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Study in and live in a 18th-century château, a friendly, family setting in the countryside near the wine areas of Beaujolais and Burgundy, just west of Lyon, and on the Loire. Both the French and cooking programs give students plenty of time to relax by the pool, bicycle along the canal, and explore.

Students live, take classes and have all meals in the château and its 13 hectares (32 acres) of park and woodland. Your hosts at the château, René Dorel, a Frenchman, and Margaret O’Loan, an Australian, have traveled and worked widely in Europe, Asia and Africa. They both speak English, French and Japanese and René has dabbled in German. Their guests cover a wide range of ages and include adults, singles, couples, and business people, of many nationalities. Participants’ French levels range from beginner, up to those who have a solid base, to fluent speakers who wish to improve their fluency.

With its own pool, bikes, large parkland, and nearby tennis courts and equestrian center, 9-hole golf course and an ice-skating rink, the Château offers something for everybody. Non-studying partners, and children and teens with adults are welcome.

Instant E–mail inquiry:

roanne@eduvacations.com

Minimum age:

18; however, in families, teens over 15 can join the adult French class at the same rate as the adults. Children under 15 are advised to take private classes.

Getting there:

There are several options: Air: fly to Lyon St. Exupery airport and you can arrange for a taxi pick up via our partner school (130 euros paid to the driver) or train to Roanne from Lyon (1.25 hrs.) then take a taxi to the school. Train: TGV, i.e., high-speed train, from Paris to Roanne, and take a taxi to the school (total time, 4 hrs.).

Course prices include:
•  accommodation at the château
• meals (Saturday lunch & dinner, and Sunday lunch are not included)
• minimum 1 excursion per 1 & 2 week stay, and 1 excursion every 2 weeks for long-term stays.
• language class
• parking area available for guests arriving by car
• Internet access
• use of the facilities at the château (outdoor pool, laundry & iron, game room, bicycles, exercise/fitness room)

Suggestions: Spend more than 2 weeks; take a French course for 2 weeks, then take a cooking course in French.

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Program Information
 
Program Details
 
General French Language Course
Intensive French Course
Private French Course
Holiday French Course
French Country Cooking Course
French Country Cooking & French Course
French Pastry & Bakery Course
French Pastry/Bakery Course & French Language Course
Wine Course
The Insiders’ Wine & Gastronomy Tour in October
Afternoon Cooking Class in French
Professional French Country Cooking
 
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Program Information

What People are Saying

“I learned so much; the cooking class was great!” Tess, USA

"It was fabulous, just wonderful! The people I met were great. It’s a real charming, magical place." Linda, USA

“I can highly recommend it…My experience at the château was so wonderful, I am going back in May…The school is a great place to learn all aspects of the language and, importantly, get to know some very nice French people. I felt very much at home with the teachers & staff. I made new friends from all over the world.” Kathy, USA

Cultural & Recreational Activities

Play tennis, bicycle along the canal, golf, swim in the château pool, horseback ride, hike, boat, fish; local and regional excursions in Roanne and the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine country.

Accommodation Choices

Large twin rooms or single rooms with private bath at the Château.

Program Details
 
General French Language Course

19 hours of French class per week (maximum 6 participants per class). Study formal and informal French with an emphasis on conversational skills. This program leaves you with plenty of time to relax and explore and still pick up new French skills.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

2004 courses start on:
05 Sept*, 12 Sept, 19 Sept*,  Sept 26
03 Oct*, 10 Oct, 17* Oct, (closed 23 Oct)

2005 courses start on:
01 May*, 08 May, 15 May, 22 May*, 29 May
05  June*, 12 June, 19 June*, 27 June
03 July*, 10 July, 17 July*, 24 July, 31 July
07 Aug*, (closed from 14—20 Aug), 21 Aug, 28 Aug
04 Sept*, 11 Sept, 18 Sept, (closed from 24 Sept—01 Oct)
02 Oct*, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, (closed on 22 Oct for Winter)

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Courses

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

General French Language
twin room, private shower & toilet *

€ 990

€ 1900

€ 2820

General French Language
single room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1140

€ 2200

€ 3270

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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Intensive French Course

19 hours a week of group class (6 people maximum per class) plus 6 hours a week of one-to-one lessons for a total of 25 hours. If you have an urgent need to communicate rapidly and effectively in French, this more intensive course is for you.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

2004 courses start on:
05 Sept*, 12 Sept, 19 Sept*,  Sept 26
03 Oct*, 10 Oct, 17* Oct, (closed 23 Oct)

2005 courses start on:
01 May*, 08 May, 15 May, 22 May*, 29 May
05  June*, 12 June, 19 June*, 27 June
03 July*, 10 July, 17 July*, 24 July, 31 July
07 Aug*, (closed from 14—20 Aug), 21 Aug, 28 Aug
04 Sept*, 11 Sept, 18 Sept, (closed from 24 Sept—01 Oct)
02 Oct*, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, (closed on 22 Oct for Winter)

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Courses

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

Intensive French Language
twin room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1340

€ 2600

€ 3870

Intensive French Language
single room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1490

€ 2900

€ 4320

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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Private French Course

19 or 25 hours of one-to-one classes. This course, entirely planned around your own particular needs, is an effective, rapid means of developing your French language skills. It is ideal if you have a pressing professional need for French or are moving to France.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

2004 courses start on:
05 Sept*, 12 Sept, 19 Sept*,  Sept 26
03 Oct*, 10 Oct, 17* Oct, (closed 23 Oct)

2005 courses start on:
01 May*, 08 May, 15 May, 22 May*, 29 May
05  June*, 12 June, 19 June*, 27 June
03 July*, 10 July, 17 July*, 24 July, 31 July
07 Aug*, (closed from 14—20 Aug), 21 Aug, 28 Aug
04 Sept*, 11 Sept, 18 Sept, (closed from 24 Sept—01 Oct)
02 Oct*, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, (closed on 22 Oct for Winter)

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Courses

Private French Language:  19 hours
twin room, private shower & toilet

€ 1990
per week

Private French Language:  25 hours
single room, private shower & toilet

€ 2290
per week

Deposit = 10% of package price

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Holiday French Course

15 hours of classes per week. If you wish to learn French, yet have time to relax, enjoy your holiday and visit the lovely villages nearby, take this less intensive course.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

2004 courses start on:
05 Sept*, 12 Sept, 19 Sept*,  Sept 26
03 Oct*, 10 Oct, 17* Oct, (closed 23 Oct)

2005 courses start on:
01 May*, 08 May, 15 May, 22 May*, 29 May
05  June*, 12 June, 19 June*, 27 June
03 July*, 10 July, 17 July*, 24 July, 31 July
07 Aug*, (closed from 14—20 Aug), 21 Aug, 28 Aug
04 Sept*, 11 Sept, 18 Sept, (closed from 24 Sept—01 Oct)
02 Oct*, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, (closed on 22 Oct for Winter)

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Holiday French Course

Twin room,
private shower & toilet *

Single room
private shower & toilet *

Per week

€ 890

€ 1040

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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French Country Cooking Course

Learn to prepare easy, quick dishes, as well as special gourmet meals. This course, offered in English, is a pleasant way to immerse yourself in the French way-of-life and eat good provincial, family-style food at the same time. It is aimed at those who love presentation and those extra details which give your dishes that special something. The gastronomic pleasures of this course include: the delights of salad and dish presentation, cutting techniques and salad dressings, a savoring experience in stocks and sauces (their preparation and presentation), and fish, poultry and meats (their preparation and presentation with vegetables and herbs). Go shopping together in the local markets and take your French Country Cooking class in the afternoons. Then sit down at table to enjoy your creations. The 6-day course includes: 2 morning visits to fruit and vegetable markets in medieval villages and 4 afternoon cooking classes where you learn to make typical, French Country dishes, sauces and desserts.
Duration: 1 week.

Courses start on:

2004:
05 Sept, 19 Sept
03 Oct, 17 Oct

2005:
01 May*, 22 May*
05  June*, 19 June*
03 July*, 17 July
07 Aug
04 Sept
02 Oct

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Twin room, private shower & toilet*

€ 1390

Extra week of
General French Course
Add € 920 per week

Single room, private shower & toilet*

€ 1540

Extra week of
General French Course
Add €1070 per week

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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French Country Cooking & French Course

19 hours of French classes per week (maximum 6 participants per class) plus 4 afternoon French cooking classes (with English translation). The gastronomic pleasures of this course include: the delights of salad and dish presentation, cutting techniques and salad dressings, a savoring experience in stocks and sauces (their preparation and presentation), and fish, poultry and meats (their preparation and presentation with vegetables and herbs).
Minimum stay: 1 week.

Courses start on:

2004:
05 Sept, 19 Sept
03 Oct, 17 Oct

2005:
01 May*, 22 May*
05  June*, 19 June*
03 July*, 17 July
07 Aug
04 Sept
02 Oct

* Start dates for French language beginners.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

French & Country Cooking
Twin room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1390

Extra week of
General French Course
Add € 920 per week

French & Country Cooking
Single room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1540

Extra week of
General French Course
Add €1070 per week

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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French Pastry & Bakery Course

The pastry course is given in French with an English interpreter. Learn to make an assortment of delicious French pastries: cake-making and decoration, bread-making, pastry bases and creams for tarts and mini-tarts, puff pastry for starters and desserts and the wonders of icing and sugar decoration. You’ll take 2 market and food-related visits and have 4 French Pastry Cookery classes in the afternoon. Examples of recipes: fruit tarts and mini-tarts, Vol au Vent, Millefeuilles, almond sponge cake, meringue, 4 types of breads.
Duration: 1 week

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Courses start on:

2004:
12 Sept, 10 Oct

2005:
11 Sept, 09 Oct

Pastry / Bakery
Twin room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1190

Extra week of
General French Course
Add € 920 per week

Pastry / Bakery
Single room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1340

Extra week of
General French Course
Add €1070 per week

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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French Pastry/Bakery Course & French Language Course

Combine the above 1 week French Pastry/Bakery course (without the morning market visits) with 19 hours of French classes per week (maximum 6 participants per class).
Minimum: 1 week

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Courses start on:
12  September
10 October

French & Pastry / Bakery
Twin room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1390

Extra week of
General French Course
Add € 920 per week

French & Pastry / Bakery
Single room, private shower & toilet *

€ 1540

Extra week of
General French Course
Add €1070 per week

* Supplement:  € 150 per week per room for large room w/ private bath and toilet

Deposit = 10% of package price

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Wine Course

This brief introduction to wine and wine tasting (taught in French) is offered only when 5 students are interested in taking it. The class is designed to be a supplement to a cooking or French course.

Dates & Price:  Please inquire

The Insiders’ Wine & Gastronomy Tour in October

Private groups of 8 to 12 people can coordinate a unique opportunity to taste some of France’s finest wines and visit wine cellars accompanied by a professional wine-maker and wine teacher. Englishman Simon Hawkins, after a career in export sales, returned to his first passion — wine — and studied wine making at the celebrated Wine School in Macon, France. Simon and Isabelle Hawkins bought Domaine du Fontenay, a beautifully situated vineyard overlooking the gentle slopes of the AOC — classified Côte Roannaise. The leading French wine magazine “La Revue du Vin de France” recently classed their Domaine as the top producer in the Côte Roannaise. The course is taught in English.
Duration: 1 week

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Double room package

€ 1950

Single supplement

€ 0150

Deposit = 10% of package price

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Afternoon Cooking Class in French

Ideal for those taking a French language course and who do not wish to do a week-long Cooking course. This 3-hour long Cooking class is held when two or more people are interested. You will cook and taste traditional French cooking as it is really eaten in French homes. Classes are held in French on 1 or 2 afternoons.

Dates & Price:  Please inquire

Professional French Country Cooking

This 2 to 4-week course offers a unique opportunity for young professionals, who are studying in or graduated from Pastry/Bakery and/or Cooking schools. Develop your skills further in French Cookery and/or Pastry/Bakery. The course includes: 5 half days of classes per week (3 to 4 hours) in French cooking and/or Pastry cooking with hands-on experience in a group of 10 people maximum; 8 hours of French classes to learn basic French and how to write menus in French; 1 half day excursion in the Roanne region to discover medieval villages and the beautiful countryside; and 1 gastronomy-related visit in the region per 2 week stay. Stay at the château or in town (hotel, studio, apartment or student’s room) depending on availability.
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Dates & Price:  Please inquire

 
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