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Hello, my name is Mary Ellen and I live in West Sussex with my husband.

We live in a lovely 4 bedroom detached house in a quiet residential street.

I am qualified to teach English to foreign learners and have taught for a number of years. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, travel, cinema, pilates and reading.

We live in Haywards Heath which is very near to numerous cultural attractions e.g. National Trust gardens and properties, Bluebell Railway, Ditchling Vineyard.

We also live near to Brighton which has a lively city atmosphere with lots of shops, restaurants and, of course, Brighton Pavilion, Pier and Marina.

Students can choose between 15 or 20 hours of tuition per week which are generally given during morning sessions.   You will be staying in a large double bedroom/study with WiFi connection, facing the garden and with your own private bathroom?.  You will have access to laundry facilities if required.

We’re a ‘pet friendly’ household and have a miniature Yorkshire Terrier called Beau.

You'll enjoy a twice-weekly typically English social event: a pub evening or dinner out locally with English friends, a visit to a local cinema or a local theatre production or possibly, a visit to one of the many National Trust properties and gardens that are located all around the area. We can also arrange a trip to Brighton or a trip up to London for the day as part of your social event.  It is entirely flexible around your needs. 

Students usually fly into London Heathrow or Gatwick airport and there is a train that runs from London Gatwick to my local train station and I can collect you from there.
An English language homestay will give you a real insight into both the English language that we speak and English culture; I know you'll be really pleased with the results!

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New Teachers, New Areas


We now have new teachers in the following areas:


Kendal (Lake District)




We're really excited to be able to offer you even more choice of locations for your full immersion English course.

We're adding their profiles to the 'Meet a Host' page so check them out now!

Mumpreneur 2011 Award


Local mum and entrepreneur, Lorna Allen, has earned herself a place in the final lineup of The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

The mother of 2 runs Live and Learn Homestays Ltd., an organisation offering personalised English courses and leisure activities to people visiting the Midlands region from abroad. Lorna's customers (homestay guests) benefit from a full immersion experience where they are placed with host families and have the unique opportunity to improve their English skills and learn about British culture through sharing their host families' lives.

Lorna Allen, Director of Live and Learn Homestays tells NetworkMilan.com how you can improve your English and feel at home in the “Heart of England”

Live and Learn Homestays Ltd is a small English language homestay company based in Birmingham, the "Heart of England", in the UK. The company is owned and managed by Lorna Allen, a local entrepreneur who worked part-time as a homestay tutor and local organiser for a large, international language homestay company for over seven years.

Read full article here: www.networkmilan.com