I stayed with Agnes for over three weeks while I did a short exchange at INSEAD in June. Having lived with families in France before during my undergrad, I thought staying with a family during my short grad school program would be nice. However, it was not an ideal place for that.
The room is comfortable and has a large private bath. The room shares a wall with a bathroom used by another guest. You can hear everything in the neighboring bathroom, so if you're a light sleeper and don't wake up before the other guest, you may be disturbed.
The room is also in a corner of the house, so the wifi signal is very weak. It is ok for an occasional web search but if you need to do more work or make phone calls over wifi, it can be slow and unpredictable. All of my wifi calls dropped.
Agnes can be difficult and unwelcoming. Despite barely being around and going away on the weekends, Agnes made me feel very uncomfortable. As one example, I asked Christian, Agnes' husband, who was watching TV, if I could use the microwave to warm up some food. Agnes had said I could occasionally use the microwave but I wanted to be sure it would be ok since it was 10pm. He said to go ahead and warm up my food. A few minutes after, Agnes came to the kitchen and scolded me even after I told her I got his permission. Towards the end of my stay, I decided to ask to leave 4 days early given how unpleasant my stay was. Agnes and Christian refused to change my departure date. I stayed with my friend during my last days, and the couple became awkwardly nice.
Though I don’t expect breakfast to be included in an Airbnb, I would not rave about the breakfast here. I only got one of these amazing croissants that someone wrote in a review. The other days consisted of preserved white loaf bread toast with jam, microwave heated tea, and a glass of orange juice.
For INSEAD students, the walk to campus is 25-30 minutes.