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Converted Barn With Private Pool, South Facing In Peaceful Hamlet

Bedrooms 7
Separate WCs2
Space 3,390 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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

A stunning and spacious barn conversion tastefully renovated to a high standard whilst retaining all its character. The main gite can sleep 15 people in 5 bedrooms and with La Petite Folie up to 19 people in 7 bedrooms.

The main gite can sleep 15 people in 5 first floor bedrooms all with ensuite shower rooms plus first floor toilet. The huge open plan living / dining area is linked to a large, fully equipped kitchen with a Smeg double oven, a laundry room and utility area and a large wheelchair accessible toilet. The shady veranda area provides an additional dining area with a large stone barbecue.

New for 2018 - La Petite Folie is a separate adjacent ground floor property with 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 4 people. It is ideal for the grandparents who would like a bit of extra privacy or those with babies who might like a quieter area. The main bedroom has an ensuite fully wheelchair accessible shower room with toilet and basin. It has a second bedroom and a second shower room and toilet. The open plan living area has a defined kitchen / dining area and double sliding glass doors leading out onto the shared veranda.

Please note that La Petite Folie will never be let separately so guests will always have exclusive use of the parking, grounds and pool whether they decide to book this property or not. Both gites are fully wheelchair accessible throughout at ground floor level.

Extensive gardens and lawns surround the building with plenty of space for ball games, plus a boules court, children’s swings and slide, a table-tennis table. The 12 metre salt water, solar heated swimming pool is very secure as it is discreetly fenced off with a lockable gate. There are a further 9 acres of meadow and woodland to explore including a small fishing pond and a 300-year old oak tree.

Both properties have Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, FreeSat for UK programmes, DVD / MP3 player and a hi-fi. There are plenty of books, card and board games and toys for all ages.

Our bedroom arrangements are very flexible and we will always try and provide the perfect configuration for each group. All the bedding is provided and an optional end of stay cleaning service is available on request.

We are very child / baby friendly and can provide wooden cots, high chairs, a baby changing table, baby baths, stair gates, potties etc.

More Details

Julia Chantry
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Champagné-Saint-Hilaire in Vienne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3390 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 19 ...
  • Max. adults: 19
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Refund Policy Refunds for cancellations will always be made if we are able to re-let the property.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 19 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Main gite upstairs toilet - Toilet , Toilet and basin
    Main gite ground floor toilet - Toilet , Toilet and basin fully wheelchair accessible
    La Petite Folie ensuite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Fully wheelchair chair accessible wet room
    La Petite Folie 2nd shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , La Petite Folie shower, basin and toilet
    Ensuite shower bedroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower and basin
    Ensuite shower bedroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower and basin
    Ensuite shower bedroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower and basin
    Ensuite shower bedroom 4 - Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower and basin
    Ensuite shower bedroom 5 - Shower Enclosure , Ensuite shower and basin
  • Main gite: all 5 bedrooms have en-suite showers and basins. 2 separate toilets with WC and basin. La Petite Folie: double bedroom with private en-suite shower room with shower, WC and basin. Second shower room with shower, WC and basin.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 Main Gite - 4 Single Bed , 1 Cot , This bedroom can accommodate 4 single or 2 double beds
    Bedroom 2 Main Gite - 4 Single Bed , This bedroom can accommodate 4 single or 2 double beds
    Bedroom 3 Main Gite - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 Main Gite - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 Main Gite - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , This bedroom can accommodate 3 single beds
    Bedroom 1 La Petite Folie - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite shower room with disabled access
    Bedroom 2 La Petite Folie - 2 Single Bed , This twin bedroom can also be a super king bedroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Main Gite sleeps up to 15 in 5 bedrooms La Petite Folie sleeps 4 in 2 ground floor bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Main gite: 2 double bedrooms and 3 flexible family rooms. La Petite Folie: 2 flexible ground floor bedrooms. We are flexible and will arrange the bedroom layout to suit your needs. 2 wooden cots and a 2 travel cots are also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Wi-Fi available throughout both buildings. 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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Converted Barn With Private Pool, South Facing In Peaceful Hamlet
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

Très beau gîte

  • 5 of 5

Très beau gîte, bien aménagé où tout le monde (même une PMR...) trouve son espace. Nous avons passé un réveillon de Nouvel An à 10 avec un très bon confort mais, bien sûr, nous n'avons pas pu profiter des installations extérieures qui semblent intéressantes. Des propriétaires à l'écoute, très sympathiques, nous incitent à revenir.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre message. Ça a été un plaisir de faire votre connaissance et nous sommes ravis que tout se soit bien passé. Cordialement Julia et Eric
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Great sized property used for a stay for multiple familiesy

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a week at this Gite. we were x3 families of 4.

With x6 under 8yos to keep busy the large garden and pool were perfect entertainment for them. Lots of space for dining, and an excellent, spotless BBQ to cook on. The pool is a great size, larger than previous villas we have stayed in with the smaller baby pool perfect for our 2yo to enjoy.

The surrounding towns of Couhe and Vivvonne were nice to wander around as well.

Julia was very attentive from the moment we booked, looking to make sure we had all the information and facilities we needed to make the most of our week.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A truly magical holiday!

  • 5 of 5

4 families consisting of 8 adults and 10 children between the ages of 1 month- 10 years stayed at the gite! The facilities were brilliant, lots of handy items and things to keep everyone entertained. The pool was beautiful and there were local attractions to satisfy all ages and bank balances.

From booking to leaving Julia was super helpful answering any of our questions and ensuring we had everything we needed.

Stargazing was one of our highlights at the gite- I've never seen such a clear sky or so many shooting stars!

During our stay we celebrated a tenth birthday with a pool party and a surprise engagement. Safe to say we will never forget our stay and wouldn't think twice about returning!

Thanks Julia and Eric x

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sophie Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you all enjoyed your first holiday in France so much. We know that you shared some very special moments with your friends during your stay. With so little light pollution gazing up at the stars on a warm evening is one of our favourite things to do as well. Kind regards, Julia and Eric
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Excellent hosts.Super house.The pool was first class.The house had everythin we needed.We all enjoye

  • 5 of 5

First class.We all enjoyed ourselves from grandparents to toddlers

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Richard and Eleanor, Thank you for your review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the couple of weeks you spent in Le Pontreau. We would really love to welcome you back at some time in the future.Best wishes to you and all the rest of the family. Kind regards Julia and Eric Le Gite du Pontreau
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L'endroit idéal pour participer au meeting aérien de Couhé

  • 5 of 5

L'endroit idéal pour participer au meeting aérien de Couhé - 23 juillet 2017

L'Équipe de Voltige de l'Armée de l'Air

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hasselt, Belgium

Amazing location, great house with ideal owners

  • 5 of 5

We were with a group of 16 people, 8 adults and 8 kids and stayed for the first two weeks in July. The first week the weather was ideal and we lived the whole week nearby the pool. Everybody loved the salt water, much better then the stinky chlorine in most pools. The second week the weather was still good but less hot, so we went to Poitiers, La Rochelle (twice!), La Vallée des singes and last but not least the local feast in Anchée. We have great memories! But most of all we enjoyed the silence and the nature environment. The last night we just looked at the stars we don't get to see in Belgium. Eric and Julia, thank you for just being there if we needed something, and to fix all our little holiday problems ;-) We want to come back again, but as Eric said, France is a big country to explore, so we will be back, but in about 5 years and then with 19 people :-) Kind regards, the Belgian family from Hasselt

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Aurelia, Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday here in Le Pontreau and that you also enjoyed exploring the area and some of the visitor attractions on offer. We would love to welcome you back so I have penciled you in for two weeks in 2022! Kind regards Julia and Eric Le Gite du Pontreau
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Futuroscope Park
La Vallée des Singes
Le Latino
Notre-Dame-la-Grande Church (Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande)
Nearest Airport
39 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Anché or Ceaux-en-Couhé
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Golf Blue Green Mignaloux Beauvoir
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
SNCF Anche
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Anché or Ceaux-en-Couhé
Nearest Beach
88 Miles
Châtelaillon-Plage / La Rochelle
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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.