Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays – Home 3868707 Apartment
- 1 bedroom
- 3 sleeps
- 6 nights min stay
Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays – Home 3868707
- 1 bedroom
- sleeps 3
- 6 nights min stay
- Nearest beach 64 mi
- Ask about children
- Car advised
- Air conditioning
- Pet Friendly
Description from owner
The picture postcard village of Cucugnan, with its working windmill, is set between two ancient castles in the Corbieres hills. This area of the south of France, the Languedoc-Roussillon, is famous for sunshine, wine, and the castles of the Cathares; it is a region of wild beauty and history, yet with the beaches of the Mediterranean an hour's drive away. There are three good restaurants in the village, and the bakery below the windmill sells some of the best bread in France ( low on gluten and high on minerals and vitamins), traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven, made of stone-ground flour derived from organically grown,traditional, soft grains.
The area is renowned for its wines, which have vastly improved in quality over the last fifty years, but which are less famous, and therefore less expensive, than those of Burgundy or Bordeaux. The rich red wines are particularly excellent, and the sweet dessert wines are a local speciality. The grape types grown here: grenache, carignan, muscat, mourvèdre, maccabeu, roussane,and others, drenched in the hot summer sun, and strong enough to cope with the buffeting of the Tramontane wind, give the wines a particular originality. Tasting the wines of the local growers makes for pleasantly hazy afternoon excursions .... It is also an ideal place for walking, cycling (bikes may be hired), horse-riding, or just relaxing in the calm of these wild hills.
The upstairs flat sleeps three. It consists of a bathroom, an air-conditioned bedroom containing a double bed, and a living room with a small kitchen at one end, a dining area, and a single bed at the other. There is a small garden with a patio suitable for barbecues or sunbathing.
The flat is set on the second floor of a house belonging to a teacher of languages, who runs language courses; so your stay here can be an educational, as well as a recreational, holiday. Your teacher, fluent in both French and English, with some knowledge of German and Italian, and with a degree in history from Oxford University, and over twenty years teaching experience, fell for the charms of France and the French lifestyle while in her teens, and will be delighted to advise on places to visit, or to talk about the history surrounding the place.
Language courses : The price of your week depends on the course you choose. Standard course : fifteen hours' private tuition a week, (three hours each morning, Monday to Friday, leaving the afternoons free; 650€ per week for one person, 900€ for two) or else the Intensive course : twenty five hours per week (three hours in the mornings and two further hours in the afternoons; 850€ per week for one person, 1150€ for two). The price includes accommodation and tuition, but not meals. The course is different from most others on offer : these are not class lessons; it is just you and your teacher, who will diagnose your language problems and adapt the teaching to your particular needs. The visitors' book is full of the appreciative comments of those who have recovered confidence, or understood much for the first time, and have enjoyed the freedom to be found when working with individual tuition. For some, it has been the opportunity to follow up a particular interest, of history or literature. For many, who had been struggling with French, it has been the chance to make a breakthrough.
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Full bed, 1 Twin bed
- 1 Full bath
- Wireless Internet
- Air conditioning
- Mountain Views
- Shared garden
- Bicycles available
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Stereo system
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
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- No smoking at this property
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– based on 17 reviews
- Very Good
“Effective and enjoyable French tuition in beautiful surroundings.”
Having moved to France permanently just over a year ago, I was desperate to be able to improve my very rusty French (last lessons at school 48 years ago!). I am delighted to have found Claire's … More
“Superb accomodation in picturesque village”
We travelled from Australia to spend a 3 week intensive french language course with Claire in Cucugnan - and were not disappointed. Claire has a wealth of experience knowledge and more importantly an … More
Response from the owner Thank you for such a comprehensive review; for me it is heart-warming and appreciated.
“Just what I needed to boost my French language confidence”
Having just moved to France this year, I needed a proper kick-start to improve my minimal French. I read about Claire in Connexions and we agreed a week in September. As I didn't want to drive su… More
Response from the owner I should perhaps mention that the evening lesson was an exception : it happened to fit the situation. Normally tuition starts on the Monday morning, and people have time to settle in unhurriedly.
“Individual French tuition and accommodation”
Claire helped both my wife and myself with our different standards of French knowledge in a caring and individualistic way with the aid of verbal and written questions and answers. After 5 days of stu… More
Response from the owner Sorry about the washing-up liquid ! I slipped up there. Normally I check that there is enough. I should like to add that lessons include listening practice from cds (and even dvds in the evenings), as well as a lot of talking, reading and writing.
I have recently completed a two week intensive French course with Claire. The experience was wonderful. As a beginner of the language, I found Claire to be a patient and thoughtful teacher who made th… More
“A visit of two parts”
This was a visit of two parts, 1) of high intellectual endeavours 2) Total relaxation with a little eating and drinking. Unlike the "Curates Egg” both parts were very different but very e… More
“Excellent French Language Course”
My husband and I stayed with Claire for one week, with 5 days of intensive French lessons. The prospect of 5 hours of French each day was daunting, but Claire soon put us at our ease and the hours fle… More
“Claire Campbell is a warm and welcoming host and a wonderful teacher”
Claire managed our different learning styles, levels of knowledge and abilities and gave us a great basis to continue to progress in French The accommodation was comfortable and in pretty village set… More
Response from the owner Thank you for your review; it was a good week for me too !
“The Dream of a Life Time Holiday”
The owner, Claire, was most welcoming, friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and nothing too much trouble for her. In all the time I have visited Claire, I have known this to be true in every case. She… More
“Excelent French Course”
My wife and I stayed with Claire for 4 days as she patiently taught us French as a beginner me, and a little bit more advanced being my wife. Claire's technique and tricks in making her teaching … More
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