Chateau de Rivaulde


Improve your French during a Total Homestay French immersion in Salbris in the Centre Val de Loire. Discover the pleasure of learning French in the authentic countryside of Sologne, a region which is famous for its history (King François 1st and Leonardo da Vinci lived there), its beautiful castles, such as Chambord, Cheverny and Blois, its cultural heritage, as well as its gardens and art of living.

Experience the real French way of life in a castle at the Château de Rivaulde, at Hamid’s home, your certified French teacher who will offer you personalized French courses in the exceptional setting of a castle situated in a 20 hectare park close to the town centre. You will learn French and share his daily life in this splendid place full of history and culture.

You will stay in the Château de Rivaulde, in your own private apartment, with a spacious and comfortable living room, a separate double bedroom, a fitted kitchen and a shower room with toilet. Hamid will be glad to welcome you, on your own, with your friend or your partner to let you discover the relaxed lifestyle of the Val de Loire and make your homestay an unforgetable linguistic experience.

Practical Informations About Your Authentic Immersion Stay + Courses

Accommodationprivate bathroomBreakfastFull 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 the château of Chambord or another big castle

validation Visiting the Sologne area (extra cost depending on destinations)

Your French immersion homestay is flexible and adaptable, it is designed to meet your specific needs. We will decide together on the programme of your ideal immersion homestay at the Château de Rivaulde. Feel free to let me know what works best for you and to tell me your preferences in terms of French courses, activities, visits and so on. Everything is planned to make your homestay as advantageous and enjoyable as possible.



Practice French With an expert

35h week

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


In your own private comfortable apartment, at the Château de Rivaulde, close to the town centre, with its restaurants, cafés and shops, you will enjoy the authenticity of the French way of life and discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of the region.


Prof. Hamid

Bonjour, my name is Hamid, I am a French teacher. I have a lot of teaching experience, having been a lecturer for many years at various universities in England (Durham, Newcastle and Brighton), where I also set up my own language school. When I came back to France, I decided to open a language school to continue teaching French and French culture to adults as it is an activity I have a passion for.

Your apartment is located in the Château de Rivaulde in a 20 hactare park which is bordered by a beautiful wild river, the Sauldre. Each private apartment, with a surface area ranging from 52 to 78 m², has superb views over the park. They all have a large, comfortable living room, a separate double bedroom, a fitted kitchen and a shower room with toilet. If you want, you can go for a walk in the wooded parkland of the Château or in the park of the convivial equestrian centre, just across the river. You can also go for longer walks in the forest or in the woods around the castle.

We will share breakfasts and either lunches or dinners together. For the lunches or dinners I won’t be having with you, I can take you to a supermarket, just 3 minutes from the castle, where you can buy excellent French food or I can drive you to a good restaurant if you prefer to eat in town. You can also walk through the park to the town centre which is within walking distance or go there by taking a beautiful footpath in the woods along the road.




We will share meals together and I will be happy to adapt them to your tastes. I like to cook simple dishes based on vegetables, meat and fish. I also like to introduce students to typical Brittany specialities such as seafood, fish and pancakes.

During your stay, we will have the opportunity to go to the market to discover the local seasonal products, which we can cook together.


As a long-standing linguist and language teacher, I will be listening to you carefully in order to share my experience and expertise with you. You will benefit from a good mentorship. You will learn French by combining pleasure and leasure in a unique environment in the heart of a beautiful countryside and will discover different aspects of French culture in a friendly atmosphere.

All courses are tailor-made and based on a dynamic, communicative, oral method. You will improve your listening and speaking skills by practising conversations and by being in contact with French people during the activities and the visits in the afternoons.

French courses will take place in the morning in your spacious living room with one or two students. If you have specific needs, I will be happy to meet them. I will be delighted to welcome you, on your own, in couple or with a friend.

Professeur en cours



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

I will be your guide during the visits and the activities to show you the interesting sites and the natural beauty of the region. We will have the choice between a lot of activities as the Val de Loire has many sites of tourist interest and is very rich from the historical and cultural point of view.

We will be able to visit Chambord, the magnificent castle of King François 1st, one of the biggest and most prestigious castles in France, together with Versailles and Fontainebleau. You will immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Renaissance and the « Grand » 17th century in a splendid setting.

We will also be able to discover one of the many other big castles of the Val de Loire, an area known in France as the region of the castles, in view of its huge number of castles.

We will go to the historical city of Orléans, where Joan of Arc lived, or to the city of Bourges and visit its old streets, its museums and its cathedral, listed as UNESCO world heritage. We will walk in the charming city of Romorantin and in the beautiful villages of Sologne.

If you want to do some shopping, I will take you to the weekly market in Salbris. We will go to the restaurant, to the café, we will walk in the unspoilt countryside.

If you like swimming, the communal swimming pool is about 1 km from the Château. We will visit natural parks and typical regional museums so that you learn more about the culture and life in Sologne. We can do other equally interesting activities which will allow you to practice your French on a daily basis and enjoy the unique charm of the Val de Loire.

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