Barn conversion for holidays Poitou-Charentes - PS004265

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 - Les Hirondelles Self Catering Flexible 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, with either an en-suite shower or en-suite bathroom. 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. Comments about our gites from previous guests often comment on how well equipped they are.

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 and parasol.

Living rooms

The cosy living area is open plan with a comfy sofa and 2 armchairs and pine coffee table. There is a 32" modern flatscreen tv with both British and French tv channels, and dvd player with dvds suitable for all ages, as well as a selection of books and magazines. Free wi-fi is provided.


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 logburner which heats the gite throughout for the cooler months, and additional electric heaters can be provided if required.


Large flatscreen tv, with British and French 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 with limited mobility.

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 the end of September. 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

We are flexible with arrival and departure days and we also offer short breaks, minimum stays of 4 nights.

The onsite therapies provided are Intuitive Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Facials, Hairdressing and Waxing


  • 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


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. We really enjoy welcoming guests to Le Tilleul Gites and strive to ensure that they have the best holiday.

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 and there are flights from the UK to a number of local airports which makes travelling here for short breaks 'do-able'.
Unique benefits of property Les Hirondelles, is a converted barn, which retains some of its original features, making it a unique and individual property. La Bohème, once the farm hand's cottage, is all on one level, making it ideal for those who may have limited mobility. If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind but still be within reach of the modern day life and conveniences, Le Tilleul Gites complex is the perfect place. Although some of the facilities are shared by guests in both gites, you will have your own privacy and will be able to relax without being overlooked by others, unlike so many other gite complexes. We are situated in the most beautiful countryside and offer all the comforts of home, plus a gamesroom, and separate room for quiet contemplation, with its own separate free wifi for those who need to do the odd bit of work whilst on holiday but don't want work to impact on the rest of the family's holiday time. Many guests return year after year - testimony that we offer a great holiday

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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