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Farmhouse With Private Swimming Pool With Uninterrupted Views Of The Countryside



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Boisme, nr Bressuire Poitou-Charentes, France - Tranquil And Peaceful Location Our Village Has A Cafe, Boulangerie And Lake With Play Area

Situated in one of the sunniest parts of France on the Vendee/Loire borders. L'Espoir with south facing fenced and gated pool and secure gardens offers you uninterrupted views over the French countryside. A stroll away from our village of Boisme, where you will find a boulangerie/shop for your morning croissants, freshly baked bread throughout the day, local vegetables cheese & eggs, wine and lots more. The café is very friendly and serves meals & drinks. Our previous guests have said they feel relaxed and stress less within hours off arrival at L'Espoir. The feeling of quiet calm in the country with it's birdsong in the mornings beautiful starry sky in the evenings with the occasional tracker in the distance makes for a truly French countryside experience. The town of Bressuire is 10 minutes away where you will find large hypermarkets cafes restaurants speciality shops and the Chateau to visit.

Please contact us for rental costs off dates not currently shown on the availability chart. If your party under occupies L'Espoir and would prefer a larger property i.e. two couples or one small family

, we will offer an under occupancy rate. Please ask when you enquire.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Together with my husband and our young family we holidayed in France for many years in different Regions staying in a variety of rental accommodation.

As soon as we viewed L'Espoir we both knew this is the one, it's set in such a beautiful setting.

During these holidays we remember the best of each and added them plus our own must haves into L'Espoir.

L'Espoir is very much a second home rather than a holiday home to our family, our previous guests have enjoyed the ambient atmosphere.

You will find L'Espoir very well equipped for all your needs during your stay.

Children and adults are all welcomed at L'Espoir.

We now grandchildren and they safely play outside as the garden is enclosed the pool is fenced and gated. They enjoy their holidays at gran and grandpa's.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

This holiday was truly amazing and as a result have booked up for next year. The farmhouse had everything our young family needed. Perfect retreat, weather fab, great pool. Didn't want to leave.

We really enjoyed our family holiday at L'Espoir, our children especially like the pool that they were in every day and the English channels on the TV,where they watched there favourite cartoons when it was hot outside. The house was nicely furnished, comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen.

We spent a few days out in the local area and can recommend the Zoo at Doue for all ages. The owner gave us lots of information about the area and what may suit us. I would recommend Niort, a lovely city and the wine trail around Saumur to see many different vineyards and villages.

It was lovely to arrive to your welcome pack, a cup of tea followed by a glass of wine was well received.

Thank you

I loved the outdoor shower and pool.

Thanks Peter
Jul 2013
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


This was a perfect spot for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, peaceful and with superb views over the countryside this was the perfect spot for a familiy holiday. Garden spacious enough for a kick about, great climbing frame for the kids and a fantastic pool for all to enjoy. All the facilities you could possibly need and an easy to use charcoal BBQ which was perfect for evening entertainment. Within an hour you can drive to a range of medieval towns, Gallo Roman ruins and neothlic cultural sites which were good mornings out and still be back in time for an afternoon poolside which, with temperatures in the high 30s, was a must. Would certainly be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased your family enjoyed the facilities on site. The BBQ is a feature of { as your family swim, you cook} in many a holiday in our visitors book. So happy that you enjoyed the surrounding area, especially the medieval towns, the one you mentioned we must seek out thank you for that recommendation, Our aim is for our guests to feel chilled peaceful and relaxed in a location with superb views over the rolling French countryside in a peaceful environment, yet not far from activities for all member's of their family to enjoy their holiday. The weather during your holiday was almost a cancule temps off ( 35+) usually for August it is in the high twenties early thirties this time of year. Thank you for coming to L'Espoir for your holiday and wish you and all your family all the very best for the future.
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Lovely comfortable welcoming house

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house, we were a family group of mixed ages and everyone had a ball. Helen was unbelievably patient with all my queries and questions. We were very lucky and had great weather. The house has everything you need Sky tv, wifi, a brilliantly equipped kitchen and the pool which everyone really enjoyed every minute in. Its exactly 2km to the village which has a lovely bakery. We never managed to get a meal in the restaurant as it was either closed or getting work done when we tried so we just gave up and had lovely barbeques at the house. Bressuire is a very easy 10 minute drive and theres a huge Carrefour there with everything you would need for your stay.

I would highly recommend this house if you want to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a lovely holiday at L'Espoir that's our main aim for our guests, happy times. Thank you for your recommendation very kind of you. Hope to welcome you all again. Best wishes to all Helen
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Great quiet country house

  • 5 of 5

There was a gang of us stayed in this house. It was very accurate to the photos, Helen was brilliant at giving tips and information before, during and after arrival. The house has everything you need it really is a home from home - with a pool - we all really made good use of the pool and all the pool toys that were at the house and we were very lucky to get great weather when we were there.

We made great use of the barbeque and the kitchen has all you need, every utensil as you would have in your own house and a huge amount of glasses, crockery and cutlery.

The village is a 2km walk away and has the bakery for fresh bread and croissants, we tried to eat in the restaurant in the village but it was closed on the nights we went or they were getting work done the night it looked open.

There is a great Carrefour in Bressuire which is a very easy 10min drive away and we also got a takeaway from Dominos in Bressuire and a nice Lebanese restaurant that is near the bus/train station in Bressuire.

The house is in a very rural setting, it is lovely and quiet with lots of birdsong.

We did day trips to Puy du Fou which is only about 45 minutes away and really is a brilliant day out, we also went to Futuroscope which is a little over an hour away and is also a good day out.

The house, pool and garden were spotless on arrival, it was great to have the TV with Sky - even though we didn't us it much but the kids were glad to have it - beds were very comfortable, I would have no hesitation recommending this house to a family group.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at L'espoir. So much to do. The children loved playing on the climbing frame, swings and slide, the pool was always a hit as was the boules court.

The gite itself was fully equipped with washing machine and added bonus of a dishwasher. Lounge is very comfortable with plenty of seating and a large video/DVD library.

The bedrooms are really spacious and have plenty of storage space.

There's also so much to do in the local area, the zoo at la fountain is a must! Boisme is a lovely wee village with a great bakery and bar/restaurant.

Will definately be back.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of your holiday at L'Espoir. We find that if the children are happy and lots to do the parents are happy too. Hope to have you back at L'Espoir again.
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Private, peaceful and excellent

  • 5 of 5

The property is spacious and extremely well equipped, we wanted for nothing. Wifi kept the teenagers content in the evening and the pool, boules and local football pitch content by day. So peaceful and private, often saw deer nearby on journeys, so many birds too. Well placed for Puy de Fou, La Rochelle and Saumer as well as smaller more local towns/villages. Very helpful local managers, and the whole experience from booking and receiving such helpful and friendly advice from the owners to our reluctant departure was one of our best in France, we are quite seasoned at this. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, much appreciated. So glad that you all enjoyed L'Espoir and it's surrounding area. Puy du Fuy is a fantastic place not to be missed. We are very happy to have you all again excellent guests like yourselves are a pleasure indeed. Best wishes to all from us.
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Excellent property!

  • 5 of 5

In summary, big property, well equipped and friendly and helpful owners. First time we stayed at L'Espoir. Took it for a month and never regretted it. 4 year grandaughter appreciated the play equipment and decent sized lawn. She also appreciated Sky tv (and so did we, we watched the international cricket). 4 good sized bedrooms, comfortable beds. Good seating area both inside and out. Very quiet, virtually no traffic noise. Owners provided tons of information on where to go, what to see and where to eat. well equipped throughtout. Local agents (English) very helpful

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review L'Espoir. It's is lovely to know that our guests appreciate our attention and care we give L'Espoir. We feel they deserve that little bit extra as you kindly mentioned - TV package, comfortable beds, large garden, play equipment for our little guests. I will pass on your comments to our house managers, they too will be happy to receive them. All the very best for the future; to you and your family.
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From the Owner

We chose Poitou Charente area as it is only bettered by the Riviera climate. The scenery is breath-taking, costal resorts to the west, wine regions nearby, transport links are very good, major motorway railways and airports accessible. Cycle tracks and quite country lanes to explore. Our family has visited most of the area and can recommend activities and days out for all tastes. We love the mornings at L'Espoir you wake up to birdsong. Pop down to the boulangerie for your baguette and croissants make your morning cuppa and sit out at the terrace watching the swallows swoop high in the sky. The evenings are just as calming, sitting under the ink black sky looking at the stars all around listening to the grasshoppers with a night cap in hand - bliss

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Boisme at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 277 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Bressuire at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bressuire at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bressuire at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Boisme at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Tranche at 65 Kilometres


Although L'Espoir is situated in the French countryside there are many lakes with beaches close by. A little further is the Atlantic coast resorts of Les Sables d'Olonne home of the round the yacht race, Royan with it long sandy beaches and the famous port of La Rochelle with its many seafood restaurants along the harbour walls.


Closest links -

Airport: Poitier Biard -1hr

Railway: Bressuire 10mns

Ferry: Saint Malo 4.5hrs

Flights to these nearby airports ---

Fly to Nantes - 11/2 hrs drive

Fly to La Rochelle 11/4 hrs drive

Ryanair from Stansted and Dublin

Flybe from Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Southampton

Easy jet from Bristol and Gatwick

Jet2 from Edinburgh and Leeds

Fly to Poitiers 1hr drive

Ryanair from Stansted and Edinburgh

Fly to Tours 2hrs drive

Ryanair from Stansted


L'Espoir is our hameau on the outskirts of Boisme 1km our village

For picking up forgotten things, our boulangerie stocks many fresh produce from the area.

For larger shops there are many hyper markets in Bressuire 10mns drive

The area has many villages and markets to visit, in summer months most week-ends you will find a fete of some sort to go along to e.g. cheese mussel's brocantes. Beautiful Chateaux & wine producers to sample some of the Loire's best wine's all within 1hr.

Further Details:

Although L'Espoir in rural you are not far away from activities and lovely little villages to wander through and have a café watching the world go by, large towns for shopping. We have some fabulous restaurants close at hand, French of course, Italian, Thai and Tappas are just some examples of what variety we have, happy to recommend some.

Noirt is a favourite town for a stroll for us, it has many streets and ally ways to explore. So is Thouras with its huge weekly market held each Friday morning.

Our town of Bressuire is a thriving place with numerous cafes, restaurants and banks. There are some lovely little individual shops to browse through. The Chateau has bi-annual Highland Games situated in the Chateau grounds, which are beautiful to walk through and get a clear view of Bressuire and beyond.

In the month of June there is a Grand Prix, the cars are of a by gone age and race a circuit of the town, it's quite something to see these old cars again.

Go early to get a parking spot!


Tennis in town, the Departmental centre for Tennis

Watersports can be sample at nearby lakes

Waterpark at Park La Vallee with flumes

Horse Riding in the next town

Golf within 30 mins drive

Fishing at Pescalis world renowned centre in Europe

Great for:

Walking holidays

Rural / countryside retreats

Beach or lakeside relaxation

Cycling holidays

The medieval town of Parthenay with its beautiful ramparts and stunning hill-top views is 45 minutes drive away.

The old railway between Bressuire and Parthenay has been converted into a walking/cycling or horse riding path giving 30km+ of safe riding.

Just a bit futher you will find the medieval town of Vouvent with its ancient churches and Mervent - with beautiful forest areas to explore leading down to a beach on the river where you can hire sailing boats and pedaloes and yet another Assault Course - Pierre Brun - there is also a boating lake.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
£50 off Cross Channel Travel per booking.
We hold enquiries for specific dates for 48hrs before we accept further enquiries for these dates.
Deposit is 25% of the rental costs, balance payment 12 wks prior to your holiday dates.
Payments are accepted by Bank Transfer, Cheque or PayPal + charges associated.
You may pay in €'s (rate taken at time of booking) or by £ sterling to account in either France or UK.
Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of booking form and cleared funds to account.
We advise Travel Insurance be purchased.
Changeover Day:
During the peak summer months we prefer Saturday changeovers. We are very flexible with peak times and bank holidays and can usually accommodate changeovers on any day of the week that suits our guests.
Arrival is after 4pm departure is 10am

Notes on prices:

All baby equipment supplied FOC - cot, high chair, baby monitor, bath cradle, changing mat, bath toys, plastic plates cups and cutlery. Please let us know which items you would need for you little one.
Heating and Logs not included in tariffs
Aircon units (2) available to rent
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The price quoted on this page for your chosen dates may not be the accurate price, because of the site's technical limitations. The owners will provide and confirm the correct price by email.

25% of rental cost on booking, balance of rental to be paid 12weeks prior to arrival.
£150 per week or part of week breakage deposit due 1 week prior to arrival via Pay Pal and returned when house managers have checked all is fine with L'Espoir. No later than 3 days.

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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

You have your own private swimming pool, hot outdoor shower. The pool and garden is fully enclosed therefore mum & dad know their little ones are safe to run free. A recent addition is the large climbing frame with swings glider and chute. Our village of Boisme has a café bar serving meals, the boulangerie is also a mini mart selling locally produced eggs cheese wine along with the usual things you tend to run out off. For winter rentals you can enjoy logs fires to cosy up to with a good book. There is very little traffic noise bar the odd tractor going down the lane to tend to the fields beyond, our grand children run to the gate and wave to the farmer. Depending on when you come, help yourself to the fruit from our fruit trees. We have plumb peach cherry & apricot trees.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • 1st bathroom is a shower room and WC downstairs with wash hand basin. Upstairs is the large family bathroom, consisting of over bath shower vanity unit wash hand basin and bidet. Both rooms have a shaver point and a hair dryer supplied.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, A cot and a foldaway toddler bed is available.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, A cot is available for this bedroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are four bedrooms, two doubles bedrooms downstairs, two twin bedrooms upstairs. Cots and baby equipment FOC+foldaway single bed for children up to 10yrs. All bedrooms have a electric fan and reading lights. Air-Condition units additional cost.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: L'Espoir dates back to the 1800's although thoroughly updated with modern conveniences and fittings L'Espoir still holds many of it's historic French charm inside. Large oak beams in the ceilings log fires to cosy up to, parquet flooring on some bedroom floors, cool tiles in dining and sitting rooms. L'Espoir is ideal for mixed generation holidays, large families or two families holidaying together, plenty of space inside and out. Modern flat screen TV full UK Sky package (cartoons sports films etc) plenty of DVD's to watch books to read games to play, Internet wifi, I-dock all supplied. A toy box for our younger guests. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery & glasses and a large American fridge/freezer. The garden is spacious with a large lawn area for games, a large stone table situated at the bottom of the garden offering uninterrupted views of the countryside. At the pool side there is a hot shower, the gardens have abundant fruit trees and flowering plants. Outside: The garden at L'Espoir is well cared for by our excellent house managers. There are many different plants which in bloom make the garden beautifully scented. There is outdoor lighting around the pool and at the terrace making it suitable to be outside all day long. We built a large BBQ capable of cooking for 8+ at one time no need to cook in batches, it has a warming rack above and prep area at the side. The pool is 10x6 has the sun all day, the shallow end is 1.1mtr in depth the deep end is 2mtrs. There is a ledge running the length of the pool and steps to access it. The pool is fenced and gated to the current French regulations. There is a hot shower next to the pool ideal for showering before and after a swim. The terrace is just outside the kitchen door where a large table with 8 chairs, this is covered by a UV covered gazebo. At the bottom of the garden is a large round stone table and bench set next to the Boules court, we supply a set of Boules for our guests use. Utilities Washing machine, iron, ironing board, vacuum, clothes airier and outside whirly & pegs. Dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid, hand soap, tin-foil, cling wrap, kitchen roll and toilet rolls to get you started. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is included as is hand towels for kitchen and bathrooms, bath mats in each of the bath/shower rooms, tea towels & oven mitts. Please bring your own pool/beach towels and linen for the cots. The property will be prepared for your arrival. Other: The dining room adjacent to the kitchen has a large wooden table with seating for 10. This room also has a large ceiling fan & log fire with views over the countryside. There are stair gates both top and bottom of the stairs for our younger guests.

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