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Stunning House In Historic Medieval Village Large Gardens,Private Pool

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Exoudun, Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Rural Location, Only 4 Miles From Pretty Market Town And Many Other Attractions

Attractive well decorated and very well kitted out house with flexible living accommodation perfect for sharing couples with kids or a large family get together. Heated swimming pool, pool table, trampoline plus many other activities. Great location for cycling, country walks, canoeing on the many river routes, or a day visit to the beautiful beaches at La Rochelle, or the celebrity haunt the Ile De Re. Only 40 mins from Futuroscope, an hour from Cognac, and within easy reach of many famous chateaux and gardens. Easily reached via air, train or ferry from the UK.

Lisa Hulyer
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Lisa Hulyer

The owners are a forty something British family who live in The UK with their young son. They love the French lifestyle, mostly the fabulous wine, food and wonderfully sunny climate, allowing for lots more outdoor activities which they enjoy greatly.

Lisa Hulyer purchased this house in 2012

Why Lisa Hulyer chose Exoudun

We fell in love with this village whilst driving into it as it a very pretty and historic location, the house was absolutely gorgeous and and we decided to buy it on the spot. Having rented for several years in this area we knew that we loved the sunny climate (second sunniest in France). The 10m X 5m heated pool gives us and our guests the private swimming we enjoy, with graduated Roman steps for little ones. We also very much enjoy our winter visits which are very cosy with the woodburning stoves throughout. It's very peaceful with lots of very attractive countryside to explore and we enjoy the secure enclosed nature of the house and its grounds. There's also lots of local colour to enjoy at different times of the year. A great house for family Christmas get togethers too.

What makes this house unique

We are foodies and it's a great location for lots of markets and great wines to sample, being within 4 kms of the lovely town of La Mothe St Heray and others. Our village is an unspoilt medieval treasure trove and really does feel a bit lost in another time. We also love the picturesque rivers that provide great canoeing. We are only 40 mins from the amazing Futuroscope theme park with a science twist which kids of all ages go mad for! Our other condition was that it wouldn't be too far to drive here should we wish to take the Channel tunnel or the ferry and it has proved very easy. One can also TGV from Poitiers to Paris for a days shopping and lunch, or travel to Cognac an hour or so away. The fabulous beach near La Rochelle (Chatelaillon Plage) is amazing, as is the Ile de Re just over the bridge from here. If none of that appeals then just soak up the sun by the pool and watch the swallows dip into the water for a drink..We have provided everything that we as a modern couple with children require to be really comfortable whilst retaining the wonderful 18th Century features of the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have a very high satisfaction rating as prior to buying this house we rented a lot ourselves and were determined that our house would address all the niggles we always had (blunt kitchen knives etc) In particular, because we are foodies, we consider our kitchen to be more well equipped than most. our reviews bear this out, and there are many further emails from happy guests and even the odd bottle of thank you bubbly. We love our house, and want you to love it too!
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Exoudun in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • En suite to bedroom 1 with shower/toilet, 2 additional bathrooms redecorated for this season, one shower room, one a Victorian rolltop bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet and separate downstairs wc. Gite also has en suite shower room/toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main house: Bedroom 1 (grnd floor), double bed, ensuite. Bedroom 2, Twin single beds Main Bedroom, king size bed and additional double bed Bedroom 4, twin beds (reduced ceiling/attic) Gite: Super kingsized bed, additional sofa bed in living area Additional toddler bed, Moses basket and rocking crib
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: On site parking available for at least 4 cars. Outside: Private outdoor 10 x 5m heated swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas etc. Outdoor seated areas within large gardens at both front and back. BBQ facilities. Large courtyard at front houses giant open sided stone hangar with table tennis table. Darts also available. Trampoline. Utility Room: Dedicated utility room with separate downstairs loo and containing iron, ironing board, washing machine, freezer, drying racks, shopping bags etc Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Towels and linen provided (not swimming pool towels). Other: Portable music system, iPOD & CD capable. Wifi available at property. 2 Hair-dryers provided


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Stunning House In Historic Medieval Village Large Gardens,Private Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

What a fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old house, plenty of rooms to get lost in. Perfect for 9 of us plus dogs for our 2017 Christmas break. Very rural, away from it all, but having big supermarkets close by for everything you need. Lisa has been extremely helpful and supplied all the information we needed. Highly recommend this retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Greta, delighted to have been able to help you have a great Christmas. Hope to have you visit some other time.
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We LOVED the pool (and everything else!)

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be returning to this beautiful, spacious and well appointed house, set in a “movie-set pretty” medieval village. We had everything we could ask for, including the fabulous heated outdoor pool, games room, large and well-appointed kitchen and various dining areas. Thanks to our hosts Lisa & Paul’s suggestions, we made an easy overnight trip to Paris, and another day trip to a lovely beach on the coast while we were there. An unforgettable family holiday. Until next time!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superbly equipped, beautiful French property

  • 5 of 5

This stunning property is situated in a very characteristic French village and is exceptionally well equipped for family stays - the pool is fantastic, the kitchen has every appliance you could possibly need and the games room with pool table and table football are perfect for evening entertainment as is the table tennis table. A car is a definite necessity as the town is not within walking distance. A fabulous stay - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazingly beautiful home in a Quaint Village!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful month as this amazing old farmhouse in a quaint Medieval Village. The pool is absolutely beautiful with lavender bordering it on two sides and a deck with many lounge chairs and over-sized umbrellas. The pool was a big hit with our kids and everyone who stayed with us. The house was way more spacious than expected and the dining & kitchen areas became favorite hang out spots with the wonderful sunlight filtering in from the skylights. The house has everything you could possibly need and Paul and Lisa were very helpful making recommendations for things to do. We enjoyed the open-air markets in many of the nearby towns as well as our day trips to Puy du Fou theme park, Les Vallee Des Singes, Mouton Village, Velorail & Bird Show in Chauvigny, Cognac, Chateau Villandry in the Loire Valley, & many more. There are so many fun things to do with kids in the area and we didn't do it all in one month. Make a reservation at Mad Hatter's Kitchen at least once during your stay--very nice staff, charming environment, and great food! We highly recommend a stay in this amazing and comfortable house--it will be the perfect home base for your next holiday. The history of the house and village is fascinating. Be sure to ask Lisa more about it. Thank you Paul & Lisa for a perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

A simply gorgeous house with stacks of character and interesting nooks and crannies. Large enough to accommodate plenty of guests (we were a group of 10) in comfort, with loads of options for socialising and dining. Our favourite spot was the terrace with BBQ which was perfect for sunset aperitifs.

The house was very tranquil (quiet village location), well equipped and was spotlessly clean- it even passed the Granny inspection!

We loved the pretty gardens, where we were able to pick grapes and berries and the pool was just perfect. The kids just didn't want to get out.

Would love to return for a winter holiday and try out the wood burners.

We would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a cosy Christmas

  • 5 of 5

For our second stay at this amazing property we spent a very special week over Christmas. Our party consisted of 5 adults and 2 children. We chose to travel by car and ferry to allow for presents and decorations - It’s about a 4 hour drive from Caen. The house was clean, cosy and warm with under-floor heating and open fires as well as radiators. The mezzanine dining area just above the kitchen meant that, even during the busy prep for Christmas dinner, we could all be together. The kitchen was very well equipped and we had no problems buying the food and provisions we needed for the whole stay with a good choice of supermarkets only a short drive away. For this particular stay we didn’t plan to venture out much but made use of the mp3 dock, DVD player and games. The weather was fabulous on Boxing Day and we all went for a walk in the countryside – a round trip to the adjacent village of Brieuil. This beautiful property really did feel like a home from home and was the perfect location for a relaxing time, celebrating and catching up with old friends.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Nearest beach Chatelaillon Plage at La Rochelle 111km driving distance (approx one and a half hours). Very pretty and unspoilt and worth a day trip.


Poitiers Airport & Railway station (TGV) 50km. Ferry St Malo or Caen 345km

Bordeaux (2 1/2 hours drive), Angouleme, La Rochelle (1 1/2 hrs) or Limoges also accessible

Driveable from Calais, St Malo, Le Havre or Dieppe


Nearest town is La Mothe St Heray with a weekly market and many shops, bars and restaurants. There are many locations for river canoeing within half an hours drive, horse riding etc.

Futuroscope, the theme park for the moving image is just 50km away

The attractive port of la Rochelle boasts many seafood restaurants, the Aquarium and many great shops, with the very chic celebrity haunt of the Ile De Re nearby

A visit to the pretty town of Cognac is just under an hour away

Further Details:

Historic Bagnault and its neighbour Exoudun have been awarded the coveted status of "Cite de Caractere en Poitou Charentes" due to its picturesque nature. Its medieval history includes settlement by the Knights Templar and it lies on the famous pilgrim route to Santiago De Compostello in Spain. It is also on the famous Route Du Chabichou (Goats cheese trail!). There are very many cycle tracks to explore its wonderful wildlife.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Exoudun, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer off peak
4 May 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer peak
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn off peak
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £75
Pet Fee £150
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Prices are quoted in £British Pounds Sterling. £300 deposit to secure booking, remainder of payment required 8 weeks before booking commences, including £300 security deposit. Cleaning fee of £75 also required. If paying by credit card an additional fee of 1.5% will apply on each separate payment transaction. If a chargeback occurs a fee of £50 will be levied.
If you wish to pay in Euros please contact us to arrange.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day generally Friday but flexible in off season dependant on bookings. Guests are requested to arrive from 4pm and depart at 10am.

Notes on prices:
We do make the house available during the off season for longer (and of course cheaper) periods of time. If you would like to consider it for a retreat, for which it is perfect given its absolute peace and tranquility, please do contact us for details. We can provide wood for the burners etc and anything else needed for a cosy winter stay. Christmas stays are also popular, we know where you can order a goose and buy a tree, or we can arrange this for you too. Food shopping service available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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