Countryside French Immersion Homestay in Northern Brittany, France
from 1350 € Per Week
- 15 hours of private French lessons with me
- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a study room
- 2 per day (B+L) with active French conversation
- 2 local excursions with me
- 1 to 4 guests traveling together
2 single bed
2 single bed
Types of Courses Offered: I offer French lessons for beginner to upper intermediate level, specialising in conversation, listening, and improving students' confidence.
Teacher Certifications: I've been teaching French for 40 years. I speak English, French, Spanish, German and a little Italian
Meet Suzanne - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Bonjour, my name is Suzanne – welcome to my home! My husband Peter and I live in the countryside, just outside Jugon les Lacs, a ‘petite cité de caractère’ – a town with a colourful history going back to medieval times. The other permanent resident is our affectionate 4-legged friend ‘Monsieur X’ – our outdoor cat. As we used to run a Bed and Breakfast we have two guest rooms with private bathrooms, so we can accommodate a family traveling together. I can give formal French lessons to one or more people, as the others enjoy the region (or relax in our garden!). You are also welcome to come just by yourself (in this case you’ll be my only student), or with your spouse or a friend. I teach all levels of French up to Upper Intermediate, and all ages from 8 upwards. Peter and I are active in local village life (choir, Breton dancing, library, running bilingual quizzes in the local bar …), and may be able to involve you in those activities. The local community is very friendly, and you will be able to practice your French in the village.
My Teaching Philosophy
As a teacher, my aim is to increase students' confidence so that they can go off and talk French to other people. Being a native English speaker myself, I understand perfectly well the courage it can take to speak French in public. I prefer to do all my teaching in French, with a large selection of materials and activities to draw upon, but can explain tricky points quickly and simply in English if needed. I also speak Spanish, German and Italian.
Typical French Immersion Program
A typical 1 week (6 nights) French immersion homestay with us includes but is not limited to:
- 15 hours tuition – usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days.
- As much (or as little) homework as you want: listening activities, preparation for conversation/discussion, structured reading…
- Accommodation in your own 'en suite' bedroom, with study room (we have a second bedroom available).
- 2 meals a day: breakfast with me; a copious lunch with me and Peter.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Dinan, a walk along the coastal path, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, preparing a French speciality dish with me – according to calendar and your interests.
- Inclusion in my weekly local ‘duties’ may also be possible (eg. Breton dance practice, officiating at the local library)
- If needed, the loan of a laptop for homework listening activities.
- Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday.
The Price With These Options Is 1350 Euros For One Person.
For one additional guest, the price per week is:
- Euros 200 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 700 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.
We can host up to four guests traveling together.
There are other options with more tuition /no excursions… I am flexible, and can adapt to special requests.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in La Croix Julot, Bretagne
The Côtes d'Armor Region in Brittany, France
Not far from us you’ll find the town of Dinan, the spectacular Emerald Coast with the cliffs of Cap Fréhel and at Fort la Latte... or glorious sandy beaches. You can visit a farm museum 'la ferme d’Antan', the medieval 'château de la Hunaudaye', or take forest, country or lakeside walks - with me, or in your own time.
You can rent a bike, electric if you wish, and explore the local area.
If you have a car with you when you come, you can get to St Malo, le Mont St Michel, Moncontour, Vitré, Fougères, Josselin... Find somewhere to stay for a few extra days in Brittany, and visit Paimpol, La Roche Jagu, the island of Bréhat, la Côte de Granit Rose, and plenty more! Ask us for ideas!
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in La Croix Julot, Bretagne
Our House in Brittany, France
Our home is a typical Breton farm which we renovated when we arrived in Brittany. I have a spacious dedicated classroom for lessons. You have a study room, and there is also a cosy sitting room where you can relax. The open kitchen is next to the typically Breton dining room. And of course there is our big garden. The garden is a great place to relax, and we often eat outside.
Your Accommodation in our house
We have two guest bedrooms in our house each with a private shower room. Your bedroom is of moderate size, and is cosy and comfortable. There is a hot drinks corner, and you have your own shower room with sink and wc. Wi-fi is free. Next door to your bedroom, you have a bright study room with a table, chair, armchair, a library of French books of different levels and views over the countryside – the perfect place to study!
Contact Suzanne - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in La Croix Julot, Bretagne
NOTE: All immersion teachers/hosts are completely independent of French Today. All communication, transactions and contracts will be exclusively done between you and the immersion teacher/host.
Es war eine wunderbare Zeit in Croix Julot.
Wir haben viel gelernt über „ 3 verbes irréguliers très très (très!!!) importants“, Mrs. van der Tramp et Les Mots utiles; uns hat der Kopf geraucht, aber wir haben zusammen mit Suzanne auch viel gelacht; wir wissen jetzt über die frelon asiatique Bescheid und wie man sie in die Falle lockt; wir wurden von Peter fantastisch bekocht (3 kochmützen)
Aber vor allen Dingen: wir haben zwei wundervolle Menschen kennengelernt! Danke an Suzanne und Peter für die unvergessliche Zeit. Heike und Axel
We visited for the second time this week. There is no doubt that our French has improved with Suzanne’s structured teaching. We love it. But apart from that we have had a great time, interesting visits and superb food. We are looking forward to, and can’t wait until our next visit next year when I’m sure that we will have a great time again.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and ensuring that we had a great time. À la prochaine.
C’était ma deuxième visite à La croix Julot -et elle était même mieux que la première, l’année dernière. Quand je suis arrivée pour deux semaines, en avril, j’ai trouvé Suzanne portant une grande attelle à la jambe et utilisant une, quelquefois deux, béquilles. Elle était tombée et s’était blessée au genou. Malgré cela et plusieurs jours de mauvais temps, elle a fait de cette visite un succès pour moi. J’ai progressé dans mes études, avec beaucoup de nouveaux verbes et vocabulaire, et j’ai plus d’exercices à faire chez moi. C’était amusant de participer au quiz en personne et de parler un peu avec des amis de Suzanne. J’espère (je prie !) continuer mes études avec Suzanne sur zoom. (Malheureusement, elle a déjà rempli toutes les places immersion pour 2024 ;-( ) ces étudiants-là ont beaucoup de chance.
Suzanne est un professeur brillant qui sait bien adapter au niveau de chaque élève. Et comme toujours, la cuisine de qualité Michelin de Peter (comme ses narrations pendant les repas) et formidable. Merci Suzanne et Peter pour tout !
Quand j’ai commencé avec Suzanne, je pouvais commander une bière, mais c’était à peu près tout. Après être resté avec Peter et Suzanne un certain nombre de fois et avoir étudié à la maison, mon français a progressé incommensurablement. De plus, la cuisine de Peter était de premier ordre et j’attendais avec impatience tous les repas. C’est tellement dommage qu’ils vont terminer leur programme, ils manqueront à beaucoup de gens.
Grâce à Suzanne et Peter, toutes mes inquiétudes, mes peurs et mes paniques sont passées sous vos soins. C’était ma deuxième visite et c’était la meilleure ! Merci pour tout.
A wonderful week. good food and good teaching – nay excellent! it is a testament to both Suzanne and Peter that I’ve felt confident to try my French, albeit not good! Thank you both.
Suzanne & Peter – mille mercis pour votre gentillesse, patience, convivialité et enthousiasme.
I was very apprehensive before my first ever immersion course. I was put immediately at ease in your comfortable, welcoming home.
The teaching went beyond my expectations. I’m leaving with so much more confidence and, even more importantly, so much more enthusiasm and curiosity to learn more.
The amazing cooking and conversations with Peter, the excursions and obvious love of Brittany and its history were so much more than the icing on the cake
Thank you both so much, et j’espère, à bientôt, Roch
Wow! My 6th time now! I love coming here, the learning, the food, the ambience, not to mention the scenery, weather and comfort!
Over the past eight months my French has improved immeasurably, albeit from a very low starting point. Suzanne’s patience is beyond belief and I always feel guilty about requesting extra weeks as I’m sure she enjoys teaching people of a higher level!
To sum up, Suzanne’s teaching and Peter’s food are a wonderful combination and I look forward to my next week over here. thank you both so much.
Suzanne and Peter, thank you so much for your hospitality! I have had a fantastic time in your lovely home.
You have both made me feel so welcome. the food has been fabulous, as a vegetarian I have really appreciated the effort Peter has put into making me such lovely meals.
As for you Suzanne, I can’t thank you enough for your patience, and understanding when I have got things wrong. Your method of teaching was just right for me. I have learned so much.
I can’t wait to come again!!! best wishes, Pauline
I agree with everything that Pauline has said above, but what is more, it was fun! All I have to do now is repeat, repeat, repeat!!! I’m very much looking forward to the next time. Mais d’ici là, meilleurs voeux, Jan
Oh là là là là !! Thank you Suzanne and Peter. We have attended other French learning intensive courses and yours is by far the best!! World class!!
Suzanne, your patience and expertise in teaching was beyond all expectations! Your hospitality, welcome and the very comfortable accommodation made our stay very memorable. And Peter’s meals, including the raclette, were exceptional.
And Peter, thank you for going to a lot of trouble to locate my laptop in the ‘La Poste’ system.
Finally, the excursions you took us on Suzanne, were so interesting, especially La Ferme d’Antan, learning about rural life 100 years ago in Bretagne. We are inspired to continue to improve our French when we get home to Australia. Meilleurs voeux, Colin and Ian
Arthritis in my hand prevents me from filling up the rest of this book! Despite multiple problems arising from COVID, I have had the most wonderful adventure despite not being able to stay at La Croix Julot this week.
Both of you have bent over backwards to prevent me from being disappointed a second time. My first stay in April 2020 was cancelled. I should have cancelled this one too when Suzanne told me she had just recovered from COVID. I very selfishly said I was coming from the states (Michigan) no matter what!!
After my arrival in Paris, Peter tested positive but both of you sprang into action and got me an apartment in Jugon.
Suzanne drove back and forth every day for my lessons and wore a mask all the time – she deserves a gold medal just for that! She also brought wonderful vegetables and grapes from their garden, together with soup and a beefstew (previously prepared by Peter pre-COVID, then frozen!) And some wonderful cod that Suzanne and I prepared from Peter’s recipe.
As I knew from two years of zoom lessons, Suzanne is a world class teacher and so patient and understanding of my 75-year-old brain!
Peter, I regret not meeting, tasting your cooking more, and hearing you play. If my old body allows, I’ll definitely be back ASAP. Merci mille fois, Fiona (an expatriate Scot)
A superb week!
We have both learned so much; French language, local history, and piano!
Suzanne’s enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. There has clearly been a vast amount of advance preparation with extensive resources at hand and clear, concise explanations for every question.
Peter is a wizard in the kitchen as well as a chief raconteur!
We enjoyed a succession of delightful dishes, all freshly prepared from the vegetable garden or locally sourced.
Jugon and the surrounding area provide the perfect backdrop for all of the above.
Une bonne semaine ! Merci à Suzanne et Peter – Top prof, top chef, top hosts!
The language course was ideal – for the first time, I feel like I’ve used to the maximum the French that I already knew (learned inefficiently on and off over the years) and learned so much more besides.
C’est peut-être un peu intense de temps en temps, et pour moi c’était nécessaire de faire des pauses (mercredi après-midi j’ai eu une bonne sieste de 3 heures) mais… It is worth it.
C’est la première fois que j’ai fait un stage d’immersion, mais ce ne sera pas la dernière. Je peux le recommander. Et aussi… Jugon-les-Lacs est un très joli village. Merci encore.
This has truly been a wonderful week! Thanks so much to both Suzanne and Peter for making us feel at home.
My lessons were absolutely perfect, Suzanne’s ability to assess on the fly and tailor the lessons to what I needed was fantastic! I certainly still have ‘beaucoup’ to learn, but I have a much clearer path forward for that learning than I had previously.
Peter’s food and company was also terrific!
Thanks so much to both of them, and we hope to come back and see them again.
Jackie Kennedy Soham UK
I visited with my wife Jacki. I did not come to learn French but I have enjoyed the visit immensely, Suzanne has taught me more French than I have learned anywhere else, despite my days being spent elsewhere.
Peter has cooked some truly wonderful meals, which have made the visit exceptional.
I have enjoyed every minute. Thanks. Phil Midgley
I dreamed of trying a French language immersion program for a half-century, and I finally decided on the eve of my 70th (!) birthday to give it a go! I am so glad I did – and so glad I chose Suzanne as my teacher. Her instruction was practical and easy to follow, even though decades had passed since my college French classes (which, malheureusement, were taught en anglais)! Suzanne was patient with my (often confusing and halting) queries and consistently encouraging, whether I did an exercise correctly or struggled. I wish I had dared to challenge myself in this way LONG ago, but I doubt I would have had an experience as rich or memorable as this. Let me also give a round of applause to the chef: every one of Peter’s meals was a treat. I also enjoyed the gardens – such a peaceful place to reflect and enjoy the sound of birdsong and a glass of wine. I leave La Croix Julot filled with joy, memories of wisteria perfume wafting on the breeze and dreams of a repeat visit. Merci, Suzanne and Peter pour tout. Carole