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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.
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, 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 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.
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