La Porte Rouge

Saintes, Charente-Maritime
Bed & Breakfast


Come for seafood platters, lots of character, and bedrooms with cathedral views - a welcoming B&B in the heart of old Saintes

Bedroom

4 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 4

The
Experience

Sit and chat in the garden over a delicious summer dinner with your hosts. Cooking is high on their list of passions – as are history and art. In their 16th-century townhouse in the peaceful centre of Saintes, cookery books, antiques and ornaments abound.

Row or river-cruise down the Charente; it runs through this handsome, history-steeped town. Make a bee-line for the farmers’ markets; and the Roman amphitheatre, one of the oldest and largest in France.

Return to comfy bedrooms on the second floor, with modern bathrooms, antique tubs, and the warm, laid-back feeling of being in somebody’s home. Monique’s breakfasts are worth waking for: superb breads and homemade jams.

La Porte Rouge - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being treated to fresh home-cooked food and herbs from the garden
  • The town centre location - you don't need a car
  • The owners' eclectic choice of furniture and antiques
La Porte Rouge - Gallery

Home truths

  • Lots of stairs to the bedrooms
  • Parking is a few minutes away, and must be reserved
  • Not the place for those who like modernity and minimalism

Essentials

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

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Cot available.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Dinner, on request. 4 courses with wine, coffee & apéritif, €28. Child €15. Restaurant 2-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €85
Surcharges
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

Reviews

I received such a lovely welcome from Monique & Jim into their home. Jam packed with treasures from their travels, an eclectic mixture of antique furniture & cookery books fill the rooms, the house has a real homely feel to it. The home cooked meal of tomato & feta cheese salad with herbs from the garden, smoked duck breast & vegetables was delicious. They are both experts on the area and are always on hand to advise where to go, what to see. A lovely place to visit.

Nikki, Sawday's inspector

We had the pleasure of staying a full week with Monique, James and Armande. We received such warm and friendly hospitality and it was just like being personal guests in their home. We dined in on 2 evenings and Monique produced delicious food with lots of herbs from the garden. Saintes is a beautiful town and we found lots of things to interest us. Being right in the centre was very convenient. We have lovely memories of drinking wine and chatting in the garden and we would be very keen to stay there again.

Edwin, Southampton

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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Location

The neighbourhood

The house stands on a car-free street in the heart of historic Saintes, an easy walk from restaurants and boutiques, the Jardin Public, and the lovely, languorous river. For families, the laid-back beaches of the Atlantic are a big draw: Saint-Palais-sur-Mer is a 45-minute drive. Closer is Cognac (30 minutes), spiritual centre of the Charente and a delight to visit with its 17th-century streets, superb Musée des Arts, and world famous cognacs and brandies.

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

Introducing

Monique Potel

Jim is from New York, Monique was born in Paris, and both worked in the textiles industry. Well-travelled, relaxed and hospitable, they have great tales of their travels; note Monique’s collection of cookery books from all over the world. Dog-loving guests will enjoy the company of Moutarde.