My name is Laura and I live with my partner, Ben, and our two very friendly dogs. I'm looking to host people to stay at our house with us in the South of France, in a town close to Orange. We are both English natives and I would appreciate the opportunity to have french native speakers stay with us for a week or two, to force us to be absorbed in the French language as opposed to English. General french conversation is great; if you have teaching skills then formal lessons are also welcome.
In exchange you will be able to stay in our house rent-free. It's a lovely house, with a surrounding garden and Mediterranean climate. You will have your own bedroom and a desk can be provided if you need to work. We will share the bathroom. We have a swimming pool, which you are welcome to use in the summer. You will be able to visit some beautiful places nearby. There are all sorts of things you can go and do in the summer such as canoeing, swimming in the river, zip lining, and if you like water sports the nearest beach is near Montpelier, one and a half hours away. The famous wine tasting resort of Chateauneuf du Pape is a 40 minute drive.
We are happy to share tales of travels and the English culture, such as watch English films, listen to music, and we have a selection of classics which you are welcome to borrow during your stay.
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Our house is ideal for a break: it's large and has a swimming pool; has a garden which surrounds the house; and has a Mediterranean climate. We have olive trees and a fig tree in the garden, and lavender which smells lovely in the summer. We can provide a desk if you need to work or study.
If you are planning on a holiday, then you will be able to visit Orange, Pont du Gard, Pont d'Arc, lots of naturally formed caves. You will be 20 minutes away from the quaint town of Orange, and 40 minutes from the city of Avignon. (I may be available to go with you but it depends on what you plan on doing. I'm sure we can see some stuff together!)
In addition we have two very friendly dogs - a spaniel and a cockapoo - great for animal lovers.
I have a piano, guitar, ukulele and violin which I will be happy for you to play in the house.
Although I don't propose formally teaching English (the point of hosting for me is to live in a house where everyone is speaking French!) I will be happy to share my English culture in other ways, such as watch English films, share music and radio shows, and help you with a little English here and there.
French conversation is the most important thing for me. In light of that my only request is to spend at least 2, perhaps 3, hours each day together, afternoon or evening, so that I can achieve my goal of becoming more fluent.
This host offers a language exchange
I am keen to learn French and Egyptian Arabic.
We have 3 bedroom house with garden and swimming pool. You will have your own room with a double bed. Individuals, couples or friends are welcome but we do only have one double bed. We have blow up beds which any extra people can use if you are happy to; they will go either in the study, on the mezzanine or in the guest room depending on what's more comfortable for you.
You can share the food that we have by all means, but we are pretty laid back and prefer to go with the flow when it comes to cooking meals. When we do cook we cook for everyone, but we don't necessarily cook everyday, and on those days either you can cook for all of us or just yourself, as you like!
You can visit one of the many sites, or do one of the many things in the area, as listed above.
You can play music in the house if you wish with one of the available instruments!
We are very laid back, and like opportunities to do things and meet people. We don't like to be scheduled or to have routines imposed upon us as a rule. However, if I'm free and on the day there are things we both want to do, I will be happy to take you :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have an office you can use with decent Internet connection, although occasionally it does have bouts of slowness it rights itself after a while.
This is a maybe. We have two dogs so we would have to discuss how this would work before your stay.
More than two
Minimum 2-3 hours a day