Pauline M

South England

Pauline M

My name is Pauline and I live with my family in the beautiful, historic village of Steyning. Steyning is based at the foot of the South Downs National Park and is just 30 minutes drive from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton. There are lots of attractions in Steyning including a sports centre with swimming pool, tennis courts, football club, cricket club and a range of shops and cafes. It is a very friendly village.
As a family we love going on bike rides, swimming, walking in the South Downs, going to the beach and watching films. I am a languages teacher and my husband is a geography teacher. Over the last few years we have hosted students from all over the world including Europe, China, Russia and Ukraine and we have loved every minute of it!

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

Location information

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

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick (LGW) 45 minutes

Nominated airport(s) for transfers: Gatwick (LGW)

Heathrow airport supplement: +£40 one-way

Nearest railway station: Shoreham by Sea

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Academic information

I have been working as a languages teacher for the last 14 years – I studied French and Latin at Edinburgh University and completed my PGCE teacher training at Leeds University. I have taught in schools and have also hosted and taught over 25 students in our own home, ranging from young learners to adults, beginners to advanced speakers.

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 Family information

I live with my husband Manu who is in his 40’s and is a geography teacher. He loves travelling, football (he is a Manchester United supporter) and watching films. Our son (2009) attends the local primary school and loves football, cricket and spending time outdoors. We also have one daughter (2015) who is learning to swim. We have an indoor rabbit.


We have lots of friends who live locally and we often go to the local cricket club together for a bbq/drink or go for picnics in the nearby parks and beaches which is great fun. My aunty lives in the next village and she loves preparing a traditional afternoon tea for students when we go and visit. In the past we have also often visited or stayed for a night with my parents who live in Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes drive from the historic town of Windsor.


We enjoy walking in the South Downs and going on bike rides along the river to the nearby town of Shoreham by Sea. We also have a spare bike for any student who enjoys cycling. I enjoy cooking and like teaching students how to prepare simple English dishes. Students sometimes cook a typical dish from their own country for us too! We love watching films and have a large collection of dvds. It is often fun to watch a film together in the evenings and another good way of learning English too. I love swimming and regularly go to the local pool or even swim in the sea when the weather permits!

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in a lovely 4-bedroom house with a study, lounge, conservatory and garden. In the summer, we love having bbqs. The student’s bedroom is a large, bright room with a double bed. There is a main bathroom on this floor which students have often booked as a private bathroom in the past, as myself and my husband have our own ensuite. We live just under 10 minutes walk from the local high street which has a great range of shops, a small supermarket, cafés, restaurant, parks, tennis club, youth club, library, museum,sports centre and swimming pool. It is a very pretty, historic village. There are buses available which serve the local area and also go the popular seaside town of Brighton.

About the local area

There are lots of free activities available on our doorstep such as walking in the South Downs National Park, fruit picking, going for bike rides, visiting the museum and library and browsing the shops. There are also lots of relatively inexpensive things to do such as going for a drink in a local café, visiting the farmers’ market, playing tennis and swimming in the local pool. We live just 6km away from the seaside town of Shoreham which has a lovely beach, an arts centre, a range of shops and cafés and often hosts small festivals in the summer months. You can easily take a bus to Shoreham or we can drive you there – it takes just 15 minutes. We are 30 minutes drive by car from the vibrant city of Brighton which has a great range of restaurants, museums, parks, mini festivals, a university, the famous palace ”The Royal Pavilion” and of course you can go for beautiful walks along the seafront. You can take a bus between Brighton and Steyning. Brighton has a mainline train station. You can catch a direct train into London Victoria which takes just 55 minutes or travel from Shoreham by Sea, which takes approximately 1h15m.



Walk on the South Downs and to see the historic village of Steyning – A walk on the beautiful South Downs, which are just 5 minutes from our home in Steyning.We will complete the popular ‘Horse Shoe Walk’ which gives students the chance to see the beautiful English countryside. We will then walk through Steyning’s village high street which has a superb range of shops, cafés, pubs, a museum, library and many historic buildings.

Cost: Free

A cycle ride to Shoreham–by–Sea – A cycle ride along the River Adur to the picturesque town of Shoreham – by – Sea. The distance is approximately 6 kilometres. We will then have a picnic in Shoreham, followed by a chance to walk along the beach, see the diverse range of river boats and browse in the shops. One Saturday per month there is also a farmers’ market.

Cost: Free

Brighton seaside trip – A visit to a traditional British seaside including a visit to the Brighton Pier, a walk along the promenade and a picnic on the beach – weather permitting! After lunch, we will go on a walking tour of Brighton passing by the famous Brighton Pavilion and the picturesque North Laines.

Cost: Free

Visit to Brighton and The Royal Pavilion – A visit to the vibrant city of Brighton including a visit to Brighton Pier, a walk along the promenade and a picnic .After lunch, we will visit the famous Brighton Pavilion, a royal palace which was built in the late 1700s. Students will have a chance to learn more about the fascinating history of this famous royal palace which was built for King George IV. There will also be an opportunity to go shopping in the popular Laines area.

Cost: Free

Family fun activities! Swimming at the local leisure centre in Steyning; walking along the seafront from Lancing to Worthing, stopping for a drink/snack in a café and strolling through the town of Worthing; going for a bbq at the local cricket club and meeting other families – a great chance to practise conversational English! Going to a typical English car boot sale – a chance to buy second hand goods and practise English by discussing the prices! Going to Roundstone Farm where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables and stopping for a drink in the tearooms.

Cost: Free