You will stay at “Mistenbec”, a restored 18th-century farm building with 5 bedrooms, 3 shower rooms and a large living room with a beautiful fireplace.

Name: Mistenbec
Location: Near Sarlat-la-Canéda – Aquitaine region
Open: All year round
Course types: French for communication – no syllabus or classes
Organisation of stays: Stays for individuals or small groups of 2-6 participants.
Price: €980 per week. Quote and terms and conditions available on request.


This property is surrounded by 4 hectares of forest and meadows at the heart of a hamlet overlooking the Vézère valley, 25 km from Sarlat.

  • Your hosts and teachers:
    You will be welcomed by Christine and Christian, a couple of retired English/French and history teachers. Christine will give you French courses and prepare delicious traditional French meals. Christian will be your tour guide and source of cultural information. Both of them will share with you their love of the Périgord.
  • Your accommodation :
    Two rooms with double beds are available. On the first floor is a large bedroom with a view over the valley and a private toilet and shower room. On the second floor is a room with a view over the pool and garden with an en-suite toilet and shower room. You can enjoy the pool and relax in the shade of the lime and fig trees. A vegetable patch, created by Christian, and an orchard provide fresh fruit and vegetables for your daily meals. You can congregate in the dining/living room adjoining the kitchen and enjoy the “cantou” (a traditional open fireplace).


All the activities on offer in the Dordogne and the Périgord Noir take place in French. Here are a few examples:

  • A land of culture:
    Of the places to visit, Sarlat (the capital of the Périgord Noir), the châteaux of Beynac and Castelnaud, the walled town of Montpazier and the town of Bergerac are the real must-sees. The former medieval city of Sarlat is a lively town with its own market and festivals.
  • A land of prehistory:
    The Vézère valley is famous for its numerous prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Lascaux Cave, Cap Blanc. The National Museum of Prehistory and the Pôle International de la Préhistoire attract researchers from the world over.
  • A land of fine cuisine:
    The Dordogne, and particularly the Périgord Noir, is renowned for its cuisine. Mistenbec offers you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with this heritage through fun cookery lessons. You choose the recipes you like the look of, go out and buy fresh produce from local producers, and prepare typical dishes with the help of Christine.
    A detailed programme for the week is available upon request.


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The Dordogne, at the heart of the Périgord Noir, is a region with a thousand cultural and tourist attractions: heritage, landscapes, rivers, historical sites, etc. It has preserved its natural splendour and its major heritage sites : the villages of Beynac, La Roque Gageac and Domme – ranked among the most beautiful villages in France – and the sights of Castelnaud, Marqueyssac and many more besides. The natural environment is conducive to rest and to a wide range of leisure pursuits, such as canoeing and bathing.
Renowned for its many prehistoric caves, including the famous Lascaux Cave, it is also known for its architecture. The Dordogne’s art of living and fine cuisine (foie gras, truffles, wine) just add to its charm.

Our review on this school

The chance to live in a late 18th-century property at the heart of the Dordogne with all the mod cons, including a swimming pool, does not come up every day. All the meals are made with fresh produce from the garden or the region. Christine’s crème brûlée is a real treat… Enjoy an authentic stay in a region whose landscapes, heritage, history and traditions offer endless cause for fascination.

4 (80%) 1 vote

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