We are a British couple, both early retired teachers of Design with one teenage son who have been living in France and Switzerland for 10 years. We have our own English language teaching enterprise that we run from our home where we teach French students English through woodwork and other craft and cooking projects. Our pets are two outside cats and a pet rabbit!
Our home is a typical charming Bourbonnaise house that we are slowly renovating in between teaching.
Paul is a very experienced woodworker / engineer. His sport was white water and sea kayaking. Now we have a Canadian canoe and some kayaks for using on the lakes and rivers near here. Deborah is a very keen gardener, jam maker and lover of all things creative. We are both very open, sociable people who have lived and worked in different parts of the world and welcome the chance to meet new people and learn about different cultures. We really enjoy the quiet rural life of France, the food and the wine and the chance in the evening to sit and appreciate the peace, tranquility and beauty around us.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We can offer help with English, learn woodwork skills such as wood turning, traditional joinery, wool craft such as felting.
We need help to demolish a small stone outbuilding and move the tiles and stone to another area of the garden.
We need fit, strong and enthusiastic friends, who are non-smoking and who have simple dietary needs (vegetarian is ok!)
If you are able to offer help with cooking some meals that will be greatly appreciated.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Large comfortable twin bedded or king sized bed room with private shower room and toilet. All meals, snacks and beverages will be provided.
We live in a very small village that has limited facilities, so if you have your own transport that is a bonus. However if you are happy to go with us to occasional trips to the city of Moulins and our local town of Bourbon L'Archambault then you will be able to enjoy the interesting history of these places. We are happy to collect you and return you to Moulins railway station if necessary. We have numerous good quality bicycles available to use.
Our son is away Monday to Friday at Lycée so it will just be the two of us hosting you during this time. We have a diverse group of friends, French, English, Dutch and Irish who we see occasionally, but we are all busy with our own projects!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week