Am I good enough?
This is everyones biggest worry, There will definitely be people of all standards on the holiday but the tutors are experts and will make sure that you go home a better player whatever your level, Most of the course pages have a video link- have a look and see what people have been up to other years.
Am I too young/too old?
The age range is 17-70 ( up ’till now) , Everyone who comes wants to play music and have a good time -it doesn’t matter what age you are to do this!
How do I get to you?
Many people drive so they can bring more than one instrument, La Rochelle airport is just over an hour away and is serviced by all the budget airlines from the regional airports, The transfer from the airport is included in the price.
Is it a hassle to bring an instrument on the plane?
People come with fiddles, saxophones, guitars, mandolins etc etc, Some airlines charge extra for carrying an instrument- you need to check, Make sure you have a hard case and carefully bubble wrap your instrument inside the case.
Can I have a single room?
We have room for 9 people on site in shared bedrooms, The single accommodation is usually off site- a short walk away, The single rooms are limited and so need to be booked early, There is a supplement.
Whats included in the price?
20 hours of tuition, accommodation, full board including wine and aperitifs, Transfer to and from La Rochelle airport is also included.
Diet problems- I don’t eat dairy products, Is that ok?
We can cater for vegetarians easily and make every effort to accomodate food dislikes, If you have a serious allergy which involves cooking completely different food, and buying in special ingredients then there is a small supplement.
Can my partner come and not participate?
No problem, We often have non participating partners, and people often say when they arrive that they wish they had brought their partners.
Will my non participating partner be bored?
We have never known anyone say they have been bored ! People do a variety of things, One person spent the week writing a book, another learnt her lines for an am/dram production she was in ,another spent the week taking photos, Sitting by the pool with a good book is the favorite! Its good walking and cycling around here and the historic towns of Saintes and Cognac are a short drive. The music sessions last for about 2 hours in the morning and 2 in the afternoon so there isn’t a lot of time to get bored,People enjoy the socialibility of the meal times,and of course listening to the great music coming out of the music room.
Is the course ever cancelled?
We need a minimum of 4 people to run a course, We have never had to cancel a course, We do recommend that you take out holiday cancellation insurance in the unlikely event that your holiday is cancelled.
Can I swim?
The pool is not heated but does have a thermal cover, It is usually swimable between the end of May and the end of September unless you are very hardy.
Can I arrive early?
Yes, if your flight comes in on a Saturday then we will pick you up and you have family meals with us until Sunday evening when the course starts, There is a charge for this, You can also come a week early( or stay an extra week) if you would like an extended holiday, Our cottages are for rent at a very competetive rate.
When do I need to arrive and when does it finish?
We ask that people arrive after 3 on Sunday afternoon in time for supper at 7,30pm, The tuition starts on Monday morning at 10am,
You leave on Saturday morning.
Is there anywhere interesting to visit?
There are the historic towns of Saintes and Cognac 20 minutes away, Both towns are fascinating . Royan on the coast is a 40 minute drive,
Closer to home is a micro brwery in the village, Well worth a visit!
What is the tree on your front drive?
Its a fabulous tree, with lilac wysteria type flowers before the huge leaves appear. The seed pods look like fruit and next years flowers are fluffy seeds that appear in the summer before it flowers the following autumn! No wonder it catches people eye. It is called a Royal Paulownia or Empress Tree..