Linda and Peter live in a large semi-detached house in Chester. Their home is beautifully decorated and with a lovely garden. There is one student room with plenty of storage and study space, a private bathroom and WiFi. Linda enjoys making crafts and she loves to walk and go to the spa. Pete likes to play golf and other sports in his spare time. The couple have travelled extensively and enjoy different cultures, food and meeting people. They have a very friendly cat.
Linda and Peter have hosted many happy students. Here is some of their feedback:
My hosts were very kind. They made me feel not alone and did not push me to do something I did not want. Good facilities and location. I felt hospitality from my British family. Takahiro, Japan
It's fantastic, amazing. Many things I liked, Pete and Linda are two fantastic people! The accommodation and food is great. Mauro, Italy
Very good people. I've had a great time with them. Very funny and honest. I recommend. Fina, Spain
Here Linda and Peter answer some of our questions:
What do you like about hosting students?
There are so many things we like about hosting. It's interesting to find out about different cultures and countries, but more importantly, it's great to be able to help the students with their English and ensure they have the opportunity to experience the British culture and countryside. We are surprised how much we learn about our own language and culture! And of course, we have made new friends !
Can you tell us about one of your favourite memories you have had with a student?
One student told us he had just had the best day of his life after we organised for him to go to Old Trafford for a Champions League match.
How do you spend time with your students?
It is rewarding when the students appreciate the chance to experience something 'British'. We've enjoyed going to music concerts and theatre, as well as antiques fairs, outlet shopping, walking in Llangollen and Snowdonia, golf and a spa day !! However, the best experiences for us are the little things like laughing together about a language misunderstanding, cooking together and teaching students new English phrases.
Do you think your students English language improves during their stay with you?
Definitely! We always see a big improvement in the first week. Most students' English is better than they think, they just haven't had the opportunity to practise. Students improve quickly once they feel comfortable in the house.