Who are we?

Born in Brittany (Laurence) and London (Stephen), we arrived Saint Savinien in May 2019, after more than 20 years of teaching in England, and three years in Cordes-sur-Ciel, where we ran a workshop-boutique. We fell under the charm of the river, Saint Savinien and of the Charente-Maritime in general. Being so calm near the water contributes to our well-being and our creativity, and we decided to share this sweetness of life with our visitors.




Laurence holds a PGCE from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and has taught French in secondary schools in the UK for over 20 years. It therefore offers French as a foreign language courses, either in private lessons or for two or three people. Conversation, grammar, listening and reading comprehension exercises, games, anything is possible! Please contact us in advance if you are interested in this service during your stay.

Our (small) history

Established in Cordes-sur-Ciel between 2015 and 2018, we decided to leave to be closer to Laurence's family in Brittany after the death of her father, and it was chance that led us to Saint Savinien. We fell in love at first sight: first of all with this magnificent house, in which we feel at homeCharente, but also with its location on the riverside, its garden by the water and its private quay, which we put at the disposal of our guests.

Our (small) team ~ Our (little) team


Lauren Clary


Formerly a French teacher, then a secondary school drama teacher in England, I am now a teacher in the tertiary sector in France, a jewellery designer, and I am in charge of the communication of our small business. In my spare time (which are not many!) I love to read and to go snooping in yard sales.


Stephen Clary


Trained in London and Norwich Art Schools, I was an art teacher for a long time before Laurence and I decided to come and live in France in 2015. For the first time in my life I have my own art gallery, which I enjoy greatly.

I manage in French but don't speak to me too fast!

The Princess of Quai des Fleurs

Princesse Clary

Lady companion

I was born in Carmaux and abandoned when I was seven years old. Fortunately, Stephen and Laurence came to my S.P.A. shelter one day! I knew right away that I had to go and live with them and I seduced them with the power of my soft brown eyes. I have been very happy since then with my humans. I am of a placid and sweet nature, and a little greedy too! When I want to have fun, I go lizard hunting!

Next steps....

For any information contact us by using our contact page, by sending an email to, or by calling Laurence on 06 71 17 68 49.