Your French Immersion Homestay Program Near Bordeaux
Bonjour et bienvenue! Je m’appelle Edwige.
Since I qualified to teach French as a foreign language in 2005, I’ve taught in various countries: Morocco, Australia, New-Zealand, Norway, Belgium and the UK.
If you want to learn French for pleasure, enjoy speaking French whilst visiting France or perhaps preparing for a more specific purpose, like working or studying in France, I will adapt my lessons to your needs.
I can help unlock your full potential by providing the one-on-one attention you need in order to succeed!
My husband Jonathan is British born but his French is good. He works abroad but comes back often so you may get to meet him.
Welcome to Our Home Near Bordeaux
I live about 40 km away from Bordeaux in a tiny rural hamlet.
It’s a very nice walk in the middle of the vineyards to the nearest village. It is a pretty medieval village, with lots of history, shops, restaurants, a great bookshop/cafe, a wine museum, as well as a cinema and an open-air pool in the summer. You will find everything you need there, and many opportunities to practice your French with the locals. There is an open-air market every Saturday morning where I often buy fresh produce.
Since my house is uphill from the village, my students often enjoy walking there and I pick them up in my car for the return trip.
Our home is an old winemaker’s house built at the beginning of the 20th century. It still has old time charm, but with modern comforts!
Your Private Cottage in France
We have a newly built cottage attached to our house where you will have your own accommodation. It’s on two floors.
The garden level features a comfortable living room with a sofa and a TV corner.
Your cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. I love everything about food! Reading, cooking, eating, and also, of course, talking about it!
I’m a qualified dietician, and I enjoy cooking simple but tasty meals, using excellent quality local produce. I often cook duck or free-range chicken along with fresh organic vegetables from the local market or our garden.
I love to combine local produce with aromatic herbs and accompany them with a nice local wine (Bordeaux of course!). I will also be happy to adapt my food to your special diet: I can cook vegetarian and will do my best to cook vegan, gluten-free or whatever your diet may require under your guidance.
You have your own private terrace overlooking the vineyards, allowing you to choose when you want to have a bit of peace and quiet on your own!
The view is not bad either.
The master bedroom and shower room are located on the garden level. You will enjoy a comfy king size bed and a shower room.
There is also a separate toilet.
Upstairs, there is a second bedroom with 2 single beds and its own separate toilet.
Wifi is available throughout the house and we have a good mobile coverage.
Unfortunately, there are no pets allowed on the property and no smoking inside the house either.
The Region of Bordeaux in France
Our region of France is called “le Bordelais”: it takes its name from the main city “Bordeaux”, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The Bordeaux area is very famous for its wine and many vineyards located in gorgeous towns: Medoc, Saint Emilion, Sauternes…
My house is in an area located between two rivers, therefore also called “l’Entre-deux-mers” (between two seas): it’s a luscious region full of fields, rivers, vineyards and medieval villages called “Bastides”.
You will find lots of information about the region in your cottage, but there is also a tourist information center 5km away in the main town where you can also visit a castle and a wine museum.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay
There are plenty of options to get to my place. Trains, planes, buses: the Bordeaux region is very good for public transport.
From Paris is the new high-speed TGV train line to Bordeaux center, which only takes 2 hours. There you can change train and in another 20 minutes, you arrive at the closest train station where I will be waiting for you!
Bordeaux airport is connected with lots of European cities. From Bordeaux airport, you can connect to the train station to come to me (there are direct buses every hour between the airport and the train station) or I’ll be happy to pick you up at the airport if you wish (additional 20 Euro fee).
If you love nature and the outdoors, then there are plenty of nice walks to do around us. I also don’t mind to go and pick you up after a nice long walk or drive you to the closest village or the train station. If you want to be more independent and to discover the area on your own, we suggest renting a car. There’s a parking space right next to your cottage.
A One Week (7 Days, 6 nights) Residential French Course Includes:
- 15 hours of French course
- Breakfast and one meal a day
- Accommodation in your own cottage attached to the house
- 2 activities or tours (extra fees such as museum entries are not included) •
- 7 days – 6 nights, usually from Sunday to Saturday but I can adapt to your travel needs.
This is a suggestion for your immersion program, but I’m also happy to adapt to your rhythm and create a personalized schedule.
The price with these options is 1300 euros per week for one person
Given the size of the cottage, we can easily accommodate 1 or 2 persons but are also flexible for families or group of friends up to 4.
For one additional guest, the price per week is:
- 210 euros in half board, without lessons or excursions
- 700 euros in half board with shared lessons and excursions
My Approach to Teaching French
I’m easy-going, very flexible and I like my lessons to be lively. I enjoy teaching pronunciation, grammar, the use of different tenses, as well as conversational classes, but could also help you prepare for a French exam, or develop precise work-related French skills.
I like learning to be fun, so I use many different books and methods, and I especially enjoy using games and videos to help in class.
Moving to this exceptional region of France has been my dream for many years: now, I can’t wait to share with you my latest finds, stroll the medieval cities and open-air markets together and then share our impressions of it all – in French of course – over a glass of Bordeaux wine!
Contact Edwige – French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Reviews From Students
Carlien & Greg – French Immersion Homestay Near Bordeaux
Going to France with my husband, I knew I wasn’t going to practise French as much as I would on my own. My husband doesn’t speak French and he prefers to enjoy French culture (wine!) than the French language…however choosing the immersion program at Edwige’s home was the best idea ever, as it worked for both of us!
Edwige’s English is very good and my husband enjoyed sharing discussions about France but I still got to practise my French during our daily classes, plus the time I spent with Edwige touring the region, helping her cook her delicious meals and just chatting away in the garden with a nice glass of wine.
Edwige found the perfect balance for us both to enjoy time with her and on our own. We felt at ease straight away on arrival and Edwige did everything she could for us to feel at home.
Edwige is very professional. She was spot on judging my level of French. Challenging but still fun!
The region is fantastic, we enjoyed going around the village and the countryside, it was so romantic!
It was a very enjoyable experience and we highly recommend it.
Henry – French Immersion Homestay Near Bordeaux
My French is very basic but I wanted to experience a French immersion and I am so, so happy I did it!
Edwige gave me the confidence to put into practice what I had just learnt in class. I got to use my French at the market and la boulangerie! I was a bit anxious at first, worried about not being understood because of my accent, but Edwige has great skills and tricks for correcting French pronunciation. I think Edwige is a very good teacher.
I really enjoyed the breakfast, I was looking forward to it every morning! The table was very inviting with a big range of food to choose from and it was so delicious! I loved the “Pain au Chocolat”!
The surroundings are just so lovely and calm. I loved going for walks to relax as it can be a bit tiring to speak all day when you are a beginner like me! Edwige was very understanding and very flexible with her schedule.
Visiting Bordeaux was also really easy, with a direct train taking you from the calm of the countryside, right into the heart of the city. Lots of Museums and shops to enjoy there as well!
Karla & Bea – French Immersion at Teacher’s House Near Bordeaux, France
In October 2017 we spent a week of French immersion with Edwige in the South of France.
The experience was educational, fun and one we will never forget.
Our accommodations were very attractive, private and comfortable. The common area was clean and bright and very conducive to socializing and studying with Edwige.
We spent three hours each morning working on French grammar and speech. Edwige was very good at identifying our level of expertise (or lack of) and customizing her instruction to meet our specific needs. She used a wide variety of methods with emphasis on developing listening and speaking skills. There were written exercises, games, audio lessons, and conversations.
On two afternoons Edwige took us on excursions to nearby places of cultural and historic interest.
What made all of this experience especially wonderful was Edwige herself. We found her to be a wonderful hostess and teacher who presented learning with patience, sympathy and humor. And finall,y we must mention that she is a wonderful cook who prepared delicious meals.
We would recommend anyone who wants to take their French studies to the next level to consider studying with Edwige.
Susan – French Immersion at Teacher’s House Near Bordeaux, France
At first, I was a little stressed to travel on my own in France, that’s why I chose an immersion program with French Today.
I knew I would feel better living with someone and getting a true “French experience” having my teacher with me when I visited places. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwige met me at the airport and I immediately felt much more relaxed and comfortable.
I didn’t realise I could learn so much within a week. I enjoyed the lessons but also the activities, games and conversations with Edwige. We really got on well and had loads of fun. She taught even how to play cards in French: I’ll never forget the laughter over trying to remember the rules in French!
Her husband Jonathan was there as well and was also excellent company. And their place is a dream. One evening, they surprised me with a table set in the field in front of their house: we enjoyed “hors-d’oeuvres” and a glass of wine there. It was so lovely, a truly unique experience.
Peter, Ann, Matthew, Anthony & Charles – Immersion en France
I’d always wanted to learn French, but never found the time.
With Edwige, we found a great way to be able to do a family holiday and for me to do an immersion course all at the same time.
Our cottage was perfect. We had space for the kids upstairs (Edwige kindly set up an extra bed for our youngest) and a very nice room to ourselves on the garden floor. If we needed anything, Edwige was right next door, but we still had plenty of privacy with our own little garden.
Edwige had plenty of info for my partner and the kids to go and occupy themselves in the mornings, whilst we did lessons together. Then in afternoons we met up and went exploring the region together.
Such a great region, with so much to do! We loved kayaking, biking, swimming… Edwige delicious food and the occasional glass of wine!
A perfect family holiday and we can’t wait to come back!