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Burgundy Retreat

Curated experiential retreat in beautiful Burgundy
Authentic tours and workshops to discover the French culture and language 

The Live and Learn experience

Option 1: Culture immersion

Our culture immersion week is for those who want to travel differently.

 

Maybe you have already been to France but wished that you could have met a few French people to show you around and really feel what it is like to live the French way. Or maybe you haven’t been yet because you would rather not do all the touristy things and are looking for a more authentic way to travel. If this resonates with you then this trip to Burgundy is what you have been looking for. 

 

Join us with your partner, your friends or your family to discover one of our favorite regions in France. You will stay in a luxurious and authentic French manor, venture into small towns and villages, learn to cook regional specialties. There will be time to explore, as well as time to slow down and embrace the French way of life.

 

This fully immersive cultural experience will leave you feeling like you lived your best French life for a week. So come experience France in a more authentic and intimate way, and no need to speak French we'll take care of you!

Authentically, comme à la maison.

Option 2: French language immersion

You have studied some French but want to accelerate your language skills?

Imagine a week where every moment is an opportunity to steep yourself in the rich tapestry of French language and culture, all set against the backdrop of the picturesque Burgundy region. 

As native French speakers, we will guide you through an unforgettable journey of immersion in French culture, where lush vineyards, picturesque villages, and exquisite cuisine seamlessly blend with the pursuit of mastering the French language.

We garrantee a fun and non intimidating atmosphere so you can feel comfortable practicing and learning with us.

 

Authentically, comme à la maison.

 

Hortense and Marie-Anne

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The Manor

Located in the heart of beautiful Burgundy, the manor you will be staying in is an ancient wine castle built on the remains of a feudal mound. It was carefully and tastefully renovated in 2015 to keep its historical charm while providing all the modern comfort of today.
 
The manor offers six spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, two welcoming living rooms, a majestic dining room and a fully equipped kitchen.
 
The garden is almost a hectare and boasts centuries-old trees. The large heated salt pool with its terrace and lounge chairs offers a quiet oasis in a dynamic wine village. The outdoor kitchen and  covered dining area is the perfect location for our delicious and authentic outdoor dinners to reminisce about our day or simply enjoy nightfall with a great glass of wine.

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6 en suite bedrooms

Stylish, spacious and fitted with your comfort in mind, the bedrooms have full private bathrooms, offering each guest their own private space to relax.

Each room is set up with a queen bed but can be converted into two twin beds.

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Living quarters

Enjoy gourmet meals with the modern and fully equipped luxury kitchen (premium range cooker, dishwasher, American style fridge and Nespresso coffee maker).​

 

The two vast and cozy living rooms, each one with its own fireplace, offer plenty of space for our guests to spread out.

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Outdoor area

The garden  offers something for every taste. In the park between the centuries-old trees lie a little rose garden and an old "lavoir". Relax in the shade of the majestic Sequoia that dominates the park.

You can cool off in the heated salt pool (5 x 11 meters) or relax on one of the lounge seats on the pool's terrace.

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What is included*

Our curated experience 

Transportation to and from Dijon train station to the Manor

Seven night retreat

Your room and full access to house, pool and grounds

Daily French breakfast and dinner

Gourmet French dinners cooked on site or at local restaurant

Daily excursions or onsite cultural activity/workshop* (ie : wine tasting, Farmers market, French cooking lesson, truffle hunting, historic city tour, private shopping tour)

Transportation to and from excursions

$3200 per person (double/shared occupancy), $5900 per person (single occupancy)

Refer a friend to the retreat and receive a 4 lesson-pack (transferrable) when they sign up (limited to 1)

More questions? Check out our FAQ page

*Not included: flights, transport to Dijon train station, lunches, personal expenses

*Private French lessons before the retreat available for additional fee.

**Excursions and cultural activities are subject to change depending on availabilities.

***All excursions and cultural activities are included in the cost but are not mandatory. 

Retreat schedule exemple

DAY 1

Arrival at the Manor followed by free time to get settled, group introductions. Gourmet dinner at the Manor.

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DAY 2

Breakfast at the Manor followed by free time. Visit of Beaune and the Hospices museum. Optional exclusive shopping for our group at the local clothing store Cléopatre et Secotine in the afternoon. Gourmet dinner at the villa.

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 DAY 3

Breakfast at the Manor followed by free time. Afternoon tour of an organic vineyard and winery. During the tasting, discover the richness of the Rougeon terroirs, a unique site in Burgundy, remarkable for the diversity of its granite and limestone soils. Light dinner at the villa.

Mustard Dijon Live and Learn Retreat

DAY 4

Breakfast at the Manor followed by free time. Lunch and visit to the beautiful city of Dijon. Guided tour and tasting at a moutarderie where you will learn the process of making real Dijon mustard based on ancestral heritage methods. Return to the villa for free time and dinner.

DAY 5

Breakfast at the Manor. Late morning guided tour with truffle hunting specialists and their dog who will introduce you to the world of the truffle and the work of truffle hunting. The walk is followed by a “everything à la truffe” lunch prepared with carefully selected artisanal and locally crafted products. Return to the Manor for free time and dinner.

Truffle lunch Live and Learn Retreat

DAY 6

Breakfast at the Manor. Visit to a local organic berry farm and museum to learn about the production of cassis. Return to the Manor for free time followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Cassis Black Currant farm Live and Learn Retreat
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DAY 7

Breakfast at the Manor followed by a visit to Chalon. Enjoy the city market and charming shops. Return to the manor for free time followed by a cooking lesson from our chef Agnès.

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DAY 8

Breakfast at the Manor and departure late morning.

REGISTER FOR CULTURE IMMERSION WEEK

REGISTER FOR FRENCH LANGUAGE  IMMERSION WEEK

Marie-Anne and Hortense became family. Their attention to detail and emphasis on an authentic French experience was remarkable. The excursions were short & sweet with plenty of relaxation built into our days. All of the food was well planned and delicious; from a private chef, learning to make French cuisine myself, or eating a wonderful meal out. This is a trip I will never forget and am truly grateful they were by my side.
Stéphanie W., Boise ID

Alexa Young, CA

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