Helen E


Central England

About
Helen E


A warm and friendly welcome awaits you here at Mill Farm English Language Homestay, where we offer comfortable, quality accommodation in our country house in the beauty of South Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Whether here for a General English/Culture stay or for intensive Business English tuition, Mill Farm will provide you with the ideal learning environment. The setting lends itself to total immersion language learning in a relaxed, friendly and peaceful environment, however, easy proximity to towns and cities means that guests will not miss out on the hustle and bustle of urban life if they so wish.

We enjoy involving guests in our normal daily lives and providing ample social interaction with friends and acquaintances. Our focus is on practical use of the language, which is actively encouraged, as well as backing up lessons with standard grammar instruction. Be assured that your stay will be tailored to your personal requirements.

No smoking Private bathroom available Horse riding available Teacher pick-up from airport Wifi available at home
No smoking Private bathroom Horse riding Teacher transfer WiFi available

Location information

Location: Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): Bristol (BRS) 50 minutes, London Heathrow (LHR) 1 hour 50 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Bristol (BRS)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£80 one-way

Nearest railway station: Bristol Parkway or Yate

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Academic information


TEFL teacher. 27 years as Financial Director in logistics business with husband, employing over 100 staff.
HND Business Studies – Distinction
Advanced Italian Language Stage E – A1 pass

Courses taught

 Family information


I take pride in being innovative and inspiring in my approach to English language teaching, and, with my husband, John, enjoy welcoming guests into our home and helping them to join in our daily lives, including meeting our friends and neighbours. We have spent many years working in business which has instilled in us the importance of keeping those around us happy and motivated. We transfer these skills to the experience that we offer at Mill Farm and do so in a relaxed and cheerful manner.

John is a business consultant with 30 years experience as Managing Director; John runs a small scale ‘horse rehabilitation’ business at Mill Farm and also works on our small holding.

We have two grown up daughters in their 20s who do not live at home but visit often. Our elder daughter is a horse vet and our younger daughter works for a computer company.

My interests include walking, Nordic walking, cooking/food, travelling, reading, local history, watching films, theatre. I speak competent Italian.

John’s interests include country sports, travelling, walking, current affairs, food and baking, local history, watching films and gardening.
We enjoy entertaining and love cooking nutritious, tasty meals. We source local foods as much as we can and grow some of our own fruit and vegetables as well.
We love our students to join in with our interest if they would like.

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About the teacher’s accommodation


Mill Farm is a 5-bedroomed detached rural house set in beautiful countryside. The original house was a mill dating back to the 16th century and was a fully working farm until the late 1990s.

Rooms:
Double room with ensuite bathroom
Single room with a bathroom next to it, (shared if more than one guest is staying, but otherwise private)
Twin room with own sink in room and shared bathroom

Bathrooms include bath and shower.

We have a cosy kitchen/living room with log fire, a dining room, drawing room with a piano and larger living room with a magnificent dining table, sofas and bookcases.
Outside we have gardens, fields, woods, stables and a hay barn.

About the local area


A 10 minute walk down a country lane from our home leads to an ancient woodland, with its peaceful walking trails, abundant with plants and bursting with wildlife. A hidden corner waiting to be explored.

The grounds of Mill Farm offer a tranquil retreat. Spend time strolling around the gardens and the horse and sheep paddocks or take a coffee and a language lesson in the quaint summerhouse.
Not to be missed either are the exciting excursions that can be organised to fascinating and historical cities, such as Bath and Bristol, and our regular visits to smaller market towns and villages such as Chipping Sodbury and Castle Combe.

Activities available:
Walking
Nordic Walking
Cycling
Clay Pigeon shooting
Cinema
Swimming
and more…

Some nearby places of interest:
Chipping Sodbury
Lower Woods Nature reserve
Badminton
Castle Combe
Bath
Bristol
Berkeley Castle
Cirencester
Tetbury
Stow on the Wold

 

To make the most of your stay at Mill Farm it is advisable that you hire a car. If you decide not to hire a car for independent travel then there will still be places to visit/things to do fairly locally, but your options will be a little more limited. You should liaise with your host for further information if required.

Excursions you can take with your teacher

City of Bath. Day trip. – Take the ‘park and ride’ bus into the historical centre. Visit the Abbey and then take a walk along the riverbank to the park for a picnic lunch. Visit the Roman Baths. Walk through picturesque alleyways of town back to the bus.

Cost: £15 Roman Baths entrance. £3 bus trip.

Visit to Berkeley Castle. Day trip. – Guided tour of Berkeley castle. Lunch in the castle’s ‘Yurt’. Visit the Butterfly house at the castle, walk around the grounds. Visit to farm shop and café on the way home if time allows.

Cost: Entrance fee £11, food £8.

Dyrham Park National Trust house. Half day. – Walk the grounds including the deer park, farm yard, and beautiful gardens. Take a tour of the house and call into the onsite shop/café.

Cost: Free

Chipping Sodbury and Yate. Half day. – Visit the Saturday farmer’s market. Walk around the shops and learn about the history of Chipping Sodbury. Contrast the market town of Chipping Sodbury with the nearby modern town of Yate!

Cost: Free

Castle Combe. Half day. – Walk the public footpath of the Palladium Way up and down the pretty little hills and valleys and through picturesque villages. Finish in the village pub for a drink and take in the sight of the famous car and bike race track before heading home.

Cost: Free