Susan and Nigel G

Central England

Susan and Nigel G

Guests of all ages will enjoy a warm and friendly welcome to the Giles’ Family English Language Homestay. A personal approach is important to us, with activities and learning tailored to your individual requirements. The accommodation is comfortable and relaxed, enjoying beautiful views of the Hertfordshire countryside, but within easy walking distance of the town centre. Students will be involved in our daily lives, with social interaction with our friends and acquaintances. We focus on practical use of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, to reinforce the key skills learned.

No smoking No pets at home Wifi available at home Teacher pick-up from airport
No smoking No pets WiFi available Teacher transfer

Location information

Location: Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire | View a map of this location

Nearest airport with transfer cost: Stansted (STN) £80

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £180

Heathrow (LHR) £140

Nearest railway station: Bishop’s Stortford

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Academic information

Nigel: BSc Chemistry; MA Education and CELTA. Sue: B Ed; M ED and CELTA. We are both qualified Teachers with many years’ experience. As Headteachers we worked with adults to improve their learning. Our experience is extremely useful in our CELTA work, allowing us to approach learning with a greater understanding and creativity.

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Family information

We are a ‘young’ retired couple with three children, all now adults in their 20’s and living away from home. They all love to visit and guests may have an opportunity to meet them. Our youngest son lives in London and loves opportunities to take our guests on personal guided tours, focused on their particular interests. Guests are encouraged to join in with our hobbies if they would like to. We both love to walk and explore locally and further afield. We enjoy finding out about the history of different places as well as looking at the buildings and scenery. We visit museums and galleries, both in the local area and in London. Both of us enjoy reading and cooking. Nigel is a great baker and Sue enjoys exploring vegetarian recipes.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

Our home is a three bedroom dormer bungalow, with two guest bedrooms (one double and one single) and a guest bathroom downstairs. There is a big kitchen/dining room. This is where students take their formal lessons, sitting at the table or working at the computer. There is a desk in each bedroom for private study. We have fast broadband access which students use for the internet.  The house also has a large sitting room, with television and a sound system for guest as well as family use. In warmer weather guests enjoy sitting in the garden.


About the local area

Bishop’s Stortford is a historic market town of about 38,000 people in Hertfordshire, England. We have good transport links with the M11 motorway and  London Stansted Airport very close by. There is a good trainline service into London and Cambridge. Our house looks out on the park which means that we have a very quiet and peaceful situation, but only 5-7 minutes walk from the centre of town. There is delightful countryside around us with some beautiful historic villages a short drive away. Saffron Walden and Audley End house (English Heritage) are fairly local, with the Roman city of Colchester also easy to reach. The swimming pool and gym are close to the house. There is a cinema in town as well as pubs and a nightclub. It is possible to arrange horse riding locally or kayaking on the river.

Excursions available with this teacher

Walton-on-the-Naze seaside trip (full day) – A visit to a traditional British seaside including a walk along Walton Pier, the second longest in the UK. Stroll along the seafront and Parade then enjoy a picnic on the beach. After lunch, we will go on a walking tour of Walton-on-the-Naze.

Cost: Free

Saffron Walden morning trip (half day) – A visit to a delightful medieval market town in North-West Essex. We will visit the market, held here since 1141, take a guided tour of the rich heritage of old buildings and the beautiful parish church, stroll around the restored Victorian  Bridge End Gardens.

Cost: Free

Walking Tour of Cambridge (half day) – Cambridge is a beautiful city, recognised throughout the world as a place of learning and innovation. With spectacular architecture, inspiring culture and refreshing green spaces, students can find out about the University and Colleges, museums and the city.

Cost: Free

Sights of  London (full day) – Personalised tour of many of the sights of this great city. Work with us to plan a trip to include what you would like to see – eg famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and  the Tower of London.

Cost: Varied according to visit planned

Henry Moore Studios and Gardens (half day) – Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work against the backdrop of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens. A perfect day out for any art lovers.

Cost: £12.60 for adults/£6.30 for registered students. Additional charge of £4.50 to visit Hoglands House.