French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s Near Fontainebleau

With Fabienne - your French tutor & language buddy

€1500 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
  • 3 excursions in my region
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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!


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)

Extra Activities/Options: a "DAY OUT IN PARIS" with me. (according to your interests, I can organize a full day in Paris comprising : a specific exhibition/ lunch in a great Parisian Brasserie / a stroll in a particular area you would like to discover). Please contact me for more info.

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 but 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.

Six 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 (21), our son, now studies and lives in Paris while Elsa (14) goes to secondary school here in Fontainebleau. Fabrice mainly works in Saoudie Arabia at the moment but fortunately, is able to come back home very regularly  to be with us.

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, departure on Saturday morning but I am flexible!

The price form Sunday to Saturday is 1500€ for 1 person.

(Please note that entry fees, if any, and the "Paris Option" are not included)


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 (4)

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Harriett (from 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 2022, 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.



Evelyn (Hong-Kong)


“J’ai passé une semaine incroyable avec Fabienne et sa jolie fille, Elsa.   Elle était la professeure, l’hôtesse et l’amie tout à la fois.  Comme elle est vraiment passionnante sur l’art, et l’histoire, j’ai tellement appris d’elle. Nos conversations et nos sorties sont toujours intéressantes.

 Fontainebleau est une ville magnifique, en particulier, à Bourron- Marlotte qui a une riche culture, des belles maisons plein d’histoires car pendant l’époque vivaient des célèbres écrivains et des peintres. Je me sentais chanceuse de visiter cette belle région qui m’a totalement enthousiasmée.

 Il y a plus de trésors à découvrir encore et j’ai hâte de revenir au plus vite – d’apprendre, de parler et surtout passer du temps ensemble avec Fabienne. 

 Merci Fabienne et Elsa pour les bons souvenirs. “




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