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Beautifully converted barn In peaceful and stunning location with private pool.

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2 En-suite With Breathtaking Views And Private Pool.

WEEK 15-22nd JULY AVAILABLE DUE TO CANCELLATION!! Chez Les Hirondelles is a large and beautifully renovated stone barn standing on a hillside with outstanding views, and which includes all modern facilities, yet still retains the character features of huge oak beams and Charentais stone walls. There are breathtaking views from every room, and the well established, spacious garden leads in to the surrounding countryside. The fantastic open sided covered hanger offers another patio, meaning you can sit out in the fresh air come rain or shine looking out far across the sunflower fields, woodlands and hills beyond. The 10 x 5 m pool is totally private to the property and surrounded by a decking patio with plenty of space for sun bathing and a choice of areas for alfresco dining. The pool has an alarm system and is fenced so very safe for children. The barn can sleep up to 12 people and is extremely spacious both inside and out and makes for an inexpensive option for a large family or group get together.

The stunning town of Aubeterre sur Dronne is only 15 minutes away with its unusual Romanesque monolithic underground church and voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. A wonderful beach and swimming area has been created at the river, which is great fun for all the family. There is also a lovely golf course near Aubeterre with a bar, terrace and restaurant.

Montmoreau St Cybard is a lively town with a train station (you can catch a train to nearby Angouleme or Bordeaux here), bars and restaurants, swimming pool and tennis courts, which are only a few minutes away.

This spacious property includes the following features;

A light and airy entrance hall leads to the large open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with patio doors leading out on one side to the covered patio and garden and the other side to the pool.

There is a large lounge and dining area with comfortable seating, and with exposed Charente stone walls, huge oak beams and tiled floor. Double doors lead to the stunning pool area and there is a wood burner for cosy winter evenings. Satellite TV with all UK Freesat channels, plus DVD player and Wifi internet access.

Modern and well equipped dining kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer) with oak beamed ceiling and double doors leading to the huge open sided covered patio.

Private, alarmed 10 m x 5 m pool surrounded by decking with views out over the countryside and plenty of space for sunbeds and tables.

There is a downstairs en-suite bedroom for anyone who may have trouble with the stairs as well as a separate toilet and hand basin.

Upstairs there are 4 very spacious and airy bedrooms leading off a landing featuring huge oak beams.

The master double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and there is a 2nd large double bedroom.

A twin bedded room, and a children's room with a bunk bed and 2 singles.

There is a large oak beamed half tiled family bathroom with bath, toilet, separate shower with sliding glass doors, and the sink sits on top of an old cast iron singer sewing machine base adding yet more character.

A cot and high chair can be provided upon request.

EARLY BIRD OFFER!! For all two week rentals booked by 31st December 2015, we offer a discount of 10% on the second week price for dates up to 26th June 2016.

Check us out: chezleshirondelles.com

More Details

Owner
Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves

We both decided a change of lyfestyle was in order, and we left our careers in the UK in 2004 to come to the Charente for a more relaxed pace of life and an occupation that would give us time to travel. Toby was the general manager of an electrical engineering company and I was a project manager in reprographics and print. We renovated a farmhouse and converted two barns and then built a cattery, and after a lot of hard work we made a very successful gite complex. Two years ago we decided to sell the property in the Haute Charente, do some more travelling and then do the same again. More than one person questioned our sanity, as we sometimes do ourselves, but as always wished us the best of luck and many of our friends have since been out to help!

We did a recce in Langedoc/Roussion and in the Lot Valley before deciding one of the prettiest areas in France was only and hour or so south of where we had previously lived, in the South Charente on the Dordogne border. We found Fresignac with its incredible potential, stunning views and total peace and tranquility and promptly bought it and began our renovations much to the despair of our parents! We call it 'Little Tuscany' as that is what the countryside reminds us of. Two years later, here we are in a place which must be one of the prettiest and most peaceful places, but in an area with so much to see and do. Maybe now we will finally hang up our renovation boots and enjoy the delicious food, wine and lifestyle out area has to offer!

Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves purchased this barn in 2014

Why Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves chose Charente

We looked at many properties once we had decided on an area and we had three main criteria in mind. One, that the properties should be away from any main roads so we can enjoy the many sounds of the countryside uninterrupted by the sounds of cars or trucks, especially at night. And two, that our properties should be detached, so people have nothing and no one else to worry about when enjoying their holiday to the max! Also that the properties had lots of potential and original features to renovate in a sympathetic style to reflect the area.We wanted to be close to a town or village with all the amenities for our guest and in an area that offered our guests plenty to see and do. One of our main aims was that if our guests, as so often is the case, need to escape to France after a hectic life in their own countries for a week or two of pure relaxation and a good wind down, then that is what our property would have to offer......and it does in spades! All these things we found in Fresignac and we didn't have to ponder too long before putting in an offer.

What makes this barn unique

We are in a stunning rural area, yet only 2 km from all amenities. Les Hirondelles is a detached property with its own private grounds and private 10 x 5 m pool. It has 5 bedrooms one of which is on the ground floor for those who may struggle with stairs, but also has 3 bathrooms which is very important when 12 people are sharing.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint-Laurent-de-Belzagot in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite in master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite in ground floor bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Ground floor toilet and hand basin
  • There is a large oak beamed half tiled family bathroom with bath, toilet, separate shower with sliding glass doors, and the sink sits on top of an old cast iron singer sewing machine base adding yet more character. There are also two en-suite bathrooms, one in the downstairs twin bedroom and one in the double master bedroom upstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Ground floor en-suite twin bedded room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Spacious bedroom with sitting area looking over the view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 4 Single Bed , One bunk bed and two single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large en-suite bedroom. Cot provided upon request
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Out of peak season, lower rates can be negotiated for small parties. Please contact us for details. Long term winter lets are available from 25/10 to 1/4. Prices are negotiable depending on the length of time required. Long weekends are also available out of season. Prices negotiable. To check availability of the weeks you require follow the link or for this or any other information please contact Lesley and Toby.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

5

A beautiful place to chill in the sun

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned to UK after a fortnight at Les Hirondelles near Montmoreau St. Cybard. We booked it because I had read great reviews about it and we were not disappointed. Our party of six (four adults and two little ones) fairly rattled around in this great big house that has been very creatively converted from a cow shed in a glorious rural setting.

There's loads of room for two or three families, both inside and outside where the "hanger" (a giant carport type structure) allows room for boules, al fresco dining until whatever time you like, or just chilling with a glass of something red. What is special, apart from the quietness, is the lack of light pollution resulting in dark starry nights and a clear view of the Milky Way.

The swimming pool is fenced off and alarmed to protect young adventurers from mishaps. Although it isn't heated, that didn't matter because daytime temperatures didn't drop below 25 degrees during the whole fortnight (most of the time it was in the 30's).

Inside you can comfortably seat 12 people both in the lounge and around the big table in the dining area. The range sized cooker allowed us to make the best of local produce, which is a major part of our French hols.

So, you've got all of this before I mention last but not least, our hosts, Lesley and Toby. They couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful throughout our stay and were always on hand if we needed anything, or just for a chat. They have put a lot of work into Les Hirondelles and clearly want others to enjoy it.

If you like quietness and seclusion in a beautiful rural setting, you won't be disappointed!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Will and family It was lovely to meet you all and many thanks for your lovely review of our property, its so much appreciated. What we love to hear is just how much you enjoyed not only the property, but appreciated the wonderful surroundings with all the peace, tranquility and the wonderful night sky's. We must also extend our thanks to you for the wonderful blackberry and apple crumbles you made for us. The best crumble i have ever had and that's the truth! We very much hope to welcome you back to Les Hirondelles again in the future and we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer! Many thanks Lesley & Toby
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5

Perfect Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This is a real find. A great converted farm building down a quiet farm track outside a lovely French market town. What could be better! We were a group of six, including three children, although the property can accommodate 12. We therefore had oodles of space, both inside and out. The property is just so lovely, very clean and with all modern conveniences. The views across unspoilt countryside were breath-taking, and we all spent long evenings just looking out. Our hosts, Lesley and Toby were on hand, when needed, to offer advice on the local area. They couldn't have been more helpful. The local town has all necessary shops, including a good supermarket; but do try the local bakeries - just great. The pool was also great, and the kids just loved it. All very safe and with great views. All in all a great stay and one which we are looking forward to returning to. Thanks Lesley and Toby for a very relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there, thanks so much for taking the time to review us, its very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday so much and it was lovely to meet you all. We hope we can welcome you back to Les Hirondelles and offer you a glass of wine on our patio....when it is built! Lesley & Toby
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5

Excellent Gite- Surprised at beauty of location and size of Property. Fantastic week enjoyed by all.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent gite run Lesley and Toby.

Family and Friends had an enjoyable week and the Property easily coped with 12 people.

Stunning views and location !

Enough space for a pub size pool table next to the dart board - hint hint lol.

Thanks Lesley and Toby for a fantastic week at your Property!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there Many thanks for taking the time to review us, its very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in Les Hirondelles and look forward to welcoming you all back one day! Enjoy the rest of the summer! Lesley & Toby
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5

Superb location

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful conversion with countryside views. Great outside area for warm evenings & the whole place is built to a high standard. Very relaxing & highly recomended

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there Many thanks for taking the time to review Les Hirondelles. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Lesley & Toby
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5

Fantastic gite for a family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family holiday abroad and we couldn't have been happier with our choice - a beautiful gite full of character and charm in a lovely, peaceful location, yet only 5 mins from the local town with a big supermarket. The area is full of beautiful villages to explore, in particular Aubeterre which is only 10 mins away. We were lucky enough to get sunshine for the whole week and ate outside under the hanger every day. The decked area was a great place to relax, read a book and take in the views. We have 2 young kids and really appreciated the safety gate provided for the stairs and fenced off/alarmed swimming pool. Lesley and Toby were ideal hosts, friendly and helpful. We wouldn't hesitate to go back to this fantastic place!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Simon, many thanks for your lovely review, its very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your time here at Les Hirondelles, and we hope to welcome you all back again in the future. It would be great to see you again. Lesley & Toby
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5

Second visit, we're addicted!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last August and couldn't wait to come back. May can have mixed weather and we did but the barn didn't let us down. On the colder evening we set a fire in the wood burner and enjoyed a great meal with friends at the oversized dining table, cosy warm and welcoming. The hot days were spent by the lovely big pool and under the hanger which is fabulous for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with candlelit barbecues and late night star gazing. Perfectly appointed with very comfy beds, we can't fault this place, a perfect peaceful getaway within in access of Limoges airport where we flew in from Stansted on Ryanair. Looking forward to our next visit already! Thank you Toby and Lesley, great hosts x

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there! Many thanks for taking the time to review us and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is great that you enjoyed Les HIrondelles so much especially when the weather on a couple of days was a bit iffy! We hope to see you again soon and have a lovely summer. Lesley and Toby
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
Pre-peak Special Offer
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£795
 
 
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Peak Seaon Special Offer
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
 
 
Rate 6
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,595
for 7 nights
£1,595
 
 
Special Offer
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
 
 
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
Rate 8
1 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Christmas and New Yeasr
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Low Season
6 Jan 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
£650
 
 
High Season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Pre Peak Season
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Peak Season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 7 nights
£1,950
 
 
High Season 2
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Low Season 2
29 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
£650
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

We ask for 30% deposit at time of booking (OD website does not allow for this) and the remainder 8 weeks before arrival. If there is a cancellation, a refund will be given only up to 8 weeks before arrival date unless we can re-let the property.
Long term winter lets are available from 24/10 to 1/4. Prices are negotiable depending on the length of time required. All rooms have heating and there is a wood burner in the lounge. Long weekends are also available out of season. Prices negotiable.
To check availability of the weeks you require follow the link or for this or any other information please contact Lesley and Toby on 0033545248474 or at lesley.groves@wanadoo.fr
A booking form will be sent out to you and a non-refundable deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival together with a breakage deposit of £150. This is refundable within 7 days of your departure after a full inspection of the property has taken place.
There will be a welcome pack on your arrival, which is useful particularly if you are arriving late at night, full information and maps and guides to the area. We will also supply a map of how to get here. Obviously we are happy to share our knowledge of the area with you and can suggest day trips and places of interest to visit to suit your requirements. We provide a book with lots of information on the area and restaurants in the various surrounding towns and villages.
We ask that the property be left as clean and tidy as you found it, but we can orgainise cleaning at a charge of €50 payable before you depart.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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