Vegetarian + Vegan
Bed & Breakfast
Végétarien + Vegan
Le Tournesol is Val & Duncan's vegan/vegetarian B&B in the heart of the Charente countryside.
Although named 'Tournesol' ('sunflower' in English) and a typical image of the surrounding countryside containing sunflowers stretching to the horizon, you won't find any around the property (at least at the moment). The name actually derives from a previous resident whom the locals named 'Monsieur Tournesol' due to his positioning himself in the garden throughout the day to best take in the sun.
The house, a converted barn, is in a small village conveniently positioned for the airports of Limoges & Poitiers, which are served by budget airlines Flybe & Ryanair from various UK & European cities. Major road & rail routes also serve the area. Our location makes us an ideal half way stopover for those travelling from the channel ports to either the south of France or Spain.
So whether you are planning a break in the French countryside, house hunting, or making that stop-over, we offer a convenient & comfortable stay for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Wi-fi and satellite TV with English channels are also provided.
Unfortunately, despite being animal lovers ourselves, we're unable to take pets at the moment as it's a sentiment not shared by our fragile, elderly cat.
Our large en suite family room overlooking the garden sleeps 4. It has a super king sized bed & bunk beds, but we are happy to add an additional single bed by prior arrangement.
The en suite bathroom has a large corner bath,
a separate shower cubicle. and 'his & hers' wash basins.
We also offer a double room (with king-size bed) and single room, both with shared bathroom.
We serve either “full English” or continental breakfast (vegan or vegetarian), and guests are also welcome to share an evening meal with us for a charge of 7.50€ per adult & 5.00€ per child under 15. Packed lunches can be provided if required.
* We offer a 10% discount for stays of 5 nights or more.
** An extra charge of 10€ is added for a 5th person.
The maps show our proximity to the local airports of Poitiers & Limoges, and location within France. The two main budget airlines serving these airports are Flybe & Ryanair, so we've listed where each of those airlines fly to & from. Clicking on their logos takes you to their websites for booking and more detailed information, and clicking on the map takes you to the relevant Google Map.
Below is a brief guide to some of the many interesting places in the area, along with links to general tourist information sites.
Lacs de Charente
As well as providing a picturesque setting to relax & picnic in, the lakes offer opportunities to participate in water-based activities such as sailing & windsurfing. Back on dry land the area provides walks, cycle trails & bird watching facilities. lacs-de-haute-charente.com
Limoges has been the main porcelain manufacturing city in France for centuries. Today various porcelain factories offer fascinating tours, taking you through the evolution of porcelain-making, and displaying beautiful creations of the past & the present. tourismelimousin.com
Oradour sur Glane
The village of Oradour sur Glane stands frozen in time as a poignant reminder of the atrocity committed there in the latter stages of WWII when the Waffen SS masacred the inhabitants in an act of revenge against the French Resistance. It is amongst the most moving of war-time memorials. oradour.info
Near the village of Chassenon (Roman name: Cassinomagus) are the amazingly well-preserved remains of 1st century Roman thermal baths: said to be the largest Roman bath complex in Europe outside of Rome. cassinomagus.fr
Gallic Village Reconstruction
The Gauls of Esse is a living-history group which has reconstructed a first century BC Iron Age village on a 10 acre site. The village, situated near Confolens, includes a temple, homes & workshops. Themed events & activities are run on the site. gaulois-esse.fr
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Le Tournesol, Le Bourg, 16270, Nieuil, Charente, France (0033) 545 31 86 46