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Farmhouse and cottage with private heated pool and games barn in walled garden



Updated: 07-Oct-2016
Farmhouse & Cottage in Melleran, Nr Chef-Boutonne, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes - Peaceful village surrounded by beautiful countryside. 5 mins drive to market town of Chef-Boutonne.

Traditional Charentaise farmhouse and cottage in spacious walled garden with private in-ground heated pool (10m x 5m) and games barn. Perfect for a large family get together or groups of families with children. Farmhouse and cottage both have thick stone walls and tiled floors making them delightfully cool on hot summer days. Both properties are centrally heated making for cosy winter evenings.

The farmhouse benefits from a recently installed wood burning stove in the lounge and an open fireplace in the kitchen. It offers comfortable, roomy accommodation for 8 people and 2 infants. The spacious rear hallway has been converted into a children's lounge with TV, DVD player, Wii, a variety of board games, books and toys. There is also a multi games table including table football, pool, hockey and table tennis.

The converted cottage is a delightfully charming and traditional gite with accommodation for 4 + infant. Both properties are extremely characterful and have exposed beams and stone walls throughout.

Alongside the farmhouse there is a covered dining area, perfect for al fresco dining. Walled, spacious lawned gardens with heated pool surrounded by large sun terrace with loungers. Games barn – pool table, table tennis, darts and swing-ball. Also plenty of toys for young children – slide, playhouse and ride-on toys. Plenty of parking.

Melleran is a peaceful and historic village with a 12th century church, boulangerie and village tennis court. Located in beautiful countryside perfect for walking and cycling. Ideal for holidays as relaxing or energetic as you want.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 3 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Melbourne, Australia

Outstanding Property

  • 5 of 5

What a dilemma we found ourselves in, two weeks prior to departing for France our group of 11 people suddenly had our accommodation cancelled. After a frantic search in the same area we came across this property. Helen the owner was fantastic to deal with both over the phone and by email and the instruction booklet that they send you was both detailed and informative.

When we drove up to the property we were all somewhat taken aback, it is even more picturesque than the photos, the setting is just gorgeous, we also loved the welcome pack that was left for us.

We were extremely lucky with the weather for the first part of the week and had endless fun swimming in the pool.

The house and cottage are extremely well set up. lots of plates, cutlery, glasses, barbeque, serving dishes, the cooks in the group were very happy. There are also lots of books, games, games tables and bikes. We were all very comfortable with loads of space in the house and we loved that the eleven of us could all sit down at the table at night for dinner, we had lots of laughs, great food and wine and precious family time.

The house is in a great location, we did day trips to Angolueme, La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes, Ruffec, Oradour sur Glane, Chef Boutonne etc.

The village itself is very small, there is a small boulangerie which we frequented daily and there are supermarkets in the neighbouring villages.

We had the most wonderful weeks stay here and will definitely return next time we are in France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property – we would definitely return. It was perfect for our group (3 families – 6 adults & 5 children) with plenty to do for everyone. The pool was excellent and being heated it was nice and warm for the younger ones. It was great to have a separate children’s lounge to keep them occupied – they loved the table football & wii. I even managed to finish a couple of books – a holiday first since having children! Also a well equipped games barn to keep adults occupied too with table tennis, pool and darts. In the evenings we had some lovely walks around the pretty village and the surrounding sunflower fields.

Lots to see nearby - Valley of the Monkeys was top hit with the children, also kayaking at Rejallant on the Charente and a great day out at Melle – Silver Mines of the Kings of France were fun plus Romanesque churches for the historian in our group.

Further afield we would recommend a day out on the coast at Fouras - sandy beach, seafood restaurants and a boat trip to Fort Boyard. We also had great day out at Coulon in the Marais Poitevin (the green Venice) and hired out some boats for a row around the ‘canals.’

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday, perfect for big families!

  • 4 of 5

The property is just ideal for big family stays and perfect for keeping little ones entertained (there were 9 adults and 4 under 5's in our group). Lots of space and toys for kids and the pool is great too. Big comfy beds but in typical French style noise travels easily between floors! The place was spotless on arrival and the linen good quality.

Easy to get too and plenty of space for parking, the owners are really friendly and quick to answer any questions. The village itself is very quiet and about 7km from supermarket. Some nice villages nearby but you have to travel about an hour to get to any major towns or attractions.

Would certainly rebook and would recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


La Rochelle is 1 hour 15 minutes by car and other Atlantic resorts are about 1 1/2 hours.


Poitiers is 40 minutes with flights daily from Stansted with Ryanair.

La Rochelle is 1 1/4 hours with flights from Stansted, Birmingham, Southampton.

Limoges is 1 1/2 hour with flights from Stansted, Liverpool

Bordeaux, Tours and Nantes are 2 hours with flights from most UK airports.

Caan is 4 hours.


In heart of the peaceful village of Melleran.

Chef-Boutonne and Sauze-Vaussais are 5 minutes by car.

Melle with is fine Romanesque churches, silver mine and walks is 15 minutes drive.

Cities of Poitiers (Futuroscope), Niort and Angouleme are 45 minutes drive away.

Marais-Poitevin, a mysterious world of silence in which waterways replace paths and roads is 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

Bakery in Melleran.

Supermarkets, banks and weekly local markets are 5 minutes by car at Chef-Boutonne and Sauze-Vaussais.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas 2016
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2017
20 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Changeover Day:
Changeover is Saturday, and is flexible out of season. Arrival time is after 5pm and departure is before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property(s) per week in UK Pounds. We can also accept payment in Euros.
We can offer special rates for long winter lets please contact us with your dates for a quotation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 07-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Floor Area

  • 272 m²


  • Bathroom - Farmhouse Ground Floor - Bath with Shower
  • Toilet 1 - Farmhouse Ground Floor - Toilet
  • Shower Room 1 - Farmhouse - Shower Enclosure, Twin washbasins
  • Toilet 2 - Farmhouse - Toilet
  • Shower Room 2 - Cottage Ground Floor - Shower Enclosure, Twin washbasins
  • Toilet 3 - Cottage Ground Floor - Toilet


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - Farmhouse Ground Floor - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - Farmhouse - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - Farmhouse - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - Farmhouse - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - Cottage - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - Cottage - 2 Single Bed
  • Sleeps 12 + 2/3 infants (6 Bedrooms). All bedrooms large enough to accommodate a cot. See floor plan for layout.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All properties can be centrally heated at an additional cost. With an enclosed garden and fenced pool it is safe for children. Cots and highchairs are available. With a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, the farmhouse is popular with those who have difficulty with stairs, the grounds are flat and perfect for those with limited mobility. Outside: Private outdoor heated 10m x 5m pool with loungers and umbrellas for sole use of guests. Large walled garden with covered outdoor dining area and games barn. Utility Room: Dedicated utility room with washing machine and ironing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bath towels are provided. Beds are made up on arrival. Other: Farmhouse: Large rear hallway with sofa, TV, DVD and Wii, plus a selection of toys, games and children’s books. Easy staircase to the first floor.

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