We are a large British family who have lived in France since 2004. We have been welcoming students into our home and teaching English for over 20 years. We have 5 children, 3 have left home now and live in other parts of France. When not teaching English, Gary teaches gardening and landscape design in courses run from our home and loves the outdoors. Nikki is freelance author and copy-editor and enjoys reading, walking and swimming. Luc is 18 and is just finishing his final year as an apprentice Landscape Gardener. He enjoys swimming in the local rivers, biking and games. Francesca is 15 and loves ice skating, the beach, making jewellery and spending time with friends.
We have a large property. The 2nd floor apartment is 4 bedroomed (Sleeps 8) and is rented in the summer to families. We have a twin room in our living space on the 1st floor which can accommodate 2 students when the 2nd floor apartment is rented. We are open to hosting groups or families in the 2nd floor apartment, when it's free.
There may be a family in the 2nd floor apartment during their stay of any nationality (usually English speaking), but they are completely independent from us.
After breakfast, the morning will be spent on 2 - 3 hours of lessons (depending on requirements). The lessons are tailored to each student's needs. Lunch is at mid day and the afternoons are spent doing activities either around the home - swimming in the river that runs along the bottom of our garden, walking in the beautiful countryside around our home, playing games) and there will be at least 2 excursions outside the home - for example a visit a local beach, Narbonne, African Safari at Sigean, Terra Vinea at Portel-des-Corbieres, Abbaye de Frontfroide, bowling etc. After the evening meal, most evenings we play card and board games which are a fun way to improve the student's listening and speaking skills.
An amazing family! I really enjoyed my stay with Nikki's, they are all warm, easy going and accommodating. Gary takes the lessons very seriously, he is kind and patient. I even learned some cooking techniques from him :-) They took me to nice places; we played cards after dinner; had nice conversations... full immersion!
J'ai adoré mon séjour chez eux, une famille super, je n'ai pas pu voir Nikki mais heureusement Gary et Francesca était là !!! Je recommande vraiment merci pour tout. Thank you very much
Notre fils de 13 ans a passé 2 semaines chez Gary et Nikki; il a été enchanté de son séjour. Gary et Nikki ont été très accueillants et ont pu faire profiter de leur langue maternelle à notre fils, au travers de leur quotidien et d'activités. Séjour à recommander !
Desde 750 € / sem