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Château de la Baudonnière

Discover the premier French language school residential

Your students are encouraged to listen and practise their French from the moment they arrive at the Château to the moment they leave. Whether it’s scaling an outdoor climbing wall or gathering in the dining hall at mealtimes, everything is carried out in French and professionally instructed by our native-speaking team of animateurs. In fact, a week at our Château provides your students with more exposure to speaking and listening to French than an entire term of lessons at school.

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A tried & tested programme that delivers real educational outcomes

The Château is an authentically French environment where learners can reach their full potential. Activities are led on-site by animateurs, in groups of no more than twelve, to ensure that each student receives quality individual support to maximise their learning. Each student will also utilise our bespoke workbook to help reinforce the vocabulary learnt during each activity.

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French animateurs

Our dedicated team of animateurs will lead your group —from breakfast through to evening entertainment and everything in between. Every moment is used as an opportunity for students to learn and use French in practice. With your group in the safe hands of our instructors, you can choose to get as involved as you'd like.

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Activities & excursions

Our animateurs will deliver an exciting programme of adventure and team-building activities making the most of the fantastic on-site facilities at Château de la Baudonnière. All activities are designed to build students' confidence and to use their French in practical, real-life situations.

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Learning programme

Our French immersion residentials at Château de la Baudonnière are suitable for all learners and year groups up to A-Level. Our approach immerses learners in the language so that they only hear, see and use French throughout their trip to create a truly authentic and realistic setting.

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Hidden amongst 100 acres of Normandy countryside

Located a 90-minute journey from the port of Cherbourg, the charming 19th century chateau sits amongst 100 acres of enchanting woodland, which boast a lake, orchard, farm and stables. The Château can comfortably accommodate approximately 170 students at any one time.

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Accommodation & facilities

Our magical Château de la Baudonnière is our child-friendly language immersion residential centre in Lower Normandy. The 100 acre centre is well-equipped with adventure facilities, mini-farm, lake and classrooms and accommodates up to 170 students in eight gender-specific en suite dormitory blocks.

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Food & dining

Your stay at the Château de la Baudonnière is full board, which means you'll enjoy a seasonal menu of home-cooked meals served 'French style'. Our skilled chefs are experienced in catering for UK school groups and dealing with special dietary requirements.

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Getting to us

Where possible, groups travel with Pegasus coaches the specialist school coach company owned by Voyager School Travel, for a safe and reliable journey. 

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Included in your French residential booking

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Full board accommodation
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Professionally-instructed activities
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Guided off-site excursions
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Evening entertainment
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Dedicated coach & driver
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Choice of return travel
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Subsidised inspection visit
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Free places for teachers
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24-hour emergency support

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Your group's safety is our priority

Château de la Baudonnière is authorised to accommodate school groups by the French Ministry of Youth and Sport and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. All our animateurs hold UK-accredited instructor qualifications for climbing, fencing, archery, first aid and lifeguarding. More adventurous activities, such as kayaking, are supervised by professional sports instructors working beside our animateurs. Read more →

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Why choose us for your French school trip to Normandy?

French immersion works

Developed over 20 years, our approach to French teaching creates a truly immersive experience that is shown to improve learning and confidence.

We’re here for you

Our local managers are on hand 24/7 to look after the individual needs of your group and deliver the best experience every time you visit.

Schools return to us year after year

Our French language residentials offer the highest quality instruction and care which is why 8 out of 10 school groups return each year.

Animateurs are “like having another teacher on the trip”

All school group activities are led by our own French-native animateurs who are skilled at encouraging even the most reticent learner to use their French.

Authentic French experiences

As part of the local community, with ties across the region, we offer an authentic French cultural experience during your group's stay.

A French programme to suit your learning objectives

Looking for onsite adventure activities? The chance to experience authentic local culture? Or an escorted tour of Normandy's rich history and landmarks? We have a French trip to suit.