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Émilie – Pyrénées Mountains – Scenic French Immersion at Teacher’s & Family

Background image: French Homestay In the PyrénéesEmilie

€1400 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

Meals: 3 per day

Room: Private bedroom & bathroom

Max. guests: 1 or 1 couple + 1 kid

Teaches kids: Age 5 and up

Other: Options gourmet cooking, yoga, singing, paragliding.

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Sample a slice of authentic French life with a French immersion homestay at Emilie & family in idyllic South-West France, at the foot of the Pyrénées Mountains.Their renovated French farmhouse offers breathtaking views over the countryside, especially stunning at sun down. Your graduated & experienced French teacher Emilie, her husband David and children Myrtille (12) & Aristide (18) enjoy cycling, cooking & eating, laughing, music: you will feel welcome by this dynamic family eager to help you practice your French in this scenic off the beaten track region of France.

Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program in The Pyrénées Mountains

Meet Your French Teacher and Family

Bonjour! My name is Emilie, welcome to our home.

I am a native French woman born of German and Belgian parents. I speak German, English, and Spanish and always dreamt to be an “ambassador”.

I am a certified French teacher from l’Alliance Française and I have a DAEFLE degree in teaching French as a Second Language.

For the last nine years, I have been teaching children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced level. I also give language lessons to our local refugee group, which has been a rich and rewarding experience.

Being very fond of wildlife and open spaces, I decided to take my family the marvellous countryside of the “little Pyrenees” between Toulouse and the Pyrenees mountains.

Our two children, Aristide 18 years and Myrtille, 12 years old, both love having foreign guests around. Myrtille is eager to be a “little French teacher”: she is patient and lots of fun to be around and will enjoy playing French board games with you if you are so inclined.

Finally, we have a cat called Eustache – a very old-fashioned French name: it’s our little nod to all that is retro!

Life here combines calm and quiet with convivial social gatherings. My immersion style is to really include my students in our everyday life, take them to meet our local friends, enjoy with them the local events happening all around us: it’s a real opportunity to see another side of French contemporary life!


Welcome to Our Home in The Pyrénées, France

Our House

Our former farmhouse has just been totally renovated: wood, stone, and metal offer a sleek and simple décor combining modernity and tradition with space.

The house is large enough to have both shared and private areas, and I have a dedicated classroom available for teaching, however I do like to get out of the classroom; we have plenty of other places to choose from, and the garden can be lovely too.

Almost all year round we use the deck as an extended living space for everything from a morning coffee to an alfresco teaching space.  It is also the best place to watch wild deer and the really wonderful birds of prey who are regular visitors.

Your Suite and Private Bathroom

Your private suite is furnished with one double bed and two side tables, a desk, and a chair, and has an adjacent dressing room. 

Your modern private bathroom has a shower and double-sink, and there is a separate toilet just next door.

The suite accommodates either a single person or a couple. It can be adapted to welcome a family with one child – we’d then bring in an extra bed.

The house was built to achieve maximum light in the day throughout the living areas, and of course the deck. Bedrooms are dedicated to rest and are more intimate with smaller windows: a private, cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

Learn French in The Region of  Petites Pyrénées in France

From the view of our house, you have the impression that we are in the heart of the countryside, with just fields, woodland, and wildlife…

In reality, we are only 8km from the nearest village, called Aurignac. It’s a pretty and vibrant medieval village, with lots of history, local shops, two restaurants, a museum, as well as a cinema, open-air pool in the summer and tennis courts.

Further afield we can also visit Toulouse “the rose city”, the regional capital of Occitanie, with its charming city center of rose pink brick buildings, museums and café life, great for shopping and all things cultural.

In winter, skiing is also an option with several choices of resort, including Superbagnères and Peyragudes, and for the very daring among you there are paragliding and via ferrata opportunities. Walking, hiking, cycling etc… are readily available around hour house.

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course

Getting to our house

Our nearest international airport is Toulouse. Trains from Toulouse arrive in nearby Boussens, from where we can easily pick you up. Other regional airports are smaller but worth looking at, such as Lourdes and Carcassonne.

Car Rental

To really make the most of your stay I recommend that you rent a car, but it’s absolutely no problem if you would prefer to be picked up at the train station, not bother with a car, and take things at a slower pace.

Wifi

Wi-Fi is available throughout the house (although a bit slow).

Smoking

Inside the house is non-smoking.  You may smoke in the garden if you wish.

Central Air

There is central air throughout the house.

Diets

We both really enjoy cooking with organic vegetables from our local producer, salads with edible wild plants, or local classic dishes such as confit de canard, fresh porcini mushrooms…
We welcome vegetarians and could adapt to other diets with your kind guidance.

Pets

As we have a shy cat, I’m sorry but 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, extending your vocabulary, writing a diary etc…
  • Comfortable suite with private bathroom.
  • 3 meals a day: breakfast with myself and my daughter Myrtille, a lunch with myself or a prepared picnic lunch for days when you prefer to go out sightseeing and a family dinner with Myrtille, David and me: Aristide will join us over most weekends.
  • 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Aurignac, Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, Toulouse, a walk through fields and woods or in the mountains, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, preparing a French specialty dish together – according to your interests.
  • Inclusion in my hobbies and activities (yoga, singing rehearsal for local events, cashier at the cinema, coordinating French classes for asylum seekers)

For this program, the fee for one person is 1400 Euros.

Additional Guest

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 315 in full board, without lessons or excursions,
  • Euros 805 in full board with shared lessons and excursions.

There are other options for more tuition or excursions further afield…  I am flexible, and will happily adapt to special requests.

Train tickets and activity fees not included (museum, concert, paragliding, etc…)

Additional Services

There are so many things to do around here, and so many interesting French people to meet. I personally contacted these reliable professionals who are eager to meet French immersion students, and help them practice their French. Should you have other interests, please let me know: I can probably arrange something for you!

  1. Gourmet cooking class, gathering and using wild plants, with Anna Lisa or Vanda.
  2. Baking bread with a family of French farmers.
  3. Kundalini Yoga focusing on breathing with Laurence.
  4. Paragliding with Philippe who is a certified paraglider
  5. Personal sport trainer with Chloé.

My family & I really look forward to helping you progress in French and have a truly unique stay in this stunning part of France.

Emilie

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French Immersion Teacher in the Pyrénées Mountains

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    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.

Reviews (40)

1/5
Stayed in February 2020

Pam

My week of immersion with Emilie was exceptional. As we had discussed my goals and interests before my arrival, she had a full agenda of events planned for me. On the very day of my arrival at the train station, she whisked me to a friend’s house for an Atelier Théâtral. There, with 20 other … Read more

1/5
Stayed in February 2020

Peter

D’abord je dois dire que suis vraiment très content d’avoir séjourné avec Émilie, Myrtille et Eustache. J’ai appris beaucoup de nouveaux mots. Je réalise maintenant que je dois ouvrir ma bouche pour prononcer les voyelles correctement. Comme élève, je ne suis pas une &#82… Read more

1/6
Stayed in January 2020

Robert

Emilie greeted me cheerfully every morning, served me a delicious breakfast, and immediately engaged me in French conversation (mixed with English), so that I could slowly resume my assimilation of French.

I was made to feel that I was the most important person in her life.

Emilie i… Read more

1/6
Stayed in January 2020

David

A spectacular learning vacation!! I spent the first week of January improving my french with Emilie and her friends and family. The experience surpassed my every expectation.

My language skills improved noticeably, I learned specialized vocabulary in real-world situations each day, I spent… Read more

1/5
Stayed in December 2019

Nanxy

I am extremely lucky to be able to spend a week during Christmas with Emilie’s family. It is THE best French immersion experience.

Emilie and her family all have a generous heart and love to share whatever they have with friends and families. Even though I am here for only a week, they c… Read more

1/4
Stayed in December 2019

Steven

When I came to see Emilie for a week in early December I was in need of help to rebuild both my competence and confidence in speaking French with friends and family.

Over the years I have done some random class based courses but found they were not targeted to my many weaknesses and I knew… Read more

1/5
Stayed in November 2019

Agatha

For a person who speaks almost no French, I was quite apprehensive about taking an immersion class in preparation for retiring to France.

The moment I met Emilie, I knew I had made the right choice. She was very patient and structured her classes to meet my beginners’ needs.

The… Read more

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