Janie R

Central England

Janie R

I love having guests to stay and believe that total immersion is the best way to learn a language. Students combining lessons with social time with a family make rapid progress. They enjoy themselves and their confidence, especially in speaking English, grows daily.

No smoking Private bathroom available Wifi available at home
No smoking Private bathroom WiFi available

Location information

Location: Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire | View a map of this location


Nearest airport with transfer cost: Bristol (BRS) £140

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £ 280

Heathrow (LHR) £220

Nearest railway station: Gloucester or Lydney

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Academic information

Trinity TESOL, MA in Creative writing, BA (Hons) in English Literature.

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Family information

I live with my husband Alistair, a business development manager. We have three children:-
Evie (1994) studied Fine Art at Bath Spa University. She now lives in Bristol. Rex (1996) is in his final year of a Music degree at Oxford University as an organ scholar. Georgiana (called Boo, 1999) is in her first year at Exeter University, reading History. They all come home frequently.

We have a Bengal Leopard cat, Gus, two Border Terriers (small dogs) and eight chickens.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

There is one double bedroom and a twin room available to students. All rooms have access to WiFi internet.

About the local area

I live in a lovely 6-bedroom house on the edge of the Forest of Dean, with a view of the River Severn and conveniently located on a bus route.
The garden is large with areas for relaxing, eating or playing table tennis or croquet.

There are too many places of interest nearby to name individually but include the Forest of Dean, the Regency Spa town of Cheltenham with many attractions, Gloucester Cathedral, Chepstow Castle, National Trust properties, Roman Cirencester and many quaint English villages in the Cotswolds. The cities of Bristol, Bath, Birmingham are all easily accessible to explore and Cardiff, the capital of Wales is an hour away by train.


Excursions available with this teacher

Bear Grylls style wild picnic on the River Severn – Find a scenic spot on the banks of the mighty River Severn, the longest river in Britain.  Collect stones and driftwood and construct a fire pit that would impress Bear Grylls.  Play card or ball games while the sausages sizzle.  As it gets dark, sit in the firelight roasting marshmallows on sticks over the red embers.

Cost: Free

Hot Chocolate and Chepstow Castle – A visit to the impressive ruins of the oldest surviving stone castle in the UK, dating from 1067.  Soak up the feeling of history and power.  Imagine yourself the ruler of all you see.  Walk up the hill past the pink, blue, yellow and cream houses for hot chocolate in the square.

Cost: Free

Forest of Dean, try to catch sight of wild boar and deer – Walk through the Forest of Dean, look for deer and wild boar and birds of prey.  See the woodland that inspired scenes in Lord of the Rings. Scenes for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Merlin, Arthur and Doctor Who were also filmed here.  Unpack a picnic by a cool stream.  Paddle in a pool.

Cost: Free

Gloucester cathedral and climb the tower – Explore the beautiful cathedral.  Spot film locations for Harry Potter.  Climb the tower and be amazed. Wander through Gloucester and decide on ice cream or cappuccino or perhaps experience a typical English pub.

Cost: Free

Family fun activities – Choose from cinema or strawberry picking (and eating – seasonal), ten-pin bowling, tennis, swimming, shopping and/or culture in Cheltenham/the Cotswolds.

Cost: Free

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