Homestays for families

We are happy to welcome you to stay with us as a family

We cater for up to 4 family members (5 is sometimes possible). We have a double room  and a twin room.

A family homestay will suit you if both parents and children would like to improve their English in a friendly family setting, while exploring central Scotland.

If you would like to have English lessons, we offer separate lessons for adults and children, or if preferred you can learn together.

A family homestay can be a good option for families with young children, giving them a head-start with their English learning, and the chance to experience family life in the UK, but under the care of their own parent/s. There is no lower age limit for your children.

You will be welcome to eat all meals with us if you wish, and will be treated as part of the family. You will probably want to bring a car, but it is not essential.

How you spend your English language family homestay will be very much up to you. For instance, you may wish to spend time on your own as a family, with us as a family, or if you wish adults can head off on their own, leaving the children (if aged 10 or over) to take part in our trips and activities’ programme, tailored to them, with or without English lessons.

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English lessons

To find out about the English lessons that we offer, please read the relevant lessons sections under Children’s Homestays and under Adult General / Business / Legal or HR English.

If you would like to book some English lessons, then when you fill in our Enquiry Form please tell us about the level of English of all members of your family who will be taking English lessons, and any aspects of English that you would like them to focus on during their stay.

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A full range of trips and activities

A 1 week homestay includes a minimum of 4 accompanied trips (you just pay for the entry tickets). Please take a look at the trips described on the Blog/Trips page of this website, and let us know if any of these particularly interest you.  We are on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, and there is plenty of opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside, as well as local castles and other historic sights.

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You will also have free time to do as you like with. Options include visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth or Stirling. Or you may wish to spend more time exploring the beautiful local countryside. There are also many outdoor pursuits available at the local hotel – Crieff Hydro – for both adults and children. Including 4×4 driving, horse-riding, and watersports. These can be booked online or by phone. If you visit during the 3-week Edinburgh International Festival in August, you will probably want to spend a day at the enormous Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Our trips and activities include:

  • A Highland Games (dates dependent, but once seen never forgotten)
  • Walks in the beautiful Highlands
  • A whisky distillery visit, including whisky tasting (non- alcoholic drinks for children)
  • Stirling Castle – home of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Climb the Wallace Monument – Stirling’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower – and learn about the great William Wallace
  • Linlithgow Palace – royal pleasure palace with lake
  • Huntingtower Castle
  • The world class Drummond Castle Gardens
  • Prisoner of war camp
  • The historic Library of Innerpeffray
  • Comrie – spectacular hill walking and famous waterfalls
  • A round of golf – Scotland is the birthplace of golf!
  • Mini-golf
  • Red kite feeding (birds of prey) – winter and autumn
  • Strawberry and raspberry picking
  • Wild fruit picking
  • Wild swimming in a mountain pool or lake
  • Make a fire and cook sausages and marshmallows by a mountain stream or river
  • Make a den in the woods
  • Games evening
  • Cooking and baking.
  • There are often one-off events, e.g. local concerts, ceilidhs (Scottish country dancing evening), films or talks.

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