Lovely renovated barn & heated pool, Charente - PC006625_B

Le Lindois (17km from La Rochefoucauld), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006625_B Advertiser since: 11 October 2018

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Le Cerisier at Le Tilleul Self Catering Flexible 2 5 2 One child bed suitable for child aged up to 8 yrs

About this property

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

4 Star Etoiles de France Quality Rated Gite.

Le Cerisier is a delightfully converted hay barn offering accommodation for 4/5, in one king size bedroom (with additional child bed, if required) and one twin room. It has been sympathetically converted to retain many original features, including the original bread oven, and has exposed stone walls and wooden beams throughout. It also features a large 13m x 6m heated pool (June to September) with a shallow end depth which is ideal for children, as well as a gym, sauna, Table Tennis table, 14" enclosed Trampoline, Football nets, Badminton / Volleyball nets and Petanque (Boules) court.

The property is south-facing and therefore benefits from sunshine throughout the day and has stunning views from both the first floor bedrooms and the ground floor patio area, across the large open garden and Charente countryside beyond.

The large poolside summer terrace provides a welcome shaded area to dine al fresco or just to relax in the hammock with a book. Equipped with fridge, iPod docking station, sink, sofa, patio table and chairs, dart board, it is the ideal place to relax whilst still being able to supervise the children having fun in the pool. There is also a play park 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 Cerisier 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 just 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

Combined kitchen/diner which retains many quality features including the original 'bread oven'. All Bosch appliances including, oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washing machine. Door directly onto south facing terrace.

Living rooms

Living room has ample comfortable seating - three seater sofa an arm chair and additional comfortable seat - iPod docking station, dvd player and UK Freesat tv channels. Door on to south facing patio area.


Well proportioned king size master bedroom has premium quality en suite shower room with large (120 x 80cm) shower and twin wash hand basins. Full length glass doors (with ornamental safety rail) with views to the south over the garden and Charente countryside beyond.


Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom.
The master bedroom has a large shower room with smoke-grey tiling, twin wash hand basins and large 120 x 80 cm shower. The twin bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bath and in-bath shower. Both have sloping ceilings, exposed wooden beams, Velux windows and frosted panel doors to the bedrooms.


If required, centrally controlled electrical heating is available in all rooms, and the bathrooms have heated towel rails.


Large flatscreen HD tv with UK freesat channels, dvd player with a comprehensive selection of dvds, iPod docking station and radio. Dart board on summer terrace and table tennis area.

Garden and outside

Le Cerisier has a south facing terrace which can be covered by an electrically operated sunshade. It has its own patio table, chairs and gas bbq (gas provided). The large garden is mostly laid to grass with a volleyball/badminton net, football mini-goals and 14ft trampoline (with safety net) available to all guests. The large (13 x 6m) heated pool (June to September) has sunloungers and 2 large pergolas providing shade. It is overlooked by the large summer terrace, which is equipped with hammock, sofa, fridge, iPod docking station, dining tables and chairs and a dart board. Adjacent to the summer terrace is the table tennis area with Cornilleau outdoor table. There is also a petanque (boules) court and croquet lawn in the garden.

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, indoor, parking may also be available, if required.

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 Will04 26 August, 2019

An outstanding holiday and superb gite and complex, we had an amazing time. The gite is well equipped and modern, with great outside seating and views. The complex is great, plenty to do from cricket, football to chasing the chickens! The pool is very kid friendly, warm with a good shallow end.
The area is great to explore, we visited Brantome, a beach lake, La Rochenfocauld and Angouleme.
Allan and Ruth are great hosts.
We had a truly exceptional week.

Owner response

Thank you so much Will for taking the time to write your fantastic review!! I'm so glad you had an amazing time here and enjoyed all of the facilities and things we have to do on site, including all the garden games and the large heated pool. We do try to provide everything our guests need in order for them to have a thoroughly relaxing holiday and we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Le Tilleul so much. It would obviously be a pleasure to welcome you all back to Le Tilleul again in the future.

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