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Converted Barn With Private Pool, South Facing In Peaceful Hamlet



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Champagne Saint Hilaire, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Tranquil Village Location But Close To Amenities And Shops

Originally a barn this property has been renovated to a very high standard whilst still retaining all its character. The six bedrooms can sleep up to 16 people. All five first floor bedrooms have en-suite showers & basins and the ground floor bedroom has en-suite toilet and shower facilities. The huge open plan living / dining area is linked to a large, fully equipped kitchen plus a utility area. The shady veranda area provides an additional dining area with a barbecue. Extensive gardens and lawns surround the building with plenty of space for ball games, plus a boules court, a table-tennis table and the secure 12 metre salt water swimming pool. There are a further 9 acres of meadow and woodland to explore including a small fishing pond and a 300-year old oak tree. The property is equipped to a high standard. It has Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD / MP3, telephone and books, card and board games. All the bedding is provided as are a cot and high chair. An optional end of stay cleaning service is available on request.

  • Sleeps 16
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic place - great for wheelchairs. Thank you for a wonderful week"

"A wonderful week- the gite was everything we would have wished for. For three families not to find any faults is nothing short of miraculous. The only major drawback was that we only booked for a week!!!"

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our week here with excellent accommodation and surrounded by beautiful and relaxing countryside. The spacious accommodation and grounds were particularly suited to the children who were in their element."
Jun 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Chilling and Flying

  • 5 of 5

Julia and Eric were perfect hosts - the gite is massive and well equipped. An excellent conversion in a really peaceful location which was ideal as we just like to take a week and relax. Just the two of us and so we had an incredible amount of space. The pool was lovely and we were blessed with terrific weather and so made the most of it with a BBQ most evenings. The sky at night is unbelievable - where did all those stars come from. Lastly we went flying in the auto-gyro and ultralight which was amazing - we flew over the Gite and uniquely for us we flew in formation which made it special. Thanks Julia and Eric once again - Colin & Karen Francis, Surrey UK

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Colin and Karen. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property and for forwarding some of your flying photographs to us. You did have wonderful September weather with beautiful warm evenings - with so little light pollution here in Le Pontreau gazing at the stars is one of our favourite things to do as well. Kind regards Julia and Eric.
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Fabulous pool and gardens

  • 5 of 5

We were 3 families with 6 children aged from 2-10 years. The pool was fantastic, such a fabulous temperature and the baby pool at the end meant we could all be together in the pool and the very little ones were able to stay in as long as they liked. The grounds are extensive and we enjoyed a couple of great games of cricket and the children had plenty of room to run around. We also made the most of the outdoor bbq area. The only time we left was the daily commute for bread or shopping. The kitchen was well stocked with plates, glasses, utensils and we fell in love with the little lada and all its pots and pans. Overall we had a fantastic time in a fantastic location. Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Abbie, We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday so much. You did have a very sunny week and the new pool solar panel worked perfectly. Glad that you liked the kitchen so much and yes I would love to have a larder in mine but unfortunately there is not enough space. We would love to welcome you back again to Le Pontreau so you could visit some of the attractions in the area that you missed! Kind regards Julia and Eric
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Family reunion in France

  • 5 of 5

We wanted somewhere that our whole family could be together. We travelled from England and New Zealand (via Austria), some flying, some driving .We did get a little lost right at the end but a very kind motorcyclist showed us the way.Ditch the satnav and use the directions given by the owners Julia and Eric.

We were all imediatly impressed by the Gite and were shown how everything worked then left alone to settle in. The age range in our party was from 82-15 years but this place would be perfect for younger children too.

If you are looking for lots of nearby restaurants, places to entertain you in the evening then this property is probably not for you, but to us it was perfect. We enjoyed the lovely pool, played boules, table tennis and took lovely walks. In the evenings we had leisurely home cooked meals/BBQ's sitting outside, then chatted and played cards etc. The kitchen is a pleasure to use.

On recommendation of Julia on where to go for a meal out locally we went to Anche to a new little restaurant Le Latino

no frills little place but the manager and his family were so welcoming and cheerfull that we had a fantastic night. We used the Super U in Vivonne (closes 12'oclock on sundays)

and ventured out to Futuroscope, but most days were happy to be by the pool.

This is perfect for a family/friends getaway to experience the real untouristy France and to put into practice your school french lessons!

We were sad to be leaving and all of us would happily recommend this lovely place. We have made such happy memories.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jane, Thanks for taking the time out to review our property and we are delighted that everyone from far and wide enjoyed their holiday. The Le Latino restaurant is quickly becoming a firm favourite with our guests. You did have amazing weather during your stay so can appreciate why you all spent so mush time around the pool. We hope to see you again. Kind regards Julia and Eric
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Perfect House for Large Families

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 adults, 3 children and two babies found this the perfect house for our family holiday. It has good sized bedrooms and the most comfortable beds we have ever found in a rental property. The living area is very well equipped with plenty of sofas and a generous sized TV and DVD player. There were plenty of games, including basketball, a swing set, table-tennis and pool toys provided and the kitchen had everything one could wish for. The house was clean and tidy and everything was in good repair. The pool area was lovely, the pool heated and kept very clean by the owners. The garden was large and well kept and had plenty of seating and loungers. The owners were on hand when help was needed,(in our case, to arrange a visit to a garage for the car), but otherwise were very respectful of our privacy. The surrounding area had plenty of places to visit,the Monkey Village being a favourite of children and adults alike. The property is also only 11/2 hours from Puy De Fou, a theme park unlike any other. Other highlights of our holiday were visiting Poitiers, a lovely city to wander around and the Crocodile Park where the children fed the animals. We also went to Oradour-Sur-Glane, a memorial to a world war atrocity which is very moving and well worth a visit. All in all we found the house to be a wonderful property for a large family or group. It is a testament to the hard work the owners have put in.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Rosemary and thank you very much for the wonderful review you have given us. I must admit I didn't realize that children could feed the crocodiles! In your two weeks with us you definitely visited more of the attractions in the area than most of our groups and we are glad that you enjoyed them all. We would love to welcome you back to Le Pontreau in the future. Kind regards Julia and Eric
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Excellent house and very peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

We like this place so much that we have been there three times already, one of them being for our wedding party - which was a success for all the guests!

The house is perfect and you can tell Julia and Eric put the time and efforts over the years to convert this barn into a very comfortable and well designed house.

We went with a few friends this time and we got to enjoy ourselves with a very sunny weather: whether it was taking a swim in the pool, eating on the big table on the terrace, playing sports outside or playing board games inside, it was the perfect weekend away from the stress of our daily lives for us!

There are also some very nice places to see in the neighborhood: Poitiers is a beautiful French city just 30 minutes away, with the futuristic and technological amusement park "Futuroscope" a little further away, and the "Vallée des Singes" (Monkeys' Valley) is a very nice ape-only zoo to go to!

Eric and Julia are fabulous people always ready to help us with our stays.

They have been exceptional when we organized our wedding and we can't thank them enough for all the help they provided.

It will surely not be the last time we'll go there, and we are very happy to have found this place!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour Jean, Thank you very much for submitting your review. We have very fond memories of your wedding – it was such a happy occasion and a beautiful day. We would love to welcome you back for another visit. Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour avec nous ‘Le Gite du Pontreau’. Merci encore et au plaisir de vous revoir. Cordialement Julia et Eric
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Fabulous family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Spent two wonderful weeks at the property with our family of adults, teenagers, children and toddlers. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard and provided all we could possibly need for our stay. The pool area is comfortable with plenty of sun loungers for everyone and just enough shade for when the sun gets too hot. The local area is absolutely lovely and spent many hours strolling up and down the country lanes - make sure you go and see the 300 yr old oak tree. Julia and Eric are the perfect hosts always there when you need them. Poitiers, Chauvigny and Montmillion are all worth a visit and not too far to drive. Photographs of the gate do not do it justice you will not be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear June. Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your holiday with us and for your kind comments. We are glad that you liked our oak tree - we do think it is a little bit magical. We would love to welcome you all back to Le Gite du Pontreau at some time in the future and we are trying to update our photographs so that they really do it justice. Kind regards Julia and Eric Le Gite du Pontreau
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 39 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Anché or Ceaux-en-Couhé at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Saint Malo at 400 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf Blue Green Mignaloux Beauvoir at 32 Kilometres Nearest Train : SNCF Anche at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Anché or Ceaux-en-Couhé at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


The closest airport is Poitiers airport which is only 25 miles away. La Rochelle and Limoges are also within easy driving distance.

High speed TGV train links means that Poitiers is only 1hour 20 minutes from Paris.

There is easy access from most ferry ports and from Paris via the A10 motorway. We are 4.5 hours drive from Saint Malo and Caen, 5 hours drive from Le Havre and 6.5 hours drive from Calais.


Basic provisions such as bread and milk are available in Champagne St Hilaire, which is 2 miles away, and the nearest town with banks, supermarkets, post office, chemist etc. is 4 miles away.

Further Details:

Our local chateau provides accompanied horse riding trips and canoe hire. The horse riding is often one of the highlights for our guests along with a visit to the amazing 'La Vallee des Singes' monkey park.

The world famous Futuroscope is only 20 miles away. The site with its stunning architecture of crystals reflecting the sky, mirrored façades, domes and translucent cubes resembles a scene from a sci-fi movie. It houses some of the most up-to-date projection systems in the world including an interactive 3D IMAX screen.

Poitiers is one of France's main centres of Romanesque architecture. Outstanding architectural heritage from the 11th century onwards it's a city with bustling and vibrant streets.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Season
3 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas & New Year
21 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Rate
11 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Season
29 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
The property is available all year round. Saturday change over in peak season.
Weekend stays, 10-day breaks or other periods by negotiation outside of the peak season.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover in the peak summer season. Flexible the rest of the year.

Notes on prices:
We can offer discounts for smaller groups out of season - please enquire.
All prices are quoted in sterling per week but we are happy to accept Euros. The price includes electricity, water, gas and an unlimited hot water supply. There is an additional central heating charge for winter lets. Logs for the wood burning stove are available at cost.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


  • 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 ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 250 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Ensuite shower room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Fully wheelchair chair accessible wet room
  • Ensuite shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure, Ensuite shower and basin
  • Ensuite shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure, Ensuite shower and basin
  • Ensuite shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure, Ensuite shower and basin
  • Ensuite shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure, Ensuite shower and basin
  • Ensuite shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure, Ensuite shower and basin
  • Upstairs: All 5 bedrooms have en-suite showers and basins. Separate WC and basin. Downstairs: The double bedroom has its own en-suite shower room with shower, WC and basin. Additional separate WC and basin.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 Single Bed, 1 Cot, This bedroom can accommodate 4 single or 2 double beds
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed, This bedroom can accommodate 4 single or 2 double beds
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, This bedroom can accommodate 3 single beds
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs: 2 double bedrooms and 3 flexible family rooms sleeping 3/4. The ground floor has 1 double bedroom. We are flexible and will arrange the bedroom layout to suit your needs. 2 cots are also available.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Wi-Fi available throughout the building. We will always ask for your preferred bedroom layout in advance of your arrival. Outside: The private pool is 12m long by 4m wide and is linked to a small toddler pool at one end. It is a salt water, solar heated pool with plenty of sun beds and two terraces, one in full sun and another terrace with shade provided by the pool house. The pool is securely fenced off in compliance with the latest French regulations on pool safety. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board. Plenty of cleaning equipment and airers. Leads to the ground floor toilet with WC and sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All the bedding and linen is provided. Towels and an optional end of stay cleaning service are available on request.

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