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Thank you to Chantal and her family for an unforgettable week. It surpassed all my expectations. I was made to feel extremely welcome from the start. I was very nervous as my French was extremely rusty (although I understood quite a bit) my French speaking virtually non existent. But immediately I felt at ease with Chantal and her partner Stefan who collected me from the airport. They were both very friendly and patient and I amazed myself that I somehow managed to make myself understood!

Chantal makes you feel very at ease,  so that very quickly I didn’t feel self conscious about my rusty French and was happy to just have a go at saying what I wanted. Chantal offers lots of constructive feedback and corrects in a gentle, encouraging manner even if you keep making the same mistakes! a superb cook and I was treated to a lunchtime feast every day. The food was delicious and typically French. We ate everyday with Chantal’s mother who was a delight. She was very welcoming, chatty and engaging. I much enjoyed my conversations with her.

Chantal and Stefan were very generous and often brought me some soup or quiche for supper – even though I had been fed very well at lunch.

I much enjoyed my various afternoon trips. For example one afternoon we went to Chateau de Chantilly where I learned a great deal about French history and art. Chantal is very knowledgeable. We also visited the very pretty nearby town of Senlis another afternoon and enjoyed a drink in a typically French brasserie. We also spent an afternoon visiting the nearby lyceé where Chantal helps her friend with a youth drama group. Her friend was extremely friendly and welcoming.  It was fascinating to meet some enthusiastic  French teenagers and watch them act out their plays. It really added to my already wonderful authentic stay.

The bungalow is very comfortable. It is SO peaceful. I slept like a log. It was arather chilly and rainy week but the heating in the bungalow is excellent and i was wonderfully warm. The WIFI is excellent and there are plenty of mod cons : coffee maker/tv/dvd/microwave/mini oven/fridge etc.

I found I learned an awful lot of French during my 1 week stay and returned home to the UK feeling much more confident about my spoken French. I much look forward to returning next year.

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