La Porte Rouge

Saintes, Charente-Maritime
Bed & Breakfast

Eat local and homemade at one big table - seafood platter a speciality - climb the stairs to comfortable rooms with Cathedral views


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Central, cobbled, car-free Saintes – perfect for Francophile lovers. Do arrange a meal here at one big table (herbs from the walled garden). Cooking comes high on well-travelled (American) Jim and Monique’s list of passions; history and art too – their relaxed, typically French home (a hotel since the 16th-century) is full to bursting with beautiful antiques from different countries. Quiet, comfortable bedrooms on the second floor have linen from Italy, beams, white stone walls, original wood and parquet floors, and modern bathrooms with antique tubs. Take a trip on the Charente which runs through this fine town.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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
Cot available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Dinner, on request. 4 courses with wine, coffee & apéritif, €28. Child €15. Restaurant 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €85
Singles €15. Dinner, B&B €28 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €15 per person per night.
1 Suite for 4
From €125
2 Doubles
From €95
1 Twin
From €85


Lovely overnight stay with a delicious meal with our hosts. We had comfortable modern accommodation in a this characterful home. We would have liked to stay in Saintes for longer than one night and I’m sure we’ll return one day to see more of the city.

Val, Newmarket, uk

What a gem! We were lucky enough to spend a night at this house: the location could not be better, close to all the restaurants and bars of Saints but on a quiet street. Monique and James have created a very special place: the house is tastefully decorated (they have a fabulous collection of antiques and their taste is impecable): the rooms are exceptionally comfortable with a fantastic shower. We had the warmest welcome (along with our 10 months Vizsla puppy). The breakfast was fantastic and we even had to ask for the recipes of home made preserves. We cannot wait to be back. Thank you.

Alex and tony, London and lyme regis

A great find with wonderful hospitality and beautiful location. Needed somewhere to stop on the way down to SW France. This was ideally placed around 4.5 hours from Cherbourg, but importantly so much more than a standard roadside hotel. Centrally located in Saintes, but with a walled garden with views of cathedral where both dinner and breakfast was served. We did pay for the dinner but good value and much easier than going out. It was lovely to meet the family and be welcomed into their home. thank you for giving us a great start to our holiday!!

Simon, Fleet

There is a wonderfully warm welcome awaiting you ! We had a gorgeous time and would go back in a heartbeat. We had dinner both evenings and were delighted with what we had, also we ate with our hosts and had fascinating conversations with fellow foodies !

David, Edinburgh

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Monique Potel

  • aromatic herbs in our garden and local farmer's market are the perfect setting for an ideal meal conceived on the inspiration of one of the 800 cookbooks from our collection to concoct a meal that you will remember
  • the charente fleuve is running at the end of the street with its gorgeous landscape that has inspired many artists catch a boat and visit our region from a different perspective !!!!
  • visit our numerous historical venues roman and romain we hold the map to the perfect discovery of an uncharted territory
  • 30 minute from the sea, Cognac and a 1000 other activities to experiment come and see we will be glad to to steer you the right way in the discovery of untold secrets
  • come and visit our artists studio we will organise your visits and let you discover the sculptors inspired by the great stone of our region along with the painters inspired by the incredible light of charente maritime
  • let us help you discover what the juice of the vine has in store for you from wine to cognac we got the kee for your papillary enjoyment