Nicola O

South England

Nicola O

We would be delighted to welcome you into our home which is located in beautiful English countryside but within easy reach of London and Winchester. A stay with us will offer you far more than just an opportunity to improve your English. My husband and I have a wide range of interests including literature, music, theatre, photography and the arts. My husband has recently retired from teaching at one of England’s leading schools and can offer tuition in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. We enjoy learning about other people’s culture as well as sharing our own, and have many friends from other countries with whom we keep in regular contact.

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

Location information

Location: Alton, Hampshire | View a map of this location


Nearest airport with transfer cost: Southampton (SOU) £170

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £ 290

Heathrow (LHR) £ 190

Nearest railway station: Alton

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Academic information

I am a primary school Teacher and I am just finishing my Masters degree in Children’s Literature and have a large collection of children’s and young adult books available for students to read. My husband Chris, who is also a Teacher, can teach Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Courses taught

Family information

Chris has a very wide range of interests including literature, current affairs, economics and geology. Both of us enjoy dancing. We have one daughter (2001) living at home, who enjoys shopping, films and travel. Her two older sisters are at university. We have close friends living nearby including a Spanish teacher from Madrid and her husband. My mother lives quite nearby and has a large house with an art studio.

We enjoy walking and visiting places of historical interest, and have life memberships of both National Trust and English Heritage. We attend classes in ballroom and Latin dance and Modern Jive. We also like going to the cinema. We have a number of family games which we enjoy playing.We would be happy for a student to join in with any of these activities.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in an extended bungalow with bedrooms upstairs and downstairs and  gardens at the back and front of the house. There are two bedrooms for students, one single and one double. There is a private bathroom with a shower for student’s use, but there is also the possibility of using the family bathroom which has a bath and sauna. The house is on a pleasant road with fields at the back. There are shops within a short walking distance and also a garden centre with a gift shop and café.


About the local area

We live in a Hampshire village which has basic shops and several small cafes. Within a few minutes drive we have a swimming pool and sports centre, and a small cinema which we visit frequently. There are lots of good current films on there. Jane Austen’s house in Chawton is just 5 minutes drive away and we are 20 minutes drive from Winchester, which is an important historical town, which also has good shopping. London with all the cultural activities it has to offer is an easy train journey away. Portsmouth with its historic dockyard, Southampton and the beautiful “Jurassic Coast” are all available for day trips. In Basingstoke, which is less than half an hour’s drive away, there is the possibility of ice-skating, ten pin bowling and a swimming pool with flumes. Ancient Stonehenge is also an easy drive away.

Excursions available with this teacher

Sightseeing, walking and shopping in Winchester – Visit Winchester cathedral, walk through the beautiful water meadows to the top of St. Catherine’s hill from which there are stunning views over the town. Then stop for tea and cake at an English tearooms, followed by the opportunity for shopping in the city centre.

Cost: Free

Jane Austen afternoon trip – Visit Jane Austen’s house in Chawton and the Chawton House library where Austen’s relations lived…

Cost: Free

Family fun activities – Visit to Basingstoke and choose from ice-skating, ten pin bowling and swimming.

Cost: Free

Day trip to London – Take the train to visit London, visiting places of student’s choice.

Cost: Dependant on activities chosen

Visit to Stonehenge with picnic – Visit to Stonehenge and visitors centre with a picnic included and the possibility of a walk afterwards.

Cost: Free