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Old Charentaise Farmhouse With Private Pool, Set In Beautiful Open Countryside

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


About the property

Farmhouse in Pillac, Nr. Aubeterre/St Severin, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location, 2km From 9 Hole Golf Course, 5 Minutes To Local Shops, 20km To Riberac & Chalais

This old farmhouse has been updated with all the modern conveniences you'd look for in a holiday home. The 12m by 6m pool is for your exclusive use. Its shallow end stays shallow for 5 metres, making it an ideal pool to start learning to swim in. The property is not overlooked. St Severin and Aubeterre, listed as one of the prettiest villages in France, are about a 5 minute drive away. Riberac and Chalais both have excellent markets and are about a 20 minute drive. Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice with Bergerac, Bordeaux, Cognac and St Emilion all about 90 minutes drive. Golf is 2km away at Manoir de Longeveau with its welcoming bar and restaurant. Walking, cycling, canoeing and swimming at lakeside and river beaches are all accessible in the area. There are numerous excellent restaurants in the area. The gite is ideally situated for those wanting to escape the traffic and explore the Charente and the adjoining Dordogne, which is just 8km away. Well-behaved pets welcome. To see more photos and a video of the gite take a look at our website ginnysgite.com

More Details

Ginny Steel
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 November, 2017

About Ginny Steel

Ginny & David Steel retired from Cambridgeshire in the UK to France in July 2011. They live full time in the adjoining barn, which has its own garden and patio areas - so your privacy is not compromised. However, they are there for advice and guidance should you need it.

Ginny Steel purchased this house in 2011

Why Ginny Steel chose Pillac

The countryside is so beautiful. The traffic is almost non-existent. The climate is great - not too hot in summer and in winter it's about 6 degrees warmer then the UK The sun shines most days.

What makes this house unique

Here you're in the middle of the countryside, yet a short drive to the town. There's no pollution and the sky at night has more stars to see than you ever imagined existed. Food is very important to the French, and the produce on sale at local markets is superb. Free range eggs are on sale at the farm up the road. The small shopkeeper/owner still thrives here and the service they provide - with a smile - is second to none.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pillac in Charente

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 each have an en-suite with basin, shower and WC. Bed 3 has an adjoining bathroom with basin, bath with shower over & WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor Bed 1 has exposed beams, iron frame double bed, en-suite and overlooks the pool. On the ground floor Bed 2, has an iron frame double bed, exposed beams & en-suite; Bed 3, has twin beds, an easterly aspect, with adjoining bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: A Welcome Pack of basic food and drinks is provided at the start of each stay. Outside: The 12m by 6m pool is there for the exclusive use of our guests. Table tennis table and swings on the lawn by the pool. Sun loungers are provided plus a BBQ with charcoal, two outdoor tables and chairs. A large canopy can be drawn over the courtyard table on those days when the sun is just too hot. There is ample parking for up to 3 guest vehicles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. The property is cleaned once a week.


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Old Charentaise Farmhouse With Private Pool, Set In Beautiful Open Countryside
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Superb. Lovely pool. Charming people.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet location with lots of restaurants and places to visit nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Country Escape

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay with David & Ginny. Our hosts provided a welcome package of items for our arrival to use until we got familiar with the location. The rooms were generous and very comfortable. Each bedroom had it's own bathroom which was great for having two daughters staying with us. The pool was refreshing and many of the outdoor activities were used on days we did not travel exploring Bordeaux or the upper Dordogne valley. The location was very quiet, but close to several villages where dinner or lunch could be found if needed. We were lucky to see the very start of the sunflower openings and marveled at the daily progressive of yellow growth in the fields around the Gite. By the end of the week's stay we felt more like family than guests. Thank you David and Ginny.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This lovely family came all the way from the west coast of the USA. We were delighted that they found the Charente lived up to their expectations for an interesting and restful holiday.
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  • 5 of 5

A private setting in gorgeous rolling countryside, this gite is perfect for people wanting to unwind.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing location with a fabulous pool

  • 5 of 5

The gite was well proportioned with all 3 bedrooms being of a good size with decent storage space. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything that you could need and all in good working order. The beds were very comfortable and the fans provided ensured good ventilation despite a mini heatwave!

The pool was fabulous and well maintained, being cleaned religiously by David!

The views of the rolling hills were lovely from the poolside. With huge sunflower fields at every turn. The black kites circled and called overhead and one night we were visited by a lovely big hedgehog!

David and Ginny were very accommodating with our two border collies - and were also extremely helpful in directing us to local amenities including a garage when we had a flat tyre.

Aubeterre is a real gem - and only a few minutes easy drive. Not only is it super pretty but is stacked full of excellent, varied restaurants and buzzy little bars. Also great for going canoeing on the Drone river.

We visited Sarat, Cognac Angouleme and Bramtone together with many chateaux's and places of interest including the markets at Chalias and Riberac. Overall, a great location with welcoming hosts and a fantastic gite.

I would have no doubt in heartily recommending a holiday at Ginnys Gite and have no doubt that we will return in the near future

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really nice place

  • 5 of 5

We have spent our holidays in villas around France for about 10 years and Ginny's Gite is one of the nicest houses and locations we have found. The pool is a real feature and kept the kids happy, and is big enough to do lengths without the usual splash, splash, turn we have become used to.

The house is very well maintained, everything works and doesn't have that tired unloved feel that so many rental villas seem to have. It's also a successful conversion, very pretty inside and out and has plenty of space.

The surrounding countryside is stunning, with rolling hills and mainly arable farming, but some livestock for extra interest.

David and Ginny are fairly invisible, and seem to be genuinely nice people and happy to chat and provide any help and advice you need. This really helps in focussing what you should do with your time.

So, nothing negative. It's a quiet area, but there are enough nice restaurants in the pretty village of Aubeterre to provide variety, and enough shops in St Severin to keep you stocked up with bread and pastry. St Emillion is worth a visit even if you are not bothered about the wine, but what are the chances of that?

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ginnys gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Ginny,s gite and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a holiday in the area. The gite is very well equipped, well maintained and full of character, and has the benefit of great outdoor space with a brilliant pool and sunbathing area.

The location is ideal for exploring the surrounding areas as you have both the Charente Maritime and the Dordogne within easy reach, plus you are only an hour away from Bordeaux if you fancy a day out in a really lively and beautiful city.

Ginny and David are the perfect hosts as they are friendly, informative and there if you need them in an unobtrusive way.

We have been visiting France for 20 years now and Ginny,s gite is right up there with the most ideal places we have stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Owners Direct manages to attract great people. We're especially pleased when they take the time to write a review. Thank you Brian - you and your family will always be welcome in our little corner of the Charente. Best wishes. Ginny
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La Jemaye is a large, freshwater lake about 30 mins drive away, with safe swimming from a sandy beach, lifeguards, restaurants and childrens play areas. The walk around the lake takes around 2 hours and has wildlife signboards and exercise stations to help stretch your muscles.


Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are approx 90 minutes drive. Calais is approx 8 hours drive, the Brittany ports approx 6 hours. Guests need to have a car.


St Severin is the nearest village, with a church, Spa supermarket, baker, newsagent, pharmacy, bank, hairdresser, Post Office, and a cafe. It is a 5 minute drive.

Riberac and Chalais are typical market towns with a wider range of shops and facilities, each about 20 minutes drive.

Further Details:

To check availability go to www.ginnysgite.com where you can also see a video of the gite and the views from the garden/pool area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Pillac, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
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 £100

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% of the total amount payable is required to secure a reservation. The balance to be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to the start of the stay. Rates for 2017 are the same as 2016.
The gite is closed from October to April inclusive every year.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests are asked to leave by 10.30am and to arrive no sooner than 4.00pm.

Notes on prices:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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