Our two delightful, family-friendly, self catering gites are situated in the idyllic, pretty village of Paizay le Tort, in the south Deux Sevres department of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France.

Both properties are completely independent of each other within a gated courtyard, and have their own private outside areas. We are within easy travelling distances of Poitiers, La Rochelle, Nantes, Bordeaux and Limoges airports, and within a day's drive of Calais and a few hours from the ferry ports of St Malo and Caen.

Les Hirondelles is a sympathetically restored barn conversion, on two floors, accommodating up to 4 people and, with both bedrooms having en-suite facilities ideal for friends and family holidaying together.

La Bohème is a renovated, charming and traditional French cottage, all on one level and suitable for up to 4 people.

This beautiful region averages 2,250 hours of sunshine per year, making it the second sunniest region in France and, therefore, an ideal region to visit from early spring to late autumn. In winter months, both gites have a woodburning stove, providing a cosy atmosphere after a day's sightseeing or a walk or cycle ride around the village.

Both our gites are very well equipped with everything you need for an exceptional stay. As well as equipment for babies if required, we can provide a toddler bed for children who are not quite ready for a 'big bed'.  And, of course, we supply free wifi, bed linen and towels.

The gites are situated in nearly an acre of mature gardens where you can, depending on the season, take your pick of figs, damsons, nectarines, grapes, apples, pears, walnuts and more. Our garden offers a beautiful space to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

The 7.5 x 3.5 metre above ground pool is shared by all and is situated within a paved and walled area. Sun loungers are available for all our guests. We have plenty of trees giving welcome dappled shade from the midday sun, as well as bougainvillea, lavender, lilac and mock orange amongst the many shrubs that border the gardens. And we must mention the huge lime tree at the entrance which, in French,  is Le Tilleul.

In a large converted barn we have a games room, which offers you, a pool table, darts, table tennis, table top football and a small snooker table. Boules, croquet, tennis and badminton equipment are also provided for outdoor use.

A lovely refreshing dip

We live in an area where the roads are quiet so cycling and walking are a delight. Local walks will take you past Chateau de Melzéard, on the outskirts of the village - as shown above surrounded by glorious sunflowers.  If you would like to bring your own bikes, we can offer secure storage. However, we can also offer you a convenient bike hire service through Bike Hire Direct who offer great value flexible bike and accessory hire packages to suit your holiday requirements.

And to enhance your holiday experience, we can call upon the services of qualified and registered therapists to offer a variety of holistic and complementary therapies. With one of our exclusive mini break celebration experiences, you can enjoy a fabulous holiday in this stunning region of France whilst also treating yourself and your partner to a little bit of luxurious pampering.

You should be able to spot Hoopoes, Golden Orioles, Woodpeckers, Buzzards, Red Squirrels, Cattle Egrets and Herons. On summer evenings look out for the Gloworms and Owls.


A hoopoe in our garden

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Carol & Les Gateshead

We have had a lovely time and pure peace and quiet. Bliss ... the gite is a credit to you both and may it long carry on. Plenty of areas to explore. Thanks.


Matthieu, Louise & Lucas

We have had a lovely time and wish we could stay for another week! Lucas loved the pool and games room. The gite is very well equipped and the welcome pack was appreciated. We have enjoyed the BBQ and the garden very much. Thanks and maybe see you again.


Williams family Eastbourne

Wow! What a wonderful find. We've all loved staying here in Les Hirondelles. Bill and Vicky you've made us feel v. welcome. Love all the extra touches - the children had great fun all week - us too. The park and obstacle course up the end of road has been used daily - whole experience highly recommended - thank you