Logis de Canteau

Paizay-le-Tort, Deux Sèvres
+33 (0)6 17 44 83 21

A fine old manor house, or Seigneurie, tucked into a dell of a setting with a brook bubbling merrily through the grounds and a big pool


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

There’s a huge amount of communal space in this house: a drawing room with a fire and comfy sofas, a light and lovely office room, a library with another fire, a room for yoga and another large room dedicated to art with supplies of paints and paper. All are filled with interesting artwork and furniture collected by the owners during their globetrotting careers and there are books and games galore.

Outdoors discover a big lawn with meadow and forest beyond, lots of little waterways with bridges over, hammocks slung between trees and a landscaped pool. Play table tennis, sit around the fire pit in the evenings, cook together in the well-stocked kitchen, enjoy wine, honey and wild garlic pesto from the welcome hamper, or choose a book and find a quiet place to escape.

Bridleways litter the countryside taking you through pretty hamlets with Romanesque churches. Melle, a five-minute drive, has an arboretum and nature walk.

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We think you'll love

  • The idyllic setting for children who will enjoy charging about with nets trying to catch trout in the waterways
  • Exploring all the little towns on their market days and buying the special local goats’ cheese, charcuterie and wine
  • All the birdlife and peace and quiet of the garden
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You should know

  • Not ideal for non-swimming children
  • The owners live just next door


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement. Futon, double sofa bed & day bed available.
November - February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants, 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €175
Weekly price
from €1275
1 House for 10
From €1756 beds5 bedrooms


We have just had the most amazing holiday here. The photos just don't do it justice as it is even more incredible in real life . It is tastefully furnished, yet comfortable and homely. The warm pool and lovely gardens provided endless fun and much delight during the sunny summer days and evenings. Tess is a great host, who makes you so welcome an where nothing is too much trouble. There is something here for everyone of all ages. We highly recommend this beautiful place and lovely people.

Clare, Bath

This place is getting pretty close to heaven on earth for me: enthusiastic creative owners, endless space for gathering and always something beautiful and interesting to look at. I hope to return to dabble with the paints in the art room, or maybe just sheltering from the sun either by the beautiful pool or sitting with my feet in a stream, watching the trout swim by.

Nicky, Sawday's Inspector

We had the pleasure of staying here. It was a perfect destination. As a group we had plenty of space to be independent and do our own thing, yoga , or reading in a hammock ( my past time) swimming or working in the office and yet at meal times we had plenty of space to all get together and prepare food together and be sociable. The venue is so close to a beautiful little town and I love my summer dresses from the outside french market, which also meant a nice coffee out on occasion. It's also close enough to visit great places like cognac on day trips without it being too much effort.

Jenni, Harrogate

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The neighbourhood

Explore villages with bustling markets and hike through forests - this is fabulous country for walking. Visit nearby Melle for its Romanesque churches, and the city of Niort for its huge indoor market and remains of the medieval donjon (35km). To the north west is the Marais Poitevin, dotted with verdant waterways, willows and hedges - from Coulon hire a barque boat and punt away the afternoon (50km).

Local points of interest from Tess & Jonathan Goodliffe

  • The region is famous for its Romanesque churches - there are three fine examples in Melle, the nearest town.
  • Melle has a 'Chemin de Decouvert' (a discovery trail) and an arboretum.
  • Melle has the oldest open silver mine in Europe which supplied the precious metal for the coins under King Charlemagne.
  • A 50-minute drive will bring you to the 'Marais Poitevin', the Green Venice of France which is worth a visit for its winding waterways and verdant surroundings.
  • We're just over an hour away from La Rochelle and its nearby beaches.
  • The famous 'Futurscope' is about 60km away in Poitiers.


Tess & Jonathan Goodliffe

Tess and Jonathan have lived in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, Japan and Europe, before finally settling in much-loved France. They are both artists and musicians and are inspiring in their artistic energy and joie de vivre. They offer a generous and open experience to guests who they hope will treasure the house as much as they do.