Comedy Writing Break in Gascony

From £905 pp

France, Gascony , South West, Gascony

7 nights/ 8 Days

Join a group of Max 10 people

Comedy Writing Break in Gascony

From £905 pp

What You'll Do

What could be more energising and empowering than spending a week being creative, developing your comedy technique, discovering your personal comic voice and - most importantly - making people laugh?

Join a group of like minded people to enjoy learning the techniques of comedy writing through practical exercises in a supportive workshop environment which will enhance your confidence and communication skills.

Dates for 2023
Wednesday 23rd August - 30th August

Get away from it all on this 7 night Comedy Writing holiday  in south west France. Meet new people or bring your friends on this delightful holiday that takes you fresh from the natural beauty of the French countryside into the large ‘grenier’ studio for a wealth of tuition and 1 to 1 guidance. Enjoy top class guidance from comedy guru Logan Murray during your creative holiday, focus on relaxation, good food and wine and improving your art.

Excursions to nearby beautiful towns or villages and other inspiring points of interest will give you the opportunity to gather inspiration and unlock your own comic voice and discover the cultural highlights of the region.

Logan’s workshops are legendary; fun and laughter are guaranteed, and his courses and methods are renowned around the world he is a working comic and award winning director, author of ‘Teach Yourself Stand Up Comedy’, and script consultant for BBC 3. He has recently run a series of writing workshops for the Radio Four Comedy Department.

This course will offer you the unique opportunity to explore Logan’s belief that Comedy really is a life skill! We all have moments in our lives where we make other people laugh. But a ‘good sense of humour’ isn’t just innate – it can be nurtured. That comedy muscle is like any other part of the human mind and body; the more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes!.

Your art holiday hosts, Claire and Martin, are the backbone of your French home away from home, making sure every comfort is met and that you have all of the fine cuisine that you can fit in. Although they do make sure you have a quality breakfast and lunch each day, the real treat comes during your 4 course dinners after aperitifs, seated in the dining room with regional wines and great company.

The farmhouse accommodation has recently been renovated to bring out its natural charm, making use of the barn space into an open plan kitchen, a lovely studio, as well as providing some ensuite rooms, along with spacious family rooms to accommodate all needs. With Egyptian cotton linen and sheets, WiFi throughout, and even a wood burner for the cooler nights, the space is as lovely inside, as it is out, with the rolling vineyards, terraces, and pool; all there for your relaxation and inspiration.


Plenty of excursions to nearby points of interest & chance to gin inspiration.

5 days of world class, individualized tuition

Accommodation with a pool and meals and wine included.

Your Local Host:

Claire and Martin

Martin, a semi-retired documentary TV producer/director, and Claire, a teacher and counsellor, look forward to welcoming you to their tranquil and relaxing property.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival & Accommodation

– Arrive and take the time to settle into your accommodation


Your accommodation that has been renovated with every detail in mind, you will find yourself surrounded by rolling acres of vineyards, a luxurious pool and plenty of outside space. In addition, feel free to play some games or sit by the pool with a good book.

Please note that if there are no rooms available in the main house, the hosts will use a local chambre d’hôte run by an English owner which is just a 3 minute drive / 20 minute walk away; there are 2 ensuite double rooms and 1 ensuite twin room and transport to and from will be provided and included in the price.

Surrounded by acres of vineyards, the 19th century accommodation is a lovingly restored Maison du Maître,the property has 5 rooms for guests to use (3 are ensuite); some with double beds, some with twin, based upon your needs.The rooms are spacious, stylish and lovingly decorated and Egyptian cotton linen and towels are provided. There is a full open kitchen, dining room and living room to relax in, and modern bathrooms throughout. There is a library of books and games for your down time, along with a table tennis table, rope swing, bicycles, badminton set and football net, not to mention the large outdoor swimming pool

Just a 2 kilometre walk away, you will find the local village with a shop, pharmacy, bar and hairdressers and transportation to the nearby village of Viella is available whenever you need it.

Please note that there are 3 friendly family dogs who will be sharing your accommodation but will not enter your bedrooms

Check in anytime after lunch on day 1 and checkout by 10am on day 8, but feel free to hang around depending on your flight or train times

A Typical Day

Throughout the week the group will explore different forms of humour writing and technique to help ignite your inner comic genius, formulate new ideas and execute these ideas in novel and dynamic ways.

Through practical exercises your comic voices will soon be flowing freely in a supportive workshop environment. Not only will you learn some tricks of the trade, you will also gain a greater awareness of the multitude of differing comic styles that the group manifest.

These comedy skills aren’t only for the professional comedian or the aspiring script writer, they are also a fantastic way to think outside of the box, hone your communication skills and increase your confidence in everyday life.

9am  Greet the morning with a beautiful continental breakfast spread of  cereals, yogurts, eggs, bread, croissants, chocolatines, fresh orange juice, coffee and tea

10:30 am   Studio session with Logan

1pm Enjoy a light lunch of salad, omelettes, pizza, fruit  etc

2pm Another workshop session or a trip out-  your tutor will be there to help you focus and offer one to one guidance,  or play table tennis, tennis or croquet or relax by the pool or take a siesta – it’s your holiday after all!

7pm relax and enjoy aperitifs by the pool before dinner

8pm: Join everyone in the dining room for a beautiful 3 course dinner with plant based ingredients, fish or locally sourced free range meat served with local wines, and catch up on your day

*More or less time may be spent in the studio or outside,depending on the guests’ needs; typical excursions will include small towns/villages and markets


After breakfast, check out by 10 and leave for home taking new skills and great memories with you.

South West, Gascony

Location Information

Within easy access to Bordeaux and Toulouse airports, this stunning, historic farmhouse lies in the heart of Gascony, tucked away from city life, yet surrounded by rolling vineyards and the village of Viella right on your doorstep. Try the local Armagnac, explore the walking trails and nearby rivers, or get lost in a medieval village while you learn to relax in this pastoral paradise of the French countryside.

Nearest airport:

Lourdes ( 1 hour)
Bordeaux (2 hours)
Toulouse (2 hours)

Nearest train station:
Mont de Marsan (40 minutes)

Pre-booked transfers:
Transfers are included in the price from Lourdes airport ( for the flight times below) as well as from Mont De Marsan train station.

There is a complementary airport pick up and drop off for this course:

Ryanair flight number 522 on Wednesday 23rd August, leaving Stansted at 14:15 arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:10.

  • 7 nights accommodation in the farmhouse, Gite or chambre d'hôte
  • 5 days of hands on comedy writing tuition
  • All transport to excursions and transport into local village if you wish
  • All meals and wine throughout your holiday (except on one evening when you have dinner out)
  • Some bicycles available for you to use during your stay
  • Anything you would care to use at the accommodation during your stay - please make yourself at home in the kitchen, pool or with the games, bicycles and table tennis
  • Transfers to and from Lourdes airport
  • Check in anytime after lunch on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8


- Suitable for all levels

These comedy skills aren’t only for the professional comedian or the aspiring script writer, they are also a fantastic way to think outside of the box, hone your communication skills and increase your confidence in everyday life.

- No minimum or upper age limit (as long as minors attend with family)
- Non-participating partners welcome

Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- The gite has four steps into the front, and one step at the rear door
- There is a room on the ground floor of the gite available with a toilet and shower next door (shared)
- If one does have a wheelchair, your host will take it into consideration for the day excursions and would be happy to accommodate

- Your hosts have made sure there is plenty to do in your free time, with a pool, table tennis, outdoor lounge areas, hiking trails, as well as games and books
- Take a walk, ride a bicycle, or get a lift into Viella and explore
- Your hosts can recommend some wineries and nearby medieval points of interest and also help you to get there

- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you

Transfers are included for the following flights:

Ryanair flight number 522 on Wednesday 23rd August, leaving Stansted at 14:15 arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:10.

Ryanair flight number 523 on Wednesday 30th August, leaving Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:40 arriving at Stansted at 18:35.