Small Town French Immersion At Teacher’s In Northern France

With Eliane - your French tutor, language buddy & host

€1300 Per Week

  • 15 hours of French tuition with me
  • Student's bungalow + 2 bedrooms in my house
  • 2 per day (B+D)
  • 2 guided tours with conversation
  • 1 to 3 traveling together
Contact Eliane
Experience an off-the-beaten-path French immersion in the Somme region of France, and enjoy its pristine landscapes, Gothic architecture and WW1 history. French teacher Eliane will welcome you (alone or with your family or friends) in her lovely house, which she shares with her partner Benjamin, and friendly dog Okami. You’ll be staying in a spacious private student’s bungalow conveniently located in their garden and discover the North of France while practicing your French with your charming hosts.

Amenities/Features

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

Sleeping Arrangements

Student's Bungalow
1 queen bed
House Bedroom
1 queen bed
House Bedroom
1 queen bed

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 one hour away from Paris Charles de Gaulle 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: we have a cozy house in Roye, a picturesque and lively small town next to Amiens. Our town is full of shops, restaurants, and a lovely park which reminds many of my students of Giverny.

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 “La Somme” is rich in it. It’s not only famous for its key role during WW1 and WW2, but for so much more.

I often take my students to visit the war museum and the battlefields – now covered with peaceful grass, but still, a very touching site. 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

Roye is only at one our drive from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and I can arrange to have you pick up if needed. If you take the train, I recommend TGV Haute Picardie, Noyon, Compiegne or Amiens. All these train stations are close to Roye and I will be at the station waiting for you.

Car Rental

Since our house is located in 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 75 Euros gas fee (a full tank), maybe more should we decide on doing several longer excursions. Pick up at Charles-de-Gaulle 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 in the student bungalow.

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
    Roye is considered as a gastronomic city because there are many restaurants, and you are welcome to use our fridge and kitchen too for your dinner.
  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 1300 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 Roye, Hauts-de-France

Roye is a charming little town next to Amiens and the Imperial city of Compiègne, halfway between Lille and Paris, in the Somme region of France.

“La Somme” is a Department rich in many ways, especially for its WW1 history, castles, gorgeous and authentic villages, prehistoric archeology, Gothic architecture, and to the North, natural parks, and beaches…

We can visit Amiens, a beautiful city with, among other things, its impressive Cathedral, the medieval district Saint-Leu where there are good restaurants, bars and shops, and the unique floating gardens of Hortillonages.

If you are interested in history, I’ll take you to the heart of the Somme battlefields (now covered in grass) and visit Albert, a beautiful city where the museum « Somme 1916 » is located: you’ll discover the lives of soldiers during WW1.

For longer outings, we could drive to Reims, or to the nature reserve “Baie de Somme” with its pristine landscape and beaches. Let me know what interests you: there is plenty to do around here.

More about Eliane and the region

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Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Roye, Hauts-de-France

Our house is in the center of the small city of Roye:  there are plenty of lovely restaurants, a movie theater, and charming shops. Everything is conveniently located within a walking distance and there is also a gorgeous park where we often go for a walk or a jogging – you may even fish there! We live in a typical “Amiens” style brick townhouse, which has been entirely renovated. It’s warm and cozy, very comfortable and carefully decorated. We also enjoy a large private garden in which is located the student’s bungalow. There are actually 2 gardens: a smaller one separating our house from the student’s bungalow with a nice outside sofa area: very comfortable to read with a coffee or a glass of wine, and the backyard with a dinning table and another sitting area.

Your Private Bungalow In Our Garden

Your private bungalow is sunny and really comfortable and opens up to our back yard through a large sliding door. You’ll enjoy a large bedroom with a king size bed (and a possible extra single bed), a comfortable sitting area, a table with two chairs, a small kitchen and a bathroom with a standing shower, a sink and a 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 Roye which is a gastronomic town.


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French Immersion in Roye, Hauts-de-France

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Reviews (29)

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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.

Andrea

What an amazing and positive experience.

I had been wanting to do French Immersion for years, but was either short on time or too hesitant to take the plunge. I am so glad that I did. My French can at best be called rusty and patchy and I was keen to expand my conversational ability. I believe I have achieved that.

The whole process could not have been simpler. The information on the website was thorough and gave me a great picture of what to expect. Communication with Eliane was simple and quick and payment by bank transfer was very easy and secure. Before coming, I received emails on information about the immersion experience, as well as a questionnaire to fill out about my ability, or lack thereof, in French, my interests, allergies, food preferences, etc.

Eliane and her delightful partner Benjamin met me at the airport (CDG) in the evening and very patiently circled the car park as my bags were delayed. The trip from CDG was very short – about an hour and we arrived in Roye, where I was also greeted by their adorable dog Okami. He is very friendly and not remotely threatening and is a great conversation ice breaker.

Their house is very welcoming and the “guesthouse”/granny flat that I stayed in was perfect. It was very clean, neat and had all that one could require – great shower, fridge, stove top, kitchen electrics, TV and very good wifi! Plus the total privacy was an amazing luxury. It was like staying in a 5 star hotel! They also have a very big garden, which is perfect for children (I just enjoyed the view from my little patio).

As for the lessons, they were tailored to suit my request and could be also be changed at my request at any time. We conversed, read, went through grammar and practiced comprehension. If I had an issue with one aspect of conversation, we would focus on that. Eliane was patient but also very adaptable. She made the lessons interactive and interesting. It was just what I needed to improve my confidence. Sometimes we would walk in the park and practice there, as would happen in real life if you were conversing with someone.

We also went on two excursions – one for clothes shopping and sightseeing in Compiegne, which was great fun, and one to a war memorial which was also great (though sad). We went shopping at the local market where I had to order the produce, normal supermarket shopping  and Eliane also kindly took me on a side trip to a local gin distillery (I love gin!). She is very knowledgeable on history and current politics/world issues as well as local specialties.

Eliane prepared a fabulous breakfast every morning and we conversed over breakfast. Lunch was delicious and filling – she is a great chef!

Roye itself is a very peaceful and pleasant town with plenty of interesting things to do in short driving distance – of course the battlefields and memorials are a must. There is a supermarket in walking distance and also a beautiful park. There is a Michelin star restaurant, as well as others.

All in all, I could not recommend Eliane’s  french immersion highly enough! I think she would be suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced and the area gives plenty of interesting topics to discuss.

Eliane, Benjamin and Okami, thank you for a wonderful stay!

Rose

I have managed to learn so much in a week with Éliane. I have always wanted to do a French immersion course but being a beginner and a very nervous person I was terrified. Éliane was already waiting for me with her lovely smile when I arrived at the station. This was so reassuring. Her partner Benjamin and their amazing dog Okami also met me with such friendliness that I was put at ease immediately.

Éliane is a fabulous teacher. She can explain things so well and was so patient with all my questions. I wish I could spend longer with her so that I could improve upon the solid foundation that she has given me. If I ever have the opportunity to come back for more lessons I will without hesitation.

The student bungalow is very private and peaceful. It has everything that you need and it is so cozy and comfortable it surpassed my expectations. The meals that Éliane prepared were brilliant. She asked what I liked at the start of the week and every meal was freshly prepared.

Whatever it is that you want to focus on…. the fascinating history of the area, amazing French cuisine, or learning the language it  can be found in Roye with this charming family. Éliane, Benjamin, and no one can forget Okami, are the perfect hosts and I would recommend them to everyone.

Frazer

My week with Eliane and her family (Okami and Benjamin) was  »Incroyable» !

Not only was Eliane a good teacher in French, but she was also a great cook, tour guide and concierge to show me the best places to go, when I needed.

I would highly recommend Eliane for a person who wants to learn French in a different way to what they’ve experienced before, I look forward to hearing from Eliane and the family in the near future!

Tessa and Richard

My husband and I booked an immersion course hoping to boost our small knowledge of French.

Eliane and her partner Benjamin were friendly and easygoing, the accommodation was comfortable and the excursions were interesting and informative.

The only thing that let us down was our own lack of French. Although Eliane was very patient, our lack of the language didn’t allow us to take full advantage of the immersion situation. Nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed our week in France and perhaps we’ll do it again one day.

Shirley

I really enjoyed my stay with Eliane and Benjamin. They were both very friendly and accommodating.

As a teacher Eliane is very supportive and patient. She picked up right away on my learning style. My goal is to be more conversational. As a beginner and shy person, she was quick to gently encourage me to speak and not be afraid to make mistakes. Even though I have a ways to go, I think Eliane has me going in the right direction.

I highly recommend Eliane as an immersion teacher. I was way out of my comfort zone, but she made me feel at home and at ease.

Thank you Eliane and Benjamin and Okami (the beautiful dog) for a great week.

Stephanie

Thank you so much Eliane and Benjamin !

You were wonderful hosts relaxed and giving. I really appreciated that. I enjoyed having my own place too. Merci !

Thank you for your delicious meals and it was so nice to share the meals we did.

I was very happy to meet Okami and be able to walk in the forest with him. Il est très gentil !

Thank you for driving me to Amiens and Naours. I never thought I would get to Naours – it was so interesting and I am fascinated with the history of this place. Just great ! Lovely driving Benjamin thank you.

Today we went to the market and I listened hard to the interchange between people and Eliane. I hope I can remember all your good advice.

I loved the lessons but they passed far too quickly. I learned so much !

Merci beaucoup !

Ils sont tous très gentils !

André & Christina

Merci beaucoup pour ce séjour agréable à Roye. Votre générosité et votre hospitalité ont dépassé toutes nos attentes.

The classes and the format was excellent. My vocabulary and my pronunciation was improved and it is exactly what I needed. Knowing that my pronunciation and my vocabulary was better than I started, has improved my confidence.

The length of the classes was just right, and the material we used has helped my ear. I can hear more French and I may not always understand what is said, I can look up the word later or even ask the person ‘s’il vous plaît qu’est-ce que vous avez dit ou le mot que vous venez de dire’ and repeat the word back to the speaker.

In spite of the weather the excursions were enjoyable. It was like putting a face the places you have read so much about. The whisky tasting was something new for me and I liked the enthusiasm of Etienne, our host.

My wife enjoyed her stay and Okami, your lovely gentle dog with the serious face, was a treat.

I would love to come-back to you and learn more. We love the region and the friendliness of the French people and all the people in the shops who helped me with my French.

L’année prochaine peut-être si mon temps le permet.

Tracy

I want to thank you for a wonderful week! You were a great host and a wonderful teacher.

This experience was exactly what I was looking for. I truly enjoyed spending time getting to know you and your family while improving my French! It was also great that you took the time to show me around your region so I could really experience the history and the culture. This was my first time to the North part of France and I loved it!

Staying in your studio was a comfortable and a relaxing place to stay.

I very much appreciate that you listened to my request; utilizing a more open-discussion style (as I am an Intermediate student) while also helping me with my weakness (oral comprehension) though fun exercises. I also appreciated our daily “walkabouts” to the market, butcher, etc.

The meals were great – you are an excellent cook.

Many thanks again and I hope to see you again soon!

Lesley

I cannot recommend Eliane highly enough. She really understood that I needed to understand the structure of the language in order to develop my speaking skills. Her way of teaching is the most logical and simple that I have experienced and things that had confused me in the past started to make sense. She is very good, patient teacher and a lovely person!

Her and Benjamin are incredibly kind and welcoming. I am seven months pregnant but Eliane was extremely thoughtful about what to cook and what trips would suit me. The food was delicious and her studio is very peaceful and comfortable.

I would recommend Eliane to all my friends and I wouldn’t hesitate to book with her again. I now feel confident about how to continue practicing french for myself and hope that when I meet her again she gets to see a big improvement. Also, Okami, their dog, is lovely!

Thank you Eliane and Benjamin!

Johnny

As the train pulled into Amiens, my mind wandered, and my nerves slightly rattled. I had no idea what to expect for the next few weeks. I was scared and excited all at once until Eliane greeted me at the town square just outside the station. Her warm welcome calmed my nerves, and a lovely conversation began to flow, I knew right away I was in good French hands.

Over the last two weeks, I felt like I became a part of her family. The most significant gift out of all of this experience is that I am walking away speaking and understanding French on a higher level.

Eliane curated lessons around topics of interest and that I can use for my occupation. Also, she was very patient, dedicated to my success and answered all my questions with a smile.

Her teaching style is engaging and fun which, makes the learning process exciting.

I can’t wait to book another experience with her and my new extended French family.

Oh, and please come with an appetite because, elle sait très bien cuisiner!

Steve

I could not be happier with my choice for the week I spent in northern France with Eliane and Benjamin. My interests are history and learning how to speak French. . So visiting northern France with all the history of World War I and World War II was a perfect pick for my French immersion experience.

Right from the start Eliane and Benjamin made me feel at home. I stayed in the apartment behind their house, which is very nice and private.

I have been studying French for almost a year using apps, watching French movies on Netflix, watching YouTube videos and Elaine brought it all together for me. I know she quickly assessed my skill level and developed lessons tailored to exactly what I needed. I am learning French a little later in life and Eliane is a very patient professor and has the perfect balance between correction and encouragement. By the end of the week the light started to turn on in my head and everything I’ve been trying to learn on my own started to come together.

After our morning lessons, based on suggestions from Eliane, I would tour the Somme battlefields on my own. I had many opportunities to speak what I had been learning, and sometimes it was sink or swim. But it was really fun trying to communicate with someone who did not speak English, and all the French people I came in contact with were very nice.

I also went on two excursions with Eliane. She is very knowledgeable about the history of northern France, which was a very pleasant surprise. In fact she could easily teach a history class on World War I. One afternoon we went to Eliane’s mothers house and had lunch with her mother and grandmother. This turned out to be one of my favorite moments, not only did I get a chance to speak more French, but the food was absolutely incredible. Eliane, her mother and grandmother are excellent “les cuisiniers”, in fact, I did not want to leave that table, like ever! Haha, it was “très bon”.

Overall I would easily rate the week “five stars”. My visit had everything I could have asked for and more, learning and speaking French, touring historical sites, eating fantastic food, staying in a large studio apartment and getting to know Eliane and Benjamin. They are not only great hosts that make you feel welcome and comfortable, they are also really nice people and fun to be around.
Thank you Eliane and Benjamin for a fantastic experience!

I miss you already!

Julia, Brian & Hart

Our recent stay with Eliane was the highlight of our time in France. She is such an accomplished hostess and energetic teacher!

The main objective for our week of immersion was to introduce our 11 year old son to French for his new school. Eliane provided instruction at a completely beginner level for him, but at the same time she was able to include my husband and I in a way that we also learned effectively. Our lessons were interesting and fun!

It was a pleasure to listen to her beautiful French language and be inspired by her enthusiasm.

The village of Roi is a Monet picture perfect setting in which we immersed ourselves in the culture of the countryside of France.

Thank you Eliane for sharing your love of the French language, culture and cuisine!

Dennis & Jan

Our French immersion home stay with Eliane and Benjamin was the highpoint of our trip to France this year!

Elaine was a wonderful cook, and our meals were a relaxing time to practice our language skills and an opportunity to learn some secrets of French cooking. We enjoyed going to the local Farmer’s market with Elaine, too. We learned more about her community and town as we shopped.

Eliane tailored our daily lessons to our level of knowledge, and I found my pronunciation improved with her help, too. It needed quite a bit of practice!

We were comfortable in the studio apartment behind their house, and we walked to the nearby park and explored the town in our afternoons and evenings. Benjamin drove us all to Amiens to see the cathedral and the canals with the floating gardens for our first afternoon excursion, and later in the week to Compiegne to visit the famous Chateau.

We would recommend this experience to anyone!

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