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



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Barn Conversion & Cottage, Midway La Rochelle and Poitiers, Deux Sevres, France - In A River Valley Village Encompassed By Three Chateaux

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. Open all year. Midway between La Rochelle and Poitiers. An ideal area for visiting Cognac, the Atlantic coast, Marais Poitevin, Futuroscope. You will notice that we charge the same weekly rate whatever the time of year - we don't believe in hiking our prices just because it's school holidays.

Details for holiday cottage La Boheme (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Exposed beams, tiled and wood floors throughout. All ground floor. accommodation. Large kitchen/dining room and living area with two sofas. Wood burner and radiators for the cooler months.

British satellite colour television and DVD player, CD player. Selection of books and DVDs.

Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, cooker, fridge. Bedroom one with double bed and wardrobe has French doors leading to patio. Bedroom two accommodates two single beds. Both rooms have wood flooring and panelling.

Large shower room with washbasin, wc and hairdryer.

Separate service room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board and wc.

All linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available on request. Garden furniture with barbecue on patio making an ideal setting for eating 'alfresco'.

Shared above ground 7.5 metre swimming pool in enclosed mature gardens of over one acre.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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 all 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.

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Speaks English, French

5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


The accommodation was excellent.

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very friendly and helpful. Accommodation well equipped and comfortable. Super play barn and pool. Great place for families. Welcome basket was a nice touch. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we thoroughly recommend it. A perfect holiday. Lovely local lakes suitable for children.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Family Holiday

  • 4 of 5

We loved our traditional cottage La Boheme with its period features and homely feel. It was very well equipped with everything you might need in the kitchen and ideal for self catering. The welcome pack was fabulous with all the essentials for our first evening and breakfast. We were grateful that the owner had even sourced some gluten free bread and goodies for our son who has Coeliacs Disease. We had a very warm welcome from the owners who offered suggestions of places to visit and things to do. This is a very peaceful location just as described with pretty gardens. We enjoyed family fun in the pool right into the early evening and it was kept nice and clean throughout our break. The games barn kept our boys aged 9 and 6 occupied, we also borrowed tennis rackets to play on the nearby court and fishing nets to explore the small river with. This was a good base for exploring this part of France and we ventured as far as La Rochelle which is an hour away. Melle is a lovely old town to explore and is only a few mins drive away. It has all the essential supermarkets, chemist, cafes etc. We will definitely return for some quality family time and further exploring!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to welcome you all to La Boheme and we are so pleased to receive such positive comments. We look forward to welcoming you back to Le Tilleul Gites in the future.
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La Boheme - a lovely peaceful French cottage.

  • 5 of 5

La Boheme is a beautiful gite in a lovely location. We could not have wished for a better place to spend a relaxing month - this was our fourth visit to Le Tilleul Gites. The gite is very clean and well equipped and the beds are so comfortable - we have never slept so well. We enjoyed visiting lots of places, including Futuroscope, Cognac, La Rochelle and Niort. We ate out at some lovely restaurants, including Les Voyageurs in Chef Boutonne and L'Hostellerie de l'Abbaye at Celles sur Belle. We enjoyed returning "chez La Boheme" to relax in the lovely gardens and to cool off in the pool. We also enjoyed a few glasses of champagne sitting in the hot tub looking at the clear starry skies.Vicky & Bill are very friendly and helpful and work hard to make guests feel welcome and we are already planning our fifth visit next year .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are so glad you enjoy your holidays at Le Tilleul Gites. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Lovely property, lovely people.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful, traditional cottage for 11 nights in July. What a lovely place to relax, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the company of our super hosts. Vicki and Bill are a delightful couple, very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. La Boheme lived up to all expectations, the accommodation being well maintained, clean and very comfortable with a lovely outside dining area. We made full use of all facilities - the games room, swimming pool, sun loungers and the hot tub was an added bonus! On arrival, at the gite, Bill showed us around the property and introduced us to Bessie and Daisy who had kindly provided us with some eggs! The whole welcome pack was much appreciated and well thought out. We had some good days out, including the beach at Chatellailon Plage and the Aquarium at La Rochelle, We especially enjoyed our visit to see the Donkeys at the Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou, but our favourite place has to be St Jean d'Angely. We are certainly hoping to return to La Boheme before too long, and discover more of this lovely part of France.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review for La Boheme (Le Tilleul Gites). We are always thrilled to receive such positive comments and we are so glad you had a wonderful holiday. It was lovely meeting you all and we would be delighted to welcome you back to Le Tilleul Gites in the future. Kind regards Vicky & Bill
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Le Tilleul Gites

  • 5 of 5

We can thoroughly recommend Le Tlleul Gites having had a wonderful holiday there this year. The gite was everything claimed - very comfortable, very clean and well maintained with everything one could wish for to make a holiday perfect. The welcome pack was much appreciated after a journey. We were surprised to find that one can be at the gite within one day of leaving home - a big plus for everyone but especially families with children. The facilities on site were as described - swimming pool wonderful on a hot day, lovely grounds to wander admiring the various fruit trees and flowers or to sit and relax in perfect peace. The Play Barn was very well equipped with lots to keep everyone entertained if not out exploring the beautiful countryside, rivers, beaches, historical sites or excellent restaurants - indeed, something for all. Last but not least Vicky and Bill were very friendly attentive hosts providing help or suggestions if required but giving guests the space to do whatsoever they wished - the perfect holiday. Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We loved having you to stay and we hope to see you all again sometime.
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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 62 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Melle at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 377 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Niort at 35 Kilometres Nearest Train : Niort at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Brioux Sur Boutonne at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Atlantic Coast at 80 Kilometres 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.


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. 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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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13 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
25% deposit. Remainder 8 weeks prior to arrival. £250 security deposit. Bedding, towels and pool towels and taxe de sejour included in the price - there are no hidden extras 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.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday for Les Hirondelles and Tuesday for La Boheme in July to September. Please arrive after 4.00 pm and depart by 10.00 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

One of the Unique Benefits of booking Le Tilleul Gites is that we have an all year round rental price per gite - we don't believe in hiking the price of your holiday just because it's peak season, as we feel that what we offer all our holidaymakers is the same high standard and facilities whatever time of year they come, and we feel it is unfair for families to have to pay more just because of school holidays. Le Tilleul is set in a pretty village with all the buildings enclosed in the gated and walled courtyard. 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. Although we are on-site, we are discreet but also on hand to provide any help and advice required. You will notice that we have decided to keep our rates the same throughout the year. Because we don't have a high season, as many of our guests come to stay at all times of the year, we feel it is only fair to have one rate - it makes it simple for our guests and it makes it simple for us too!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • 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


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large shower cubicle, basin, wc, shaving point


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Double bedroom - double bed, pine wardrobe, bedside table, chair Twin bedroom - two single pine beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Free internet access available in both gites and games room. 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. Boules, croquet and badminton can be played outside. Tennis courts (free) and assault course in village. Our garden is approximately one acre, enclosed with mature trees and shrubs. Plenty of areas to relax or play.

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