History & Philosophy

Normandy a la Carte was formed in 1997 by Andrew Caverhill,  a French language teacher, Ian Wood, an ex-marine who specialised in outdoor pursuits, who is normally called Woody and a School travel expert, Sarah Jane Wood (Sas!).

Many party leaders already knew them and their reputation grew from their conscientious and caring philosophy to provide the very best Normandy language trips possible for school tours.
The main idea was to treat every school and party leader as an individual who had their own particular needs and they set about to provide a bespoke quality service taking account of exactly each school needed and wanted. Hence the name Normandy a la Carte!

Most of the earliest groups stayed in Les Grange Espins and a la Carte still work there, but in 1999 they acquired their own centre in the little rural village of Le Fougeray. La Grand Ferme was quickly established as a centre of excellence and has been enjoyed by many many school groups over the years.

Now as the organisation is a bit larger, a la Carte also employ some French native animateurs to help deliver the activities and the French immersion and the evening programme. The pupils have a great time and learn French language and culture into the bargain - All within a friendly and safe family atmosphere. It’s a formula that works!

In 2013 Normandy a la Carte teamed up with Château de la Baudonnière in order to provide an even larger menu of activities resources and French native staff.

So if you are a teacher who wants the very best learning and fun experience for your group on a French School trip then we will work in partnership with you to provide a tailor made programme specifically for you and your group.

We hope that you can spare a bit of time to have a look through our web site and we hope that you like what we have to offer. If questions arise then please use one of the easy to use “Ask us anything” buttons or phone or e mail us on 01273 202999 or nick@the–chateau.com

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