Situated in the picturesque village of Villebois-Lavalette in SW France, Maison du Couvent is an up-market, full-service chambres d'hôtes/B&B, offering beds, breakfast, lunches and 3-course regional dinners served with local wines.
In 2012/13 we completely renovated the old barn in the grounds of Maison du Couvent into a modern chambres d'hôtes/B&B, at the same time retaining all the authentic traditional architectural features. With a large terrace, lush floral garden and 11m x 5m swimming pool, we opened in June 2013 and have been busy ever since.
Each of the three en-suite bedrooms have been stylishly restored and have views down the garden, over the swimming pool or the valleys beyond.
Whether you stay in our chambres d'hôtes/B&B for one night, or for one week, you'll always get a warm welcome, up-market accommodation and fabulous food - mais oui, se détendre et se restaurer...relax and restore!
Guests will have access to all the facilities of the property, including the swimming pool.
Interaction with guests
Dining has traditionally been a way of socialising in France and we enjoy facilitating that tradition. So come and sit at our table, where some wonderful French dishes await your pleasure - how about:
creamy asparagus tarts, with salade girolles; then,
magret du canard au sauce bigarde, with dauphinoise potatoes; or
salmon en pipolotte, with moon blush tomatoes; and for dessert, we might have a
traditional poire amande and cream; or a
delicious strawberry meringue roulade.
It will be our pleasure to look after you in this magical retreat in France.
Other things to note
Nearly every village in the area offers a range of sporting or cultural activities from para-gliding to pétanque. There are numerous fetes and festivals with attractions like medieval music; dancing; hot air ballooning; giant puppetry; art exhibitions; and of course fabulous markets, which sell speciality wines, food, clothing and are particularly magical when experienced at night.
There are also stunning baroque concerts in the surrounding old Romanesque churches. The acoustics are fantastic and quality of performers outstanding: people travel from all over Europe just to come to these concerts.
If however if you fancy getting that hole-in-one, there is a 9-hole golf course at Pillac and an 18-hole course at Angoulême just waiting for you! The spectacular views from the Angoulême course aren’t to be missed.
We've a short list of helpful notes in each bedroom.