Barn conversion for holidays Poitou-Charentes

Paizay-le-Tort (7km from Melle), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS004265 Advertiser since: 4 August 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Tilleul Gites Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

French Country Barn Conversion. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Les Hirondelles is our converted 18th century barn, one of two individual gites, each sleeping up to 4 people. "Le Tilleul Gites" is a pretty gite complex, enclosed in a gated courtyard, in Paizay-le-Tort, a riverside village, 5km from the romanesque market town of Melle in South Deux Sevres, in the Poitou Charentes region.
The gite has an open plan downstairs area with a kitchen, dining and living area. A gorgeous ash staircase leads upstairs to a landing and two bedrooms, one double and one twin room, both with en suite rooms. The double en-suite has a massage jet shower and the twin en suite has a bath with overhead shower.



Kitchen and dining

A very well equipped kitchen with gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave, as well as a selection of small appliances and plenty of crockery, pans and utensils. In addition to all the equipment found in the kitchen, other items such as a slow cooker can be borrowed if required.
There is also a large pine table and 4 chairs as well as a comfy sofa in the dining area. You will be able to enjoy al-fresco dining in a secluded and private outside area, with table and chairs and your own barbecue

Living rooms

The cosy living area is open plan with a comfy sofa and two armchairs and pine coffee table. There is a flatscreen TV (UK Freesat tv channels) and dvd player with dvds suitable for all age, as well as a selection of paperbacks and magazines. Free wi-fi available.


The master bedroom has a double attractive iron bed with bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe, as well as a full length mirror and hairdryer.
The twin room has two single metal beds, a bedside table and a pine chest of drawers, as well as a curtained hanging space with shelves. There is plenty of storage in both rooms.
A cot can be provided free of charge if required and a third bed (fold up or toddler bed) can be provided for an extra person if needed, although there will be an additional weekly charge for an extra person.
We provide linen and towels, free of charge, and these are changed weekly


The en suite shower room to the master bedroom has a massage jet shower cubicle and shelving and space for storing toileteries.
The en suite bathroom to the twin room has a bath with an over head shower with screen, and shelving and storage space.


We have a wonderful wood log burner which heats the gite throughout and additional electric heaters can be provided if required.


Large flatscreen tv, with British Freesat channels, dvd player (with selection of dvds), books, selection of games etc - a shared games room houses pool, table tennis, darts, table football and a selection of children's toys and games. In nearby Melle there is a cinema which often shows english speaking films in their original language, and in bigger towns such as Niort or Poitiers, there are multiplex cinemas, bowling alleys and other entertainment.

Garden and outside

Each gite has its own private area - Les Hirondelles has table, chairs, parasol and barbecue, as well as individual sunloungers. There is also a shared, above ground pool. Just up the road, there are picnic tables by the local river and we can provide a small picnic table and/or picnic blankets if required. There is a tennis court, skatepark, boules piste, basketball area and a childrens playground which are a 5-10 minute walk from Le Tilleul Gites and are free to use

Parking and garages

Private undercover parking area for each gite's guests.

Visitor suitability

As the bedrooms in Les Hirondelles are upstairs, as well as the toilets/bathrooms, the property is not suitable for those who are infirm or disabled

Information about any additional facilities

The 7.5m x 3.5m above ground pool is shared by both gites. The pool is open from May to October. Les Hirondelles has been rated 3 star by the French Tourist Board for which we are very proud. We strive to ensure that we offer a fantastic holiday for our guests at a very reasonable and realistic rate - there are no hidden extras here and we pride ourselves on the fact that our guests leave Le Tilleul Gites having had a fabulous time and many return year after year


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Sauze Vaussais
Distance: 20 km

Beauty treatments


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Javerzay
Distance: 10 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Niort
Distance: 30 km


Mountain biking


Name/number of nearest marked trail: D120

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Le Grand Lopin
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Vicky Renwick

We are Vicky and Bill Renwick and we owned Le Tilleul Gites since 2012. Prior to that we have had a holiday home in the same area for over 13 years and once Bill took retirement from the Fire Service, we planned our permanent move to France which we did in 2011. We enjoy all things French, including the wine, food, cheese and people.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Poitou Charentes is claimed to be the second sunniest region in France after the Meditterannean and we do enjoy a micro climate here. This area is full of natural beauty and history with many Romanesque buildings and architecture. It is also easily reachable within one day's drive from the UK
Unique benefits of property As we have two gites, one with en suite facilities, we can provide accommodation for up to 8 people if they wish to come on holiday with family and friends but still wish to be in their own accommodation. We also have one rental price all year round for each property with no extra charges - no price hikes in school holidays

The Owner Recommends

Things to do whilst staying at Le Tilleul Gites

Futuroscope - one of Europe's best loved theme parks, is only just over an hour away' A great day out for all the family and the evening laser show is definitely worth staying late to see

La Rochelle, with its bustling harbour and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Plenty of excellent sea food restaurants and the Number 1 Aquarium in France (4th in Europe), with its vast variety of sealife, including seahorses, jellyfish and sharks!

Vallee des Singes (Monkey World) - a short drive away and a great day out. A park full of different breeds of monkeys and apes, as well as play areas

Donkey Sanctuary - Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou - a very short drive from Le Tilleul Gites. A Breeding farm for long-haired Poitou donkeys with guided visits and animal rides.

Zoodysee - a zoo specialising in European animals. There are over 600 animals and 70 different species. Not far from the gites

La Palmyre Zoo near Royan .- one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Region, there are over 1600 mammals, birds and reptiles. A great day out