Prieure St Therese

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5


Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Ideal for Parties

This beautiful medieval priory is now an Oliver’s Travels award–winning luxury holiday destination in Charente. Located in the tiny village of Pressigny on private grounds adjacent to the church and within the Deux-Sevres, this luxury French manor house, converted to a priory in the fourteenth century, sleeps twelve adults in six bedrooms and can accommodate an additional four children.

Relax by the heated pool, dine al fresco at one of the great outdoor tables and enjoy the beauty of the rose covered walled gardens that surround the property knowing that  children and pets are completely secure.

Six delightful bedrooms accommodate up to sixteen guests. The high ceilinged, beamed rooms, ancient wooden floors and honey coloured stone walls are a perfect backdrop for the mix of antique family furniture and pictures. The kids will enjoy playtime in the bright, colourful games room with its cool turret and arrow slits (no budding archers allowed to shoot the guests!).

The house is well appointed. The kitchen has a gas range, microwave, washing machine, dish washer and American fridge freezer as well as kettle, coffee machine, toaster and iron and ironing board. Hair dryers are provided in the bedrooms. There are cots, high chairs, baby bath, changing mat and pushchair available for little people. Satellite TV, Bang and Olufson radio and record deck , internet connection, bicycles and house i-pad are provided for the enjoyment of guests. All linen and  towels are provided.

Within 20 km of the house lie a number of activities for the whole family. From great local food markets, vide greniers and country trail walks to riding, lake fishing and canoeing, there is a plethora of activities in the area. You’ll find a supermarket, cafés, and bars just 7 km away in Thenezay; the beautiful medieval town of St. Loup is fifteen minutes from the house and Fururescope an hour away. The Atlantic coastline with it’s stunning beaches and the historic towers of La Rochelle are just an hour and a half away, but why hit the roads when you have such a peaceful and beautiful place to rest and relax in.

And, for those who truly want to relax, full catering is offered by your hostess.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • This medieval priory in Charente resides in one of the sunniest regions in France
  • The property sits right next door to a beautiful historic church
  • The garden which surrounds the house is enclosed in an ancient stone wall that has been planted with stunningly scented English climbing roses.
  • The rural village location: visitors have remarked how wonderfully peaceful it is here and as a consequence, very relaxing.
  • There are fantastic walks all around the house through the woods and across fields as well as very quiet lanes to surrounding villages and hamlets.

What you should know…

  • Guests are kindly asked to request pool heating in advance (supplement applies)
  • There are great medieval villages and excellent restaurant all within half an hour drive

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Heating

The Priory has been immaculately restored and renovated both inside and out. It is filled with antiques and objets d’art and is an absolute gem amongst treasures. With its original stonework it stands in splendour, privately enclosed in its own grounds.

Ground Floor

- Kitchen fully equipped wit a stunning  ancient stone chimneypiece, a French range cooker, an American Fridge freezer and a second drinks fridge. There is a washing machine, Kenwood chef, microwave, four slice toaster and kettle as well as the normal utensils required in a working kitchen.
- Dining room that seats 12 with an additional four seats in the adjoining kitchen should there be further children as guests in the party
- Hall
- Drawing room which seats ten to twelve and has a baby grand piano, two sofas, a number of individual armchairs and a wood burning fire
- Study with further sitting area
- Bathroom with bath, shower, loo and bidet

First Floor (reached by a stone spiral staircase)

- Master bedroom with private, attached shower room, basin and loo (overlooks the valley and the garden). Extra single bed for a child available.
- Bedroom 2 with a four poster bed and attached retro shower room, loo and basin (overlooks the valley and the garden). Extra single bed for a child available.
- Bedroom 3 with double bed (overlooking the valley)
- Bedroom 4 with double bed (particularly cool in the summer heat, ideal for parents with a young child)

Second Floor
(reached by a stone spiral staircase)

- Large games room with two extra beds for children, a fifty five inch smart TV, ideal for cinema nights, toys, games, books, dressing up box and a turret with arrow slits that is a perfect corner for small people to curl up in and enjoy a good story from the hundreds of children's books (in English).
- Bedroom 5 with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 6 with double bed and en-suite bathroom

Outside Grounds

The garden surrounds the house, enclosed in an ancient stone wall that has been planted with stunningly scented English climbing roses. Amongst the trees and bushes in the garden are fig, walnut, crab apple, pear and cherries.

There is a green mosaic swimming pool with Roman steps. Loungers are placed around the pool.

There are a number of outdoor eating areas - there is a barbecue adjacent to a loggia that seats twelve. Additional seating can be provided adjacent to the loggia for more guests, and there is a table closer to the pool available that seats twelve.

There is a grass lawn, where games can be played and shaded areas under trees ideal for reading that great summer novel.


- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Sat TV (55 inch)
- Books
- Indoor games (eg. chess)
- Garden games
- Bikes
- House I-Pad


About the surrounding area of Prieure St Therese
Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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This stunning 14th century Priory is situated in the heart of Pressigny village, among some of France’s most beautiful unspoiled countryside. The nearest airport is Poitiers (35km). The nearest train station is Parthenay (10km) and the nearest town is Thenezay (7km).

In the village, close to the house, a basketball hoop, boules pitch and a small children's playground provide further entertainment should young people be in the party

Local Activities
- Country trail walks - just step outside the gates.
- Horse riding (5km)
- Golf (20/40 km)
- Fishing (5km)
- Lake (12km)
- Lakeside beach (20km)
- Canoeing (12km)
- Windsurfing (12km)

- Thenezay (7km): Bank, supermarket, bakery, patisserie, iron mongers, florist, café, bar, petrol station, pizza take away, post office, tabac, local market on Sunday mornings.
- Gourgé (7km): Convenience store, Post office, Restaurant, Bar, Steak and Pizza house, Garage.
- St.Loup (9km): Restaurant, Bar, Pizzeria, Convenience store, Bakery, Post Office, Tabac.
- Parthenay (15km): Everything from Hypermarket, Supermarket, independently owned shops, bars and restaurants, banks and a fabulous market on a Wednesday morning.
- Thouars (25km): Probably the best of local markets on a Friday morning. Fantastic fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables as well as gifts etc.

Local Attractions
Futuroscope: (Poitiers 30 minutes drive time) Futuroscope is France’s largest educational theme park.

The Aquarium: (La Rochelle, 90 minutes drive time), open 365 days a year. Dream, understand and learn about the sea. A 2 hour journey into the depths of the sea. 10,000 Atlantic, Mediterranean and Tropical species in 3 million litres of water, 65 aquariums open like a window into the ocean world. The largest shark aquarium displays 20 species in 1.5 million litres of sea water. A 360° tunnel allows you to walk on water, surrounded by jellyfish. A must for everyone!

Chateaux of the Loire: These numerous historical and beautiful castles can easily be visited- with Saumur’s chateau located just 45 minutes away. This is a rare example of the 14th century architecture and it marks the end of the middle ages and the beginning of the renaissance. It offers a wide variety of medieval events over the summer. The chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, Montreuil-Bellay, Ambois, Villandry and Usseé are all within drivable distance.

Vineyards and Tastings: The nearest vineyards are about 10 miles away where it is possible to taste and purchase local wines, however, the following gives an idea of others sites within reach:
- The Musée du vignoble Nantais: (Nantes wine museum).
- Ackerman Laurence Caves: At Saumur
- Domaine de Pas au Loup: Wines of the Haut-Poitou (10minutes).
- Domaine de villement: (20minutes).
- Route des vins du Haut-Poitou: 25 vineyards within an hour, from Pressigny where it is a pleasure to taste Savignon, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Gamay wines, all of which can be purchased from the vineyard, direct.
- Caves Bouvet - Ladubay: (Saumur) open every day from 8am-6pm. June to September. Eight kilometres of wine cellars, 150 years of tradition, 194 medals of distinction awarded since 1972.
- Combier: (Saumur) Founded in 1834. Discover the secrets and techniques from the 19th century still used today. The copper stills and hands-on experience of these distillers provide liquors and wines.
- Cognac: (75 minutes drive time) guided tours all year round provided by “Martell” and “Camus” (by appointment) in low season.

La Rochelle: The Atlantic coast (90 minutes drive time) The three towers of La Rochelle, Saint Nicolas and the 14th century lantern are the remains of the town’s fortifications. A visit to the town’s beach and the nearby beaches can be combined with a day of shopping in some wonderful vaulted boutiques as well as enjoying the fayre of local sea food restaurants.

The Isle de Ré: Island just on the approach to La Rochelle with unspoiled beaches and countryside.

Poitiers: (30 minutes drive) 2000 years of art and history. A town with over 100 church towers including “Notre-Dame-La-Grande”. Good local shopping, bars and restaurants.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Potiers


Nearest Village Thenezay


Nearest Town/City Thezenay/Parthenay


Nearest Restaurant Gourge or Thenezay

(15 km)

Nearest Train Station Parthenay


Nearest Supermarket Thenezay



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Child-Safe Pool Cot(s) High Chair(s) Fenced Grounds

There is a large, stone and spiral staircase that goes up three floors. It would be extremely difficult to put stairgates on the spiral staircase on each floor. However, each floor, including the ground floor, has a door on the landing or hallway which, when closed, does not allow access to the staircase.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Changing mat
  • Pushchair
  • Stair gates

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/kayaking : 12km
  • Horse riding : 5km
  • Playground
  • Historical sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Bikes
  • Children's books
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Board Games
  • Pool Inflatables
  • Xbox/Playstation


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Complimentary welcome hamper

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property:

- Complimentary welcome hamper
- Welcome meal
- Cook/catering (minimum 1 day notice required)
- Babysitting service

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

Event information

Weddings and celebrations can be organized by the host, an experienced events organizer.

Stag and Hen parties are not allowed.

Please note that surcharges may apply.

Contact us for full details.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit 1. £500 or €650 for all bookings made before 29th June 2017 2. £750 for all bookings made after 29th June 2017. The deposit must be paid 2 weeks prior to arrival by cheque or bank transfer and will be refunded in full 2 weeks after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? yes
Linen & towels included? All linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Two well behaved dogs allowed downstairs at extra £50 per dog per week
Changeover day Saturday
End of stay cleaning included? 1. Extra €120/week for all 2017 bookings made before 29th June 2017. 2. Extra €150/week for all 2017 bookings made after 29th June 2017. 3. Included in the rental price for all 2018 bookings.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Pool heating charge? The swimming pool is open from Easter to end of October and can be heated upon request at £150 per week (a 7 days notice is required).
Heating costs included? 1. Included for all bookings made before 29th June 2017 2. Extra £100/week for all bookings made after 29th June 2017

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 24th 2018 - - £2,239.00
June 24th 2018 - August 26th 2018 - - £2,749.00
August 26th 2018 - October 20th 2018 - - £2,239.00
October 20th 2018 - December 8th 2018 - - £1,899.00
December 8th 2018 - December 31st 2018 - - £2,466.00
December 31st 2018 - March 16th 2019 - - £1,899.00
March 16th 2019 - June 23rd 2019 - - £2,239.00
June 23rd 2019 - August 25th 2019 - - £2,749.00
August 25th 2019 - October 19th 2019 - - £2,239.00
October 19th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - £1,899.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 24th 2018 - - €2,445.00
June 24th 2018 - August 26th 2018 - - €3,003.00
August 26th 2018 - October 20th 2018 - - €2,445.00
October 20th 2018 - December 8th 2018 - - €2,074.00
December 8th 2018 - December 31st 2018 - - €2,694.00
December 31st 2018 - March 16th 2019 - - €2,074.00
March 16th 2019 - June 23rd 2019 - - €2,445.00
June 23rd 2019 - August 25th 2019 - - €3,003.00
August 25th 2019 - October 19th 2019 - - €2,445.00
October 19th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - €2,074.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
May 26th 2018 - June 24th 2018 - - $2,850.00
June 24th 2018 - August 26th 2018 - - $3,500.00
August 26th 2018 - October 20th 2018 - - $2,850.00
October 20th 2018 - December 8th 2018 - - $2,418.00
December 8th 2018 - December 31st 2018 - - $3,140.00
December 31st 2018 - March 16th 2019 - - $2,418.00
March 16th 2019 - June 23rd 2019 - - $2,850.00
June 23rd 2019 - August 25th 2019 - - $3,500.00
August 25th 2019 - October 19th 2019 - - $2,850.00
October 19th 2019 - November 27th 2019 - - $2,418.00

Owner Profile


With so much on offer, it’s a wonder the departments of Vendée and Charente aren’t bursting with tourists throughout the year. With Paris not too far off (so travel and a day trip to the City of Light are a breeze) you can still experience the quaint rhythm of the French countryside – especially if you’re thinking of staying in one of our holiday villas in Vendée and Charente. To tempt you to visit and give you some inspiration, we’ve put together this handy Vendée & Charente travel guide so you can make the most of your trip.

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  • Simply Lovely

    Posted by Joanne on 25/11/2017

    Paula's food was excellent throughout, from homemade granola to excellent and healthy salads and delicious variety of dishes in the evening, and excellently catered for Vegan and vegetarian guests too. But more importantly Paula is simply a lovely welcoming person and an attentive host. Great to meet you!

  • Great Home Cooking

    Posted by Karen on 18/11/2017

    The best scrambled eggs in town; the best I've eaten in years! Loved the salads and soups, the warm, relaxed hospitality... fantastic. Vegetarians, vegans, carnivores, you won't go hungry because she covers all specs. Shame I have to go back to cooking for myself.

  • Food and peace - just gorgeous!

    Posted by Georgina on 04/11/2017

    Super range of fresh foods (everything you’d want - even my vegan partner raved) and a wonderful friendly host. This is a place to unplug from the world that I’m keen to return to. Keep me a space, please!

  • I'll never forget it

    Posted by Anna on 21/10/2017

    Thank you Paula for looking after us, and for your delicious food! (It's rare to find vegetarian options that taste so beautifully). It really kept us going. Our stay was overall amazing, we had a fantastic time!

  • Fantastic Food!

    Posted by Caitlin on 21/10/2017

    A lovely stay all round but the food was a real highlight! Fresh, home made ingredients, interesting dishes and beautiful flavours. I'd return again just for the salads and soups - so fresh and so tasty!

  • I want to live here!

    Posted by Anne on 07/10/2017

    Lovely week's holiday at the beautiful Prieure St Therese. Paula is the perfect hostess; nothing is too much trouble for her. She makes you feel so welcome; she even picked us up from the airport!
    The rooms at Prieure St Therese are beautifully decorated and reflective of the 14th century building. Whilst you feel you have "gone back in time", Prieure St Therese offers modern conveniences and comforts in a homely environment. The beds are very comfortable with exquisite bed linen and there is plenty of wardrobe/storage space. Paula is a fantastic chef so don't just stick with breakfast, take the dinner option if it is offered. Although this is extra you will not be disappointed.
    Prieure St Therese is set in a wonderful rural location; very tranquil and relaxing to sit by the pool in the garden or take a walk/cycle ride in the surrounding countryside. For children/teenagers there is a wonderful room full of toys/games and a massive TV with internet.
    Pressigny is within easy reach of nearby chateaux and medieval towns. Be sure not to miss a visit to Joan of Arc's Chapel and Gustav Eiffel's viaduct.

  • Fab house - great food!

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 05/12/2011

    Fab house - great food!

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