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Stunning refurbished Gites set in beautiful countryside with private gardens - Les Tournesols (Sleeps 6/8)

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 5 nights



Les Tournesols (Sleeps 6/8)

Sleeps 6/8 plus 2 cots.

This large gite offers spacious living accommodation and consists of a lounge with wood burner, a fully equipped kitchen diner, leading to a terraced patio and garden with sun loungers, rattan seating and table overlooking open countryside. There is also a downstairs WC.

Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, the master bedroom having an en-suite shower room.

A further double bedroom at the rear with a king size bed which can convert to twin singles if necessary.

The third and smallest bedroom easily holds full size bunk beds.

There is also a separate bathroom with shower and WC.

The gite is equipped with all the usual amenities including oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, and 2 fridge/freezers ideal for large families or extra drinks!

In the lounge there is satellite TV and DVD player.

Outside toys and games are available.

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About the property

Charente-Maritime, France

Le Repos des Hiboux is a little haven of 2 and 3 bedroom beautifully refurbished gites. Each with its own individual character. They all have the luxury of individual private gardens with stylish ratten furniture and barbecue. There is a large 12 x 6 metre heated swimming pool and automatic safety cover. Each gite is fully equipped with satellite TV, WIFI accessibility and DVD player. There is an outside dining area under a grapevine clad pergoda next to the swimming pool and plenty of additional space for children to play. The site is secure and gated for children's safety. We can accommodate parties from 2 people up to 18 people plus 2 extra cots. Ideal for larger families or friends wishing to holiday together! Located in the North of the Charente-Maritime, Villenouvelle is a small hamlet nestled in open countryside. Just 5 minutes away is our nearest village with all local amenities including, co-op, boulangerie, doctors, dentist, pharmacy, post office and church.

Property Manager
Mike Hildersley
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 September, 2018

About Mike Hildersley

Clare and I have been trying to make the move to France and in particular this region for 4 years. We completed on 20 May 2015 and can now turn our dream into a reality. It was all about the work life balance for us and wanting to embrace the French way of life in a region that has so much to offer, set in beautiful countryside and bathed in sunshine. What more could you want?

Mike Hildersley purchased this barn in 2015

Why Mike Hildersley chose Villeneuve-la-Comtesse

We had researched the area over a 4 year period and just fell in love with the Charente region. In particular where we are as we are only 45 mins from the coast and La Rochelle which is a beautiful coastal town. The beaches which stretch on past Royan are stunning and the coastal road is just amazing. There are zoo's, an aquarium, plenty of stunning beaches, markets, music events, chateau's, the green Venice, pretty towns and villages. There is just so much to see and explore. Big open sky's, lovely countryside and fabulous weather what more could you want?

What makes this barn unique

Location, close to the coast, close amenities, perfectly positioned to visit tourist attractions yet set in open countryside where you can just relax and enjoy peace and quiet listening to the birds. There is a 12 x 6 meter heated swimming pool which is amazing. It looks out onto open countryside and sunflowers. Simply stunning. Our holiday gites offer high quality accommodation in a perfect location for this area of France. Our guests absolutely love it here and are often amazed by the site and what it has to offer. We pride ourselves on making sure you have a holiday you will remember for all the right reasons.

All our land is fenced for children's safety so when the front gates are closed, they can run and play without the parents having to worry.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
We require a deposit of 20% at the time of reservation in order to guarantee your holiday; the balance to be paid eight weeks before arrival.

Long Term Lets - we are open all year and accommodate long term lets. Please contact us for more information.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is a Saturday during July and August. However, this is more flexible throughout the rest of the year.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week. Towels change can be provided.
Changeover day is Saturday during main season

Discounts available for long term lets (contact us for more info).


Accommodation and facilities for Les Tournesols (Sleeps 6/8)around the Villeneuve-la-Comtesse around the Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • forests
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Family friendly and especially child friendly and safe. Our heated swimming pool is not only fenced but also has an automatic key operated cover for added security. Cots, highchairs and stair gates for both the top and bottom of the stairs, baby baths and changing mats are all available, please ask when booking. Outside: The farmhouse and gites are set around a central courtyard. Aswell as an enclosed garden with sun loungers for each gite there is an additional outside dining area under grapevines next to the pool. There is a 12 x 6 metre heated swimming pool with internal roman stairs and automatic safety cover, ideal for families with smaller children. The swimming pool area is easily large enough to allow sun loungers for all with a small garden area and shade alongside.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Les Tournesols (Sleeps 6/8)
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Peaceful, comfortable and relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing week in this property. The rooms were comfortable and we had our own small private garden. The gorgeous swimming pool was very popular with our 3 children and us! A nice rural area, we had walks and runs from the property as well as visiting interesting places nearby. We hope to return sometime.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect home from home

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed three holidays at Le Repos Des Hiboux now and will return for a fourth. The gites are perfect (we have stayed in them all) and the pool is set against a backdrop of rolling French countryside. Clare and Mike are the perfect hosts, offering advice about local days out and even when best to catch a shooting star!

The local area offers an abundance of attractions from days out in beautiful cities such as Niort, Saintes and La Rochelle to fun activities with the kids at the beach in Fouras, the O'Gliss water park (not to be missed) and La Palmyre Zoo which we loved so much we've been twice!

Reasonably priced and clean and tidy, this gite offers the perfect family get away!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful gite in a tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the property Les Tournesols with my family (wife and two little girls, 6 & 3) for one week. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found it to be the perfect location. The gite was very clean, well equipped and comfortable. At the rear is a good sized private garden, perfect for relaxing and outside dining. The swimming pool, shared with the other two properties on-site, is a good size and the area around the pool is large with plenty of sun loungers etc. The owners were extremely welcoming and provided lots of information on the area and things that we could do to get the most out of our stay. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to come back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a Fab Find

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic area, lots to do for both us and our children.

What a stunning setting, in a sleepy hamlet with views overlooking fields full of Sunflowers.

What a beautiful Gite, all mod cons, tastefully decorated and very comfortable.

What fabulous facilities, the pool was so inviting, our private garden was kitted out with a bbq & new furniture, the pretty communal garden was full of outdoor toys for our children to enjoy as well as plenty of other areas to relax.

Our wonderful hosts, Mike & Clare, couldn't of been any better, they thought of everything to make our stay special.

We would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone and hope to be returning ourselves in a couple of years.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The gite is beautiful. You are spoilt for places to sit and relax to enjoy the views. Sunbeds poolside and in your own private garden, rattan sofa/chaise lounge in private garden. Table and chairs in your front garden and table and chairs in two different communal areas etc.

The gite has everything you would hope for. BBQ, private garden, family bathroom, ensuite and downstairs toilet, 3 bedrooms and a lovely living room and a kitchen/diner. It is modern, stylish and very recently refurbished.

It is perfectly set up for a family, with stair gates and a communal garden with swings, seesaw, playhouse and a chest of outdoor toys. The pool is fenced off and inflatables are provided.

The place is set in stunning countryside with panoramic views of sunflower and wheat fields. The nearest village with all amenities is only a few minutes away and the hypermarket is about a 10 minute drive.

The owners are extremely accommodating and very helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a last minute break and were lucky enough to come across Les Tournesols. What a find!

We had travelled from the Dordogne on a particularly hot day and arrived to a wonderful welcome from the owners Clare & Mike. The Gite was beautifully presented, very clean and very homely. The private garden was a plus for us. The owners had kindly left us some fresh provisions in the kitchen too which was much appreciated. The pool was great for our children all week (they used this within an hour of our arrival). Lovely, pretty, quiet location and not too far from the coast. Boulangerie not too far for breakfast each day. Loads of things to do, we really needed two weeks here. We have booked for May HT 2016. Would highly recommend to friends and family! Clare & Mike were on hand all the time with friendly help and advice.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
La Rochelle
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: recommended


Beaches on the Atlantic coast are all within easy reach.

Fouras, La Chátelaillon-Plage and La Rochelle are all approx. 45 minutes with Royan being slightly further at approx. 1 hr. The islands of Ile de Re and Ile D'Oleron are only an hour away, famous for their beautiful white sandy beaches.


Airports: La Rochelle - 45 minutes, Angouleme - 1hr, Poitiers - 1hr 10 minutes and Bordeaux - 1hr 30 minutes. All are serviced by low cost airlines with car hire available at the airports. Ferry ports: Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo all between 4-5 hrs. Boulogne and Calais approx 8 hrs. Directions available on request after booking.


Nearest village with all amenities is only 5 minutes away. Large supermarket 8 minutes. The historical town of St. Jean D'Angely is only 15 minutes and has something for everyone from Go Karting to markets and an aquatic centre. Ideally placed for outings to La Rochelle, Rochefort,The Marais Poitevin, Cognac, Poitiers and Bordeaux - Not forgetting to mention zoos, museums, a donkey sanctuary, Futuroscope and an Aquarium.

Further Details:

The Charente Maritime can offer you many attractions nearby to explore. To try and help you plan your holiday, take a look at some suggested excursions. Full Day. 1.Royan - Morning visit to La Palmyre zoo. Afternoon spent on the beach or a visit to Ile D’ Oleron. 2.La Rochelle. Visit to the Aquarium in the morning followed by a walk around the harbour and La Rochelle Old Town.

3.Ile de Ré – Famous for it’s beautiful beaches. Have a drive around the island & choose one of the many beches. Visit the harbour of St Martin with good restaurants. 4.Cognac/Jarnac - Famous for the distilleries of the world‘s best selling cognacs. 5.Saintes – Large shopping centre with historic monuments within walking distance. Many good restaurants. 6.Bassin d’Arcachon – The Dune du Pyla is a must. If you have time, spend the afternoon and evening in Bordeaux. 7.Bordeaux - Worth a day trip just to see the magnificent buildings.

8.Futurescope – Theme park located near Poitiers, great for children of all ages. 9.Rochefort – A visit to the Corderie Royale and the construction of Hermione. 10.Puy Du Fou - A fantastic family day out. Shows and attractions including large birds of prey swooping inches above your head! 11.La Vallée des Singes - Get up close and personal to over 350 species of primates. Great enjoyment for children with play and petting area. Half Day 1.Surgeres – Pretty and historic market town. 2.St. Jean D’Angley – Historic town with the Abbey Royale and Fountain. 3.Marais Poitevin – Aptly called ‘Venise Vert’ because of its canal network. Great place for an afternoon’s trip when the heat of the sun has gone. 4.Chize Zoo – 10 minutes away and worth a visit if you have children and are short of time. 5.Dampierre Sur Boutonne - This beautiful renaissance chateau is only 5 minutes away. 6.Port Minature, Saint Savinien - Replica steam boats. This is a lovely place to visit for families with small children.


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