by the pool, as well as be active and enjoy activities such as canoeing, cycling, and walking, and then finish the day by indulging in great food and wine in the stunning South West France. Reward your efforts after exercising for the day through relaxing by the pool and being served gourmet meals by your host, Adam, a lover of food and wine.
During your course, you will stay at Baron-Figués which is a 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 and open traditional kitchen. The 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.
The itinerary is only for guidance and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes. This holiday can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. From private helicopter transfers to special private tours, please contact French Holiday Plus to discuss your personal requirements and your holiday is ensured to be exactly how you want it to be.
Arrive at Agen train station and be greeted by your hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin. Settle into your charming room before getting to know your fellow students over delicious aperitifs. 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.
You will walk for 11 kilometers to a local and delightful village market for coffee and croissants and discuss your activities with the rest of the group and your tutor, Caroline. Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side. The rest of the afternoon will be spent relaxing and enjoying treatments of massage and reflexotherapy.
There will be a free time to use all the onsite facilities before aperitifs are served by the pool. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen, accompanied with delicious local wines.
With the use of electric bikes, you will have a lovely cycle ride in the stunning French countryside and visit French market towns. In the afternoon, you will have a spa visit. In the early evening, you will visit a family-run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made, the history behind it and, more importantly, taste it before returning for dinner back at the farmhouse.
Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen depending on the season. In the late afternoon, you will visit a beautiful chateau, famous for its aperitifs and wines, for an afternoon of wine tasting. Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse, giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling.
You will have a morning walk to the pretty market town of Condom and eat in a Michelin-star restaurant. Afterwards, in the afternoon, you will have a spa visit. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen in the evening.
You will enjoy a canoe trip to a lovely local village. Afterwards, lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen, followed by treatments and relaxing by the pool. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse.
You will have a fun day out with the choice of a city visit to Toulouse, Bordeaux, or Pau. You may also choose to go to the mountains, golf range, or spa. The destination will be decided upon arrival.
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.
This holiday will take place in Gascony, France. Gascony is an undiscovered region in Southwest France, so there is no chance that you will have to wrestle with crowds when you go to sample the wonders that make this region so special. You will 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.
If you are partial to a cheeky little treat, Gascony is one of the main producers of foie gras, which is not just a mouth-watering food you have to look forward to. You can't visit Gascony without trying out the fruits of the vine. Wherever you walk, you will 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.
All of your daily meals, drinks, and tastings are included in the total cost of this holiday. You will enjoy one meal at a Michelin-star restaurant, gourmet dinners, and wine tasting.
All extracurricular activities in this holiday are free. So, if you do not feel like taking a trip after your lessons, you can try onsite table tennis, basketball, horse riding, 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 retreat package includes one spa visit, massage, and reflexotherapy treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS), Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD), or Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request.
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.
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