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FR24844 - The Hayloft

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Updated: 14-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online


The Hayloft

Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.

Shower room with double walk-in shower, toilet and sink with vanity unit.

Price advertised is for two bedroom accommodation sleeping 4.

There is an additional 3rd bedroom and bathroom available for rent which is accessed separately to the main Hayloft living area. This makes this a 3 bedroom property sleeping 6. Please contact for price if this is required.

Kitchen has a full size gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is a laundry facility outside in the piggeries, and can be used for a minimal charge. There are sufficient cooking utensils, tableware and glasses for guests.

It is open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with traditional features, contemporary furnishings, polished wood floors, flat screen TV with English free-view channels, DVD player, CD and ipod stereo unit.

If required, there is an additional gite available for rent, which will sleep a further 4 people. Please ask for details.

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About the property


Les Hirondelles is in the tiny hamlet of Grand Juif just 4km away from the town of Aigre, with it's shops, bars and restaurants, and located in the North Charente region of France. The pool is 10m x 5m with roman steps, and 1.4m deep, open from May to September. There are gardens, lawns and shaded seating to the front of the gites and to the rear are private courtyards with BBQ and additional table and chairs. This is partially screened to afford privacy from other guests if required. There is a large hangar for shaded parking, and gates, making it secure for families with children. Les Hirondelles is ideally located to explore all that the Charente has to offer. The region, famous for producing Cognac and Pineau, offers beautiful rolling countryside, air that is clean and a climate which boasts around 2700 of sunshine a year. Activities found locally include horse riding, canoeing, cycling, kayaking, walking, fishing and golf. There are also roman ruins, picturesque villages and enchanting towns all within easy driving distance.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Karen Kemp
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 January, 2017

Available Rentals

3 Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Fabulous find!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in The Stables at Les Hirondelles and again it didn't fail to deliver everything we were looking for in our summer holiday. Karen was an excellent host - nothing was too much trouble, even cooking delicious meals when we were feeling a bit lazy one evening! The gite is well equipped and very clean, as was the pool, where our children had a blast using the various inflatables provided. The location is perfect and quiet but still accessible to the major towns like Cognac and La Rochelle. If you also like to be a little more active there are plenty of other activities to do in the area e.g. kayaking at Mansle and plenty of quiet roads to enjoy cycling. A perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place! We have just returned from a long weekend over Easter at les Hirondelles in Juif, in the beautiful Charentes.

We had a total chill and relaxing time in the lovely Hayloft. It was really spacious, comfortable and well appointed. Lots of room and lovely bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a fabulous open plan living area.

The gardens are beautiful as is the pool area - just wish we had been there in summer! (May just do that too).

Karen and Paul kemp are great hosts - they leave you to it but are on site if you need them. Happy to help with directions, advice and liquid provisions in case you under shop.

For a completely relaxing, away from it all holiday this is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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Les hirondelles

Stunning property

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a few days whilst travelling round France with family. The gite we stayed in was absolutely fabulous . Very spacious and spotless with all the mod cons. It was like home from home and Karen was very welcoming, couldn't do enough for us. We will definately be returning and would like to stay for a week in the summer as the outside area looked perfect for us. Would recommend this to anyone. You won't be disappointed

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
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Activity and Interests


The nearest coastal resort to Les Hirondelles is Royal where there is a beautiful sandy beach, children's clubs, plenty of restaurants and shops. La Rochelle is not much further, again with sandy beaches, historic harbour and town, with a wealth of harbour side restaurants and excellent shops.

Very close to Les Hirondelles are lakes with man made beaches and play areas, which are ideal for swimming and picnics.


By car from:

Calais approx. 440 miles - 8 hours

Caen approx. 280 miles - 5 hours

St Malo approx. 270 miles - 5 hours

Cherbourg and Roscoff approx. 330 miles - 6 hours.

Fly to Poitiers, Limoges or La Rochelle, all within 90 mins drive. Bordeaux is appro 2 hours.

Eurostar to Paris or Lille and TGV to Angouleme.

Car hire is available at all airports and Angouleme station.


The nearest shops to Les Hirondelles is Aigre, which is approx. 4 km away, where most purchases can be made. Larger supermarkets can be found at Rouillac (15 mins drive) and Ruffec. Further afield, Angouleme (40mins) has an excellent range of larger shops, numerous restaurants and bars. Cognac, Saintes, Poitiers and Bordeaux are all easily accessible for half or day trips.

Further Details:

There are some excellent restaurants close to Les Hirondelles, and can be found in the Guest Information folder on site.

Other places of interest for adults and children include; Futuroscope, just off the A10 north of Poitiers; Monkey Vally, La Palymere Zoo at Royan; the Aquarium at La Rochelle; Velo Rail; Chocolate Factory at Angouleme and many more.

Full details can be found in the Guest Information Folder on site.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact to check availability. Pricing shown on The Hayloft is for two bedroom, sleeping 4 only. If the additional third bedroom and bathroom are required (self-contained), please enquire on price. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking, and will vary depending on length of stay. The full balance is due 8 weeks prior to the commencement of your stay, and a £200 security deposit per gite is payable with the balance.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday from mid July and August. Flexibility is given outside these dates.

Notes on prices:
Please contact for full pricing details and availability.
The Stables is available for lets outside of the main holiday season as it is heated. Heating is to be paid for separately. Please contact if interested, as prices will be on a per night basis, and discount given for longer-lets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 14-Jan-2017
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Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Please note there is an additional charge for this room.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Please note there is an additional charge for this room.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: All bedlinen is included, as are towels for the bathroom. Guests must provide their own beach/pool towels. The room will not be cleaned until check-out day. Fresh linen will be provided for the 2nd week for guests who are staying for 14 nights. Outside: Outside, the front garden is laid to lawn and is suitable for children's games. There is table tennis, table football, darts, boules and other garden games. There are tables and chairs in the front garden and each gite has access to a BBQ at the rear. The pool is 10m x 5m and 1.4m deep with roman steps for access. It is completely walled and accessed only via a security gate, which makes it secure for parents with children. Please note that the owners do live on site and will have access to the pool. The Hayloft is advertised as a 2 bedroom unit sleeping 4, but there is a further 3rd bedroom and bathroom available at an additional price, therefore accommodating 6 persons. Please ask for pricing.

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