Stuart R

South England

Stuart R

I am an English language teacher. For me, home stay learning is a very effective way to advance your language skills, as you learn in lesson time and just by staying in your teacher’s home and joining in with the life of the household. Before I became a home stay teacher, I worked as an economist and management consultant for an an international consulting company working with international agencies, banks and governments and for the European Commission. I have particular knowledge of the metals, engineering, construction and ICT industries. I speak Spanish, Italian, French and some basic German and Russian. During my career I worked in South America, Africa, South Asia, SE Asia, China and throughout central and eastern Europe. Post university I worked as a volunteer English teacher in Kenya which was a wonderful experience.

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

Location information

Location: Bookham, Surrey | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Gatwick (LGW) 30 minutes, London Heathrow (LHR) 120 minutes

Nearest railway station: Bookham

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Academic information

I have the Trinity TESOL to teach English as a foreign language. I have a degree in economics from Cambridge University. I studied at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.

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 Family information

I live with my wife, Marisa. We have children who are grown up and now live away from home. Marisa and I are both keen cooks, and prepare Italian, Chinese and Indian food as well as traditional English dishes. Marisa was born in Italy and grew up in Venezuela, so is an expert in Italian and Latin American food.
My hobbies include off-road cycling, golf, and gardening. I like reading European literature and going to the cinema and theatre. I am very interested in history and I am a member of Brooklands Museum and the National Trust.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

My home is a five bedroom house with a pleasant garden where you can relax and have barbecues in the summer months.

About the local area

I live in the village of Bookham in the south eastern county of Surrey. The village is located in beautiful countryside in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. My home situated next to a nature reserve, Bookham Common, yet is less than 10 minutes walk from the railway station.
There are frequent trains to the centre of London, so it is easy to visit the tourist attractions, monuments and shops in the capital. There are several historic houses and gardens in and around Bookham and many golf courses and leisure facilities.
You can join us when we play golf at the private Tyrrells Wood golf course and tennis at Horsley Sports Club. The area is also ideal for cycling, mountain biking and walks, and full of charming country pubs.
We regularly go for walks in the countryside on Saturday mornings or on summer evenings. We often go to the theatre, the cinema and to music concerts.
The university town of Guildford, with theatres and cinemas and good shopping, is 15km away, and Oxford, Hampton Court, Brighton and many other attractions are in easy reach. Leatherhead and Dorking are also charming small towns.

Excursions available with this teacher

Walks/jogging/cycling/birdwatching – Bookham is surrounded by National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust conservation areas, SSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Bookham Commons NT land is at the end of our road. Norbury Park, Box Hill, The North Downs and others are all within 2 miles.

Cost: Free

Visit to Brooklands – Brooklands is the site of the first motor race track in Europe (1906) and the first motorcar and aircraft workshops. The original buildings and workshops are preserved and used by enthusiastic volunteers for rebuilding and renovating historic cars, race cars, aircraft and motorcycles. The volunteers are keen to talk to visitors about their own projects or the cars and aircraft they look after. They sometimes have special events, displays or auctions of memorabilia and cars.

Cost: £11

Visit to National Trust Houses – Polesden Lacey is a wonderful historic house in Bookham , the former home of a millionairess in the early 20th century who gave weekend parties for English and foreign royalty. It is run by volunteers who like to talk about the house, its collection of art and the famous people who visited it. There are also extensive gardens, and open-air concerts in the summer. Hatchlands is another historic house, with an art collection and a collection of historic pianos.

Cost: £12.50

Visits to London – Bookham station is 500 metres from our house with rains to London every 30 minutes, taking 50 minutes to Waterloo. Visit can include: art galleries, museums, parks, palaces, theatres, shopping, outdoor events, river cruises and much more.

Cost: Daily travel card for all trains, buses and underground about £18

Golf, tennis or mountain-biking with Stuart or Marisa for those who are fit and have experience. – We play at Tyrrells Wood golf club, suitable for those with a good golf handicap and membership of a club at home (you need golf shoes and clothing). Tennis at Horsley Sports Club for those of a suitable ability. Cycling on the many woodland and hill trails around Surrey if you bring cycling clothes.

Cost: Cycling and tennis free. Golf £25

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