James and Amanda 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 the squares of 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 natural beauty of the location – “Oh! Linda!” We had the same feeling when we discovered our home in Puylaurens and we hope you will too.