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French Language School in Loire Valley, France


ebaca182-2.jpg (13618 bytes)Parfum de France is a small French language school run by Sylvie Reeves. It's based in Western Loire in the historic village of Fontevraud L'Abbaye ( between Saumur and Tours, 1h30 away from Paris by TGV). Sylvie is a French national and she was head of the Language Centre of the Saumur Chamber of Commerce and Industry for nearly twenty years until she decided to do her own thing and registered her small school in December 2006.

ebaca182-4.jpg (8002 bytes)Sylvie's wish is to share French quality of life with the international francophiles who love culture, history, heritage, gastronomy and fine wines and local savoir- faire du terroir, by offering them 101 ways to improve their level of French, either by intensive residential courses for those whor are living abroad or by traditional weekly classes or theme workshops for the Loire Valley residents.

Sylvie runs adult individual, semi-individual or group classes in General French, for professional purposes or for other specific topics in French. Sylvie strongly recommends individual classes for maximal progress.

ebaca182-3.jpg (11155 bytes)The school is down the road from The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. Sylvie's classes associate art de vivre and culture. With a questionnaire at hand, she asks specific information to a carefully selected nutshell of professionals, who really want to make sure they remember their language course in Fontevraud as a once in a lifetime experience:  everybody at Parfurm de France strive for a convivial fruitful exchange with visitors from all over the world... making them share the secrets of the French cultural heritage.

Students can either stay at the hotel down the road in B&B or at the 4 star holiday rental of the school (which is available at the moment).

Below is a student's testimony:
"Having joined the French group of U3A in Storrington last September, as very much a beginner, my wife and I decided that we needed to improve our French especially as we have a holiday home in France and would like to say more than 'bonjour' to our French neighbours. [...]

'Perfum de France' operates from Sylvies home in a village called Fontevraud ebaca182-5.jpg (4692 bytes)l'Abbaye, her house is just 150 metres from the famous Abbey. There were lessons in the mornings followed by visits out in the afternoon. One day it was a visit to the local artisans in the village, armed with a questionnaire to put into practice what we had learnt in the morning. Another a tour round the Abbey with Sylvie there to help or translate when we got stuck. Visits to Chateaus, Caves, Troglodyte dwellings, boat trips, gourmet dinners and walking trips, with each activity helping our French and learning about the area. All this was included in the price with no need to use the car for the week. [...]

For our accommodation we had the choice of a beautiful newly completed Gt next to Sylvies house or the ' La Croix Blanche' hotel facing the Abbey. [...]

We had a fantastic week learning French and discovering the area. The only thing we did wrong is that we should have stayed another week to really explore the area and practice our French. Doing an 'immersion week' is the way to really get you progressing your French and we would have no difficulty in recommending Sylvie as the tutor. We are already planning a refresher visit on our way down to our holiday home next summer."


"Parfum de France"
40 rue Robert d'Arbrissel
49590 Fontevraud l'Abbaye
Tel: +33 (0)2 41 51 78 74
Mobile: +33 (0)6 78 94 36 19
E-mail:  info@parfumdefrance-fr.com


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