the Cafe des Sports


our hotel, the Auberge de Mens.
Auberge de MENS

Boutins Farm is a great family and self-catering base.

Boutins Farm cottage

Alcidie Farm, ideal for individuals and couples.
Alcidie Farm

Campsite chalet

Mens village, the base for our immersion courses.

One-to-one immersion French courses in the French Alps - in MENS

MENS is the market town for the Trieves; a wonderful plateau of rolling farmland and forests surrounded by the mountains of the Vercors and the Ecrins, the foothills of the French Alps.

This is real France where you are unlikely to hear English spoken; an ideal base for a one-to-one French course.

The Trieves Plateau is home to France's most important "green" centre - Terre Vivante - and the ethos of organic farming and green building permeate the region.

Mens situation mapWhere is MENS ?

50 mins south of Grenoble, our main train station.

Lyon St Exupéry (LYS) and Geneva (GVA) are our nearest international airports.
Check the airports' websites for the latest destinations.

Lyon St Exupéry (LYS), 2 hrs drive.
Geneva Airport (GVA), 2.5 hrs drive.

We can meet you at the train station at Clelles, 15 mins from MENS by car. Or at Grenoble railway station which has good connections to these airports.



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Dates available in MENS

Our high quality one-to-one French courses are available June to October when it is (usually) sunny and warm in the French Alps.

Video presentation

Click here for a short video about our immersion French courses in MENS.

Accommodation options in MENS:

We strongly recommend a chalet on the local campsite (for families), and Prefaucon Farm.

But please see our accommodation information sheet for all options.

And perhaps also visit our BLOG.


our lovely Trieves countryside.

Activities in the Trieves include:

Sports: walking, mountain biking, horse riding, wind and kite surfing, paragliding and via ferrata are all accessible and great fun.

Craft courses: include pottery, watercolour painting, furniture painting, organic cookery, medicinal plants and felt-making. See the tourist office website for courses available when you are here www.trieves-tourisme.fr

Cookery & French lessons are sometimes available for specific dates.
Ask us if we have dates.