A carefree and enlightening French holiday designed just for you
REST & RELAX – LEARN & DISCOVER
Villa Fontane country guesthouse with ensuite rooms and swimming pool is set in rolling hills in the Gulf of St Tropez, Provence.
Enjoy French cookery, art or history lessons, take nature walks or French conversation arranged with like-minded people.
Discover historic villages, local wineries, Provencal markets, spectacular gorges and the glamour of Aix en Provence and St Tropez
La Garde Freinet has a strong cultural heritage and has been an artists’ hideaway. David Hockney painted his famous Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) here. It is now a vibrant community of passionate people who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with the Friends in Provence learning programme.
Choose from a selection of cultural activities with local experts:
– French (all levels -conversation) – Dona Levy
– Cooking typical Provencal recipes in the village – la Riboto
– Painting and drawing – Jean-François Carle
– Make natural cosmetics and herbal remedies – Charlotte Maes
– Learn about Mediterranean culture and heritage on guided walking tours in nature and villages with The Heritage Conservation Agency, for example Romaric’s night walks take you to listen to the sounds of nature and to smell and touch aromatic plants.
Jean-Francois Carle, an artist in Provence, has been teaching art since 1995 and will guide you through the creative process in charcoal drawing and acrylic painting. You will return home with your own pictures of the surrounding countryside and seascapes. (www.jfcarle.net)
Charlotte Maes trained as a herbalist and has a formidable talent for sharing her immense knowledge. You will collect local herbs to prepare cosmetics and remedies. (https://www.lessimplesdecharlotte.fr)
Heritage Conservation Agency (La Conservatoire du Patrimoine) Walking tours by seasoned guides who know this area by heart, for example Romaric’s night walks take you to listen to the sounds of nature and to smell and touch aromatic plants. ( http://conservatoiredufreinet.org)
Villa Fontane is situated in the heart of Provence. Ideally located to explore the unique Provencal landscapes, villages and towns. During the two weeks, day trips and local excursions are on offer to:
Alban will take you on the day trips, sharing his regional knowledge and take you to one of many stunning Mediterranean golf courses.
Jane will take you to Provencal markets, to her favourite beaches and on hikes in the surrounding hills.
REST & RELAX
Alban and Jane offer a warm and friendly welcome into their French home and community. They are a French-Australian couple who have settled in the hill-top village of La Garde-Freinet, near the Gulf of St Tropez. Villa Fontane is a guesthouse with five bedrooms, with their own bathrooms. The Villa is set in five acres with woodlands, tree hammocks, terraces, gardens and a heated swimming pool overlooking the grounds and hills.
In the local village life you can enjoy a relaxed drink in the outdoor cafés or a typical Provencal meal in one of the numerous restaurants. Many hiking trails leave from La Garde Freinet and lead you into the cork oak and chestnut forests or onto hilltops for breath-taking views of the Gulf.
The sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Tropez are an easy drive away for a quick dip or lazy afternoon. The Mediterranean coastline is glorious whether seen from the shore or the sea. As are the Mediterranean golf courses set in stunning locations.
Friends in Provence brings you natural and enhancing experiences.
Alban and Jane will look after you so you can relax, enjoy local wine and home-cooked meals while you discover your activities and learning; introducing you to the local and regional hidden treasures of Provence.
A typical programme is two weeks with a leisurely-paced exposure to a variety of experiences:
Days 1 & 14 – Arrival / Departure
Days 2, 6, 8, 13 – Relax and rest by the pool. Visit the surroundings and discover local villages
Days 3, 5, 9, 11 – Learning experiences
Days 4, 7, 10, 12 – Discovery excursions to Provence
Friends in Provence programme runs for 1 or 2 weeks – each week provides new excursions and activities to complement your learning experience.
Half board (breakfast and lunch or dinner), including all excursions, activities and transport to and from Nice airport.
Available dates in 2019: 11-24 May 14-27 September
Jane Roy: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Australia: Mike Lynskey +61 2 6166 9498
In the UK: Jo Burns +44 1865 858644 / 07901 996492