Welcome to Le Cochon Vole

18th century farmhouse, private walled courtyard garden to the front of the property, securely fenced garden at the back with rear patio, swimming pool with alarm, large lawn and gate leading to the river. Situated in a quiet country lane, leading into fields, with no through traffic other than tractors! Sleeps 8.

This having been our home until recently, it has that lived in, homely feel about it. We spent several years fully renovating it and truly loved living here. Our only reason for moving was that we needed more land for our rescued animals! We currently live only 3.5 kilometres away, on the edge of the village of La Grimaudiere, so are very much on hand in case of any problems or queries. Of course our guests are always welcome to visit us at any time for a cuppa or a glass of wine, or to see our menagerie! You can see their pictures and read about their stories on our Facebook page.

Summers here tend to be long and hot. In the cooler seasons, the front courtyard garden is very much a sun trap and sheltered from any wind, making it possible to sit outside in comfort.

The house is very well insulated, so beautifully cool in the summer whilst retaining the heat in the winter. With its efficient central heating system and a log burner in both the front and back sitting rooms, Le Cochon Vole is a very warm and cosy property in the colder months. For guests staying over the Christmas period, we provide a Christmas tree and decorations.


  • Welcome pack on arrival for stays of 7 nights or more (includes 1 bottle of local red and 1 local white wine, fresh flowers, home baked cake or bread, 6 fresh eggs, tea, coffee, sugar & milk)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Bedding, towels and T-towels (changed weekly)
  • Books, DVDs, X-box & Play Station with games
  • British satellite television
  • French television
  • Additional child bed
  • First aid kit
  • Table tennis, boules, badminton & volleyball
  • Logs supplied in the cooler months
  • Pets welcome, but please let us know in advance
  • High Chair available on request
  • No Smoking
  • Small car available on request
  • Airport or station pick up on request


Situated in the peaceful hamlet of Jay, on the edge of the village of St Chartres, Le Cochon Vole is in the unspoiled valley of the River Dive, in the heart of rural Poitou-Charentes where the annual hours of sunshine are only surpassed by those of the Mediterranean coast. This green and fertile valley is encircled by a vast undulating landscape of sunflowers, maize and cereals, interspersed with vineyards and small towns and villages. The immediate region is not only historically interesting, but steeped in legends and folklore, and, although off the main tourist track, is surrounded by an enormous variety of things to see and do. Within easy reach of the chateaux of the Loire, the internationally acclaimed Futuroscope and Puy du Fou and the animal conservation parks of Zoo de Doue and Vallee des Singes, there truly is something for everyone. Click on the pictures in our Photo Gallery to read more.

If you enjoy eating out, there are a large number of restaurants nearby to suit all tastes and all occasions. If wine is your forte, you will find plenty of opportunities to savour local specialities from the Haut Poitou and Loire regions, not to mention the numerous varieties of goats cheese particular to the area. The pace of life is slow here – you can unwind and relax in the tranquillity of this beautiful river valley with its abundance of fauna and flora and many kilometres of walking and cycling trails, linking the villages and settlements of the Dive. For fishing enthusiasts.... try catching a fresh trout just metres from the house! Or maybe you would just prefer to laze by the pool in the sun, with a good book and a glass of wine....


Poitiers (airport & TGV) : 29 miles
La Rochelle (airport & coast): 90 miles
Saumur (Loire) : 33 miles
Caen: 209 miles
Le Havre: 235 miles
Dieppe (ferry to Newhaven): 270 miles

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