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Beautiful Stone Barn Conversion and Charming French Country Cottage - Les Hirondelles (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,033 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking



Les Hirondelles (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)

Les Hirondelles is a converted 18th century detached barn that has been sympathetically restored whilst still retaining its original charm and character.

We offer you a large open plan gite with two bedrooms, both having en-suite facilities. It is situated near the orchard where you can take your pick of figs, apples, pears, plums and nectarines when fruits are in season.

Beams and exposed stone throughout. A fully equipped kitchen with fridge, gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher. Wooden flooring to all rooms. In the dining area the original manger has been restored. Pine dining table and chairs for 4 people, radio and CD player. Sofa and chairs in lounge. Fireplace with wood burning stove and radiators to rooms for the cooler months. British Satellite colour 32" flat screen television with DVD player. A selection of books and DVDs are provided.

The lovely ash staircase leads to a hallway with two large bedrooms. Exposed stone and original old beams.

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About the property

Le Tilleul Gites

In a pretty river valley village encompassed by three chateaux, we offer you Les Hirondelles, a beautiful barn conversion which has recently been classified as 3* by the regional Tourist Board.. Oak beams, exposed stone, two bedrooms with en-suite facilities to both bedrooms. Our charming, traditional French country cottage, La Boheme, is situated 40m away. Patio for eating out alfresco, two bedrooms sleeping up to 4. All on one level. Enclosed gardens of one acre with mature shrubs and trees with an above ground swimming pool, a games room and bicycles. Midway between La Rochelle and Poitiers. An ideal area for visiting Cognac, the Atlantic coast, Marais Poitevin, Futuroscope.

Vicky Renwick
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2018

About Vicky Renwick

We have always loved France and it was our dream to be able to live here. We bought a holiday home in Poitou Charentes 15 years ago and spent many happy family holidays there. After Bill decided to call it a day on his fire service career and our children had left home, we decided to start looking for somewhere more permanent where we could share our love of France with others. We were thrilled when we found "Le Tilleul", situated in the peaceful and pretty village of Paizay le Tort. Les Hirondelles and La Boheme have welcomed many holidaymakers over the years and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Vicky Renwick purchased this barn in 2012

Why Vicky Renwick chose Paizay-le-Tort

The tranquility, the birdsong, the variety of wildlife, the abundant sunflower fields, the pace of life, the friendliness of the locals, the coast and beaches within easy reach, charming villages, fabulous food and wine, the history, the contrast of the seasons, the wonderful climate and the fact that this area is reached within a day's drive of the UK

What makes this barn unique

Le Tilleul (means Lime Tree in France and is the beautiful tree which greets you as you enter the gates of Le Tilleul Gites) is set in a pretty village with all the buildings enclosed in the gated and walled courtyard - step outside the gate and walk or cycle the country roads, in summer abundant with sunflowers and often with only the birdsong for company, although you may see red squirrels, birds of prey and deer as you meander the roads. Our gites provide you with the perfect place for your holiday whether in Les Hirondelles or La Boheme. Our shared pool gives you somewhere to cool off and the indoor games room is perfect for keeping the whole family amused. If you want to explore the local area, we can put you in touch with a local bike hire company who have bikes and equipment for all ages. If you'd like a bit of pampering whilst on holiday, we can arrange that too. Although we are on-site, we are discreet but also on hand to provide any help and advice required.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have enjoyed our stay at Le Tilleul gites. The children made full use of the excellent playroom and swimming pool. The week went so quick and we would love to come back again as the gite is well placed for so many different places to see. Vicky and Bill are very helpful and we would definitely come back again"

"We loved staying here at La Boheme. Thank you for playing with the children, being so relaxed and friendly and making our stay so enjoyable. Apart from fabulous days relaxing beside the pool, we had two great days boating in Marais Poitevin. La Rochelle was beautiful and the markets were superb - Melle, Lezay & St Jean D'Angely"

"We had a great stay at Les Hirondelles. Vicky & Bill have thought of everything to make our stay as enjoyable as possible - from provision of varied welcome pack to nappy sacks!"
Aug 2006
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Booking Notes:
25% deposit. Remainder 8 weeks prior to arrival. £250 security deposit. Bedding, towels and pool towels are included in the price and on arrival you will find a welcome pack including tea, coffee, sugar, bread, jam and of course a bottle of wine to ease you into your relaxing holiday! An initial supply of toilet rolls is provided, as well as cleaning materials. Taxe de Séjour is payable in euros prior to departure. This “tourist tax”,is levied by the local revenue services on people aged 18 & over staying in holiday accommodation. We are forced to collect it on their behalf and remit the proceeds. The tax for adults over 18 years old staying in Les Hirondelles is 75 cents and La Boheme is 60 cents per adult per night.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday for Les Hirondelles and Fridays for La Boheme in peak periods but can be flexible at other times - please arrive after 4.00 pm and depart by 10.00 am.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Paizay-le-Tort in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1033 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • There is a shower cubicle with massage jets in the double bedroom en-suite and the bathroom in the twin room en-suite has a bath with a shower attachment.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Both bedrooms are en-suite and are large and airy rooms. Wardrobes/hanging space, bedside tables and chests of drawers are in each room. There is a full length mirror in the double room and also a hairdryer
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Free internet access available in both gites. Undercover parking for guests. Cot and highchair available. Our website provides further information and photographs. All linen and towels provided. Welcome pack on arrival. Many guests return year after year. Washing machine in adjacent utility room. Outside: The 7.5 metre swimming pool is shared by all and is above ground but partly sunken and it is enclosed within a low level brick built wall and gated. In the large games room/play barn we have pool, darts, snooker and boxes of toys. Upstairs in the games room is a quiet room where there are chairs and sofa, tables for playing games or drawing and separate wifi connection. Boules, croquet and badminton can be played outside. Tennis courts (free) and assault course in village, 5 mins walk away. Our garden is approximately one acre, enclosed with mature trees and shrubs. Plenty of areas to relax or play


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Les Hirondelles (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Lovely, picturesque and friendly

  • 4 of 5

the property was lovely, comfortable and had everything we could possibly need to be comfortable. the open plan ground floor was great and the welcome pack, including wine :-), was delicious. pool was nice as the weather was so hot and the owners were helpful and friendly. only 1 suggestion - would be great to have fly screens on bedroom windows so we could leave windows open at night to keep rooms cool. would definitely return - we had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful gite in a peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

On arrival the property looked amazing. The gite was as described. It was very clean and had everything you needed. It was like home from home. We were met by the owner on arrival and received a lovely welcome basket. The location is very remote and very quiet. There are small villages all around with some places to eat. If you plan to go out and about plan it before you go. I would recommend this property to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Les Hirondelles (Le Tilleul Gites). We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday here and look forward to welcoming you back again sometime. Kind regards Vicky & Bill Renwick
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This is a perfect place for a relaxing holiday...

  • 5 of 5

We have just been on a 3 week holiday to le Tilleul at Paizay le Tort with our good friends Aly and Richard.

The owners of the Gite…Bill and Vicki were just fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for them.

On our arrival…The best ever welcome pack started the holiday… complete with fresh eggs from their two chickens Betsy and Daisy, homemade jams, French stick, wines beers and cheese...fantastic! Both Gites are in a beautiful setting in rural France with shops and restaurants within easy range. We were in Les Hirondelles a converted 18th century detached barn…

This was a perfect place for a relaxing holiday, not forgetting the Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Boheme

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in La Boheme for one week. We are a family of three with a teenage boy. The property was clean and very well equipped. A lovely 'welcome basket' was placed on the table and was a very nice touch, as well as useful with food and wine! The swimming pool proved a winner for our son who really loved being able to cool off after our outings. The owners are on site and there if you need them but also discreet at the same time. Nothing was too much trouble. A very useful book was left in the cottage with essential information covering an array of information from practical to touristic ideas. We loved the Marais Poitevin at Coulon as suggested in the book with many more ideas. Rating is difficult as we have not booked a gite before but we can confidently say that it surpassed our expectations. We have no qualms in recommending the property. We were lucky with the weather, which is another added bonus.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you chose La Boheme (Le Tilleul Gites) for your first Gite experience and pleased that we provided everything you needed to make your holiday such a memorable one and that it surpassed your expectations. We hope we've set a benchmark for any future gite holidays you may take but, of course, we'd be delighted if you chose to return here. Many thanks, Vicky & Bill
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everything we needed. wonderfully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed into the immaculate les Hirondelles. The welcome pack was so lovely and such a treat. Our family consisted of the two of us and eight year old daughter. The inside of the Gite is so well equipped, with spacious living area, 2 bathrooms (one has a nicely deep bath) and both bedrooms were very nice. Good quality mattresses and kitchen equipment . We particularly liked the pool and whilst enjoying the communal area we relaxed in the private area. The chickens are marvellous. I'm sure the eggs tasted much nicer! Bill and Vicky run the gites. Their interpersonal skills and respect for privacy really built towards the enjoyment of the holiday. Such a lovely week went so fast. We visited futuroscope and puy du fou. The latter being very crowded but a fantastic experience. Futuroscope tickets can be bought online using Tesco clubcard points. We ate our evening meals at home as I really enjoy cooking but ate out during our time there. Secret garden in Melle is worth a visit. Hope to visit again. Lovely holiday. Thanks and well done Vicky & Bill. Regards, Susan, Tim and Sorel

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review Les Hirondelles. It is lovely to know that our guests appreciate the attention and care we give - and it is lovely to receive compliments on what we offer. We are also pleased that you especially found the mattresses comfortable and the kitchen well equipped; we know a good night's sleep and the facilities to make meals on a self catering holiday are essential and we are glad that we provide the things that guests consider important too. We would be delighted to welcome you all back to Le Tilleul Gites in the future. Kind regards Vicky & Bill
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You couldn't wish for a better place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My brother and I stayed here in this lovely comfortable pleasant clean converted barn. . It is situated in small village and in lovely garden well looked after by the owners who live on the property, but not intrusive. They are a lovely couple and very kind to us both and very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them and I would certainly recommend this idyllic place to anyone..

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. We are pleased you felt we provided everything you needed in the gite and we really appreciate your comments.. We would love to see you both again some day.
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
377 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Brioux Sur Boutonne
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Atlantic Coast
Car: necessary


Our nearest beach is Chatelaillon-Plage near La Rochelle, only about one hour's drive through scenic countryside and through pretty French villages. We also have Lac Lambon, a man-made beach around a large lake, with plenty of amusements for all the family, with canoes, pedalloes etc. Swimming and canoeing are also available at Rejallant lake near Ruffec and there is a lovely beach and lake at Les Gours - in July and August there is also a lifeguard on duty, as well as a bar/restaurant open for snacks and meals, including, their fabulous steak and chips menu!


How to get here:

Ryanair fly regularly as follows to Poitiers (approx 50 mins from here) from London Stansted, Edinburgh (summer only). La Rochelle (1h15 from here) from London Stansted - & East Midlands, Dublin (summer); Limoges (2 hours from here) from London Stansted, East Midlands & Liverpool - & Leeds (summer)

We are approx 7 hours from Calais and St Malo is approx 5 hours and Caen about 5.30 hours.


We are less than 5km from the lovely romanesque market town of Melle. Weekly market on Friday. Jazz bar, cafes, restaurants, churches, horse riding and more. Take a look at our website www.le-tilleul.com which has more information about the major tourist attractions.

Further Details:

We have a baguette machine in the village which provides fresh baguettes all day, every day, except Tuesdays. Melle has three supermarkets and a variety of shops and banks, as well as restaurants and bars. Niort is only 25 mins drive away and a wonderful town to visit on Thursday and Saturday for the markets. Fabulous La Rochelle and its picturesque harbour is about 1 hour away and not forgetting Cognac which is only 53 km away. Please visit our website www.le-tilleul.com for more photographs and information. And don't forget to ask about discounted Brittany Ferries crossing prices as we can offer you a special code if you book with us

Changeover day for Les Hirondelles is Saturday and for La Boheme it is Friday in peak season. At other times of the year, changeover days are flexible