We are a friendly family with pets. Living in our house is myself (Michelle) and my husband, Matt. I love hosting, cooking and baking, I also make preserves (jams) and chutneys. I am an artist too, I paint, pyrograph and enjoy all sorts of crafts. We have three grown-up children and two young grandchildren. Our lovely family visit often. We have been hosting for over 20 years and have met many young and older people from around the world; China, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and France.
Matt works for a specialist cleaning company, he travels across the Midlands and to London with his job, but is always home in the evenings. Matt enjoys good food, the countryside, walking the dogs and movies.
We have two friendly dogs, one young cat and a small parrot. We have a small garden with chickens and a pond. I grow herbs, fruit and a few vegetables.
We live within the city boundary, but we are close to the southern tip of Sherwood Forest.
We enjoy good food, family quizzes and games. We have extensive knowledge of the local area, especially about the history of our city. We are 20 minutes away from the lively city centre and have an excellent bus service. There are good local amenities; tennis and basket ball courts plus free outdoor gyms. There are horse riding and sport centres within walking distance of our home.
We now have three rooms available; a single, a small double and a twin room. We offer various packages at various prices.
There are many free sports and activities that you can enjoy alone or with another student. Older guests come and go as they wish. Most activities will be included in the price, but some can be considered at extra costs to the guest.
With advanced notice we can guarantee that there will be no other guests from the same country. Packages are negotiable depending on level of activities/lessons required.
There is no typical day as we can tailor days to suit individual guests. We can provide activities, free-days, visits to places of interest and accommodate special requests where possible.
Visits may include:
Newstead Abbey (Lord Byron's ancestral home)
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park (Film set for Batman - Dark Knight Rising)
City of Caves
National Justice Museum
Papplewick Victorian Pumping Centre
Sherwood Forest plus Major Oak
Contemporary Art Museum
Planet Bounce (trampolining)
Go Ape (aerial adventure)*
Crich Tramway Museum
Art and pyrography (wood burning)
*additional costs may apply (depending on the package)
J'ai passé 15 jours chez Michelle et Matt en juin 2023 . Excellent acceuil et ambiance très familiale qui me correspond bien. Ils ont été adorables avec moi (je suis une Ado de 16 ans), très attentionnés, cherchant à me faire plaisir et découvrir chaque jour des nouveaux endroits. J'ai pu aussi rencontrer les enfants de Michelle et Matt, tout aussi adorables, avec qui j'ai fait de l'escalade et nagé (mes 2 loisirs habituels). Je reviendrai sans hésitation et recommande chaudement.
They welcomed me very kindly. Indeed I felt right away part of their family! They are very nice and culturally open people. Michelle is a fabulous cook (as well as Matt with his amazing hamburgers, or better his Mattburgers), she is also an amazing artist and while I was there she taught me how to use a pyrography tool. Matt is a survival expert, after work we often went into the woods near Nottingham and he taught me a lot about plants and animals, in common we shared the passion for aquariums and on a weekend we went to visit a fish store!
They were very welcoming and I felt part of the family since the first day. Michelle is the perfect mum: very patient, lovely and always available for any kind of difficulties. Michelle is also one of the best cookers I have ever known; she can prepare ethnical dishes from all the world, from Italy to Asia or south America. Matt is a great dad and also an amazing friend. I used to walk out the dogs with him and play board games during evenings. He is funny, reliable and very kind. Matt is also the best burger maker in England and I had the luck to try one of his perfect burgers. I spent with them three weeks; from Monday to Friday I had freetime only in the evenings and we used to spend that time improving my english, talking about everything like a normal family but they were beware of my mistakes. On weekends instead we used to do trips around Nottingham. They were perfect city guides too.
I stayed with Michelle and Matt for 2 weeks, they were very welcoming with me, I remember that the first evening that I was there, there was a family party and they were all so nice, it was like I was part of the family! They showed me many things in Nottingham. I want also say that Michelle is an incredible cook! Besides, at the time, I wasn’t very confident about my English grammar, so Michelle and Matt helped me a lot about that, teaching me many things that I didn’t know. They were very present during my stay at they’re house, almost every night, if we didn’t go out in the city centre, we played a lot of table games.
From 790 € / week