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How we are prepared for COVID-19

As we all know, Covid-19 has rocked the world right now so we wanted to reassure you of what we are doing before, during and after your stay. We are happy to send you a copy of our 'information sheet' if you'd like to see it before you book your stay with us.

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Le Tilleul Gites - Two delightful family-friendly gites situated in the pretty village of Paizay le Tort, in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of south west France.

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

Les Hirondelles is a sympathetically restored barn conversion on two floors and accommodating up to 4 people. The two bedrooms have en-suite facilities and so it’s perfect 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.

Our beds have comfortable mattresses and good quality linen, perfect for a good night's sleep.

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine averages 2,250 hours of sunshine a year making it the second sunniest region in France after the Cote d’Azur. So it’s the perfect location whatever the time of year.  Summer temperatures in July and August can reach up to a high of 28 or 29°c so make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen.  In winter months, when temperatures average between 8 and 10°c, you can curl up in front of a roaring log fire.  Both of our gites have woodburners and after a day sightseeing or browsing the local markets, they create a wonderfully romantic, intimate atmosphere.

Situated in nearly an acre of mature gardens, it’s a wonderful relaxing space to enjoy some peace and tranquility. Depending on the season you can also help yourself to an abundance of fresh fruit from our orchard. Take your pick from figs, damsons, nectarines, grapes, apples, pears, walnuts and so much more. We mustn’t forget the huge lime tree at the entrance to the grounds which gives ‘Le Tilleul’ its name.

The area is teeming with wildlife and if you are a keen birdwatcher you could spot woodpeckers, buzzards, hoopoes, golden orioles, cattle egrets and herons. If you are very lucky you might even see a gorgeous red squirrel. Keep a look out for owls at dusk, and the luminescent fireflies which often frequent the hedgerows.

The 7.5 x 3.5 metre above ground pool is and is situated within a paved and secure walled area. Sun loungers are provided and when the sun is too hot, the trees surrounding the pool provide some very welcome shade. Scent from the bougainvillea, lavender and lilac that border the gardens simply add to the peace and tranquillity.

Both Le Tilleul Gites are well equipped with everything you need for an exceptional child-friendly holiday. Baby equipment is available on request and we can also provide a toddler-size bed for children who are not quite ready to go in a 'big bed'. We are pleased to be able to provide bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi for all our guests at no extra charge.

A lovely refreshing dip

On those rare days when it’s raining, or for entertainment in the evenings, we have converted a large barn into a games room. Take your pick from darts, table tennis, pool, table football or snooker. For outdoor use we provide boules, croquet, tennis and badminton equipment all at no extra charge.

The lanes are so quiet surrounding Le Tilleul Gites that walking and cycling are high on our guests' itinerary. Local walks will take you past Chateau de Melzéardon the outskirts of the village, which is shown in the picture above surrounded by glorious sunflowers. Bring your own bikes if you want to and we can provide secure storage for them. If you want to travel light we can recommend Bike Hire Direct’, a convenient, great value, bike and accessory hire service with flexible packages to suit all holiday requirements.

Enhance your holiday experience even further with some luxurious pampering. We can arrange an appointment for you with fully qualified, registered holistic therapists who offer a range of complementary treatments. With one of our exclusive ‘Celebration’ experiences, two people can enjoy a fabulous mini-break at Le Tilleul Gites that includes a relaxing, luxurious pampering therapy for each guest.

We look forward to welcoming you to Le Tilleul Gites. Book direct for the best price!

A hoopoe in our garden

Book and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing way of life in rural France


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