Please note the reviews below come from students who came to my former residence in the Lot-et-Garonne (same river, different region!).
I had the pleasure of spending a French cultural & immersion week with Pierre in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne region this summer. The area was absolutely beautiful; a bucolic countryside dotted with sunflowers, fruit trees, and quaint villages. Pierre lives in a restored farmhouse that was both comfortable and historic. My immersion experience was exactly what I needed and exceeded my expectations.
As a French teacher, I spend a lot of time teaching students the basics of French, but I really needed to spend time immersing myself in the language and culture, which this experience provided! Pierre will tailor your French lessons to your specific needs, so no need to worry if you are a beginner or very advanced. We spent mornings outside for our 3-hour lessons and conversations, listening to the birds sing and the occasional rooster crow! Even after 18 years of teaching and a master’s degree in French, I learned so much from Pierre. I returned home with a whole book full of notes to improve my French and my teaching.
Pierre has 2 sons who are very polite and easy to talk to. He also has the most loving dogs, Joy & Elouk. Whether we were walking to the local village, Monteton, or taking breakfast on the patio, Joy & Elouk were there to keep us company.
We also embarked on an all-day cultural adventure in the Lot-et-Garonne region, where Pierre took me to various villages and drove me through back country roads to witness the splendor and peacefulness of this region. I rented a car for this trip, so with Pierre’s excellent recommendations, I was also able to drive around on my own and visit several regional attractions, such as the Château Duras, Marmande, or the local farmers’ markets.
The food at Pierre’s was fabulous, simple and delicious, and I was impressed with the guest living quarters. The bedroom was quite large with a deep tub.
All in all, this was an unforgettable experience. I will definitely embark on another French Today immersion homestay in the future. I highly recommend this French immersion experience “Chez Pierre”; you will not be disappointed!