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Quiet Gite In Château Grounds in Rural Charente, With Pool And Access To Park

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 581 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

In renovated barn, all on one level, on Outskirts of Small Village With Shop, Bar And Bread Depot 5 Minutes Away. Many Interesting Visits, Car Essential. Sleeps 6 Adults.

The stone building, originally a barn, has tiled floors. The 4 bedrooms are accessed directly from the kitchen/dining area. Three are double, the other has 2 single beds for children. There is a patio with furniture for al fresco meals, and a barbecue with protection from the weather. The enclosed pool has gates with child locks, a powerful filtration system, and an adjacent pool room with toilet and shower. There is also a solar powered shower, parasols, lounging chairs and tables. The lawn space next to to the gite is enclosed, and there is ample off road parking. We also have a 4m trampoline (children must be supervised).

We will provide home made jam, and fruit and veg when we have a surplus. You are welcome to walk in the château park.

You can find details of local attractions on our website, and we are happy to advise on places to visit, activities and restaurants. 2016 is the year of the Ostensions, and there should be additional events in the region to celebrate this.

More Details

Owner
Susan Lowe
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 November, 2017

About Susan Lowe

When I was at secondary school I took part in the Birmingham Poitiers exchange, for 6 weeks over the summer, and this gave me my first taste of France, at the age of 13. Since then we have had many great holidays here, and when we retired we decided to buy a French property to renovate, as you do, so here we are. We like gardening, recycling, cinema, food, bluegrass, building renovation(just as well, really) having the right tool for the job, reading, family gatherings. And since you may be wondering, I'm still in regular contact with Annie, we became grandmothers in the same fortnight, and she lives about an hour away.

Susan Lowe purchased this barn in 2007

Why Susan Lowe chose Pleuville

We enjoyed holidays in SW France with the family over many years, usually staying in a VFB gite. We explored parts of the Pyrenees, and the Bordeaux region, as well as the Charente. So when we retired, and decided to move, it seemed logical to look for a project in the Charente, since we both like renovating old buildings. We didn't have a precise location in mind, but we have grown to love the rolling countryside, and the peace, and discovering new places to visit, this year it was the Jardin Ephemère at St Fraigne, and the chateau de Galmoisin. But each of our guest families has found new and different things to like.

What makes this barn unique

A peaceful rural environment, a sense of space, birds and wild life, interesting places to visit, friendly and responsive hosts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons trouvé très facilement le gîte grâce aux indications données par Susan et aux photos qui étaient sur le site. Pleuville est un petit village tranquille de la campagne charentaise. Le domaine est vaste et très bien entretenu. On sent bien que Susan et Alan s'investissent beaucoup pour le rendre agréable et mettre en avant ses charmes. Le gîte se trouve dans une dépendance du manoir. Il est à la fois proche et à la fois isolé ce qui permet de ne pas ressentir la promiscuité. La piscine est grande et très agréable.

Susan est quelqu'un de très accueillant et de très hospitalier. Elle a à chaque fois répondu à nos demandes et à nos questiuons. Elle est serviable et attentionnée et parle très bien le français. Elle parle très bien de sa région d'adoption et est pleine de bons conseils pour des idées de visites ou des balades.
Aug 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Pleuville in Charente

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 581 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , adjacent to pool
  • There is a recently refurbished bathroom in the gite with shower and WC, and a second bathroom 10 m away, by the pool, with WC and heated shower (and fridge, for poolside drinks)
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 3.55x4m, door onto courtyard
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 3.65x4m
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 3.15x3.15m
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Child Bed , 3.1x3.15m
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 adults and 2 children (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: (1) room opens onto the garden, with double bed and wardrobe. (2) room with stone floor, double Breton bed and wardrobe, overlooking the moat. (3) with king size bed and wardrobe. (4) with 2 single beds and wardrobe. All have mattress toppers and duvets.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • pond
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Notes:
Please consult our website for further information on local places of interest and activities, http://chateaudepleuville.eu/

Reviews

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average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews
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Peaceful & quiet location

  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed the pool - really good idea having the pool wet room. Loads of crockery & cooking utensils. Very quiet rural location but great to be able to walk to Brigitte for bread & croissants (& anything else you might have forgotten).

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, so glad you enjoyed your stay here in the North Charente. The countryside is particularly beautiful, and we are always delighted when families find lots to do very locally. With our interest in old buildings, we have been excited to see unexpected and "hidden " places opening their doors, and more outside activities for active families. I will give your regards to Brigitte.
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This property met all our needs

  • 5 of 5

We had no complaints apart from the weather (worst thunder storms for 5 years!) The house, pool and grounds were ideal. Susan and Alan were great host and there to help out when needed.

We would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The weather is one thing I have no control over. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves here, it is a particularly beautiful part of France.
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Beautiful house in quiet country location with lovely heated swimming pool. Very helpful owner.

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from two week stay, sharing with friends. Beautiful barn conversion with great, heated swimming pool that has a pool room with shower/ toilet attached. Very nice inside with a good kitchen/ living area and the bedrooms were all lovely with comfortable beds. Well equipped with washing machine/ dishwasher and DVD player/ screen on the wall. The owner was helpful and friendly and provided croissants/ bread and jam on arrival which was a very nice touch. Would recommend Adventure Park and Confelons for kayaking and great restaurant in Civray called Hotel Commerce. Would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time, The weather in this last fortnight has been hotter than I can remember for some time. I am so glad you have enjoyed the activities available around here, there is lots to do with active children, and the Charente has very attractive countryside, and so many picturesque small villages. Thankyou for looking after our gite and pool while you were here, you are the type of guests that we would be happy to see again! Hope you had a good journey home. Brigitte in the village shop says hello.
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Lovely peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious gite with good social space indoors and out. Clean and full of character. The pool is a good size, with comfortable furniture and the trampoline was a big hit with a little one. The owners are very knowledgable about the area which has very interesting small towns - highlight for me was a personal and free tour of the ruined Abbaye in Charroux. Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys peaceful rural France with plenty to see in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, so glad you enjoyed yourselves, despite the rain in June!?! We take great pleasure in talking about all the things there are to do in this region, and then hearing about our guest's experiences. We are still finding new places and restaurants to visit, despite this being somewhat off the beaten track. And the countryside is very beautiful, with small fields and hamlets, lots of cows, and fields of sunflowers in the summer.
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Superb property in beautiful setting, recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at this beautiful property and would recommend it wholeheartedly! It was spotless on arrival, very spacious (much more than perhaps the pictures suggest) and was extremely well equipped with everything we could need, down to little touches like moulds to make ice lollies which the children loved! The property was beautifully refurbished with masses of character and charm, with a perfect balance of old and new.

The swimming pool and its surrounds were definitely the best we have been to in our several visits to France. The pool was large with easy steps in, absolutely spotless each day, everything was very new with comfortable loungers and parasols as well as a super shower room and toilet adjoining it. The pool is unheated but when the weather is hot and sunny, it is perfectly refreshing!, and the children were in and out of it constantly, rain or shine!

We loved exploring the grounds of the chateau which were rich with wildlife. We enjoyed each evening sitting out to a clear sky, stargazing, listening to the crickets and the local toad population, watching bats circling around and waiting for the owl to go out on its nightly hunt. Wonderful!

Susan and Alan were fantastic hosts, and Susan was so helpful in offering guidance on the surrounding areas, where to go, what to do and a fountain of knowledge! We were lucky enough to be able to sample her delicious homemade jams and fresh produce from the garden, and fell in love with her pottery!

The area is typical rural France, lots of sunflowers and sweetcorn, quiet villages and hamlets, lovely churches etc but plenty of places to visit of interest. We most enjoyed the wonderful sculpture garden at Bioussac, Nanteuil en Vallee, Verteuil sur Charente and a fantastic arbor adventure at the Haute lakes. Our son also loved cycling up to the nearby football pitch and practising his rainbow flicks! We took our bikes, and the area was great for cycling with plenty of fairly flat, quiet country lanes, perfect for a young family. Pleuville is a very quiet village but at its heart, has a lovely bar and tabac run by Bridget, who was so helpful and ordered us in croissants and baguettes each day as required. We also enjoyed an early evening drink there.

Overall,we could not recommend this property more highly, as long as peace, quiet and tranquility is what you are after! We loved it and hope to return again in the future. Thank you so much for a most enjoyable stay!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to welcome this family to our gîte, and to hear their obvious enjoyment of their activities in the region from day to day. They wanted to visit both places of interest, and places offering activities or new experiences for the children, but also made the gîte their own, using the (fairly basic) barbecue, exploring in the park, and thank you for watering the flowers! They have obvious experience of previous holidays in France, which may help in giving a feel for how things work, it was good to hear their views on things that we like here. Many thanks for leaving the place beautifully clean and tidy, thank you for your feedback on the facilities, and 5 gold stars for being exemplary guests!
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Location

Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Le Centrale
Nearest Train
22.21 Kilometres
Gare de St Saviol
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
N10 at Poitiers
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Lacs du Haute Charente
Car: necessary

Travel:

A car is essential. Poitiers airport 65km, Limoges airport 78km. Nearest train stations Roumazieres Loubert 23km, and St Saviol 22km. Driving from Calais 690km, about 7h, driving from Dieppe 532 km, about 5h30. But take a coffee breakon the way down at les Dentelles d'Alencon motorway services, or on the way back to Calais, la Baie de Somme.

Distances:

Charroux 10km, Civray 16km, Confolens 16km, Angouleme 82km, Limoges 78km, Poitiers 65km, Futuroscope 80km, la Rochfoucauld 44km, St Emilion 195km, La Rochelle 152km, Chassenon 72km, Verteuil 24km, Nanteuil 18km Tusson 60km, Cognac 78km,

La Vallee des Singes 31km, Chauvigny 72km, Montmorillon 60km

See our website for more details of local activities and places to visit.

Further Details:

Fresh bread and other basics from Brigitte at Le Centrale bar in the village, 5 minutes walk. There are supermarkets at Savigne, Civray and Confolens, and hypermarkets with malls in the big towns. The best market is at Civray on Tuesdays. Most small towns have cash distributors. There will be a list of restaurants in the gite and we take pleasure in updating this! There are many activities and places to visit nearby. For a full survey, refer to the Chateau de Pleuville website.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Pleuville, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
All contact by email please. Full payment in £ sterling by cheque, bank transfer or online will secure the booking. A breakages caution of £200 is also payable on arrival. This will be returned within 48 hours of departure. There will be a cleaning charge of 50€ payable before departure, which will be waived if the gite has been cleaned.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, departure by 11 am, and arrival after 4pm

Notes on prices:
PLEASE NOTE the property is let at full price to 6 adults. For the purposes of this calculation, children over 13 at the time of the holiday count as adults.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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