French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s Near Fontainebleau

With Fabienne - your French tutor & language buddy

€1800 Per Week

  • 10 hours of French Tuition with Fabienne ( 5 x 2h )
  • private fully equipped studio
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast +Lunch) with active French conversation+ 1 Dinner on your arrival
  • 3 excursions in my region (entry fees included)
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Not even an hour away south of Paris (70km exactly!)... and here you are! In a real heaven of beauty and Nature while very close to civilization! Come and practice your French with me, either formally, to prepare yourself to exams for example, or more casually ...(speaking while hiking!) I can assure you, you will be fully immersed in the language during your stay here -with me, in my home- while having lots of fun! You feel a bit stressed to make "the big jump"!? I can organise some lessons on Google meet so that you start brushing your French immediately and you are more at ease with the language before your arrival. You dream of having an immersion stay but for some reason you cannot travel or leave your house. I can come to you and introduce a "bit of France" into your home! (contact me for more info!)


Private Bathroom
Teaches Adults & Children
Free Parking

Sleeping Arrangements

1 queen bed

Types of Courses Offered: French conversation, Grammar and conjugation ...

Teacher Certifications: Licence d'Anglais Mention FLE (Université de Montpellier); PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Foreign Modern Languages (Canterbury, UK)

Meet Fabienne - your French tutor & language buddy In France

Hi, my name is Fabienne, I am a native French woman in her early fifties. I was born and raised near Marseilles, by the Mediterranean sea and studied in GB where I qualified as a Secondary School teacher in French (PGCE) in "Canterbury Christ Church College" 20 years ago.

I enjoyed teaching for several years in the South East of England but decided to marry a Frenchman after all (!) I then, came back to my home country where I taught French at the Alliance Française in Bordeaux. I also had the opportunity to teach English to children and teenagers while living near Bordeaux at the time.

Eight years ago, my husband and I thought we were too young to stay still in the same area forever and challenged ourselves by moving to a new part of France, starting from scratch again! what a challenge!

Thanks to Fabrice's new post, life brought us to beautiful Fontainebleau and we honestly haven't regretted it for a minute! What a great move it has been! We have met so many nice and interesting people and have learnt so much ever since... living so close to Nature being the first major difference in our daily lives!

Nathan (22), our son, now studies and lives in Paris while Elsa (15) goes to the "Lycée" here in Fontainebleau. Fabrice mainly works and lives in Paris during the week and comes back for long week-ends. He has the opportunity to travel all around the world for his job as a Veolia "hazardous waste expert".

We are a very down to earth and "ecolo" family and try our best to contribute to help the planet by daily little efforts! We have "a compost" and try to recycle waste as much as we can. As for food, for some years we have reduced our intake of meat even if we do please ourselves from time to time with a barbecue or a typical French meat recipe!

We love cooking and spending time over meals all together! We are very lucky to eat a lot of local and seasonal vegetables, (always organic!) as we belong to an AMAP in our village and will be pleased to explain to you this original and clever concept!


A Typical 1 week (6 nights) Immersion program includes but is not limited to:

Accommodation in a spacious studio, 10 Hours of Teaching, 3 excursions, Half Board.

  • Morning: continental breakfast can be shared or taken in your studio by yourself if    you prefer.
  • Lunch together (good opportunity to share recipes!)
  • Afternoon: 3 accompanied excursions according to your interests where we will SPEAK!
  • Dinner: you have access to a fully equipped kitchen in your studio, or try one of the many nice restaurants we have in the village!

Preferred arrival on Sunday afternoon/evening, departure on Saturday morning but I am flexible!

The price form Sunday to Saturday is 1800€ for 1 person.


Using local, seasonal and organic products, I will prepare meals according to your  tastes. I can cook vegetarian meals if you wish.


Because we have already 2 cats I prefer not to welcome any other pets.


We do not smoke and smoking is not allowed inside the house nor the studio. However you may smoke in the garden should you wish so.


  • from the center of Paris: you must leave from the Gare de Lyon (there are trains to Fontainebleau every half hour, it's very easy!), and I'll pick you up at the station.
  • from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can take a taxi to Gare de Lyon in Paris (for a fixed price of 53€) and then take a train to Fontainebleau.
  • of course you can rent a car from the airport if you wish and come directly (that should take about 1h30), but note that in my village you don't really need a car as everything is on hand and I can give you lifts to Fontainebleau if necessary.


Whatever your French level is, I always create my lessons according to your needs , mingling activities from different textbooks, French magazines, articles or radio programmes, constantly creating new authentic ressources  myself and tailored to your needs and interests.

I try to speak French with my pupils as much as possible during the day and activities together  but allow myself to use some English if necessary.

My pupils say I am very patient, caring and generous, but most important (!): I have a very neutral accent, which helps, of course, to be understood.

My aim is for you to be comfortable, enjoy yourself and gain confidence!

Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Bourron-Marlotte, Île-de-France

We live in a small village called Bourron-Marlotte (about 10km south of Fontainebleau)  which is famous for its artistic past , and also very close to Barbizon! ( another famous village for its "painters" from the 19th century).

Many parisians are attracted and come to our area to enjoy Nature, rambling or bouldering on the famous Fontainebleau rocks! We are so lucky to live next to this exceptional heritage!

Living in Bourron Marlotte is very practical as we have everything on hand: a little supermarket, a butcher, a baker, a chemist, a newsagent, a beautiful bookshop, many good restaurants, a free painting museum in our little Town Hall... so even if you don't have a car while staying with us, you can be quite independent.

We also live close to the old house of the most famous 19th century animal painter ROSA BONHEUR; her "Chateau de By" is in Thomery, less than 10km away from our house. A visit to her studio can be very easily organised.

Of course going to Fontainebleau is very easy, and all year long, we can have access and visit the chateau, and the gardens on our own or with a proper guide!

Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Bourron-Marlotte, Île-de-France

Our house is a small but very cosy wooden house with a huge mass stove, giving a very warm and hearty heat during autumn and winter. We also have a huge (but not heated!) swimming pool for the hot French summers.

Morning classes and lunches will take place in the kitchen or outside if the weather allows it, while you will be able to prepare your own dinner in your studio.

Directly next to our house, your 40 square metres private studio has a bedroom area, a fully equipped kitchen, a nice sitting area giving access to the garden and a modern bathroom with a practical "walk in" shower. Also, a desk and  bookcase will be at your disposition.

Contact Fabienne - your French tutor & language buddy

French Immersion in Bourron-Marlotte, Île-de-France

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Reviews (16)

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Kathryn (Hampstead Heath, London)

 I am full of delightful memories as I put pen to paper and write about my magical French immersion with Fabienne in the lovely village of Bourron-Marlotte.
I am an Englishwoman in my late 50’s with a lifetime working in Theatre Arts, so I can spot an incredible teacher a mile off, and this is what I found in Fabienne. She is a highly trained Pedaogue, no doubt, who is in love with the very action of teaching and the awakening it brings in others. 
I had been searching for a holiday where I would be absolutely certain to speak and develop my  French language skills, and be able to immerse myself in French culture, history and Arts and my experience was wonderful beyond anything I could have anticipated. 
I had not travelled for some years and was very, very nervous and I felt very supported by Fabienne through the journey, which was in fact very easy from my home in London to Fontainebleau, where her kind and thoughtful husband Fabrice collected me. 
The pretty and well equipped gite is very private…I could sit in my own little outside space, not overlooked, but yet very near the house, and so I felt totally safe. When I chose to walk alone, Fabienne kept a gentle check on me through Whats App. There is a lovely, friendly little supermarket ten minutes away with fresh local produce and specialities that stays open until 8pm, and a well stocked pharmacy. There is also an astonishingly  striking bookshop which could grace any Parisian street with proprieters who are helpful and very knowledgeable. 
My French is higher intermediate,  but as I studied alone a lot through lockdown and am deeply interested in C19 literature, I actually have a strange mix of advanced French, and a lack of simple colloquial expressions. Fabienne with great rapidity identified my faults whilst really encouraging my existing ability to understand and converse. 
On the first evening I had a delicious home cooked dinner with Fabrice, Fabienne and their  gracious sixteen year old daughter Elsa. We spoke entirely in French with Fabienne helping me in English where needed. All three speak very good English and so if you are a beginner or developing you can be confident you will feel very able to flow between the languages at your level. A really good translator can take a step back and make you feel you are talking directly to another person in French, and after five years in the UK, Fabienne was able to mould the whole conversation so that it felt like a fully French four person soirée. This was a fantastic start! I also have an adult son so we chatted about family too.
Each morning I had a delicious breakfast in the wonderful main house with Fabienne and we spoke French throughout. We realised that whilst I could discuss Victor Hugo & Zola, I had almost no idea of the names for the food and cutlery or the small manners of engaging “À la table”

This flowed into a formal two hour class. Fabienne kept notes of all the corrections made, and in the evening I was able to study and go over our conversations as well as choosing to do the optional exercises set. I felt very, very mentally stretched and reckon I have warded off dementia for several more years after just 5 days! 
After this I worked quietly alone whilst Fabienne made a gorgeous lunch with fresh, seasonal organic produce. She is a great cook and it sure was fun as a single woman to be served eleven perfect meals! I actually lost 2lbs (nearly a kilo) in 5 days whilst there, despite feeling very well fed indeed and worrying I had gained weight! During this I was working on written exercises at the kitchen table and so could ask for help if stuck!
After lunch I had asked to take brief siestas & then Fabienne drove me to various venues. We spoke French continuously and she was indefatiguable in correcting me in a warm and supportive way.
We visited the gorgeous Châteaux of Fontainebleau with its ravishing Renaissance ballroom and Halls, its elegant gardens and ponds, and the magical “source” seen in the picture said to be the reason for the placement of the Châteaux in the Medieval period. Napoleon lived in Fontainebleau with Josefine and there are many artefacts and rooms linking to this time. But my favourite room was created for Marie Antoinette just before the Revolution, with an inlaid Mother of Pearl desk and beautiful white gold panelling with images of Pompeii. As a keen amateur harpist myself, I loved the sculptures and images of harps and lyres throughout.
We went to the stunning Maison Cocteau, a must for me, and saw remarkable artefacts and images pertaining to André Gide, Picasso, Satie, Frédéric Chopin, Serge Diaghilev and of course to Jean Cocteau and his long term partner, film actor Jean Marais. The garden there is truly mystical with sculptures from Cocteau’s film Orphée and even its own castle…
We visited the house, studio and forest grounds of the remarkable C19 animal artist Rosa Bonheur which contains many of her paintings snd sculptures and was also presenting the large scale works of a modern day animal sculptor.
Finally Fabrice and Fabienne took me to an exhibition at the local Town Hall which houses some moving figurative paintings and local landscapes as well as sketches and faïence by artists drawn to the beauty of the area. A wonderful local historian described the history of some of the sketches I loved.
I have heard that on some immersions, any time above the precise hours outlined are charged as extra. Whilst I understand that the hosts are businesspeople, and this is to some extent to be expected, I feel impelled to say that both Fabienne and Fabrice were both immensely generous with their time and conversation. I was speaking with careful, non invasive help for eight hours a day. This was an embracing feeling and one I think you can only get with genuinely giving people. It is rare, and worthy of mention in a world where so many things come with a price tag, to meet the human gifts of service and deep interest in others.
Fabrice has a broad knowledge of French history and we had a lunch  the last day where he explored French attitudes and key figures around WWI & II that was incredibly fascinating. I have a whole list of films to watch! 
Another point which may matter to those studious enough to seek a solo French immersion is that I had beautiful quiet evenings with a library in my gite that included French books at all levels, childrens books, Art books and English books on France. There was a rustic, well-lit desk where I enjoyed studying. After such busy days it was great to enjoy the peaceful  serenity of the gite.
I came home feeling healthy, inspired and well-equipped with a knowledge of my strengths and some real information on how to develop and correct my weaknesses in French. I felt respected and cared for, never invaded. 
I absolutely and without question will return to study with Fabienne  and to see some of the many places I simply could not fit into my programme. 
This was a  wonderful opportunity for immersion into the magic of French language, food, culture and history, and to breathe the clean air and see the loveliness of a sweet little village, in delightful company. 

Nicole (Idaho)


Je me souviens du jour où j’ai trouvé sur internet la page qui expliquait le programme d’immersion en France. J’ai pensé que c’était une bonne idée. Je t’ai posé beaucoup de questions (et même si la plupart d’elles avaient déjà été écrites sur la page web, tu as quand même répondu à toutes !) j’ai eu un coup de pot de te trouver !   :  )

 Je ne te remercierai jamais assez !

Toi, Fabrice et Elsa sont gentils et chaleureux. Merci de votre temps et attention, de vos délicieux repas et pour m’enseigner. J’apprécie vraiment. Vous êtes une famille merveilleuse, intelligente et amicale. Vous m’avez permis d’avoir un aperçu de la vraie vie française. Cela a été pour moi l’expérience d’une vie !

Je n’ai littéralement pas réussi à trouver les bons mots au bon moment en français pour exprimer ma surprise et ma gratitude.

J’ai adoré le gite avec le lilas et le muguet frais, la nourriture dans le réfrigérateur, les visites du château, du village, du marché, de la librairie et du musée de Barbizon et merci pour m’avoir permis d’utiliser le vélo.

Merci de partager votre famille, vos repas, vos conversations et vos chats !


Victoria (Chicago)

Wow! What a great week! Thank you Fabienne!

I read all of the reviews of Fabienne when I was searching for a region in France to discover. They are all informative and present an accurate description of what you will experience.  

Fabienne has a very warm and generous demeanor and really made me feel like I was on vacation during my French immersion week. We started each day with conversation and breakfast and then went into the grammar lessons which focused exactly on the parts of grammar where I felt that I needed work. She provided me with exercises from several different levels of French which was very helpful.

In the afternoons, we did excursions around the little villages that surround the forest of Fontainebleau. We explored the village of Barbizon, walked in the forest where the great painters worked on their craft, and visited the house of Rosa Bonheur in Thomery.

If you are wondering about the guest house, it has everything you need. Comfortable bed, a full kitchen, and a fantastic shower!

My week with Fabienne was perfect; full of conversation, grammar exercises, and wonderful cultural excursions in the region. I highly recommend anyone who wants to have this kind of experience to trust Fabienne to give them a wonderful week!  

Katrina (San Francisco)

Bonjour! I stayed with Fabienne for a one-week immersion experience and had an amazing time. I am a beginner, but Fabienne and her family spoke to me primarily in French and my French improved exponentially. We spent the mornings chatting over breakfast, then lessons, then lunch with more conversational French, and lastly afternoon excursions.

Fabienne is an excellent teacher and incorporated multi-media, games, and exercises. Her husband and daughter are lovely and joined us for several meals. Bourron-Marlotte is very accessible from Paris and has beautiful running/hiking trails, several excellent restaurants, and shopkeepers who let you practice your French :)

Overall, I had a wonderful experience and would recommend to anyone.


Susan (Vancouver Island)

Last November I stayed for 2 weeks at Fabienne’s and highly recommend her “immersion program”. Would I do it again… in a heartbeat !

I started studying French just 2 years ago at 65. One of my more than many problems with French is I can speak better than I can comprehend. Fabienne and family were so helpful with this !

I come from a small town on the west cost of Canada and had never been to continental Europe. But Fabienne’s directions were clear and simple and made it all quite manageable.

The whole experience was delightful. Fabienne is a gifted teacher. It is helpful to know what you would like to work on. I was there for 2 weeks and the time still, flew by.  Fabienne was able to pinpoint my weaknesses and, with grace, diplomacy and laughter helped me correct them.  She also introduced me to Bourron-Marlotte, which in itself is amazing. The grocery store, the bakery and the pharmacy are about 10 min away. The village is very pretty.

Fabienne is a great cook. She introduced me to some amazing French dishes. If Elsa and/or Fabrice were home they would join us for the meal. It was such a treat !

The studio was charming, comfortable and welcoming. Having the kitchen with the Nespresso machine was an added bonus. The guest suite is well appointed with Art and French books. I have had the opportunity to read the other posted reviews on Fabienne and so, as not to be redundant, I will say I agree wholheartedly with them.

Thanks again for a great « séjour » !

Camela (Portland)

This September and October, I spent six weeks in France at three different teachers’ homes.  The final week I spent at Fabienne’s. My goal was to increase my comfort speaking French, as well as learning about contemporary French culture.  
Fabienne’s technique was gentle and casual; we had many conversations about the ways the French are reducing their footprint on the planet, an especial interest of mine.  I was particularly interested in the foodshare program she participates in, as well as all the big and little things that the French do to reduce waste and energy use.  I appreciated Fabienne’s willingness to share  whatever I wanted to know.  As we talked, she wrote down notes for me to take home so that I can continue to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar I learned in the process.
I was feeling a bit restless, as well as wanting to learn more history, and appreciated Fabienne’s willingness to adapt plans to do more outings.  We had a relaxed walk in the woods, a phenomenal walk through Chateau de Fontainebleau, and trips to two museums, one about pre-history in Nemours (the musée d’Ile de France), and one about the first world war (in Meaux).  I learned a great deal in such a relaxed way!
I can’t speak highly enough of this way of working on your French!  Sitting and savoring organic food while discussing in French whatever comes to mind, walking through a stunning village (one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”) and just soaking it all in–what could be better?  If you’re on the fence–just jump!  I think you’ll be glad you did.     Merci Fabienne!

Siobhan (UK)

I highly recommend Fabienne as a teacher, a cook, a host, a conversation partner and a walking guide !

It really is a holiday where you can speak, listen and learn French in relaxed surroundings.

The studio is very comfortable and private.

Fabienne listens carefully to what you want to achieve and adapts accordingly.  I recommend having a clear and specific goal, as the week passes very quickly !

In my case, for example, Fabienne helped me identify areas where my pronunciation was making it difficult to understand me. When I practised doing it correctly my lips started to hurt from the unaccustomed effort involved !

I’m advanced intermediate level. By the end of the week I was starting to think in French rather than translating, which made it much more natural and less tiring.

Fabienne was extremely generous with her time and conversation. We enjoyed walks in the huge Fontainebleau woods and by local rivers.

I had been wanting to do this for years and I’m delighted by how it worked out.


Emma (Wolverhampton UK)

Ma semaine chez Fabienne à Fontainebleau.

J’ai toujours voulu faire une immersion en France, mais avec les engagements familiaux et travail, c’etait difficile de le faire.
Pendant ‘lockdown’ J’ai lu les articles sur French Today et J’ai trouvé les informations d’immersion.
L’immersion à Fontainebleau m’a intéressé parce que c’est seulement 40 minutes de Paris!
Je suis très heureuse que J’ai choisi l’immersion avec Fabienne, son mari, Fabrice et leur fille, Elsa dans le petit village de Bourron-Marlotte.
Je suis restée dans un joli gîte à coté de la maison. Fabienne et moi avons pris le petit déjeuner ensemble dans sa cuisine et puis nous avons commencé les études.
Fabienne, Fabrice et Elsa sont vraiment sympas! Ils sont très accueillants et pendant le dejeuner nous avons eu des conversations trés intéressants (en français, bien sûr!)
L’après-midi, Fabienne et moi ont visité quelques musées de l’art et de la poésie et tout le temps nous avons parlé en Français.Ma visite préférée était le Château de Fontainebleau – c’est formidable!
Les soirs, J’ai acheté de la nourriture pour moi et Je me suis détendue toute seule – un bon moment pour réfléchir à la journée et téléphoner à la maison.
Je voudrais dire ‘merci’ mille fois à Fabienne parce qu’elle m’a donné beaucoup plus de confiance en moi avec mon français.

I would highly recommend an immersion stay with Fabienne – fabulous French, delicious meals, beautiful area and wonderful company!

Lisa (Philadelphia)

Set in the countryside west of Fontainebleau is the lovely village of Bourron-Marlotte where I joyfully experienced a week in the french language/excursion immersion with Fabiennne and Fabrice, and daughter Elsa.  Fabrice was on holiday from his temporary post in Saudi Arabia, so was able to assist Fabienne with many of the excursions.  I had the opportunity  to have individual time with both and create great friendships. Being an artist, both cultural and natural setting excursions were equally welcomed.

 Mornings began with breakfast and casual conversation with Fabienne. An opportunity to know each other well:)  Then began a two hour french lesson which ended around noon and Fabienne would cook lunch while I did my homework.  We then all three of us (Elsa was at school), sat outside under the lovely sky and vegetation and had a beautiful lunch, each day, french style, and with Rosé vin conversations were plentiful!

 Afternoons were spent on an interesting nearby excursion. Monday I was on my own after my early afternoon arrival. Tuesday Fabrice and I visited the charming house of writer Mallarmé and afterward took a promenade down a street next to the Seine observing “Les Affolantes” –  the beautiful prestigious homes overlooking the Seine.  Wednesday was on my own at the Fontainebleau Palace.  Thursday Fabrice and I toured the quaint Barbizon and the artist Millet musée and studio.. Friday Fabienne and Fabrice took us to a lovely Lebanese restaurant for Lunch in Fontainbleau and after that we journeyed to the amazing house of Jean Cocteau. Saturday instead of lunch together we went to a fun evening picnic on an organic farm with livestock and a great jazz band.  So that afternoon I had the opportunity to use the pool once more:)  

 Evenings were on my own and I had the opportunity to swim in F and F’s pool and/or  bicycle into town and explore, sometimes discovering a band playing at a local restaurant, or simply hang out in the lovely, well appointed gîte.

 Time flew and I enjoyed every second of this marvelous experience. Fabienne is a fantastic teacher and cook!  Fabrice is a wonderful story-teller! The excursions were fabulous!!






Michael (San Diego)

When I retired two years ago, I started learning French and re-learning German using a variety of internet resources. My goals mainly center around travel and understanding more about European history and culture. I made good progress with French for about a year and a half or so, but then hit a wall. Certain basics were just not making sense to me (for example, placement of pronouns, passé composé), and although I found good resources to explain each bit I struggled with, the language never felt coherent.

Fabienne was great at sequencing my next steps. She was excellent at explaining the grammar structures and finding exercises for me to practice. By the end of the week, certain ideas that had been a muddle of French in my head started to “sound” right. I know I’ll need to practice more, but previously I felt I was just spinning my wheels. Now I see a path forward. French feels more coherent than it did!

The actual stay was wonderful. I had an incredible week with Fabienne and her family. They are all so nice. The apartment I stayed in is self contained and very comfortable for one or two. The village they live in is small and quiet. The grocery store, pharmacy, a few restaurants are about 10-15 minute walk from their home, so it’s easy to get any basics you might need.

The surrounding area is stunning. I understand why French royalty chose Fontainebleau for a château, and why the Barbizon painters (precursors to Impressionists) flocked to the beautiful forests. It was an incredible week, and I wish I could have stayed longer.

Ron (Atlanta)

Fabienne, and her family, were great. Before spending time with her I knew little to no French and she really helped me get a good start. Additionally, the afternoon outings were very interesting (Stéphane Mallarmé’s museum, Barbizon, the Prehistoric museum of Ile de France, the city of Provins…) and some involved longer walks so I benefited from the exercise. The meals and accommodations were wonderful. The separate gîte had a lot of light, was roomy, had a full kitchen, an update bath and was very comfortable. The setting was very quiet with outdoor tables and we ate outdoors several times. the village of Bourron-Marlotte itself was very nice and there was the most wonderful gastronomic restaurant “Les Prémices” within walking distance of Fabienne’s home. The setting, the service, the food and chef were amazing.     All in all a wonderful experience!

Mike (Washington)

 What a wonderful week of study of French I had , excellent cuisine, and super comfortable lodging. Looking for a week of language immersion with excellent instruction and access to sites near Fontainebleau?  This was super. 

 Fabienne has years of experience,  and the instruction geared around meals and two hours of teaching. It was excellent.  The lessons were tailored to my level, engaging, and fun. Meal periods were excellent:  super French cuisine (the host  can  adjust variably to dietary preferences )  and the conversation geared to practice conversation in French.  Fabienne was an excellent ambassador to my stay, the language, and French culture.  Fontainebleau is an interesting region and a short train ride to all the culture and events in Paris. Super location. The guest house so comfortable, with kitchen, sitting room, and patio.  I can highly recommend this program.

Harriett (New Jersey)

 Where do I begin? An immersion week, where I could speak and improve my French, had always been a dream of mine. However, for many reasons (including work, fear, Covid) I kept putting it off. Finally, I made the best decision and spent an unforgettable week in Bourron-Marlotte with Fabienne.

 Fabienne is a true teacher in every sense of the word. She is patient, she listens, she explains, and she encourages. She genuinely loves the French language and loves to teach. I formally studied French decades ago but never really felt comfortable having conversations with native French speakers. My week with Fabienne changed everything. I spent a week in Paris and Normandy after my immersion week. During that week I spoke French to everyone! Including a long-time French friend who said my progression in speaking French was truly “incroyable” It was the first time in over 40 years of friendship that we were able to have full conversations in French.

 Fabienne has both a structured and unstructured method to her teaching. We started the day with breakfast in her kitchen. Mornings involved conversations and some work in French.  Afternoons were different adventures each day, which included hikes in the beautiful surrounding forests, visits to Fountainebleau, Barbizon, local markets and the home of the French artist, Rosa Bonheur. Fabienne and I were able to discuss history, art, current events and life in general (all in French!). When I made mistakes, she corrected me and explained why. 

 The living accommodations were excellent. Having my own lovely little studio apartment which was attached to her home could not have worked out better. Also, Fabienne is an amazing cook who uses organic ingredients to create absolutely delicious meals. And she adapted everything to suit my dairy allergy.

 Meeting and spending some time with her lovely daughter, Elsa, was the icing on the cake. I truly could not have imagined anything better.

 Fabienne is a caring and kind person and I enjoyed every moment I spent with her. I have so many wonderful memories and truly treasure the time I spent with her.


Felicity (Miami/Singapour)


I highly recommend an immersion stay with Fabienne. Everything on her web page is accurate.

She is a kind, generous and effective teacher. She will definitely help you to improve your French, even during that one week stay.

I had been stuck at beginner’s French for several years. Although I know the words and phrases, I was intimidated to speak en français; and when I did, it was unintelligible to the French. After spending one week immersing in the French language with Fabienne, I am glad to say that when I returned to Paris for a week, I was able to order all my meals in French and, even to ask for directions from complete strangers and still be understood. Hooray!

The added bonus – Fabienne prepares tasty and healthy meals and, she plans daily excursions so everyday is a new discovery. It was a truly enjoyable and memorable experience pour moi.

Thanks again Fabienne!


Jeff (California)

En octobre dernier, j’ ai eu une semaine « French Immersion Homestay » à côté de Fontainebleau.  L’expérience était super. 

 La Prof, Fabienne, locutrice native de français, est excellent.  En enseignant les langues pour plus de vingt ans, elle a bien adapté les leçons selon mes besoins et mes buts.    Les conversations pendant les repas étaient absolument plaisant. 

Une vraie expérience d’immersion.  La cuisine française était délicieuse. 

La région autour de Fontainebleau est intéressant avec beaucoup de sites de l’histoire culturelle, et d’espaces de  nature.

Paris est très accessible par train.    

With Fabienne the lessons were very focused, engaging, and relaxed. Simply put, a nice learning environment.

 Regarding the accommodations, the studio was very comfortable with a full kitchen, living room area and patio: very relaxing and private.  I can fully recommend this immersion program; the location, the teaching and the accommodations are wonderful.



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