Hello and welcome! My family comprises of myself, my daughter Beth, aged 20 at university in London, and all of our dogs, ponies and horses. We love France and French culture and rural France. We have just moved to rural Indre to an old mill house with 3.8 hectares of land. I taught English Language formally in the UK for over 6 years as well as online but feel language immersion is a wonderful and fun chance for a truly holistic language learning experience. I also have a BA Hons in English Language and Literature (First Class Degree, Trinity College Dublin) an MA in American Literature (Claremont Graduate School, USA, Scholarship) and an M. Litt in English Literature, (Oxon.) but prefer to take things more gently now! Re: Covid 19 I am fully vaccinated against Covid and would request that the student also is fully vaccinated, or has received a clear test 48 hours before arriving. My home provides all the usual handwash and wipes, and is well aired/ ventilated.
A sojourn with me best suits independent minded young people or adults who have a degree of personal self reliance and will benefit from a very rural experience in beautiful nature with horses and dogs and quiet evenings.
Please ensure that your student arrives on or after 2pm of the day of arrival and leaves before 12 on the morning of departure.
I am open to receiving guests under 18 if they are independent minded with a degree of self reliance and suited to/ will benefit from a country sejour here. In such a cases I will need to discuss the individual's suitability and needs with parents prior to booking to ensure everything is right for them.
No other guests. All rates are in Euros.
I am in rural Indre en plein campagne! I have just moved here after buying an old mill house to update and 3.8 hectares of land in an idyllic natural location. It is still work in progress but very comfortable and charming. The day usually starts with coffee/hot chocolate/tea around 8 to 8.30 and then feeding and turning out the horses from their boxes, it doesn't take long and is a great way to start the day. You are welcome to stay in bed though if you prefer! Then a big breakfast followed by an English Language session to suit your needs (extra) or if you prefer some daily activities like walking the dogs or seeing to the horses.
There are always dogs who would like a ball game with you at any time! We can make lunch together, then in the afternoon enjoy a variety of outings - visits to local attractions for example vineyards or the George Sands museum in La Chatre.
If you would like to stay home there are lovely walks and bike rides right on the doorstep.
In the evening you can help me put the horses to bed in their stables, groom them, if you wish, and then we can prepare a nice dinner together.
At some stage , often the evening, my daughter can join us on Zoom for a chat from London if she is not here in Indre.
Otherwise evenings are quite quiet, perhaps we can choose a Netflix movie or sitcom in English with French subtitles, we can light the woodburner and chat, or have a catch up on the international news on Euronews or similar.
It is very rural and quiet here, and a sejour with me would best suit adult or young independent minded young people who love the countryside, tranquility, nature and animals. I would be open to taking single students younger than 18 if they are independent and self reliant characters who will suit a country sejour, and I would need to discuss this with the parents before booking to ensure that it is right for them.
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From 690 € / week