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“The Dream of a Life Time Holiday”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Cucugnan, Aude, Occitanie

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Peggy D
Harwich, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“The Dream of a Life Time Holiday”
Reviewed 30 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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The owner, Claire, was most welcoming, friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and nothing too much trouble for her. In all the time I have visited Claire, I have known this to be true in every case. She is an amazing teacher of both French and English and to this day I strongly feel that she has been the best teacher I have had and cannot recommend her highly enough in all aspects. The apartment is clean, situated in a wonderful region of France where the surrounding areas are stunning. I suggest that if anyone is thinking of wanting to learn a new language or even have a holiday, to reserve this apartment immediately. I can guarantee that you will have a wonderful experience.

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Liked best: The whole experience
Liked least: There was nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ronzo6184...
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Excelent French Course”
Reviewed 3 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
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My wife and I stayed with Claire for 4 days as she patiently taught us French as a beginner me, and a little bit more advanced being my wife.
Claire's technique and tricks in making her teaching stick we found to be excellent and would recommend her very much to anyone wanting to learn the basics or advance what they already know.
The apartment at the top of Claires house was extremely comfortable and cool given the 30+ degree temperatures at the time..
The village of Cucugnan has 3 excellent resteraunts and bakery with it's own windmill. The history of the Cathares and the Chateaus in this region are well worth a visit especially Queribus Chateau just outside of Cucugnan

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aussietra...
Carcassonne Center, France
1 review
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“Perfect hostess, ideally situated to immerse yourself in French life”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Great place to stay, plenty to see and do in the area. Great advice from Claire. Everything you could need in the apartment. Didn't feel a visitor felt part of the village. Will definitely return!

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Travelling group: Friends
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Merville-Franceville-Plage, France
Reviewed 28 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
1
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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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kcwliew
Formigueres, France
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 for a stay in June 2013

I think the above says it all. If you're into faceless, corporate life then look elsewhere. The proprietor Claire is the kind of person who just goes out of her way to make things wonderful. The apartment was clean, cosey and full of character whilst the area itself was a revelation. We live in Formigueres which is in the middle of a national park so we thought we knew beauty, but honestly Cucugnan and the surrounding area is something else. High imposing cliffs, magical gorges and vineyards. What made staying with Claire particularly special is how she included us into all the local French events. Things that we simply wouldn't have known about if we'd turned up to a rental apartment been given the keys and rules and been left to it. So many Soirees with her friends, local wine tasting events with fantastic food and more culture and music than you could shake a stick at. Moments that left you thinking - this is a movie right? I'm in a stella artois advert! When you book a holiday at this apartment what you're actually doing is booking a slice into French country life, and isn't that what we all want to do when we go to the South of France for a couple of weeks?

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Carolann2...
Rouen, France
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Inspiring tuition and stunning area”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

My husband and I spent a fortnight at Claire's, with ten three hour french lessons. We stayed in her accommodation which was clean, very comfortable and more than adequate. We found Claire to be inspiring, friendly and approachable, able to put us both at ease. The lessons were supplemented by information on the culture and history of the French, together with an introduction to some french music and some delicious biscuits and cakes! Claire succeeded, where so many have failed before, in getting my husband to speak in sentences!
The surrounding area is magnificent, and each day we thought the scenery just couldn't get any better, and yet it did!
Thank you Claire for a very enjoyable and informative fortnight. We hope to return.

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Management Response
16 Apr 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post this. I felt that the two weeks were both useful and fun, and both are important !
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Richard78...
Beziers, France
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent french language course!”
Reviewed 14 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We have just returned from a really productive and rewarding week of french language study. We are British and live in France but despite trying all the usual methods such as CD's, group lessons etc our french has not markedly improved. Claire Campbell proved to be a first rate teacher whose experience and clear joy of her subject shone through. The course was really enjoyable and including reading, writing, translation and speech and even an appreciation of french music. Plus Cucugnan itself is a lovely village with good restaurants and plenty to occupy the visitor with close access to the cathar castles. If you need to improve your french, you won't be disappointed.

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Liked best: French tuition
Liked least: Nothing really
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Sep 2013
Thank you for such a positive and detailed review; I too found it a satisfying week, from the pleasure of sharing your "lightbulb moments", and seeing your understanding improve.
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