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Recently Renovated Cottage with heated 9 x 4m Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage Near Civray, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Relaxing And Peaceful Location For Those Who Love Walking, Cycling And Sun Bathing Round The Pool.

Pinewood Cottage is situated at the end of a very peaceful hamlet and overlooks the rural countryside and woods. The accommodation is spacious and comfortable and has all the facilities to make your stay enjoyable including books, DVDs, and board games. There are fly screens on all windows and door. There is a sunny paved terrace with table, chairs, parasols and BBQ. Also there is a heated 9 px 4m swimming pool with Roman steps. The ideal way to relax and cool down during the long hot summer days. The pool has underwater lighting for your to enjoy an evening dip and then sit and relax with a glass or two of wine.

Sandra Halford
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Sandra Halford

My husband, Rob, and I retired to France nearly 8 years ago with our Westie, Sammy and have since adopted another Westie, Paddy. We had dreamed of retiring to France for many years and at last our dream has come true. Having bought our dream home, we decided that we would renovate the cottage, for our family and our grandchildren, the eldest of whom is 25 years of age, and then we decided to share our love of this area with other people. We live discreetly on site providing a personal service, if required.

Sandra Halford purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sandra Halford chose Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil

We decided to live in the region of Poitou-Charentes because of the climate enabling us to follow one of our hobbies which is gardening, the pace of life and the lovely countryside and also it was within an easy drive back to the South East of England where we come from and enables us to visit family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hosts, Sandra and Rob are fantastic from start to finish, welcoming and friendly and a wealth of local information. Accommodation had everything we wanted and more. Put simply... perfect many many thanks and we hope to be lucky enough to return. - Karen and Stuart, Nottingham.

A heavenly holiday in perfect surroundings with a gorgeous pool. The cottage is cosy and equipped with everything we needed. A generous welcome pack provided on arrival was a blessing after the journey - Carol and Ian - Huddersfield

Sandra and Rob have a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location, perfect for a relaxing holiday. We had a wonderful holiday - Perfect - The Sutton Family - Pembrokeshire.
Nov 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil in Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a large walk-in shower, WC, heated towel rail and basin/vanity unit. There is also another separate WC and small hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed and also a fold-up single bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and hairdryer Bedroom 2 has twin beds and a chest of drawers. Both bedrooms have fans for the summer and electric heaters for the cooler months.
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: We live next door and will meet you on arrival and we are on hand to answer any queries and questions you may have. We try to keep a low profile and hope that this is not misconstrued as being unfriendly. A welcome pack will be provided. We do request that you refrain from smoking inside the Cottage. We do have two small dogs and we do ask, when guests first arrive, if they are happy with the dogs. The garden for use by the cottage is around the swimming pool and this is accessed through a gate, not only for security reasons for children near the pool, but to keep the dogs from the guests' garden. Outside: There is a paved sun terrace outside the cottage with table, chairs, parasols and BBQ. The pool area is paved with sun loungers, table and chairs and parasols to shade you from the sun. Also, for the energetic, there is a table tennis table and bikes for those wishing to enjoy the many cycle paths situated closeby. Utility Room: Washing machine is available in the owners sous sol. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: The Cottage will be cleaned before and after your holiday. Linen and towels are included in the price, as are pool towels. Towels and bed linen are changed once a week.


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(11 traveller reviews)

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Recently Renovated Cottage with heated 9 x 4m Swimming Pool
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Had the most wonderful, relaxing break in Sandra and Rob's gite.

The gite was immaculate, large and decor was beautiful!

Sandra and Rob are lovely people... nothing is a problem and they bend over backwards to make you feel comfortable as well as relax!

Will definitely come back!! Xxx

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just outstanding!!

  • 5 of 5

Rob and Sandra - superb hosts, thoughtful and helpful.

Sam and Paddy - lovely dogs, great for our own, Mylo, on his first holiday abroad.

The property - nothing short of fabulous: spotless, everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, UK free sat if you ever have time for tv, lovely rooms, comfy beds, spacious and well provided (toiletries, towels,...) bathrooms; all set in beautiful grounds.

The pool - our favourite thing of all: heated, clean, well maintained with all the beds, inflatables, etc. you could need, nice area for eating plus a shower and a perfect spot for playing boules.

The weather - 30 to 35 degrees, hot and sunny most days!!

Luke (17) and Natalia (16) loved this holiday, especially the pool.

Moulin de Condac is a great restaurant, Le Rejellant is a lovely spot for kayaking, picnicking, etc.

Recommend La Vallee des Singes and Futuroscope for fun days out.

All in all one of our best ever holidays, thanks Rob and Sandra, hope to be back again in the not too distant.

Martin, Helen, Luke, Natalia and Mylo

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The photographs of Pinewood Cottage do not do justice to the quality, cleanliness and overall standard of accommodation of this wonderful place to spend a holiday. On top of which Rob and Sandra are so welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. We would like to keep this place secret so we can return again and again, but this wouldn't be fair to Rob and Sandra. So instead we have decided to buy a property in the Charente so we can pop in to see Rob and Sandra.We would recommend Pinewood Cootage without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful idyllic retreat

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing rural holiday in a lovely part of France, then this is the place for you. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel really welcome by Sandra and Rob, as well as Paddy and Sam, their two friendly Westies.

A lot of thought had been put into the welcome pack including produce from their garden,which was fantastic. Just what was needed after the drive down.

The cottage was very clean and tidy and had everything that we needed from a good selection of books, board games to a very well equipped kitchen. Sandra and Rob were also kind enough to let us use their washing machine.

We spent a lot of the time relaxing by the pool as well as making the most of the inflatables provided. We made use of the bikes provided and also went for walks in the woods next to the property past beautifu fields of sunflowers.

Sandra and Rob's local knowledge was really helpful, from giving us directions to the nearest supermarkets to recommending places to visit. La Vallee des Singes was a really good day out, and only 20 mins away. We also went kayaking in Ruffec.

We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking to get away from it all in a beautiful part of France.

Sandra and Rob were the perfect hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Total Chillout

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't ask for any more from this holiday (apart from being longer). We were met at the gate by Sandra & Rob when we arrived who gave us a very warm welcome and introduced us to Sam and Paddy their two little dogs. The accommodation is first class, spotlessly clean, with everything in the kitchen you could want. The welcome pack is excellent, so no need to nip off to the supermarket when you get there, so straight into chill mode. The house and garden is immaculate with loads of wildlife all around. We went for a total chill but had a walk in the country lanes and the forest tracks most days usually returning to the great pool and a glass of wine (of course), but it also makes a good base for getting around the Charente region enjoying the empty roads and fabulous views. Sandy and I will certainly be back.

Pinewood Cottage is a great place for that relaxed holiday, thank you Sandra and Rob for making us most welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab Holiday

  • 5 of 5

After having stayed in a caravan for a week it was fantastic to drive upto Rob and Sandra's cottage. They were there to welcome us and show us around the cottage, which was amazing. It was beautifully presented, clean and spacious with everything you could possibly want for a relaxing self catering holiday. Sandra had also provided a welcome pack for us which was extremely generous. The cottage is in a lovely peaceful location and Rob and Sandra live on the grounds with their 2 Westies, who often popped over to say hello. We had our own private garden which was fully equipped with table tennis, badminton, boules, bikes, water volleyball, sun loungers etc. Nothing was too much trouble and if we needed anything we only had to ask. Rob and Sandra were a very hospitable couple and we found them extremely friendly. A very detailed book was provided which recommended places to visit and eat. We found plenty do and our 2 teenaged boys had a great time, bike riding, playing in the pool and chilling. We are looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Auberge at Blanzay
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Hotel Commerce, Civray
Car: necessary


La Rochelle, with its sandy beaches and shops and many restaurants is approximately 1.30 hours away. The beautiful island of Ile de Rae is accessed by the toll bridge near La Rochelle and has many find beaches and an abundance of seafood restaurants.


The nearest airport is Poitiers which is served by Ryanair and this is 40 mins by car. Limoges airport is 1 hour by car and La Rochelle 1.30 hours. Use of a car is essential to enjoy the beautiful countryside and explore the area. The port of Calais is approximately 6 hours drive. The port of Le Harve is approximately 4.30 hours drive.


Civray, with it 11 century church, and twice weekly markets, is about 5 minutes by car and has restaurants, bars, banks, chemist and supermarket and shops.

Historical Poitiers city and Futuroscope 45 mins, Valley of the monkeys 15 mins. The hilltop city of Angouleme is also 45 mins.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £120

Booking Notes:
Payment of 25% deposit (non-refundable). The booking will be confirmed on receipt of deposit. Deposits to paid by UK cheque or by direct transfer into our UK bank account. The balance is payable by cheque or direct transfer 7 weeks before your holiday and should also include an additional £120 damage deposit which will be refunded after your holiday provided no damage or breakages have occurred.

Changeover Day:
We would prefer Saturday as the changeover day, with guests departing by 10am and new arrivals not before 3pm. However, we are flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.