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Food & dining

A hearty taste of France on your French residential trip

During your stay at the Château, your group will enjoy a variety of home-cooked meals lovingly prepared by our chefs in our kitchen. We have a rotating menu of typically French dishes tailored to suit British school groups. All mealtimes are led by the animateur team, with our immersive approach utilising mealtimes as an opportunity to learn vocabulary and facilitate the use of conversational French.

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We take great pride in the food served at the Chateau

French school trip

Please find below a typical sample menu for a week at the Chateau. Generally, our food is wholesome and receives very good reviews. We try to combine healthy choices like salads fruit and vegetables with things that we know the pupils will eat such as bread and chips. We manage to do this whilst also using local ingredients and of course, our food does have a French theme too as one would expect!

One of the culinary highlights of the week is as part of our French evening which includes a fancy dress competition and a quiz, when we invite the pupils to sample some snails and frogs legs. When it is warm enough we have a bbq each week as well.

Make sure to advise us in advance of anyone with allergies or dietary requirements, such as vegetarians and vegans. Use our online pre-visit admin information form to give our kitchen staff plenty of notice. (As there is plenty of choice, you don't need to advise us of particular likes or dislikes!)

Food at The Château

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More about Château de la Baudonnière

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.