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Edwige – Bordeaux Wine Country – French Immersion at Teacher’s Home

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€1300 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

Meals: 2 per day (B + L or D)

Room: Private Cottage

Max. guests: 1 to 3 traveling together

Teaches kids: No

Other: Yoga instructor.

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Enjoy a unique French immersion in the heart of the Bordeaux wine country. French teacher Edwige will welcome you and your family/friends in the privacy of your own cottage, adjacent to her country house. Discover the changing colors of the vineyards with the seasons, visit gorgeous châteaux and medieval towns and practice your French while sharing a glass of wine with your professional French teacher.

Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program Near Bordeaux

Meet Your French Teacher and Host

Bonjour et bienvenue! Je m’appelle Edwige.

Since I qualified to teach French as a foreign language in 2005, I’ve taught in various countries with l’Alliance Française: Morocco, Australia, New-Zealand, Norway, Belgium and the UK. I’m fluent in English.

If you want to learn French for pleasure, enjoy speaking French whilst visiting France or perhaps preparing for a more specific purpose, like working or studying in France, I will adapt my lessons to your needs.

I’m easy-going, very flexible and I like my lessons to be lively. I enjoy teaching pronunciation, grammar, the use of different tenses, as well as conversational classes. I could also help you prepare for a French exam – I’m a certified examiner for official French exams – or develop precise work-related French skills.

My husband Jonathan is British born but his French is good. He works abroad but comes back often so you may get to meet him.


Our Home Near Bordeaux, France

I live about 40 km away from Bordeaux in a tiny rural hamlet, a mere 20 minutes by train.

The nearest village is 5 km away. It is a pretty medieval village, with shops, a supermarket, restaurants, a great bookshop/cafe, a wine museum, as well as a cinema and an open-air pool in the summer.

You will find everything you need there, but we also have “an épicerie” 400 meters from the house. It’s a corner shop that sells local food and wine and you can also practice your French over a drink as it is also a bar.

Our home is an old winemaker’s house built at the beginning of the 20th century. It still has old time charm, but with modern comforts and lots of natural light!

Your Private Cottage in France

We have a newly built cottage attached to our house where you will have your own accommodation. It’s on two floors.

The master bedroom and shower room are located on the garden level. You will enjoy a comfy king size bed and a shower room.
There is also a separate toilet.

Upstairs, there is a second bedroom with  2 single beds and its own separate toilet.

Your cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. There’s a comfortable living room with a sofa and a TV corner.

You have your own private terrace overlooking the vineyards, allowing you to choose when you want to have a bit of peace and quiet on your own!

Learn French Near Bordeaux, France

Our region of France is called “le Bordelais”: it takes its name from the main city “Bordeaux”, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

The Bordeaux area is very famous for its wine and there are many vineyards in nearby gorgeous towns:  Medoc, Saint Emilion, Sauternes…

My house is located between two rivers, in an area called “l’Entre-deux-mers” (between two seas): it’s a luscious region full of fields, rivers, vineyards and medieval villages called “Bastides”.

You will find lots of information about the region in your cottage, but there is also a tourist information center 5km away in the main town where you can also visit a castle and a wine museum.

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course

Getting to Our House

There are plenty of options to get to my place. Trains, planes, buses: the Bordeaux region is very good for public transport.

From Paris there is a new high-speed TGV train line to Bordeaux center, which only takes 2 hours. There you can change trains and in another 20 minutes, you’ll arrive at the closest train station where I will be waiting for you!

Car Rental

If you want to be more independent and to discover the fascinating area on your own, we strongly suggest renting a car. There’s a parking space right outside the entrance of your cottage.

It seems that students who had the best experience were the ones who rented a car.

Wifi

Wifi is available throughout the house and we have a good mobile coverage.

Smoking

I don’t smoke and there is no smoking inside the house.

Diets

I enjoy cooking simple but tasty meals, using fresh organic vegetables from the local market or our garden. I love to combine local produce with aromatic herbs and accompany them with a nice local wine (Bordeaux of course!).

I will also be happy to adapt my food to your special diet: I can cook vegetarian and will do my best to cook vegan, gluten-free or whatever your diet may require under your guidance.

Pets

Unfortunately, we cannot welcome your pet.

A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:

  • 15 hours of French course
  • Breakfast and one meal a day
  • Accommodation in your own cottage attached to the house
  • 2 activities or tours (extra fees such as museum entries are not included) •
  • 7 days – 6 nights, usually from Sunday to Saturday but I can adapt to your travel needs.

This is a suggestion for your immersion program, but I’m also happy to adapt to your rhythm and create a personalized schedule.

The price with these options is 1300 Euros for one person.

Additional Guests

Given the size of the cottage, we can accommodate up to 3.

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • 210 euros in half board, without lessons or excursions
  • 700 euros in half board with shared lessons and excursions

À bientôt chez nous !

Edwige

Contact Edwige

French Immersion Teacher in Bordeaux

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    1. Whether you’ll be traveling by yourself or with friends/family (and if applicable the number of people just staying at the teacher or also taking classes and a bit more about them)
    2. The duration of your desired immersion stay and whether you are flexible about the immersion dates
    3. A few details about yourself: your hobbies, your French learning goal, the kind of immersion you'd like (little/lots of homework, outdoor or more indoor activities), any food allergies or other problems you may have. The teachers will be opening their own home to you and although they’ll ask you more questions if they are able to fit you in, knowing a bit about you from the start would be really helpful and a huge gain of time.

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Stayed in May 2019

Bev

I had the most positive experience in my immersion week with Edwige at her home near Bordeaux.

Edwige put me at ease the moment I arrived and that continued all week, regardless of whether I was having my structured lessons, going on an excursion with her, sharing a meal or asking question… Read more

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Stayed in May 2019

Pamela

My weeklong stay with Edwige was all that I had hoped it would be and more.

The region is exceptionally beautiful and I loved my private gite nestled among the hilly vineyards. Everything was extremely clean, comfortable and tranquil.

Edwige is an excellent teacher. As I did not wan… Read more

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Stayed in April 2019

Kathy & Robert

We have just completed a wonderful and really unforgettable week with Edwige. While I enjoyed lessons each morning, my husband Rob toured the region tasting the wine, food and experiencing the culture.

It made such a difference to have individual tuition from a very experienced teacher. My… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019

Ryan

I spent two weeks with Edwige in the postcard beauty of the Bordeaux countryside and am already looking forward to 2021 when I can repeat the visit as it was immensely rewarding.  As I reflect on my visit I can say without reservation that what I appreciate the most about Edwige is her unwaverin… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019

Samantha

I recently spent a week with Edwige and could not recommend the stay enough. I was slightly nervous about taking part in a French immersion programme however I instantly felt relaxed and welcomed by Edwige when meeting her. Edwige lives in a beautiful small village surrounded by vineyards a… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019

Jess

I have been immersed!  Totally!  Edwige provided above and beyond my expectations.

The structured lessons focussed on the gaps in my learning, the free time allowed me to study and reflect.

The excursions were well planned to facilitate interaction with the locals including shop k… Read more

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Stayed in February

Joyce

There is little that I can add to the already glowing reviews of an immersion stay with Edwige. As others have been, I was completely charmed by the setting, by the accommodations and, most of all, by Edwige herself. My goal for the two weeks I spent with Edwige was to become more fluent in speak… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Vivek

I spent a week with Edwige in her beautiful cottage in the middle of the vineyards, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful experience I had. Edwige is both a great teacher and person, she is so perceptive and thoughtful about everything which instantly made me feel comfortable ar… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Kelly

Because of my extremely limited grasp of French and my self-consciousness due to that, I embarked on a home-stay immersion with some trepidation.  But it was very important for me to try.  I have always regretted the fact that I couldn’t even engage in small talk with citizens in one of Canad… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Paul

Many thanks for a great week. It was a full-on experience with a good mix of daily lessons at the table, speaking games during walks in the lovely countryside, listening to tour guides and chatting during the excursions to St Emilion and local chateaux etc., general conversation at mealtimes as w… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Randy

I have had an affinity for French since I was introduced to the language as a boy growing up in the midwestern US. But I never learned to speak French conversationally, and when I first found myself in France in 2008, I was dumfounded. And that was after taking several months of courses at the Al… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Suzi

Even for those with quite an advanced level of French there is an element of “use it or lose it”. Much of the time I spend in France is with English speakers, or mixed groups that default to English, and I find it difficult to get the time alone with native speakers to keep and improve my flu… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

June & Keiko

Like many others, my daughter in law and I were not quite sure what to expect from the French lessons. But within minutes, Edwige had accurately assessed our levels of French and she tailored the work carefully to encourage our progress.

Three hours at a time is quite an undertaking. Howev… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Richard

I recently spent 2 weeks studying with Edwige, and I found it to be a very rewarding experience, both as an older but serious student of the language and as a visitor to this region of France.

As a student, I have studied French on and off for about 7 years and was searching for a way to m… Read more

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