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This is the perfect holiday where you can enjoy playing and improving your tennis and other activities such as canoeing, cycling, and walking, as well as indulging in great food and wine in the stunning Southwest France. After being active in the day, you can reward your efforts sitting by the pool while being served gourmet meals by your host Adam, a lover of food and wine! There is no better feeling than feeling fit and happy!
During your course, you will stay at Baron-Figués, 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 and 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.
This holiday is suitable from beginner to advanced club player. The coaches have experience working with players of all levels. This holiday can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. From private helicopter transfers to special private tours, please contact France Holiday Plus to discuss your personal requirements and your holiday is ensured to be exactly as you want it to be.
Arrive at Agen train station to 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 11 kilometers to a local and delightful village market for coffee and croissants to discuss your activities with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline. You will have two hours of tennis coaching, enjoying both the clay courts and hard courts. 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.
There will be free time to use all the on-site facilities before aperitifs are served by the pool and there is always the option to use the tennis courts if you want. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen, accompanied with local delicious wines.
After breakfast, you will continue with your two hours of tennis coaching. With the use of electric bikes, you will have a lovely cycle ride in the stunning French countryside, visiting French market towns. In early evening, you will visit a family-run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made and the history behind it and more importantly, tasting 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 on-site activities such as table tennis or cycling. There is always an option to use the tennis courts if you want.
After two hours of tennis coaching, in the late morning you will go to the pretty market town of Condom and eat in a Michelin-star restaurant. After lunch, you will go wine tasting at one of the stunning chateaux. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served in the grounds or the farmhouse kitchen in the evening.
After two hours of tennis coaching, lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen. You will enjoy a canoe trip to a lovely local village. There is always an option to use the tennis courts if you want. A three-course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse.
This is a fun day out with the choice of a city visit (Toulouse, Bordeaux, or Pau) and a visit to the mountains, golf, or spa. The destination will be decided on 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 a lot of fantastic memories.
Caroline and her husband, Adam, have decided to leave their comfortable life in Kent and headed off for a new adventure in France with their four young children. The summers spent vacationing by the Mediterranean had instilled in them a love for the outdoor life. Looking back, this was probably madness, as they had little knowledge of France and no real idea of what they were coming to. Caroline, a qualified teacher for over 20 years, loves her work running PMC Studio France. She enjoys meeting fascinating people from all over the world who come to learn or enjoy a relaxing holiday.
After working in global consulting and finance, Adam jumped at the chance to rebalance his life more in favor of family. Adam's passion for food and wine has been 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. Next to him, you will understand how local produce is made and the traditions behind it.
This holiday will take place in Gascony, France. Gascony is an undiscovered region of Southwest France, so there's 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. It's not just 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 daily meals, drinks, and tasting are included in the total cost of this holiday. You will enjoy gourmet dinners, wine tasting, and also one meal at a Michelin-star restaurant.
All extracurricular activities on your holiday are free. So, if you don't feel like taking a trip after your lessons you can try on-site 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.
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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