French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s Near Carcassone

With Eliane - your French tutor, language buddy & host

€1400 Per Week

  • 15 hours of French tuition with me
  • Student's apartment
  • 2 per day (B+D)
  • 2 guided tours with conversation
  • 1 to 4 traveling together
Contact Eliane
Visit your French teacher Eliane and discover Occitanie, its art of living, its friendliness and its sense of hospitality. French teacher Eliane will welcome you (alone or with your family or friends) in her lovely house, which she shares with her partner Benjamin, their charming little girl Elena and friendly dog Okami. You’ll be staying in a spacious private student’s apartment conveniently located on the ground floor of their house and giving direct access to their garden and the swimming pool. Only 1 hour from the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees ski resorts, halfway between Toulouse and Narbonne ... Eliane is waiting for you in Carcassonne! Enjoy a destination between history, nature and gastronomy around the ramparts of the biggest citadel in Europe while practicing your French with your charming hosts.

Amenities/Features

Private Bathroom
Wifi
Garden/Yard
Pool
Smoking Allowed
Teaches Adults & Children
Multiple Bedrooms
Public Transportation
Free Parking

Sleeping Arrangements

Student's Apartment
2 queen bed

Types of Courses Offered: French conversation, French Grammar, Professional French...

Meet Eliane - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France

Bonjour et bienvenue chez nous ! My name is Eliane, and I live in a typical small French town located only 5 minutes away from Carcassonne and its airport. French is my mother tongue, but I’m also fluent in English. Before I became a French immersion teacher, I worked in a law firm, so I’m familiar with that world as well. I live with my husband Benjamin and our lovely daughter Elena: we have a cozy house in Pezens, a picturesque and lively small town next to Carcassonne. The village of Pezens benefits a privileged living environment between the Canal du Midi and the garrigue. Let’s not forget our dog: Okami – meaning “wolf” (loup) in Japanese (since he’s an akita, we gave him a Japanese name). He is super friendly and really sweet: my students love him and he’s always ready to help them practice there French. I love interacting with people and talk about French culture and history too, since my region “Le pays Cathare” is rich in it. It’s not only famous for the medieval city of Carcassonne, but for so much more. I will take you to visit Carcassonne, and its ramparts but also we can stroll through several of the most beautiful villages in France or go on an adventure in the caves and chasms around. There is certainly no lack of activities in the Aude region. I also love to paint and cook. Come visit us and experience a true immersion in French language and culture. We are casual people, live in a cozy house and love having guests over: our motto is: « faites comme chez vous ! » (Our home is your home).

Getting To Our House

Pezens is only at one our drive from Toulouse airport, and I can arrange to have you pick up if needed. If you take the train, I recommend Carcassonne (it's only 5 minutes away from Pezens) and I will be at the station waiting for you.

Car Rental

Since our house is located so close to a city, you don’t need to rent a car although we recommend you do if you wish to be more independent and enjoy all there is to do in this beautiful region of France. Should you not rent a car, I’ll be happy to drive you around, that’s why I ask for a 80 Euros gas fee (a full tank), maybe more should we decide on doing several longer excursions. And there are a lot of cycling trails around Pezens (you can go to Carcassonne by bike, it will only take you 20 minutes). Pick up at Toulouse airport can also be arranged.

Wifi

There is good Wifi and cell reception throughout the house and in your bungalow.

Smoking

Benjamin and I occasionally smoke electronic cigarettes, and smoking e-cigarettes is possible inside the house. You are welcome to smoke regular cigarettes outside should you wish to, but please don’t smoke inside.

Diets

I love to cook and I cook all sorts of food: typical French cuisine of course, but also gourmet ethnic food. I enjoy picking up fresh produce at the farm in season. With your guidance, I will also be happy to adapt my cooking to your specific diet: I’m always eager to learn new recipes.

Pets

Because we have a dog, unfortunately, we cannot accept your pet.

Typical French Immersion Program

A One Week (7 Days, 6 Nights) Residential French Course Includes But Is Not Limited To:

  1. Fifteen (15) hours tuition – 3h a day x 5 days
  2. Accommodation in your private bungalow
  3. Two meals a day: breakfast and lunch with me 
  4. Two outings a week of cultural/touristic tours, or activities (like painting, cooking, shopping, cinema… anything according to your preferences) during which you’ll practice your French with me
  5. Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday

Please note that entries to museums are not included.

The Fee For One Person For One Week Is 1400 Euros.

Additional Guests

You could come alone or we could host up to 3 family members/friends, staying in the bungalow with an extra single bed. For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 250 in half board, without lessons.
  • Euros 750 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.

My program is really flexible: I can offer more or less lessons, go for longer excursions, cook three meals a day… Contact me, and we’ll put together a program to best fit your French goals, interests and make the most of your immersion stay with us!

Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Pezens, Occitanie

Pezens is a charming little town next to Carcassonne and some of the most beautiful villages in France, halfway between Toulouse and Narbonne, in the Aude region of France. “L'Aude” is a Department rich in many ways, especially for its numerous castles, gorgeous and authentic villages, and its wonderful natural sites with breathtaking landscapes. We can visit Carcassonne, a beautiful city with, among other things, its impressive medieval city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "modern" city called the Bastide St Louis (with its small restaurants and shops) and The Canal du Midi. If you are interested in history, in "Le Pays Cathare" there is everything you need in terms of medieval castles and villages. If you lean towards hiking, I could take you to do some in several impressive natural sites. For longer outings, we could go to Toulouse, or we could head to the Mediterranean and the beautiful city of Narbonne. Let me know what interests you: there is plenty to do around here.

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Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Pezens, Occitanie

Our house is in the small village of Pezens. We live in a beautiful house from the 70s, which has been entirely renovated. It’s warm and cozy, very comfortable and carefully decorated. We also enjoy a large private garden with a swimming pool. The student  apartment is located on the ground floor of our house and gives direct access to the garden and swimming pool. All they have to do is open the veranda (furnished for the greatest comfort of our dear students) where we can do our lessons on sunny days.

Your Private Apartment In Our House

Your private apartment is sunny and really comfortable and opens up to both on the front of the house and on the garden with swimming pool. You’ll enjoy two large bedrooms with king size beds, a comfortable sitting area in the veranda, a table with chairs, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a walk-in shower, a sink and a separate toilet. The kitchen area is small but functional – anyway, I do most of the cooking and there are plenty of left overs and restaurants in Carcassonne.


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French Immersion in Pezens, Occitanie

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Reviews (42)

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Meredith

What an amazing week with Eliane and her beautiful family! I wasn’t sure what to expect from an immersion program and was a little nervous before getting to France, but I’m so glad I came. Eliane spent hours talking with me each day, giving small corrections as needed or taking the time to explain a concept I was struggling with. She was a gracious host, taking me for several outings, and making some delicious meals! The studio is tranquil and private, a good way to mentally unwind after concentrating on learning, and there are some cute baby hedgehogs who visit to eat the figs off the ground. Eliane’s adorable (and extraordinarily well behaved) baby and her husband, who also took the time to have some conversation with me, were the cherry on top of a great week. 
Thank you for such a rewarding time, my confidence has been boosted and I’m reinvigorated to keep up my studies!

Denise & Andrea

My friend and I spent a delightful week with Eliane. The accommodations were very comfortable. The French breakfast featured sumptuous local pastries and fruit.

Eliane is an excellent cook. Her lunches were wonderful and varied. I enjoyed dining with her family.

The morning French lessons were structured around my needs and wishes. Eliane addressed all of my questions in as much detail as I wanted. We had French conversations on many different topics, — history, culture, cooking, movies, politics,  … She paced her discussions to my level and would often restructure her sentences when I had difficulty with comprehension.

Our week with Eliane was wonderful. My friend enjoyed exploring the area or just hanging out while Eliane worked with me. It was a great experience for both an aspiring francophone and an « English only » guest.

Jeff & Sally

We spent a week with Elaine in Roye and what a great week we had, my French has improved and it sharpened me to where l needed to improve and spend the time to achieve my goals. Elaine was a great host as was Benjamin. Every thing worked well and we enjoyed the sights of the area And spoke lots of French. I recommend that anyone with an interest in strengthening their French spend a week with Elaine and her family

Peter

I thoroughly enjoyed my week in Roye and looking back on my time there it met all my best expectations of what an ‘immersion’ could be.

Eliane is an engaging host, a good cook and a knowledgeable guide to the area. I was treated as an honorary member of the family for the week, which was very nice. Baby Éléonore, six months old, is a delight and so well behaved, husband Benjamin joined in the conversations and was very welcoming. I also met Eliane’s mum and grandmother with whom we shared a lovely family meal in the garden.

Eliane is a very thoughtful teacher, who worked hard during the tuition sessions to identify where I was at as a French student and then create helpful lessons, which varied from fairly formal to a morning spent in the weekly market in the centre of town. Excursions to the Somme valley, Péronne and Compiegne really enhanced the week.

My priority was to improve my conversation skills and there were lots of opportunities to do that. Many conversations with Eliane, but also with a group playing pétanque in Amiens and with some people in the park in Roye as we watched the ducks together and also, unfortunately, with mechanics in the local garage when my car broke down. Learning a foreign language is a challenge as well as a delight and my stay gave a real boost to my confidence.

Roye itself is charming and dinner at ‘La Flamiche’ was a real highlight of my stay. The area around Roye is very diverse and has many destinations that are well worth exploring. From the Baie de la Somme, with amazing bird reserves, to sites connected not only with the two world wars, but also Crecy and Agincourt, to the stunning valley of the Somme itself, to the beautiful city of Amiens nearby, there is so much to see and do. I bracketed my stay in Roye with two days in Amiens and two days at Ētaples on the coast and that worked really well.

Many thanks to Eliane and all her family for making me so welcome.

Michelle & Kate

We’ve just finished a week with Eliane, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I booked this immersion many months ago, hoping to motivate my teenage daughter to endure her online French class in 2020/21.  Our week with Eliane is the first of three weeks in France and Switzerland, and it was an ideal start to our trip.  Not only have we improved our skills with the French language, we’ve learned a lot about French culture plus history of this region.  
 
 Eliane and Benjamin are genuinely warm and friendly.  It’s very easy to feel comfortable with them.  They were happy to include us in their plans and in their home, but they were also happy to give us space.  I wasn’t sure what it would be like to stay with someone I’d never met, but I felt at ease very quickly.  Their daughter is a complete joy, the sweetest little one imaginable.  
 
 The studio set-up in the garden worked really well for us.  It’s nicely decorated and well-supplied with everything you need.  We’ve enjoyed having this as our little home for the week.  
 
 It’s important to emphasize just how much Eliane did to tailor the week for us. From accommodating my teenager’s picky eating habits, adapting the more formal part of our French lessons to our level and learning styles, and coordinating our afternoons to the excursions we wanted, Eliane made sure the week was just right for us.  She was particularly thoughtful in drawing my daughter into conversations and activities that were interesting and motivating.
 
 Eliane is a great cook.  We ate so well!  She really should warn her students to bring bigger pants.  
 
 Roye is a pleasant town.  It’s pretty but not touristy.  It felt like we were seeing what life is really like here.  Getting out and about in town gave us opportunities to use our French, and people were always helpful.
 
 I feel like we’ve been here with friends.  Highly recommend.

Paul

la semaine avec Eliane et sa famille (surtout La petite princesse) a été extraordinaire.  Chaque jour j’ai eu l’occasion de parler français et après seulement une semaine j’ai beaucoup plus confiance, j’ai amélioré mon vocabulaire et ma grammaire.  L’occasion de parler français et seulement français avec quelqu’un d’aussi patient et encourageant était un merveilleux cadeau.  Le seul hic du programme c’est que la semaine est passée trop vite !   

Debbie

I spent a fantastic week with Eliane and her family. I enjoyed meeting her partner Benjamin who picked me up at the airport, their adorable 5 month old baby Elena who I think is the best natured baby I’ve ever met – she almost never cries – and their very cute dog Okami. I am thinking of joining them next year again when they will have moved to the south of France.

Every day we started off at breakfast with our conversation. Eliane is very easy going and we seemed to find a lot of things to talk about.  I learned a lot of new vocabulary about all different sorts of topics. The emphasis on conversation was just what I needed. Eliane is also a great cook and I really enjoyed the meals she prepared.

One day we went to the Baie de Somme and did a 4 hour hike with a very knowledgeable guide. I was also able to visit the lovely towns of Amiens and Compiegne.  I walked around Roye in my free time. Eliane and Benjamin have a lovely back yard/garden where I sometimes spent time reading. The bungalow was also very nice.

Eliane – Merci beaucoup pour une très bonne semaine!

Noune

I spent a delightful week in Roya of a full immersion in French language studies with Eliane, sharing the
daily life with her beautiful young family, enjoying her great cooking and meeting locals (even getting a
haircut a la francaise at the village Coiffeur-Visagiste!). Eliane was very responsive to my learning
interests: with in-depth conversation, introduction of selective grammar topics, suggesting and
discussing French books: overall helping me take my language studies to the next level. She thoughtfully
planned our days to combine studies with site visits and other activities. Over the week, we had a
chance to enjoy day trips to Amiens, Beauvais, and Compiegne; as well as little walk in the park, visits to
a grocery store and Friday market. All in all, I had wonderful experience and will highly recommend an
immersion program with Eliane.

John & Jane

My wife and I traveled to Roye in the spring of 2022. We had a wonderful experience with Jane taking Fresh lessons and then touring the historic countryside together in the afternoon. Our days with Eliane were full and interesting. She is a wonderful, patient teacher worthy of all praise. The mid-day meals are a lovely taste of French cooking and are not to be missed. With Benjamin and their new baby Elena they make a lovely family. Eliane and Benjamin were the best hosts checking on our every need and made the week delightful. 

Laine

I had the best time with Eliane for 2 weeks. On a gap year after college, I decided to do a
homestay to practice my French in between traveling to other countries in Europe. Don’t miss
out on this incredible experience. Eliane and Benjamin are very relaxed and friendly and are a
great young couple. It was a pleasure to meet Elena, their newborn baby girl! Immediately I felt at ease and at home.
Eliane asks what you want to focus on for your stay and we made conversation our premise for
the two weeks of French lessons. After breakfast we would talk for 2 – 3 hours with Eliane giving
instruction as to what words I mispronounced and verbs I did not know (the time passed very
quickly before we had lunch). Eliane also segwayed into mini lessons of French grammar I
normally messed up while speaking which was very helpful. I had the best time in the afternoons going on walks, exploring the cute village, and being able to read, write, and relax.
Get ready to eat – Eliane is amazing at preparing meals and I’ve had enough French pastries to
last a lifetime. The studio is so pretty and private and has everything you need. Take advantage of the garden and nice weather if you can!
We went to visit Amiens, to see the beautiful Cathedral, as well as the Australian WW1 Memorial. We also made visits to the Château de Compiègne and the Museum of Jules Vern.
Eliane is very in tune with the history of the region. I had the privilege to meet most of Eliane’s
family and her friends. I feel as if I was “one of the pack” and we laughed a lot.
If you are a young person wishing to do a homestay and learn French – this is your family!
Eliane and Benjamin are cool, trendy, and a pleasure to be around. Eliane is a fantastic teacher.

Michael & Anna

Eliane is an excellent teacher, fabulous host and chef extraordinaire.  My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Roye soaking in the Somme region, visiting Amiens and learning lots and lots of French.  Eliane is a very skilled instructor who has a keen ability to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable and brave as you push yourself to speak and understand French.  She tailors her lessons to match your level, is constantly engaging you in conversation and has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner that helps you retain what you are taught.  We couldn’t have been more pleased with our stay and highly recommend her.  Thank you Eliane! 😊 

Sarah

My french immersion homestay with Eliane was wonderful in every way- it was an unforgettable week.

Eliane and Benjamin (and Okami their very gentle and friendly dog!) are  extremely kind, warm and welcoming hosts who made me feel at home right from the start. Immediately on arrival they offered to help with my luggage and showed me to their very comfortable and newly renovated studio in their garden.

Eliane a very skilled and patient teacher who makes the lessons informative but also interesting and fun. She was excellent at explaining anything I didn’t understand and would often find several ways to explain it and provide examples. Even though I kept repeating the same mistakes during my stay Eliane would never get impatient and would gently correct and remind me how to say it.

We had a very interesting afternoon trip to the Sommes battlefields and Eliane’s knowledge of the history is excellent. We also did a trip to nearby Amiens which is a very attractive typically French town – all the time speaking French. Eliane is great company and I really enjoyed our chats and time spent together exploring this lovely region of Northern France.

Eliane is a superb cook who prepared many delicious, freshly home cooked French meals. It was also a fantastic way to enjoy French cuisine while improving my language skills in excellent company.

I would highly recommend a stay at Eliane and Benjamin’s lovely home. I am already planning a return visit!

Jennie

No words can express how I will be forever changed by this process. Easy French With Us was not only one of the best introductions to french but the best way to learn about the culture and way of life EN FRANCE. 
In two weeks I have gained the confidence and knowledge to go shopping, to read, to write and to order my wine! 😉
Thank you for an experience of a lifetime! I will never forget it and WARNING ⚠ already preparing my return trip! 
I am so grateful! Merci beaucoup !
Much love! Bisous

Thomas

This immersion and homestay were all I had hoped for. First Eliane is a wonderful teacher. She has put together creative methods to spur conversation, keep the conversation rolling and to learn and internalize some of the words/phrases/grammar used.

Each day we had 3 hours of instruction – I requested a lot of conversation in order to boost my confidence – that included videos, listening, some short local walks and conversation. This took place after breakfast where we’d already spoken for 30 minutes. To add to this, I spoke with Eliane and her partner, Benjamin, during lunch for another hour or so of instruction. Add this to the two afternoon outings and I ended up doing a lot of speaking and learning.

The accommodations were perfect. The bungalow in which I stayed for the week was clean, spacious, comfortable and private. I slept well, had time to relax my brain and it had a small kitchen so that I could go into town to get food stuffs and prepare them in the evenings. A couple of evenings I went to a restaurant in the town center (note that Sunday and Monday, it is a little difficult to find things open) and enjoyed my time there.

For my breakfast and lunch, I had plenty to eat. Eliane prepared great lunches everyday. It seems she can do it all: she is a wonderful teacher, host and cooks delicious food.

Summary, I left speaking much better than I did when I arrived, I relaxed, ate very well and had a fabulous vacation. If you are considering it, do it.

David & Fran

We had the pleasure of one week’s language immersion with Eliane towards the end of winter 2020. Coming from Australia, our language skills in French are somewhat basic (between advanced beginners to low intermediate).

With Eliane we concentrated on the use of several tenses (composed past, imperfect, future simple, conditional) as well as general conversation. We found her lessons very enjoyable, informative and well structured. Her very personable manner was delightful and we immediately felt at home in her and her partner Benjamin’s home in Roye.

The separate studio apartment in their garden was very comfortable and we had our own privacy. Eliane’s cooking is superb and the meal-times were prolonged and a great opportunity for us to practice our conversational French.

Our excursions in and around Roye were particularly stimulating. This was a part of France that neither of us had visited before and we found the experience of exploring the area very enjoyable. One highlight was an unplanned visit to the local florist with whom we had a long and lively conversation (in French!). For such a small town, Roye has terrific facilities, with an excellent cinema/theatre, heated swimming pool etc and we found the people there to be very friendly.

The days with Eliane were nicely structured, beginning with a prolonged breakfast together followed by around three hours of formal tuition, and then a long, conversationally rich, lunch. Two afternoons were taken up with excursions to the Australian war cemeteries on one day and to Amiens on another day, where we visited the extraordinary cathedral and the Jules Verne museum. We became completely hooked on Jules Verne as a result and have enjoyed greatly reading Around the World in 80 Days in its original French ever since! On the other days we had time to ourselves to explore the township of Roye and the nearby fields which are full of impressive wind turbines.

We have no hesitation in recommending Eliane for language immersion. She made us very welcome and we felt that our French language skills improved markedly under her tuition.

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