Nathalie – Loiret – Practice Your French in Immersion (Foodie Option)
€1200 per week
Meals: 3 per day
Room: Private suite and bathroom
Max. guests: 1 to 2 couples + 1 child
Teaches kids: Host is not a French teacher but will help you practice you French.
Other: Minimum French level required: conversant (B1). Pets welcome. Cooking classes Option. OPEN APRIL 15th to NOVEMBER 15th.Contact teacher
Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program in the Loiret, Near Paris
Meet Your Host
Bonjour ! My name is Nathalie. Welcome to my house!
I am a 56 years old French woman, and I have been living most of my life in Paris. Last year, I settled down in Auxy, a tiny country village of the Loiret region, located only one hour south from Paris.
Here, I am now fulfilling my dream to restore my gorgeous family house, garden, paint, cook and host family and friends: activities that I’d love to share with you in French!
In the winter time though (November 15 to April 15), I carry on my French immersion residential homestay in Provence, in the Ventoux region.
I have been in contact with many foreigners since I worked for many years in the travel and communication industry. I speak English fluently, and therefore understand the challenges of speaking another language. Although I am not a French teacher, I am confident I will be able to help you practice your French in the context of our daily activities and tours, in a relaxed, natural way.
Of course, to best take advantage of this immersion program, it’s better if you are already conversant in French (level B1 or higher) since unlike the other teachers of the French Today immersion team, I will not provide formal French lessons. I will however adapt my speaking to your French level: using simpler or more challenging constructions, tenses and expressions depending on what works for you.
I have a wonderful 26 years old daughter, Marie, who lives in Paris and often visits with her boyfriend. Actually, my house in Auxy is quite popular among my friends and family, so chances are you’ll get to meet them too!
The other permanent residents are my cute black-and-white cat named Simon, and my two egg-laying hens, Thérèse and Monique!
Food is an important part of French culture, and cooking is one of my hobbies. I therefore also offer a “foodie option” with cooking lessons given by four different teachers: a fun way to mix your interest for French cuisine and practice your French with many different people.
“Right away, Nathalie was able to adjust to my level of French very well. She helped me to verbalize my thoughts in French and discuss everything from 1970s folk music to Henry Clay Frick– which was quite a break from the verb conjugations and grammar exercises in school.”
My Home in Loiret, France
My home is a mansion house built in 1770 by an English aristocrat Lady. It’s located in a very small and quiet village midway between the Seine and the Loire Rivers, surrounded by wheat and corn fields.
Once through the entrance gate, you will enjoy the paved courtyard, where we usually have meals in the summer under the 4 centuries-old lime trees. At the back of the house, there is a 20 000 sq. ft. garden with deck chairs, table-tennis set, fruit trees…
Inside the house, on the ground level, there are two large living rooms and one formal dining room with fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen, a laundry room, a toilet and my shower room. The house is quite large!
Decoration is one of my favorite hobbies! I have tried to harmoniously mix the 18th-century style of the mansion with antique family pieces as well as items I brought back from all over the world or shopped on flea markets, garage sales…
If you like to go antiquing, I’ll be happy to go with you. There are many yard sales around here, and it’s a great place to practice your French and learn vocabulary in context.
Your Private Suite in France
A wooden stairway leads up to the first floor where your private suite is.
The student suit consists of two bedrooms, a little living room with a sofa that could be used by a child, a bathroom and separate toilets. To host you in the best conditions, this part of the house has been fully renovated in 2017.
Both bedrooms have a queen size bed, feature a garden view, large French windows with shutters and are very quiet.
The bathroom has two sinks and a bathtub. The toilet is in a separate room.
If you wish to come with friends or family, feel free to ask, there are several other bedrooms available: they are a bit more rustic since they have not yet been renovated.
Please note that, even though the house is comfortably equipped and has a lot of character, it is still an “antic lady”, with stairs and a kind of slightly bohemian style, quite different from a luxury brand new palace.
Learn French in The Loiret Region in France
Whether you would like to have a cultural, sporting, gastronomic or relaxing stay, you will be happy in the Loiret!
Auxy is located in a very central area, about an hour south of Paris, and 40 minutes away from Orléans.
My house is surrounded by corn and wheat fields, and we can walk in nature, in the large nearby forests or by the peaceful banks of the Loire rivers.
There are many sites to visit around here as well: Sully castle, St Benoit abbey, Gien and Orleans historic cities; the medieval villages of Yèvres-le-Chatel or Ferrières-en-Gâtinais; the historical castles of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte; Barbizon, the village of Painters; the museum of perfume in Chamerolles; the amazing André Eve rose garden in Pithiviers; the Eiffel canal bridge in Briare …
You can also practice your favorite sport nearby: tennis (clay courts), outdoor pool (summer only), golf, horseback riding, cycling, hiking in Orléans or Fontainebleau forests…
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay
PLEASE NOTE NATHALIE’S PROGRAM IN THE LOIRET IS OPEN APRIL 15th to NOVEMBER 15th. The rest of the year, Nathalie welcomes you for a French immersion residential homestay in Ventoux, Provence.
As I stated before, since I am not a French teacher, guests coming to practice their French in immersion should already be conversant in French. I can, however, speak English with your traveling companions.
Caution: there are steps throughout the house, which makes it not easily accessible by someone with limited mobility.
Getting To My House
The nearest airport is Paris-Orly. Direct trains from Paris-Gare de Lyon leave every hour to Nemours within 50 minutes. Pick up at Charles-de-Gaulle or at Orly or at the Nemours train station can be arranged.
My house is located in the countryside, near a tiny village called Auxy. There are no shop, restaurant nor public transportations in Auxy, so in order to be independent, I suggest you rent a car.
Should you not rent a car, I’ll be happy to drive you around, but I will have to ask for a 50 Euros gas fee (a full tank), maybe more should we decide on doing several longer excursions.
There is wifi reception throughout the house.
The house is non-smoking, but smokers are welcome, as far as they do not smoke inside the house. I occasionally smoke a cigarette in the garden, although I am seriously trying to quit!
I love food, and and I love cooking. Preferably with local and seasonal products, mainly bought in the organic farm close to the village. I can cook French traditional dishes such as boeuf-bourguignon, soupe à l’oignon or pot-au-feu, as well as exotic dishes.
I must confess that I am not a specialist in diet cuisine! I do not know how to cook neither vegan nor dairy free, but I can learn if you teach me.
I am happy to welcome your pet as long as it is friendly, quiet and obedient, gets along with my cat, and won’t run away nor chase my hens!
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
- Accommodation in your own suite with a private bathroom.
- Three meals a day with me: French breakfast, 3 courses lunch (or a prepared picnic lunch, for sightseeing days), and 3 courses dinner, with wine or beer. My friends and family will often join us, especially in summer.
- Three accompanied French practice excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Orléans, a walk in Fontainebleau forest, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, – according to your interests (museums entry fees not included). During these excursions, we will speak French together.
I can be more or less present, spend a lot of time with you chatting away in French, or give you more personal space. Before your arrival, we’ll discuss how you imagine your immersion stay and I’ll give you plenty of additional info on what is available around here. I will happily adapt to special requests. Just let me know.
The price with these options is 1200 Euros for one person.
- For one additional guest (sharing the same room), the price per week is 350€ in full board with shared excursions.
- For one additional guest (in separate rooms, sharing the same bathroom), the price per week is 500€ in full board with shared excursions.
If you are a larger family/group traveling together, contact me for more pricing information.
If you are a foodie like me, why not combine French cooking classes and French immersion?
If you choose this option, the focus of your stay will be food and gastronomy. You’ll stay in my house, sharing your day with me and practicing your French as described above, but also enjoy 4 cooking classes (that’s 12 hours of guided French practice), and a lunch in a gastronomic restaurant.
Cooking lessons are given by three different teachers, who will join us for dinner after the lessons and help you practice your French.
- Marie-Caroline, expert in exotic food
- Raymond, expert in organic recipes
- Yvette, specialist of traditional cooking
- And me, expert in family cuisine
The price of this full board option is Euros 1500 per week for one student (+500 for one additional guest sharing the same bedroom).
If this programs interests you, please let me know and I’ll give you additional information.
PLEASE NOTE NATHALIE’S PROGRAM IN THE LOIRET IS OPEN APRIL 15th to NOVEMBER 15th.
“I spent 2 weeks with Natalie and loved every minute of my adventure! Nathalie is funny, warm, and enthusiastic, and I felt instantly at home with her.”
French Immersion Host in the Loiret or Ventoux
Stayed in September 2019
When a friend alerted me that there was someone offering a private one-on-one experience of a week in the countryside of France that didn’t involve lessons, but was just an opportunity to talk, I immediately looked into it.
I didn’t need to study again how to use “y” and “en”.… Read more
Stayed in September 2019
I spent a great foodie week with Natalie this September.
It is always inspiring to stay in a French household and see how delicious meals can be made with fresh and easily available ingredients, and how one can enjoy life with friends over a home made dinner. With Natalie I was able to do… Read more
Stayed in September 2019
From the time I left school until the day of my retirement, I didn’t give much attention to the French language. But with more time at my disposal, I thought it was a good idea to really learn this beautiful language as it is used today. A dozen weeks at schools spread across the country ga… Read more
Stayed in August 2019
My one week immersion with Nathalie was such a delightful experience. I stayed in a comfortable private corner in Nathalie’s charming house, which was quite spacious and even had my own little study.
On different days we went on different excursions: the peaceful le forêt de Fontain… Read more
Stayed in June 2019
J’ai passé une très bonne semaine avec Nathalie en juin. Elle était très chaleureuse et sympathique. Mon francais parlé s’est amélioré, surtout ma prononciation à l’aide de Nathalie qui est aussi patiente pour m’écouter! Je n’ai plus peur de parl… Read more
Stayed in August 2019
I had a fabulous week with Nathalie in her beautiful house in Auxy. It was an authentic french experience as it’s not a touristy area so food, language, culture and entertainments all contributed to complete immersion.
Nathalie is a warm, humourous and understanding host: she was very … Read more
Stayed in July 2019
What a magnificent time I had during my week with you! Your maison is amazing, beautiful and “très très tranquille”! You provided easy directions for me to get there from Paris and treated me like a queen the entire week!
You also helped me get more comfortable speaking my limited Fr… Read more
Stayed in July 2019
Jeanne & family
Nathalie was an amazing hostess. She accommodated me, my husband, and my two children (ages 12 and 14) in her wonderful house. The weather was unfortunately a bit chilly and rainy that week, but she still took us on many lovely outings.
Also, she cooked us many amazing meals! She was even … Read more