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Beautiful 12th Century Post House with Private Pool sleeps 25 in 13 bedrooms.

Sleeps26
Bedrooms 13
Bathrooms6
Space 3,875 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Holiday Home in Pillac, Nr. Aubeterre, Poitou-Charente, France. Spacious And Well Equipped Holiday House For Groups Up To 26!

Le Relais is situated on the edge of a delightful and quiet village, surrounded by glorious countryside of sunflowers, cornfields and woods, a nature lovers paradise. This lovingly restored 12th century Country post house has all you need for a perfect, relaxing holiday. You can go walking, fishing, beaches, canoe, play golf or tennis, dine out, all within 10 mins. The attractive, enclosed garden provides peace and tranquillity as well as areas for games and activities. Both, a paved area beneath a shady pergola and a sunny terrace, are ideal for alfresco meals.There is a very large, airy dining room (62sq.m) with a piano, seats 28, a spacious salon, comfortably furnished and with plenty of books, opening onto a Perigordian balcony and a large, well equipped farmhouse kitchen. Le Relais is approximately 5km from both St.Severin and Aubeterre, the 'jewel of the Charente'. The wine regions of Bordeaux, St.Emilion/Pomerol and Cognac are not very far and well worth a visit!


Owner
Barbara Hubbard
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
November 7, 2017

About Barbara Hubbard

I am Austrian but grew up in Germany where I also worked as cabin crew for Lufthansa for 10 years. We moved to France in 1982 and I lived in Pillac since 1983 together with my three children. Pillac is still the same as it was when we moved here, a quiet and beautiful little village where one can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings.

Barbara Hubbard purchased this house in 1983

Why Barbara Hubbard chose Pillac

Le Relais is a great place for groups of all kinds. I had groups with activities, like painting courses, writer's classes etc. but mostly the groups are friends and families with ages ranging from 3 month to 90 years.

There are all kind of activities for everybody and lots of space inside the house and outside in the garden and around the pool.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We choose this place as it was quite a central meeting point for the members of our family and because its such a big and peaceful homely sort of house. Perfect for a family reunion. Not too far from Bergerac or Angouleme (so cheap flights for all). The house is an old, beautiful big place. Lots of rooms, huge dining area, and a very family friendly sort of feel to the place. The pool area is fenced off so we didn't need to worry about the kids too much. The owner is easy going and accommodating, fluent in English and non intrusive. Lovely lady. I recommend this place for large groups, family/friend reunions and for people who want to get away from it all. We didn't go out to any restaurants, we preferred to stay in and cook our own meals, BBQ, etc. The house is surrounded by vineyards and gentle hills - great place to go for walks. All in all it was exactly what we wanted!
Apr 2009
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Amenities

Pillac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 28 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, bath with shower. Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower enclosure. Bathroom 3 - toilet, bath with shower. Bathroom 4 - shower enclosure. Bathroom 5 - bath with shower. Bathroom 6 - toilet, shower Bathroom 7 - bath 3 separate toilets.
Bedrooms:
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 12 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 13 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 25 (13 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with single bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed plus 2 single beds. Bedrooms 3-10 with 2 single beds each. Bedroom 11 with large double bed. Bedroom 12 with double bed. Most bedrooms have wash-basins with hot/cold water.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside: The attractive and secluded garden provides peace and tranquillity as well as areas for games and activities. Both, a paved area beneath a pergola overgrown with honeysuckle and clematis and a sunny terrace are ideal for eating out. There is a large, fenced in pool (12m x 6m) with paved surround for sunbathing. Also lots of shade under the lovely old yew and hazelnut trees when you've had too much of our wonderful weather! There's a games room with pool table in a separate building next to a lovely playhouse with many toys for the little ones, table tennis, boules and badminton. Utility Room: 2 washing machines, 2 tumble driers, 2 large fridges, 1 freezer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided .

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful 12th Century Post House with Private Pool sleeps 25 in 13 bedrooms.
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5

Home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We spent two fantastic weeks at Le Relais. Having come all the way from Australia, it was nice to have a big family get together with our family from the Netherlands, Ireland and the U.S.

The house is so comfortable and homely that it felt as though we had always lived there. The property is incredibly spacious which allowed everyone to have their own space if required.

The kids played in the pool, garden and playhouses day after day. No electronic devices were used throughout our stay.

The nearby picturesque villages were full with culture and history.

We are already planning our next get together in 2019.

Our hostess Barbara was very welcoming and accommodating at our arrival.

I couldn't recommend this wonderful house highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Carty for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet your group and I am happy that you all had such a good time in my house. I look very much forward to welcome you all again in 2019!
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Holidays in Wonderland !

  • 4 of 5

Barbara's house is very convenient and very big. Adults and kids enjoyed their stay very much.

The garden is so beautiful, with natural tree shadow. The swimming pool is big and very clean.

The all house has been such perfect, and very welcoming. It's been the 2nd year we stay in Pillac and we love it !

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful spacious group accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a group of 25, 10 adults and 14 children.

It was perfect and provided everything we needed.

Barbara was so helpful and we had an amazing holiday.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic stay in traditional french house

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Le Relais. The house was lovely, traditional French. we were a family party of 20, 9 children ranging from 5-16 and 11 adults. The house had plenty of space for us all, the communal areas e.g. kitchen, dining room, living room, and outside space were fantastic. Barbara, the owner was there to welcome us and give us any advice required. the pool area was lovely and a big hit with the children, as was the games room. Free Wi-Fi was also very popular with both children and adults alike. Nearby Aubeterre was lovely. It has a riverside beach for swimming, kayaking, with a reasonably priced café. we also visited Nabinaud (about 8 mins away) for the high ropes course, maze and another lovely beach. All in all, a fantastic family holiday destination that I would recommend visiting . Thank you Barbara.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sunny holiday at Pillac

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 16 enjoyed the spacious house and the children loved playing in the interesting garden.

We had lovely weather and spent a lot of time at the pool

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Perfect House

  • 5 of 5

After looking at many houses big enough to cope with our party of 14, we booked to stay at Le Relais to celebrate my 60th birthday with family traveling from the UK and Australia. We ranged from 6 to 70, and the house was perfect for each and everyone of us, with relaxing spaces for the adults - outdoor dining, lounging around the pool or relaxing in the lounge as well as early morning walks around the Hamlet and local area. The 6 - 19 year old's were kept busy with more than enough to keep them occupied with pool, table tennis, swimming and playing football.

The photos and description on this web site are a perfect depiction of the house and facilities. It was typically French (just want I wanted) and was well equipped with plenty of crockery etc for the largest parties, and enough fridges, cookers and washing machines to meet all our needs, along with plenty of parking.

I got a good feel about our stay when I rang Barbara to check that the boys would have enough space to play football, she couldn't have been more helpful and this continued with her warm welcome on our arrival,and she even dropped in to wish me a happy birthday, a lovely thought.

Pillac is a small Hamlet, well located for local towns with markets and restaurants, the market at Riberac was especially good, we had a lovely lunch at the La Taverne in Aubeterre and enjoyed mirco brewery overlooking beautiful countryside in Bors.

I couldn't recommend Le Relais highly enough and would love to have the opportunity to get another party together to make a return visit.

Thank you Barbara

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Coast/Beach:

Aubeterre, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, is approximately 10 mins drive away. St.Aulay is about 15 mins drive away and both have lovely sandy river beaches with children's playgrounds, water slide and beach side restaurants. There are some wonderful beaches on the Atlantic coast (Royan), about 2 hours drive away, good for a day trip.

Travel:

Airports: Angouleme, 40 min drive. Bergerac 1.5 hours drive. Bordeaux Airport is also about 1.5 hours drive away. The TGV (train grand vitesse) goes to Angouleme. A car is essential in this area and there are facilities for car hire at all the airports and train station.

Distances:

Le Relais is situated approximately 5km from both St.Severin and Aubeterre. Both villages have a supermarket, pharmacy, restaurants, butcher and of course, baker! Some 20 minutes drive away are the market towns of Chalais and Riberac. Cognac, really worth a visit and a tour around one of the cognac houses is about an hour drive away. About the same distance south are St.Emilion and the vineyards of Bordeaux.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $212.24

We can offer discounts for smaller groups out of season- please enquire with owner
Guests should depart by 10am and new guests may arrive by 4pm
Refundable Damage Deposit €550
Changeover Day: Saturday during Peak Season, otherwise flexible
Cleaning fee €180

Notes on prices:
Property can comfortably accommodate 25+

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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