Le Couvent

St Martin de Vers, Lot

Romantic old convent school house - now abundantly stylish... Laze in the hammock in the dreamy garden


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


This elegant village retreat started life as a convent school for girls: today’s sunlit rooms were classrooms and dormitories. Rosalie and Malcolm have renovated in abundant style: original wooden floors, painted furniture, fluttering muslin at shuttered windows, charming antique finds. (One wonderful bed left France for Cairo in 1850, took a detour to Sussex and is now back home.) There’s a dreamy sense of country life: old floral linen cushions on a bedroom sofa, light bouncing off colour-washed walls, a chandelier rescued from a barn gracing the salon. The old well stands in the gorgeous three-level garden that leads you up to the woods, so you can chase the sun or retreat to the shade (and the hammock). The dining room and salon are cool and calm and there’s a hungry wood-burner in the beautifully fitted country kitchen. The medieval village is listed: a lovely collage of tiled roofs and mellow stone houses, it rests peacefully in a lush valley encircled by the river Vers. Rosalie’s warmth and artistry is reflected in every corner. Really special.


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Children over 4 welcome.
From mid-October to the end of May.


Nightly price
from £92
Weekly price
from £650
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £924 beds3 bedrooms


Our second visit to Le Couvent, this time with our daughter, son-in-law and grand daughter. It was a 'new' region for them and they all loved it. We visited Figeac, Cahors, St Cirq Lapopie - our favourite, bateaux from Bouziés, super lunch at the hotel there. Isabella loved her bed, the hammock and everything about our holiday. This beautiful home is just a most wonderful place to stay, and so relaxing. Thank you Rosalie and Lew for allowing us to share this very special place.

Maureen & bill

We had a truly wonderful time staying in Le Couvent for the last two weeks in September ( 2016 )..If you are looking for individuality and character, comfort and splendid ambience this house and garden is for you ! The village is a gem to look out onto when you open the window in the morning. Le Couvent is well situated for discovering the many and varied delights of the LOT and Labastide-Murat, about 12 minutes from Saint-Martin-de-Vers provides for the daily needs. We thank Rosalie and her husband for their efforts in caring about the enjoyment of their visitors..Carole.

Carole, Frankfurt/main

Last year was our ninth stay - this year we will back for our tenth! A beautiful & well furnished house of great character and history set in charming gardens, at the heart of the small hamlet of St Martin de Vers. A short drive north takes you to the old town of LaBastide Murat and its commerce: and a short drive south to the valley of the River Lot and on to the Roman/Mediaeval town of Cahors, with its excellent covered market. Very well placed for day trips over a wide area of historic and cultural interest in this corner of France


This is our fourth stay at Le Couvent and each time it gets better. It is so relaxing and the house is so comfortable to stay in.


We are so looking forward to coming back again. This year will be a special birthday for our friend Margaret, and she has chosen to return to Le Couvent - much to our delight. In my opinion none of the many other houses in France we have stayed in are a patch on it.


Le Couvent was an absolute highlight on our six-week trip to France, Spain and Portugal. Rosalie and Lew are superb hosts and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Le Couvent is beautifully positioned in St Martin De Vers, a very quiet and quaint village, perfectly situated for day trips to spectacular medieval villages. The house has been lovingly restored to highlight its rich history while adding modern conveniences. We spent many hours in the lovely gardens that surround property.


Our unforgettable holiday began with finding the safely hidden door key - a real piece of history that must have passed through thousands of hands! It unlocked the door to a house that begged us to explore it. We knew our holiday would be perfect here - it was impossible for it not to be. Le Couvent is like a picture book of chic elegance; every room with its own colours and story to tell - we loved the tale told by the framed drawing in one of the bathrooms. We slept a couple of nights in one bedroom and then in another - it would have been unfair to such pretty and inviting rooms not to.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rosalie Vicars-Harris

  • Dramatic hill-top villages such as St Cirq Lapopie and the famous pilgrimage village of Rocamadour in easy reach.
  • Cahors, capital city of the Lot, founded by the Romans and with its famous 14th century fortified bridge and superb medieval centre is irresistible on market days.
  • Other attractive market towns such as Figeac, Gourdon and Sarlat aren't far and don't miss the chance to visit the nearby vineyards which produce the fine Cahors wine.
  • Canoeing, horse riding and tennis all available nearby. Wonderful walks though dramatic countryside, antique fairs - lots to do!
  • Several Michelin star restaurants and many good local places to eat superb local produce.
  • Click through to our website to see a video of Le Couvent!