Improve your French during a Total Homestay French immersion in LE CHATEAU DE FESTIEUX, near Laon, a beautiful medieval town. Live the authentic French lifestyle at Isabelle’s, a certified French teacher who’ll be delighted to provide you with customized French lessons adapted to your needs. She shares with you her experience as well as her everyday life. Come alone or with a friend or partner to her lovely flat with private room and washroom in a village surrounded by forest.

Isabelle will be your guide during your immersion stay to discover:

  • in situ, castle of the 18th century, the  jardin à la française and surrounding forest
  • within a 15 km-radius, choose among:
    • stroll in nature, around le lac de l’Ailette for example
    • play golf of l’Ailette
    • delve into medieval history at the city center of Laon
    • study contemporary history at the site of Le Chemin des Dames
    • view religious architecture with l’Abbaye de Vauclair
  • within a 50 km-radius : Reims, famous for its cathedral and Champagne wine cellars
  • Lastly, a day trip to Paris is possible (150 km)

Here is some practical information concerning your homestay and French course

Accommodationprivate bathroomBreakfastHalf Board

WifiFrench ClassesCultural Activities

One week immersion Homestay + courses includes:


validation Welcome at your teacher’s home

validation Assess a placement test

validation Improve your French with courses tailor made to reach your aims

validation Practice French conversation and enjoy typical cuisine with your teacher

validation Discover the area with your teacher as a guide

validationExplore the real vie à la française 

validation Gain confidence speaking French

validation Get your certificate of French language


In addition you can have :

validation Visiting medieval city center of Laon

validation Visiting Cathedral and Champagne wine cellars of Reims

I want the best stay for you. Everything is adaptable, so please feel free to tell me your ideal program (more or less French classes, half or full board…) and I will do it for you…There is so much to do in our region, you can choose what interests you to make the most of your French Homestay with me. And I’ll be so glad to share with you my delicious cooking!



Practice French With an expert

35h week

  • Personalised lessons
  • +
  • Active meals
  • +
  • Tours with your teacher
  • +
  • Live the real “Vie à la française”


Enjoy the authentic French way of life with an unforgettable immersion stay in a castle of the 18th century.


Isabelle Rosny sous bois

Bonjour, my name is Isabelle. I am a French teacher with great experience and I’m fond of Art and Culture. And, overall, I love sharing my passions.

You will have a confortable room with double bed and private washroom with shower.

Sharing breakfasts and meals with you will be a pleasure. I cook generous recipes and I will propose to you to taste French culinary specialties ( boeuf bourguignon, choucroute, tartiflette, soupe minestrone, etc…). On request, I can offer you full board.

You have the opportunity to use my library with art books, novels and comics.

I have no pet at home, and the home is a non-smoker area, but you can smoke outside, in the garden.

Learning French

I do not know of a better way of improving your language level than total immersion! Even though I can manage in English in situations where communication is difficult, I always prefer conversation 100% in French. With a bit of patience, this approach gives the best results. In my method of teaching, I focus on the oral and use games a lot, so that the conversation quickly becomes fluent and natural.

Aspects of grammar to be studied are decided together, of course, according to your needs. These are put into practice in exercises straight away: written (a few) then oral (many videos – short films, film extracts – as the basis for conversation).

Finally, I tailor the content of my lessons to the interests of my students. In this way, vocabulary is retained more easily.



Because the French love food, you will also enjoy


Discover amazing French sites, your teacher as a guide


According to your leisure time, there are many activities to do


Your stay is also discovering French culture while relaxing

You like cultural visits? Me too! There is so much to see around me: cathedrals, abbeys, museums, Champagne wine cellars and so one… And if you prefer walking in nature, there are a lot of nature trails to ramble.



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« Isabelle is the best teacher one could ever have. »

“She is a true teacher –passionate, patient, prepared, interesting, kind and clear. I cannot imagine a better teacher than her. She did much more than was expected–more lessons, more trips, more food, more thoughtfulness. In addition, she has a beautiful home which is about 30 minutes on the train into Paris. It was easy to take the train in and out when we wanted to. Her partner Philippe is very kind and knowledgeable on many topics, and has a great sense of humor. He joined us for dinners, occasionally for games in the evening, and for a trip to le Chateau Fontainebleau.

Overall, my language skills greatly improved by the end of the week. I was speaking more smoothly, had better use of vocabulary and grammar, and was more relaxed during conversations. The lessons were not only helpful, but also fun and interesting. I highly recommend Isabelle as a host and teacher. You will not be disappointed.Isabelle is the best teacher one could ever have.”



« Isabel est une excellente professeur. »

Philip et Isabel m’ont aidé à me sentir chez moi. Ils m’ont fourni de merveilleuses expériences culturelles. Quand j’étais malade, Isabel m’a prendre chez le médecin. Elle a cuisiné tres bien. Ils étaient toujours flexibles et serviables avec tout. Isabel et Philip étaient toujours positifs, joyeux et curieux. Je recommande fortement Isabel en tant que professeur.



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