We are happy to welcome you to stay with us as a family
We have a double room and a twin room. So we cater for up to 2 parents and 2 children. We can provide a trolley bed in the double room if needed. We have a study room for lessons and homework.
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 provide separate lessons for adults and children, plus time together playing a variety of language games.
We can alternatively provide child lessons only or adult lessons only.
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.
Our 1-week family programme
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.
A full range of trips and activities
Once you have booked your English homestay, we will be in touch with a list of available trips and activities, and will ask you to list your preferences, which we will do our best to accommodate.
Every one-week English family homestay includes a full day in Highland Perthshire. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and a great introduction to the Scottish Highlands. Hills, lochs (lakes), rivers, moorland. Our photos don’t do it justice – you will definitely want to take some of your own. There’s a chance to do the famous Birks’ Walk (great waterfalls and views). You can go wild swimming in a lake or river, or for an extra charge join a whitewater rafting trip.
You will also have one day free to do as you like with. Options include visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, or nearby Perth. 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 at the local loch. 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 Festival or the enormous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is the largest arts festival in the world.
As part of your 1-week family homestay programme, and in addition to the day trip to Highland Perthshire, we will include a minimum of 2 accompanied trips or activities, based around your preferences. Or if you prefer not to be accompanied, we can provide you with all the information you need. These can include:
- A Highland Games (dates dependent, but once seen never forgotten) https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/highland-games/
- A whisky distillery visit, including whisky tasting (non- alcoholic drinks for children)
- Stirling Castle and Argyll’s Lodging
- Stirling Ghostwalk
- Climb the Wallace Monument – Stirling’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower – and learn about the great William Wallace
- Linlithgow Palace
- Doune Castle
- Drummond Gardens
- The historic Library of Innerpeffray
- Comrie – spectacular hill walking and famous waterfalls
- Comrie Croft – to hire mountain bikes and try out the purpose built runs
- Golf lessons
- A round of golf
- Red kite feeding (birds of prey)
- Wild raspberry picking (July – August)
- Pottery painting
- Swimming pool with flumes and currents
- Ice skating
- Theatre trip
- Games evening
- Scottish Evening – cook and eat a traditional Scottish meal, and enjoy the songs and poems of the great Robert Burns
- There are often one-off events, e.g. local concerts, ceilidhs (Scottish country dancing evening), or talks.