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Detached Charentaise Stone Farmhouse With Totally Private 12mx6m Pool



Updated: 18-May-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Farmhouse near Chef Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes, Deux-Sevres, France - Set In A Quiet Hamlet With Easy Access To Shops, Super Spacious Farmhouse

This 19th century farmhouse has been renovated to maintain the character and original features whilst offering more modern day standards. Detached and private, with large 12mx6m swimming pool, sleeps from 2 to 6/7 in 3 bedrooms and kiddies den. Super walled courtyard to front, nice enclosed back gardens and sunny terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. In a nutshell a real cosy home from home atmosphere, the farmhouse has been successfully running as a holiday home for some years. Full website address on request. Quietly set in hamlet yet close to all daily requirements/facilities, set in the heart of SW France renowned as one of the sunniest regions, easily accessible from all ferry ports/tunnel crossings by car, train or by airports (Poitiers, Limoges, Angouleme, La Rochelle). An ideal base to explore the local area with things of interest, locally medieval villages, Romanesque churches, French markets, or further afield a large choice of options for days out and about.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Ruth Louise Reid
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

About Ruth Louise Reid

Hi, I am English but have lived and worked in France for over 20 years, speaking good French and the property I am offering for rental I have owned and rented out for holidays since 2000. The property is independent of where I live although I am around should you need me for any reason. The pool is cleaned on a regular basis throughout your holiday.

4 Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


A perfect place to relax and recuperate

  • 5 of 5

As a family we have quite specific needs and requirements from a holiday. One of our children is disabled, having both Downs Syndrome and Autism. We, therefore, need somewhere which gives Thomas space to be noisy yet seclusion and safety too. For the rest of us we need somewhere where we can relax whilst still being able to keep an eye on Thomas!

In every conceivable way this was the perfect place for us. The house is lovely - full of character and charm yet practical and well equipped too. We visited during a heat wave and the house, being an old 19 century farmhouse with thick walls, offered cool respite from the heat of the day when needed and prevented sleepless nights too! There is plenty of room for a large family and the living room was well stocked with books and DVDs. The kitchen is large, airy and well equipped.

The chief attraction for us in booking this holiday was the swimming pool. It's 12 metres x 6 and maintained impeccably by Ruth, the owner. This was the first holiday for some years when I've come home weighing no more than when I left because I was able to do some healthy exercise in it! It was wonderful for the children too - and safe. And, crucially, we had the exclusive use of it.

We ate outside every evening either at the back or front of the house and barbecued most evenings (it's the only place I've stayed in which has 3 barbecues!!). We didn't venture out much but found everything we needed in Chef Boutonne a few kms away -including a nice restaurant for lunch.

Ruth is a very friendly host and the house was prepared and cleaned to an extremely high standard. It's clearly really important to her that her guests have the best time - which we did. We've already provisionally booked for next year.

I really can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard thank you so much for your very kind comments and for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review of your recent holiday at my farmhouse. I'm sure that future potential guests will find this extremely helpful when trying to decide on a property for their own forthcoming holidays, especially when there are so many beautiful places advertised to choose from, much appreciated. It is surprising how many guests like to point out to me how delighted they are to discover the pool, albeit that the size is specified in the advertising, it seems in reality its still unexpectedly large and as you say, I agree, its crucial that it should be solely for the use of the current guests!! I'm so pleased you all had such a lovely holiday and enjoyed your stay, the weather was just fantastic for you as well to top it all off, who could wish for more..... It was a pleasure having you stay and meeting you all and I'll look forward to having you stay again next year, take care Ruth
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Fantastic relaxing holiday excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The pool was amazing, lovely gardens and the house was nice and cool with plenty of space. The owner was very friendly and came twice weekly to clean the pool. We were so impressed that we have already booked again for next year. The whole property including the pool was nit overlooked at all. The weather was amazing and all amenities and shops were close by.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well thank you young lady for your kind review, what a lovely surprise I had this morning, totally unexpected, Delighted to have you and your family back again next year, always a pleasure to have guests coming back, speaks for itself I guess, but a pat on the back is always nice and it makes all the hard work worthwhile, much appreciated. Take care until next year, see you next August!!
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing fortnight at this spacious old farmhouse in a quiet little hamlet. The place was immaculate, the kitchen well equipped and the pool was amazing. The owner was helpful but discreet and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either this property, or the one nearby that is also available to rent from the same owner.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Suzanne, for taking the trouble to write a "review" and such a nice one at that...its very kind of you. I'm so glad you all enjoyed you holiday at my farmhouse, be lovely to have you stay again some time, I have a lot of repeat bookings so would be a pleasure to see you all again, you'd be very welcome, Take care and thanks again for your kind words, Ruth Louise
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My favourite place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Hanc was excellent, the property had everything we could ask for, it was very clean, and the pool was superb,and it was also very clean when we arrived, and also cleaned during our stay. The large garden was very well maintained, and we had a very enjoyable hour chatting with the friendly gardener. It was a very quiet village,and the surrounding countryside was ideal for cycling, and there was lots of wildlife, including deer, and the wonderful sight of swallows skimming the pool to drink, even as we were in the pool. There is a small town about ten minutes by car with two supermarkets, petrol stations,and cafes. The larger town of Civray is about twenty minutes by car with all the shops you could want.

To sum up, this property is ideally situated for a relaxing holiday,but within easy reach of lots of interesting attractions.

PS, I am going there again in September.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Chef Boutonne at 5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Train : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chef Boutonne at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 120 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

There is also local fishing on the river Charente or the river Vienne (licences required) or private fishing lakes available in the area. There are also several horse riding centers in the local area, once very close to the farmhouse. For artists who enjoy painting there are many interesting local features that could keep you busy for hours, market halls, old stone river bridges, abbeys and old churches. This is also a lovely area for cyclists, one of the french favourite past times of course, the countryside offering lots of lovely lanes and tracks and gently rolling so its not flat or too steep! Bike hire is available locally.


Beaches in the area offer a nice lazy day out for a change from the swimming pool, Royan - St Palais sur Mer - La Côte Sauvage approx 1.30hrs drive have excellent beaches, La Rochelle has a few pretty coves at 1hrs and just south of here Chatillon-sur-Plage offers larger sandy beaches, the oyster parks at Fourras will also offer the odd sandy cove.There are also large lakes, closest at Celles sur Belles offering all sorts of water sports, local rivers as well for canoeing + water ski-ing.


The farmhouse is easily accessible from any of the car ferry ports, all of them offering easy motorway driving at varying distances and times, Calais approx 6rs. The local airports Poitiers 1hr, Angouleme 1hr, Limoges 2hrs, La Rochelle 1hr, offering good all year round services, not to mention major airports Bordeaux 2 hours, Nantes 2 hours and of course Paris. Trains are equally easy with Eurostar London Lille Poitiers. Car rentals available but a car is definitely a necessity once here.


Bordering the Charente department,the farmhouse is situated near Chef Boutonne a lovely market town full of character, offering full everyday facilities necessary.Ruffec easily accessible approx 20km, Sauzé Vaussais close on hand at 10km, Melle, Couhé, even Civray and Confolens are closeby. Being well positioned in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes area so easy access to major cities of Poitiers, Niort, Limoges, La Rochelle, Angouleme, St Jean D'Angely, Saintes and of course all the coast line.

Further Details:

Set in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes, southern part of the Deux Sevres (79) bordering the Charente region, in a small hamlet called Hanc, there are a multitude of treasures to discover in the area but if the weather is good you won't want to budge from the farmhouse except to do your shopping and sample the super fresh produce and local markets. Daily requirements are all close to hand either at Chef Boutonne, Sauzé Vaussais and Ruffec.

Alternatively 4 major cities easily accessible, Poitiers, renowned for Futuroscope the futuristic adventure park with exciting images and scientific wizardry, Angouleme, Niort with its 'marais poitevin' (Venice vert) a system of endless canals attracting an abundance of wildlife, Limoges dedicated to porcelain. La Rochelle approx 1hr with its beautiful old port and fantastic sea food restaurants, Royan with its fabulous beaches and Zoo at 'La Palmyre' incredible flamingos, Cognac for brandy and pineau distilleries, Aquatic centre with diving or hamman facilitities. Closer to home the folklore festival at Confolens is a must in August, Silver mines at Melle, the Monkey farm at Romagne children love or simply enjoy walking/biking the surrounding countryside.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early breaks
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early summer breaks
10 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early summer holiday
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer Holidays
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off Peak Summer Holidays
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer breaks
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late breaks
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn breaks
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End of season
23 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £84.22

Booking Notes:
Payment is in Euros. Booking form on request, by email or via website brochure, min of 25% of cost of holiday at time of booking, full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival by bankers draft or bank transfer. Full instructions / details via website/brochure for full booking terms and conditions, full details on how to make payments, info re cancellations etc. Full confirmation and receipts will be sent by return. Breakages/dustbins deposit of 100€/£100 per booking, refundable.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturdays, arrival on first day from 5.30pm and departure strictly by 9.30am, low/off season bookings can be flexible where possible.
Full website address on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 18-May-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • WC downstairs. Upstairs shower room with wash hand basin. Bathroom downstairs with bath, WC, wash hand basin, towel dryer + washing machine.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, this bedroom is downstairs
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed, this bedroom is upstairs
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps from 2 to 6/7 in 3 Bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Downstairs with double bed (please note there is a WC next door to this bedroom). Bedroom 2: Upstairs with 2 double beds. Bedroom 3: Upstairs via 2nd staircase with 2 singles. (90cm).


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: Sorry no pets accepted. Telephone at the farmhouse receiving incoming calls worldwide but with restricted outgoing calls, covering just the local area. Linen, can be supplied on supplement and electricity is on lrtere reading during specific periods. Outside: walled courtyard to the front with ample parking within, gardens to the rear The 12mx6m private swimming pool, totally enclosed with gateway, fitted security alarm at your disposal. There are interior steps in the corner at the shallow end giving easy access for children or more elderly, with a ladder at the deeper end. There is a lovely terrace area next to the kitchen offers an ideal spot for family meals, terraced area also around the swimming pool with various garden furniture - teak table and chairs, sun loungers, hammock and BBQ. Bedlinen available on supplement 20€ per double / 15€ per single, bath and swimming towels are not supplied. The property is cleaned for new arrivals Telephone points in the kitchen and downstairs entrance hall. There are two staircases one leading to the double bedroom and the other to children's bedroom. Full website address available upon request.

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