We are Alastair and Renée, a British cycling fanatic with a passion for cooking, and a Californian yoga and Pilates enthusiast with a head for finance and a nose for wine.
The birth of our son, James, inspired us to move from London in 2019. La Maison, with its beautiful architecture, peaceful surroundings and proximity to fresh food markets, wine, cognac and the Atlantic coast, offered us the perfect opportunity to leave the ‘métro, boulot, dodo’ (commute, work, sleep) routine behind us.
La Maison du Petit Jacques is named for our son (‘Jacques’ is the French equivalent of ‘James’). We are also near one of the main routes of St Jacques de Compostelle, the route marked by scallop shells to direct pilgrims to the relics of St James in Galicia, Spain, which is why visitors will find the shells in various places in our home.
Renée is a certified Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and mat Pilates teacher. Classes for individuals and groups are held in the studio within La Maison.