Lovely renovated barn & heated pool, Charente - PC006625_A

Le Lindois (17km from La Rochefoucauld), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006625_A Advertiser since: 11 October 2018

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Pommier at Le Tilleul Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2

About this property

Beautifully Renovated Barn & Heated Pool in Charente. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

4 Star Etoiles de France Quality Rated Gite.

Le Pommier is a delightfully converted hay barn offering premium quality accommodation for 6, in one king, one double and one twin bedroom. The large open plan first floor living area offers fantastic southerly views over the Charente countryside from the adjoining balcony.

Le Pommier features a large 13m x 6m heated pool (June to September) with a shallow end depth, ideal for children, as well as a gym and sauna. The large summer terrace, overlooking the pool, provides a welcome shaded area to dine al fresco or just to relax in the hammock with a book. It is the ideal place to relax whilst still being able to supervise the children having fun in the pool.

The dedicated table tennis area is nearby and the petanque (boules) piste and croquet lawn are also conveniently positioned, close to the gite. The large garden also has football nets, volleyball / badminton nets a 14" netted trampoline and a playpark with slide, swings and climbing wall for the smaller children enclosed within a picket fence and decked area for parents to watch the kids having fun.

Situated just outside the quiet little hamlet of Le Lindois, Le Pommier is in a great rural location close to the Haute Charente with its freshwater lakes, beaches and plenty of interesting activities and water sports to keep everyone happy. The tree top adventure parc at Massignac is also just a few minutes drive.

The quaint market town of la Rochefoucauld, with its imposing Chateau, is 10 minutes’ drive away and is served by excellent restaurants and the historic city of Angouleme, the capital of the Charente, just 15 minutes further afield. The owners (Allan & Ruth) live on site and are on hand if any help or recommendations are needed.




Kitchen and dining

The first floor of Le Pommier is one large living space, with exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and some exposed stone walls. At one end is the kitchen/dining area and at the other, the main living space. The well equipped kitchen has modern appliances including dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, Tassimo coffee-machine and the large dining table seats 6 comfortably. Frenchdoors lead from the kitchen onto the south facing balcony.

Living rooms

The first floor living room has ample seating for 6 plus, large flatscreen HD tv (receiving all UK Freesat channels), a dvd player and iPod docking station. There are external frenchdoors from both the kitchen and the living area onto the south facing balcony with views over the garden and open countryside beyond. A supply of boardgames, books and a comprehensive selection of dvds suitable for all age groups are available.


The 3 bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, which makes them cool in the heat of summer. The master king size bedroom has an en suite shower room with walk-in shower, wc and wash handbasin. The twin bedroom is situated between the master and the third bedroom, which is a double and it is situated directly opposite the family bathroom. Two full size cots and one travelcot are available as well as highchairs, changing mats and other baby/toddler items.


The master bedroom has an en suite shower room with walk-in shower, wash-hand basin and toilet whilst the family bathroom, which is also on the ground floor, directly opposite the double bedroom, and has a wc, wash-hand basin, bath and separate shower.


In the event that heating is required, there is a logburner* in the first floor living area and electric heaters on the ground floor.

*First basket of logs included.


UK Freesat HD tv and dvd player, hi-fi music system and iPod docking station. Children's dvds, board games and books are available.

Garden and outside

The large garden is mostly laid to grass, with volleyball/badminton net, petanque court, croquet lawn, football mini-goals, a 14ft trampoline (with safety net), and a cornilleau table tennis table (with overhead shade) are provided. Racquets, bats/balls, boules, croquet equipment etc. are all provided.

The large (13 x 6m) heated swimming pool (June to September) has sunloungers and parasols and the summer terrace provides a shady area overlooking the pool so children can be supervised whilst enjoying themselves in the pool. The summer terrace is equipped with a sofa, hammock, table football, dart board, fridge, dining table and chairs and an iPod docking station. Dedicated patio area under the balcony with table and chairs and gas bbq (gas provided).

Enclosed kiddies play area with climbing frame, slide, swings and rope ladder.

Parking and garages

Ample parking is available adjacent to the gite and additional under cover parking may be available on request.

Visitor suitability

No smoking allowed inside the property!

Information about any additional facilities

Baby / Toddler Equipment - Cots (1 x travel cot and 2 x wooden cots), 2 x highchairs, baby bath, baby buggy, potty, toilet steps, baby monitor, stairgates, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups, black-out blinds are all available on request.

Well equipped gym is available to all guests.
Four person sauna is also available but incurs an additional charge.
Baby sitting service available (additional charge).

20% discount on standard vehicle and passenger fares on Brittany Ferries crossings.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente Lacs
Distance: 7 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de la Preze
Distance: 8 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Various within 10 minute drive
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 7 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various in locality


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Allan Smith

We are the proud owners of the Gites at Tilleul having moved to France in the summer of 2018 with our 2 sons. Allan previously worked in finance and Ruth is a commercial surveyor.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? Stunning setting with spectacular views. Great climate. Lots to do, both on-site and in the local area.
Unique benefits of property Quality gites, large swimming pool, very child friendly with kiddies play park, large safe garden area with lots of games. Lots of space and loads to see and do in the local area!

The Owner Recommends

Lakes of the Haute Charente / Grand Etang de St Esteph

The Gites at Le Tilleul is only 10 minutes drive to the nearby Lacs de Haute Charente, and just a little further to both St Mathieu Lake and Grand Etang de St Esteph. At these freshwater lakes can be found sandy beaches and shallow, warm water for paddling or swimming. Free half hour kayaking sessions are available at Grand Etang during certain summer months, with lifeguard services available at the larger lakes.

​The lakes are great places for families to visit, with children's play areas, paths suitable for buggies, walks and cycle tracks along with cafe / restaurants if you don't want to take your own picnic with you.

Adventure Parc

The Tree-Top Aventure Parc at Massignac, just 10 minutes drive away, offers something for all of the family and for all abilities - from the thrill of tree top high rope courses, fun bungee and air-bag jumping to the zip-wire that crosses over the lake. There is also a tiny-tots adventure area for 3 years plus, along with an on-site cafe or the option to bring along your own picnic (tables & benches are available).

The Town of Brantome

The picturesque town of Brantome, known as the Venice of the Perigord, is about a one hour drive away just across the border in the northern Dordogne. It is surrounded on all sides by the River Dronne, with beautiful scenery, a medieval Benedictine abbey built by Charlemagne, and 11th century belfry with pavement cafes and restaurants, and a large Friday Market. In the village you can enjoy Périgord specialties, such as porcini mushrooms. It has a large park and kayaking is available from Brantome on the river Dronne.

Nautilis Aqua Centre, Angouleme

Nautilis Aqua Centre in Angouleme, has a large Indoor/outdoor pool complex with water slides, a river, an indoor whirlpool and wave-maker, ice rink and a large recreational lake with footpath around the perimeter and a large artificial sandy beach.

Go Karting

We are spoilt for choice here at Le Tilleul with 3 Karting circuits within a 45 minute radius of the gites, with the nearest one only 10 minutes drive away and previously raced by Alain Prost as a junior.​

Karts begin from ages 4 upwards (dual bi-place karts are available at one circuit which allow for an adult and child to sit alongside each other) and range in size and power.So whether the kids are looking for a fun filled afternoon on the track, the adults want a competitive racing experience or you just want a bit of family fun close-by, there is plenty to choose from.

Oradour-sur-Glane - Martyrs village

The martyr village from the second world war of Oradour sur Glane will leave a lasting impression on you. The village ruins which on the orders of the French President, Charles de Gaulle, has been maintained as a permanent memorial are frozen in time and its excellent informative museum & exhibition tells of the horrors that occurred here in 1944.

Vallée des Singes

A 15-hectare monkey and ape park offering its visitors the discovery of the fascinating world of primates in unique and privileged conditions

Angouleme, Capital of the Charente

Angouleme is the capital of the Charente department with a good variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. It is home to the Comic Strip festival in January and Le Circuit des Ramparts in September when Angouleme turns into a vintage race circuit.The old town has lots of interest: Saint-Pierre cathedral, which dates from the 12th century with its high tower and remarkable facade carved in the Romanesque style, a town hall with flower gardens and the ramparts offering a magnificent view across the Charente valley.

The International Circuit des Remparts d'Angoulême finds its route in the city, unchanged since the first in 1939 for 3 days - 13th, 14th & 15th September 2019. This annual event is a must for fans of vintage cars. The International Circuit des Remparts turns Angoulême into a giant museum on wheels when classic cars race around the Ramparts.

Angouleme is also home to the Nautilis Aqua Centre with its large Indoor/Outdoor pool complex with water slides, whirlpool and wave machine.

Cognac Town

Famous worldwide for its drink of the same name. Most of the major Cognac houses offer guided tours of their facilities with an opportunity to buy samples of their products at the end.

Gallo-Roman Baths at Cassinomagus

The nearby first century Roman settlement of Cassinomagus at Chassenon is a unique place to visit with its thermal baths and vast archeological park and gardens with the opportunity for children to dress up in costumes.

Golf International de La Prèze

We are only 7 kilometres away from the 18 hole golf course, Golf International de La Prèze which is a spectacular 65 hectare course, set in a beautiful area surrounded by hills, woods and lakes. ​It offers an 18-hole championship course, as well as an 18-hole pitch and putt course, a 20 tee driving range and two pitch and putting greens.There are a further 3 or 4 other courses within an hours drive.

The Coast - Royan

A couple of hours drive away are some fantastic sandy beaches in and around Royan.

Perigord-Limousin Natural Parc

The “Bocage Limousin” is a stunning landscape where green and water reign supreme. An array of fields and pastures are home to the famous Limousin cattle that grace the Bocage with their warm, golden coats. Two great massifs make up the Bocage: the Cognac-la-Forêt Massif and the Rochechouart Forest. An exceptional geological event took place in the Rochechouart region over 200 million years ago when it was hit by a meteorite measuring 1.5 km in diameter. The Rochechouart-Chassenon Astrobleme National Nature Reserve was created there in 2008.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Paul Annett 5 May, 2019

Outstanding!! I can honestly say that my stay with Alan and Ruth was fantastic. The facilities, location and their knowledge and friendliness made my break up there with the best Easter breaks I have ever had in France.

The gite I stayed in was wonderfully equipped and a real "home from home". I cannot recommend the gites enough.Lovely gites, people, food, wine; what more can one ask for?

Owner response

Thank you so much for your amazing review and for your very kind comments about your stay here at Le Tilleul. It was a real pleasure having you around for the Easter break and we are so pleased you found your stay with us "Outstanding"!!! Hopefully we can welcome you back again some time soon.

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