Melanie H

Central England

Melanie H

My name is Mel and I have been a teacher for 17 years. I live with my husband Glenn and children William, Howard and Eve in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
We are a very friendly and active family that enjoys sport, music, cinema and theatre. The River Thames is within walking distance and we can cycle or walk in the countryside directly from our front door. Our 110-year-old house is close to Oxford and London and provides a fantastic base for someone to learn English and experience the English way of life.

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Location information

Location: Cholsey, Oxfordshire | View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Heathrow (LHR) £100

Gatwick (LGW) £ on request

Nearest railway station: Cholsey

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Academic information

I have a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fashion and Textiles and a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate.
I am also a Forest School Leader, which means I can teach outside the classroom, with activities such as shelter building and making camp fires.

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 Family information

I am very creative and enjoy making clothes, printing designs on fabrics, drawing and painting. I enjoy cycling in the local countryside, taking local yoga classes and going for a jog now and then. I really love to go to the local cinema in Wallingford, which is only 3 km away. I also like spending time in our lovely garden growing vegetables and flowers.

My husband Glenn is a writer who works from home. He is a very good cook and enjoys all sports, particularly skiing. He is Chairman of the local children’s football club, which is located 200 metres from our house. William is 26 and studying Sports Nutrition at university. He enjoys travel, photography and food and is an excellent skier. Howard is 23 and studying Football Coaching at university. He enjoys music, gaming and cinema and is a very good footballer. Eve is 20 and is studying Business at college. She enjoys music festivals, dancing and socialising and is a very good skier.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Our 3-bedroom house was built in 1904. It has a large back garden with a summer house and a workshop building. The large open plan kitchen is light and welcoming. The lounge has a big, comfortable sofa and a plasma screen TV. The study area is the front room of the house, with its wood burning stove. The student’s bedroom is the room with the arch window, it can be set up as a twin bedded room, or as a room for one person. The shared bathroom has a walk-in shower and a roll top bath. There is a separate toilet upstairs and downstairs.

About the local area

We live in a village called Cholsey, which is located in a lovely part of the Oxfordshire countryside. Cycling and walks in the countryside or along the River Thames can start from our front door. The village has a traditional pub, a village cafe, and a few small shops, as well as an Indian and a Chinese restaurant.

Wallingford is the nearest town and is only 3km away. It is located on the River Thames and there are boats to hire. It has castle ruins, an outdoor swimming pool and a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Cholsey Train Station is 300m from our house. A train can reach historic Oxford in under 30 minutes, London in 1 hour or the beautiful Roman city of Bath in just over 1 hour. Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare is just over an hour’s drive away.

Excursions available with this teacher

Wallingford Castle Gardens and shopping half-day trip – Explore the site of one of England’s strongest and most important castles. Crumbling castle ruins, set in beautifully managed gardens. Wallingford has a collection of independent shops and boutiques; the town also hosts an interesting collection of antiques shops. Have a go at decorating your own piece of pottery whilst enjoying tea and cake.

Cost: Free

River Thames Full Day trip – Wander along the Thames Path from Wallingford to Benson Lock or take a boat trip with Salter’s Steamers to Abingdon or Reading, a great way to see the beautiful countryside. Enjoy a riverside picnic and a stroll around the Town.

Cost: Adult £23.60 Child £11.80

Agatha Christie Trail & Wallingford Museum half-day trip – Learn more about Wallingford’s former resident – the world’s renowned author Agatha Christie. This five mile circular walk takes in places linked to the writer including her former house in Winterbrook and her grave in nearby Cholsey. Find out more about Wallingford’s rich history, from Romans and Saxons and its important role in the Civil War to a Victorian street scene. Includes an audio tour and interactive activities.

Cost: Free

Oxford half-day trip – Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. Take the 20 minute train journey from Cholsey to Oxford. Join a walking tour of Oxford for free and enjoy a tea break in the famous 16th Century Covered Market, packed with artisan grocers, boutique clothing and buzzing cafes.

Cost: Free

London Full day trip – Take the picturesque 1hr 20min train journey from Cholsey to London Paddington. Enjoy a stroll through Hyde Park and a walking tour to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Big Ben and The Houses Of Parliament. Take a boat along the Thames to Tower Bridge where we will take a tube to the trendy shopping area of Carnaby Street.

Cost: Adult £40 Child £25 (includes Travel day card and boat trip)

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