Beaujolais Wine Country French Immersion At Teacher's In France
Starting from €1500 + gastronomic offer with a Sommelier : French Cuisine / Wine Experience (590 euros to 1060 euros) Per Week
- 10 to 15 hours of French tuition with me
- Independent private flat with 2 bedrooms in our newly renovated house
- 1 per day (Lunch) with active French conversations
- 1 to 3 excursions in our region with guided French practice
- 1 to 5 guests traveling together
1 queen bed
1 queen bed 1 single bed
Types of Courses Offered: Conversation, Professional French, Exams preparation…
Teacher Certifications: I have a DAEFLE degree (diploma for teaching French as a second language). I’m fluent in English and Spanish.
Extra Activities/Options: Wine experience : discover the wines of Beaujolais and France - French Cuisine : learn how to cook authentic french recipes - Gourmet Combo : go for an intense week about French gastronomy - See our website for more information
Meet Marion - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Bonjour ! My name is Marion, I’m a native Frenchwoman in her thirties. Before I became a French immersion teacher, I worked for 3 years at the Alliance Française in Jersey (Channel Islands) and before that, the Alliance Française of Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania. I have a DAEFLE degree (diploma for teaching French as a second language). Traveling is my passion: I’ve lived in Mexico, Portugal, Tanzania and Jersey, and therefore I’m fluent in English and Spanish. I specialize in teaching French to adults of all levels and ages, focusing on oral skills as I think speaking and listening are the main objectives of most students. It is also important for me that you feel confident and that you take pleasure in the learning process. The lessons will be tailored to your needs, often using games, fun activities, videos and radio/podcasts. In my spare time, I do sports: I run in the countryside around my house and I do yoga and I swim in Summer. I also enjoy reading and gardening, hiking or any outside activities. And I love food and wine! I live with Mélie, a Frenchwoman in her thirties as well. She studied at the Wine University of France and she will be happy to share her passion about wine and gastronomy with you.
Typical One Week Program
A typical 1 Week (7 Days, 6 Night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
- 10 to 15 hours intense studying with me – usually in the morning over 5 days
- 1 to 2 organised excursions of your choice in the region (entry fees not included)
- Accommodation in your own independent flat on the 1st floor of our house
- 1 meal a day: lunch
- Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
You are welcome to come alone, or with your partner, a friend, or your whole family! Your flat can accommodate 4 to 5 people. I am looking forward to welcoming you in my house: I’ll gently encourage you to speak French and help you discover everything the Beaujolais has to offer.
The wine experience includes :
- 1 dinner with wine pairing (usually on Sundays)
- 2 wine tasting sessions at the "apéro" time
- 1 extra excursion about wine (wine museum, visit a winery, guided walk in the vineyards, etc.)
The option is a good opportunity to add conversational time in French but if you're not comfortable about it or if you want to enjoy this time with your partner or a friend, Mélie can speak English.
4 sessions of 1.5 hour cooking sessions with Mélie and then we'll enjoy the result of the workshops all together for lunch
1 lunch at the restaurant
This includes both the Wine Experience and French Cuisine. It will be an intense week about French gastronomy with a lot of extra time conversing in French and will give you the chance to discuss in details the "art" of wine pairing along the week.
See our website for more information on our gastronomic offers
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Ouroux, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Living in the hills of the Beaujolais vineyard, we have a passion: natural wine and we’ll be delighted to share it with you if you’d like. To get to our house, you’ll go through the most famous Beaujolais vineyards, Morgon, Fleurie, Chiroubles… Scenic routes, beautiful colors, charming villages, no doubt Beaujolais has a lot to offer! Since our house is situated in the hills of Beaujolais the outdoors are a big part of its charms: beautiful views, and if you are so inclined, hikes, trails, cycling… the possibilities are numerous. Near our house is the “Solutré” rock, a geological and historical jewel, and within an easy car ride, the beautiful cities of Lyon, Macon, Cluny, among many others… You may also like to visit the “Hameau Duboeuf” the first theme park for viticulture and wine or go to Belleville for the authentic local farmer's market.
For hot Summer days, there is a beautiful lake about 15 minutes drive from the house where you can easily swim or just enjoy a walk.
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Ouroux, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Our house is located in the Beaujolais region, in a tiny and peaceful village near Mâcon (on the Rhône valley, not far from Lyon). It’s a typical Beaujolais stone house that we’ve completely gutted and renovated in 2019. It’s surrounded by a large garden and enjoys beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. The house itself is very spacious. The main area is a large open floor with a big bay window overlooking the countryside: the open kitchen, dining room and living room are in this area. We love to cook and often entertain my family and guests so we really wanted this area to be the center of my home. Since we moved in 2019, we still have to plant trees in the garden or wait for them to grow and we have a large vegetable patch because we love cooking with fresh produce.
Your Flat In The Beaujolais
You’ll have your own flat in the first floor of my house which can accommodate up to 5 people : 2 bedrooms with a queen size bed and an extra bed can be added. You can be very independent as the flat is well insulated, has a separate entrance and a parking space. The flat is very charming with its high ceilings, exposed beams and large windows. The living room has a lounge area with the best views over the countryside of all my house and there is a well equipped kitchen and a dining area. There is a lovely bathroom with a walk in shower and a separate toilet.
Contact Marion - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in Ouroux, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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WOW! We are so glad we opted to stay for 2 weeks and chose Mélie’s ‘French Cuisine & Wine’ option to complement Marion’s ‘French Language Immersion’.
Marion is truly a skilled and dedicated teacher. There was no end to her patience and also necessary persistance, as she encouraged me forward with the difficult task of learning a new language. But also, essential to all learning, it was great fun as she exercised creative ways to expand my vocabulary and work through the often frustrating aspects of french grammar. Regardless of what level of French you arrive with, you will leave improved with greater confidence to go out there and converse.
And outings with Marion were fantastic. Wherever we went, we had the benefit of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide at our side and being situated in the heart of Beaujolais country, the options were many.
And complementing Marion’s talents, Mélie’s approach to food and wine was superb. Being a couple of foodies, proud of our culinary competence, Mélie still had lots to teach us as we dove right in, working together. And the wine tasting/pairing was terrific. We knew when we arrived we loved wine but Mélie, with her knowledge and fascinating tasting techniques, took us to a whole new level of understanding and appreciation with no hint of pretension whatsoever. And her passion for ‘Naturally’ made wines was for us, a real bonus. As well, for our evening sipping, the well stocked wine fridge in our room to select from, was nothing short of brilliant. And of course, we couldn’t think of leaving without buying a couple of cases.
The combination of language learning, food and wine blended seamlessly together, resulting in a very memorable two weeks. And what better region of France in late autumn than the rolling, golden, vine covered hills of Beaujolais. We ate well, drank well and slept well, all while improving our french. Kudos to you both for your skills, enthusiasm and sincerity …. a huge…
“Thanks For The Memories!”
Jacquie & Yuka
The week my husband and I spent with Marion and Mélie was a dream come true. I have wanted to do a French language class in France for years, but was very nervous. Marion made the experience comfortable and fun. She helped me with conversation and verbal comprehension, providing gentle coaching along the way, while also teaching me about aspects of French culture.
We were very glad we added on the “Wine Experience” with Mélie. While hardly experts, we enjoy wine, and it was great fun to learn more about the local wines. And, the wine pairing dinner Mélie prepared for our first night was spectacular.
Although he is not learning French, my husband enjoyed the time every bit as much as I did. Marion and Mélie are truly delightful and welcoming. We enjoyed English conversation at breakfast and during the delicious lunches Marian prepared for us, and I worked on my French skills for three hours each morning.
The excursions were fun and fascinating, and they incorporated a mix of French and English so that we both enjoyed the experiences.
Their home is lovely and peaceful, and the student flat is roomy and comfortable. We appreciated the beautiful views of the Beaujolais countryside.
Truly a wonderful experience in every way!
My language immersion with Marion and Mélie was more than just a taste of French; it was a taste of authentic French Country Living.Situated among farms and pastures, and surrounded by vineyards of the famous Beaujolais region, I experienced the quiet joy of life in the French countryside, all the while being immersed in the French language (with Marion as my guide) and in the world of French Country Cooking and wine tasting (with Mélie pointing the way.)
No words that I could write will ever do justice to the joy and power of the experience.Marion, in addition to being an excellent French teacher, is as passionate, cheerful, and warm a human being as you could hope to meet. She’s the kind of person who gives me hope for the human race. Mélie’s gastronomy is about home cooking using simple techniques and delicious ingredients (often directly from the nearby garden). Her approach to wine is informed but playful. Mélie is quite the character actually. She is intelligent and witty and has the most expressive face. It’s funny but I found myself unconsciously imitating her facial expressions by the end of the week.What I learned did not come from lists of vocabulary or rules of grammar. It came frombreathing in the culture, savoring the taste of good food and wine, and rejoicing in the peace of the countryside. What I learned from the immersion, more than anything else, was the courage to speak and the patience to listen.At the beginning of the week, Marion and Mélie were my teachers. By the end of the week,they were family.
We had the most wonderful experience with Marion and Mélie. We are so glad to have found them. Our trip more than met our expectations for a French language immersion experience. Both Marion and Mélie were professional and understanding and our lessons were interesting and fun. We also signed up for the cooking classes and wine tasting and would highly recommend this experience as well. We hope to return in the future for more learning, fun, and laughter.
I have just got back from a fabulous week with Marion and Mélie at A Taste of French. For me, it was a perfect blend of being able to practice my French with native speakers, whilst also visiting the region and learning more about wine.
The week flew by too quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The days generally started with a relaxed breakfast whilst we chatted about anything and everything, followed by a language session which Marion tailored to my particular needs and wishes. This was followed by a delicious lunch, then the afternoons provided opportunities for visits to interesting places, or a walk in the lovely countryside, or simply relaxing with a good book (in French of course!).
I chose to add the wine experience with Mélie, which was fascinating, with a visit to a vineyard, tutored tastings and a wine pairing dinner: delicious, informative and a great opportunity for more French speaking practice.
All in all, I thoroughly recommend a stay with Marion and Mélie at A Taste of French and I cannot wait to visit again. What I cannot emphasise enough is the warm welcome that I received and the way in which the language learning is tailored perfectly to your ability, needs and preferences. If you just want to practice chatting, Marion has lots of interesting topics to discuss. If you prefer walking and talking – no problem, bring your walking boots! And if you fancy sitting at the kitchen table chatting to Marion, perfecting your listening skills or nailing a grammar point, it’s all possible, just ask. Merci mille fois Marion et Mélie, et à la prochaine !
I have just come back from two wonderful weeks of French immersion with Marion and Melie in their cozy home amid the Beaujolais vineyards, and I could not recommend their French language course, cooking demonstrations and wine tasting more! Marion had endless patience with my bad French and gave me the confidence to keep talking even when I could not find the right words. And Melie’s cooking skills and knowledge of wines were just amazing. It is really not every day that you get private wine pairing lessons by a professional sommelier. My two weeks with Marion and Melie passed much too fast, but I will definitely be coming back!
Wow! What an amazing experience to spend a week with Marion and Mélie in this idyllic area of France. My spoken French is really at more of a beginning level and conversation was my focus. They were both extremely patient with me, helping me learn in a supportive environment. Three hours of French instruction plus breakfast and lunch together was easily over four hours of Immersion each day. Plus four out of five days I was there I had excursions or time with Mélie. The immersion was exactly what I was looking for.
Marion was an extremely knowledgeable guide in Lyon and at the Chateau at Cormatin. I love history and both experiences really were incredible for me. Coming from Canada made me truly appreciative of the incredibly rich and long history in France.
I highly recommend the wine experience. Not only did I get at least 12 hours more of French Immersion, I learned so much about wine and the art of being a sommelier. Mélie is definitely gifted in this area. I was worried that my lack of experience would be uncomfortable but she teaches in a way that builds from one day to the next and built my confidence along the way.
It is a little off the beaten path but after being in Bordeaux and Paris provided me the opportunity to see another very real side of France.
I had the pleasure to spend a week’s immersion with Marion, and it was wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and experienced, very patient and clear, and is really good at working out what areas need work, which is great because you want to use the time efficiently. She never made me feel silly or uncomfortable. But more than just a good teacher, Marion is a really nice person – and a great cook! She also gave us some good advice about where to visit in the area, which was great for my partner who spend his days riding his bike around the stunning countryside. The week went far too fast!
This Course truly lived up to and beyond our expectations.
In both, the relaxed atmosphere of her house and the beautiful surrounding countryside, Marion gave us the opportunity to study the French language while experiencing the culture and life in the Beaujolais region in France.
We thoroughly enjoyed the challenging lessons which Marion delivered, her constant encouragement enabling us to gain in confidence and attain a, much needed, higher standard of spoken French.
With the aid of Mélie we also had a great time learning how to taste wine, her enthusiasm was infectious and this made her extensive knowledge of oenology so very interesting.
It is therefore with no hesitation and a great deal of pleasure that, we fully recommend an Intensive French Course with Marion.
I had the most fantastic week with Marion, I could not recommend her intensive course more. I have lived in Geneva for a couple of years and have had trouble building my confidence in French conversation. From not being sure how to even have the most basic conversation, by the end of the week I felt like I had improved unrecognizably. As a teacher, Marion is patient and knowledgeable. She is extremely good at teaching you what you need to know to progress, without making it feel like a class.
The house and the region are also beautiful, and a pleasure to stay in. Marion and Mélie are very hospitable, and made me feel at ease in their home from the first day. I should add that the wine is top notch and it is definitely worth taking up the wine option!
I spent an unforgettable week with Marion in late February and early March, 2022, including the wine option with Mélie. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. First, Marion is a very skilled, creative, and talented teacher of French. She tailored the week to my needs and goals, which I appreciated very much. I really enjoyed all the conversation around breakfast and lunch, aside the wood-burning stove, and strolling in the beautiful countryside near her gorgeous home. Throughout, she used a combination of corrections, word games, prepared questions, written exercises, and discussions of readings to help me improve all aspects of my French (but especially conversation, as that was my requested focus). Marion’s house, a recently renovated stone farm house, is beautiful, comfortable, and perfectly designed for the language immersion experience. I stayed in the attached apartment for students, which is a quiet bit of heaven. The view from the living room over the Beaujolais countryside, including flocks of sheep meandering on a distant field, is stunning. The apartment has its own entrance, well-furnished kitchen, and comfortable living space. Outside, the only sounds are sheep, goats, cows, and many birds singing. I did not want to rent a car, and that worked just fine. Marion was happy to pick me up from the nearest train station, and it was easy to walk into Ouroux (the small nearby village) less than a kilometer to purchase provisions for dinner. I also chose an excursion with Marion early in the week to a nearby market (delightful and colorful!), which allowed me to pick up some things to supplement dinner. Meanwhile, it was liberating to not have a car, and to simply enjoy long walks and runs in the countryside, where there were many miles of trails to explore. (On the other hand, a rental car would be important for you if you want to explore further afield on your own in the afternoons).
The wine option with Mélie was fabulous! Mélie is a wine professional, with substantial experience and knowledge of wines across France, and also with a passion for wines of the Beaujolais region. For me, it was really fun to learn and practice speaking with the French vocabulary of wine tasting and wine-making, while learning a great deal about how to properly and thoroughly taste wine in the French manner, and to learn all about the character and production of Beaujolais wines. Dinner with wine pairings on the first evening was delightful, and the subsequent evening tastings were carefully designed, educational, and stimulating. Our excursion to the wine trail and tasting room at Chiroubles was super cool–great views over the Beaujolais wine region with educational signage (and Mélie’s interpretation) along the trail enabled me to learn a great deal about the geography of the region and how it influences wine production, and it was perfect to end the walk in a wine tasting room with the option to try some wines and purchase some bottles. Overall, I highly recommend the wine option with Mélie for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of wine, trying the wines of Beaujolais, and/or improving their ability to speak about wine in French.
Finally, I will just say that Marion and Mélie are simply delightful human beings of the highest caliber, with whom it was really easy and rewarding to spend this week.
This immersion experience is highly recommended, and I hope to return one day myself.
I had a lovely time in Beaujolais immersed in the French countryside, learning french and trying different wines. I opted for purely oral practice and each day, after a leisurely breakfast, Marion and I walked through the nearby forests talking and playing word games, which really filled me with confidence to converse in French, followed by a delightful lunch. The first morning we visited the local market and I stocked up on enough fresh vegetables and fruit for the week, all the while practicing talking French with the locals. I also did the Beaujolais wine experience with Mélie which comprised a delicious dinner the first night with wine pairing, a trip to Chateau de Pizay where they have an interesting and fun way to learn about wine tasting, plus two wine tasting sessions with Mélie. With both the immersion course and the wine experience, I really maximised my time speaking French and I was very happy with my progress. The apartment is great with everything I needed, great views and surrounded by nature.
My husband Chris and I spent a week improving our French with Marion in September 2021 near Ouroux in the beautiful rolling hills of Beaujolais. I only wish we could have stayed longer.
Marion is delightful and a very gifted teacher. Our French is at different levels, but she successfully accommodated her teaching to meet our specific needs. My husband, who hadn’t studied any French since school, and was understandably nervous, was immediately at ease. Having studied the language on various apps during the long Covid lockdown in South Africa, I was thrilled to learn in an environment with someone who spoke clearly and de-mystified much of my Internet French.
Our week wasn’t all study though. Our apartment was comfortable and had a beautiful view. Marion is a creative and enthusiastic cook and she and Melie shared their knowledge of French wine with us. In fact, one of the outings we chose was a visit to Chateau de Pizay, which enhanced our knowledge of wine as well as French.
We have family in France and need to be able to understand and speak with them readily, so I know we will be back for another rewarding week with Marion.
The students below stayed at Marion’s former house (in the same region)
My french immersion homestay with Marion truly exceeded my expectations.
It was evident immediately that she is a very skilled and qualified teacher. She uses many different tools and techniques to help make learning a difficult language much more enjoyable. We would play word games as we walked through the vineyards of Beaujolais, and enjoy conversation (in french) while taking long walks by the river.
The trips to the open market on Tuesdays were fascinating for someone from a big city, and I loved that all the produce we ate was locally grown. A true highlight in my 2 week stay was an all day excursion to my new favorite city of Lyon, only about an hour away by car. Of course it always helps to have your own personal guide when you visit a new city.
My apartment was next to the home of Marion’s lovely mother, Nicole. It was clean, spacious and very comfortable. I was surprised and impressed to learn that Marion and her very talented brother, Lambert, built this apartment themselves!
And at that time they were in the middle of construction of her own house which I see has been completed. It has incredible views of the countryside full of lush green meadows and rolling hills-perfect for biking! I can’t wait to stay there on my next visit, which I have already scheduled.
I spent one week in Beaujolais with Marion at her new beautiful home in the countryside. Her village of Ouroux was absolutely beautiful, located in the countryside with green rolling hills surrounded by vineyards nearby.
The accommodations were very nice and comfortable; I had my own flat with its own kitchen. This is great for quiet getaway, while also getting to learn French in a beautiful setting. I bought food from the local épicerie, enjoyed a romantic meal in the village’s local restaurant.
My lessons with Marion consisted of walking through the countryside, playing games in French, sharing discussions in French, followed by a delicious afternoon meal prepared by Marion.
Marion caters to your needs and will personalize the lessons for you based on your preferred learning style. This was a great way to learn French! The beaujolais wine was delicious as well!
I highly recommend this immersion program with Marion. Thanks again!!