Sue I

South England

Sue I

When our children were little we lived in France for two years and this is where I found my love of good food. My neighbours helped by showing me where to shop and what to buy. Some of them taught me traditional recipes. At that time I was a beginner in French. Food and cooking brought us together. Not only did I learn to cook some lovely French meals, I also learnt to speak French.
I am offering a similar way of teaching. We will have structured lessons in the mornings. I will analyse your written and spoken English to prepare a personal learning plan for you. Tell me your goals and I will challenge you every day to meet your aims and to make progress. In the afternoons we will spend time together either in the kitchen, baking, or exploring the local area.

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

Location information

Location: Patching, 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: Angmering

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Academic information

My career background is in finance. I was a building society manager in London and worked in school finance. I am also a qualified Life Coach, so I’m used to helping people achieve their goals. I hold the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL.

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 Family information

My husband is in his 50’s and works in Portsmouth. His main interests are football, motor sport, history and flying gliders. We have three children, our son (1991) lives in Paris, our first daughter (1993) is travelling and our second daughter (1996) is at university. They have a love of music, reading, visiting museums and galleries, films and being outside (walking, cycling and camping). We have chickens in the garden. We have friends and neighbours with teenage children, who we see at village parties and older friends who share our interests.
In the kitchen I can teach you how to bake beautiful bread and cakes, how to make jams and preserves, yogurt and cream cheese. When I’m not baking I like to garden. I grow most of our fruit and vegetables in the summer and plenty of flowers too. I enjoy reading, especially historical fiction. I recently started rock climbing which is fantastic fun. Yoga is part of my daily routine. I exercise early in the morning.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Our house is very old, it dates from 1650. It has low ceilings with beams, an inglenook fireplace and wood burning stoves. It has been extended to provide two living rooms, dining room, study and kitchen downstairs and four bedrooms upstairs. Students can request a private bathroom. We can host one or two students. The garden is approximately half an acre and is a mixture of cottage garden style planting, fruit trees and vegetables. In the village there is 13th century church and a number of old cottages, some with thatched roofs. We are surrounded by farmland and woodland.

About the local area

We live in Patching, West Sussex near the coast between Worthing and Arundel. The village is in the South Downs National Park where we can walk and cycle in beautiful parkland. We have bikes for students. When we go out there are many possibilities. A short drive away there are tennis courts (£5) and a swimming pool (£5), a golf course (£16.50), horse riding stables (£25), and an outdoor adventure centre with a climbing wall (£12) and kayaking.

Excursions available with this teacher

Picnic lunch at Cissbury Ring – A picnic lunch followed by a walk around Cissbury Ring Ironage Hill Fort at Findon. It is a natural habitat for butterflies and flowers.  It’s a wonderful place to walk, fly a kite or just enjoy some spectacular views across the South Downs to the coast.

Cost: Free

Birds of Prey – A visit to see the birds in their enclosures at the Aldingbourne Country Centre.

Cost: Free

Chichester Cathedral – A visit to the Cathedral to admire the building, and listen to the choir. Afterwards, we can walk through the small city to look at the shops.

Cost: Free

Day trip to Arundel – A visit to the mediaeval castle and grounds. We can have a picnic lunch in the grounds, and then walk through the pretty town to look for souvenirs to take home.

Cost: £15.50 – £18.00

Day trip to London – A trip to London, by train, to go sightseeing. We will catch London Double Decker buses to get around the city and also walk through parks and along the river. There are hundreds of things to do and see for free in London, including visiting some of the world’s most famous landmarks, such as: Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral and The Globe Theatre.

Cost: Child/Student £11.75, Adult 23.50