My name is Kate. I am British and have been an English teacher for over 20 years in various countries including Mexico, China, Taiwan and Spain. My husband Marc who is French works in the Aviation industry and navigates between the office in Paris, work travels and working from home generally 2-3 days a week. We have 2 children. Elin is 15 and is studying in high school in Châteauroux and Paul is 10 and is in his last year of primary school in our town Buzancais. We have been living here since 2013. We have renovated a big old town house and we have a gîte and guest rooms that I also look after. We also have a dog Pax and we all love walking him and being outdoors.
Buzancais is a small town but there is lots to do around here. We are close to the Loire castles, the Beauval and Haute Touche zoos, the Brenne national park with its 1000 lakes and many more interesting places.
A typical day during the week would start with having breakfast before our son goes to school (our daughter leaves very early for the bus!) and then a walk with the dog to wake ourselves up. Once we have cleared up the breakfast things we would then do an English lesson for 1-1,5 hours depending on your needs.
The lesson would be followed by an outing to one of the many fantastic spots in our area. We can visit one of the Loire castles for example Leonardo Da Vinci's castle Close Lucé, the Beauval zoo with its giant pandas, go for a bike ride in the Brenne national park, visit George Sand's house etc. There are also local markets, shopping in our local town, horse-riding, swimming (we have a small pool and there is a big public pool 5 minutes from the house open during summer months), kayaking on the local river and many more things based on your interests.
Back home if back in time we can prepare the afternoon snack (pancakes or cakes) and then the evening meal. We all sit down to have dinner together and then everyone can relax and enjoy some time doing whatever they wish. We have English series on Netflix and Amazon prime and a multitude of English films. We also have a huge selection of English books that you can read at your leisure whilst here.
From 690 € / week