About Loire Summer School

Domaine de Bel Air

The Summer School takes place at the Domaine de Bel Air estate. It consists of a small 19th century chateau with outbuildings surrounded by a small park and woods. There is a heated covered pool.

The Loire Valley

Domaine de Bel Air estate is located south of Le Mans and about one hour to the north of the Loire Valley in Western France. UNESCO inscribed the central part of the Loire river valley on its prestigious list of World Heritage sites in 2000. It is famous for its numerous Renaissance chateaux, gentle landscape and vineyards producing fine wines.


There is a choice of single rooms (chateau or chalet), double rooms and twin rooms (in the chateau) or dormitory style accommodation.

Chateau single and twin rooms feature a good standard of comfort and en-suite bathrooms with bath. Each one is decorated differently and has period features.

Chalet rooms are in a new building. They have a similar standard of comfort (with en suite shower room ) but without the period charm, of course.The two dorms provide a more economical alternative with 4 beds each and shower rooms.

If needed further rooms are available at the Chateau de Mondan or Chateau De Montaupin a few miles away where some of the tutors are staying. They are suitable if you want to bring your family on holiday with you.

Food & Drink

The Domaine de Bel Air restaurant provides all the meals during the course (meals are invoiced separately – please see Booking Information). The cuisine is broadly French in style with plentiful vegetables, salads and fruit. There is a vegetarian option if required.

  • 8.30am: Continental breakfast
  • 1pm: Buffet style lunch
  • 8pm: Three course meal with local wines and beer

Complimentary tea and coffee are available during the day and there are coffee and tea making facilities in single and twin rooms. Wine and beer are served with the evening meal and throughout the evenings.

Please note lunch is not included on the day of the excursion.