Based in historic Oxford, immerse yourself in English language, culture & history

Homestay

Typically lengths of Stay are one or two weeks but we can organise longer stays. Students usually arrive on Sunday after 2 PM and depart on Saturday before midday.  You can also stay over a weekend.

My house is a 3 bedroom cottage with a beautiful English garden where we often play croquet or swing ball with our students.  You will have at your disposal a private & comfortable double bedroom with a family bathroom.  A young lady called Daniella comes and cleans the house every Friday.  You should, therefore, expect a warm and clean house. Laundry is free of charge.

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Routine

I provide 3 hearty meals a day that you will share with us.  You can expect freshly-made food every day.  Breakfast is ready at around 8.30 am and the lessons start at 9 am.  You will have lunch with me.  Andrew works as a Digital Transformation Director in Newbury.  Dinner is between 7 and 8 pm, except on a Monday when I go to Pilates. Please visit my blog to see photos of some of the dishes we prepare and don’t hesitate to discuss any special dietary requirements.

After the lessons, we usually have a break and we go out on an activity in the afternoon.  I take my small dog, Saffron, on a walk in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside every day.  It is a great opportunity for us to chat.

In the evening, you are welcome to join us to watch television and we will always take you on any of our outings.  We will also offer you to play games such as croquet, swing ball in the garden or cards since this gives you the opportunity to speak.

This is a list of what you can expect:

  • Fruits, coffee or tea available at any time of the day.
  • We make sure we don’t cook with ingredients you dislike.
  • A breakfast of your choice.
  • Private and clean double room in a warm house.
  • Laundry is free of charge.
  • Free WIFI.
  • We have Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts.
  • Nintendo Wii with games.
  • Selection of books that are graded to your level.
  • Children play area with a zip wire, table tennis, tennis courts nearby.
  • Parks and shops including supermarkets, a chemist, a bank, a Post Office and a Costa Coffee round the corner.
  • Local bus to Oxford city centre is a few steps away from our close.
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Activities

I include in the price of the homestay the following activities: walking Guided Tour of Oxford city, the sights comprise of the Bodleian Library, Sheldonian, Radcliffe Camera, University Church, St Mary’s Tower, Christchurch College, visit of Magdalen College.  In addition, I will take you on a discovery of Blenheim Palace Grounds which is the Marlborough Family Estate and Birthplace of Winston Churchill.  We will go on a stroll along Thrupp river canal with its narrow boats.  You can also accompany me to the local leisure centre as I go swimming twice a week.   If you are a keen tennis player, Andrew will be happy to play a game with you.  You could get the opportunity to play on grass in beautiful University Parks.

I usually take young learners and teens to one of the Oxford museums, the Natural History Museum is usually very popular with my guests.  There are two main shopping centres nearby, Westgate and the famous Bicester Designer Village for the shopaholics.

For adults, why not add to your homestay, activities such as golf, tennis, tours of Oxford & the famous University colleges, on the trail of Harry Potter & Alice in Wonderland in Christchurch College, an English afternoon tea, a River Cruise, Museums or a visit of the Cotswolds…..there is so much to choose from.

There is also London which is one hour away by train or Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Check out my Instagram account to discover photos.

How to get to Oxford?

Oxford is one hour away by train from London or Birmingham.  It takes 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Gatwick or Stansted airports & 45 minutes from London Heathrow airport.  Luton airport is 1-hour drive.  We can collect you free of charge from Oxford Parkway Railway station if you are travelling by train or Thornhill Park & Ride in Oxford should you be travelling on the coach.

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By Train

There are two railway stations in Oxford: Oxford & to the North, Oxford Parkway.  Direct trains operate regularly from London Marylebone.  Alternatively, there are good links from Birmingham International Airport.  We live 5 minutes away from Oxford Parkway and we can, therefore, collect you free of charge.

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By Coach

Coach companies such as National Express operate links from London Stansted or Luton Airport. It is also possible to catch The Airline Coach Service from Gatwick or Heathrow.  From Oxford city, you can either catch line 2 or 2A to Chorefields bus stop (Kidlington) which stops just outside our close.  Alternatively, catch line 500 to The Black Horse pub bus stop.  You can also request for us to collect you free of charge from Thornhill Park & Ride, in Oxford.

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Collection

Depending on your place of arrival, I can either collect you or send a taxi.  I work with a trustworthy Oxford-based Executive Chauffeur and can, therefore, organise a private taxi who will come to the arrival gate to welcome you.  Prices start at £90 for a single journey to Oxford from Heathrow/Luton or Birmingham airport.  Alternatively travel to Oxford Parkway Railway Station by train or by coach to Thornhill Park & Ride (first stop in Oxford) for us to collect you free of charge.

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Summary
English course
Service Type
English course
Provider Name
Bruneau Language Homes,
The Rookery,Kidlington,Oxfordshire-OX5 1AW,
Telephone No.+441865 819496
Area
Global
Description
Learn English quickly with Caroline Bruneau - your private teacher with a live & learn homestay in Oxford, Greater London area, UK