Maison Tournesol

Saint-Jean-de-Cole, Dordogne
+33 (0)6 46 13 32 50

An atmospheric, airy and lovely old beamed medieval townhouse with a private courtyard garden in the heart of stunning Saint-Jean-de-Côle


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Although you’re in the middle of the village the feel is quiet, even sleepy, and incredibly authentic. The stone house sits comfortably in a row of similar houses, on a small cobbled road just a few paces from an ancient stone bridge and a stone’s throw from a popular restaurant. Explore the church and original château and find a modern art gallery too.

A big kitchen has village views, a large fireplace for chillier months and a dining table for sociable meals indoors. In here you’ll find a welcome bottle of fizz, butter, jam and freshly-baked bread, and in the pretty courtyard garden there is a plancha for balmy evenings when you prefer to eat outdoors. The upstairs sitting room with minstrel’s gallery is a quiet spot for a read (there are many books) or to watch TV.

Sleep peacefully in large, well-furnished bedrooms on the first and second floor (one with an enormous bathroom, the other with an en suite WC) with lots of interesting ornaments and paintings.

Maison Tournesol - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Blending into authentic French village life
  • Exploring the medieval history of the village and walking the beautiful countryside surrounding it
  • Cooking and eating outdoors in the courtyard garden
Maison Tournesol - Gallery

You should know

  • There is a shower room on the ground floor
  • No children under 13
  • No pets


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £135
Weekly price
from £955
Damage deposit
Christmas stays (19 Dec - 2 Jan): no minimum stay, flexible changeovers, €225/n.
1 House for 4
From £1352 beds2 bedrooms


When can I come and stay?! What a fabulous home - your hosts have taken such care in authentically renovating this property, their personal touches shine through and you can't help but want to sit and relax. I would be equally happy here in the winter as in the summer. A medieval gem set in the fabulous setting that is Saint-Jean-de-Côle.

Allison, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Saint-Jean-de-Côle is officially one of France's most beautiful villages. There are plenty of good places to eat here, but for stocking up Thiviers is 7kms away and has a fabulous market on a Saturday. Périgueux is 40 minutes in the car and has a Wednesday and Saturday market on both mornings too. Footpaths lead into the countryside surrounding you for glorious walking and road cycling is along quiet roads.

Local points of interest from Belinda & Richard Newey

  • Fabulous prehistoric caves, a cool 13 c all the year round, at Villars near Brantome, are an absolute must-see, along with the prehistoric gardens. Featuring a sound and light show for each guided visit!
  • Lets talk 3 Chateaux & an Abbey! Chateau de Hautefort, 17th century home of imposing proportions with delightful French formal gardens and an English style park of 150 acres. Not forgetting Puyguilhem and Bourdeilles, and the Benedictine Abbey in Brantome
  • Beautiful Perigueux, a plethora of cultural sites, a feast for your eyes! Cathedral, museum and gardens. Charming back lanes littered with quaint specialist boutiques and a fine selection of restaurants for all taste buds and wallets!
  • Feeling energetic? Lots of walks nearby, long and short. Try the Voie Vert, former railway line running for 18kms. Flat, shady, peaceful, green and no cars. Ideal for cyclists and walkers alike. Pick it up at the old station in St Jean de Côle.
  • Just 7kms from Maison Tournesol is the market town of Thiviers, host to a wonderfully diverse market every Saturday morning. Fresh, delicious local produce, beds, clothes, you name it, it's probably on sale!
  • For Christmas (19 Dec - 2 Jan) we're offering stays with flexible changeovers and no minimum stay! €225 per night. Small artificial Christmas tree and logs included!


Belinda & Richard Newey

Belinda and Richard have lived in many countries and have an interest in restoring houses. They only live five minutes away so are on hand if you need them and Belinda has plenty of tips about the best places to eat, both in the village and further away.