This  course is for you if you want to learn useful English and improve your communication skills in a relaxed way with other students 50+ years. Our morning lessons will teach you to communicate better in English, while in the afternoons and on weekends you will get a chance to explore the beautiful countryside, coast and towns of Devon and Cornwall.


Our classes are small- maximum 12 students- and we go at your pace, learning the English you want to learn with no time pressure. 

You can choose to stay with local host families offering half board standard  (single room, shared bathroom) or executive (single room, own bathroom) accommodation, or we can recommend one of the many excellent bed and breakfasts in the area. Our accommodation is all situated in Totnes, within walking distance (maximum 20 minutes) of our iconic school building in the Gate House, in the centre of the town. At lunchtime, you can step out of our building and into a High St offering excellent, independent small restaurants and cafes serving organic and locally sourced food a matter of minutes from the school. 


This course is also for you if you love the stories written by our famous West Country author, Rosamunde Pilcher, most famous for her novel, 'The Shell- Seekers' which she wrote when she was in her sixties. Her stories were set in the countryside and seaside towns of Devon and Cornwall and have been featured in both English and German television films over the years. With these popular films in mind, we aim to give you a taste of the beautiful landscapes that inspired her by taking you on excursions to some of these locations and to others we feel represent the romantic spirit in her books. Come with us on a two week exploration of our favourite romantic Devon and Cornwall places. All our excursions are accompanied by our expert teachers or guides. We use public transport as much as we can to protect our environment.  Where we do need to use a car or coach, we offset our carbon footprint through , for example, planting trees.

Our course includes 3 afternoon excursions/ activities and 1 evening activity per week, plus the highlight of our full day excursion to the amazing Prideaux Place in Cornwall, where an amazing 12 films of her stories have been filmed by German television. And don't forget to go on the optional excursion to St Ives in Cornwall, where Rosamunde Pilcher grew up.

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Course details

Course dates: 

1. 09.05.2021 - 23.05.2021 postponed

2. 24.05.2021 - 05.06.2021 postponed

3. 05.07.2021 - 17.07.2021 

4. 16.08 -2021 - 28.08.2021

5. 30.08.2021 - 11.09.2021

6. 27.09.2021 - 09.10.2021

Course length: 2 weeks

Course levels: Elementary to Advanced (C1)

Minimum age: 50 years

Class size: maximum 12

Lesson length: 60 minutes

No of lessons: 15 x 60 minutes per week in a 50+ group at their level. (*if students wish to join the General English classes instead, they can discuss this with Amy, our Academic Manager.)

Activities:  Includes 3 half-day excursions, 1 evening activity and one full day Saturday excursion in 50+ group, as well as usual general school social activities.

For course programme, click here.

Course prices

£854 for 2 weeks*

*please note- we do not accept direct bookings from Swiss clients-please book through for great package prices.

- includes Endsleigh student travel and health insurance- click here for details

Registration fee :£50 per course - this gives you access to all your course materials online through our study portal plus access to online materials for 12 months after you go home.

  • Standard Half board, single room, shared bathroom in walking distance of the school:  £146 per week

  • Executive Half board, single room, own bathroom in walking distance of the school: £186 per week

  • Self catering, single room: £110 per week

  • A great range of cottage, B and B and hotel accommodation is also available in Totnes- see what TripAdvisor recommends.