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Gites with pool in pretty village - 2 mins walk from & local bar/restaurant - The Barn (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4)



Updated: 16-Nov-2016
Ideal for a large family or two families sharing - perfect base for exploring this stunning part of France!

La Petite Ferme is a small group of pretty gites converted from former farm buildings and set in the heart of an historic village. The Farmhouse can sleep up to 9 people and is perfect for a large family or two families sharing. The two smaller gites can accommodate 4 people and we frequently have visitors that enjoy having the whole place to themselves. The gites are arranged to give maximum privacy with their own terrace/bbq and outdoor seating areas. The local bar/restaurant is a short stroll down the hill. Enjoy time in our lovely swimming pool - we have plenty of sunbeds and parasols - or keep cool in our well stocked playbarn and enjoy the games and toys, play a game of table tennis, pool or table football. We have fishing nets and bicycles for you to borrow so you can set off and explore the lovely walks and safe cycle routes that surround the village. A short drive away are the market towns of Aulnay and Saint Jean d'Angely where several lively markets are held each week.

Details for holiday cottage The Barn (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This barn conversion has beautiful mellow stone walls and exposed beams and has a lovely outdoor covered sun terrace - great for escaping the midday sun, and the perfect spot for sunny breakfasts and BBQs!

The Barn has a light and airy open plan kitchen/living room with a comfortable double sofa bed and eating area. Upstairs is a large beamed bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom. There is ample space in this bedroom, beneath the eaves, for a single bed (and/or cot). There are laundry facilities and a freezer available in Swallow Barn, adjacent to the property

We are in the heart of the pretty village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne within a short walk of the local restaurant and shop, surrounded by pretty river walks and safe cycle paths. With a heated swimming pool, well-equipped Playbarn, and nets and bikes to borrow there are loads of things to do and see.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved to France in October 2015 delighted to have found this former farmyard and buildings that had been converted by the previous owners into 3 gites and a lovely home. We have enjoyed updating the gites and exploring this beautiful part of France and we now look forward to sharing our local knowledge with our visitors.

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Speaks English, French, German

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1 holidaymaker review


Super little cottage with outstanding outside area

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th stay at Lincolns Cottage (including one week in the Farm House with my parents) and we are already booked for 2015. We fell in love with Lincolns Cottage (and in particular it fabulous outside covered space) and the owners Mick and Terry. We all look forward to our time in Dampierre and often meet other regulars year on year.

We don't tend to spend a lot of time indoors and when not in the pool or out and about you will normally find us making full use of the open space outside the cottage. My son (9) loves meeting up and playing with the other children who come to stay and when we drive home is already planning what he wants to do when we go back the following year. Even after 4 trips we still find new things to do as well as some old favourites. Dampierre is a good hour from the coast so we only take the occasional visit that far as it is always crowded, traffic problems and difficult to park; having access to such a lovely pool negates the need for the beach - plus Aulnay and other towns also have open air pools to visit. Although the village has a marvellous little shop, a bar with a restaurant and the Chateau - you do need a car to really get the benefit of the area. We tend to mix our holiday up with days by the pool and days out and about (or a bit of both). We always love our trips to Aulnay Market on the Sunday mornings especially after the long drive down from Calais the day before. You can easily drive down in a day (although avoid the A10 once you get towards Poitiers and travel across country instead). La Rochelle is always worth a visit as is Il de Re and Rohan zoo. We found a water skiing club in Taillebourg, the Port Miniature de Saint-Savinient and so on. A shorter drive from the cottage is the Aisinerie du Baudet (Donkey Sanctuary) which is worth a visit.

Mick and Terry are the nicest hosts you could ever meet and make us feel so welcome. They are always full of useful suggestions and tips on things to do and places to eat (although we haven't managed to get my husband on a bike yet!).

On a practical note - the weather is normally good (although a bit chilly in 2014) so you can travel light and make use of the shared washing machine (for a small charge). There is a local supermarket in Aulnay, plus plenty of other markets and towns to stock up on any provisions.

Over the years we have stayed at numerous other gites and rental cottages in France and the UK and non rival Le Petit Ferme.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The village of Dampierre sur Boutonne is ideally situated for both inland and coastal exploration. The village has a bar/ restaurant a beautiful Renaissance Chateau and a 12th century church, and is surrounded by lovely countryside and safe cycle routes. With lovely market towns a short drive away, and the beaches and bustling resorts along the Atlantic coastline an hour's drive away, it really is the perfect place to be!

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


We are approx 1 hours drive from the stunning Atlantic coast and a little closer to the lovely sandy Chatelaillon Plage with its weekly market and many restaurants.

La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes and Poitiers are all under an hours drive.


La Rochelle and Poitiers are the closest airports approx 1 hour drive. Saint Malo is the nearest ferry port just 4.5 hours drive. Local shop sells bread and provisions and local bar/restaurant La Bonne Etap 2 mins walk from the door.


Aulnay our nearest town has banks, chemists, boulangerie, supermarkets and restaurants is 8 km, St Jean D'Angely a larger town with more variety is 12 km. Futuroscope Theme Park at Poitiers is about an hour.

Further Details:

There is a handy shop in the village that stocks all the staples including wine. They sell fresh bread and other bakery items daily. We also have a bar/restaurant where you can rub shoulders with the locals and practice your French.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 2
1 Mar 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 3
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
9 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require a 25% deposit on booking and the remainder 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Changeover Day: For 7 nights and over our changeover day is a Saturday. Your gite will be available from 4pm on that day and check in is between 4pm-8pm. If you require a later check-in you must arrange this with us in advance. We cannot take check-ins after midnight!
Gites must be vacated by 10am on departure day.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds sterling.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 16-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

La Petite Ferme is in the centre of the pretty village of Dampierre sur Boutonne enjoying the benifits of village life including the local bar/restaurant just a 2 min stroll from the door.. There is a grade A fishing river running through the village and we are in the perfect spot for walks and cycle rides, or a kayak trip down the river! If you want a little less tranquility La Rochell, Cognac, Poitiers and Saintes are all less than an hour away. Alternatively, relax beside our lovely swimming pool and let the children amuse themselves in our spacious Playbarn, packed with toys, games, table footbal, pool, and table tennis!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Spacious double bedroom with en-suite shower room. There is a great under-eaves area in this room to accommodate a single bed and / or cot.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 10 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There are no hidden extras bedlinen is provided but we do ask you to bring your own swimming towels. We can also provide cot, high chair and electric fans. Gates to the complex can be kept closed if you have young children. Outside: The Heated pool is 10x5 meters with Roman steps at one end and is 1.5 meters deep throughout. The pool area is completely enclosed to comply with French security regulations.

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