Le Couvent – the place to stay in the South of France

Le Couvent B&B is in the heart of Roujan, 20 kms or so from Besiers, it is the perfect place to stay to explore this area. Ali and Lizzie are fantastic warm hosts, you are in the centre of the lovely village of Roujan, close to the great Castle-Abbey of Cassan.

Ali and Lizzie have traded busy lives in the UK, for a life of hosting this B&B during the tourist season. They have lovingly restored this old building which was originally a convent and school. It is light and airy, very comfortable – but its age and character shines through.

The stairs are worn by the centuries of wear, there is a computer in the Mother Superior’s room, which now doubles as a massage room (what would Mother Superior have thought of that?!), there is a swimming pool, lovely long tables to eat at, and the centre of the village metres away.

There is a Le Couvent labeled wine in your room, thick feather duvets on the beds, shuttered windows opening to the enclosed garden, and hand made lavender soap in the bathroom.

I know what it means to run a lodge/B&B and these two have it down to a fine art. Last night they gathered the nine guests for an early evening apperatif in the courtyard under the trees. Breakfast was a table groaning with fresh provisions, some of it made by them – they have a vegetable garden, chickens, and their own vineyard down the road.

The only problem – I am only here two nights – definately book in for a week here and use it as a base to explore the south of France – preferably after a week on the Canal du Midi.

In my one full day here I visited nearby coastal ports, and of course the Castle/Abbey of Cassan. I want to come back.