I spent 4 nights at Maison du Couvent in the context of a 4 day residential photography course run by our host, Don McCrae, in his excellent and very well-equipped Studio Lavalette. The course was an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience but this was easily matched by the wonderful food prepared at all hours of the day by our hostess,Trisha McCrae, and the accommodation which provided course members with all modern comforts. The 3 bedrooms situated above the studio are all finished to a very high standard and each has its own individual shower room and lovely views. The beautiful town of Villebois-Lavalette is a very short walk away from Maison du Couvent and the surrounding area is full of lovely photographic opportunities that make this an ideal base from which to run a photographic course. Both Don and Trish were excellent hosts throughout, providing great conversation during mealtimes and additional comforts when requested (eg a French adaptor for my UK 3-pin plugs and even an electric fan for the bedroom when the weather turned hot). This was one of the best B&Bs I have ever stayed in and I was quite sad when my 4 night stay came to an end!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We're Don & Trisha McCrae. In 2000 we bought and restored Maison du Couvent (convent house) a 17th century four-storey house, that's described by local historians as being the oldest house in Villebois-Lavalette.We then acquired an adjoining piece of land complete with an old barn, which we have elegantly renovated into a modern chambres d'hotes/B&B, with an authentic rural French charm. ... more less