I am sorry to inform you that, following the completion of our spring 2014 season and many enjoyable years providing a range of courses and retreats, we are unable to continue these during 2015. 

Thank you for your interest and please check back in autumn 2015 for further news.


Château Life offers a range of residential holiday courses including Poetry, Creative Writing and Vegetarian Cookery, as well as Creative Retreats. Our Courses are led by tutors who are experts in their field and experienced teachers, several returning for their fifth or sixth season.  They will encourage you and work you hard during your week with them.  Expect a week of dedicated work…but also fun and laughter in the perfect surroundings of the Château and Languedoc landscape.  Our courses are generally suitable for all levels.

View over Corbiere Hills to Pyrenees

Situated on the banks of the picturesque Canal du Midi, Château Ventenac faces south and nearly every room overlooks our gardens, lush vineyards and beyond to stunning views of the Corbières hills and, on a clear day, the Pyrenees and majestic Mont Canigou.

Enjoy these spectacular views whilst sitting on the long balcony in the shade of the luxuriant wisteria, or whilst dining on the large terrace as you watch the sun go down.


Poetry group with Pascale Petit at Château Veteneac


We look after you, providing excellent meals and drinks, enabling you to relax and focus on your course.

Course prices include tuition, accommodation, drinks and meals as stated in the individual course programmes.

Atlantique suite




Rooms are very comfortable and mostly south-facing with fabulous views. Tea and coffee making facilities are available at all times. There are desks or tables for working at in all bedrooms.

Throughout the house and gardens you will find quiet spots where you can sit in peace to seek inspiration, write or just relax!

view from the pergola


The attractive terraced gardens and private swimming pool provide plenty of space for privacy and relaxation in the shade or soaking up the heat of the Languedoc sun.

The pergola next to the pool is a great place to pass the time swinging gently in a hammock or sitting watching the boats on the Canal du Midi, perhaps while enjoying a glass of the local Minervois wine (from the Caveau of “Château de Ventenac Minervois” just 50 metres away from the Château’s canal-side gate).

Summer House terraceStream garden at Chateau Ventenac

Château Ventenac on the banks of the Canal du Midi

Château Ventenac on the banks of the Canal du Midi


We also arrange flexible tailor-made courses for groups.