Large family house to let, Charente Maritime - PM005585

2km from Bercloux, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM005585 Advertiser since: 23 June 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Barn at Bercloux Self Catering Saturday 7 16 4

About this property

Large 'Family' House with Private Swimming Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Located in the South West of France, the property is a superb barn conversion providing spacious accommodation for up to 16 guests. The enclosed garden consists of flat lawn, terrace and a private 10 metre heated swimming pool with Roman steps. The house is situated in a quiet hamlet surrounded by vineyards.

On the ground floor there is a large dining room with tables and seating for up to 16 people, toilet, spacious living room with comfortable seating and large tv, fully equipped kitchen with dining area. Wi-fi is available throughout the property.

On the first floor there is a mezzanine area, leading to 3 large double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, 2 twin rooms, 2 single rooms and a large family bathroom. Extra single beds and cots are available.

The barn is located in the Charente Maritime region. It is in a small hamlet just one mile from the town of Brizambourg where there is a supermarket, boulangerie, pharmacy, tabac, bar and restaurant. Saintes, Cognac and St Jean d’Angely are all approximately a 15 minute drive away and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are less than an hour away.

The Charente Maritime benefits from a micro climate that makes it one of the sunniest parts of France.



Kitchen and dining

The large kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave and a large SMEG cooker. There is a kitchen table that seats 6/8 people.

The dining room has a long oak table seating up to 12 people.

Living rooms

The large lounge has a full height ceiling, large arch window and a traditional stone fireplace with wood burning stove. There are comfortable sofas and armchairs and a large tv (with Sky Freeview).


On the first floor there is a mezzanine area, leading to 3 large double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, 2 twin rooms, 2 single rooms and a large family bathroom. Extra single beds and cots are available.


Three en suite bathrooms and one large Family bathroom with freestanding bath and walk-in shower.

Downstairs loo.


Wood stove and wall panel heaters if required


As well as the pool there is a table tennis table and pool table.

Garden and outside

The garden is flat with a grassy area, mature shrubs, herbs and a shaded area for al fresco dining. There is a brick built bbq, tables, chairs and sun loungers.

The private 10m pool is heated, with Roman steps at the shallow end and is open from May – September. The pool is fully fenced.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking on private land by the side of the house and at the end of the garden.

Visitor suitability

The property is ideal for large family groups and is well equipped for children.

Information about any additional facilities

Linen and towels are included in the price, but please bring your own beach/swimming towels.

Cots, highchairs, stairgates, bicycles and pool toys are all available.

We also offer knitting and crochet holidays and workshops. For further details please contact us or visit our website


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brizambourg
Distance: 5 km

Creative arts



Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Saintes
Distance: 15 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cognac
Distance: 15 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr James Bell

The house is owned by James Bell & his in-laws Sue & John Culligan. James lives in the UK & Sue & John live in France and manage the property.<br/><br/>John was the architect for the original barn conversion 12 years ago so when it came on the market in 2016 the family leaped at the the chance to buy it.<br/><br/>James Bell/Sue Culligan purchased this house in 2017.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? James stayed at the property with his family a couple of times when it still belonged to the previous owners and fell in love with it and the area.

It is a peaceful area of France with a gentle landscape and spectacular skies.
Unique benefits of property This beautifully renovated 'Barn' conversion is ideal for large family groups and is well equipped for children. Bercloux is in the heart of the Cognac region looking out over vineyards and fields covered with colourful sunflowers in the summer.

The garden and pool area provide a mix of sun and shade throughout the day and the quiet lanes are perfect for walking and cycling.

The town of Brizambourg is just a 15 minute walk away, where there is a bar/restaurant, supermarket, boulangerie and small food market every Wednesday and Saturday.

The Owner Recommends

Places to visit / things to do

Saintes – old Roman town, situated on the river Charente.
Good for shopping, restaurants, markets, theatre/cinema, boat trips on the river, Roman amphitheatre

Cognac – home to all the major Cognac distilleries, situated on the river Charente
Good for shopping, restaurants, markets, Cognac tours and tastings - try Otard and Henessey

St Jean d’Angely – small medieval town which comes alive on market days (Wednesday and Saturday). Good restaurants and bars. Boating lake and large indoor swimming pool.

Minature boats at St Savinien –

Paleosite at St Cesaire -

Abbaye de Fontduce – beautiful historical site with adventure park for kids, also holds exhibitions and jazz concerts in the summer

Quarry at Crazanne

Quarry at Port d’Enveaux – Les Lapidiales is an old quarry which has been turned into a centre for art and sculpture

Musee les tresors de Lisette

Chateaux –
Chateau Dampierre
La Roche Courbon
Chateau Crazannes
Chateau de Panloy

Poitou Donkey sanctuary

Palmyre zoo -

Golf at Fontcouverte -

La Rochelle aquarium -

Trout fishing at St Cesaire – catch your own trout and have it cooked for you

Puy du fou

Bordeaux – shopping, sightseeing, the wine museum

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 7.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Cornstik 6 August, 2018

On arrival we found that the property was accurately described and ready for immediate occupation - everything was spotlessly clean. The Barn is well equipped in all respects: games and DVDs for all ages, Sky T.V. (with English channels), a fully equipped kitchen with enough crockery/glassware/cutlery for the maximum number of people it can accommodate and cots are available for babies. With the fine weather that my party enjoyed, the swimming pool was a bonus!

Our dealings with the property owners, initially by email and then in person after arrival, were straight-forward and friendly - good customer service was provided before, during, and after our rental period. We have no hesitation in recommending the property to anyone who needs to rent a property suitable for large parties.

Owner response

Many thanks for your review Liz - glad you had a good time and enjoyed the pool! Look forward to welcoming you back to Bercloux in the future. Best wishes - James

10 / 10 DeM 23 August, 2017

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié votre maison pratique et spacieuse, c’était parfait pour nos trois familles ! Les enfants ont apprécié d’avoir des jeux à disposition, qui les ont fait patienter avant de retourner dans la piscine quand le soleil réapparaissait. Nous avons également bien profité de cette jolie campagne viticole. Bref le séjour fut très réussi, merci pour tout.

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