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Hélène – Lyon City – French Immersion Program At Teacher’s Home

French Homestay In LyonHélène

€1300 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

Meals: 2 per day (B + L or D)

Room: Private bedroom & bathroom

Max. guests: 1 guest or a couple

Teaches kids: Age 6 and up

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Experience an authentic French family immersion in Lyon at your French teacher Hélène, her husband Laurent and their two daughters, Manon (15) and Solène (13). You'll dive right into their lives and improve your French while enjoying the beautiful and magical city of Lyon, famous for its gastronomy, mild climate and punctuated throughout the year by major cultural events.

Learn French in Lyon – Your Immersion Homestay Program

Meet Your French Teacher And Family

Bonjour, bienvenue à Lyon, bienvenue chez nous!

My name is Hélène. I was born, grew up and studied in the Paris area.
I first studied German at university. Then I graduated in French as a second or foreign language. I taught French to foreign students for 15 years in private language schools and taught migrants in NGOs, including children.

Laurent and I have been living in Lyon for sixteen years, and that’s where our two daughters Manon (15) and Solène (13) were born.

Laurent and I love biking and horse riding, hiking with our young and very cute dog named “Kickass”, kayaking, reading, spending time with our many friends.

We are not fluent English speakers, but we manage. Laurent and I are fluent in German and Portuguese and we know a few Chinese words. Manon can speak Italian well and Solène has been learning Japanese for two years. We are interested in foreign languages and we love discovering other cultures through our travels or meetings.

Our dog “kickass” is a big part of our family. He is super friendly to adults and kids alike, and he is a patient listener: the perfect companion to help you practice your French!

For a more effective language immersion, I would advise you to come on your own.  However if it would make things easier for you, you could come with your partner.

Whether you are a beginner or confirmed learner, I will offer you lessons tailored to your needs and expectations. I am used to adapting the classes to each student’s profile.

Welcome to Our Apartment in Lyon, France

We own a comfortable duplex apartment located on the second and third floor of a small building without elevator, in a popular, commercial and lively area of Lyon.

There are plenty of shops and commodities in the vicinity, including public transportations. Lyon’s town center is easily reached by bus (15-20 minutes) and there are bike-hire stations too in the area. Parking is easy and free.

We enjoy a large garden which we share with the other flat in our building. We are there quite often,  have barbecues down there with our friends, and also hang with our dog. As you can see, there’s a nice swing set… It used to be my girls’ domain!

The main floor is a nice open floor space with the kitchen and the living-room. Your bedroom and private bathroom are also on this floor.

All our bedrooms and our bathroom are located on the top floor.

Your Room And Private Bathroom

Your private room has a double loft bed, with a large desk under the bed and a high wardrobe.

It features large windows and rolling shutters. We can provide you with a small fridge (quiet/ 41 dB), in order to put in some food or beverage, if needed. There is also Wifi.

Your private shower room including WC is located right next to your room.

Learn French in Lyon, France

The main gateway to the Alps, Lyon is a World Heritage city, well-known for his large Renaissance old town called “Le Vieux Lyon”, and its culinary delights. After all, Lyon is the home of world-renowned French chef Paul Bocuse! I’m sure you’ll enjoy our typical restaurants called “les bouchons”.

Lyon is also the birthplace of cinema, thanks to the work of the Lumière brothers.You will love discovering the cultural life of Lyon and will be amazed by its richness and the many possibilities offered by the city (23 museums, exhibitions and festivals throughout the year, light shows…)

Lyon is also a great place to walk, or ride a bike (there are many bike paths) and just relax in a café or on the grass of our Central Parc, “le park de la Tête d’Or” and its amazing botanical garden and greenhouses.

We’ve been living here for over 16 years, so I’ll be happy to help you make the best of your stay and take you to my favorite places.

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course

Getting To Our House

You can easily reach Lyon by plane, train or bus. You can then take a shuttle from the airport and the tram/bus or metro to come to our house. Or a taxi.

Car Rental

You don’t need to rent a car, our area is well served by public transportation! But should you wish to, you will find free parking spots in our area. In addition to public transportation, you can rent bikes or electric scooters all over the city. There are several Vélo’V stations in our neighborhood.


There is wifi throughout the house.


Our flat is a smoke-free zone. Should you wish to smoke, you can either use the balcony or the garden. This is what Laurent does!


We like cooking traditional, regional French food and exotics dishes as well. We pay attention to the origin and the quality of the products we buy. Friends often show up unexpectedly and some are vegetarian or gluten-free so we are used to providing meals suited to everyone’s dietary needs.


Because of our dog Kickass, unfortunately, we’d rather not welcome your pet. He’s friendly, but we don’t think he’ll enjoy sharing his home with another dog.

A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:

This following one week program is very flexible. The Homestay price depends on what you would like to do exactly, but you will always be informed beforehand if there were to be additional costs.

  • Half-board (2 meals a day): continental breakfast + lunch with your teacher or dinner with the family, your choice. You’re welcome to cook your meal in the kitchen, however, there are also many food options around. We can also provide you with a small quiet fridge in order to put in some food or beverage, in your room if needed.
  • Accommodation in your own room with a double bed, desk and chair, dresser and your own shower room with bathroom sink and toilet. Sheets and towels are provided. Hair dryer available.
  • 15 hours (one-to-one) French lessons per week, usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days. Homework if you want some.
  •  2 accompanied excursions, cultural or sports activities of your choice (entry fees not included and depending on your choices any additional costs for gas and toll)
  • Preferred arrival on Monday morning, departure the next Sunday afternoon – but I’m flexible and can adapt to your request.

The fee for this program is 1300 Euros for one person.

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 210 for half board, without lessons
  • Euros 700 for half board with shared lessons and excursions

For a more efficient linguistic experience, I believe it would be better if you came alone. However, you are very welcome to come with your spouse, a relative or a friend. Your bedroom with a double bed can accommodate two people.

Additional Tours

Depending on the weather, your interests, your mood and what you would like to do, I can organize longer excursions for an additional fee:

  • The Northern or Southern Rhone Valley and its wineries,
  • Valence or Annecy,
  • A week-end in the Monts d’Ardèche natural regional Park, a small mountain where we own our country house,
  • The medieval town of Pérouges,
  • Horse riding around the Miribel lake or in the mountains near Lyon,
  • French cooking workshop… or other!

There is so much to do around here, just tell me what you’d like to do, and we’ll work out the details!


Contact Hélène

French Immersion Teacher in Lyon

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Reviews (20)

Stayed in February 2020


Oh, the joy of not typing with accents. The stay with you does not lend itself to a concise testimonial as there were so many things I enjoyed!  I’ll leave most of it out. However, I shall try.

Helene managed to maintain my interest in 3hrs of lessons each morning. A first ev… Read more

Stayed in February 2020


Im frühlingshaften Februar 2020 konnte ich zwei hervorragende Wochen bei der Familie Lemaitre in Lyon verbringen. Ich wurde herzlich von einer sehr offenen und aufgestellten Gastfamilie empfangen und von Anfang an in den Alltag integriert. Für meinen Rückzug stand mir ein grosszügiges Zimmer … Read more

Stayed in January 2020


I spent two incredible weeks with Hélène and her family in Lyon.

As a thirty year old professional optometrist from California, I was able to take off some time from work to dedicate myself to my French learning. Not only did I receive professional one on one French lessons from Hélène… Read more

Stayed in December 2019

Sean Ni

“I had a wonderful time during my one week stay at Hélène’s place in Lyon. From the moment I got there, her and her whole family welcomed me with open arms.

Hélène was a very patient teacher and tailored the lessons to my needs. I truly enjoyed being part of their family fo… Read more

Stayed in November 2019

Patrick & Barbara

I just came back from a great week in France ! I landed at Charles de Gaulle at 8:00 am on a Saturday, took a taxi to our Hotel ( Hotel Louis 2 in the 6th arrondissement ) and then spent two days seeing the sights in Paris. Monday am, we took the TGV from the Gare de Lyon in Paris to Gare Part Di… Read more

Stayed in November 2019


Twice, in the spring of 2019 and in the fall of 2019, I spent a week in Lyon living with Helene and her family.

The superior method that Helene uses is to incorporate all of our conversation whether in French or English into her lessons.

The benefit of her process is that she instru… Read more

Stayed in October 2019


I had a wonderful week with Hélène and her family in Lyon.

We began our time together with a couple days at their vacation home in the Ardeche region, which was beautiful.  After that, I spent the rest of the week with them at their apartment in Lyon.

Hélène and her family w… Read more

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