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How to find Ecole des Trois Ponts

How to find Ecole des Trois Ponts
whether travelling by road, rail or air

Our address

The Ecole des Trois Ponts, providing French courses in France, is based at the charming 19th century Villa Beaulieu in Riorges, Grand Roanne, about an hour north-west of Lyon. Our address is:

Ecole des Trois Ponts
Villa Beaulieu
645 rue Marechal Foch
42153 Riorges
Grand Roanne

Latitude : 46.038661 | Longitude : 4.04371

Please note we are based in Riorges and not in Roanne!

Travel directions

The following information is provided in good faith and is subject to change without notice. Please check with the actual air, rail or bus operator for up-to-date information.

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From London by Train:

Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 9.01am, arrive at Paris Nord at 11.17am, leave Paris Nord at 11.36am with the RER line D (destination: Corbeil-Essonnes), arrive at Paris gare de Lyon at 11.45am, leave Paris gare de Lyon at 12.54pm, arrive at Lyon Part Dieu at 2.56pm, leave Lyon Part Dieu with the subway line B (Gare d’Oullins) at 3.10pm, arrive at Jean Macé at 3.15pm, leave Jean Macé at 3.24pm with the tramway line T2 (Hôtel Région Montrochet, stop : Centre Berthelot), arrive at Lyon Perrache at 3.29pm, leave Lyon Perrache at 4.05pm, arrive in Roanne at 5.25pm.

Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 12.04pm, arrive at Lille Europe at 1.26pm, leave Lille Europe at 2.01pm, arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu at 5pm, leave Lyon Part-Dieu at 5.51pm, arrive in Roanne at 7.25pm.

Eurostar: leave London St Pancras station at 1.31pm, arrive at Paris Nord at 3.47pm, leave Paris Nord at 4.06pm with the RER line D (destination: Corbeil-Essonnes), arrive at Paris gare de Lyon at 4.15pm, leave Paris gare de Lyon at 5.51pm, arrive at Le Creusot-Montceau TGV at 7.15pm, leave Le Creusot-Montceau TGV at 7.25pm with the bus, arrive at Roanne gare routière at 9.15pm.

From London by Car:

535 miles / 860 kms. Take M20 to Channel Tunnel for Paris, follow direction Lyon-Autoroute du Soleil, follow A77 then N7 to Lapalisse and Roanne. See also Michelin for details.

From England by Air:
London Heathrow, Stansted or Manchester Airport to Lyon-St.Exupery with British Airways or EasyJet.

From Geneva by Train:
Geneva Cornavin to Lyon Part-Dieu to Roanne

Depart Geneva Arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu Depart Lyon Perrache Arrive at Roanne
7.42am 9.26am 9.51am 11.25am
9.30am 11.22am 11.51am 1.25pm
11.30am 1.25pm 2.39pm 3.44pm
11.51am 2.09pm 2.39pm 3.44pm
1.30pm 3.25pm 4.32pm 5.44pm
3.30pm 5.25pm 5.51pm 7.25pm

From Geneva by Car:
Geneva to Lyon -146 miles / 235 kms – 3 hours. See also Michelin for details.

From Paris Roissy Airport, via Lyon, by Train:
If you are leaving from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle by direct TGV to Lyon Part-Dieu, go to the TGV train station at Terminal II (aérogare II) Trip takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

Trains from Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV to Lyon Part-Dieu station.

Depart Paris Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu Depart Lyon Part-Dieu Arrive at Roanne
1.58pm 4pm 4.34pm 5.41pm
3.01pm 5pm 5.34pm 6.41pm

From Paris Roissy Airport by car:
246 miles / 396 km: 4 hours 40 minutes. See also Michelin for details.

From Paris Roissy airport by Air:
A few airlines fly from Roissy to Lyon, check the prices when buying your flight ticket, sometimes the connecting flight Roissy-Lyon is almost free.

From Roissy Airport to Central Paris:

Take a taxi OR

By Train
Take the Roissy bus RATP No. 351 (Roissy to Paris from 6am to 11pm) from the Airport to Place de l’Opéra (rue Scribe, Paris 8ème). Departure every 15 minutes from aérogare 2, T9 or 1. Price for the ticket is about €6.10. Trip takes 45 to 60 minutes.

By Bus
Take the Air France shuttle bus from the airport to Place de l’Etoile (avenue Carnot). Leaves from Terminal 1 porte 34/Terminal 2 hall C porte 2, hall B porte 2, hall F porte 007 every 15 minutes. Price for the ticket is about €9.91. Trip takes 30 minutes.

By Roissy Rail Bus
Take the “Roissy Rail” bus to Roissy Station and then take RER B to Paris. Different stops available: Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, St. Michel or Denfert Rochereau.

Bus-train combination
The cheapest way but cumbersome with heavy baggage. From Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (Paris international airport) take free airport shuttle bus that leaves from Aérogare 1 arrival level 28, Aérogare 2A gate 5, Aérogare 2B gate 6 or Aérogare 2D gate 6. At Roissy train station, take the RER B3 train line to central Paris then take Metro to Paris-Gare de Lyon station. Price is about €6.86 (metro included). Leaves every 15 minutes from 5am to 12am midnight trip takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

From Central Paris to Roanne

Via Lyon Part Dieu from Paris gare de Lyon

Depart Paris Gare de Lyon Arrive at Lyon Part-Dieu Depart Lyon Part-Dieu Arrive at Roanne
12.52pm 2.56pm 3.44pm 4.48pm
1.54pm 3.56pm 4.08pm 5.25pm
3.00pm 4.56pm 5.34pm 6.41pm

On arrival at Roanne take a taxi to the villa. Price is about €20. If there are no taxis at the station when you arrive, please call us on 04 77 71 53 00.

From Central Paris by Car:
From Paris to Riorges Ecole des Trois Ponts: Takes 4 hours 30 minutes; 247 miles / 397 km. See also Michelin for details.

From Lyon Airport

From Lyon Airport by Taxi
Take a pre-booked taxi from the airport to the villa – we can organise a direct taxi pick-up from the airport or from Lyon city to the villa. Please contact us for the taxi reservation in advance. The cost of the taxi is about €265. Trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

From Lyon Airport by Car
You can rent an automatic car with Avis at the airport, but we recommend that if you can drive a manual then it’s easier to pick that car up in Roanne. 72 miles / 115km from airport to Villa Beaulieu in Riorges. Trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. See Michelin for more details.

From Lyon Airport by Tram & Train
Take the Tram Express at St. Exupéry airport direct to Lyon Part-Dieu train station. Every 15 minutes from 5am to midnight. Price €15.20 for a single ticket and €26.70 for a return ticket. For more information see

From Lyon Part-Dieu to Roanne by train
Train from Lyon Part-Dieu station: You can check the timetable with SNCF the rail operator, as public holidays and Saturday timetables are different to the rest of the week.

Depart Lyon Part-Dieu Arrive at Roanne
3.44pm 4.48pm
4.08pm 5.25pm
4.34pm 5.41pm
5.34pm 6.41pm

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If you are interested in doing one of our courses and would like to bring your partner and children, no problem. Our classes are flexible to allow, for example, one partner to study French, the other to do cooking classes and the children to be catered for, with or without classes.
If you would like your children to attend a course, we will advise how many hours of classes would be suitable for your child, given the child’s age and your particular circumstances. Alternatively, there are some games, videos and toys for children at the villa, a horse-riding centre nearby and a heated indoor pool in the city centre.


Inga M.

Our family of four (including two girls of 11 and 16) joined the language and cooking class and loved it ! The language classes were particularly good, each class perfectly adapted to each family member’s level so that we could really maximise our output. The language teachers at Ecole des Trois Ponts are absolutely first class. In the afternoons, we enjoyed cooking together with the rest of the group, and learnt quite a few French kitchen terms on the way. In between, we enjoyed exploring the villages and scenery of this lovely part of France. Highly recommended !

Yellow bedroom at the school
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Supervision for under 14s

Children under 14 have to be under adult supervision at all times. If both parents are taking courses, then you will need a supervisor/baby-sitter. We can arrange one for you, and while they generally speak English, this is not always the case, so please let us know well in advance if you need a bilingual sitter. They are usually older high school or tertiary education students and hence availibility is restricted to their holidays.
Sitters normally arrive around 8.30am on Monday morning, thereby giving both parents and children time to meet and get to know each other. It’s helpful for the sitter to be shown your room and where to find toys and books that you have brought with you. It’s also a good time to discuss the week’s program so that the sitter can plan her schedule around your children’s needs. The supervision/baby-sitting service is a transaction between you and the sitter and therefore you make payment directly to her.

Children’s classes

Children under 12 years of age are taught in 30-minute modules with a maximum of 2 hours a day. These classes are usually held at 9.15am during the adults’ French class. We charge 65 euros per hour for these classes.
Children between 12 and 17 years old are advised to take 2 to 3 hours private classes per day. In our experience, teenagers tend to lose interest if the classes are any longer.

Accommodation fees for children

Children of 4 years or younger are accommodated free of charge, with a bed in their parents’ room. For children from 5 to 12 years of age (inclusive) the price of accommodation is half the adult accommodation rate if the room is shared with a parent.

A few rules…

…to help small children fit into an adult setting and make life easier for everyone:

  • The kitchen staff are busy at meal times and need your understanding and co-operation to cater for your children.
  • We require that small children eat earlier than the adults, namely at 7pm for dinner and 12.15pm for lunch. If older children eat the same food as the adult meals they may eat with their parents at a separate table or by themselves, so that they can leave the table when they are ready to.
  • If you have small children and if it is possible for you to do so, please bring their first night’s dinner with you.
  • Please bring your children’s favourite breakfast cereal with you as it might be quite different to our cereals. Our usual breakfast menu is composed of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, tea, coffee and fruit.
  • We have an extra fridge available for our guests’ use and you are welcome to use it to store food and drink for yourselves and your children.

An example of a successful family stay

An American family had been living in France for two years and they came to stay with us for 2 weeks. Their children, a boy and a girl aged 7 and 9, took French classes of a half-hour in the morning and a half-hour in the evening. The classes were bespoke, catering to each child’s particular needs. One parent took the General French course (19 hours) while the other parent took the Intensive Course (25 hours). The parents swapped roles for the second week. We organised a supervisor/baby-sitter to take care of the children while both parents were in class in the morning from 9.15am to 12.15pm and also on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 5pm to 7pm.

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We have two annexes containing 9 bedrooms for our guests. These annexes, together with the original villa, overlook a spacious courtyard garden and lawn area.

Our rooms are all at ground level, each with floor to ceiling glass doors overlooking the garden. We have twin, double or single rooms, all with a cupboard, a desk and a private bathroom, which features a spacious and powerful shower, giving you the perfect start to each day. There’s a hand basin, hairdryer and WC too.
Thanks to our quiet residential neigborhood, you can be sure of a good night’s sleep.
Accommodation and meals are included in our course fees.

A twin bedroom at the School
The peaceful garden of the school


Meals are also included in our course fees and are taken in our communal dining area with your fellow guests and staff members. Meals are prepared by our in-house chef* and include regional specialties. If you have any special dietary needs, no problem, just let us know when you make your booking.

Typical daily meals comprise:
Breakfast – a healthy start of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, tea, coffee and fruit
Lunch – a buffet style lunch consisting of hot and cold foods
Dinner – a hearty affair consisting of a starter, main and dessert course. Wine is included, as well as a lesson on the daily cheeseboard selection, presented by our chef.
*Meals between November and February not available at the school but local restaurants

Please note that those attending courses between November and February (inclusive) will usually have their lunch and dinner off-site at a local restaurant. This does not affect course fees, which remain the same throughout the year.


FRIDGE – Please feel free to bring food and drinks, which you can store in the communal fridge we make available to all our guests.

WIFI – If you need to get online, we provide free wireless access in your room. If you prefer not to bring your laptop, we have a computer available for guests to check their email.


You’re more than welcome to stay at our villa without attending a course. Prices for full- and half-board stays are shown below.

Full-board: Accommodation is for 6 nights, with breakfast from Monday to Saturday morning (before 11am), 6 dinners and 5 lunches. If you require full board for 2 weeks or longer, then accommodation is provided on Saturday night, with breakfast on Sunday morning. Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch are not provided.

Half-board: As for full-board above, except lunches are excluded.

Adults: If you are accompanying another adult and are sharing a room with them, you will be subject to the Shared Room rates below. If you’re on your own, then Single Room rates apply.

Children: For children who are not attending classes: children of 4 or younger are accommodated free of charge by sharing their parent’s room (an extra bed is provided). For children from 5 to 12 years of age inclusive, the price is half the adult rate if the room is shared with a parent. Children over 12 are subject to full adult rates, as below.

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type Half-board 1 Week Half-board 2 Weeks Full-board 1 Week Full-board 2 WeekS
Shared Room on-site €550 (€150) €1030 (€250) €610 (€250) €1150 (€250)
Single Room on-site €700 (€150) €1330 (€250) €760 (€250) €1450 (€250)


For a more economical option, you can stay with a host family in the neighborhood. This off-site accomodation is a short walk from the Villa Beaulieu (15mn on foot maximum). Breakfast is taken with the host family, while lunches and dinners are shared with other guests and instructors at the Villa Beaulieu. Only French is spoken at meals and this forms part of our immersion program.

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