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Barbara Hubbard

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german

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

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 12
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Holiday Home in Pillac, Nr. Aubeterre, Poitou-Charentes, France - Spacious And Well Equipped Holiday House For Groups Up To 23!

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 24, 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!

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Barbara Hubbard (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german

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 Charente

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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Beautiful 12th Century Post House with Private Pool sleeps 25 in 12 bedrooms
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

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: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Such a wonderful place for a large family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

HI Barbara

Just a not to say how very much we all enjoyed our holiday and celebration of my sister's 60th birthday last month.

What a wonderful house you have. Such a lot of space, comfort and provided facilities and activities for all generations. We had a fabulous time.

The family reunion with those from England was very special especially for my grandson who met his extended family for the first time, all together. It was well worth the travel from Australia.

We explored local market villages and dined out a few times but time around the house and pool in such a relaxed environment was extra special.

We took many, many photos but one of my favourite ones is taken from my bedroom window. It really captures your house and the French architecture and landscape of the region.

With fond memories for many years to come, thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place to come and stay. This year was the second time of visiting Le Relais and yet again it was a fabulous week. The swimming pool, table tennis, badminton, pool table and toys provided meant that there was something for everyone to do, regardless of age. We had a mixed group ranging from 9 months to 69 years old and we all had a lovely time, (again!). The dining facilities are great and we enjoyed eating outside every day. Although we didn't need to use the indoor dining room, it would have seated us all comfortably. There is a good supply of travel cots/high chairs etc so all the youngsters in the group were perfectly provided for.

Nearby Aubeterre is beautiful with a delicious ice cream parlour and the underground church well worth a visit. We also took advantage of the river beach and the kayaking too. The Friday market at Riberac is also worth a visit.

Thank you Barbara for your hospitality - we had a super time and are looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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our family holiday in Pillac

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had organized an extended family week to celebrate my 70th birthday, to include our three children, and 6 grandchildren up to the age of 9. We also included a young french family with their 3 offspring. Pillac itself is a tiny hamlet, in lovely rolling countryside extensively covered with sunflowers during our stay, and with delightful,interesting towns within easy reach. The house was extensive, well furnished and all that was needed for our large group. The owner was welcoming and helpful, her property clean and well sorted. With the swimming-pool, table tennis, and pool table there was everything that was needed on site to entertain youngsters. We had a lovely time, would recommend the property to others, and would like to return when there is next a suitable excuse to do so.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. It is always a pleasure to have happy guests staying at Le Relais. Hopefully see you all again one day!
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Incredible for big groups with kids

  • 5 of 5

What a superb stay we had a le relais! We're devastated that we had to leave. We were 13 adults and 9 kids (all under 2.5 years) and we had an absolute ball. From the extremely well-prepared facilities (potties, cots, highchairs, LOTS of crockery and cutlery, pool, pool toys, toy room etc - the list is endless) to the well thought-out dining arrangements for large groups - it was perfect!

Swimming at the river was a real high too!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ellie for you great recommendation! I am so pleased that you've had a great time.
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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.


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.


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.


Rates & Availability

Pillac House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Peak
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid - Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please pay 25% of total rent as a non refundable deposit to secure your booking.

Changeover Day:
Change over days Saturday to Saturday. Arrival at 4.00pm and departure at 10am.

Notes on prices:
Price per week is for 16 people and £140 for each extra person. If heating is required there is a supplement of £50 per week.Balance is required 12 weeks prior to arrival date with a £500 refundable security deposit.

End-of-stay cleaning fee Euros 180

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Pillac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
  • 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.
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 12 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 25 (12 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
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 .

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