We are a bilingual family of now 5, my 3 (fairly grown-up) children, my husband John and I. We live in a country house located in the woodlands, not far from Bergerac and about 20 minutes from the local airport.
My husband is an IT consultant/database architect and often works abroad. Translator/Interpreter by profession, I have been working as a part-time elementary school teacher for the past few years, both in the UK and here. We often move between the UK and France and are currently residing in the latter. Both my husband and I are also TEFL/ESP certified.
Both my older children work in Bergerac and my youngest goes to Lycée also in Bergerac.
Once a fairly large family (5 children), we enjoy having people around. We accommodate vegetarian/vegan and meat eaters alike as we have all trends in our family although the veggies have the upper hand. We attach a lot of importance to food and source ours locally and preferably organic.
We can host siblings or friends in a shared room or separate single rooms. We also have a double room for couples.
A typical day definitely involves sightseeing the many beautiful sites Dordogne has to offer after a hearty breakfast which can be a full English with bacon and eggs as well as a veggie/vegan option. Being fairly sporty and active, we like to go for walks/hikes, runs and water activities such as swimming or canoeing within season.
We have friends from both English and French speaking circles and like to socialise and eat together.
We take regular trips to the Atlantic ocean and Bordeaux which is about an hour from here.
If required, we can also plan English/French lessons during the week and my husband can teach for more specific purposes (IT, Business related vocabulary).
After breakfast we usually do a few chores, maybe some light gardening and housekeeping. If English lessons are required, we will find time in the mornings to sit down for an hour or so for some fun learning. We usually have a light lunch, English style, with a selection of sandwiches and organic home made salads. We always eat our meals outside in the summer unless it's really hot and uncomfortable. Picnics are always fun too and sometimes we will incorporate them into a daily excursion. Afternoons will include activities such as going for a swim, canoeing, sightseeing, tree climbing and other local activities, etc. The evenings are usually spent at home for a homemade, wholesome supper prepared and shared by all followed by reading, chatting, playing games, watching movies or the odd shooting stars especially in August. At some point during the week, we also eat out with friends or at a local night market such as the one in Eymet or Bergerac (over the summer season only).
From 350 € / week