French Immersion Homestay At Teachers' In Picardie, France + Pool
€1400 Per Week
- 15 hours of French lessons with me
- Private bungalow or my entire house (3 bedrooms)
- 2 per day (B + L) with active French conversations
- 2 excursions with active French practice
- 1 to 5 guests traveling together
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 single bed
Types of Courses Offered: Conversation, professional French, exam preparations
Teacher Certifications: DAEFLE degree in teaching French as second language
Meet Chantal - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Bonjour, my name is Chantal. Welcome to my home!
I am a native French woman – actually, I was born in this house – but I’ve lived for many years in the Netherlands where I taught at the Alliance française (I have a DAEFLE degree in teaching French as second language) and at the “Volks University” (University for mature students).
Stephane and I will be pleased to welcome you. We are very easy going, we will make sure you feel at ease in our company.
We have two dogs: Grignote, a lovely cocker spaniel and “Loustic”, a little devil yorkie.
Living here in Mouy (pronounce it “moo-eeh”) is just perfect for us. It’s a very quiet and peaceful town and we are only a few meters from the town center where you can find everything you need: bakeries, supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants… Out train stop is 40 minutes away from Paris.
I really love what I do, I do not consider it like a job but more as a pleasure: that’s why I will include you in my every day life, and take you wherever I go if you like.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay With Chantal
Getting To My House
My house is at a five-minute walk from the train station which goes to Paris in less than 40 minutes.
With plenty of public transportation, restaurants and shops in Mouy, you don’t need to rent a car, although I suggest you do if you want to be more independent and visit all this beautiful region has to offer.
There is Wifi throughout the house and students’ bungalow.
I don’t smoke and smoking is not allowed inside the house. You may smoke in the garden should you wish to.
I will be happy to share my family recipes with you, or adapt to any special diet you may have except for vegan which is far too complicated for me. You are welcome to join me in the kitchen (a good way to practice your French).
Because we already have 2 dogs, I prefer not to welcome any other pets.
The pool is open, there is no fence around it. Please understand that if you do come with children, it will be your responsibility to watch them carefully.
Typical One Week Program
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but Is not limited to:
- 3h x 5 days of private lessons – but that is only the formal part of the instruction. I spend as much time as possible with my students, and really share my everyday life with you, so you’ll get a lot of French practice.
- Your own bungalow located next to our house : a spacious room and a nice bathroom, small kitchen.
- Full access to our yard and swimming pool
- Breakfast and lunch with me (unless you’d like to be more independent, it’s up to you). It’s a large “French style” lunch with plenty to eat.
- You’ll have dinner on your own: you can dig in the left-overs: there is always plenty of food at my house and there are also restaurants in Mouy within walking distance from our house.
- 2 afternoons a week of cultural/touristic tours with me to discover the region, or activities such as cooking lessons, walk with the dogs (or other sport activities with my companion and I), movie theater with me… customizable according to your own interests.
- Pickup and Drop off to CDG airport with an extra fee (80€).
- Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
For This Program, The Fee For One Person Is 1400 Euros
Additional Immersion Guest
For one additional guest in the bungalow, the price per week is:
- Euros 250 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 750 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.
Please do keep in mind that my program is very flexible: I can organise French lessons for everybody or just for one person, take you on less or more excursions, adapt to a shorter or longer stay… Contact me and we’ll discuss options to make the best of your stay with me.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Mouy, Hauts-de-France
I live in a small town called Mouy, with many shops and restaurants nearby.
My house is five minutes walk from the train station which goes to Paris in less than 40 minutes.
My house is very close to the gorgeous Chantilly and Pierrefond castles and parks, the towns of Beauvais, Senlis, Compiègne… even Versailles or Giverny with painter’s Monet’s house and garden are possible to visit on a one day program (lesson will be in the car)!
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Mouy, Hauts-de-France
Two Houses: Your Choice!
Two Houses: Your Choice!
I live in a gorgeous family residence in Picardie near Paris. There are actually three adjacent houses!
- My house which you may rent (2 bedrooms, one bathroom and possible 3rd bedroom with single bed).
- The student bungalow by our private pool (one large room, one bathroom).
- My Mum’s house, where she lives.
We also enjoy a comfortable and private garden with a very large pool.
My immersion students often stay in the bungalow however if you come with your family or friends, you could also rent my whole house and I would move into the bungalow.
The Immersion Students' Bungalow By The Pool
The students’ bungalow has a large room a private bathroom, and a small kitchen. It’s very private, full of light, comfortable and spacious: I’m sure you’ll love it!
There is a king size bed, two comfy leather chairs, a TV and wifi. In the bathroom, there is a large shower, a sink and a toilet.
The kitchen area is small but functional – anyway, I do most of the cooking in the big house! But it’s nice for students to have a small kitchen for snacks and coffee (there’s a Nespresso machine).
Rent My House
My house has 2 bedrooms (with the possibility of a 3rd one for one person), one open kitchen and dining room area, a living room and one large bathroom. Please contact me for more info and pricing.
As you understand, there is plenty of space: between my house, the students’ bungalow, the pool and the garden, we can all hang out and enjoy the privacy of our own house at the same time.
Contact Chantal - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in Mouy, Hauts-de-France
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My week of immersion with Chantal was magnifique, as always!
Despite grey skies and drizzle, we managed to amuse ourselves, cooking, shopping, walking the dogs, and sightseeing. Chantal celebrated her birthday during my visit, so I had a great opportunity to speak French with her friends at several celebratory parties !
Chantal is an excellent teacher, always kind and patient despite having to correct me constantly (which is, of course, the whole idea). The separate studio is extremely private and comfortable and Chantal is a superb cook. I love the family aspect of having meals with her mother, Liliane, and with her partner, Stéphane. Conversations are always lively and full of laughter.
If you’re looking for a casual, warm and welcoming experience where you can learn and practice French in a supportive manner, you can’t do better than a stay with Chantal. I’m already counting the days until I return in June !
I had a wonderful second trip staying with Chantal for 1 week. I had been the previous year and it was lovely to return.
I felt less nervous this time as I knew what to expect and my French is considerably better (having learned a lot with Chantal previously). I had a wonderful week concentrating on grammatical areas that I am weak on and enjoying some great conversations on French politics and Macron’s pension reforms.
Chantal and her family were so welcoming and included me like part of the family. Chantal’s cooking is to die for and typically French. My husband who speaks no French is keen to join next time just so he can sample the gastronomie!
We did a number of cultural afternoon trips to nearby towns and attractions.
I am already planning my third trip back.
We had an extremely enjoyable week with Chantal at her family home in Picardie.
The situation is perfect with students in their own cottage in the garden, breakfast and lessons with Chantal, then a lovely lunch next door with her mother.
Chantal is a very warm and welcoming person who made the lessons very relaxed and enjoyable. She is an excellant teacher working at our pace and incorporating things she had picked up in our conversations at breakfast or lunch that we were finding difficult.
We feel that we have improved our grammar but more importantly we have gained lots of confidence in talking French, which was our main objective.
I spent a week with Chantal and her family in Picardie during the month of October. It was a great experience, a true immersion. I didn’t speak any English during my time there.
My French improved greatly (that was what a friend in Paris told me later), and I also felt more comfortable speaking it.
It was a week in a real French household, and besides the lessons, the meals, and scheduled touristic visits, I had the opportunity to go out with Chantal to run errands. She is a patient teacher, upbeat, a fantastic cook, and great tour guide.
The studio is extremely comfortable and well appointed.
Lunch with her charming mother was a bonus. The meals that Chantal prepared were excellent, made with fresh ingredients (I’m a vegetarian and Chantal adapted her cooking accordingly; delicious). I miss the good French cuisine and the conversations about French culture and history.
Mouy is a quaint little town, walkable, safe, and people do not talk to you in English if you struggle a little to communicate, like they do sometimes in Paris.
All in all, an excellent immersion experience. I’m so glad I did it.
Thank you very much Chantal for a most interesting and educating experience.
You are a wonderful teacher as well as an excellent cook!
I truly enjoyed my week with you and your sweet mother, you were so delightful and kind. My accommodations were very comfortable, and I really appreciate that you and Stephane met
me at the train station upon my arrival as well as the drive to the airport so early in the morning.
Our afternoon trips to Chateau Chantilly, Compligne and Sentis, were a lot of fun.
You may add “expertly knowledgeable tour guide” to your credentials because you made everything interesting and extra special.
I learned much more French that I expected. It gave me much more confidence by being immersed in the language. Not only you made me feel part of the family, but after a few days with you,
I felt French! Thanks again, Chantal. Que Dieu te bénisse.
I had the pleasure of staying with Chantal for one week in September. It was an incredible experience.
Chantal is very warm and welcoming and takes care to make her students feel right at home. From the moment Chantal and Stéphane picked me up at the train station and greeted me with bisous they treated me like family. The student bungalow is spotlessly clean and cozy, having all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.
Chantal is a great teacher – she quickly assessed my speaking ability and identified what I needed to work on. Each morning we walked to the boulangerie and boucherie, then chatted over breakfast. This was followed by three hours of focused instruction with verbal and written exercises and the occasional humorous video. Chantal is patient and would kindly correct my mistakes and prompt me when I was searching for a word. We spoke in French exclusively and covered a lot of complex topics which I could understand because she tailored her speech to my level of comprehension.
My favorite part of the day was lunch, which we shared each day with her mother, Liliane. Chantal is an excellent cook and I enjoyed watching her in the kitchen and making notes of her recipes. I most enjoyed talking to Liliane, who could understand my grammatically incorrect French and told me many stories of her home and of growing up in Paris during WWII. Although I didn’t expect dinner, each night Chantal or Stéphane would appear at my door with a simple dinner on a tray. It was perfect.
We took two excursions, visiting the chateau at Chantilly and Friday morning market in Senlis. Each day we took the dogs for a quick run in the country. After lunch I walked into Mouy and explored the picturesque village and hiked the nature trails in a nearby park. The pool right outside my door was very inviting but the weather was a bit too chilly for me to take advantage of it.
I highly recommend this immersion program. To me, the one-on-one instruction and ability to live with a family and participate in their daily lives makes this a cultural experience that goes beyond simple language instruction. Chantal is a gracious host, a knowledgable tour guide and an excellent instructor who welcomes you into her family. As a student, I couldn’t ask for more.
I just spent a wonderful week in Mouy with Chantal and her family. It was the best French learning experience that I could imagine.
Her teaching method is patient and supportive, adjusting to my level and using English when helpful. Her mother and Stephan are delightful and greatly added to the many opportunities to share in everyday French conversation.
The accommodations were comfortable and private, she even shared her cooking expertise with my wife.
I highly recommend French immersion with Chantal, you will not be disappointed.
I completed an immersion course with Chantal in September. I could not have been more pleased! I was picked up at a local train station by Chantal and Stephan.
The accommodations were very comfortable. Chantal is an EXCELLENT cook and truly, the lunches were comparable to what one would find in a five star restaurant! They even invited me to have dinner with them a couple times which was beyond what they needed to do. They are such a fun couple!
I enjoyed the bantering with Stephan. He’s such a fun person and the life of the party! I was truly immersed in Chantal and Stephan’s life for a week which included going to the local bakery, grocery store, going to a gym to work out with them, going to a local swimming pool twice during the week, visiting an outdoor market and also visiting a nearby chateau.
I also very much enjoyed visiting with Chantal’s mother every day at lunch. She’s a very sweet, charming, and elegant lady and had many stories to tell from her experience as a child living in Paris during the second World War.
Mouy is a charming village and I enjoyed walking from my apartment to the village, only about a five minute walk, to visit the local boulangerie, patisserie and grocery store. My lessons were challenging but Chantal was always there to encourage me and explained things ever so well. I learned SO MUCH!
I can strongly this program without any hesitation! I hope that those students who come after me continue to PUSH Stephan to TAKE CHANTAL ON A CRUISE!!
I recently spent a week with Chantal and her gorgeous family (Stephane,
Liliane and their 3 dogs) at their home in Mouy in the north of France.
My first ever immersion! What a unique and fabulous experience it was,
surpassing my expectations in every way!
Chantal is a fantastic and very patient teacher who within minutes of
meeting you, has assessed your level of competency and designed a
teaching program specific to your needs. Any weaknesses are quickly
identified and exercises given to overcome them.
Not only did my french conversation skills improve during the course of
my stay, I came away feeling I had made some wonderful friends. I soon
discovered that Chantal and I share a love for cooking, so from this
perspective I was delighted to join Chantal on her daily walk to the
local boulangerie, boucherie and supermarché where she would purchase
the necessary ingredients for the days cooking, and where the local
vendors were sure to provide her with only the best and freshest
A typical day on immersion started with a visit to the boulangerie,
followed by a delicious continental breakfast with Chantal after which,
the formal lesson would begin. At around 11am Chantal would commence
lunch preparations. I would either be assisting with the peeling of the
vegetables, taking notes (in the hope that I could replicate the recipe
on my return home) or doing some revision. Lunch was definitely one of
the highlights of the day. This we shared with Chantal’s Mum Liliane, in
her home, at the other end of the property (the original part of the
house!) Liliane is an absolutely delightful lady and I thoroughly
enjoyed our little chats over lunch which I’m happy to report became
more fluent as the week progressed, my confidence growing with each
In the afternoons we often went by car on an excursion. The first of
these was to visit the Château de Chantilly. What a beautiful château,
great to photograph and steeped in history. I was thrilled to see 3
original Raphael paintings hanging there, amongst many other treasures.
The next adventure was to the village of Compeigne where Jeanne d’Arc
was most famously captured. Our last excursion was to visit the lovely
village of Senlis, one of Chantal’s favourite villages and easy to see
why. It was so picturesque and the shopping was great too!!!
Dinner was either a shared experience with Chantal and Stephane or a
tray of goodies personally delivered to the studio for my enjoyment.
Either way it was a culinary delight. The food, company and conversation
at meal times was always fabulous and I was made to feel very much part
of the family.
My ‘home away from home’ was a lovely purpose-built bungalow overlooking
the pool and gardens. It was extremely comfortable and very
well-equipped, there was nothing I wanted for. I only wish I could have
stayed longer and made better progress on the pile of french movies!
Next time….. :)
Whilst I initially booked the immersion with the aim of improving my
french conversation skills, the rewards were much more than this.
Chantal’s relaxed and friendly demeanour made you feel at home from the
very beginning and the learning process a most enjoyable one. It was a
fantastic experience and I can’t wait to return!
The French immersion was a wonderful experience and I cannot praise Chantal’s teaching ability enough. She quickly assessed my ability by conversing with me after picking me up at the Airport. She then selected lessons to strengthen my weaknesses. We worked a solid three hours per day with lessons and she gave me an hour or two of homework to practice each evening on my own.
Beyond the lessons, we were also speaking French a great deal at the breakfast and lunch table and during our excursions. She was constantly correcting me, but did it in a very friendly way and I appreciated it. The whole point of the trip was improving my ability to communicate properly and I could sense good progress. No one will magically become fluent in one week but I definitely felt more confident in using my French by the end of the week and felt more prepared to handle my classes upon my return home.
Chantal and her partner, Stephane, were also the most wonderful hosts. They could not have been more friendly and welcoming to us and treated us as if we were part of their own family.
I traveled with my wife and teenage son and we stayed in the bungalow unit next to the pool. It was very comfortable for three people. We took our breakfast in Chantal’s home just before beginning the day’s lessons. We had our main meal in the afternoon with Chantal and her mother in the main house, which is connected to the home of Chantal and Stephane.
Speaking with Chantal’s mom, who only spoke French, was a big part of the learning experience. The food was always wonderful and all we really needed in the evening was a light snack to satisfy us until the next morning. We also had a few opportunities to use the pool in the evening and it was very relaxing.
My wife and son were not participating in the lessons but they occupied themselves exploring the town while I was busy. Mouy is a small town and there was not a lot to do there, but there are markets, parks and a train station within walking distance.
My family and I took the train to Gare du Nord-Paris one afternoon by ourselves and we explored the Montmartre neighborhood and visited Sacre Coeur, which is within walking distance of the Paris station. We also did two afternoon excursions with Chantal serving as our tour guide. We explored the Chateau at Chantilly and the Ville of Compiegne. Both were beautiful and Chantal explained the sites to me in French and I translated into English for my family.
Chantal picked us up and dropped us off at Charles deGaulle airport so we got by the whole week without a car. Since we took the train to Paris and did our excursions with Chantal, a car was not necessary during the week. You may want to explore more areas by the train or rent a car to drive but that is an individual determination. We got along fine without a car rental.
One final piece of advice. We arrived in France three days before the immersion week began and we used that time to take the train to Strasbourg and explore that city before taking the train back to the airport and meeting Chantal. That provided time to recover from the jet lag of the trip to Europe. I think I would have been too tired to concentrate on the language lessons if I had begun them the very next day after arriving in France. So I was glad we had a few days to adjust to the time change before beginning the immersion lessons and then returned home after the immersion week was done.
In sum, a wonderful week. I felt I learned more about French culture and language being in Chantal’s house than ever would have been possible if I had stayed in a hotel and spent the week visiting tourist attractions. This was my first immersion vacation.
I hope to participate in more immersion experiences in the future. I fully recommend Chantal to anyone interested in this type of experience.
My week of French immersion with Chantal, her partner Stephen, and her mother Liliane was pleasant and profitable beyond all expectations. Pleasant in the way I was made to feel completely at home, and profitable from the standpoint of improving my French. The first emails I exchanged with Chantal gave me a strong impression that this was going to be very good, and by the end of second day I felt like an old friend. Chantal advises that she has clients who come 3-4 times a year and some who stay for 2 or 3 weeks at a time, and after experiencing their hospitality (and Chantal’s cooking!) it is easy to see why.
Chantal asked in advance if I wanted to mix touring with French immersion or go “all-in” on the latter. I was “all-in” and thus, in addition to 2-3 hours of intense French instruction each morning, I accompanied Chantal during her daily routine: the morning walk to the boulangerie for fresh bread, into the countryside to run the dogs, to the super marché, etc. While the main meal was being prepared I either helped with the chopping and dicing or sat on a bar stool and carried on chatting. After the midday meal I had a few hours to myself to catch a nap and work on the homework quizzes that Chantal provided each morning. In the evenings we got together in the garden for a light meal and more conversation.
Stephane is a great host in his own right and has quite a sense of humor. He goes to work early most days but when he’s home he is very much part of the experience. Chantal is accomplished at dialing down the speed of what she is saying to suit the student’s level but Stephen lets it rip at normal French speed, which keeps you grounded in reality. And to my happy surprise, as the week passed I found that I understood more and more of what he said the first time (I’m somewhere in intermediate-land). Liliane is also very much part of the experience too – she joined us every day for the big midday meal and added a great deal to the conversation, in moderately paced French that I was able to follow right off. Her recollections of growing up in wartime Paris are priceless.
For someone really trying to master French this is the ultimate experience – my French- speaking colleagues at work are helpful with my attempts to learn their language but they can only tolerate so much. With Chantal it is the whole idea and she has infinite patience. How do you say this, how do you say that, could you repeat that, no don’t say it that way, say it this way, etc. – you get the idea. It’s a gold mine!
It has taken me months to sit down and write this letter. My immersion trip with Chantal Paauwen in Mouy last July was such a life-changing experience that I wanted to be sure I captured every aspect of it in my review. Each time I sat down to write, I just couldn’t express the experience in words. I am still not able to find those words, but too much time has passed, and it is important that you know how pleased I was with the entire immersion experience.
As an American who had only studied French as a high school and college student, I always knew I wanted to experience France through the lens of a native French citizen. I couldn’t have asked for a better host and teacher than Chantal!
To begin, Chantal was an incredible host. She helped me design an immersion experience that included every facet of French living. From her daily trip to the local boulangerie to formal meals enjoyed with her family, Chantal introduced me to the French way of life. As a host, she truly opened the doors of her life and her home. The accommodations she provided exceeded my expectations in every way. The studio for immersion students was located near the main house but also provided a private setting in which I could relax or study. Chantal was also a talented chef whose traditional French dishes rivalled any restaurants I have visited.
As a teacher, Chantal planned engaging and thorough lessons each day. She spoke entirely in French, but she personalized her lessons for my level of speaking and writing. She was patient and professional in every way. Her natural sense of humor and welcoming personality immediately put me at ease. By the end of the week I was learning at an intermediate level and enjoying conversations in French—something I had always dreamed of doing.
Chantal truly has a gift for hosting immersion students. I would recommend this immersion program to anyone who has ever wanted to experience France’s beautiful language and culture from the perspective of a French native. Thank you so much for helping to connect me to Chantal and to an experience in France that will last me a lifetime.
Thank you very much again for your hospitality. We sincerely enjoyed our stay and would recommend your program to anyone. Your house was very nice and fitted our family size but what made the stay unforgettable was the time we spend during meals.
We also very much appreciated that you adjusted your French Language Program to the skill level of our children. They not only had fun but also learned a lot which will help them in their upcoming French Language Classes at school.
Thanks again for the great memories and all the best!
I have been learning French for 3 1/2 years and one of my main goals in learning besides being able to read and write in French, but be able to converse fluently in this wonderful language.
It was recommended to me by my French Teacher in Australia that an immersion stay in France would help me with my confidence and give my comprehension and conversation skills a real boost. And so that is how I came to have an immersion stay with Chantal.
I have to say that my time with Chantal, and also with her family and friends, exceeded all my expectations.
On being very warmly welcomed into her home, Chantal then very quickly picked up not only on my current level of French but how I best learn. A mix of classroom, general conversation and being out and about.
For example, we would walk down to the bakery each morning to buy fresh baguettes for breakfast, chatting away in French (with me being corrected very gently with my grammar and accent when required). In addition, I was given many opportunities to participate in the day to day life of a French family as well as life in a small village. It was fabulous!
Yes, I did not always understand conversations around me, but I never once felt excluded. I was more often than not content to just listen and soak in the rhythm and flow of the language, all the time improving my comprehension skills. In saying that though, I often surprised myself at how much I understood – or at least the overall gist of the conversation!
I would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing an Immersion Stay to take the plunge. You will not regret it, especially if you stay with Chantal. It is an experience I will never forget and I know that I will be back for another stay with Chantal. I still have a lot of improving to do!
My 3 weeks that I spent in Mouy with Chantal and her family was great. From the moment that I arrived at the airport I felt like I had come back home. That is how comfortable Chantal and her family make you feel. They are so welcoming and they make you feel like part of their family.
This was my 3rd time staying with Chantal. Everyday I would have lunch with Chantal and her mother and this time round I was able to communicate with Chantal’s mother without having to have Chantal present. I was so happy as this was such a great improvement for me to be able to do this. I was even able to give directions to a lady in the street as to where the Sunday market was.
Each visit that I have had I have learnt such a lot and I will continue to learn more and more with each visit.
I found that it was such a rewarding experience to go and learn a different culture and way of life. I had lessons everyday. We went sightseeing and we did some ‘Retail Therapy’ which is a new word for Chantal. I had to explain to her that it meant ‘shopping’.
I am booked in again in June to which I am looking forward to.
Thank you Chantal for everything and I cannot wait to see you, Stephane, your lovely mother and the fur babies again next year.