What is(are) your name(s)?
Richard and Alexandra Johnson
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Our home is a typical stone built french farmhouse about 150 years old and lived in by several generations of the same family. We chose the house because of its idyllic location set high in the hills near to the lovely medieval town of St Cere. We felt it was just the ideal place for guests to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Lot department including many of the most beautiful villages in France. After spending a year renovating the house and installing all the modern comforts we opened the Bed and Breakfast in 2005.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Many of our guests love the peaceful location knowing that many interesting sites and activities are only a short drive away. We are very lucky to be close to the borders of several other departments of France including the Cantal, Aveyron, Dordogne and Correze, each with its own character and ambience. There are lovely views across the countryside and guests with a love of nature will appreciate the variety of wildlife on the doorstep. The house is on the edge of the small friendly village of Lacam Dourcet which contains many fine examples of the local architecture and the people here are always so welcoming to our guests. One of our specialties is our self-led walking holiday package which includes all of the best walks in the area.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
We have received many wonderful comments from guests. Most of all they enjoy the relaxed home from home atmosphere, our attention to detail in ensuring they enjoy their stay and the delicious evening dinners for those who choose to dine with us.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
Guest have full use of the lounge, dining room and gardens - we do not insist that guests leave the house during the day if they would prefer to just stay and relax. Most of our visitors are not looking for a place to stay which has lots of hi-tech equipment - for them the atmosphere and location are the most important aspects. There is a terrace where we dine in the summer and our field adjacent to the house where you can relax and watch the wildlife and passing village life. The grounds of the house are about 7,000 sq metres and blend formal gardens with the surrounding countryside.For any cooler evenings at the beginning and end of the season we have a lovely inglenook fireplace in the lounge with a wood burning stove. There is a TV with UK or French programmes in the lounge.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
There are just three guest bedrooms so we never have more than 6 guests at a time. Two bedrooms have double beds and the third can either be a double or a twin bed.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
Each bedroom has been decorated to reflect the local area and has its own bathroom with modern shower and wc. "Primevere" is decorated in pastel shades to reflect the wild flowers that are so abundant here. "Fleuri" is a lovely light double room looking out across the fields and hills to the front of the house. The floral headboard was rescued from an old French style bed that we inherited with the house. "Le Pigeonnier" is named after the high tower that is a local architectural feature of many houses and is on the top floor offering views across the countryside.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Each bedroom has full central heating. Tea and coffee is available with no charge at any time of day.
Which room is your personal favorite?
We love each of our bedrooms.
What do the room rates include?
Our room rate includes breakfast - there are no extras (apart from the local tax of 1 euro per room per night).
Do you offer any special packages?
We have a discount off the normal room rate if you stay for 4 or more nights. We also offer a 7 night package including evening dinners for those taking our Walking Holiday Package.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
For breakfast we offer coffee or tea (herbal teas available) or chocolate, fruit juice and a selection of croissants & pain au chocolat, fresh bread, rolls, cereal, local jam and honey, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit and yoghurts.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the terrace. It is usually served between 8.00am and 10.00am but we always ask guests, the night before, when they would like their breakfast.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
We are well know for our vegetarian meals. We can usually cater for most dietary requirements as long as we know in advance.
Do you serve other meals?
Our evening dinners are one of our biggest attractions. They are optional but we find most guests eat with us on most nights - we have one night off a week. All meals are prepared by Alex using fresh local ingredients.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
There are no cooking facilities for guests. We will serve coffee and tea whenever requested.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
We do not normally have children as guests but occasionally we have used a small collapsible bed for one child aged between 5 and 10.
Do you accept pets?
Dogs may be accepted provided we are given advance notice. There is an additional charge per night.
What is your smoking policy?
No smoking in the house but smokers may use the garden or terrace.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Off road parking is provided.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Due to the nature and age of the house we wouldn't recommend it to disabled guests. There are quite a few stairs!
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
There are smoke alarms in the house.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Normally check in is after 4.00pm but can be earlier by arrangement. Check out is 11.00am.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
No minimum nights.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
All enquiries should be via email or telephone. We suggest email during the winter when we may be on holiday ourselves.
What is you cancellation policy?
A deposit is required at the time of booking and the amount will be agreed with you. This amount is refundable provided written notice of cancellation is received by us more than 60 days before the intended arrival. In the event of cancellation less than 60 days the following amounts are payable (less the deposit already paid). Between 60 and 21 days 20% of the total room cost or 25% of the total cost of a Walking Holiday Package is payable. Less than 21 days or curtailment during the period reserved the full cost of the rooms for the entire period reserved is payable. The deposit can be paid by euro or sterling cheque/cash or by direct transfer to our UK bank account.
What types of payment do you accept?
We ask for final payment (when you are here) in euros cash although we can accept French euro cheques.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Come as you are!
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
We are in the village of Lacam Dourcet about 10km northeast of St Cere. We will give you full directions when you book.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
Experience what it is like to live in rural France! Enjoy the home from home atmosphere and relax as though this is your home. Have fun meeting other similar minded guests at breakfast or dinner.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
We are number one on Tripadvisor - something we are very proud of. Come and see why our guests continue to return each year and recommend us to their friends.