French immersion courses near Bergerac in the Dordogne


The Bourdil blanc has been sold to a Franco Californian couple who live in London and will not be in residence for another two years so I am still residing at the Bourdil helping them with the changeover to new ownership  and running three groups in the spring and early summer before moving to my new home where we will run language groups in the autumn months

 We are running two sessions in spring /summer 2023 May 20-27 and June 24-July 1 at the Bourdil same prices as before euros 1300 for a single room with a 5% loyalty bonus so euros 1235 per person .

For the autumn months September 9-16, 23rd-30th,  October 7th -14th and October 21st-28th these will be at my new home in Montaillac near Eymet 25 mins from Bergerac airport a little cheaper  euros 1100 per person in a single room or euros 1000 sharing a room with the 5% loyalty bonus euros 1045 as there is no tennis court a smaller pool 10x5m and it is not quite as grand as the Bourdil although a very lovely 15th century presbytery with fabulous views of nearly 80kms over rolling countryside The cook is the same Philippe Seguy and the teachers are Barbara who has been with me for nearly 15 years and Helena whom I have know for several years . The form is the same teaching in the mornings and visits in the afternoons although at Montaillac we will be exploring new areas west and south of Bergerac and around Bordeaux Saint Emilion and Arcachon. Travel to and from the house is the same Bergerac airport is close by as is the train station via Bordeaux

Everyone who is fully vaccinated can come to stay with us in France with no need to quarantine when you return to the UK .Non vaccinated people can also attend. For further information please check out this website

The South West is a very safe region in France with very few cases and as I am sure you know a very lovely place to have a holiday learning French 

Our cancellation policy is that if customers find that they cannot arrive at the Bourdil or Montaillac going forward as there are restrictions and the FCO advises against all but essential travel to their destination then customers can have the option of a credit note so that they can postpone holidays to a later date up to 18 months in the future . Customers cannot request a cancellation for any other reason Clients are encouraged to buy travel and medical insurance before they book.  

2023 dates are published on the date page as are the different prices for the autumn groups

At French in the Dordogne we are delighted to invite you to le Bourdil Blanc, near Bergerac, for an inspiring week-long residential language holiday. Improve your French on our immersion courses whilst enjoying this most beautiful part of France staying in a lovely French manorhouse. Half the day in class, half the day on trips, all the time in French ! In the autumn the courses will be run at Montaillac very close to Bergerac 

Our residential French immersion weeks offer the following for elementary French speakers and above :

  • Excellent teaching in small groups to improve listening, understanding and speaking skills with highly experienced native French speakers, who will offer encouragement, error correction and suggest alternative expressions ,thus improving your communication skills and expanding your vocabulary.
  • Fascinating trips to various tourist sights led by teachers also well versed in local history and geography, conducted in French throughout. Le Bourdil revels in an unbeatable location, right in the heart of the Dordogne, within easy reach of so many of its historic attractions, some of the very best in France.
  • Comfortable living in le Bourdil Blanc, an elegant 18th century manor house nestling in its own grounds with excellent on-site facilities, including heated outdoor swimming pool , all-weather tennis court, walking, cycling, boating and fishingLe Bourdil Blanc
  • A relaxed house party atmosphere which is great fun. We are used to welcoming those holidaying alone, couples and groups, and all hosted by the fluent French-speaking English owner of le Bourdil.
  • Really good regional food prepared in-house by Philippe Seguy, le Bourdil’s cook. The Dordogne is a well-known gastronomic region in France, respected particularly for its farm produce. And of course it is deep in winemaking country giving you the chance to enjoy some of Bergerac's best regional wines , all accompanied of course by lively conversation in French.
  • All this only 15 minutes from Bergerac airport with direct flights from numerous regional airports offering the easiest and fastest access from the UK via low cost airlines such as Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2. There is also the TGV fast train service from London St Pancras which takes about ten hours so access is straightforward. More information on "How to get here" page All transfers to and from Bergerac are included in the price of the course.

It is really quite easy to get away from it all to improve your French in this total immersion course with minimum stress from travelling in these worrying times, and maximum enjoyment from being in rural France at its very best.

Le Bourdil Blanc* Please note – as mentioned, our courses are for language improvement and are not designed for beginners.  Participants need to range from an elementary level in French to Advanced (at least a level A2 as defined by the CEFR: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - standards of language ability. This means that, as a minimum, you need to be able to formulate simple sentences and to understand the essence of what is being said when French is spoken slowly to you.

Please take time to browse through our site and should you wish to talk to us directly simply call us on 0033 632624315 or in the UK on 07768 747610 and we will be pleased to answer your questions.

We very much hope to hear from you soon
Jane Hanslip