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
September 14-21, 2024
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, and 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
September 23-30, 2024
Vous avez étudié le français et vous souhaitez accélérer votre progression ? Rien de tel qu'un voyage en immersion pour consolider et développer vos capacités linguistiques.
Imaginez une semaine passée entre francophiles où chaque moment est une opportunité de se plonger dans la langue de Molière sur fond de découvertes culturelles, historiques et gastronomiques.
Venez partager notre quotidien à la française, dans un superbe manoir situé au coeur de la campagne bourguignonne.
Nous sommes nées et avons grandi en France, nous sommes éducatrices de formation, passionnées de la langue et de la culture française.
Cette semaine en immersion, authentique et comme à la maison représente plus de 10 heures / jour de français!
Hortense et Marie-Anne.
Have you 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 and educators 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.
Join us for a fun and welcoming atmosphere so you can feel comfortable practicing and learning with us.
Authentically, comme à la maison.
Hortense and Marie-Anne
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.
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.
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.
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.
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* (i.e. : 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 lesson-pack)
More questions? Check out our FAQ page
*Not included: flights, transport to/from 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 example
Arrival at the Manor followed by free time to get settled, group introductions. Gourmet dinner at the Manor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast at the Manor and departure late morning.
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