We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays

17 reviews
Save
Exterior view
1 of 8Exterior view
Overview
Reviews
Amenities
Availability
Map
Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
3 guests
6 nights minimum
Condo/Apartment
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, a... 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. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
Show more
About the Owner
Claire C
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2010
Write a reviewReviews (17)

1 - 10 of 17 reviews

Reviewed September 21, 2019

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 course, as she helped me gain confidence both in...More

Date of stay: September 2019
2  Thank Escape593605
Reviewed July 21, 2017

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 infectious passion about language Our classes were interesting, diverse in delivery techniques...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Twid M
campbellclaire53, VR Owner at Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2017

Thank you for such a comprehensive review; for me it is heart-warming and appreciated.

Reviewed November 16, 2016

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 such a long way, Claire kindly picked me up...More

Date of stay: September 2016
1  Thank Akasha L
campbellclaire53, VR Owner at Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2016

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.

Reviewed November 11, 2016

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 study including "homework," our heads were reeling just a little but...More

Date of stay: November 2016
1  Thank westeam
campbellclaire53, VR Owner at Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2016

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.

Reviewed October 28, 2016

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 the five hours of French each day fly by. I have...More

Date of stay: October 2016
1  Thank Roslyn N
See more reviews
Reviewed July 29, 2016

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 enjoyable! The part 1) was an” intensive French langue course” lasting 5 days...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank Peter O
Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 flew by. Claire is a very...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank jeanniea900
Reviewed March 2, 2016

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 in dramatic Cathar countryside. The ambiance was definitely conducive to learning and making...More

Date of stay: March 2016
1  Thank Lin N
Management response:Responded March 16, 2016

Thank you for your review; it was a good week for me too !

Reviewed October 30, 2015

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 is an amazing teacher of both French and English and...More

Date of stay: October 2015
2  Thank Peggy D
Reviewed August 3, 2015

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 stick we found to be excellent and would...More

Date of stay: July 2015
1  Thank ronzo61847
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Ask
Air Conditioning
Books
Central Heating
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Internet Access
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Mountain Views
Patio
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Towels Provided
Wi-Fi
Horse Riding Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
See more amenities
Availability
September 2021
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
October 2021
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
November 2021
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
December 2021
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
January 2022
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
February 2022
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
View all months
Map
+
About the neighbourhood
For a description of the area, see the main description of the Flat.
Access
Car advised
More
About this property
How do I know if the property is available?
How can I contact the owner?
How will the owner contact me?
What if I don't hear back from the owner?
How do I pay?
Is my payment insured in any way?
Do you own a vacation rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, Tripadvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing
#FKN2223868707
Frequently Asked Questions about Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays

Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays is able to accommodate up to 3 guests. See all property details.

Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at Courses in Cucugnan: language study holidays must last at least 6 nights. See all property details.