Antoinette, East Sussex, England

Antoinette & her husband Keith live in a large detached Victorian house in St. Leonards-on-Sea, close to Hastings. They have 2 dogs and 2 cats - their 3 adult children no longer live in the house.

Your teacher

I have 15 years of experience working with children aged from 3 to 16 years. For two of these years I worked with young children who had speech and language difficulties. I have a qualification in Play Therapy and a certificate in person-centred counselling. I also have the Advanced TEFL certificate. My teaching practice is a combination of bookwork, audio-visual aids, games and situation based learning. English courses will be individually tailored to age, aptitude and ability.

Your hosts

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, travelling, listening to music, going to the theatre and visiting English Heritage sites. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends (I was trained at the Cordon Bleu culinary school in London). At the weekend I often meet friends at my local cafe and have brunch, or arrange a Sunday lunch (full English roast dinner) with the family.

Keith is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Accounting at the London Business School.

The home

This is a large Victorian house situated on approximately an acre of land (around 4,000 square metres) in a historical residential area. The atmosphere in the house is airy, spacious with a touch of Victorian Gothic, reflecting the extraordinary history of the town and area. Throughout the house you will find hidden gems by local artists and breathtaking views of the English Channel. The guest accommodation is a double bedroom with a seaview which is situated in the west wing of the house. The west wing also has a breakfast kitchen where guests can enjoy snacks and beverages.


The charming seaside town of St. Leonards-on-sea is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Just ten minutes from the house you will find the train station, the famous promenade and the beach. The local train station, St. Leonards Warrior Square, will connect you to the other attractive seaside resorts on this coast such as Brighton, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Rye. You can get to London by car or train in approximately 90 minutes. Gatwick airport is just over an hour away by car or there is a direct train service.

Things to do

There are so many things to do in the South East of England that you will be spoilt for choice! I am happy to organise excursions to some of the more popular historic sites, such as London, Rye, Brighton and Lewes. As already mentioned, there are plenty of things to do closer to home. There’s a golf course, leisure centre with squash courts and swimming pool, tennis courts, horse riding, art galleries, all within an easy distance from the house. We also have bicycles available for your use.

Other details

Wi-Fi is available, smokers accepted (no smoking in the house), garden, private bathroom (if requested), 2 dogs Oscar (terrier) and Huxley (Shih Tzu–mix), 1 cat named Cree. The animals are restricted to the ground floor and not allowed in the sleeping areas.

Local amenities

Golf, tennis, swimming, horse riding, sports centre, art galleries.

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