Pierre – Tarn-et-Garonne Countryside – French Immersion + Pool
€1300 per week
Lessons: 15 hours
Meals: 2 per day (B + L)
Room: Private guest house
Max. guests: 1 to 4 traveling together
Teaches kids: Age 10 and up
Other: Pool. Pets welcome.Contact teacher
Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program in South Western France
Meet Your French Teacher And Host
Bonjour, my name is Pierre and I’m a graduated and experienced French native teacher. I’ve been teaching French for over 9 years, starting when I lived in the UK – so I speak English fluently as well.
I love history and architecture (I actually own a Masters degree in history). I also love the art, literature and the movies, so when you come for a French immersion with me, you’ll improve your French language for sure, but also will learn a lot about French culture.
The immersion program I offer is a bit different from the other French Today’s hosts: you will be staying in your own cottage called. The owners, live next door and they will be pleased to meet and have a chat with you.
I will arrive in the morning, cook and share breakfast and lunch with you, give you your French lessons, take you around… And after a fun day of immersion, I’ll go back to my own home and my family and let you enjoy some peace and quiet time – or not: should you prefer to go out, there are restaurants in the nearby villages.
During our structured French lessons, I’ll focus on your needs and French goals. Through the other activities, during the meals, the outings, I’ll help you develop your spoken French: there’s such a big gap between the French you’ve studied at school and the French we speak everyday!
I have a new blended family. My sons Loeiz (17) and Vivien (13) are fluent in French English just like me: you may meet them during the weekends and school vacations. Mélanie, my girlfriend and her daughter Abigaelle (9 years old) will sometimes come with us when we go for an outing.
I used to teach in immersion in the Lot-et-Garonne. I recently moved to the right of the map, to an even sunnier region which as several names: Tarn-et-Garonne, or Midi-Quercy. I’m eager to explore it with you!
“My daughter and I have no hesitation to recommend Pierre to other families of any French level. He is a wonderful host, talented chef and an excellent teacher! Merci Pierre!”
Laura & Zaelia
Your Own Private House in France
The house is traditional and very comfortable. In the main living space, there’s a large wood fireplace and a table where you can study and have your meals. There is also a sitting area with large leather armchairs and a TV.
The kitchen is fully equipped, which is nice since I really enjoy to cook. There is even a dishwasher and a washing machine.
The master bedroom is on the main floor and has a queen size bed with an adjacent bathroom. There is also a mezzanine which can sleep two people upstairs.
There is wifi in your room as well as throughout the house.
From late-April to October you can use the large in-ground pool surrounded by a marvellous garden with wild flowers.
The house is in the heart of nature, at the end of a road, with stunning views over the Aveyron gorges. Just across the lane there’s an equestrian center, « Les Bastides », you can go for a ride in the woods.
There are two villages nearby: Montricoux (4km) and Bruniquel (5km), with shops , restaurants and cafés, a very traditional market on Fridays. You can reach them by foot (there are lovely footpaths) or by the road (using a bike). If you don’t rent a car I can take you there by car as well.
Learn French In The Tarn-et-Garonne Region In France
The Midi-Quercy is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is still unspoilt, and Southern rural France at its best. Untouched nature plateau, gorges, hills, terraces, wild meadows… Since it’s not far from the Mediterranean, the climate is nice year-round. You’ll see beautiful sunflowers fields in season!
If you rent a car you can easily get to splendid villages as Saint-Antonin-Noble Val, Cordes sur Ciel, Najac, St Cirq Lapopie: picture postcard villages, classified among the most beautiful villages in France!
Right next to us are gorgeous medieval towns like Albi or Montauban.
People there are very friendly and are always interested in meeting newcomers – it’s easy to strike up a conversation.
If you are interested, there are also fantastic grottos to visit – although as I already said, we are mostly above ground enjoying all the activities nature has to offer: hiking, rock climbing, horseback or bike riding but also many water sports such as canoeing or kayaking.
You’re also welcome to just hang and relax, stay home by the fireplace or in the pool, and read a good book… whatever you may like!
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Getting To Your House
I will gladly pick you up at the Montauban train station. I could possibly arrange for a pick-up at the Toulouse airport for an additional fee.
Renting a car will be ideal so you can fully take advantage of the region: you can easily do so in Montauban, and I’ll give you links.
There is wifi throughout the house.
I go to the nearby markets to buy in-season fresh produce, which I use to cook traditional French food. I like to cook savory pies with veggies from the garden, and also crêpes. I sometimes cook the local specialties like duck and foie-gras, when my students are open to it of course.
You are of course welcome to cook with me, and I will be happy to adapt my cuisine to particular diets. I can cook really healthy, mostly vegetarian food or we can indulge with yummy duck… Just let me know what you like.
My house is strictly non-smoking inside. Smoking is tolerated outside in the garden – I myself may enjoy one or two cigarettes a day – my guilty pleasure.
I can welcome your pet as long as it is well-trained, quiet and won’t run away.
The pool is open, there is no fence around it. Please understand that if you do come with children, it will be your responsibility to watch them carefully.
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
My program is as flexible as you want it to be. Prices vary depending on what exactly you would like your stay to be, but this example gives you an idea:
- 15 hours tuition – usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days.
- As much (or as little) homework as you want: listening activities, preparation for conversation/discussion, structured reading…
- Accommodation in your own house with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, living room.
- 2 meals a day with me (breakfast and lunch) unless you prefer to take off on your own.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit of some of the castles of the region, or a long hike in the countryside + picnic, a tour of a village + lunch in a simple restaurant – according to your interests.
- Preferred arrival date on Sunday, departure the next Saturday – but I’m flexible on the days.
The price with these options is 1300 Euros for one person.
For one additional guest, the price per week is:
- Euros 210 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 700 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.
There are other options with more tuition / a longer excursion /no excursion… I am flexible, and can adapt to special requests.
“Thank you Pierre for all of your time, support and guidance. You’ve given me a renewed sense of confidence in my French, and you have genuinely helped deepen my love for this beautiful language.”
French Immersion Teacher in Tarn-et-Garonne
Stayed in May 2019
Mike & Heather
My wife Heather and I have just finished a week-long course with Pierre. We found him to be extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of French language and culture and found his explanations of the use of the language were clear, concise and easily understandable.
Pierre made every effort to… Read more
Stayed in April 2019
I had the privilege and pleasure of enjoying a week of Immersion in the Tarn-et-Garonne region with Pierre.
During the week, we started the mornings with a delicious breakfast followed by a few hours of class, then lunch and an afternoon hike or ride to one of the many medieval villages in… Read more
Stayed in March 2019
Hello Pierre. Thank you for such a wonderful experience! I loved my homestay!
Your knowledge of both English and French not only helped my language acquisition, but my understanding of the logic behind the rules as well. It was a dream moment of mine, finding myself discussing ancient civi… Read more
Stayed in March 2019
I wasn’t really sure how this was going to go. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a student. The truth was that I felt equal parts stoked and embarrassed to have forgotten so much French over the years.
Much to my relief, Pierre’s style of teaching is what I would call intuitive… Read more
Stayed in December 2019
I stayed with Pierre in December 2018 and had an enjoyable experience in the beautiful countryside of the Lot et Garrone.
I was initially quite nervous doing a full immersion for a week because my French was very limited, however Pierre was patient and an excellent teacher. My grammar and … Read more
Stayed in 2018
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 … Read more
Stayed in 2018
My son Ted, who is studying French as an extra option at university, spent a week with Pierre and together they went through his whole programme of study.
Ted says it was enormously useful and Pierre was an excellent teacher and spoke French to him all the time. Apart from being very nice … Read more
Stayed in 2018
Debbie and Len
Pierre is an excellent teacher. Both his parents were university linguistic professors – that upbringing shows in his teaching skills. Pierre was relentless in correcting my many grammatically bad habits while always being charming, funny, and interesting. I learned a great deal dur… Read more
Stayed in 2018
In October 2018 I had the pleasure of spending a week “chez Pierre” with the aim of enhancing my French vocabulary and comprehension.
Based in a relaxed rural environment, it was a stimulating full immersion, which offered constant opportunities both to revisit past learning that had b… Read more
Stayed in 2018
Debbie and Sam
My wife Debbie and I recently spent a lovely week in Lot-et-Garonne working on our conversational French with Pierre. We are both good but not fluent speakers; this was our second experience with French Today’s séjours linguistiques.
The bucolic setting, the brilliant sunny weather, an… Read more
Stayed in 2018
I have recently spent 6 days with Pierre in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne region, and it was exactly the kind of immersion I wanted!
I have just re-started my study of French after a 15 year hiatus, and I knew I needed to commit to an intensive course to kick-start my learning. This immers… Read more