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Beautiful 12th Century Post House with Private Pool sleeps 25 in 12 bedrooms



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Holiday Home in Pillac, Nr. Aubeterre, Poitou-Charentes, France - Spacious And Well Equipped Holiday House For Groups Up To 23!

Le Relais is situated on the edge of a delightful and quiet village, surrounded by glorious countryside of sunflowers, cornfields and woods, a nature lovers paradise. This lovingly restored 12th century Country post house has all you need for a perfect, relaxing holiday. You can go walking, fishing, beaches, canoe, play golf or tennis, dine out, all within 10 mins. The attractive, enclosed garden provides peace and tranquillity as well as areas for games and activities. Both, a paved area beneath a shady pergola and a sunny terrace, are ideal for alfresco meals.There is a very large, airy dining room (62sq.m) with a piano, seats 24, a spacious salon, comfortably furnished and with plenty of books, opening onto a Perigordian balcony and a large, well equipped farmhouse kitchen. Le Relais is approximately 5km from both St.Severin and Aubeterre, the 'jewel of the Charente'. The wine regions of Bordeaux, St.Emilion/Pomerol and Cognac are not very far and well worth a visit!

  • Sleeps 25
  • 12 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am Austrian but grew up in Germany where I also worked as cabin crew for Lufthansa for 10 years. We moved to France in 1982 and I lived in Pillac since 1983 together with my three children. Pillac is still the same as it was when we moved here, a quiet and beautiful little village where one can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings.

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

We choose this place as it was quite a central meeting point for the members of our family and because its such a big and peaceful homely sort of house. Perfect for a family reunion. Not too far from Bergerac or Angouleme (so cheap flights for all). The house is an old, beautiful big place. Lots of rooms, huge dining area, and a very family friendly sort of feel to the place. The pool area is fenced off so we didn't need to worry about the kids too much. The owner is easy going and accommodating, fluent in English and non intrusive. Lovely lady. I recommend this place for large groups, family/friend reunions and for people who want to get away from it all. We didn't go out to any restaurants, we preferred to stay in and cook our own meals, BBQ, etc. The house is surrounded by vineyards and gentle hills - great place to go for walks. All in all it was exactly what we wanted!
Apr 2009
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful spacious group accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a group of 25, 10 adults and 14 children.

It was perfect and provided everything we needed.

Barbara was so helpful and we had an amazing holiday.

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay in traditional french house

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Le Relais. The house was lovely, traditional French. we were a family party of 20, 9 children ranging from 5-16 and 11 adults. The house had plenty of space for us all, the communal areas e.g. kitchen, dining room, living room, and outside space were fantastic. Barbara, the owner was there to welcome us and give us any advice required. the pool area was lovely and a big hit with the children, as was the games room. Free Wi-Fi was also very popular with both children and adults alike. Nearby Aubeterre was lovely. It has a riverside beach for swimming, kayaking, with a reasonably priced café. we also visited Nabinaud (about 8 mins away) for the high ropes course, maze and another lovely beach. All in all, a fantastic family holiday destination that I would recommend visiting . Thank you Barbara.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sunny holiday at Pillac

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 16 enjoyed the spacious house and the children loved playing in the interesting garden.

We had lovely weather and spent a lot of time at the pool

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

After looking at many houses big enough to cope with our party of 14, we booked to stay at Le Relais to celebrate my 60th birthday with family traveling from the UK and Australia. We ranged from 6 to 70, and the house was perfect for each and everyone of us, with relaxing spaces for the adults - outdoor dining, lounging around the pool or relaxing in the lounge as well as early morning walks around the Hamlet and local area. The 6 - 19 year old's were kept busy with more than enough to keep them occupied with pool, table tennis, swimming and playing football.

The photos and description on this web site are a perfect depiction of the house and facilities. It was typically French (just want I wanted) and was well equipped with plenty of crockery etc for the largest parties, and enough fridges, cookers and washing machines to meet all our needs, along with plenty of parking.

I got a good feel about our stay when I rang Barbara to check that the boys would have enough space to play football, she couldn't have been more helpful and this continued with her warm welcome on our arrival,and she even dropped in to wish me a happy birthday, a lovely thought.

Pillac is a small Hamlet, well located for local towns with markets and restaurants, the market at Riberac was especially good, we had a lovely lunch at the La Taverne in Aubeterre and enjoyed mirco brewery overlooking beautiful countryside in Bors.

I couldn't recommend Le Relais highly enough and would love to have the opportunity to get another party together to make a return visit.

Thank you Barbara

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Such a wonderful place for a large family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

HI Barbara

Just a not to say how very much we all enjoyed our holiday and celebration of my sister's 60th birthday last month.

What a wonderful house you have. Such a lot of space, comfort and provided facilities and activities for all generations. We had a fabulous time.

The family reunion with those from England was very special especially for my grandson who met his extended family for the first time, all together. It was well worth the travel from Australia.

We explored local market villages and dined out a few times but time around the house and pool in such a relaxed environment was extra special.

We took many, many photos but one of my favourite ones is taken from my bedroom window. It really captures your house and the French architecture and landscape of the region.

With fond memories for many years to come, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to come and stay. This year was the second time of visiting Le Relais and yet again it was a fabulous week. The swimming pool, table tennis, badminton, pool table and toys provided meant that there was something for everyone to do, regardless of age. We had a mixed group ranging from 9 months to 69 years old and we all had a lovely time, (again!). The dining facilities are great and we enjoyed eating outside every day. Although we didn't need to use the indoor dining room, it would have seated us all comfortably. There is a good supply of travel cots/high chairs etc so all the youngsters in the group were perfectly provided for.

Nearby Aubeterre is beautiful with a delicious ice cream parlour and the underground church well worth a visit. We also took advantage of the river beach and the kayaking too. The Friday market at Riberac is also worth a visit.

Thank you Barbara for your hospitality - we had a super time and are looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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From the Owner

Le Relais is a great place for groups of all kinds. I had groups with activities, like painting courses, writer's classes etc. but mostly the groups are friends and families with ages ranging from 3 month to 90 years. There are all kind of activities for everybody and lots of space inside the house and outside in the garden and around the pool.

Activity and Interests


Aubeterre, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, is approximately 10 mins drive away. St.Aulay is about 15 mins drive away and both have lovely sandy river beaches with children's playgrounds, water slide and beach side restaurants. There are some wonderful beaches on the Atlantic coast (Royan), about 2 hours drive away, good for a day trip.


Airports: Angouleme, 40 min drive. Bergerac 1.5 hours drive. Bordeaux Airport is also about 1.5 hours drive away. The TGV (train grand vitesse) goes to Angouleme. A car is essential in this area and there are facilities for car hire at all the airports and train station.


Le Relais is situated approximately 5km from both St.Severin and Aubeterre. Both villages have a supermarket, pharmacy, restaurants, butcher and of course, baker! Some 20 minutes drive away are the market towns of Chalais and Riberac. Cognac, really worth a visit and a tour around one of the cognac houses is about an hour drive away. About the same distance south are St.Emilion and the vineyards of Bordeaux.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid - Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please pay 25% of total rent as a non refundable deposit to secure your booking.

Changeover Day:
Change over days Saturday to Saturday. Arrival at 4.00pm and departure at 10am.

Notes on prices:
Price per week is for 16 people and £140 for each extra person. If heating is required there is a supplement of £50 per week.Balance is required 12 weeks prior to arrival date with a £500 refundable security deposit.

End-of-stay cleaning fee Euros 180

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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 240 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 7 - Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, bath with shower. Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower enclosure. Bathroom 3 - toilet, bath with shower. Bathroom 4 - shower enclosure. Bathroom 5 - bath with shower. Bathroom 6 - toilet, shower Bathroom 7 - bath 3 separate toilets.


  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Bedroom 10
  • Bedroom 11
  • Bedroom 12 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 25 (12 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with single bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed plus 2 single beds. Bedrooms 3-10 with 2 single beds each. Bedroom 11 with large double bed. Bedroom 12 with double bed. Most bedrooms have wash-basins with hot/cold water.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The attractive and secluded garden provides peace and tranquillity as well as areas for games and activities. Both, a paved area beneath a pergola overgrown with honeysuckle and clematis and a sunny terrace are ideal for eating out. There is a large, fenced in pool (12m x 6m) with paved surround for sunbathing. Also lots of shade under the lovely old yew and hazelnut trees when you've had too much of our wonderful weather! There's a games room with pool table in a separate building next to a lovely playhouse with many toys for the little ones, table tennis, boules and badminton. Utility Room: 2 washing machines, 2 tumble driers, 2 large fridges, 1 freezer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided .

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