Wincombe Language School


The summer school will be running from 29th June to 2nd August for 13-18 year olds.

We also welcome adults and families at other times of the year.

Please check for availability of dates by emailing  before booking transport.

Once dates are confirmed you will be asked for a 10% deposit to secure your place

The balance of the stay must be paid two weeks before arrival.

It is the responsibility of the guest to have adequate insurance for the duration of their stay.

Wincombe Park

Welcome to Wincombe Language School

We welcome students to our family home in the beauty of the Dorset countryside with ponies, dogs, cat, chickens and vegetables grown in our garden where you can immerse yourself in English language and culture.

We are now taking bookings for 2019 Summer school.

Dates are available between 29th June – 2nd August



We are very lucky to live in a beautiful house set in a hidden valley in SW England near to lots of attractions.  We all love the outdoor life and our menagerie comprising dogs, cat, ponies and chickens. We play tennis on our court and grow our own fruit and vegetables and enjoy cooking.  Any guest can join in these activities. Phoebe gives one to one English  lessons most mornings to those who sign up for  them and the afternoons are spent having fun. We are five minutes from the picturesque town of Shaftesbury. We normally spend two days a week going further afield on outings. Guests are accompanied riding our ponies and bicycles, exploring our woods and Iron Age Fort and walking up on the Downs. They can also swim and kayak in our lake under supervision.  We love sharing our home with others and all our guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the time we spend chatting, playing games and getting to know one another and learning about the idiosyncracies of our different cultures. We teach guests to cook English food, baking cakes and making jam and encourage them to teach us to cook their favourite home food. We all share our meals together and chat around the table.  Being able to muck in will enhance the enjoyment of a stay with us. We endeavour to host different nationalities concurrently so everyone communicates in English and our guests make new friends.  We look after guests as part of the family and we endeavour to accommodate all diets and any allergies.  We have welcomed guests for 5 years and many return to us year after year or recommend their friends. We collect our guests from and return them to local airports or train stations.


Those who sign up for lessons are assessed by Phoebe on arrival and targets to achieve during the stay are agreed. The lessons are divided into reading, writing and speaking activites, are project based and individually designed to meet the needs of the student.  She also recommends books to read during the stay.


Depending on the length of your stay we suggest a trip to the Jurassic Coast and one other outing per week. We try to accommodate all students' choices but sometimes we have to moderate depending on what others have chosen.  There are no lessons on outing days.


The World Heritage site  is 25 minutes by car from our house. We visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive and when available book entry when it is restricted to 30 people. The price of the ticket includes a good audio guide for the visitors’ centre and the site.


We drive 75 minutes to the coast, walk along the cliffs to see the dramatic rock formations , enjoy a picnic and swim in the sea.


We drive 35 minutes to Salisbury and look around the medieval city and the cathedral including a spectacular tour up the tallest cathedral spire in England. After a picnic lunch in the cathedral grounds there is time to shop and we can choose to visit the museum or go on to Old Sarum (the original site of the cathedral).

  • BATH

We drive 45 minutes to the beautiful city of Bath, visit the Roman Baths, take an open top  bus tour of the Georgian parts of city and visit the Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum. There is time for shopping.


Learn about prehistory. At 400ft deep and 3 miles long, this is England’s largest gorge and with its spectacular pinnacles and beautiful caves it makes for a fun day out.  It is an hour and 15 minutes drive.


The story of Tanks and their crews from 1915 to the present. With over 300, the museum has the largest collection of tanks in the world.   It is 45 minutes drive and if it is sunny we can go on to the coast for an evening swim and barbeque.

THE HISTORIC CITY OF PORTSMOUTH                                                                                                                            Although over an hour away it is a stunning drive to Portsmouth crossing the New Forest with its wild ponies. We visit Henry VIII's flagship The Mary Rose which has been raised from the seabed and is now housed in a museum and learn about Tudor life; go aboard Nelson's HMS Victory and choose from other attractions in the Naval Dockyard. 


Per night, full board, including bed, breakfast, lunch, tea, supper


Weekly laundry


Daily activities including riding, tennis, swimming, and cycling

Included in price of stay


Southampton/ Bournemouth Airport


Bristol Airport


Gatwick/ Heathrow Airport


London eurostar


Tisbury station



One to One private English lessons

£25 for 30 minutes


Jurassic coast










Tank museum


Cheddar gorge



Charged at price of entry ticket


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