• private garden
    private garden
  • patio and BBQ
    patio and BBQ
  • heated main pool (13kW electric)
    heated main pool (13kW electric)
  • enclosed play area
    enclosed play area
  • paddling pool & shaded sitting area
    paddling pool & shaded sitting area
  • fitness room
    fitness room
  • lounge with UK satellite television
    lounge with UK satellite television
  • chute and swings
    chute and swings
  • dining area
    dining area
  • private garden
    private garden
  • upper tower twin bedroom
    upper tower twin bedroom
  • enclosed play area
    enclosed play area
  • en suite bedroom
    en suite bedroom
  • hammock
  • lounge
  • Lymerac - Pigeonnier  Image 16
    Lymerac - Pigeonnier Image 16
  • lower tower bedroom, baby equipment provided
    lower tower bedroom, baby equipment provided
  • Lymerac - Pigeonnier  Image 18
    Lymerac - Pigeonnier Image 18
  • kitchen
  • stroll around the lake
    stroll around the lake
  • tots play area
    tots play area
  • hammock
  • ensuite shower room
    ensuite shower room
  • Salles Lavalette with boulangerie, bar & restaurant
    Salles Lavalette with boulangerie, bar & restaurant
  • pigeonnier floor plan
    pigeonnier floor plan

Lymerac - Pigeonnier

Poitou Charentes, France

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The Owner / Manager

Catherine & Ian Stables

Member since Apr 2011
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:10 minutes
  • Availability Updated:20 days 23 hours

BFB's Overview.

Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields in the sleepy Charente countryside, this picturesque farmstead has been thoughtfully renovated and is now home to three charming gîtes along with the home of its owners, the friendly Stables family who've added many thoughtful touches to create an ideal setting for happy family holidays.

A real treat is the onsite children’s pony trekking and lessons in the outdoor sand school with BHS qualified instructor. Guests can also get on a bike to explore, with small, medium and large mountain bikes, children’s bicycles, tricycle and baby seat all available at the cottage. Then again, there’s hardly the need to leave the 12 acres of grounds at all, with badminton, table tennis, croquet and petanque, plus an enclosed leafy courtyard with a climbing frame, swings, slide, huge sand pit and hammock. From the courtyard a child safety gate leads to the sparkling blue pool with loungers to laze in the sun and panoramic views of the gorgeous scenery. The pool is heated, which is an added bonus for sensitive little ones early and late in the season. There is also a separate toddler paddling pool.

The three spacious properties themselves have all been simply styled to combine rustic charm with modern comfort. They won't win any design awards, but they are charming with exposed stone walls, original oak beamed ceilings and cool tiled floors. The country-style kitchens are well equipped, there are BBQs on the patios and comfy bedrooms including big antique beds and fantastic views.

Relaxation starts from the moment guests arrive since the long list of nursery gear (cots, high chairs, baby monitors, booster seats and bed guards) is provided enabling parents to travel light and avoid ever-increasing airline baggage charges, plus Catherine and Ian offer a brilliant arrival night meal service and pre arrival grocery and baby bits (nappies, wipes, formula etc.) shopping service. These thoughtful extras are topped off with a qualified daytime or evening babysitting service, and combine to promise a stress free break with plenty of quality time both as grown-ups and as a family - the stuff great holiday memories are made of!

Accommodation Overview:

Lymerac comprises the two-bedroom Acacia Cottage, three-bedroom Albizia Farmhouse and three-bedroom Pigeonnier. The Pigeonnier has a spacious lounge and dining area with UK satellite TV and south facing French doors onto an enclosed courtyard with BBQ and garden furniture. The country style kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, coffee maker and washing machine. The Pigeonnier has a master bedroom with ensuite walk-in shower room and two twin rooms, one of which is found in the wonderfully lofty pigeonnier tower itself. There is also a family bathroom with a shower above the bath.

Location Information

The pretty village of Salles Lavalette is just 5 minutes away by car, with a bakery, La Cigale Charentaise bar and restaurant, a delicatessen and a ‘traiteur’ who can cater for any special family occasions you may be planning at Lymerac. There is a wider range of shops and the nearest English speaking doctor in the market town of Villeboise Lavalette, just 15 minutes away (8 miles) and 20 minutes drive gets you to Aubeterre which is one of the Beaux Villages of France, complete with cafes, restaurants and a sandy river beach with canoes available for hire.

For a day at the beach, Royan is around 90 minutes by car, with miles of sandy shores, many seafood restaurants and one of the best Zoo’s in France just to the north at La Palmyre. Another unique attraction within reach of Lymerac is the Futurscope theme park at Poitiers which is sure to impress digital natives with mind-blowing 3D and interactive rides and experiences. For the grown ups, this in wine country and there are numerous tours available of fine Bordeaux vineyards such as St Emillion as well as Cognac houses including Remy Martin, Hennesy and Martell.

Getting There: The nearest airport is Angouleme (22 miles) which is 30 minutes away and has regular flights from London Stansted. Bergerac airport is 1hr 30 and has flights from Southampton, Exeter, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, East Midlands, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Bordeaux airport is 1hr 45 and has flights from Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Gatwick.

Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Dr Cohen (English speaking) in Villebois Lavalette 15 minutes from Lymerac. A&E at Hopital Girac, Angouleme 22 miles away.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 6 + infant in 3 bedrooms; 1 large double and 2 twin rooms. An additional single bed can be added.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Aubeterre is just 20 minutes from Lymerac and has sand covered river beach with play area, open air restaurant and canoe hire.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Lymerac is 3 minutes (Drive) from Salles Lavalette a pretty village with church, post office, bakery, bar / restaurant – “La Cigale Charentaise”, delicatessen and a traiteur willing to cater and deliver for events and parties.

Any Pool

There's a lovely fenced outdoor pool and a separate shallow toddler pool. Both are furnished with numerous sun loungers and parasols for shade. The main pool is heated to a balmy 29degrees May-Sept.


A pre-bookable babysitting service is available.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear available includes 2 wooden and 2 travel cots, 3 high chairs, 3 booster seats, 3 bed guards, 3 baby monitors, 3 potties, 2 baby baths, 2 in-bath supports, 2 sterilisers, 2 stair gates, socket covers

Indoor Toys

For indoor use there is a wooden train set, building blocks, bath toys, children’s books & a selection of DVDs, UK satalite TV.

Games Room

From 2012 there is a handy indoor play room for mini guests wishing to escape the sun.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A pre-arrival shopping service can be provided and Delicious meals can be delivered to the cottage door – ideal for the evening of your arrival.

Outdoor Toys

For outdoor use there is a sandpit, swing set, chute and climbing frame, adult mountain bikes with baby seat, children’s bicycles/ tricycle.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates not needed in this cottage

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is a south facing, enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and BBQ.

Wheelchair Accessible

The property is wheelchair accessible.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots and highchairs subject to availability.


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  • Great experience overall. Location excellent if you like to be in the middle of the countryside. Very safe, great facilities and well looked after.Review dated 10/08/2014

  • Rustic charming place, very child friendly, beautiful isolated location. My 4year old loved the paddling pool.Review dated 30/06/2013

Great experience overall. Location excellent if you like to be in the middle of the countryside. Very safe, great facilities and well looked after.

Rustic charming place, very child friendly, beautiful isolated location. My 4year old loved the paddling pool.

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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 3 guests.

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