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Renovated Stone Barn With Private Pool And Superb Views

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Updated: 21-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Bessac, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou Charentes, France - Secluded Not Overlooked Peaceful Location

Situated completely on its own amongst idyllic country surroundings, Chez Poirier is a sympathetically restored stone barn retaining many of its original features. The rear of the property opens out onto its private swimming pool with decked terraced area, large oak covered outside eating area and amazing views. Although in its secluded setting, you will be within easy reach of all amenities, boulangeries, bars and restaurants all being located within 5kms.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Linda Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Linda Smith

Hi, My name is Linda Smith,

My Husband William and I have lived in the Charente region of France now for over 14 years. We live locally approximately 10 minutes away.

Linda Smith purchased this barn in 2004

Why Linda Smith chose Charente

We originally bought Chez Poirier based purely on its location. The amount of work and effort required to renovate this old barn was far out weighed by its peaceful and private location and amazing views.

What makes this barn unique


4 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Chez Poitier, Bessac

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a relaxing family holiday this year. Came across Chez Poitier in a the small commune of Bessac. Photos looked perfect for what we wanted and a quick look on Google Earth confirmed that it really was in a league of its own for tranquility...so we booked. Linda and her son Adam were most helpful in this process and I can not thank them enough, quickly answering any questions or worries I had.

To say that we were impressed would be an understatement! We loved it as soon as we arrived and we were greeted by Linda and Bill, who were waiting at the property for us.

Location: Amazing views to the French countryside in a really quiet setting. The only neighbour was at least two fields away behind the house. No properties were overlooking us. Zero traffic to be heard and only the occasional tractor! Just perfect!

Inside: The house was very well equipped with everything we needed and exceptionally clean. Although there were only four of us, all the beds had been made up before arrival, so our two children could pick a room to call their own for the week. The kitchen was large and spacious, as was the living and dining areas. All kept cool with tiled floors and plenty of windows. Very light and airy rooms. A selection of DVDs provided allowed for some cosy evenings on the sofa. 2 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom downstairs with a further double bedroom upstairs (with en suite) and an additional twin bedroom next door meant the feeling of space was definitely there.

Outside: A private pool area with decking surround meant for secluded sunbathing. Kids loved it! At night, the lighting around the pool area allowed for evening dips under the stars (light pollution was not a factor)! Also an outdoor dining area was provided for a more refreshing dining experience. With large, secure grounds for the kids to run around in, they were never short of opportunities to burn off excess energy!

Locally: We found the Carrefour Contact in Blanzac (10 minute drive away) had most of the essentials that we needed during our stay, although we did stop off enroute for the majority of supplies. Plenty of big supermarkets to choose from in Angouleme.

Overall: Would recommend a stay here without a question! The area is perfect for a quiet, relaxing getaway; the property felt very homely and tastefully decorated; the owners have done a brilliant job. Many thanks to Linda, Bill Adam and Simon for making our stay a memorable one!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property in amazingly peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

This property is situated in an amazing location with wonderful views and an absolute bargain.

The UK owners were helpful and living close by which was a great help when we had a couple of questions as they came round almost immediately (not that we had any issues of any significance).

Inside there is loads of living space, the bedrooms are plenty spacious, the kitchen is well appointed. The WiFi was able to cope with the 5 children that we had who were using it when taking a break from the lovely pool.

The only gripe we had was that only one of the bathrooms (the main one downstairs) had a stand up shower, which was a separate unit to the bath. Presumably due to the sloping roof the en-suite shower was a hand held unit that you had to sit in the bath to use. Either everyone shares the downstairs one or some sit down upstairs. We didn't have an issue with the nine of us that were there at any time however.

Nearest supermarket is a 10 minute drive away in the small town of Blanca which also has a local boulangerie, tabac and small store. Some 10 minutes further away there is a Super U in the town of Montmoreau.

Plenty things to do within an hours drive of the property too for those wanting to explore the surrounding area which is beautiful.

Ultimately though this property is well appointed, clean and freshly decorated and fantastic value for money and i would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bessac Villa

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this beautiful house. It has been renovated to a very high standard. All rooms are spacious and well equipped. The house was extremely clean on arrival. The owners were very helpful, and responded quickly to any questions we had.

The views are fantastic in all directions (especially the fields of sunflowers), and the peace and quiet were amazing. On our first day at the house we saw one tractor drive by and two small planes flew over. That was it - so tranquil. Within half an hour, there were a great range of swimming lakes, the Charente river (fab for swimming), Angouleme and Cognac, so plenty to do.

The swimming pool was fun for the children to play in. The pool alarm was very effective!

I'm really missing the house, having been home for a few days now. It is a very special location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chez Poirier - A gem in Bessac

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes booking accomodation on line can be a bit of a gamble but our arrival at Chez Poirier felt like we'd hit the jackpot. The property was in excellent condition and the views over the rolling french countryside were fantastic. Our party of four adults and four boys were easily catered for. Upon entering the property there is an impressive large entrance hall with an overlooking first floor landing. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms one overlooking the front and the other at the back with a modern en suite and with magnificent views of the countryside and fields and fields of sunflowers. Downstairs there are three further good sized bedrooms and a large bathroom with bath and walk in shower. There is also a large lounge diner and modern kitchen. Outside in the large unoverlooked garden there is a large covered dining area and a modern gas bar-b-que. The pool, whilst not particularly large, is new and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, particularly on the very hot days. The pool has its own built in lighting as does the decking around it so night time dips were even more fun. There is free wi-fi available as well as Sky tv. We found the property to be of a very high standard and the owners were very friendly and helpful. The nearest supermarket is 5km away and has everything you'll need.

We had a great time at Chez Poirier and at night we sat outside sipping the local wine, watching the stars and listening to the crickets. There is no light pollution here so the sky at night is fantastic. If you like peace and quiet, good accomodation and the French countryside you will love Chez Poirier. I would certainly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We originally bought Chez Poirier based purely on its location. The amount of work and effort required to renovate this old barn was far out weighed by its peaceful and private location and amazing views.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 100 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Deviat at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Aubeterre at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : RN10 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Blanzac at 10 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Georges de didonne at 95 Kilometres Car: recommended


For a drive a approximately 1hr you will be at the beach of St.Georges de Didonne, and then a little further up the coast would be the beaches of La Rochelle. Alternatively for a bit of surfing the beaches of Lacanau are a little further at around a 1hr 30mins drive but are great fun with there big waves.


The closest airport from us which flies from the UK is Bordeaux, which is about a 1 hr drive. The other airports are La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges and Bergerac all of which are between 1 hr 20 mins and 1 hr 40 mins. Driving time from Calais including stops is generally around 8 hours.


The nearest village with amenities is less than 2km away at Deviat, which has its own small country shop and bar. For Restaurants, boucheries, bars, banks and Supermarkets the town of Blanzac is approx 5kms away. There is also Barbezieux at approx 7km which has a wider variety of restaurants and bars etc.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2017
30 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
For confirmation of your booking we require a deposit of 20% with the remainder then due 4 weeks before your arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our change over day is Saturday.
Our arrival time is from 4pm on your arrival day.
Our departure time is before 10am on your departure day.

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Updated: 21-Feb-2017


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Property Type

  • barn


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to the Master bedroom with bath/shower, basin and wc. The fully tiled large family bathroom incorporates bath, separate shower, basin and wc.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps max 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin singles. Bedroom 5 with 2 twin singles.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Outside: Chez Poirier is set in approx 1 acre of lawned gardens, with plenty of trees for shade. With a private swimming pool of 6.5m X 6.5m. Complete decking around the whole of the pool area including a selection of sun loungers. The pool security is by way of an infrared detection system set into the decking area, which activates by breaking the beam and entering the pool area. This is set manually by way of a key fob, but also activates automatically when no presences has been detected after a set time. The pool area also has full LED in pool and deck lighting, which gives great ambiance to those warm summer nights. A gas barbecue is set to the side of the kitchen for ease of use. A solid oak 5m x 3m covered eating area with table and chairs is great for lounging around and offers plenty of shade on those hot days. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board with iron, vacuum cleaner Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is provided. Bath and kitchen towels are provided also. Pool towels are not provided. A maid service is every Saturday. Other: Beautiful 3m high fully glazed front entrance, which opens into an atrium area. This is an original opening and central heart of the barn. This incorporates the stairwell to the 1st floor, and accesses off to the Lounge, Kitchen and Hallway.

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