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Farmhouse gite & private pool, sleeps 8, great for families, south west France

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Traditional farmhouse gite for up 8 guests, with private pool on Dordogne border

Unique farmhouse gite in South West France to let for holidays. The property includes a private pool with barbecue facilities close by - ideal for families, friends or couples wanting space and time to relax and take time out, whether spring, summer or autumn. Embrace the slower pace of life, meander through sleepy villages, vineyards, cafes and winding rivers.


Our lovely French farm house offers traditional features, a rustic feel and is furnished in a simple and comfortable style. Fresh cotton bedding and fresh white towels to make guests feel at home and a well equipped kitchen in order to prepare and eat fresh local food.

And then there are the wonderful views of the Charentaise countryside of South West France - from the terrace, from the house and from the pool. Watch the sun come up over the old lime tree, take in the fields of sunflowers, corn and maize. Then in the evening sunsets to amaze you as you relax by the pool.

The house is a detached 'longere' farmhouse and has a HEATED PRIVATE POOL (in ground, 8m x 4m, heated by solar panels, with sole use) with an auvent and barbecue area. A bright and airy kitchen/dining room leads onto a raised terrace with panoramic views of the rural countryside, where you can sit and relax. There are large areas of lawn and a selection of fruit trees, including apples (Pommeraie means "apple orchard"), cherries, fig, nectarines etc. Paper Mulberry trees provide just one of many places to sit in the shade and enjoy the view ..... and a hammock hidden away in the orchard. The house sleeps 8 and there are four bedrooms: one kingsize bed, one double bed and two with single/twin beds. (One pair of twin beds can be zipped together to make a further double bed.)

There is a cot available on request if required.

The kitchen/dining room is spacious with a large farm house table, ample storage, a cooker & hob, larder fridge with freezer and dishwasher and is very well equipped for cooking for all the family.

Amongst other kitchen appliances, there is a Tassimo coffee machine so you can enjoy coffee and croissant on the terrace. There is a separate laundry room with a washing machine and an additional freezer and a microwave.

There is a large sitting room with comfy sofas, Sky TV and access to the terrace - cool and airy in the heat of the summer and cosy by the woodburner on cooler spring and autumn evenings.

A further reception room is set up with a smaller TV with DVD, table football, books and games.

There is a family bathroom with bath, separate shower & electric towel rail. In addition there is a newly renovated shower room with an electric towel rail.

There is air-con or heating available in the rooms if required.

Renovated early in 2015 - you can see how this lovely house has a welcoming warmth and lots of character.

We welcome enquiries, as we realise it is important to know as much as possible when planning a week or two in France. Please do drop us an email or give us a call if you need more information, a plan of the rooms, further details of the surrounding area. There are plenty of photos on this site, together with a couple of videos showing the unique location of this house and its pool.

The house is situated on the Charente/Dordogne border - a great base for visiting the surrounding region: Bordeaux to the south west, La Rochelle to the north west, Bergerac to the south and also Perigieux and the gorges near Sarlat to the south east.

"Location, location, location! *****

Firstly the house was lovely, had everything you could need. Pool lovely, view lovely, weather....not so good but got better as the week went on. When the sun was out, we spent most of the time outside by the pool, at the table or just looking at the view."

Review from June 2016

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Wendy & Simon Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2017

About Wendy & Simon Johnson

Originally from deepest Devon, we brought up our family in Somerset and continue to live & work here. We stumbled across this old farmhouse in the spring of 2014 and we love to spend time there when we can. The warm stone and fields remind us of home, but the addition of sunflowers, sunshine & an even slower pace of life, makes it a revitalising place to be.

Wendy & Simon Johnson purchased this house in 2014

Why Wendy & Simon Johnson chose Charente

Over the last 10 years we have spent most summers in the Charente/Dordogne regions of France as a family. We came to love the climate, the relaxed way of life, the activities available for all of us and the people we met. We also found it was so easy to reach in just a few hours, so that even a week felt like a wonderful long break. After a couple of years of searching, the location of this house, along with its traditional features and lovely views, left us with no doubt it had what we were looking for. It was certainly in need of some TLC ..... but most old French properties do! So we set about renovating it and it is now a spacious gite, a simple and relaxing place to be.

What makes this house unique

The views from the terrace of this lovely old farmhouse were what made us want to be here and to let others share its charm and privacy. There are places to come together to eat and laugh, but also space for privacy and relaxation.

For guests booking ferry crossings, we can help with discounts, as we hold a Brittany Ferries Owners Abroad membership. Just ask me for further details.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had THE most fantastic time at your house, you've created such a lovely holiday home there, and we absolutely loved our time in Montboyer."
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Montboyer in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

Firstly the house was lovely, had everything you could need. Pool lovely, view lovely, weather....not so good but got better as the week went on. When the sun was out, we spent most of the time outside by the pool, at the table or just looking at the view.

Very easy rental procedure. Fridge broke down while we were there and this was dealt with very quickly by Wendy so we were assured that any problems, would not be a problem!

Explored local restaurants. Without doubt the Cafe des Halles in Montboyer was worth every penny, 16 euros for a three course meal for example and great service. Dog friendly as well.

However if you have the money and need entertaining, go to the Chateau Chalais restaurant. Surreal surroundings, eclectic food and eccentric owner. Fawlty Towers french style.

All in all we had a great time and would recommend a stay at this lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are truly delighted you had such fun in la Belle France! We also love the restaurant in Montboyer ..... must try Chalais Chateau too! It is very important to us that our guests have a relaxing and enjoyable time when staying at our house and we do our best to provide a good service, even if something arises. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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Another wonderful holiday at La Pomme

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay here and we love it. We are booked to come back in September . The views are fabulous and I've never felt so comfortable in a holiday home. Wendy and John are very good hosts and make sure you have everything you may need.

We don't want to go anywhere else now !!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have you back at La Petite Pommeraie - you are delightful guests and always welcome. Roll on September for you! Many thanks again.
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The most relaxing holiday, a beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely late summer break here! We were lucky enough to have some hot sunny weather and be able to lounge by the pool. Making use of the perfect pool house complete with a great BBQ. The house was so clean and really well finished, equipped with everything you'd need. Including cot for our 10 month old. Wendy was so helpful too during the booking. Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are really pleased you had a lovely time and great news that you have re-booked for another stay this year! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Lovely house with superb pool and views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks, its really well equipped and incredibly spacious. The view from the heated pool was amazing, spent many an hour in there. The barn/bbq area is lovely we used it every night. The air conditioning in every room is great especially when it gets very hot. There are lovely towns within a few minutes drive and lots to see/do for days out.

I can't think of anything else that you would need, we'll be back at some point......

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay & thank you for your comments. You have definitely highlighted some of La Petite Pommeraie's unique attributes and why it is a great house and base for exploring the Charente and Dordorgne areas of south west France. We really do look forward to welcoming you back.
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Relaxing break in beautiful farmhouse with stunning views !!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the week here 3-10 September for our wedding anniversary.

What a stunning place , I didn't want to leave. The farmhouse was spotlessly clean , had everything we needed for our stay and what can I say about the views breathtaking

We mainly spent the week enjoying the pool and the views with s few trips to mnesrby Aubeterre and Brantome .

The hosts Wendy and Simon wee very welcoming and helpful and we knew if we had any problem there would be s local contact nearby who would help .

We will definitely be coming back !! Thank you for a wonderful relaxing week .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed - we are so pleased that your stay was special and to know that this house is a lovely place to 'get away from it all' for couples as well as families. Aubeterre is a lovely town nearby and good to hear you went to Brantome with its winding river and chateau. We were delighted to meet you both and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.
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Great location and good value for money

  • 4 of 5

This property is located in a lovely shallow valley, and is surrounded by countryside making it very private. There is a train line in the valley, however this adds to the charm, it almost looks like a model railway; trains passing do not provide disruption to the peace. Family members spent many hours just resting by the pool in the hot sun, or in the shaded hammock watching the birds, insects and the odd train pass by, and then taking a dip in the private pool. The property was much larger than we expected, and features a further sitting room that was not mentioned at the time of booking within the property description. The kitchen was well equipped, we managed to cook for six people comfortably, albeit a few additional sharp knives and glasses would have been useful on occasion. All the appliances were clean, in good working order and are easy to use. In the pool house, there is a BBQ and a further fridge, and a covered dining area that provides a place for adults to sit, drink, eat and chat while watching over the children’s safety while they play in the pool. The air-conditioning in the bedrooms and kitchen was very welcome during some of the hot nights. The broadband internet is provided via the mobile network over a 3G dongle, this means that it is quite limited – however, this should be expected in rural France. There is Sky TV installed with UK channels, which provided some entertainment and allowed us to keep up to date with current affairs if required. In an outside storage area there are three adult bikes, and two children’s bikes (ages 8 – 14). The brilliant white towels and bed linen provided were crisp and clean; the towels were replaced midway through. No pool towels are provided. The pool was attended to midway through, the water was clear and not heavily chlorinated. Any issues that we raised with the owner were resolved quickly and amicably. We would recommend, with caveats; holidays are a subjective experience, and people have different tastes, standards and requirements for furnishings/amenities, entertainment and activities – for our family the location, privacy and peace and quiet was perfectly relaxing, and we would consider returning. Overall we felt that the property represented good value for money.

Chalalis, the local large town is lovely, and easy to navigate to. We would recommend a visit to Montboyer to the Bar Restaurant, the meals are very good value for money at 13 EUR for 3 courses including wine.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This positive and very informative review is very much appreciated and we are so pleased you loved the privacy, space and location just as we do when we are there with our families. We continually try to improve the facilities and comfort for our guests, whilst still retaining this property's traditional features. We are very pleased you enjoyed being in this lovely area of France too. Many thanks again and you are of course all very welcome to return in the future.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2017-18
29 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £252.66

The prices listed are per week for 8 guests and includes crisp white cotton linen, white bath towels & hand towels, bath mats and tea towels & electricity.
The farmhouse is fully cleaned and prepared to a high standard prior to the arrival of each guest.
A 300 Euros damages / breakages deposit is payable with the final balance and this will be refunded within 2 weeks of your departure by euro cheque or BACS transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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