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If you are a beginner in French and want to deepen your fluency in the language, this combination of culinary vacations and French language immersion course is specially tailored for you by Ecole des Trois Ponts in France. Join group discussions to attune with colloquial French guided by professional native teachers. What is more, you will also take part in chef-led cooking courses to prepare delicious and easy-to-make French cuisines to indulge your tastebuds, not to mention the stylish garnishes that you will also learn. Book this perfect holiday now and rest assured your French will significantly improve on the right hands, at the right place!
The Villa Beaulieu is a lovely 19th century ivy-covered house featuring nine newly constructed guestrooms surrounding a peaceful, central garden. The main floor of the Villa is comprised of a salon, a large combination kitchen/dining room and office. Classrooms are on the second floor. All guestrooms look out onto the garden and are comfortably appointed with twin beds, desk and chair, armoire, private bathroom and shower.
Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee. The dcor is comfortable, typical of what one might find in a French home. All meals at the Villa are included, from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast. We have two annexes containing 9 bedrooms for our guests. These annexes, together with the original villa, overlook a spacious courtyard garden and lawn area.
Our rooms are all at ground level, each with floor to ceiling glass doors overlooking the garden. We have twin, double or single rooms, all with a cupboard, a desk and a private bathroom. The bathroom features a spacious and powerful shower, giving you the perfect start to each day. There's a hand basin, hairdryer and WC too. Thanks to our quiet residential neighborhood, you can be sure of a good night's sleep.
If you are new to French and also want to learn French cooking skills, then this is the course for you. In the mornings you attend the beginners group language classes and in the afternoons the cookery course. 15 hours language on Monday - Friday at 09:15 - 12:15 (group class) and 12 hours cooking in four afternoons at 16:30 - 19:30.
The French classes are taught by professional, native French-speaking tutors and have a maximum of 6 per class. Learn formal and informal French, with an emphasis on conversational skills. We consider you a complete beginner if your result on our French Test is 7 or less.
Takes place in a relaxed and warm ambience of Villa Beaulieu, the cooking course is aimed at those who love presentation and extra details that give your dishes that special something. Our chefs imagination has led him to invent some delicious, easy to follow dishes that will enchant your palate, awaken your tastebuds and delight your friends at your next dinner party!
A typical class includes the preparation of a starter course, main dish, and dessert. Cooking classes are hands-on, and are designed for the at-home cook who wants to learn more about French regional cuisine.
Past menus have included: Smoked salmon cake, pork filet with a fondue of shallots, potato gratin, and caramelized biscuit with pineapple. Potato tart with goat cheese, shrimp brochette with banana and rum, and vanilla-honey crme brle. Endive salad with fresh goat cheese and walnuts, lamb stew with baby vegetables, and chocolate mousse with almond tuiles.
Guests are invited to arrive on Sunday evenings. A warm welcome awaits you and you will be taken to your accommodation to settle in. At 19:30 you will meet your fellow guests for a three-course dinner prepared by our in-house chef.
Next morning, after breakfast, a private oral test is given to complete the assessment and guarantee that classes are as homogeneous as possible. Then it's off to class! There's a mid-morning coffee break, then back to class to finish at 12:30, in time for a tasty lunch.
A welcome break after lunch is followed by French cooking courses or further French immersion classes, where applicable. For others not taking afternoon or evening classes, there's the whole of France to discover, so take a bike ride, a drive, a train ride, or simply explore the local area on foot.
Dinners are at 19:30 and are informal three-course meals with wine. After dinner, you're free to go out or have an early night - whatever you prefer. Courses finish on Fridays and you are encouraged to stay for Friday night's dinner - a chatty, hearty affair. After breakfast on Saturday, it's farewells all round as we wish you bon voyage!
Valérie has been working at Ecole des Trois Ponts since 1997. She is the head teacher and one of the full-time French tutors. In her spare time, she also enjoys swimming, travelling, and studying ancient civilizations. She's also a course coordinator and responsible for public relations. She holds a Master of Applied Foreign Languages in Besanon. Valrie speaks English and Spanish as well.
Before joining Trois Ponts France as a French teacher, Adeline taught French at an institute specializing in immigrant integration in Sicily. Her hobbies include literature, cultural events, and dance. She holds a master of foreign civilizations in English in Lyon. Previously, she was a French teacher at Cultural Institute of Palermo, Sicily. Adeline also speaks English, Italian, and Spanish.
Alain is a pastry and chocolate specialist. He was a pastry chef at Lentre, Bernachon, Paul Bocuse Institute, and Director of Culinary / Pastry school in Japanese school Tsuji. He was awarded Craftsman of the Year in France 1982 (Meilleur Ouvrier de France 1982). Alain enjoys the great outdoors, especially hiking in the French countryside.
Geneviève has been with Trois Ponts France since 2005 and is a full-time teacher at Ecole des Trois Ponts. She also teaches adults preparing for administrative competition contests. When she's not teaching, she enjoys volleyball, travelling, and diverse readings. Geneviève holds master of teaching in French linguistics and Techniques also a master of language sciences in Lyon. She also speaks German and English.
Before joining Trois Ponts France as a French teacher, Marie-Christine taught in various establishments. Her hobbies include literature, travel, music, and animals. Marie-Christine holds a master of applied foreign languages in Clermont-Ferrand. She also speaks English and Spanish.
Riorges has a colorful history dating back two thousand years. History reveals that Roman soldiers garrisoned in neighboring Roanne came to Riorges for fun and festivities. The name Beaulieu can be traced back to the 12th century when a priory for the Sisters of Beaulieu was added to an existing abbey. At the turn of the 19th century, Riorges emerged as a transportation hub when it became the terminus for a new railway line.
Today, the town of Riorges and its 10,000 residents provide a welcome balance between country charm and a revitalized downtown, with shops and restaurants within walking distance of the Villa Beaulieu. Nearby parks with their numerous canals, walking paths, and family leisure areas offer residents and guests peaceful green spaces to enjoy the beauty of the region. In fact, Riorges holds the world record for the longest flower garland braid a testament to our love of nature.
Meals are also included in our course fees and are taken in our communal dining area with your fellow guests and staff members. Meals are prepared by our in-house chef and include regional specialties. If you have any special dietary needs, no problem, just let us know when you make your booking.
Typical daily meals comprise of breakfast - a healthy start of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, tea, coffee and fruit, lunch - a buffet style lunch consisting of hot and cold foods, and dinner - a hearty affair consisting of a starter, main and dessert course. Wine is included, as well as a lesson on the daily cheeseboard selection, presented by our chef.
Please note that those attending courses between November and February (inclusive) will usually have their lunch and dinner off-site at a local restaurant. This does not affect course fees, which remain the same throughout the year.
Guests looking for recreation will find cycling, equestrian and pedestrian paths, canoe excursions and the Roanne swimming pool which is only a 15-minute walk from the Villa. Local artisans specialize in textiles, faience pottery, chocolates, pastries and foodstuffs. The Scarabee event center offers a multi-use venue for concerts, trade shows, seminars and exhibitions in a lovely parkland setting. Take time to enjoy the treasures of Riorges and the Greater Roanne.
We can arrange tours of several nearby medieval villages and local vineyards. Wine tasting classes by a local sommelier may also be arranged. The neighboring town of Roanne is home to the famous 3-star restaurant Troisgros, and we are always happy to make reservations for our guests, if they so desire.
The Ecole also offers group tours in cooking and gastronomy as well as wine and gastronomy. These tours include excursions to local markets, oil-pressing workshops, chocolate/pastry shops, and vineyard tours in Burgundy and Beaujolais. We are now offering an initiation to medieval life week which includes tours and demonstrations at a medieval abbey, cooking classes and a costumed banquet.
Geneva to Lyon - follow signs to Lyon. When you pass St. Exupry Airport (8 miles) follow Paris Peripherique Nord then Paris (green sign) N383 Peripherique toll Paris-Roanne green sign, after 3rd tunnel keep right, follow A6 Paris-Roanne, then N6 Villefranche-Roanne then D73 Clermont-Ferrand Roanne (73 kilometers) then N7 to Roanne. See Michelin for more details.
516 miles. Take M20 to Channel Tunnel for Paris, follow direction Lyon-Autoroute du Soleil, and follow A77 then N7 to Lapalisse and Roanne. See Michelin for more details.
You can rent an automatic car with Avis at the airport, but we recommend that if you can drive a manual then it's easier to pick that car up in Roanne. 120 kilometers from airport to Villa Beaulieu in Riorges.
To get from Lyon St. Exupry Airport to Roanne by car: follow signs for Lyon on A43, then follow blue signs for Lyon on A43 Take "pripherique sud - to" following signs for St. Etienne-Marseille. Continue to follow the green signs for St. Etienne-Marseille.
Then follow the yellow signs for Paris-Gerland. Then follow A6 Paris-Roanne. Stick to right lane as you go under the overpass as you will veer right and keep following signs for Paris-Roanne. Follow green signs for Roanne on N7.
From Lyon City follow A6 direction Villefranche/Paris/Roanne then N7 to Roanne. Takes 1 hour 15 minutes. See also Michelin for more details.
London Heathrow, Stansted or Manchester Airport to Lyon-St.Exupery with British Airways or EasyJet.
Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 8.57 a.m., arrive at Lille Europe at 11.30 a.m., change in Lille at 1.03 p.m., arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu station at 4.00 p.m., change in Lyon Part-Dieu station at 4.12 p.m., arrive in Roanne at 5.30 p.m.
Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 9.31am, arrive at Paris Nord at 12.47 a.m., change in Paris gare de Lyon at 1.53 p.m., arrive at Le creusot Montceau les Mines station at 3.11 p.m., change in Le Creusot station to take a bus at 3.25 p.m., arrive in Roanne at 5.10 p.m.
Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 11.01 a.m., arrive at Paris Nord 2.17 p.m., change in Paris gare de Lyon at 2.57 p.m., arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu station at 4.56pm, change in Lyon Part-Dieu station at 7.12pm, arrive in Roanne at 6.30 p.m.
Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 12.57 a.m., arrive Lille Europe at 3.30 a.m., change in Lille at 5.02 p.m., arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu station at 8.00 p.m., change in Lyon Part-Dieu station at 8.12 p.m., arrive in Roanne at 9.30 p.m.
Take the Tram Express at St. Exupry airport direct to Lyon Part-Dieu train station. Every 15 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight. Price 13 EUR for a single ticket and 23 EUR for a return ticket. For more information see www.rhonexpress.fr
You can check the timetable with SNCF, the rail operator as public holidays have timetables and Saturday timetables are different to the rest of the week. The cost of the ticket is about 12.50 EUR for a single ticket or 25 EUR for a return ticket. Trip takes 1.25 to 1.5 hours. When you arrive in Roanne station, take a taxi to the villa. Price is about 12 EUR.
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