We have been running Residential French language course since 2004 and have received some wonderful feedback in that time - here are some of our more recent testimonials...

Fabulous setting, excellent tuition, great company and food.

A truly winning combination.

If you want to spend a week getting into the French life and making some serious progress with your language skills in a outstanding location with small, intimate classes and a really friendly family feel, this is the place. Le Poiron is a joy. my thanks to Francoise, Lorna, Mark and everyone for ' une semaine inoubliable'.
Excellent course. Thoroughly Enjoyed.Has kick- started my husband to want to learn more. We had a great week. Super food and company was second to none. So friendly, we felt we had known Francoise and Mark for ages. Relaxed, beautiful atmosphere in which to learn. Thank you so much.

Ian and Dale

I found the method of teaching easy to follow.Francoise is a wonderful teacher. She was patient, encouraging, and always diplomatic in insisting on correcting my multitudes of errors of speech. I am completely satisfied with the learning experience and could not bear to utter even a word of criticism.

This course was well worth the money. i would say''Priceless''. I am most grateful for this tremendous experience. Learning French to make conversation- A great value. Learning through conversation to love the French - PRICELESS! In a word super

I heartily recommend Le Poiron to anyone with a zest for learning and a teachable spirit.



The location was beautiful, the teaching excellent and we were made to feel like one of the family. What a wonderful way to improve your French.
Although my husband and I were at different levels we both enjoyed the experience tremendously. The variety of activities was great and the atmosphere was very condusive to relaxed learning.
Margaret and Tom
A fun, engaging and comprehensive introduction or re-introduction to French living and language.



A creative program in a lovely environment with a gifted teacher, amicable classmates, and glorious food -- what more can you ask for?



One often embarks on such a course with misgivings and trepidation. Le Poiron serves as the most splendid and easy introduction to French life, culture and language - it's situation is idyllic being on the edge of a huge natural forest, close to a large dam and yet offering easy access to villages and towns on the best roads I've ever driven on. The proprietors of Le Poiron are a National Treasure.
David and Bev
If you have ever dreamed of staying in a chateau in the beautiful French countryside, and learn French at the same time, this is the place for you. Immersion into the language, cooking, shopping at the market, and a fantastic instructor. Dinners were delicious, served with wine, laughter, amazing people and conversation, it couldn't have been better!
Cindy & Mary
The grammar was explained clearly, our pronunciation corrected patiently and explained in ways, which we haven't seen in any books. Opportunities to speak to and listen to French people were excellent. The accommodation and food were excellent and the friendliness of Françoise and Mark unbeatable. We would like to finish by saying that we enjoyed it immensely.
David and Peter J
Françoise is a wonderful teacher and communicator. The mix of lectures and visits was very good also and we were never bored. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed it, and the course (and our hosts) surpassed our expectations. We shall definitely be returning.

Françoise and Mark treated us like friends, not visitors, and we must express our thanks to Dominique and Madeleine for their encouragement and good humour when we tried to put our lessons into practice.

Chris and Graham

I thought the method of teaching was excellent. It was given in a very concise and practical way with hints and tips along the way. I especially liked the mixture of tuition in the classroom and then being able to put it into use on the activities.

For anyone wanting an immersion course which they can go on their own- this ticks all the boxes.Francoise et el are so friendly and ensures your stay is an enjoyable one.

Claire R


'Francoise is an exceptional teacher, offering the perfect combination of high expectations and individual support. Lessons were challenging, engaging and fun. She and Mark are also most generous hosts and their lovely home was the perfect venue. Our return booking(s) reflect how inspired we feel to continue to improve our French'.
Howard and Liz
I really enjoyed my week at Le Poiron Bonjour. Francoise was an excellent tutor, the surroundings were lovely and the food plentiful and enjoyable. My French improved and I gained more confidence using French in the everyday situation
A delightfully comfortable environment with excellent hospitality, accommodation and catering in a beautiful rural location. All this with a well structured French language programme.
The perfect confidence builder for speaking and listening in French.



As a complete beginner at learning French, the week long course at Le Poiron Bonjour

was a perfect way for me to make a start.

Excellent facilities, Great activities and fantastic teaching at the right pace and correct

level, all together they have made the beginning of my language learning journey a real

joy. I now have a good basic understanding and confidence to speak French for my day

to day needs.

I will be going back for more.

If I had to pick one word to describe the course! “EXCELLENT”


If you are looking for a place to improve your French, have lots of fun and enjoy beautiful surroundings, then look no further.  Francoise and Mark welcome you to their beautiful home, where, inbetween lessons and fun activities, you can enjoy the tranquil green countryside.

Francoise is a gifted teacher, motivating, fun and supportive, no matter what your level.  I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Le Poiron Bonjour and am looking forward to going back sometime in the next year. 



“What a wonderful week!  We all improved very much in such a short time. The activities were varied and very well planned so that we had opportunities to hear and speak French in different settings. The atmosphere of Le Poiron is very relaxed, and yet every moment in or out of the classroom was a learning opportunity. We shall definitely return for more!”

John and Bridget


Francoise’s love of language shines brightly and her enthusiasm is infectious; she ensured everyone moved along and met their learning objectives.

Myself and my husband, both at different levels of understanding/ability, took many practical models away that we can apply immediately.

For us, it was just the right mix of structure and informality, together with snippets of real French life and culture thrown in.

We plan to put our new knowledge and skills into practice…before returning to move our French on to the next level!

Erica and John