Here you will find recommendations for different services in and around Toulouse including a garden designer, English teachers, alternative therapists and a family photographer. If you have any recommendations please do contact us.
Recommended by Helen Saks
Part of the supermarket chain ‘Auchan’, Chronodrive is the internet self-collection branch of the shop. Order online, and collect at a time of your convenience. If you don’t find time to collect it, you don’t pay. Otherwise, you get 12 hours to make your collection. Drive up (think McDonalds drive through) pay at the machine, without getting out of your car, then drive up and a lovely person will put the shopping in the car for you.
“Never again will I drag my kids around the supermarket, this has truly revolutionised my life!. A fantastic service, it is so easy, I just wish they would come home and unpack the bags as well!” (HS, November 2011)
Recommended by Helen Saks
First class photography, by ex-designer, photographer Lisa Allen. Specialising in children and families, Lisa’s style is au naturale. The shoot can take place at your home, or on location.email: email@example.com / call : +33 (0) 6 49 62 80 08
“It is so rare to get photos of all the family together. Lisa took some bump to baby photos for me that I will absolutely treasure. Everyone who sees them tells me how wonderful they are. I just need to find time to frame them and enlarge some of the best ones” (HS, November 2011)
Recommended by Lyndsay Walker
21 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumas, 31200 Toulouse
07 86 39 62 28
“Jennie combines an incredible knowledge of naturopathy with a sensitive and empathic insight into what her patient needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone seeking a truly holistic practitioner in the Toulouse area.” (LW, December 2011)
Recommended by Jennie Taylor
74 Chemin Barrieu, 31700 Blagnac
06 18 00 00 60 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Juanis practice is a haven of peace. A fluent English speaker, Juani treats you to herbal tea and fresh ginger, followed by an hour and a half of pure bliss!” (JT, December 2011)
16 rue de lEtoile, 31000 Toulouse
Tel: 05 61 99 23 40/Mobile: 06 10 22 14 21
“Elodie is French/English and practises in both central Toulouse and central Paris. She has loads of experience and very calming energies, and Im convinced that the sessions I had during both my pregnancies helped keep me fit and well throughout.” (JT, December 2011)
Recommended by Tiffany Colombie
06 40 19 34 45
“It is virtually impossible to get english children’s books in Toulouse so it is brilliant to be able to buy from Growing Readers at fairs, people’s homes or via the website. My kids love the books as they have everything from young fiction, to noisy books and baby books.” (TC, December 2011)
Recommended by Lauren Coetzee
14 Quai de la Tour de Ronde, Lavaur, 81500
“More than just a shop ... they organise events and evenings for people who want to speak English, like a fish and chip evening, hot potato evening. Also if you visit the shop, they do scones and tea, cookies and english specialities, including english breakfasts.” (LC, December 2011)
Recommended by Lauren Coetzee
Centre cial Cap 2000 1 bd Jean Gay 31170 TOURNEFEUILLE
05 61 06 58 98
“Very good classes like spinning and they do personal training with English speaking staff. It is a family environment with swimming lessons for babies and kids. Also runs a holiday club kids.” (LC, December 2011)
Recommended by Jackie Alcock
The Section Internationale organises English lessons to children whose mother tongue is English, or who have proven spoken and written fluency in the language, and who are integrated into the French school system. It forms part of a bilingual education. The broad aim of the English Programme is to maintain a child’s proficiency in English while s/he progresses through the French educational system. The bilingual system also enables a pupil to re-integrate into an English-speaking educational system whenever necessary and at whatever level. For more information contact Debbie Stuart.
“English 31 is English lessons for children that have one or more English speaking parents. Classes take place on a Wednesday and it is wonderful for the kids to have the opportunity to learn English as they would if they were having an English education.” (JA)
Recommended by Laura Crotty
Jack In The Box, founded by native English speaker Emma Nelson, offer English classes to English-speaking children every Wednesday afternoon for children from 4 – 11 years. Courses follow the National Curriculum guidelines for English at Key Stages 1 and 2. The classes are taught by Jackie Maclean, a Scottish primary school teacher with 20 years experience in the state school system.
They also offer Saturday and holiday drama classes. To find out more visit:
Recommended by Katie Lukey
Online home schooling for children
Home for School provides lessons and support to ensure your childrens skills in English are not forgotten.
"Many expat children have a great start in life as they are able to enjoy a new culture and learn another language. It is enviable how quickly they adapt to a new language. However, it is still important that they master the skills of reading and writing in their mother tongue." (Samantha Scholte, founder)
"Sam has been an excellent online teacher for my son Tom age 11. She has taught him regularly for 18 months. He really looks forward to her lessons & she clearly makes them interesting or he wouldnt say this! He has had her teach him in a small group of 3 or 4 children as well as more recently on a one to one basis. Her lessons are national curriculum based & she takes the time to find out what your child is interested in as well as liaise with parents to find out any special requirements or areas you want her to focus teaching on. I would definitely recommend her."(KL- mum to Tom age 11, March 2012)
Recommended by Emma Nelson
Learn French discovering local market products and cooking them, practice English with English speakers while baking a “cheesecake”,
indulge in French or another foreign language through wine tastings. With expertise in French and foreign language learning, but also thanks to a diverse network of culinary professionals, Speakeat! offers a new learning experience. Most activities take place in Balma. These classes also links up with Jack in the Box, which teach English to english-speaking children in Toulouse and Lardenne. The idea is thet you learn French while the kids learn English.
8 Avenue ou Rue du Luan – 31130 Balma
"Cloé is a trained French teacher and her courses, all built around French cuisine and culture, are fun, creative, effective ... and délicieux! So much so in fact, youll learn without even realising youre learning! Ive participated in her workshops and can thoroughly recommend them.” (EN, May 2012)
"The opportunity to hear (and try to speak) French combined with the history of a well-known French dish, to make it and to try it, was so interesting. I hope to repeat the experience soon. Also it was good to meet new people and have a wonderful lunch on the the terrace. It was truly a lovely, cultural and social experience." (May 2012)
Recommended by Mr & Mrs Dickinson
Landscape architecture, garden design and garden coaching to help you get the best out of your garden
16, La Clairière, 31350 LEVIGNAC
Tél : 06 33 45 42 81
“We absolutely loved our garden design consultation session with you – both thought you were brilliant, very knowledgeable (& Dave is a tricky customer to please sometimes). In particular the pragmatic advice & focusing on how we could add value to enhance our living space now was really useful. We’re going to get bay tree asap & the other ideas will be following on too as we will pretty much be going with all of them – just need to phase them in now!! Your engaging approach made the whole thing really fun too!” (Mr & Mrs Dickenson)
Recommended by Angela Downes
"Roz took some beautiful photos and we had a great time and so did the kids; the price was very affordable. We couldn't make our minds up as there were so many beautiful pictures to select from. We recommend you to all our friends or anyone who is looking for someone to take photos of their loved ones"