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. Large garden with plenty of room for children to play. Lots to do on site with large heated pool to relax by in the summer months, gym and sauna or just a perfect place to explore local attractions and activities, including the nearby tree-top adventure parc or water sports and beach at the nearby lake.

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 stairs from the ground floor lead up to the light and airy open plan hay loft which retains many interesting features including the galleried stairs and the fully exposed roof structure.The first floor is one large living space, with exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and some exposed stone walls. At one end is the open-plan kitchen which is fully equipped with modern appliances including a double built in oven, large fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave, dish washer and Tassimo coffee-machine.

The dining area features a large farmhouse table which seats 6 and from both kitchen and lounge, French doors provide access to the very large (5m x 3m) south facing wooden balcony/first floor terrace. This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing morning coffee, a family meal or to watch the sun go down/amazing night skies with a wine! It is also totally secure so the ideal indoor/outdoor safe place for toddlers & young children to play whilst being supervised from the living area.

Living rooms

The spacious first floor open-plan living space with comfy sofas has ample seating for 6 plus, a cosy-wood burning stove, large flatscreen HD tv (receiving all UK Freesat channels), a dvd player and Samsung Bluetooth Speaker. There are external french doors from both the kitchen and the living area onto the south facing balcony with views over the garden and open countryside beyond.

A table, chairs and comfy seat can be added to the living room for young children along with colouring pencils and wooden puzzles. The large open-plan living space with its wooden floor is perfect for young children to play or to use their imagination with the wooden Brio train set and collection of Thomas the Tank engines.

A wide selection of boardgames, card games, books and a wide collection of dvds suitable for all age groups are available.


Off the ground floor entrance hall there are solid wooden doors leading to each of the three ground-floor bedrooms. One King-size, one double and one twin bedroom sleeps 6 people comfortably, and all bedrooms have exposed beams and partially exposed stone. All bedrooms are situated on the north side of the ground floor, thereby providing cooler sleeping conditions during warm summer nights.

The well proportioned king size master bedroom with its modern oak bed, built-in wardrobes, and bedside tables, has an en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, w.c. 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.

(Note - it is possible to add an infant/child bed if needed).Two full size cots, one travel cot and a child's bed (aged up to 7 years) 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 w.c., washhand basin, full size bath and separate shower cubicle.


In the event that heating is required, there is a logburner* in the first floor living area and electric heaters on the first and ground floor. The bathrooms have heated towel rails.

*First basket of logs included.


Large flatscreen HD tv with UK Freesat channels, Chromecast, dvd player with a comprehensive selection of dvds, Samsung Bluetooth Speaker. A large selection of Board Games, card games, toys (including wooden Brio train set) books and puzzles are available in the gite. An Indoor & Outdoor Play Tippee can also be provided on request.

Outside, the main garden is laid to over 1000m2 of grass, giving plenty of space for energetic ball games or a more relaxing game of boules or croquet on the croquet 'lawn'. There is also a Children's playpark for younger children with climbing frame, slide, see-saw, swings & rope ladder.

Older children will also be entertained by the 14' netted trampoline, Cornilleau outdoor table tennis table, football nets, badminton/volleyball, cricket, table football or darts.

Garden and outside

Le Pommier has a further patio area with gas bbq, table and chairs next to a lawn for the children to play on, with a shaded area for hotter days.

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 - A range of practical baby & toddler equipment can be provided free of charge including - Cots (1 x travel cot and 2 x wooden cots), 2 x highchairs, Tripp Trapp Chairs, baby bath / seat, baby buggies, potty, toilet steps, baby monitor, stairgates, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups and black-out blinds.

We have on-site a guest information area with lots of tourist leaflets and information about the local area, activities and things to do, with recommendations from previous guests and a book of local restaurants and bars which range from nearby pizzerias to a michelin-star restaurant.

Well equipped gym is available to all guests.
Four person sauna is also available (small 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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