This 19th century farmhouse has been renovated to maintain the character and original features whilst offering more modern day standards. Detached and private, with large 12mx6m swimming pool, sleeps from 2 to 6/7 in 3 bedrooms and kiddies den. Super walled courtyard to front, nice enclosed back gardens and sunny terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. In a nutshell a real cosy home from home atmosphere, the farmhouse has been successfully running as a holiday home for some years. Full website address on request. Quietly set in hamlet yet close to all daily requirements/facilities, set in the heart of SW France renowned as one of the sunniest regions, easily accessible from all ferry ports/tunnel crossings by car, train or by airports (Poitiers, Limoges, Angouleme, La Rochelle). An ideal base to explore the local area with things of interest, locally medieval villages, Romanesque churches, French markets, or further afield a large choice of options for days out and about.
Farmhouse near Chef Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes, Deux-Sevres, France - Set In A Quiet Hamlet With Easy Access To Shops, Super Spacious Farmhouse
Ruth Louise Reid
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 7 Dec 2018
About Ruth Louise Reid
Hi, I am English but have lived and worked in France for well over 25 years, I speak French and the property I am offering for rental I have owned and rented out for holidays since1996. The property is independent of where I live although I am around should you need me for any reason. The pool is cleaned on a regular basis throughout your holiday.
Ruth Louise Reid purchased this Farmhouse in 1995
Pool / Spa
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Relaxing holiday in farmhouse with pool
Relaxing holiday deep in the French countryside. Lovely swimming pool for cooling off on hot days.
Lovely relaxing holiday
We have never been to this part of France before but we were lured by the size of the pool and how lovely the farmhouse looked in the pictures. We arrived very late as its quite an epic drive from Calais, but as soon as we were sat outside looking up at the clear sky and the amazing stars we felt relaxed. To be honest we pretty much stayed put for the week enjoying the pool and the tranquility. The farmhouse is well equipped and we used the BBQ most nights. Super market not far away. If you are looking for some peace and quiet away from the usual busy hectic pace of life, then this is the place to be. Ruth is very helpful and makes sure everything is perfect for you.
A fantastic gite with private pool & every modern convenience and buckets of old world charm.
We arrived on a hot, sunny summers evening to this charming gite in the quiet hamlet of Hanc and were instantly bowled over. It is simply beautiful!
Every modern convenience is provided for in the house including a very thoughtful and practical welcome basket (the champagne was very much appreciated 😉�) to get us settled in.
Whilst temperatures hit 33°, the fabulous private pool provided cool relief from the hot weather. The lovely Ruth Louise, the property owner, called by to clean the pool (it was immaculate) and provided us with great information & advice on sightseeing etc. We were a family of 5, (2 adults & 3 kids14,11,9) and we completely switched off. Most days we lounged by the pool, barbecuing in the patio area and chilling in the hammock. We were in heaven!
On the days we ventured out, we hit up Futurascope (well worth a visit), the town of Cognac where we took a tour & tasting of Martell, but our highlight was Vallee des Singes, getting up close and personal with many breeds of monkeys.
The area is quiet, but exactly what we wanted and needed. Chef Boutonne is an easy 5km drive to the local supermarket and we stocked up on food & vino there. Papa Jos italian restaurant in Chef Boutonne is excellent.
We will definitely return!
Emma, lovely surprise to be informed I had a new review, I don't get very many these days with a lot of guests being repeats, so thank you so much for bothering to take the time of sharing the experience of your holiday and stay at the farmhouse , I'm sure future guests will find your comments most helpful....
I'm so glad you all enjoyed your holiday, you certainly had fantastic weather from start to finish so it couldn't have been better,
It was a real pleasure to meet you and your family, you make great coffee and it was a first for me, with breakfast to boot!! you'd definately be welcome to come back again anytime, it would be my pleasure.
Thank you for looking after all the flower pots with the heat and for leaving everything so neat and tidy, its always very much appreciated.
Have a great summer and hope to see you all again sometime, until such time
take care of yourselves, Ruth
Gorgeous place for a relaxing break
The house was beautiful and well-kept and everything was thought of. There was a lovely welcome pack when we arrived after the long journey along with plenty of information for things to do in the local area. Ruth came to clean the pool whilst we were there and was super helpful with information for Futuroscope and also with finding somewhere to replace our punctured tyre! Hopefully we will be back soon!
Many Thanks Again for everything Ruth, and sorry for the delay in the review!
Lyndsay, thank you so much for taking the time to send your kind review, it seems so long ago now that you were here and being totally unexpected, it was a lovely surprise, always very much appreciated...it always great to know that guests have enjoyed staying at the farmhouse and had a good holiday, (despite flat tyres!!) and certainly useful to future guests for sure.
I'd be delighted to have you come stay again and look forward to having the pleasure at some time again in the future, take care Ruth
We've not long returned from almost a fortnight in this lovely house. It's in a quiet village, with gorgeous grounds front and back (giving you sunshine at any time of the day) which aren't overlooked and a fabulous private pool that's a great size for swimming and playing with inflatables and balls. Our kids loved it...as did we. The house itself is lovely and the downstairs with the thick stone walls and pretty, blue shutters is a cool haven when it's hot outside. It's spacious and the facilities are great. It has everything you'd need. E.g. a good BBQ with BBQ tools, dishwasher, washing machine, books, 2 showers, outside tables front and back, a well equipped kitchen and a lovely patio etc.
We were very last minute in making our arrangements and Ruth (owner) couldn't have been more helpful and as we arrived late on, the welcome basket of groceries was much appreciated....especially the fizz!
We had several day trips including Cognac, Poitiers (fututoscope) and across to the coast at Ile de Re so although rural, as long as you don't mind a bit of a journey, there're lots of interesting things to do. Locally, the scenery is beautiful with vineyards and fields of sunflowers and pretty villages. The wildlife is abundant...saw my first Beech Marten climbing up the house wall and am still amazed at the Humming Bird Hawk Moth that visited the garden most evenings. Definitely recommend.
Fiona hi there, so sorry to be so slow in responding but thank you so much for your lovely review, very much appreciated, it always a great pleasure to know that holidaymakers have enjoyed staying at the farmhouse and had a brilliant time, again thank you so much for leaving everything so neat and tidy and for looking after the flower pots. It would be a pleasure to have you stay again some other time but perhaps with a little more warning next time lol!!! Take care and hope you have a good summer Ruth
Everything we hoped for, and more...
What attracted us was the pool, which didn't disappoint; it's big (12.5m for lengths) and it's completely private, in the back garden, which also has terrace for eating, and lovely big tree shaded corner for when it just got too hot. Although maybe worth mentioning that it was very cool inside the house itself on hot days. We wondered if the farmhouse would be too big for just the two of us, but it worked out perfectly; we had a lovely bedroom on the groundfloor, along with bath, shower and toilets. If you did have a large family there were three more bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There was a very generous welcome basket, including a gorgeous jam made by the owner, and several stunning breakfasts! The house is well stocked with all the pans etc. you need to cook just about anything. The owner comes round to clean the pool a couple of times a week, and was just lovely and helpful without being intrusive at all.
The farmhouse stay was everything we hoped it would be and more. The big surpise was the village. The farmhouse is on the edge a beautiful and peaceful village - but also immediately accessible to some lovely walks and runs. There aren't any major hills, mainly flat with gentle slopes - and next to no traffic. You can watch incredible skies and melting sunsets as you walk alongside shimmering wheatfields, and thousands of giant sunflowers, flowing across gently sloping fields. It's really worth taking the time to walk through the village, and along the lanes and tracks in any direction. I think children would love it too.
Unfortunately we didn't book in time, and missed the Friday night dinner at the local Auberge, so make sure you book early. Next time. However, we did discover a wonderful restaurant in nearby Pioussay, Aux Choeurs De Bacchus. Again, you need to ring and book ahead, as they only have 3-4 tables, but the food and wine are divine (retired sommelier and chef). It's very good price, and extremely good food. You can also buy some very fine wines at reasonable prices.
To sum up, I think the owner has carefully selected some small piece of heaven, and is maintaining on all our behalf. Thank you so much for your efforts Ruth, they are truly appreciated. We are planning to return.
Thank you so much Linda for sharing the experience of your recent holiday at my farmhouse, its always a true pleasure to know that guests have thoroughly enjoyed themselves staying here and that you have had a great holiday.
It's certainly very reassuring for potential guests to read a review such as yours, current to the year we're in, comprehensive, complimentary and just full of all sorts of information , it will no doubt enhance confidence for others to follow in your footsteps which is extremely kind of you, it also confirms for them that the farmhouse does actuallty exsist and so do I !!
It was lovely to meet you both and have you stay, thank you again for leaving everything so beautifully neat and tidy, and for looking after the flower pots for me, always much appreicated,
It would be wonderful to have you come and stay again, no problem, anytime.... Look after each other and look forward to seeing you both again sometime, Ruth
Special interest holidays:
There is also local fishing on the river Charente or the river Vienne (licences required) or private fishing lakes available in the area. There are also several horse riding centers in the local area, once very close to the farmhouse. For artists who enjoy painting there are many interesting local features that could keep you busy for hours, market halls, old stone river bridges, abbeys and old churches. This is also a lovely area for cyclists, one of the french favourite past times of course, the countryside offering lots of lovely lanes and tracks and gently rolling so its not flat or too steep! Bike hire is available locally.
Beaches in the area offer a nice lazy day out for a change from the swimming pool, Royan - St Palais sur Mer - La Côte Sauvage approx 1.30hrs drive have excellent beaches, La Rochelle has a few pretty coves at 1hrs and just south of here Chatillon-sur-Plage offers larger sandy beaches, the oyster parks at Fourras will also offer the odd sandy cove.There are also large lakes, closest at Celles sur Belles offering all sorts of water sports, local rivers as well for canoeing + water ski-ing.
The farmhouse is easily accessible from any of the car ferry ports, all of them offering easy motorway driving at varying distances and times, Calais approx 6rs. The local airports Poitiers 1hr, Angouleme 1hr, Limoges 2hrs, La Rochelle 1hr, offering good all year round services, not to mention major airports Bordeaux 2 hours, Nantes 2 hours and of course Paris. Trains are equally easy with Eurostar London Lille Poitiers. Car rentals available but a car is definitely a necessity once here.
Bordering the Charente department,the farmhouse is situated near Chef Boutonne a lovely market town full of character, offering full everyday facilities necessary.Ruffec easily accessible approx 20km, Sauzé Vaussais close on hand at 10km, Melle, Couhé, even Civray and Confolens are closeby. Being well positioned in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes area so easy access to major cities of Poitiers, Niort, Limoges, La Rochelle, Angouleme, St Jean D'Angely, Saintes and of course all the coast line.
Set in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes, southern part of the Deux Sevres (79) bordering the Charente region, in a small hamlet called Hanc, there are a multitude of treasures to discover in the area but if the weather is good you won't want to budge from the farmhouse except to do your shopping and sample the super fresh produce and local markets. Daily requirements are all close to hand either at Chef Boutonne, Sauzé Vaussais and Ruffec.
Alternatively 4 major cities easily accessible, Poitiers, renowned for Futuroscope the futuristic adventure park with exciting images and scientific wizardry, Angouleme, Niort with its 'marais poitevin' (Venice vert) a system of endless canals attracting an abundance of wildlife, Limoges dedicated to porcelain. La Rochelle approx 1hr with its beautiful old port and fantastic sea food restaurants, Royan with its fabulous beaches and Zoo at 'La Palmyre' incredible flamingos, Cognac for brandy and pineau distilleries, Aquatic centre with diving or hamman facilitities. Closer to home the folklore festival at Confolens is a must in August, Silver mines at Melle, the Monkey farm at Romagne children love or simply enjoy walking/biking the surrounding countryside.
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Booking Notes: Payment is in Euros. Booking form on request, by email or via website brochure, min of 25% of cost of holiday at time of booking, full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival by bankers draft or bank transfer. Full instructions / details via website/brochure for full booking terms and conditions, full details on how to make payments, info re cancellations etc. Full confirmation and receipts will be sent by return. Breakages/dustbins deposit of 100€/£100 per booking, refundable. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturdays, arrival on first day from 5.30pm and departure strictly by 9.30am, low/off season bookings can be flexible where possible. Full website address on request.