As you can see from the comments, our dog Poppy is a big hit with our guests. There are some photos of her on the blog!
We took the risk and booked Le Tournesol for an entire month! We have not been disappointed - in fact we wish we could say longer.
These are just some of the memories we will take home to Australia:
* the changing moods of the expansive sky in different weathers and different times of day
* the abundance of lavender, sunflowers, barley and wheat
* the magnificent patchwork views across the fields to distant farms
* the local walks through dew-drenched woods and chemins
* the warmth and hospitality of our very congenial hosts
Our favourite market was Montage de Quercy on Saturday morning. We loved our visits to Laureate, Roquecor, Castelsagrat, Auvillar and Montauban. Oh yes - and St Nicolas de Grave! And Moissac of course.
Nothing better than coming home after a day out and relaxing by the delicious pool with a cup of tea and a slice of Meryl's coffee and walnut cake. All the better if Poppy makes a visit too!
Thank you Richard and Meryl for your attention to detail.
A very enjoyable and relaxing week at Le Tournesol gite and hosts Meryl and Richard plus of course the lovely Poppy. Weather was slightly mixed but very pleasant when the sun was out.
The very peaceful and well prepared accommodation was for the week and provided a perfect base to visit the surrounding area.
The nearby village of Bourg de Visa is very picturesque and provides all required amenities with local shop an bank. Enjoyed a very nice meal at the restaurant on our final evening, the owner was most welcoming and very friendly.
Thanks again both and hope to return again.
From the moment we arrived we have had a wonderful hols - Richard and Meryl's welcome pack - so thoughtful - made a huge difference and allowed instant relaxation! and Meryl's lemon drizzle and apricot jam were to die for!
The gite is in just the most beautiful location and couldn't be bettered, with it's 360 degree views, sunshine (well, weather permitting!) on all sides and glorious views of the countryside. The bird song while having breakfast or lunch was a delight.
Highlights of the week include an amazing 4 course meal for €15 (make sure you are hungry!) and an afternoon's cycle along the canal at Moissac. We came quite early in the season so couldn't sample many of the restaurants but we are looking forward to the opportunity on our next visit!
Thank you Richard and Meryl (and Poppy) for being so welcoming and such excellent hosts....and Richard for guidance on beautiful walks straight from the gite.
We have had an amazing weeks holiday here, we only wish we could stay for longer. Richard and Meryl are wonderful hosts that have created such a special gite, it has everything that you could need, and touches like an assortment of goodies and Meryl's amazing lemon drizzle cake set this gite apart. We will definitely be back to stay and have already discussed dates.
It is fantastic that you are able to walk to the local shop and bakery, the village centre is beautiful and we had a lovely meal in the market square last night.
The gite is in a really relaxing and quiet spot that has allowed us to really get away from things, I can't remember the last time we had such a relaxing holiday.
Thank you so much.
We've really enjoyed our stay in Richard and Meryl's delightful property. Le Tournesol was exceptional in terms of both quality and equipment provided for our weeks holiday.
Thank you Richard and Meryl for your wonderful hospitality. The welcome pack and cake were superb, together with your attentiveness in catering for everything which made our stay so enjoyable.
We enjoyed several excursions out to nearby villages and settlements ...... Moissac, Auvillar and Lauzerte were particular highlights along with a walk along the canal de deux mers.
We thoroughly enjoyed Poppy's regular visits!
We will miss the wonderful sunsets and views across the local countryside. There is still much to see and we hope to return in the future.
We have no hesitation in recommending Le Tournesol to our family and friends.
We've had a most relaxing holiday here at Le Tournesol, and really appreciated the kind and generous hospitality of Richard and Meryl.
The surrounding landscape and farmers provided us with endless hours of enjoyment - especially watching the harvesting of the nearby sunflower crop. it's quite entertaining to speculate on what's going on without actually having a clue! That together with the fantastic sunsets (and sunrises) and the awe inspiring night skies......
Richard has been diligent in ensuring the pool was opened every morning and remained sparkling throughout our stay.
Overall a most enjoyable holiday. We would wholeheartedly recommend Le Tournesol and hope to return. Thanks again Meryl for the amazing cakes.
We have spent 2 weeks in the gite and have had the best family holiday ever. The gite is just fantastic, home to all of us and even better with such great views and surroundings. Richard and Meryl have through to everything to make all the family feel extremely welcome.
We recommend a good, relaxing bike ride along the canal at Moissac, Park Walibi in Agen and Agen centre. A must is the crazy golf at Chateau Stelsia - such a beautiful place and a fantastic game of golf for everyone.
Our girls have learnt to swim and do front and back flips in the pool. An unforgettable memory for us all - along with fun packed hours of monopoly!
Thank you Meryl and Richard for everything. Also thank you Poppy for all the kisses and cuddles.
The gite is perfectly equipped, within a wonderful location with fantastic views. A completely restful and relaxing time, which is exactly what we wanted. The pool providing the ideal entertainment for the children, with the added bonus of Richard's net for competitive games of pool volleyball!!
Places to go -
Bourg de Visa - market on a Tuesday evening, Brasserie and local goat farm
Montage de Quercy - market on a Saturday morning
Bonaguil at Fumel - great castle (although lot of steps)
Le Boulve - local wine producers - free tasting and interesting tour
Richard and Meryl were fabulous hosts - very generous with they time and knowledge.
We really don't want to go home. So we have decided to squat!! Plus we have fallen in love with Poppy!
Thanks for everything.
What a wonderful place this is! The views, the sky (the skies!) and a lovingly prepared house. Meryl and Richard have thought of everything, from the best ever (it's official!) welcome goodies to proper cooking tools and much more. All in a beautifully presented house. And such lovely people (and Poppy) too.
Highlight 'touristy' thing to do this week: A 50km bike ride along the Canal des deux mers from the Canal over the Garonne (stunning) in Moissac to Valence d'Agen and back. Flat and shaded - all bike lanes - looking at the narrow boats passing sluices. A welcome slowdown from normal hectic pace.
Thank you so much Meryl and Richard, we will be back and recommend Le Tournesol very highly.
Thank you both so much for the use of your beautiful gite - everything you need and loved the pool!
Enjoyed Moissac, Auvillar, Lourdes and Lauzerte.
What a great night we had with you both and your lovely friends at Beauville - great evening and charming village!
We will come back!
After a really warm welcome, this place feels just like home!
Meryl and Richard have been fantastic hosts, from the very first day arriving at the gite and making us coffee after a long drive, to taking us to the nearby night market to experience the real France.
The villa itself is beautiful and peaceful - couldn't ask for more, and we have loved our morning visits from Poppy!!
A highlight for us was a visit to Sarlat-de-Canada - the centre is truly breathtaking. On the way back stopped for a drink at Beynac - you can see the chateau on the hill whilst having a coffee on the riverside, watching people canoe past!
We have loved it!! We will be back!
Richard and Meryl are the greatest hosts. Very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Love Poppy!
The Tournesol gite is home from home, comfortable, everything you would want is here. Location is stunning, great views. Loved our spot under the walnut tree.
Highlights - Monflanquin, Saint Cirq Lapopie, Auvillar and Condom - Bourg de Visa was a fantastic central hub for visiting all these places.
Thank you Meryl and Richard for a great holiday. And Poppy of course.
Thank you Meryl and Richard for a wonderful stay, including fireworks in the village, lovely sun and swims, amazing storm, beautiful scenery, charming villages and of course truly delightful and hospitable hosts. We can thoroughly recommend this stunning gite.