What we offer
We welcome children aged 10 to 18 for family homestay English language and activity holidays in beautiful central Scotland. We can also sometimes host a child for a longer period, to attend a local state or private school – please enquire. A maximum of 3 young people.
We offer a range of English homestay courses for adults – general English, business English, legal English, human resources English. Plus trips and activities. A maximum of 2 adults.
We do not accommodate adults at the same time as children, unless both parties give their agreement.
We offer English homestays for families of up to 2 adults and 2 children of any age.
Every English homestay holiday is total English immersion. Lessons are tailored to the individual. This guarantees real improvement in your English.
All English homestays include lots of trips and/or activities, chosen in consultation with you. There is plenty of opportunity to explore what Scotland has to offer.
All 2-week English homestays include day trips to the famous lakes and hills of Highland Perthshire, and to Edinburgh.
All 1-week English homestays include a day trip to Highland Perthshire.
Where we are
We live in a bright and comfortable 4 bed modern home, with a dedicated study/teaching room for our students. Our bedrooms for students are 1 double and 1 twin.
Crieff is a traditional Scottish town set in the midst of hills in beautiful Perthshire in central Scotland. Many sporting and cultural activities are available in the town and nearby.
The larger towns of Stirling and Perth are not far away and have a lot to offer culturally and historically, e.g. famous Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Edinburgh and Glasgow are both within day trip distance.
We can pick you up from either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, or from Dunblane railway station, which is on a direct line from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Who we are
We are a family of a mother and two daughters. We are originally from England, and speak standard English.
Lydia Paish is a qualified and experienced teacher of English as a foreign language. Having lived in Paris and attended a French school as a child, she developed a strong interest in languages and learned several to varying degrees of competency – Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese. Unfortunately, she has forgotten a lot since then! After obtaining a degree in Chinese at Oxford University, she spent a year at college in Shanghai before returning to England to study law and qualify as a solicitor. She has worked for over 20 years as a lawyer, specialising in employment law (qualification certificate available on request). She has a CELTA certificate in teaching English as a foreign language (available on request) and has taught English as a foreign language in China, Taiwan and England. She has a recent clear DBS check (UK check for those working with children, available on request). She enjoys cooking, both British and international, walking in the stunning local countryside, amateur photography, the theatre and cinema, and spending lots of time with the children and overseas visitors.
Helena is 15. She is a fun and friendly girl, a talented singer and violinist, and loves drama and reading. She goes to boarding school in England, where she has a music scholarship, but is at home during school holidays. She is studying French and German, and loved her language exchange visits to Paris and Munich. She is hoping to study French at a more advanced level.
Naomi is 13. She attends a local school. She is a very friendly girl with lots of interests, including drama, cornet (trumpet) and outdoor pursuits. She is studying French and German, has enjoyed recent language exchange trips to Paris and Cologne, and is enthusiastically planning further trips to Germany and France. Her stays with French and German families have made a real difference to her confidence and competence in French and German.
Lily is a very friendly cat, who sometimes behaves more like a dog, going on long walks with us!
If you send your child to stay with us, either Helena or Naomi, and often both, will be here. They love having visitors, and will make sure that your child both has fun and speaks plenty of English.