Luxury Charentaise Holiday Farmhouse + Pool - PC004320

13km from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004320 Advertiser since: 30 September 2015
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Le Tilleul Self Catering Sunday 4 8 4 Double bed-settee

About this property

A Luxury Farmhouse in 2 Acres with a Large Pool. This villa is in a rural setting.

Le Tilleul is a typical Charentaise farmhouse near Aubeterre sur Dronne, with Chalais its closest town. Comfortably modernised and furnished to a high standard the house offers a stunning, large, private 12 x 6m pool with Roman steps and a deep end. Two pool terraces offer space for loungers, tables, ice coolers, parasols and reclining chairs with a mixture of full sun and partial shade for much of the day. Pretty, landscaped gardens provide a choice of dining areas with tables and chairs on the terrace, beneath the porch and under the trees, where you may enjoy an open view across our beautiful wild flower meadow to rolling countryside dotted with distant farms.

Inside, the impressive double height living room is arranged into 4 areas for reading, dining, relaxing overlooking over the garden, or watching tv. The Smart 40” HD tv has both satellite and internet channels including free Netflix and YouTube. The farmhouse kitchen, is sympathetically updated.

The ground floor bedroom opens to the garden. Tastefully furnished it has a 5 foot double bed with matching oak furniture, a private shower room with loo and basin.

The 3 upstairs bedrooms each sleep 2 in a combination of double and kingsize or twin options. 1 upstairs bedroom is fully en suite while the other 2 have bath and/or shower/washbasin facilities and share a first floor toilet

The location is peaceful and unhurried, surrounded by woodland and fields. Only 4kms from the nearby town of Chalais which offers a good selection of shops and services including an Intermarche and holds a weekly market. Other attractions close by include Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (one of the prettiest towns in France), Saint-Emilion, Riberac, Bergerac, Brantome, Cognac and Bordeaux.

In High season (Mid June-September) Sunday is the changeover day for weekly bookings only, with a minimum stay of 7 nights.
For mid May to mid June the change over day is flexible but the minimum stay is 7 nights. Additional days may be added in this period from only for £210 per night.



Kitchen and dining

The character farmhouse kitchen welcomes guests to Le Tilleul. Sympathetically updated you will find modern fitted units, a dining table, seating 8, a modern range cooker, dishwasher, storage and a log-burner, in a traditional Charente-style fireplace.

The kitchen is generously equipped with cutlery, matching crockery, glasses, cookware, pans, baking dishes, coffee-maker, toaster, hand mixer, utensils, chopping boards etc, plus an initial supply of ground and instant coffee, teabags and sugar to start your holiday. Beyond the kitchen the utility room houses the washing machine, microwaves and 2 fridge-freezers, so ample room to chill drinks.

Additional dining is provided in the dining room area of the sitting room and at 2 large tables in the garden and beneath the porch.

Living rooms

An impressive spacious double height living room with 4 seating areas (to accommodate 14 people), a log burner and a feature staircase. There is a dvd player and a 40" Smart tv with 500 satellite channels and internet access including free Netflix movies and YouTube

An impressive, spacious, double height living room is arranged into 4 areas for reading, dining, relaxing overlooking over the garden, or watching tv. A dvd player is provided alongside the Smart 40” HD tv with both satellite and internet channels including free Netflix movies and YouTube. The 4 seating areas accommodate 14 people.


Le Tilleul has a calm ground floor bedroom opening to the garden. Just outside, a bistro table & chairs for 2 are perfect for welcome morning or quiet evening drinks. Tastefully furnished it has a 5 foot double bed with comfortable new mattress, matching oak furniture and a private shower room with loo and basin.

Upstairs are 3 further bedrooms. All have seating, views and shuttered windows to keep the house cool in summer.

The Blue Bedroom may be made up as a queensize or twin beds. It has a garden view and full en suite shower room with loo, shower and basin, heated towel rail, skylight.

The Peony Room has a west facing window, queensize or twin bed option and a newly fitted wet room, with modern raindrop shower and basin.

The Green Bedroom leads into a bright bathroom with double basins, bath, separate shower cubicle, heated towel rail,radiator and large window. These 2 bedrooms share a single loo, just paces from the Green Bedroom.


The full family bath/shower room and 3 shower rooms.


Controlled electric heating in all rooms with log burners in the kitchen and living room


A dvd player and a 40" Smart tv with 500 saterlite channels and internet access are provided plus games, books and a small dvd library. Free Netflix access is available for a wide range of films and tv series

Garden and outside

There is a 2 acre landscaped garden including a wild flower meadow. The swimming pool is unusually large (12 x 6 metres) with Roman steps and a deep end. Loungers and upright garden chairs for 8 plus guests are provided. There is a choice of 2 outside dining areas. Beautiful country views from the house and pool.

Parking and garages

Le Tilleul has a long imposing drive with parking for 5 cars. A second drive offers hard standing for caravans or motor homes

Visitor suitability

Ideal for 2 families sharing or groups up to 8 guests, plus a baby.

Information about any additional facilities

Fast wifi internet is provided free.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Chalais
Distance: 4 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Aubeterre-sur-Dronne
Distance: 9 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Aubeterre Sur Dronne
Distance: 8 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many and varied nearby


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Numerous
Distance: 9 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Snook

We live in the south east of England and until recently ran our own holiday cottage company. This has given us an in-depth understanding of the property rental business and what makes an enjoyable self catering experience. We have now bought our own beautiful farmhouse in south west France, as a holiday home, and would like others to enjoy its unique, relaxing setting and spacious character accommodation.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? The location is peaceful and unhurried, surrounded by woodland and fields. The nearby town of Chalais offers a good selection of shops and services including an Intermarche and holds a weekly market. Other attractions close by include Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (one of the prettiest towns in France), Riberac, Bergerac, Brantome, Cognac and Bordeaux.
Unique benefits of property Peace and quiet with beautiful views. The farmhouse is large and furnished to luxury standard with a character farmhouse kitchen. and a spacious double height lounge with a feature staircase. The house is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens.(including a wild flower meadow) and the the swimming pool is unusually large (12x6 metres) and totally private.

The Owner Recommends


This is one of the prettiest towns in France. Many cafes and restaurants as well as historical buildings.

Chalais Chateaux

Much history and a very classy restaurant. Art exhibitions are held here regularly


Has a famous market on Monday mornings. You can buy almost anything including fresh veg, fish, furniture and fabrics

St Emillion

A beautiful little town in the middle of one of the foremost grape growing regions of France. A world Heritage site


A beautiful town known as the Venice of the Dordogne due to it's position on an island at the confluence of several rivers. Lots of restaurants and interesting local shops

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.7
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.1
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.4
10 / 10 Pascoe 19 February, 2020

Our group of 4 couples rented Le Tilleul to take advantage of the of the wonderful nearby walks. We had a brilliant time and even walked all the way to the beautifil Heritage town of Aubeterre (14 kms) where we had a marvelous lunch and several bottles of superb wine. A little further afield we also drove to Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and Brantome - all enjoyable days out.

The house is immaculate, large and nicely decorated with quality furnishings and a well appointed farmhouse kitchen and utility room. The latter contained a new state of the art washing machine and dishwasher. The swimming pool was huge (you can do some real swimming in it) with several sun terraces and comfortable loungers. We made regular use of the BBQ and often enjoyed a glass of local wine sitting in a shady spot overlooking the picturesque countryside that surrounds the house,

The house keepers, SallyAnne and her husband Peter, were brilliant - full of good suggestions about where to eat and visit and they looked after us really well

All in all our holiday was everything we could have wished and we will definitely come again

Owner response

Lovely to have you stay with us and we look forward to your return. Thank you so much for the nice comments

10 / 10 peter and jean matthew 13 August, 2019

The location of the property was superb. It was clean and well maintained. There was a lot of information about where and what to do and when which was very helpful.We would definitely recommend to a friend.

10 / 10 Dr Penelope Smith 3 June, 2019

We had an excellent week's break in this charming and peaceful house. The property is well-situated, being within easy driving distance of Angoulême, Libourne, Saint-Émilion, and even Bordeaux, with the beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne only a few minutes away. The house itself, which was spotlessly clean when we arrived, is well appointed, with a superb swimming pool area, large garden and grounds, and a well-equipped kitchen. We stayed there with our four-year-old daughter, who loved the large pool, the space to run around, trips to see the cows in the nearby fields, and expeditions down to the river. A particular advantage of Le Tilleul is that, as well as having great outside space, the house itself is also very comfortable, spacious, and pleasant to spend time in. Having stayed in several properties in recent years where the interior has been a little underwhelming, it was refreshing to stay in a house to which so much careful attention has given both inside and out. The owners were thoroughly charming: they gave us all the of information about the house and general area we could want, alongside very clear instructions about how everything worked. There were also local contacts who were on hand if we needed anything. It is clear that the owners take a great deal of pride in the property. We will certainly be returning, and will recommend the house to our friends.

10 / 10 Ben S 14 September, 2016

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful house. Our one-year-old daughter absolutely loved running around the huge garden and splashing about in the enormous pool (a welcome change from our small, London flat). The house is set in charming countryside, and there are several walking routes that take you through fields (full of sunflowers in summer) and woods, which really enabled us to make the most of the superb location. Chalais and Aubeterre, which both have plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants, are both a short drive away. Chalais also has a railway station from where you can easily get to Bordeaux or Angouleme in about an hour. The house itself was very well appointed, extremely comfortable, and has clearly been decorated with real care and attention - it feels like a home from home. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked to go back this October! We would recommend it to anyone.