French House Party

Carcassonne, France

French House Party provides upscale short-break learning and leisure holidays at a house close to Carcassonne, France.

Testimonials 7

  • a traveler

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    I visited the French House Party for the 6 day cooking course and despite being a little anxious about traveling alone it was the best experience and holiday I've had! The food we made was incredible and the two chefs were very good at improvising if there was an ingredient we weren't too keen on. I don't usually like pork for example and although I could have said I wanted to change it I gave it a try and then ended up being so impressed I asked for seconds!!! I'm usually also very discerning about the accommodation at places etc but I cannot fault anything, which is rare! The breakfast spreads were also superb better than some 5* hotels I've stayed in, in terms of variety & quality - it's not a cooked breakfast but you couldn't manage it after 3 other courses for lunch + dinner and wine & canapes . The two chefs taught us a lot of really interesting skills from advanced presentation of a dish to preparing a whole fish/quail! It was great to see the difference between both chefs as we learnt more this way. We also shopped for fresh ingredients from the best French market I've ever been too with live birds and some of the more typical artisan produce. Moira and her team were fantastic too and were always offering us a coffee/tea or later on in the day canapes & champagne, we truly were spoiled. The bedrooms and facilities were great too and I loved the extra touches like having fluffy dressing gowns, wine in the room, slippers and tooth paste the later which I had forgotten to pack. As well as cooking meals ourselves we also went to two great restaurants, a chocolate making course and a vineyard. Essentially If you like good food and you want a holiday with a difference then I can't recommend this enough. For me this was more than I would spend on a holiday but my goodness I'm glad I did! I felt like I was knackered at the end of the week but I also felt that i'd actually learnt a great deal, had an amazing time (with no two days the same) and met such an amazing bunch of people! I can't wait to attempt some of these lovely recipes at home and I hope to come back again soon!

  • Traveler United Kingdom

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    I was part of a song-writing workshop run by Dean Friedman. From the moment of arrival until the sad farewells everything was perfect. A friendly talented group of fellow aspiring/improving songwriters under the guidance of a master of lyrics (check them out) who is most friendly un-starlike star you're ever likely to meet. Moira and her family looked after us with five-star treatment, top class food and they even produced a surprise cake and champagne for my birthday. I cannot praise highly enough the whole French House Party experience, long may it continue!

  • Traveler

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    From the moment I arrived I enjoyed wonderful relaxed hospitality, fantastic company, lots of laughs, five star cooking and some lovely wines, superb restaurant dinners and trips out. I learned some excellent writing tips too which have inspired me to get started on my long awaited novel. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic two weeks

  • a traveler Canada

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    If you are looking for a cooking course in the South of France with two unbelievably talented chefs, including a Michelin level, where you will learn some new techniques, recipes with local food and produce, and new approaches to cooking, plus experience the whole event in a beautiful country setting, and hosts that will ensure that you are comfortable and all your needs are met, then you must experience the French House Party.I experienced the 6 day Gourmet Explorer Program, and I am considering signing up for the advanced course next year. Moira, the host and owner, was unbelievably committed to ensuring that everything was well taken care of, and that we had only the highest quality ingredients for our many recipes. Chef Robert Abraham and Chef Jean-Marc Boyer, Michelin Level, both have extensive experience mixed with a calm, supportive approach that is reflective of their passion, love and commitment to both cooking and ensuring all the guests have a wonderful experience. It was a privilege to learn from them.The setting is perfect as it is nestled in the countryside of the South of France. It fosters an atmosphere of learning and relaxation. We also had a couple of excursions to some of the sites in the area, as well as enjoyed dinner at Jean-Marc Boyers Michelin level restaurant carved out from the mountains beneath a castle. This was the final touch to an unbelievable 6 days.

  • a traveler Canada

    Trip Advisor website

    I experienced the 6 day gourmet explorer program, and I am now considering signing up for the advanced course next year. Moira, the host and owner, was unbelievably committed to ensuring that everything was well taken care of; we had only the highest quality ingredients for our many recipes. Chef Robert Abraham and chef Jean-Marc Boyer, Michelin level, both have extensive experience and a calm supportive approach that reflects their passion, love and commitment to cooking, making sure all the guests have a wonderful experience. It was a privilege to learn from them.

  • Hailin United Kingdom

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    Learn how to cook French food in beautiful setting! Certainly, we had to work hard, but the experience was so enjoyable that time simply flew by. The two chefs who taught us were so nice and patient, as well as very witty and amusing. Our English host made us feel comfortable and relaxed. We learned how to cook standard gourmet food. My husband, who is a keen cook himself, was very impressed when I returned home and cooked for him. If you want to learn the art of French cooking from real French experts, this is the right place to go. I heartily recommend it.

  • Harriet United States

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    What a fantastic place for a holiday or even for just a break from any normal routine! I went for the 6-day course, and had a wonderful time. I learned a lot from chefs Robert and Jean-Marc, and the course really met all of my expectations. Moira was a great host and she went out of her way repeatedly to make sure that everything went well. Rooms were comfortable, food was spectacular, trips to the market and to Carcassonne were great fun; the companionship with others in the program was definitely enhanced by everyone working together in the kitchen and savoring the delicious results of our efforts. I am already thinking about going back next year!

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