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Does the thought of merely ordering a coffee when you are on holiday in a luxury villa in Saint Tropez send you into a spin?

And what about arranging a special trip during your stay in one of our St Tropez House properties to a vineyard where no English is spoken?

It’s true that a large number of French in the South of France can speak English well, but if you have some command of the local lingo when you visit – or even more importantly when you come to live in Saint Tropez – the experience will be all the greater.

It will also allow you to socially interact with the local population of Saint Tropez, which will enrich your time in France enormously.

So below are a list of local language schools and teachers listed in the Saint Tropez area to contact, should you wish to improve your French during a stay in one of our luxury villas in Saint Tropez.

Some courses are local to the Var, while others are slightly further afield in Antibes and Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Meanwhile, certain of the teachers listed offer to come to the clients, allowing you to learn French from the comfort of one of our St Tropez House villas.

  • France Language and Culture, Saint Raphael

This established language school runs a wide variety of classes from monthly residential courses to individual private lessons. Saint Raphael is approximately a 30 minute drive from our Saint Tropez. www.frenchlanguageholidays.com

  • Learnalanguageforum.com, Salernes

This company based in Salernes offers online French lessons outside office hours using Skype and face-to-face lessons at the weekends for English speakers.

  • Ecole de France, Draguignan

About 45 minutes’ drive from Saint Tropez is this family-run school offering one to one tuition for non-speaking French visitors. www.ecole-francais.com

  • Institut ELFCA, Hyères

Again, this language school can arrange accommodation but Hyères is only a 40 minute drive from Saint Tropez. Tel: 04 94 65 03 31

  • Déclic, Saint Raphael

Déclic means literally ‘when something falls in to place’ so it’s a great name for this language school, also in Saint Raphael. www.le-francais.fr

  • Azurlingua, Nice

This is a large language school in Nice, which is great for young students wanting to fully immerse themselves in a large city and get stuck in. www.azurlingua.co.uk

  • The Centre d’International d’Antibes, Antibes

Another large language school, this time in Antibes, which is approximately an hour drive from Saint Tropez. This school has a huge range of courses including ones for 50 plus and courses especially adapted for families. www.cia-france.com/francais/

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