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Léa – Dordogne – Practice Your French In Immersion + Pool (Golf Option)

View of Périgueux DordogneLéa Cuviller

€1200 per week

Excursions/tours: 3

Meals: 2 per day (usually B + L)

Room: Private suite: bedroom, bathroom & living room. Separate entrance.

Max. guests: 1 to 4 people traveling together

Teaches kids: Host is not a French teacher but will help you practice you French.

Other: Private swimming pool. Golf option. French level required: conversant (B1).

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From April 15th to November 15th, take a walk on the French side with your sparkling bilingual host Léa. Practice your French in immersion while discovering the scrumptious gastronomy, the many food markets and gorgeous châteaux of the Dordogne valley. Stroll the historic center of the medieval town of Périgueux and back home, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, then maybe some golf?

Learn French in France – Your Immersion Residential Program in Périgueux, Dordogne, France

Meet Your Host

Bonjour, et bienvenue !

I’m Léa, it’s a pleasure for me and my family to welcome you.

I’m a French woman in my thirties, native from the west of France. I was always attracted by cultural exchange and that’s what lead me to live in Ireland, England, Belgium, Brazil and Canada (that’s also the reason why I speak English fluently).

Although unlike the other French Today’s hosts I’m not a certified teacher and don’t offer formal French lessons, I’ve helped many people with their French before and even worked as a French tutor for a while. So I’m confident I’ll be able to help you practice and improve your French in the context of our daily activities and tours.

To best take advantage of this immersion program,  it’s better if you are already conversant in French (level B1 or higher). I’ll adapt my speaking to your French level: using simpler or more challenging constructions, tenses and expressions depending on what works for you.

We’re a family of three: my husband David who is crazy about golf and soccer, is also a very good chef ; his teenage son Ugo lives with us part time and loves nature and sport. A character trait that is common to the three of us: we are food lovers and would love to share our passion for French food and wine with you. I also worked in the wine industry previous to our French immersion venture.

In our free time, we’re pretty laid back. We enjoy playing board games, walking by the river or biking in the forest and collecting wild mushrooms. In summer time we spend quite a lot of time enjoying our large private swimming pool.

Your Home in Périgueux, Dordogne, France

We live in a large country house with a beautiful view over the valley.

The house is located on a hill that overlooks the medieval city of Périgueux. It was part of an old castle; the house was built in 1786 and David spent the last 15 years renovating it so it’s now very comfortable. We can still enjoy the castle’s ruins view from our windows.

“Our” hill is like a small community: there are five families and we often gather for birthdays and other celebrations. In the middle of our hamlet, we all maintain and share a vegetable garden.

Even though it feels we are in the countryside, our house is only at a 5 minutes drive from a large mall and a 10 minutes drive from the historic heart of the city. Public transportation is available down the hill. And should you or your companion enjoy playing golf, there’s a 18 holes golf course just down the hill!

Your Private Suite in Dordogne

The whole ground level floor facing the pool is dedicated to our students: you’ll have direct access to your space from the terrace.

Your private suite includes a sunny living room, a large bedroom with a double size bed, an attached shower room and a separate toilet. The living room has a comfortable pull out sofa bed, a small table, a desk and a pinball machine (we say “un flipper” in French!)

The gourmet equipped kitchen (we have a great coffee machine and a chef’s stove) and dining room are shared with us and directly accessible from your living room or the large terrasse.

In the summertime, we’ll all enjoy the deck, the garden and our large in-ground swimming pool. We love barbecuing under the pergola and I often take a quick nap or read a book in the outdoor sofas as the boys play table-tennis in the garden.

Learn French in The Dordogne Region in France

One hour and a half away from Bordeaux, the Dordogne valley offers a large panel of activities. Within a one-hour drive radius of our house, you’ll go from medieval towns to flat countryside with crops, to hilly woods with medieval castles, to lakes and rivers where you can enjoy a kayaking. The «Vézère Valley» is well known for its exceptional prehistoric sites and painting caves like «Lascaux».

If you are a foodie like us, the region is full of producers of truffles, nuts, strawberries, wine, caviar, duck breast and foie gras who open their doors for tasting. There’s also a huge diversity of architecture in our region! You’ll find white, grey, beige, yellow even red stones so the houses look quite different from Sarlat (built with yellow stones) to Collonges La Rouge (built with red and white stones).

If you’re more adventurous, there are also numerous activities such as canoe tour, hiking or climbing.

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay

As I stated before, since I’m 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.

Getting To My House

The nearest international airport is Bordeaux. You can then easily hop on the shuttle (every 15 min) to the train station, then take a train to Périgueux where we’ll be waiting for you.

Car Rental

As we live on a hill overlooking the city of Périgueux, if you wish to be independent we recommend you rent a car. Public transportation is down the hill (10 minutes walk). Parking is not a problem.

Wifi

There is wifi reception throughout the house.

Smoking

Smoking isn’t possible in the house, but it’s allowed in the garden.

Diets

We like to cook with regional quality fresh food. We are happy to adapt to your taste and also discover new diets.

Pets

We’re sorry we cannot welcome your pets. We have two forest pigeons: Roe deer and Palombes, a cat, and Eliot, the hamlet dog, often hangs out in our yard.

Pool

The pool is surrounded by a fence. 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:

  • Accommodation in your own private studio with a private bathroom.
  • Two meals a day with me: French breakfast and usually 3 courses lunch. 
  • Three accompanied French practice excursions or cultural activities – eg. a tour of Périgueux, a walk by the river, a wine or food tasting, a local market, – according to your interests (entry fees if any are not included). During these excursions, we will speak French together.
  • Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday.

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 €210 in half board with shared excursions (entry fees, if any, are not included).

Golf Option

Includes 3 golf excursions with David + 2 other activities of your choice (green fee for player(s) + David not included). David speaks both French and English, and could help you practice your French or speak English with a traveling companion for example.

3 x 18 holes in the region to choose between :

  • Golf de Périgueux : technical course
  • Golf de la Marterie : countryside course
  • Golf de l’Olivarie : surrounded by castles
  • Golf du Château des Vigiers: surrounded by vines
  • Golf class with PGA teacher on demand

This option also includes:

  • Chipping & putting green 5 minutes from home
  • Golf TV (European tour & PGA)
  • Golf littérature and magazines in French

The price of this option is an additional 400 Euros for one person.

Léa Cuviller

Contact Léa

French Immersion Host in Dordogne

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  • Please write a detailed message for the teacher including:
    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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