Type of Programme
One-to-One, personalised English tuition living full-board with the tutor's own family and in the tutor's own home, including local visits and excursions, meeting friends, neighbours and professional colleagues etc.
Type of House: Detached House - Scotland
Teaching Qualifications and Experience
1997 MA (hons) English Language (First Class), University of Edinburgh
1998 PGCE German and Russian, University of Sheffield
2010 Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings, NDA
2014 TEFL (ITA/TEFL UK)
1998-2003: Teacher of German and French (secondary schools)
2000: Teacher of English, France (teacher exchange)
2003-2015: bringing up our four children bilingually; private tuition from home; German teaching at preschool and primary school;
2004-present: Hosting guests from abroad
Hobbies and Interests
I love sewing (patchwork and quilting, making soft furnishings). I also give sewing lessons. I enjoy baking and cooking, being a keen gardener who also keeps chickens! As a family we enjoy walking, visits to local castles and country houses, board games and ceilidh dances. I love to read too.
Our generously proportioned guest room is the original dining room of the house with windows on two sides and an old capacious 1930s bed with two frames, mattresses and duvets (it can also be arranged as a twin room). It has high ceilings and views of the garden. The bathroom is upstairs.
Excursions and Local Attractions
Day trip to Edinburgh with its many attractions; Rosslyn Chapel (of Da Vinvi Code fame); jaunts out to local Scottish Borders towns (e.g. Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh, Eyemouth), famous abbeys (e.g. Dryburgh, Melrose) and country houses/gardens (e.g. Paxton House, Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle, Walter Scott's Abbotsford); castles (such as Tantallon Castle) and other historical sites; some of Scotland's best beaches such as Coldingham Bay; the Holy Island of Lindisfarne; low level walking or hillwalking, cycling; potentially ceilidh dancing;