Esther C

South England

Esther C

I have been teaching home-stay students for seven years, but have hosted students for approximately 20 years – and I am still in touch with some of them! My husband and I enjoy having people staying with us; we like hearing about their culture, country, language and their ways of life. I was born in a coastal town in the Netherlands, but have lived in the UK for over 30 years. I speak French and German as well as Dutch.

No smoking swimming pool at teachers home Private bathroom available Wifi available at home
No smoking Swimming Pool Private bathroom WiFi available

Location information

Location: Horsham, West Sussex | View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £80

Heathrow (LHR) £170

Nearest railway station: Horsham

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Academic information

I have the Cambridge CELTA qualification to teach English as a foreign language, and a degree in French, German and psychology combined. I hold a Diploma from the Open University in Creative Writing and Literature. I also have various art-related qualifications.

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 Family information

I used to work in the airline industry, where I met my pilot husband, now recently retired. He still flies his own aeroplane, which he built himself. We have two children, my son (24) works at for a major bicycle company, and my daughter is a doctor. We have a very happy dog and a very contented cat.
When not teaching I keep myself busy with art, mainly textiles; from making little dresses to go to Gambia, to artworks that I sell at craft and art fairs. I like walking and riding my bike in the lovely Sussex countryside. I like good food so I am often found in the kitchen cooking and baking.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I live in a modern five-bedroom house on an old country estate, in a semi-rural location. There is a single or a double bedroom available for you. You are welcome to enjoy the garden and the swimming pool, or relax in the greenhouse or conservatory. We have a piano for students who like to play, and you could go on many country walks from here.

About the local area

Horsham is a lovely market town, with a lively Saturday market and a wide range of shops and places to stop for a coffee or meal. There is a cinema, theatre, it has a leisure centre with a swimming pool and gym, a park, and a museum with ever-changing exhibitions. There are weekly 5-km park runs in Horsham Park, and a 10-meter high obstacle course will open there in 2016. Horsham is eight minutes away by car or 15 by bicycle.
Brighton, Chichester and London are easily accessible. Brighton is a vibrant sea-side university city with a wide range of unusual shops, cafes and museums.
Old Chichester has a cathedral and an interesting centre where it is lovely to spend an afternoon.
London is an hour by train, and so you would need a day to make the most of its sights.
There are many places of historic interest nearby: Standen House, Parham, St. Mary’s to name just a few. For those who enjoy walking, there are excellent country and coastal walks available.

Excursions available with this teacher

Horsham – Horsham is an old market town with a wide variety of shops, cafes, and tearooms. It is a lovely place to spend an afternoon! We would visit the ancient Causeway, wander along the stream, have a drink and cakes in a tearoom, and visit the shops. The museum has a wonderful display illustrating life in days gone by and it has a beautiful courtyard cottage garden. Or you might prefer to visit Horsham Park with its high rope obstacle course (from March).

Cost: Free

Chichester – Chichester is an ancient market town where you could visit the Cathedral (there is a guided tour), wander through the city centre, visit Pallant House Gallery (modern art; there are works by Patrick Caulfield, Peter Blake and Lucian Freud), and there is a theatre where you might like to watch a show.

Cost: Free

Brighton – We would walk along the seafront from Hove or the Marina to the pier, and have a picnic lunch on the beach. Visit the quirky Laines where there are most unusual shops, and you might want to see the Pavilion, the 18th century Palace, or ride on the Brighton wheel. There is a natural history museum, a toy and model museum, and many others that are worth visiting. Or you might just like to walk all day to soak up the atmosphere of the city!

Cost: Free

London – (Full day) You can visit any of the sights that make London so popular, like Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, or do a bit of shopping in Oxford Street or Borough Market. Ride on a double-decker bus, and there are countless museums you might want to visit, or walk along the Thames.

Cost: £21.30 for the train plus admissions charges where applicable

Jane Austen’s house – (Full day) This is a charming house in old Chawton, Hampshire, about an hour’s drive from Horsham. You can visit the house and sit at the desk where the popular author wrote Pride & Prejudice, and you can even play the pianoforte! Walk through the gardens, bake house and outbuildings. There is a tearoom opposite where we can enjoy a drink or lunch afterwards. We can stop in Petworth with its old streets and antique shops on the way back.

Cost: £8.00 / £6.50 plus tea