How to create an award-winning French B&B

La Rêverie B&B in Pornic. Photo by Fred Pieau.
La Rêverie B&B in Pornic. Photo by Fred Pieau.

Geneviève Longa's Pornic villa was voted France's Most Beautiful Bed and Breakfast 2019. She reveals the inspiration and philosophy behind her passion project.

Where in France is your B&B located?

In Pornic, in the Loire Atlantique, 800 metres from the ocean (45 minutes by car from Nantes and 30 minutes from Nantes airport) and 300 metres from the century-old Pornic golf course.

When did you buy the property/land and why?

We built La Rêverie in 2018, starting from bare land and completed the project in 10 months. Both our main house, in the central part, and also four guest rooms that we wanted to open for the beginning of the 2018 season – an objective we achieved! We wanted to create a building with all contemporary comforts but inspired by 19th-century Pornicaise seaside buildings, which were built in Pornic as soon as the train arrived in 1878.

Where are you from in France?

We are from the Paris region, and our lives have brought us to the Loire Atlantique. We fell in love ...

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