Welcome to Amanda and James' family-run bed & breakfast. Olinda is our 17th-century timber-frame home, a former coaching inn with a secluded courtyard and rose garden in the heart of the medieval village of Puylaurens. We offer three beautifully renovated rooms and a family suite, a generous breakfast and a charming location, perfect for a romantic break, business trip or a tour of southwest France.
We arrived in France in 2010: James from England to work in Castres as a journalist, Amanda from Brazil to study in Toulouse. We fell in love with the area, swimming in mountain lakes, cycling through fields of sunflowers, drinking coffee in hilltop medieval towns, enjoying the wine, cheese and other wonderful produce of local markets. France was good to us and after living together in Brazil and Ireland, we made our home here and started a family.
The name Olinda is inspired by the hilltop colonial city in northeastern Brazil, where Amanda and James first met. Linda means ‘beautiful’ in English. Locals say the name comes from the Portuguese founders’ reaction to the location's natural beauty – “Oh! Linda!” We had the same feeling when we discovered our home in Puylaurens and we hope you will too.