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!
What can we say about 'Le Tournesol' that has not already been said - we knew from the moment we arrived we were going to have a wonderful two weeks in this charming home in the French countryside.
Meryl and Richard are such thoughtful and great hosts who think of everything to make this a real home from home.
We have really enjoyed exploring the local area visiting local towns and villages with Moissac and Auvillar being places we will remember.
The local market at Montcuq and night market at Lauzerte are both recommended and well worth a visit too.
We are both sad to be leaving and hope to be able to return again soon.
Five star accommodation
Five star hosts
Two weeks of mixed weather, but we read, swam, ate, drank and walked - into the village for some lovely lunches! Courtesy of Reme and co. We were made to feel like part of the community.
The local Butcher (Thierry - Sunday and Thursday am), a must, in fact we were his first customers on one Thursday (pate Basque very good)
Only ventured out once, except for hyper market shopping for a bit of Cahors tasting at Domaine du Garinet - rose Malbec sec 2018 excellent !!
Will be back as fast as possible, not withstanding Brexit!
This was a lovely relaxing week for Clive and myself and our two doggies. Thank you Richard and Meryl for being so welcoming and helpful. Also thank you for all the goodies you left in the gite including treats for the dogs - very thoughtful!
Everything in the house was immaculate and to such a high standard.
We spent a lot of our time visiting many of the local villages for lunch. We would particularly recommend the Auberge at Bardigues and Hotel d'horologic at Auvillar - very nice!
Not only are you fabulous friends but you are also fabulous hosts. The gite is amazing, from the view to the thoughtful touches. Thank you so much, we have had and amazing week. Can't wait to come back xx
Thank you for a fantastic week. You are such excellent hosts, nothing is ever too much trouble - vegan cookies being an example!!
I have had a wonderful time and the gite is fabulous - can I please come back soon??
Just returned from a week in Le Tournesol. Omg what a gorgeous place, huge, loads of space, gorgeous interior with every single thing you need. The pool was huge with gorgeous surroundings. The water was a bit cold but it didn't stop us having a splash. The owners are the best hosts I have ever come across, friendly, down to earth and nothing was too much trouble. It was our wedding anniversary and Meryl made us a sponge that I've got to say, was the best we'd ever had. Richard gave us a lift to the nearby restaurant and even picked us up. They are the best!
Poppy their dog was so cute, it was lovely seeing her because we were missing our doggy while we were away. Would we ever come back! Yes 100%!
Thank you so much again Richard and Meryl for letting us stay in your beautiful gite.
What a wonderful fortnight we've had! From the moment we stepped into this beautiful, well-equipped + clean home, we knew we were going to have a marvellous time. It is the best self-catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. The location is perfect - it offered us relaxation by the pool + on the terrace, beautiful places to visit + excellent hosts too. Moissac was a particular favourite + Le Caillau in Vire sir Lot is a restaurant well worth a visit.
Richard and Meryl have got everything so right here, including Poppy who always brings a smile! We will definitely be returning. Huge thanks.
When we booked Le Tournesol we so hoped it would live up to the pictures and write up. Having had some disappointing holidays on the past, I didn't want to get our hopes up too much. Well I can honestly say Le Tournesol is every bit as beautiful and more - the views, facilities, the house and the pool are wonderful.
The real gem though is Richard and Meryl - all the little touches like the cakes (including birthday cake), the homemade jams and the daily upkeep of such a fabulous place are all wonderful. The big things as well - helping us with the doctor when William was ill, sorting out a punctured tyre and acting as personal tour guides. They provide a top notch concierge service providing the icing on the cake of our holiday.
We had the added fun of Poppy and the Girls - thanks to them Emma can now swim.
With much gratitude and best wishes for the future.
Personally we hope that this little gem, deep in the French countryside, remains hidden, so that its available to us for a return trip. We have really enjoyed our desperately needed break from the rigours of work and school life in the UK. A Levels, GCSEs and 11plus all in one year have taken their toll!
Thank you Richard and Meryl for your hospitality. You have created a wonderfully comfortable and well kitted out gite. Your attention to detail is clear to see. We were so grateful for the welcome pack - delicious cake and wine. And to arrive to a meal, after a long drive, was just brilliant.
We have been blessed with some remarkable weather, sometimes too hot for any length of time - 40 degrees!, but thankfully the house remains cool enough. And of course there is the refreshing pool providing much enjoyment.
We haven't done a great deal but that is what this week was all about before heading west to the coast for some beach action. That said a visit to the Abbey and cycle ride along the canal at Moissac are a must. And so to the food and music festival in Bourg de Visa. Amazing how such a quiet village can become so alive. Watching the sunsets under the walnut tree have been spectacular.
We certainly intend to be back. With thanks from us all.
What a wonderful week. Richard and Meryl you have created a wonderful escape to the French countryside. From your welcome emails to the warm welcome we received on arrival you have been the consummate hosts. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack - complete with chocolate cake!
We have had the most beautiful weather (if a tad hot at times), but the pool was a lovely 25 degrees. We have had a fabulous time swimming and Jess swimming the length of the pool herself by the end of the week.
Because of the wonderful weather we chose to stay by the pool but did enjoy an excursion to the Musee de Fois Gras - worth it just for the samples!
Last but not least Poppy! What a wonderful girl. We truly enjoyed meeting her - a highlight of Jess's and our stay.
Thank you again for a wonderful week.
As the second week of our holidays it's been great to immediately relax in such lovely surroundings and le Tournesol has been amongst the best places we've found in France over the last couple of years.
Richard and Meryl, you've created a wonderful retreat with all the little details we certainly appreciate. Sharp knives to make cooking a pleasure and a decent coffee machine!
Sunday greeted us with the most spectacular lightening storm rumbling across the huge skies, but we've also enjoyed glorious sunny days and warm evenings. Perfect to enjoy with a bottle of wine...or two.
Moissac and Laureate should be on everyone's visit list, both close and delightful to walk around.
The cake must get a mention - delicious and very appreciated. As was dinner on our arrival and the great evening we had with our lovely hosts.
Bourg de Visa is quiet but all life came out at the night market and the food and musical entertainment definitely a great surprise.
We'll remember our time fondly. and if passing no the way it the NC500 Richard, let us know!
We've had a wonderful two weeks here - beautiful weather, everything we could possibly need in the gite, and amazing hosts in Meryl and Richard (and Poppy).
We brought bikes and had some great cycling days along the route by the canal, and further afield for the more energetic member of the family!
Lots of beautiful places to visit - some of our favourites were Lauzerte, Moissac, Auvillar, Monatigu de Quercy, Tournon d'Agennais and Pujols. Nice to just wander around and have a good lunch, then come back for a swim in the pool.
We had a great night watching France v Belgium in the World Cup semi final in the square in Bourg de Visa. There was a TV screen hanging out of a window above the bar, the flags are out and beer was flowing. Wish we could stay and cheer France in the final!
Thanks for a wonderful holiday.
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.