Specialising in the teaching of the French language and French cookery by professionals, the Ecole des Trois Ponts can accommodate up to 16 people in a relaxed atmosphere.

Name: Ecole des Trois Ponts
Location: Roanne – Rhône-Alpes region
Open: All year round – from December to February, one-to-one lessons only
Course types: General French, French for Specific Purposes, French and Cookery/Baking/Chocolate
Organisation of classes: One-to-one or small-group classes (2-6 participants)
Price: €1090 – €1690 per week. Quote and terms and conditions available on request.


The classes, accommodation and meals are all provided at the same site, the “Villa Beaulieu”. The school is located close to Roanne, a town renowned for its fine cuisine thanks to the Troisgros brothers’ 3-star restaurant, one of the 10 most prestigious restaurants in France. The town is close to Lyon, Burgundy and Beaujolais.

  • Your hosts:
    The team of experienced teachers will support you throughout your stay and monitor your progress closely. The Director and Course coordinator, Valérie Perez, is at your disposal to ensure that your stay goes smoothly. The chef will rustle up delicious meals for you, and everyone will do their best to ensure your daily well-being.
  • Your accommodation:
    You will eat your meals in the dining room in the company of the other participants and staff members. Breakfast is in the form of a buffet, while dinner is served restaurant-style. French is practised at the table in the company of the teachers. The school has 9 rooms (twin or single) all in excellent condition, and direct access to a large garden. The rooms are very simply furnished, with one or two beds, a wardrobe, a desk and a modern wet room. Wifi available.
  • The tip: Come along without studying…
    If you wish to stay at the Villa Beaulieu to accompany a person who is studying there, but do not wish to study yourself, you may do so, as long as you share a room with the person you are accompanying.


The École des Trois Ponts has for over 20 years been welcoming participants from all over the world to learn French and/or French cookery and enjoy some memorable experiences in the warm, relaxed setting of the Villa Beaulieu. Come and learn the secrets of French cuisine!

  • Cookery classes:
    Everything you need to know about presenting food on the plate and those little details that bring a dish to life. Our chef offers easy-to-follow recipes for French-style culinary delicacies.
  • Patisserie classes:
    In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the Chef, a highly-talented pastry chef, will teach you the basic patisserie techniques, while also encouraging you to be creative as you make your own sugar sculpture.
  • Chocolate classes:
    Discover how to prepare and use chocolate – cakes, biscuits, sweets, etc. – in this course led by the Chef. A great opportunity to develop your artistic talents and discover just how fun and easy it is!

The region


Near Lyon, the Roanne area provides a surprisingly beautiful contrast of landscapes. With woodlands, pastures and vineyards, these foothills of the Massif Central offer an unspoilt natural environment of the highest order. Through the middle of this patchwork of landscapes runs the Loire, Europe’s last great wild river. The Roanne region is home to a number of must-see treasures, including châteaux, abbeys and monasteries and authentic medieval villages. Retrace the steps of French history from the 11th to the 16th century. The region has a thriving craft sector and is home to several craftsmen who have won a “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” title in their field.

Our review on this school

The Ecole des Trois Ponts offers a pleasant, high-quality setting for total immersion in French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The groups are small to encourage expression and exchange. Particular emphasis is placed on pronunciation. The menus are concocted by the chef and offer a wide range of regional specialities. The Ecole Trois Ponts is not only a place where you can learn French: it is also a place where you will feel at home.

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