Le Couvent

St Just sur Viaur, Aveyron
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)5 65 72 06 00

Quirky old convent school near Albi. Savour the magnificent views, explore nearby medieval villages and the glorious surrounding countryside


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Louise couldn’t be kinder and there’s a mellow, bohemian feel to her former convent home. She’s carefully mixed finds from her global travels with antiques, brocante and modern pieces and the result is charming. Peaceful, comfortable bedrooms have practical showers and lovely valley views over the pretty village.

Breakfast on fresh bread, croissants and patisserie under the pergola, in the nooked and crannied garden, or in the sunny salon. And do arrange to have homemade dinner too. Wander down for a dip in the river, the dogs may come with you; visit Lautrec’s magical Château du Bosc, Albi and Cordes; relax – to birdsong or to the crackling logs of a winter fire. You’ll find a wall of books to dip into too.

Wine and cheese pairing evenings can be arranged and there are musical soirees during August. This is a very cultured place to stay.

Le Couvent - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Borrowing a book and finding your own secret spot in the garden
  • Breathing in the pure air on restorative walks
  • The silence - with intermittent birdsong and church bells
Le Couvent - Gallery

You should know

  • Lots of different levels inside and out
  • If you don't order dinner in it's a 10k drive to Naucelle for a meal out


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 4 courses with wine, €25, or 2 courses with wine, €18. Restaurants 10km.


Nightly price
from €85
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Twin
From €85
1 Family room for 4
From €85
1 Double
From €85



Lovely spot, comfortable rooms with wonderful view of the church and the wooded valley beyond. Pretty walks all around and great for visiting Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel and Rodez. Louise, the owner, assisted by Beau and Charlie her two adorable dogs, was very welcoming and knowledgeable. On top of all that she is a great cook. We had a great three days!

Annie & Peter, London/Corrèze

From Guy and Jenny with Julie and the cat-chasing dog Beda. We had a marvellous four days seeing the best of the Aveyron particularly Albi and several of the romantically fortified villages. Louise is now a great friend; such good humour and a lot of laughs with her English language class! Such good food, plenty wine, good cheer throughout. Comfortable beds. Great views. Outstanding breakfasts. Hope Louise will visit us in the Perigord, lots to discuss. Five stars, you bet.”

Guy, Winchester

We had a wonderful stay in Le Couvent for two nights and would have loved to stayed longer. Louise provides such a lovely welcome. The house is beautiful with light and spacious rooms, comfortable large beds, and a very relaxing ambience. Enjoyable evenings of locally sourced food and wine with delightful conversation in the gorgeous oak garden room with stunning views to the church below and across the valley. Easy access to Albi and Louise was very helpful in guiding us to explore local chateaus and villages. We would highly recommend staying at Le Couvent, a highlight of our holiday.

Asha, Glasgow

Staying at Le Couvent is like staying with an old friend. One who knows you well enough to be comfortable giving you your space, and at the same time looks out for what interests you and really looks after you. We had an unforgettable weekend with Louise and the other guests, with amazing food, conversation and company. Visit St Just - you won't regret it!

Antonia, Melbourne

fabulous position wonderful warm welcome and food. Cannot recommend it more save only for anyone who cannot manage stairs. Position allows easy access to Albi, Chateau du Bosc and other wonderful local spots. Very dog friendly. Could ot recommend it more highly.

Elizabeth, London and Normandy

Le Couvent is a real home from home - a place to relax and just ‘be’. Louise has a care and concern for her guests and does everything to make them feel welcome and comfortable. You will find many little thoughtfulnesses that are not automatic elsewhere. The views from the garden room onto the surrounding area are magical. There are walks to be done locally and Louise knows them all well. Just a lovely country area to visit and relax in.

Jane and David, Leicestershire

Very quirky B&b in a wonderful rural location. Really enjoyed our stay & Louise was an excellent host & provided lovely meals in the garden room with stunning views over the village & valley.

Irene & Allan, Telford

We spent an idyllic three days in this tranquil 'house among the trees' with delightful Louise. She happily and, seemingly effortlessly, extended our intended one night stay to three, whilst also agreeing to cook us delicious food each evening! We had a beautiful room with stunning views over the garden, church and valley. Huge, very comfortable bed and lots of light and space both here and throughout the house. Glorious walks, wonderful company and no effort spared in ensuring we had the happiest time. Louise knows all the best places to visit and explore. A very special treat!

Gillie, Worcester

Misty mornings, sunny afternoons and starry starry skies , another perfect week staying at Le Couvent in the gorgeous village of St Just sur Viaur. The garden room is so lovely its difficult to leave the house but jogging by the river, walking on the hills and exploring the locality all called. To return to aperitifs and a lovely home cooked meal made for a totally relaxing stay. Thank you Louise

Karen, London and Malvern

We had a wonderful stay,Louise was a fantastic host very kind and full of local knowledge and suggestions for walks,activities and sightseeing. The property is beautiful with amazing views from the garden room and our bedroom was very comfortable. Louise is a great cook and we enjoyed lots of locally sourced delicious dishes and good wine. We were very taken with Charlie and Bo who were well behaved canine friends, the hens were very entertaining too! We would thoroughly recommend you visit Le Couvent - it really is a gem!

Karin, Northumberland

Le Couvent offers peace, tranquility and the perfect relaxing holiday in the most gloriously picturesque French village. Louise is the perfect host providing copious quantities of excellent food, wine and excellent company. The house is an amazing place to stay with each room having its own unique character. The garden room is amazing offering wonderful views of the valley whilst you dine or relax in the easy chairs. Highly recommended for travellers who like somewhere a bit different with stunning scenery.

Janet, York

Le Couvent is a lovely, quirky house in a beautiful part of France and Louise couldn't have been kinder or more hospitable during our visit. We stayed two nights to break a long journey and it was just what we needed but we would happily have stayed longer and will certainly go back if we are heading that way again. As we have two small children we ate in both nights and the dinners Louise cooked for us were delicious too. Thoroughly recommended.

Edward, London

Our second visit! It was great to see the finished Garden room. What a wonderful addition . Louise was her welcoming self and everything matched our expectations. Whilst we don't do chambres d'hôtes, she will stay overnight with us soon, to see our own small paradise. A new friend, thanks to Sawdays. We thoroughly recommend the Old Convent School.

Caroline, Dondas

Gorgeous view, tasty cuisine, friendly dogs AND very sociable and simple maîtresse de maison. We loved everything

HOIN, Amiens

Gorgeous location, wonderful quirky arty house with an amazing ambience. Louise made my daughter and I really welcome and was a superb hits. Loved staying there and have just booked to come agin, twice, in 2017

Karen, Malvern

What a find! …warm welcome, comfortable accommodation, inventive & delicious suppers, peaceful and varied environs… this was just what we needed and Louise did everything to make us feel completely at home. We can thoroughly recommend this excellent addition to the Sawday website.

Caroline, Dondas

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The neighbourhood

This is wonderful countryside and there are trails for every type of walker - from easy potters to challenging hikes. A five-minute walk will take you down to the river for a bit of swimming, fishing or paddle boarding. Albi - packed with history and charm - is 30 minutes away. Explore the cathedral - the largest brick built building in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Local points of interest from Louise Flynn

  • 30 minutes from Albi. An old convent school perched on the side of a beautiful valley above a small hamlet and river, Le Couvent is the best of both worlds – feels like the middle of nowhere but is so close to the wonderful world heritage town of Albi.
  • If you love medieval then Albi, one of France’s most attractive medieval towns, is for you. Smaller but also perfectly formed, the villages of Cordes-sur-Ciel, Sauveterre du Rouergue and Conques are well worth a visit.
  • Get to know the real Toulouse Lautrec by visiting the family’s summer home only 5 minutes drive away. Like modern art? Then a visit to the new Soulages Art Gallery in Rodez is a must.
  • Walkers adore this area with its varied countryside, wonderful wildlife, fabulous views and historic interest. Stay around St Just and walk up hill and down dale following the excellent signposting of easy, moderate or more challenging walks.
  • Go wild swimming or just paddle in the lovely Viaur river spotting Kingfishers and Little Egrets and listening to the Golden Orioles. In season, go foraging for Cepe, Girolle, Morel mushrooms or pick wild asparagus, blackberries, apples and cherries.
  • Dog friendly! Charlie and Beau (very friendly Leonberger-cross and Collie) are keen to welcome your well-behaved and sociable doggie companions and love to show off their favourite walks.


Louise Flynn

Well-travelled Louise has owned the convent for 20 years and has welcomed birdwatchers, photographers, walkers and yoga enthusiasts among others. She and her friendly dogs are relaxed and easy going so you don't need to stand on ceremony. Each picture and piece of furniture has a story, so do ask! If you bring your dog Louise is happy to take him or her for a walk in the morning while you lie in.