Hi, we are Josie, Sim and Sasha and we live in a lovely rural traditional farm house in the Dordogne. Sim is a musician/improviser and owns a wonderful coffee business in our local town and I am a keen gardener, forager and wild-crafter and am currently studying traditional herbalism. I also make all the delicious food we sell on the coffee van. We have three beautiful children, Max (24), Soloman (17) and Sasha (15). Our boys have now spread their wings and are living in the Uk while our daughter is still at home with us enjoying her teenage years, learning french and attending a local school. As well as spending much loved time at home we enjoy days out exploring, walking, foraging and picnicking in our beautiful surroundings. We are lucky to live in an area that offers loads of fun activities for all ages and all weather such as swimming lakes, laser tag, trampolining, bowling, canoeing, parcours adventure and much more. We have a vegetable garden where we try to grow much of our own organic food and also have a dog, 2 cats and chickens. Our cats live outside and do not come in the house so please don't let that put you off if you suffer from cat allergies. We love spending our evenings sitting round the open fire ( either inside or outside) chatting, playing games and making/listening to music. We also love having movie nights with homemade popcorn and snuggy blankets (in english). I am not a trained english teacher ( although I do have teaching experience as a yoga teacher and teaching a class 9-11 yr olds in a Waldorf Steiner inspired home-ed setting for a couple of years) but if you would like to have lessons in the mornings I am happy to give it a go and help in whatever way I can. We offer a warm, relaxed, laid back, fun-loving family environment with plenty of fun filled days, friendly conversation and fresh, wholesome home cooked meals. If you would like to join us for a bit please don't hesitate to get in touch.
In order to guarantee that our guest receive a full immersive homestay we guarantee that we will not host another homestay guest of the same nationality for the duration of your stay. We will of course make an exception for families, couples and siblings.
A typical day in our house consists of ... A healthy breakfast taken at the kitchen table (or outside if the weather is nice enough) to start the day. A full english breakfast is most definitively on the cards at some point during your stay as is a Canadian pancake breakfast with blueberries (if in season) and maple syrup ( I grew up in Vancouver, Canada and have dual citizenship). After breakfast we usually do a few chores such as walking the dog, feeding the animals, watering the polytunnel and veg gardens and maybe some light gardening and house keeping. If english lessons are required we will find time in the mornings to sit down for an hour or so for some fun learning. For lunch we usually have a simple fair such as fresh veg from the garden and eggs from the hens (we eat meat but are happy to accommodate individual dietary needs). We always eat our meals outside in the summer unless its really hot and uncomfortable. Picnics are always fun too and sometimes we will incorporate them into a daily excursion. Afternoons are full of fun and will include activities such as going to the lake for a swim, canoeing, site-seeing and eating ice-cream, adventure tree climbing etc. Then home for a delicious, homemade, wholesome supper prepared and shared by all followed by an evening of relaxation, reading, chatting, playing games, listening to music or watching movies.
Une semaine incroyable avec une famille incroyable, Rempli de moments inoubliables. Pour la première fois de ma vie, j’ai pris du plaisir à apprendre l’anglais. Félicien.
Les vacances d’automne ne durent qu’une semaine à Genève. Malgré tout Félicien est rentré transformé de ses quelques jours chez Josie, Sim et Sasha. Il s’est senti bien accueilli, ne s’est pas ennuyé une seconde et nous revient heureux et décomplexé sur son anglais. Désormais il peut tenir un échange alors qu’au départ il savait à peine aligner 2 mots. En seulement 7 jours. C’est fort. Très fort.
J'ai passé un superbe séjour chez Simeon et Josie. J'ai partagé leurs activités (marché, dîners entre amis -anglais-, canoë, balades dans la région, jardinage, cuisine...). Leur maison est magnifique avec un très beau jardin, au milieu d'un site exceptionnel. You will love it ! Plus qu'un séjour linguistique, c'était aussi une très belle rencontre... je le recommande pour les adultes autant que pour les adolescents (Sacha, 16 ans, is great !) La Dordogne is the best english place in France I guess!
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