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Nathalie – Loiret – Practice Your French in Immersion (Foodie Option)

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€1200 per week

Excursions/tours: 3

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. CLOSED DECEMBER TO MARCH.

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From April to November, enjoy a relaxing French immersion in the heart of the Loiret countryside. Located only one hour away from Paris, this tastefully renovated 18th century mansion is the ideal place to take a break and practice your French. Nathalie, your bilingual hostess, is eager to help you practice your French in a relaxed and natural way: walking along the Loire river, exploring charming villages, sharing meals with her friends… Come alone or with your family and enjoy the true French “art de vivre”.

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 55 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!

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.


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 IS CLOSED DECEMBER TO MARCH (included).

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.

Car Rental

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.

Wifi

There is wifi reception throughout the house.

Smoking

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!

Diets

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.

Pets

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.

Additional Guests

  • 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.

Foodie Option

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 IS CLOSED DECEMBER TO MARCH (included).

Nathalie

Contact Nathalie

French Immersion Host in the Loiret

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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

Sarah

Nathalie’s warm hospitality and charming house enabled me to thoroughly enjoy every moment of my learning experience.

Nathalie organised fabulous excursions to local gardens and chateaux to reflect my interests. Dinner with family and friends and participation in a game of pétanque in t… Read more

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Suzan

I loved my week with Nathalie.

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Steven

My week chez Nathalie was one of the most magical, wonderful and exhilarating experiences of my life.

The opportunity to visit châteaux, gardens and so many sits of historical, architectural and social interest in her company, keeping up a lively conversation in my imperfect French was al… Read more

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Arlene

I was very excited to find a French Immersion Homestay on French Today where I could practice my French in a natural, relaxed and enjoyable manner.

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We decided to sign up for Nathalie’s Foodie Option. One of us speaks some French and the other does not, but we love cooking together, especially French recipes.

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Pamela

I am very grateful to Nathalie for my wonderful immersion experience. We spent 9 days together, splitting our time between Paris and Auxy. As I had already met her last year during a two week visit, I knew we would have fun together! And we did, bien sûr.

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Linda and Rebekah 

As I am writing this I am moments away from arriving home after 3 months in France. The days, weeks and months flew by and I can hardly believe I’m home already – and yet I have experienced so many rich and beautiful  moments that it feels like what I would have packed into a years time.… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Brian and Gail

We have just spent a wonderful week in Auxy with Nathalie working on our very basic French conversation skills. As a couple we have very different levels of spoken and written French but Nathalie was able to work with both of us.

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Pamela

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. I love her house and Simon, the cat.

If your goal is to speak French constantly, this is an ideal immersion for advanced speakers. I was es… Read more

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David

My memorable week with Nathalie followed two weeks of immersion at other venues and it proved to be a perfect conclusion for my visit from Australia.

I am somewhat challenged in the hearing area – however I found that I could understand virtually everything that Nathalie said to me, the … Read more

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Jessica

I decided to do an immersion week to improve the fluency of my spoken French, as well as my confidence.

I chose to stay with Nathalie as she wasn’t located too far from Paris, where I was staying, and the area looked beautiful.

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John

I had an excellent time at Natalie’s staying in a mini-suite of my own in her lovely house and garden.

She made me feel immediately welcome and at ease, adapting her speaking, both speed and use of language, to my modest understanding of French, reinterpreting difficult conversations tha… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Emma

I decided to stay with Nathalie because it was simply immersion- in the fall I will be a senior in high school taking my sixth year of French, so I thought it would be beneficial to learn and practice the language in a different method than lessons.

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Johanna

I chose to use French Today because it seemed a solid and reliable company. It was difficult choosing which teacher to apply to stay with. I decided to apply to stay with Nathalie because she was based in a village, she wasn’t too far south so the weather wouldn’t be too hot and she offered F… Read more

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