Château de Joudes Saint Amour

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Discover Burgundy, a region famous for its gastronomy, geography and history, in an unforgettable 10-day all-in-French immersion in which you can develop and strengthen your ability to communicate effectively in French.

Dates

- Monday 8 to Wednesday 17 April 2024 (FALC teacher: Marion) - 4 spots available
- Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October 2024
(FALC teacher: Samuel) 2 spots available

French Level

This immersion is open to all levels except complete Beginners.

Participants will be split into up to 3 groups of levels for language classes so that everyone can enjoy the experience at its fullest, with a language level appropriate to them.

Please note that, in order to guarantee a true French language immersion, this immersion is not open for complete beginners in French. If you consider yourself a Beginner but have studied French in the past, contact us to see if this immersion would be suitable for you.

Château de Joudes Saint Amour

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Classes and activities are held at the Château de Joudes Saint Amour, a mansion constructed between 17th and 19th centuries.

There, you will be welcomed by Martine and Gerard, the property’s managers. Their mission is to take care of you during your stay and be attentive to your welfare and security.

The Château de Joudes Saint-Amour is 2.5 hours from Paris by high-speed train, 1.25 hour from Lyon and 1.5 hour from Geneva by car.

It is located at the crossroads of two French regions: Bourgogne Franche-Comté and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

The castle lies at the foot of the Jura Mountains, on the slopes of the Revermont, at the heart of a 10ha wooded park. 

The house is adapted to a community lifestyle but also provides private and intimate spaces: French style living-rooms, a rustic bookcase-filled library, dedicated classrooms. A free Wi-Fi connection available throughout the property will keep you in contact with the rest of the world.

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

 On site, there are a volleyball court and of course courts for “pétanque” (bowls). The castle is nestled in lush greenery and is the starting point for beautiful walks and strolls. 

A car shuttle service can be provided to the nearby villages and shops. You will be impressed by this property’s beauty, charm and conviviality – an ideal place to enjoy cultural and educational events. 

Accommodation

The property of Château Joudes Saint Amour has two buildings: le Château, which is the oldest building (1650), and la Ferme, more recent. Accommodation is available in both le Château and la Ferme, depending on the type of room that you have chosen.

4 types of rooms are available:

Chambre d’hôtes (9 available)
Large comfortable bedrooms with private ensuite bathroom and double bed. All bedrooms have been renovated recently and offer a charming mix of rusticity and modernity. One of those chambres d’hôtes is suited for guests with limited mobility.


8 chambres d’hôtes are located in la Ferme, 1 chambre d’hôtes is in the Château. 

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Chambre de charme (5 available)
Comfortable bedrooms with private ensuite bathroom and double bed (4 rooms) or single bed (1 room). All bedrooms have been renovated and are a combination of rustic and modernity.


4 chambres de charme are located in la Ferme, 1 chambre de charme is in the Château. 

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Chambre confort (5 available)
Those bedrooms provide a good compromise between renovation and conservation. They all have a double bed.
The bedrooms share a bathroom: on the first floor, the bathroom is shared between 2 rooms, while on the ground floor, the bathroom is shared between 3 rooms.


All the chambres Confort are in the Château.

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Suite de la Baronne (1 available)
This very special room is available for those wanting to live the full « château » experience. From the wallpaper to the bed and furniture, everything has been kept as close as possible to the original. 

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Meals

In the kitchen, our Chef Dick will cook traditional French meals for you and will help you to discover the produce of the region and its varieties. Please don’t hesitate to tell one of the managers if you have special dietary requirements; they will be glad to meet your needs.

All meals are included.

Language Classes

The goal of this immersion is to give participants an opportunity to develop and strengthen their ability to communicate effectively in French, in a region famous for its gastronomy, geography and its history: Burgundy.

Your stay includes 20 hours of goal-oriented lessons focused on French communication – to increase your grammatical knowledge and vocabulary using authentic documents and sources. The format of the lessons is divided between a “classical” style in the morning and a less formal setting all day long.

For basic users of French, we offer a course centered on standard communication, designed to  enable you to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in France or any familiar  matters regularly encountered in everyday life. Increase your vocabulary and strengthen your grammatical skills.

For those who speak more French (intermediate and advanced levels), we offer a course based on the discovery of Burgundy (e.g. its history, its writers, its current issues) with an emphasis on oral expression (conversation class) enabling you to focus on specific aspects of the language (lexical, phonetic, grammatical, etc.), according to your level. You will gain in confidence and speak more and more spontaneously!

Activities & Excursions 

The program of activities is dense, rich and varied but also provides for free time to allow you to relax and enjoy the surroundings. During your stay, you will explore the following aspects of the region:

History

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Gastronomy

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

Heritage

Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour
Burgundy Immersion French a la Carte Chateau Saint Amour

This will be supplemented by some special evening sessions on specific topics and discussions which will allow you to discover and appreciate Burgundy – including some relaxed evenings as well.

Programme

Day 1 

10am Arrival at the Château, welcome coffee, installation & discovery of the place

12.30pm Aperitif and lunch time at the Château

4pm Presentation of the session and French Lesson

6pm Free time

6.30pm News time (Optional)

7pm Welcome evening at the Château around cheese raclette or fondue 

Day 2 

9am Resting at the Château, possibility to visit Saint Amour or Middle age city of Cuiseaux

12pm Lunch time

1pm Departure to Lugny for wine tasting, visit to Château de Cormatin and city of Tournus, the only preserved 12th century monastic complex in Europe

 7pm Dinner in Tournus

10.30pm Return to Château

Day 3 

9am  Visit of the medieval town of Louhans, its traditional market and its 17th century Apothecary (Guided visit)

12.30pm Lunch time at the Château

2pm French lesson

6pm  Free time

6.30pm  News time

7pm  Dinner at the Château

Day 4 

9am French lesson

12.30pm Lunch time at the Château

3pm Cooking workshop

6pm Free time

6.30pm News time

7pm Dinner time

8.30pm Relaxed evening

Day 5 

9am French lesson

12.30pm Lunch in traditional restaurant – Saint Amour

2pm Stroll and walk in Saint Amour /  Tea time in town

5pm Free time

6.30pm News time

7pm Dinner time

8.30pm Movie night at the Château 

Day 6 

Free day

Day 7 

9am French lesson

12.30pm Lunch

2pm Stroll and walk along the Revermont. An afternoon to enjoy the green grove of Bresse and the peaceful mountains of Revermont.

6pm Departure to Tournus

7pm Dinner in Tournus, at Greuze, Michelin starred restaurant

10.30pm Return to the Château

Day 8 

9am French lesson

12.30pm Lunch time

2.45pm Guided visit to Royal monastery of Brou, the “Burgundian Taj Mahal”, built in the early 16th century by Margaret of Austria.

4.45pm Free time in Bourg-en-Bresse: a town rich in history, with a lively town center, artisans, a wide variety of shops and gastronomic specialties.

7pm Dinner at the Château

8.30pm Relaxed evening

Day 9 

9am French lesson

12pm Departure to Baume les Messieurs & Château Chalon, two of the most beautiful villages of France 

1pm Picnic « à la française » in Baume les Messieurs

4pm Visit of Château Chalon – Jura’s Wine Tasting

7pm Dinner time

8.30pm Relaxed evening

Day 10 

End of stay after breakfast

Price: from $7,500 per person

The price varies according to the type of room: 

*The price is AU$ is indicative and based on XE.com exchange rate at the date of the publication of this page (1€ = AU$1.69 on 16.06.2023). The final price may change if the exchange rate changes at the date of invoicing the second and final payment.  We will adjust the price in AU$ accordingly. 

Please note that rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Participants can choose the room of their choice as soon as French à la Carte receives payment of the deposit. We cannot hold nor guarantee a room without deposit.

Shared Room discount: Participants who wish to share a room will each get a discount of €200

What's included

What's not included

Payment schedule

Terms & Conditions 

I Participation 

The intensive French sessions organised by Château de Joudes Saint Amour are designed for adults with elementary to advanced  level of skill in the French language. A test will be sent to you before the start of the immersion to enable us to organise the groups.

All the activities - visits, wine-tasting, evenings activities will be conducted in French. For the benefit of everyone during the session, we reserve the right to accept or reject any participant and to remove any participant whose conduct is deemed incompatible with the interests of the other students.

II  Cancellation 

By the organisers: If a sufficient number of bookings is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the session. Your deposit will be refunded and any other money paid to us will be refunded in full. You will be notified immediately of any change. 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing to French à la Carte 

III Travel Insurance 

Travel Insurance is COMPULSORY for all participants - students and persons accompanying - during the session. Your insurance should provide cover against personal accident and sickness, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We strongly recommend that the policy covers pre-tour cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please note: travel costs already incurred by the participant cannot be refunded, which is why we strongly recommend including pre-tour cancellation in your travel insurance policy.

IV  Organization

The organization of the course, the activities on the schedule and the itinerary may be subject to change without notice due to act of God, local circumstances and weather.

We contract with a range of third parties and individuals. To the best of our knowledge, the different third parties who will assist us during the course are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. Château de Joudes Saint Amour will not be held liable for injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties.

Contact & more info

info@frenchalacarte.com.au

0400 141 370