What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Maison Rouma was built for Dr. Rouma and his family - for whom the road is named - being also the Mayor for several terms and conseille general, we are the first people to have owned it apart from the Rouma family, we bought in 1998 and after considerable renovation we started the B&B, slowly at first, a year later. we had spent years abroad, about 10 of those in Tokyo after several years in the middle of the English countryside - beautiful as it is - we decided a change was needed I had always wanted to do B&B but where was the question, we thought we would come to France - neither of us having much knowledge of the country, but my Father-in-law was french
so why not give it a go?
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
The thing that makes this place stand out is its wonderful view, as it is beside the Lot so from the terrace you have on the one side the Medieval town with its many different styles of houses on the hill above the river and also there is the river itself and the hills, people find it very tranquil and never tire of looking at the view
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
The things that seem to be repeated often are beautiful view, Charming place and warm welcome
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
On the ground floor is a dining room where breakfast is taken when not possible on the terrace, a sitting room guests may use, a door at the end of the hall leads directly on to the terrace where, hopefully, meals are taken in front of the view, there is a pool that guests may use. Accommodation is on 2 floors, on the first is a large room 'The Blue Room' it has a double bed, single bed, and a sofa-bed, so making it ideal for a family, on the next floor up are 2 more rooms, one with a double bed the other with twin beds and a sofa-bed, both of these have en-suite bathrooms
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
3 Rooms in total
1 large room ideal for a family could accommodate 4 or possibly 5 if it was 2smalls
1 double - 2
1 twin plus sofa-bed 3
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The Blue Room is at the back of the house so looks out over the garden and the town
Henry's Room so called because the water colours were done by Henry Arnett (grandfather to the owner)
Nikki's Room named also after the artist, a cousin of the owner and a relative to Turner
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
all 3 rooms have central heating and in the summer there is a fan for guests, there is a hairdryer and use of the iron if wanted
Which room is your personal favorite?
The Blue Room would be my personal favourite simply because of its outlook
What do the room rates include?
tax de sejour etc all included
Do you offer any special packages?
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Juice, Melon in season, 2 types of bread, croissants Jam, Tea/Coffee
When and where is breakfast served?
fairly flexible up to 9.30 it is served on the terrace, in case of inclement weather, when it will be in the dining room
Are dietary needs accommodated?
If they have dietary requirements they should say at the time of booking as long as it is something that is readily available here there is no problem
Do you serve other meals?
We don't generally provide dinner but we are prepared to on request
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
No but I am happy to make them tea, coffee, or whatever.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
We have antiques but children are still welcome
Do you accept pets?
it rather depends on the animal and who else might be staying it's difficult to say catagoricallly yes or no
What is your smoking policy?
Only outside the house
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Yes we have a courtyard for parking
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
no it is not as we have rooms on ground floor level
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in afternoon Check out normally before mid-day
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
'phone or e-mail
What is you cancellation policy?
If people are staying for more than 3 nights then we request a deposit of 1 night's stay and if they cancel then they lose their deposit
What types of payment do you accept?
Euro checks or cash
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No we do not have any etiquette rules
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
this is in the centre of the Cahors wine country and so there are may vineyards you can visit and wines to taste without going too far afield, there is a market in a village nearby on a different day of the week selling good local produce, Cahors, is the main town in the Lot and is steeped in history is only a short drive and is certainly worth a visit In summer time you can take a boat trip on the river which gives you a different perspective of the town. There are a number of bastide towns around the area and again it is worth visiting 1or 2 or them, Montflanquin, and Penne d'agennais to mention just 2 lovely ones with great views. Puy l'eveque has a number of restaurants if you do not wish to drive, but a little further away are many more very good ones, there are activities here in the season, a boat trip is possible, and there canoes, and bikes to hire, there are tennis courts and also a public swimming pool. This is a good place for walking, and there are many you can take, whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or something more challenging there is something to suit everyone
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
you can fly to Toulouse and either hire a car or take a train to Cahors where it is possible to catch the bus which comes directly to Puy l'eveque you can also fly to Bergerac which is about 1hr. by car from here
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
People usually enjoy the fact of staying in B&B as it is a little more personal than a hotel it's a 2 way thing you learn of people's stories and they learn a little of ourselves, they do not share bathrooms, and if there are other guests staying and they happen to be having breakfast at the same time, then yes they probably will eat together
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
there is nothing extra really to add