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Luxury Bed & Breakfast with pool, Near Saintes, Royan - Chez Tournesol, Luchat

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,281 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

B&B in Luchat, Near Saintes/Royan/La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful village location yet close to all amenities and 20 mins from coast

Tournesol is our spacious one level modern family home in a small village 10 minutes from Saintes, 20 minutes from glorious blue flag beaches at Royan/St Georges. We offer bed and breakfast all year . Suitable for short breaks or longer lets and can be on a self catering basis. Not suitable for young children. Tastefully decorated it sits in one acre of safe, quiet and secluded grounds with parking, south facing rear garden with above ground pool and covered terrace. A unique feature is that bed and breakfast guests have the use of an independent fully equipped kitchen (with oven, hob, dishwasher, use of washing machine). BBQ, hammock, swing seat, bikes, garden furniture, sun loungers, four seater spa available. Plenty of DVD's, games and books.

Barbara Constable
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 September, 2017

About Barbara Constable

Our Charente Maritime love affair began over 30 years ago -We moved from Hertfordshire in 2006, bought an acre of land and drew up plans for a new house.

Our wish list:near beach, town, shops, restaurants, large garden, quiet village location, good access to airports and roads.Oh and the many wonderful hours of sunshine and amazing chateaus, wineries, gardens to visit.

We just love the countryside and the different areas:

Saintes -our local Roman town on the river with its Amphitheatre, museums, restaurants and shopping. The glorious blue flag beaches ports and coves. Chic Royan with its marina and concerts on the beach in the summer!

When the work is done we love to relax in our quiet, private oasis - dip in the pool, chill on the terrace, get together with friends and share some wine. We would like you to share it with us.

Barbara Constable purchased this villa in 2009

Why Barbara Constable chose Charente-Maritime

Our individually designed home fulfilled our dream of living in the Charente Maritime and being near to the Royan coast.

Luchat is very well situated between La Rochelle and Bordeaux Airports. We are 10 minutes from Saintes (A10) a large town on the River Charente. Royan is 20 minutes away with unspoilt beaches and yet we can embrace french life in our small friendly village with lovely quiet lanes to explore on foot or cycle.

We have the best of both worlds -peace and quiet in the beautiful countryside with historic towns and coast nearby. Plenty of places to shop, eat and explore! Enjoy watersports, play tennis, golf, go horseriding. Sample the Marenne oysters, visit chateaus and vineyards, take a boat trip or simply relax at Chez Tournesol.

There is something for everyone.

What makes this villa unique

Doctors, Pharmacy, Post Office, Bakers, Bar/Hotel are 5 minutes away in the next village.

We designed our bed and breakfast home mainly for couples. Large luxury rooms with all private facilities - comfy English beds, quality bed linen, towels and furnishings ensure a relaxing experience and a good nights sleep.

A fully equipped guest kitchen to prepare food if you wish - fridge (to chill your wine!), cooker/hob and use of washing machine.

Continental breakfast -croissants, juice, homemade yoghurt, cereal, fruit, preserves served at table or can be left in the guest kitchen to help yourself when you want. Pick fruit and vegetables from the potager or why not use one of our BBQ's.

There is plenty of space in the large garden - take a dip, sit by the pool, read in the hammock or drinks on the terrace. NEW ADDITION IS A 4 SEATER BUBBLE JET SPA (SMALL CHARGE PER SESSION).

Guestbook comments from the owner

A paradise of tranquillity and hospitality. We are happy about the days here. Thank you very much. Can see you again on another occasions.
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Luchat in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2281 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Azure Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Italian walk in shower, hand basin,shaver point, socket
    Bronze Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Italian walk in shower, hand basin,shaver point, socket
    Vintage Room - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Corner bath, hand shower, basin, shaver socket
  • Serviced daily, towels changed every 3 days
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Azure Room - 1 Double Bed , Azure room with en suite Italian shower room & dressing room
    Bronze Room - 2 Single Bed , Twin converts to king size, en suite shower room & dressing
    Vintage Room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double room with extra bed, ensuite bathroom & dressing room
  • All bedrooms are 12m2 plus bathroom and dressing room. Double glazed. Electric heating in all rooms. Very quiet. TV/DVD/tea and coffee making, long mirrors in dressing rooms, hairdryers. Mirror, shaver and power point in bathrooms. Plenty of storage. Very comfortable beds and pillows, large luxury white towels and quality linen. Rooms serviced daily.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The rates quoted are per room on bed and breakfast basis based on 2 adults in room - each room can be booked independently. Supplement for third person in Vintage Room. Rooms also suitable for longer term/self catering basis. Fully equipped guest kitchen. Accommodation not suitable for young children (14+ accepted). 10% discount off ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries when quoting our membership number F88051. Outside: 1 acre garden with trees, shrubs and vegetable garden, shared Round above ground pool (not for diving, towels provided), shared Several BBQ's available Covered rear terrace with dining table, sofa, armchairs and bubble jet spa. Gazebo with dining area. Pyramid tent by pool for relaxing or dining. Recliners/pool chairs Hammock Swing seat Secure parking for several cars


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Luxury Bed & Breakfast with pool, Near Saintes, Royan - Chez Tournesol, Luchat
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Fantastic Host, Wonderful Facilities

  • 5 of 5

From the very warm welcome to the regretful goodbye the whole experience was lovely. Barbara was a very generous host, for whom nothing was too much trouble. All bedrooms ensuite, Sky TV and DVD player for entertainment with tea and coffee making facilities in each room.

Excellent standard of cleanliness in all areas.

Having own guest kitchen was a brilliant, staying for a few days enabled us to barbecue nearly every night, using Barbara's equipment. There are lots of different seating/eating areas outside and small pool to cool off in.

Continental breakfast was good, home made cereals bread and condiments set you up for the day. We found that nothing was too much trouble for Barbara, she went out of her way to make us feel part of her family.

General consensus - would definitely stay here again and throughly recommend

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  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Grace and family Thank you for your very kind feedback. It was a pleasure to have you all stay. A lovely caring, chilled out family who respected my home and enjoyed all the facilities - even cooked for me! I was sad when you went too! Take care. The orchid is still alive!
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Superb Bed & Breakfast in a great location for exploring the Charente Maritime & Medoc Region

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic hosts with a superb bed and breakfast establishment, kept to a very high standard and attention to detail that we could not fault. surrounded by a large well maintained garden with a pool with plenty of space if you wish to lounge and relax also ideal for eating.

Located 15 minutes from Saintes and 30 minutes from Royan it is a great location for exploring the region with ease, which we took advantage of visiting towns and villages locally, and also a short ferry ride from Royan is the Medoc Region with brilliant chateau's to view and visit.

Barbara and Jeff our hosts were vey helpful with great knowledge of the area so advised and advised of places we may wish to see.

Luchat is a quiet village with no facilities, however with Saintes so close it is not an inconvenience, we like exploring and visiting new places so the Location is great for us and would recommend to other like minded guests.

We would like to thank Barbara and Jeff again for a wonderful time

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that your review is consistent with other guests we have received and shows that we are achieving our gaols - high standard bed and breakfast, attention to details, space and relaxation and guests that leave us happy! We think it is a great location which is why we settled in Luchat and still love it after 10 years! Everyone who has stayed with us loves the diverse area and accessibility of beaches, towns, rivers. Its been a pleasure to welcome so many lovely guests including yourselves! Barb and Jeff
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Lovely Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 days in late June with Barb and Jeff and had a wonderful time. their hospitality is second to none. The rooms are large, immaculately clean and very comfortable. We had our best 3 nights sleep out of our whole 3 week trip around Europe whilst staying at Chex Touresol. The breakfast was delicious with lots of fresh produce from their garden. The house and gardens are lovely and we really enjoyed been able to relax on the back terrace and enjoy the French countryside - the places to eat that Barb and Jeff recommended not only served delicious food but were memorable meals. We enjoyed our trip so much we are already planning our next stay in 2017.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that we achieved what we set out to provide for all our guests: comfort, quality, peace, tranquil garden, space and a good breakfast to set you up for the day! It was a real pleasure having you in our home. And the evenings on the terrace + wine tasting are memorable, especially your last nite! Take care stay in touch and see you next year hopefully.
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Oh my! A little piece of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing holiday! Barb & Jeff are excellent (and fun) hosts; nothing was too much trouble. Chez Tournesol is modern, immaculately clean and very comfortable and beautifully run. Without doubt we will be booking again for next year and thoroughly recommending to anyone that will listen! Barb's cooking, if you chose to dine in, (and you should, at least once or twice) is superb!

There is so much to do and see in this beautiful area of France and if you enjoy 50's to 90's music or think you know a thing or two about wine Jeff''s knowledge is encyclopaedic - (just beware if you go head to head with him; prepared to be loose. He even makes you feel good about coming second!)

Thank you so much Barb & Jeff. Until next time. Terry & Bev

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Terry and Bev for your kind words! We are so pleased that you really enjoyed your stay with us. That's what we want for our guests to feel comfortable and relaxed (even if you lose against Jeff!). So pleased to hear you are thinking of coming back for more! I will try and dream up some more recipes! And, of course, yes there is so much to see and do here. Take care and keep in touch! Barb and Jeff
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Friendly retreat

  • 5 of 5

stunning house in a quiet location. Easy reach to beaches and nearby Saintes which is a fabulous old town. Great hosts and fab wine. What more would you need for a few nights in the French countryside ? Fab!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sheila and famiky fior your kind comments, alway so pleased when our guests enjoy their stay. It was a pleasure to have you and your lovely family with us. Come back soon. Regards Barb and Jeff
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Excellent B&B

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in this B&B for a week in July/Aug. The hosts were welcoming and friendly. The room was immaculate, extremely comfortable, and spotlessly clean! Tea & coffee making facilites were also provided. You also have use of a small well equipped kitchen where you can prepare lunch/dinner etc..

A lovely fresh breakfast was provided every day, and if the weather permits, it is eaten out on the terrace. Homemade bread, jams, yoghurts are provided along with cereals, fresh juice, coissants and plenty of tea and coffee!

Barbara & Jeff are extremely helpful and have a wide knowledge of the area. The B&B is well positioned for exploring and easy access to the lovely beaches. We spent many evenings on the terrace with Barbara & Jeff enjoying a glass or two, and enjoying their company.

There is nothing to dislike about this B&B. First class!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
87 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2.6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
436 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Royan/St Georges/Mechers 20 minutes drive (blue flag beaches)

La Palymyre 40 minutes drive

La Rochelle 1 hour drive


Saintes SNCF 15 minutes by car (with car hire companies adjacent)

La Rochelle Airport 1 hour by car

Bordeaux Airport 1.15 by car

St Malo Port 4.5 hours

Car is essential


Doctors, pharmacy, post office, bakers, small co-op, bar/hotel in next village 5 minutes away by car but a nice walk or cycle route.

distances by car

Saintes 10 minutes

Beaches 20 minutes

Cognac 40 minutes

La Rochelle 1 hour

Bordeaux 1 hour 15

There is a market in Saintes on Wednesday and Saturday. Large shopping centre with Banks, supermarket, petrol station at Saintes, also at Saujon and Royan.

There really is so much to do in this area - golfing, tennis, water sports, horse riding, sailing, visiting vineyards/chateaux, fishing, river cruises, bowling, or visit the casino at Pontaillac/Royan. Take the petite train from Saujon up the coast or cycle along the amazing coastal cycle route.

Cognac is 40 minutes away and can recommend the Hennessy Cognac tour.

We can assist you with our local knowledge.

If you are house hunting we know the area well and have contacts with estate agents, builders, property management.

We can assist you with wine tasting/purchases/wine tours - Jeff has expert knowledge of the wines of Bordeaux and beyond! He is also a keen fisherman and can recommend places to fish.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Luchat, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £32 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please email to check availability. Although dates may show as booked this only reflects one room possibly booked.

The rates quoted are per room on bed and breakfast basis. Please ask for rates for 3 nights plus. Vintage room can sleep 3 - 20% supplement for third person in Vintage Room. Please enquire regarding discount for booking two or three rooms. We can quote for room only and long term lets. Not suitable for young children (14+ only). Please contact owner to discuss your requirements if you have limited mobility. A booking form (including terms and conditions) will be sent to you which will need to be completed and returned.

25% deposit required when booking. Balance of payment due 28 days before arrival. Taxe Sejour is included in room cost per night. Changeover Day: any day. Arrive after 3pm. Depart by 11am.

Minimum stay 1 night (January, February, November, December). Minimum stay 2 nights (March to October).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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