Claire R

Central England

Claire R

Hello, my name is Claire, I am a teacher of languages and frequent hostess to visitors from all over the world. You will also meet our family and friends and feel part of our local community. We are a warm and welcoming family living in an interesting old house in the small but lively historical town of Framlingham in Suffolk


No pets at home Private bathroom available Teacher pick-up from airport Wifi available at home
No pets at home Private bathroom Teacher transfer WiFi available

Location information

Location: Framlingham, Suffolk | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Stansted Airport (STN) 90 minutes;

Nominated transfer location(s): Stansted (STN)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£80 one-way

Nearest railway station: Wickham Market; Ipswich

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Academic information

I studied languages (French and Italian) at the University of Cambridge.  I have worked as a translator, export adviser, business centre manager and town clerk.  I later became a teacher and have enjoyed many years of sharing languages with children and adults – most recently as head of department in a large sixth-form College.

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Family information

My husband Mark is also a teacher, and Deputy Head of Framlingham College which is an independent boarding school in the town where we live. He teaches and writes about History and coaches several sports, and also plays blues in a band in local pubs and other venues. Our four sons are now all grown up and living in big cities, but they often visit us and we go to see them too, in London and Nottingham. They are all teachers, although only one of them currently works in a school (teaching English!): one is a sports journalist and musician, another is a rugby professional, and the youngest works in sales.  They are all very good at helping our many visitors from abroad to improve their speaking and understanding, and the three who are based in London often help us show people around. I myself enjoy all kinds of hobbies and interests, from walking and cycling in the beautiful countryside where we live, reading, watching films (we have a large collection of DVDs), enjoying live music in small venues, and cooking and baking at home, to travelling around Europe with a car and tent in the summer holidays.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Our house is quite old (built in 1650) and a little ‘quirky’, built from two small cottages which were joined together and extended upwards and outwards!  It now has 5 bedrooms, two bathrooms, three living/dining rooms, and a small garden which looks on to the Castle Meadow where we often play games that need more space. We are a couple of minutes’ walk from the market place, and right next to the castle. We like cooking and are always keen to learn new recipes from our guests. We have good wifi freely available for guests, as well as a piano and other musical instruments, TV/DVD, PC.

About the local area

The medieval market town of Framlingham has always been ‘on the map’ since the impressive castle was first built in the 12th century and it has hosted kings and queens over the years, including the tomb of Henry Fitzroy, son of Henry VIII, in our lovely town church St Michael’s, where there are often concerts and choral events. More recently it has been in the news as the home town of Ed Sheeran, who grew up and went to school here. Although there are only 3000 or so people living in the town, it has plenty to offer – shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, sports clubs, and three schools, so there are always plenty of people to chat to – it’s a friendly and informal place to stay and live. When guests come to stay we always take them on a tour of our part of Suffolk – the sea at Aldeburgh, Southwold and Walberswick, the complex at Snape Maltings where there is a year-round programme of concerts and other cultural events, Orford Castle and the many picturesque villages with churches, pubs and walks. Latitude Festival takes place in July on a nearby estate at Henham. Cambridge is an hour drive away from us.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

Framlingham Castle – my husband Mark is a history teacher and knows all about the castle, so visiting it with his guidance is a special experience!

Cost: Free

Aldeburgh and Snape – We’ll drive to the coast at Aldeburgh and have fish and chips (on the beach if weather permits!) and visit some local landmarks, including Maggi Hambling’s scallop sculpture and the cultural and shopping complex at Snape Maltings.

Cost: Free

Southwold and Dunwich – A visit to the seaside in pretty Southwold, home of the Adnams Brewery and a pier with some quirky mechanical sideshows and the ruins of the ‘drowned’ town of Dunwich on the eroded cliffs.

Cost: Free

Cambridge – I am a graduate of this famous university and my Camcard gives me and my guests access to the Colleges. I know the city well and can tell you lots of stories as we walk around the historic centre, maybe taking in evensong at King’s and some punting.

Cost: £20-40 depending whether punting and/or cream teas are required

London – Depending on each student’s prior knowledge of London, a visit will be tailored to take in the main ‘must see’ sights or explore less well-known corners.  We’ll use public transport but we will also do plenty of walking! We’ll meet up with family and friends too.

Cost: £50 max to include transport to and around London and entry to several places of interest