Suzanne – Northern Brittany – French Immersion Program in Teacher’s Home
€1350 per week
Lessons: 15 hours
Meals: 2 per day (B + D)
Room: Private bedroom and bathroom
Max. guests: 1 to 6 guests traveling together
Teaches kids: Age 6 and up
Other: Award winning garden.Contact teacher
Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program in Brittany
Meet Your French Teacher and Hosts
Bonjour, my name is Suzanne – welcome to my home!
As a teacher, my aim is to increase students’ confidence so that they can go off and talk to other people: being English native myself, I understand perfectly well the courage it takes to speak French to French natives.
My husband Peter and I live in the countryside, just outside Jugon les Lacs, a ‘petite cité de caractère’ – a town with a colourful history going back to medieval times. The other permanent resident is our affectionate 4-legged friend ‘Monsieur X’ – our outdoors-only cat.
People here are very friendly and it will be easy for you to practice your French with the locals.
As we also run a Bed and Breakfast, we have three guest rooms with private bathrooms so we can easily accommodate a family traveling together: I can give formal French lessons to one or several people, as the others enjoy the region (or relax in our garden!).
You are also welcome to come just by yourself (in this case you’ll be my only student), or with your spouse or with a friend. I teach all levels of French learners and kids as well.
I prefer to do all my teaching in French, with a large array of materials and activities to draw upon, but can explain tricky points quickly and simply in English if needed. I also speak Spanish, German and Italian.
“This has been one of the best weeks of my life. The two of you are some of the most fascinating and interesting, and warm people I have ever met!”
Chip & Margy
Welcome to Our Home in Brittany, France
Our home is a typical breton farm which we entirely renovated ourselves. I have a spacious dedicated classroom for lessons, there’s a cosy sitting room where you can relax, and an open kitchen to the dining room which is typically Breton.
And of course there is our big garden. The garden is a great place to relax, and we often eat outside.
Peter and I are quite active in local village life (choir, Breton dancing, library, running bilingual quizzes in the local bar …), and will involve you in those activities if you like.
Your Room and Private Bathroom
Your bedroom is of moderate size, and is cosy and comfortable. There is a hot drinks corner, and you have your own shower room with sink and wc. Wi-fi is free.
We have three guest bedrooms in our house each with a private shower room, so there is plenty of space if you are traveling with your family or a group of friends!
Next door to your bedroom, you have a bright study room with a table, chair, armchair, a library of French books of different levels and views over the countryside – the perfect place to study!
Learn French In The Northern Brittany Region In France
Near our house, you’ll find the town of Dinan, le Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte, la ferme d’Antan, le château de la Hunaudaye, and forest, country or lakeside walks.
If you rent a car, you can easily get to St Malo, le Mont St Michel, Vitré, Fougères, Josselin, Paimpol, La Roche Jagu, the island of Bréhat la Côte de Granit Rose…
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Getting to Our House
Trains from Paris arrive in nearby Lamballe and Rennes, from where we can pick you up. Our nearest airports are Rennes and Dinard. Car hire is possible at all of these places if booked in advance.
During a week’s stay, I will take you out on a couple of visits, but if you are interested in seeing as much as possible while you are here, you should consider hiring a car during your stay.
Public transport outside the main Breton towns is not well developed. Bike hire can possibly be arranged from the Jugon Sport and Leisure Centre.
There is Wifi throughout the house.
We don’t smoke and smoking is not allowed in the house. You may smoke in the garden if you wish.
Lunches are copious, and many of the vegetables and much of the fruit that we use come from our prize-winning organic garden.
It’s my husband Peter who usually does the cooking at home. He likes to prepare healthy “French style” food but also traditional Breton cooking such as galettes and Breton pork.
Peter will accommodate a vegetarian diet, but cooking vegan or other special diets can be problematic since ingredients can be difficult to source locally.
Sorry, we cannot welcome your pet.
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
- 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 room with private shower room (we have 3 rooms available).
- 2 meals a day: breakfast with me, and possibly with French-speaking B&B guests; a copious lunch with me (and Peter, perhaps), or a prepared picnic lunch, for days when you prefer to go out sightseeing.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Dinan, a walk along the coastal path, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, preparing a French speciality dish together – according to your interests.
- Inclusion in my weekly local ‘duties’ is also possible (eg. Breton dance practice, officiating at the local library)
- If needed, the loan of a laptop for homework listening activities.
- Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
The price with these options is 1350 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.
We can host up to six guests traveling together. If you are a larger family / group traveling together, contact me for more pricing information.
There are other options with more tuition /no excursions… I am flexible, can adapt to special requests.
“Suzanne’s French classes were excellent. She has a great teaching system matched by her enormous energy, enthusiasm and patience. With what seems like a year’s tuition packed into one week, we now have a greater appreciation of the language and culture.”
Caron & Tony
French Immersion Teacher in Bretagne
Stayed in November 2019
I came here last year for just one week, which I found to be extremely beneficial, but not long enough. My week here was one of the best last year, and I enjoyed many great experiences in that year. I knew I had to come back.
This year I came for two weeks, which also have passed extremely… Read more
Stayed in October 2019
Dear Madame, Sir or child, if you have already stayed with Peter and Suzanne, then you already know what an amazing experience this has been. If you are still on the fence before taking the plunge to sign up for a week-long stay or not, all I can say is ‘plunge on!’
Then, once you arri… Read more
Stayed in September 2019
Elaine & Cees
Suzanne, your energy and enthusiasm have motivated us far more than we had dared hope. What a difference a week makes!
Peter, your ‘cuisine’ was ‘superbe’. Loved all of it! Your plates were a work of art – so simple, yet so well thought out.
In (almost) the words of Arnold… Read more
Stayed in August 2019
Mary & Sarah
Chers Suzanne et Peter, Nous sommes restées deux semaines chez vous et c’était une très bonne expérience pour nous deux. Merci pour l’accueil chaleureux.
Avec votre assistance, nous avons gagné en confiance avec la langue française et notre niveau est bien amélioré.
Les … Read more
Stayed in August 2019
Jack Sr, Jack Jr & Neve
Dear Suzanne and Peter, thanks you so much for having me, my sister and grandfather for an amazing two weeks. Being here is like a dream. This place is magical. We love it here, from Peter’s amazing cooking, Suzanne’s great lessons and expeditions, to the famous Mr X. Thank you so much … Read more
Stayed in August 2019
Louan & Burke
Suzanne and Peter, you have helped us make a dream come true! Our heads are full and our hearts are happy.
We are grateful for all the fabulous things we have learned and experienced from phonetics to history to Peter’s beautiful piano music as we fell asleep.
The food was excelle… Read more
Stayed in June 2019
Thank you so much Suzanne and Peter for an absolutely wonderful week – you are both hosts du premier ordre!
I arrived with some (a lot of?!) trepidation, as it is a very long time since I did any real studying, and I was worried about how I would cope with 3 hours study a day – and hom… Read more
Stayed in June 2019
Gail & Don
Thank you, Suzanne and Peter, for a wonderful week in Jugon les Lacs. The time has passed too quickly!
You are both terrific hosts, who made us feel at home straight away. Our room (with a study for doing my homework!) was very comfortable, and Peter’s cooking was top class, with prod… Read more