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Authentic Stone Farmhouse In Beautiful Setting, Private Gardens And Heated Pool



Updated: 23-Aug-2016
Farmhouse in Theil, Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes, France - Situated In Peaceful Countryside Not Overlooked And Only Minutes From Local Amenities

This Authentic Charantaise property perfectly characterises the peaceful and uncomplicated atmosphere of rural France. Situated close to all the amenities you will require it is surrounded by beautiful countryside and yet has it’s own intimacy to ensure you have the best of both worlds. The property has plenty of space. There are four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large kitchen and dining area which connects through an archway into a spacious family room which has a bright and open feel to it. Through a doorway on the other side of the living area you will find the second living area and stairs up to the fourth bedroom and bathroom. There is also a small kitchen and utility room on the ground floor. Outside there is a full terraced area connected directly to the house. Perfect for relaxing in the afternoon sun. Leading from the terrace the steps take you up to the large heated swimming pool which has extended areas around the sides to allow for plenty of sun lounger.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

We decided to buy this old farmhouse because we wanted somewhere to escape to when we needed to. Originally we looked further a field, Maine in the USA! But decided that would be a step too far! So we decided that France, where my parents live was a good choice and in fact they only live ten minutes away! Having spent many a long summer here we decided to start a new business venture and so it just made sense to let other people share the tranquility that is... Charente Calme!

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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Disappointed, could be a beautiful home if it was maintained properly.

  • 3 of 5

We were blessed with beautiful weather so thankfully we spend the majority of our time outside using the fantastic pool.

I feel that this home could offer so much more if it was given the care & attention that it deserves.

We have stayed in several "rustic" farmhouses in France & accept a few cobwebs & quirky details but after a very long drive we were disappointed to have to re-clean the home. Kitchen door was very dirty, huge spiderwebs adourned with flies in the kitchen & a lovely fly trap full of dead flies hangs over the kitchen worktops!

Lovely big windows in the lounge but with the sun shining through it once again reflected the neglect of the home, dusty & uncared for. Wi-fi had a very poor connection & had to use 3G outside, the Wi fi instructions given by the website are wrong & we finally worked out that the name on the router was the correct one.

If this property was given the attention it deserves it would be a beautiful holiday home but unfortunately the lack of attention to detail has let it down.

We made the best of it that we could & took full advantage of the gardens & pool.

Region was perfect and our dog loved exploring the countryside surrounding the farmhouse. Supermarkets & major towns close by & used the local vet in Ruffec to sign pet passport with no issues.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jo Thank you for your review and thank you for the honesty. Please accept my apologies for what appears to be a job not done too well by the people that maintain the property for me. I will of course be following this up to ensure that in future my house is perfectly clean and tidy throughout . I am pleased that the weather was good for you and that it appears that overall you enjoyed your holiday. Many Thanks and Kind Regards Martyn
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Wonderful 2 weeks holiday in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful 2 weeks holiday in early July.

The name 'Charente Calme' truly reflects the nature of this beautifully renovated and serene hidden gem.

We stayed with our 21 year old daughter, 17 year old son and Spaniel and found the facilities and location had everything that we wished for and more.

The well maintained heated pool with extended patio and large garden offers complete privacy and there are numerous walks that can be taken directly from the house through rambling country lanes, with no traffic(loved by the dog!).

There is loads to do within a reasonable drive, including Futuroscope, La Vallee des Singes, activities on La Charente and visiting La Rochelle, making it well situated for days out. Equally, 5 minutes to the local Super U, many local markets and restaurants to choose from, makes getting fresh provisions and being well fed and watered, very simple.

Couldn't recommend it more highly for so many reasons.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Charante Calme and we again booked for next year whilst still there! We hadn't planned three holidays in a row here, but we once again found it so relaxing and quiet with a house layout that works really well for the 6 of us. The pool is the main draw for our children, which is a great size with plenty of space around it. The house is plenty big enough, with all the charm you could want. However,best of all is that the property is in the middle of rural France,surrounded by sunflowers and corn, yet 1.5 miles from the Super U. Perfect for a holiday!

During this stay we experienced a problem with the dishwasher which was examined and replaced within 24 hours, causing minimum disruption. Great service!

We can't wait to be reunited with this house again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a number of cottages over the years with our children, and the pool is always the first priority for us. This was why we originally chose this one and it did not disappoint. In fact, the pool was excellent with plenty of space around it so that the loungers did not crowd it and the children could jump in without everyone else getting splashed.

The house has to be most peoples idea of the French rural dream. Space, stone walls, beams, and oh so quiet (at least until we got there!). The space and layout worked really well for us: Granny at one end of the house with her own sitting room, bathroom, and bedroom, and my wife and I with our three children at the other end. Neutral territory was the spacious living room in the middle. I would imagine that the layout would also work really well for two families sharing.

One other thing that we loved was that, although very rural, the supermarket and bakers are only five minutes away in the car. We have never had it so easy for those emergency cheese and wine purchases.

We loved our stay here that we booked for next year before we came home and can't wait for next August!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our two kids 19 & 16 and our dog. This is a really well equipped holiday home, and everything you could want for a peaceful holiday. It was just what we needed. Although we wanted to get away from it all, the wi-fi was a real plus for us, we have two teenagers and a business to run, so we knew we could be online to deal with any problems and our mobiles worked there too.

We've had heated pools before and their idea of heating and ours have been literally poles apart, but this one, was warm as promised and a lot bigger than we had thought. We were only 4 but even if the place was full it was still plenty big enough.

It didn't worry me but the BBQ looked a little in need of some TLC, but actually it worked exceptionally well, though I know some would've preferred a gas one.

The kitchen is well equipped, dishwasher, washing machine and good cooker. Loads of crockery, cutlery etc. So hardly any washing up! Lovely light lounge overlooking the large garden and pool area.

Main double bedroom on ground floor with ensuite (shower over a bath)- worked well for us; the kids stayed upstairs (shower +loo upstairs). Stairs are little 'quirky' so would need to be very careful with small children/elderly on there. We didn't need but owners may have stairgates, definitely worth asking.

Surrounding Area: It is in a small village, with nothing but houses, surrounded by fields, at this time of the year, full of sunflowers. It is so quiet you can pretty much walk around without having to worry about any traffic. We walked everyday around the various blocks with the dog, you could, if you fancied it, even walk up to the big Super U and if you were feeling super energetic in to Sauze itself. However, it is only five minutes in the car from the Super U and boulangerie. This is on a main arterial road which gives you easy access to nearby towns and further afield if you want to explore.

Not much in Sauze to see, but has two bakers, and a tiny market on Thursday morning but had all you could want to pick up a meal. Ruffec is much bigger, good central market, shops and away from the town centre, it is also very pleasant by the river, nice restaurant on the weir there and picnic/BBQ places. We didn't go for many trips out but Confolens was worth a trip, Poitiers was a stop on the way home and would've definitely been worth a day trip and we also stayed in Le Mans on the way home fantastic medieval quarter.

Would love to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


The nearest airport is Poitiers which is only about a 40 minute drive away.

The other option is Limoges airport which is about 1 and half hours away.

Both airports provide hire cars


The nearest amenities are in Limalongues which is about 1 km away. There is a bar tabac and a restaurant here.This also the best way to get onto the main N10 if travelling toward Poitiers.

In the other direction about 3km is Sauzé Vaussais which has a large supermarket,banks,bars, Pizza house and general shops including an excellent Boulangerie for fresh Croissants in the morning! The Town of Ruffec is only 10 minutes along on the N10 and is a very pretty old town with good shops.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Upon booking a 25% deposit is required with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before our arrival date for which we will send an invoice. You can then choose to pay by card, Pay Pal or bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change over day is Saturday we ask that guest vacate by 10:00 am and arrivals come from 4:00pm onwards

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The most enjoyable aspect of this property is its privacy and the tranquillity. Because of the available space it is also a great location to spend time with friends and family over a glass of wine …or two….and eat dinner from the barbecue! In the evenings we have seen some of the most spectacular night skies including many shooting stars!

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 has ensuite with shower and bath. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a newly refurbished shower and toilet on the same landing. Bedroom 4. On the far side of the house has a effectively an ensuite because to is the only bedroom on that floor.Also refitted


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1.Master bedroom Double bed with ensuite situated on ground floor off kitchen. 2.Two large single beds 3.Large single bed 4.Double bed and fold out couch for two more with private bathroom


  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Originally two dwellings, a farmhouse and give, the central barn that joined the two buildings has been converted to fully open up the house. The whole property has been brought up to a very good standard and is very well designed to accommodate family holidays. The main living room area was completely overhauled to create a stunning open plan room. The bathrooms on both sides of the house have been completely refitted. Outside: With large terraced areas outside the main house and around the pool area it makes for an excellent social environment. Mature trees surround the property but near the barbecue area the stone wall behind it has views out across the countryside.Because it is rural in location the night skies are superb with little or no light pollution.The driveway area has been recently gravelled and will easily fit two or three cars. You can play french "Boule" there as well! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and cleaning is done weekly.Usually towels and linen are changed weekly. Other: The downstairs room on the other side of the living room has another TV where computer games could be played separately.

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